Saturday, July 09, 2011

News From Here & There

Letter from Pixar Animation Studios Animator, Austin Madison | Willie Downs | Animator Letters Project
PERSIST on telling your story. PERSIST on reaching your audience. PERSIST on staying true to your vision. Remember what Peter Jackson said, "Pain is temporary. Film is forever."
The text of the letter is also reproduced here:
Persist | Letters of Note

Video Space – A Tool for Video Editors | Chadwick Paul | Chadwick
A video size calculation widget:
One of those great tools is a Mac OSX widget called VideoSpace, made by Digital Heaven. This little widget app is an ideal calculator for determining the amount of storage you need for almost ANY popular video format, frame rate, and resolution.

Infographic: The 3D breakthrough | Quantel
A graphic showing 3D ticket sales around the world.  Doesn't show trends though...

Sony NEX-FS100 Accessories with Brian Young | Vistek | YouTube
This video includes the Canon EF mount from Birger, which is still not released as far as I know.
Brian Young, Product Manager for Video & Production Technology at Vistek Ltd., introduces some key accessories for the Sony NEX-FS100 Super 35mm, interchangeable-lens camcorder. In this video, Brian profiles the Birger Engineering Canon EF to Sony E-Mount lens adapter and remote follow focus, the Novaflex Nikon to Sony E-Mount lens adapter, and the Cameron Adjustable (1 to 8 stop) Neutral Density Filter.

Idiot’s Guide to the Sony FS100 | Rich | Crooked Path Blog
I'm not sure this is an "approved" title:
After attending the Sony F3/FS100 seminar by Doug Jensen of Vortex Media and talking with him in depth at the FS100 display…I came to realize that this camera was something special, and I was at “confidence high” in terms of finding my next camera. It passed all my tests, and also gave me a few WOW moments.

So what the heck is Cosmic Panda? | YouTube
A couple of days ago a friend asked me if YouTube looked different. I said that it didn't. "Oh, well mine does." Turns out that YouTube is redesigning their interface:
We're always trying out new things here at the Tube and Cosmic Panda is our way of letting you in on some of the fun.

Here's what to expect when you follow the cosmic panda over the double rainbow:

A new experience for watching videos and playlists
More page designs and better editing tools to customize your channel
Keep watching when moving between videos, playlists, and channels (Chrome only)
Stylish new look and feel

'How I Met Your Mother': Why are ads for new movies in old reruns? -- PHOTO | Tanner Stransky | InsideTV
Digitally inserting new product placement into old TV shows. Not too sure how I feel about that!
Turns out that 20th Television — the studio distributor behind Mother — has been selling promotional spots in syndicated episodes to wring even more money out of the sitcom’s already rich syndication deals. Specifically, the feat is accomplished by a partnership with a company, SeamBI, which stands for Seamless Brand Integration and is responsible for digitally altering old episodes with new products and brands.

4K 2:1... | Jannard |
Just when we all get to 19:8, someone wants to change the aspect ration again...when that "someone" is Jim Jannard of RED, I guess we might pay attention:
We believe this should be the future standard.

Courting Controversy: Four Tips for Documentaries on Hot-Button Topics | Tyler Weaver |
Documentary films are not soapboxes. It comes back to that slap in the face I mentioned earlier. If you use your film as a megaphone and soapbox, you’re wasting money. Just go buy a megaphone and a soapbox, pick a spot, and start screaming. A film is a storytelling mechanism – treat it as such, which wraps around to item number one…

Augmented Reality Cinema: A Movie Lovers App | Diana Adams | Bit Rebels
If you are on vacation in a city, you can hold up your iPhone to a building, in the street, or anywhere really and you will instantly be able to watch clips from movies that were filmed in that exact location. How cool is that?

It's never magical until people tell you it was magical. And you look back and you say "Well it didn't seem magical, it just seemed like a lot of hard work"
- Steven Spielberg

Another interesting clip with Spielberg recalling meeting director John Ford at 15.
Youtube: Spielberg/Grazer/Howard - "John Ford"

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