Archive for the 'Shooter’s Blog' Category

21
Apr
14

Update on file encryption and data security

CYPHR free file encryption softwareI have updated my article on how to fight piracy and data-theft.

The CYPHR software for PC and Mac is now freeware!! The makers of the software have released the program as freeware as a gift to the infosec community – an event also filmmakers can profit from!

Provost CYPHR is still the cheapest (free) and most advanced (“NSA-proof”) file encryption software on the market.
We @ Marvels use it to encrypt and store our project backups and the DCPs, DPX/Tiff sequences, dailies and all other stuff we sent out to other companies.

Grab your free copy and license from provost-intel.org/CYPHR

21
Apr
14

Martin says: ditch that Dropbox!

FLAME MODE: ON   ;-)

Ditch Dropbox - problems with dropboxA message to all the people i’ve invited to dropbox over the years: LEAVE DROPBOX NOW – they are unreliable, unpredictable and ungrateful! They have lousy encryption and privacy measures, they team up with the NSA and they have VERY DANGEROUS SMALL PRINT.

Over the years i have advised over one hundred people to start using Dropbox. Dropbox has rewarded me for forwarding new customers with free storage space.

Dropbox seemed a great tool to share footage, titles, short sequences, scripts and other portable stuff.

But…

A WARNING: FREE SPACE ON DROPBOX WILL EXPIRE!!!
Today dropbox wrote me a four sentence email, saying that all my earned free space has expired and reduced my dropbox by 96GB, going back to the basic dropbox size!!

Without warning and without me knowing that “reward storage” expires. Files are no longer synced and about 6,000 files have become frozen.

A one-liner from Dropbox was received as an answer, saying that i should’ve read the small print…

I think this is outrageous and i have QUIT DROPBOX as per today and i advise everyone to do so too.

I’ve switched to a paid Google Drive account (half the price of a paid Dropbox account).


Martin

21
Apr
14

DCP services

Marvels Digital Cinema Package Services DCPWe will start offering Digital Cinema Package services for the European market from june 2014 under the name of CineColor.

We will offer competitively priced packages ranging from a do-it-yourself cloud-based DCP service to an all-in-one package including rugged Ext/3 portable harddrive.
We’ll let you know if our DCP service website is up and running!

21
Apr
14

Our new feature ‘Littekens’ premiered!

Marvels Film is proud to present it’s first feature length movie: Littekens!

Littekens (“Scars”) is a Dutch thriller by director Martin Beek and has been produced by Marvels Film and Disturbing Pictures, the Netherlands.

Read more about this great movie @ IMDb:  imdb.com/title/tt2748180/     give us some “Likes” on IMDb (“rate”) it will help us tremendously during the upcoming filmfestival route!

Martin Beek and Patrick Huiberts. Directors of the new Dutch feature film Littekens

Directors Martin Beek and Patrick Huiberts on the premiere of Littekens. Cinema Industry – Veghel, the Netherlands

 

 

 

 

22
Aug
13

Behind the scenes of Oblivion: minimal green screen fx, maximum in-camera on-stage fx

Enjoy this Behind the Scenes of Oblivion; less green screen, more on-stage and in-camera effects – like the good old days of science fiction cinematography.
Respect! Shame it’s filmed w. Alexa ;-)

Video: https://www.friendweb.nl/video/view/77

oblivion-dead-city oblivion oblivion-concept-art-cruise-4 Oblivion-movie-3.resize-jpg Oblivion behind the scenes, martin beek, friendweb, tom cruise

09
Aug
13

PREVENT PIRACY: secure ways of archiving and distributing dailies, footage and DCP files + shocking facts

 

 

UPDATE april/2014: The CYPHR file encryption software is now freeware!  Get your free copy and license @ provost-intel.org/CYPHR  pirate bay piracy decryption footage dcp

Edit: quick link for those only interested in the CYPHR software: http://www.provost-intel.org/cyphr

Piracy and the theft of copyrighted (film-) materials is ever increasing and the perpetrators are getting more advanced and even more brutal by the day.

The times of people smuggling their video camera into a cinema to share their shaky images with friends has long gone by.
Pirated movies, bootleg DVDs/BluRays and even illegal movie theater-viewings(!) have become almost a commodity.

Let’s not forget that only a small fraction of all “pirates” do their work for the “common good” in order to raise their streetcred in the PirateBay-like communities.

THIS IS ABOUT MONEY AND NOTHING ELSE. Of course…

Bootleg DVDs and Blurays are sold, but also produced in large quantities by – sometimes – advanced production facilities. New cinema releases are shown on subscription sites.

This is for us, as film makers and copyright owners, a tough thing to deal with, but what i find most disturbing are the inventive ways of illegally acquiring the footage that seems to become more harsh and – indeed – brutal!
If you Google on the subject, you’ll find some cases of footage theft, but i know from trusted sources in my network that most cases are hold silent.

Digital cinema (DCP = Digital Cinema Package) should have made things difficult for criminals to copy movies. That’s indeed true, but it has made them more inventive and look for other ways BEFORE the footage get’s to the cinema in it’s  DCP form. And that hasn’t made things better….

