PVC at NAB 2014 – Rampant and Indie Essentials

A new strategic alliance between Rampant Design Tools and That Studio is a big NAB announcement

One of the big surprised of NAB 2014 came not from the big booths of Adobe, Blackmagic or AJA but rather the tiny plug-in pavilion; that little gathering of small developers who combine their small booths to create one very fun area of the South Hall. That announcement was that Rampant Design Tools and That Studio had formed a strategic alliance and split the great Rampant effects into two different categories. Henceforth we would have both Studio Essentials and Indie Essentials.

That Studio is a creative boutique from the brain of Kanen Flowers who I have known for quite a few years as I’ve been a frequent guest on his podcast That Post Show. Before NAB he told me about this idea to partner with Sean Mullen at Rampant Design Tools and package a lot of their 2K and 1080 content in an affordable, download-only package known as Indie Essentials. Sean had already begun the Herculean task of creating new effects for a post 1080 work with lots of 4K and 5K media. That media would be known as Studio Essentials.

Indie Essentials would take a different approach and offer high quality, H.264 downloads of hundreds of effects and design elements for the extremely affordable price of $399 (though my guess would be it won’t be hard to find sales and offer codes to get the set for a bit less). But instead of me telling you more about this new development let’s let Sean and Kanen do this themselves.



Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

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