Casting Directors

Casting Directors ­ What they do and how to use them Barbara Titus is the principal of Titus Casting in San Jose, (408) 985-2290. While the firm was started in 1994, Barbara has been doing casting for many years prior to starting her business. As a casting director, Barbara has assisted in a wide variety of productions, including feature films, […]

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3 Filmmakers’ First Film

Three Filmmakers Discuss Their First Feature FilmsBy Mark Duncan The October 1996 Image meeting hosted three independent film makers who each shared their experiences in shooting their first feature films. The presentation was a free flow of the filmmakers’ observations, guided by questions from both the audience and moderator, Sacha Parisot. Chris Ereneta discussed his film, “Seldom Dreaming”, which was […]

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Film Lighting Tips

Marty Collins: Tips on Lighting with Little Time and No Money By Mark Duncan The topic of the August Image meeting was “Lighting for Low Budget Films” and the speaker/presenter was Marty Collins of Starlite Studios. Marty, one of the premier Directors of Photography (DP) working in the South Bay, has been DP for hundreds of commercial and industrial films, […]

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Blue Screen

Blue Screen Tips and Insights Starlite Studios held a workshop on techniques, tools and tips for blue screen on Saturday, August 17, 1996 at their San Jose studios. The following are some of the more significant insights they shared with attendees. Blue screen isn’t just being used for film and video special effects. Increasingly it is also being used to […]

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Bottom Line Studios

The Bottom Line on Making Films At the April 25th, 1996 IMAGE meeting, the featured speakers were the father and son team, Patrick Donahue and Sean Donahue, from Bottom Line Studios. They focus on low budget ($150K), action films shot on 16mm, that are released on TV and video in foreign markets. Why low budget films? “It’s much easier to […]

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Redwood Botany

It’s always the fate of a lecturer in a series like this to look at the audience and see a real expert on the subject in the audience, and I see Bill Libby sitting there. And when I will have to leave to catch my plane I’ll hand the fielding of the questions over to him and you’ll see he’ll […]

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Sequoia Range

Giant Sequoia The following was taken from the National Park Service publication, Gianta Sequoia of the Sierra Nevada, 1975, U.S. Government Printing OfficeStock #024-005-00618-4 Sequoias Elsewhere With the giant sequoia’s discovery, it was to be expected that people would want to grow specimens in their yards, gardens, and public parks for ornamentation and as scientific curiosities. This horticulture began just […]

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Silvics of Sequoia Redwoods

Giant Sequoia(Sequoia gigantea (Lindl.) Decne.) Taken from Silvics of Forest Trees of the United States, Agriculture Handbook No. 271, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1965, Library of Congress: Agr 65-273. Other common names: Big tree, Sierra redwood. Giant sequoia is the world’s largest tree in terms of volume (13). It grows in more or less isolated groves on the […]

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Silvics of Coastal Redwoods

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) The following chapter was taken from Silvics of Forest Trees of the United States, Agriculture Handbook 271, prepared by the division of timber management research of the Forest Service in 1965. It in turn was revised from an unpublished 1964 manuscript by Douglass F. Roy, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experimental Station. The range […]

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The Ecology of Sequoia sempervirens

Abstract The ecology of coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is examined with an emphasis on the climatic, physiographic, edaphic, and hydrologic factors responsible for its present distribution. Adaptations to fire and flood-interrupted environments, as well as resistance to depredations by mammals, invertebrates, and fungal pathogens, are recognized as important adjuvants to its regeneration and dominance throughout its range. A review of […]

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