Here is a short and definitely incomplete list of practices i found, with some comments – prepare for some shocks…:

  • using a mobile phone or video camera to film a movie at the local cinema
    • This method is the least favorite among serious criminals – we want HD copies, not shaky images.
  • using a Telecine device
    • a small device,  with sprockets and a CCD sensor, that is clamped on the physical film strip, on the projector. Only applicable if the movie is projected from celluloid. The perpetrator needs to have access to the projection room – AND HERE COMES THE LEAK NUMBER ONE: the projectionist
  • illegal copying of footage and masters at the premises of post production houses, by post production personnel
    • this happens more and more often and is easy to do by the people that are trusted and have access. The people who involve in this are the ones you’d probably suspect the least and are well paid to do so..!
  • illegal copying of footage and masters at the premises of post production houses BY FORCE
    • believe it or not: breaking and entering, armed robbery and even extortion seem to belong to the possibilities in order to acquire footage and masters
    • there are known cases of footage transmitted digitally between producers and post production facilities AND HAVE BEEN INTERCEPTED
    • there are known cases of required ransom for footage illegally acquired
  • footage stolen on-set, at production houses and private premises
    • either physical or digital: backup devices and digital media are easy to copy or steal, specially by trusted people…
  • movie previews are stolen from film festival offices
    • AND HERE IS LEAK NUMBER TWO: film festival offices and personnel! Who runs these operations? Who has access to our materials? We seldom know…
    • Preview DVDs and Blurays are easily copied, or even intercepted before they even reach the festival’d office. THIS IS THE WEAKEST LINK!

OK, let’s be honest, i don’t expect hooded villains to raid my house soon, BUT i want to take all the precautions available to me and my budget.
At Marvels Film we have to a certain protocol for the handling, back-up and protection of footage – of course – but alarmed by the issues pictured above, we have taken some extra measures, which include:

  • Packing and encrypting all footage, dailies & masters that are to be backed up or sent to other facilities or people
    • we have made a modest investment in this great software tool: Provost CYPHR  available from www.provost-intel.org/cyphr
    • CYPHR let’s you add artwork, images, footage of all kinds, documents and even applications to a “.cy” file that can only be opened and browsed by the recipient if they have the correct password.
    • these Cyphr “.cy” files can be safely transmitted through unsafe media such as the internet (email / ftp) or on a harddisk or stick
    • anyone, who i fully trust, that needs our CYPHR file can call for the password
    • a great product for a great price and IT WORKS! Absolutely un-crackable and absolutely useless in the wrong hands. The user interface is very simple, but don’t let that first impression deceive you.
  • Handling of all backups on set or at our premises is always done accompanied by either Patrick, Roland or me myself and i – if we have a break, it’s done in visibility range of the backup laptop
  • DCPs and other finished products of our work are only sent to theaters and broadcasters (specially including film festivals) in an encrypted fashion, also using the Provost CYPHR software
  • Always DEMAND that all media is to be returned or destroyed. We have a contract with clear statements of liability that needs to be signed by the recipient. Do it! Have it signed! I know, for indie producers it can be embarrassing to request this – specially at impressive facilities – but never forget that you PAY these people and that they are in principle not to be trusted. That is the cruel truth…

I realize that even major production houses are having trouble with these issues and are ever looking for solutions to end piracy.
IMHO, trying to stop people at home to download movies from the Pirate Bay is not the way. Trying to prevent it from showing up at the Pirate Bay is also our responsibility.

Cheers!

Martin.

01
Jun
13

Brief update by Martin Beek

Hello followers and fans! ;-)

I hope you’re all doing well!  I know, i’ve been silent for some time now. It’s not you, it’s me..!

 

Martin Beek en Roland Jacobs op de set van nieuwe Nederlandse speelfilm LittekensSince april 2012 i’m involved in directing and filming a new Dutch feature film called “Littekens” (English: Scars), using Red cameras and a lot of other new gear we had to get used to.

I turned 50 last year and despite that, and having over 25 years of film making experience, the new digital cinema cameras and techniques freaked me out, got me down, picked me up and eventually gave us the most beautiful images i’ve ever pulled from a camera!

Another few shooting days and principal photography is over, so editing can commence…  More info in Dutch on www.littekensfilm.nl and  www.friendweb.nl/littekensfilm and  www.facebook.com/littekensfilm.nl

 

 

FriendWeb Nederland, nieuw sociaal netwerk voor en door nederlanders

I have also worked in parallel on a new script for a short movie to shoot next year AND – for my Dutch friends – got involved in creating a new Dutch social networking website “FriendWeb” ( http://www.friendweb.nl ) that is targeted towards Facebook dropouts ;-) -> FriendWeb has (at least) two great pros for creative people: very loose rules towards content (->Dutch law) and – in sharp contrast to Facebook – your content stays yours and is provided following the most restrictive Creative Commons license.

 

 

 

Just give me some time to complete my current feature film project and i promise to get back to you with some very interesting stuff on digital film making..!

 

Peace,

 

Martin




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