TexasB-roll HD Rides Again, Supports Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Launches CityB-roll.com

30 06 2009

Please visit TexasB-roll and CityB-roll online today.

“It’s been a long time coming” – David Crosby

Yes it has! In 2002, we started offering stock footage of Texas for sale in broadcast quality standard definition formats. Now our stock footage is fleshed out in true HD (1080-24p) and we are excited about our Industry Sponsor status with Texas Motion Picture Alliance. We have dropped prices on our footage to be competitive in a tough economy, and are now donating $5.00 for every HD clip sold on our sites to TXMPA.

If you are looking for stock footage for your next production, I hope you will check with us to see what we have, and know that your purchase is helping support an independent media professional and the excellent work of the TXMPA. If we don’t have the footage you seek, we will kindly refer you to other vendors who may be able to help.

Please view this YouTube video demo, a selection of footage available now at TexasB-roll.com and the new sister site CityB-roll.com >

There are a lot of opportunities to purchase stock footage on the Internet, and from the big providers (read: big corporations), the guy who actually went out and produced the footage only gets a small portion of the purchase price. We personally spun the wheels on thousands of miles of pavement to bring this footage to you, in a professional manner, at a reasonable price. If you have a question about a location or any other details regarding this footage, you can call and talk to us directly. You won’t get that from some of the “firms” that market footage online.

From camping out in the Palo Duro Canyon to hoofing it down the beach in Puerto Rico, I personally shot every frame offered for sale on these sites, and appreciate your support.

Please visit TexasB-roll.com or CityB-roll.com today. Thank you.

Tracy Ready
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Press Release 07/01/09:

Texas, USA and a Whole Lot More – Pro HD Stock Footage available online now at CityB-roll.com and TexasB-roll.com

Largest Selection of Texas stock footage in HD – anywhere!
Plus – Puerto Rico, New York, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Cities, Small Towns, Wind Energy, Electric Power, Oil, Skylines, Destinations, and Historic Sites … more HD added monthly.

Unique Pricing – Personalized Service
Have a cool shot at the Color Bar, the online store! Unlike many stock footage providers, CityB-roll and TexasB-roll doesn’t require you to purchase a pre-determined collection to get a discounted price. The store is structured so that you can mix and match clips from any category into a collection of footage that works for you. There are price breaks for quantities of clips purchased, all designed to fit your individual needs.

In the News
In Dallas, Texas, Director of Photography Tracy Ready is hosting a re-launch of the stock footage resource TexasB-roll.com and the official launch of the sister website CityB-roll.com.
His primary company Trace Productions provides professional video production services to a wide client base including major US corporate clients, broadcast and cable television outlets, and independent documentary producers. In 2002, Tracy created TexasB-roll.com providing royalty free broadcast quality stock footage online. Since then TexasB-roll clips have been used in productions for Sea World of Texas, Wachovia Bank, The Salvation Army, Cadbury Schweppes (Dr. Pepper), Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington and many more.

In 2007, the focus shifted to high definition acquisition, using the Panasonic HVX-200 P2 camera, and rebuilding the library in HD. Additionally, the CityB-roll.com domain was acquired, as a sister site to TexasB-roll, reflecting the diverse nature of the ever expanding library. Web Designer Clay Meyers, owner of CDM Grafx, began a complete overhaul of the existing TexasB-roll site and the creation of the CityB-roll site, creating a common database of clips to be offered on both websites. Tracy Ready worked closely with Creative Editor David Henson, owner of Distilled Images to import, archive, create previews of the significant amount of new HD footage in the database, and to create a new demo for the sites in HD. Freelance Production Assistant Jason Meyers tackled the job of clipping and logging the new footage.

In addition to Texas locations (every major city in HD) CityB-roll and TexasB-roll now offer HD clips shot in several other U.S. states, plus a nice variety of other non-location specific scenes. More than eight hundred HD clips are now available with new footage added monthly, so please check back often. Still looking for broadcast quality, standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio footage? We have it, at drastically reduced rates. Don’t see what you are looking for? Call for quote on production, or visit Trace Productions online.

