Blog has moved permanently

February 27, 2009

We’ve moved our blog permanently

http://www.tarproductions.com/news/

Sorry we haven’t updated in months, we’ve been inundated with On A Rail:Europe and a few other projects. The good news is that we have a new website and we are getting back on the blogging-thanks for reading and continually checking back.

Also, check out http://www.onarail.com

Love,
Tar Productions

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September 15, 2008

Hello,

Thanks for visiting our blog. We have some great stuff on here so be sure check back often. We update this blog multiple times a week, sometimes even daily, so its a good idea to subscribe to our blog. Also, some other important links to bookmark are Our Website, YouTube account and MySpace Page.

By clicking the links above you’ll always know where we are and what we are up to. Thanks again for looking and if you have any comments or questions for us be sure to email us at info (at) tarproductions.net

 

Thanks!

Vimeo and YouTube are officially battling it out for video quality supremacy on the Internet. YouTube is clearly the winner as far as audience goes, but, for a long time Vimeo has had better quality and embedding-but, not anymore. A few weeks ago some figured out you could hack YouTube’s embed code to the high quality. YouTube was testing these features, however, they are now official and released. For any video that is uploaded in high enough quality you can embed them in HD. Some are saying the the quality is better than Vimeo becuase of the coded YouTube uses is superior (YouTube is using a h.264 while Vimeo uses a flash encoder). Here’s a music video that we worked on with DPO productions-Butch Walker’s The Weight of Her starring Taryn Manning. Hope you enjoy.
Vimeo

YouTube HD

YouTube in HD

November 21, 2008

YouTube is going HD. And guess what? Its better than Vimeo’s HD (apparently) embed. You can read an article on how to embed and play YouTube HD here. Additionally you can read an article here on how you play back videos on YouTube’s site in HD.

This seems like its going to take off for two reasons. First, YouTube is the largest and most popular video sharing site out there (and being owned by Google its probably going to stay that way for a long, long while). Secondly, its free! (for now at least). I could hardly imagine YouTube beginning to charge for this service, but they are struggling to turn a profit on it. Vimeo is currently charging per view of embedded HD video.

Hope you enjoy.

Cool Screenwriting App

November 17, 2008

Hey all,

We just got the new version of Celtx-a popular (and free) screenwriting application that seems to be taking over the indie film world. We use it all the time. They just released a new version (1.00) and it has a lot of improvements.
If you’re into this kind of stuff we recommend this app for all your projects.
Hope you enjoy.
http://forums.celtx.com/viewtopic.php?t=7530

One of the companies that our sister company, Koerce Media, works with a lot is a social networking webpage caled MojoPages.com. Mojo often hosts social events at various locations and asked one of Koerce’s artist, Rogan, to come down and help out on a live mural painting. We followed to shoot a time-lapse. Hope you enjoy.

Tomás Whitmore Imagery

November 9, 2008

This is a music video done by my friend Tomás Whitmore. Tomás and I went to film school together and collaborated on lots of projects. This video is really well done and creatively put together. We should have posted it a while ago.

Hope you enjoy.

Butch Walker Music Video

November 1, 2008

We helped out our friends at DPO Productions shoot a music video for Butch Walker earlier this week out in Joshua Tree. The shoot was great and it turned out really well. Butch is a Grammy winner for song writing and produces for acts like Avril Levine and P!nk. We are editing the video now and will post it when we’re done.

Viral Video Techniques

October 15, 2008

Viral videos are rapidly becoming a choice form of formal marketing for many companies such as Nike, Red Bull and even individuals. Ever seen that Nike commercial where Kobe Bryant jumps over a car? Without any links or associations his site jumped by the millions. There are certain aspects and ways to get a video out there in addition to executing these videos. Viral videos are unique for these two reasons. Although considered a raw form of advertising, viral videos carefully designed and produced for specific results and target markets. Viral videos can also be seeded to specific sites, demographics and/or users. Although rates are comparable to cable television advertising viral videos hold a greater value. First, users will see them when they and in the environment they want. Second, sometimes they don’t know that they are watching an advertisement that is suppose to be spurring interest and driving sales. Third, it can always be viewed, for free, in perpetuity, on the internet.

Companies such as Yellow Cake Media are leading the way to get these videos into the hands of specific, targeted demographics. Tar Productions has used YCM on multiple projects in the past and has sees unprecedented results. YCM has vastly grown since their startup earlier this year and they have seen greater success than others who have been in the business longer and advertising firms. Together YCK and Tar Productions are working together to further fulfill this potential and execute more campaigns on what is sure to be the leading method of advertisers of the future.

Hossegor, France

October 10, 2008

We have been posted up in Hossegor, France for the last few days and a short stint in Portugal. The train rides are long but thats all part of it-thats what were doing. The waves have been good and we’ve gotten some great stuff thus far, but the best is yet to come. We are expecting a new swell to arrive soon and hopefully will seek out a couple of secret spots before our next destination, the Mediterranean.

We are having a great time and this project should turn out great.

New Project in Production

October 2, 2008

We are starting a new project today. We have just flown to France and will be running around Europe for the next two-and-a-half weeks. Dylan Graves and I are going to get some shots in Paris and tomorrow we will take the train down to Lisbon, Portugal to meet up with the rest of our crew.

We’ll make updates as much as possible. The next one will have some pictures.