True HD – Royalty Free
TexasB-roll and CityB-roll HD collections are composed of true 1080 High Definition footage, not HDV! Be sure to know what you are getting when shopping online – there is a difference!
This footage is professionally shot (tripod, static shots and smooth moves, sequencing) with the Panasonic HVX-200 P2 HD camera in 1080 24p (except where noted).
All TexasB-roll and CityB-roll clips are royalty free, meaning your purchase allows usage in local commercials, corporate communications, marketing, tourism, electronic press kits, industrial films, independent short films, and more. For usage in national commercials or feature films, you must contact TexasB-roll for pricing and individual release. You may not resell TexasB-roll or CityB-roll stock footage, except for as part of your finished edited program, and credited to TexasB-roll.com.

Questions? Call 972.437.4433 or email footage@texasb-roll.com

Every HD Purchase Supports the Texas Motion Picture Alliance
TexasB-roll HD is an Industry Sponsor of Texas Motion Picture Alliance. This organization is playing a pivotal role in bringing video, film, television and gaming business to Texas. Beginning in June 2009, for each HD clip purchased, TexasB-roll will donate $5.00 to the TXMPA, as part of this sponsorship agreement.

Buy from the ones who shot it!
Your purchase of CityB-roll and TexasB-roll footage supports the independent media professional and Texas Motion Picture Alliance, not a faceless corporation.
For links to all professional and social sites related to Tracy Ready visit TraceTV.tv
Visit the TraceTV Blog for current articles, items of interest, ramblings about Footage, Travel, Music, Food, Documentaries, more…

All images and video on this site are the sole property of Trace Productions. ©2009 Trace Productions. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized download and / or reproduction are strictly prohibited.

Tracy Ready is a Director of Photography / Writer / Producer / Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas.

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Documentary Trailers Shown at Texas Music Mini-Conference

29 05 2009

Hats off to the Dallas Public Library for hosting Texas Music Mini-Conference with an amazing line up of speakers, authors, historians – all for FREE. We attended these sessions in Dallas recently. It was a very informative day, and we received some very positive feedback on the trailers for South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound and Dallas Electric: The Texas Blues Story.
From Dallas Public Library Site:
“Twelve sessions will be offered covering a wide range of performers and styles, including Stamps-Baxter and Southern Gospel music, Texas blues, rock bands from the 60s, two noted women in Texas music, the Texas International Pop Festival, jazz in Texas, the Big D Jamboree, and more. Two film screenings will be included in the day: Teen-a-Go-Go and South Dallas Pop. The full day’s schedule is now available, as is biographical information about program presenters.”
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SEE this site for all the details: Texas Music Mini-Conference

We were quite honored to be invited to have a small part in the day. During the opening registration at the Texas Music Mini-Conference we displayed trailers for two music related HD documentaries currently in production. These projects are being produced with support of the 501C-3 non-profit Still Kickin’ Foundation. See previous blog post: South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound

South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound – YouTube

Be sure to click the “HD” button on YouTube video to watch in highest resolution.

Dallas Electric: The Texas Blues Story – YouTube

We need to update this video on YouTube with new higher resolution HD setting, but you get the idea…
The native format for these documentaries is 1080 24p DVCPro HD, needless to say, YouTube doesn’t really do justice!
Thanks for visiting…

Tracy Ready is a Director of Photography / Writer / Producer / Vocalist based in Dallas Texas.





Remembering Wayman Tisdale

16 05 2009

Wayman Tisdale 1964 – 2009

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On Thanksgiving evening 2008, TNT aired a profile piece on Wayman Tisdale, former NBA star who was battling bone cancer, with a love of music. The segment aired on the TNT program “Inside the NBA” with Charles Barkley.

The network contracted Bob Humphrey Video Services who hired Director of Photography Tracy Ready and Sound Technician Bob Fazio to work with TNT producer John O’Connor and Correspondent Jim Huber on the story.

Watch the story > Click here for “Wayman Tisdale Courage” from NBA on TNT

Note from Tracy Ready:
Sadly, Wayman Tisdale lost his battle to cancer, but he was a true champion of the spirit. I had the opportunity to shoot this story for TNT, thanks to my good friend and colleague Bob Humphrey. Wayman seemed so strong, so vital when we were shooting on location with him, that I never dreamed he would be gone after a few short months. When we met him, he was being fitted with his prosthetic leg, and his good nature and positive attitude made everyone feel welcome, it what would have been for any of us, a very awkward situation. I can honestly say he was one of the most kind, gentle, joyful individuals I have ever met.
When Sound Mixer Bob Fazio and I were driving back to Texas from the production in Oklahoma, we talked at great length about how fortunate we were to have had the experience of being in Wayman’s presence for a couple of days. In our business we meet and shoot with all types of people from celebrities to scumbags, politicians, visionaries and air-heads alike. There are very few shoots that stick with you as being memorable, and this was certainly at the top of memorable occasions in my career. Most remarkable, is that Wayman’s moving performance at his brother’s church left no doubt in our minds that we were in the presence of greatness, and had just witnessed something none of us will ever forget.
I am eternally grateful to Bob Humphrey for having the confidence in me to shoot on his behalf, and to John O’Connor at TNT to have had this once in a lifetime experience. I am also sad to say goodbye to an amazing presence in life – Wayman Tisdale.
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Tracy Ready is a Director of Photography / Writer / Producer based in Dallas, Texas.





South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound – Documentary in HD Features Legendary Texas Musician Augie Meyers

21 03 2009

Click “HD” button in window to see this trailer in highest resolution available on YouTube.
See the Hi Res Flash Movie at Trace Productions – South Texas Soul

DESCRIPTION:

South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound – Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and the history and influence of South Texas on popular music of today. Documentary filmmaker Tracy Ready examines the influence of German, Polish and Irish immigrants in South Texas on popular music styles including Country, Tejano, Blues and Rock and Roll, from a unique perspective.

Musician Augie Meyers has taken the music of San Antonio to audiences the world over through performances and recordings dating back to the 1950’s. His long list of credits include Grammy award winning albums and extensive touring with Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados, solo albums dating back to the early 1970’s, motion picture soundtracks, and performance credits on landmark albums for a host of influential American musicians including Bob Dylan, Doug Sahm and John Hammond, Jr.

Meyers’ life as the son of Polish immigrants, who grew up in the multi-cultural melting pot that is San Antonio and then took that sound to the world, is the central focal point of the documentary, but the story begins much earlier.

The South Texas Soul will follow the story and musical influence of the earliest European immigrants to Texas, and carry it through to the modern age. The film will weave interviews and insights from working musicians of today, historians and fans with archival photos and rare performance footage. It traces the earliest entry of the accordion to the south Texas to the story of Augie Meyers, the Sir Douglas Quintet, and the Texas Tornados, and beyond to a new generation of the South Texas sound, carried on by such artists as Los Lonely Boys, Charlie and Bruce Robison, Robert Earl Keen and Shawn Sahm’s Tex-Mex Experience.

Tracy Ready will write, direct and produce the documentary in High Definition (1080 24p) with archival footage and photos from the past.

STATUS ANALYSIS:

Initial principal interviews were conducted in San Antonio in 2008 with Augie Meyers and Jim Beal, Jr. historian and music writer for San Antonio Express News. Additional footage of Augie in session recording his current solo album at Blue Cat Studios was also acquired as a starting point for the film.

Included also in the film will be never before seen interview and performance footage of Augie Meyers in an interview with Tracy Ready in 1989.

Tracy would like to thank Shawn Sahm and Clay Meyers and their families for their assistance in this project.

Support the making of this film with tax deductible donation to Still Kickin’ Foundation, a 501 C-3 non profit organization dedicated to capturing the stories of older Americans who have done great things late in life.
Please visit: Still Kickin’ Foundation

Thanks for watching, and for your support.