Monday, March 25, 2013

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Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers | Steven Greehouse | New York Times
The Freelancers Union, which is based in Brooklyn, doesn’t bargain with employers, but it does address what is by far these workers’ No. 1 concern, by providing them with affordable health insurance. Its health insurance company covers 23,000 workers in New York State and has $105 million in annual revenue.

Adobe Encouraging Flights to US For Cheaper Prices |  ZACH SUTTON | F|Stoppers
Adobe pushes Australian's into the Cloud. Will everyone else be next?:
While this price is comparable to the US price of the product, the box prices for their products are as much as $1000 more in Australia than in the US, for essentially the same products. “If Australian customers don’t see the value of Adobe’s software, they can buy another company’s software” Robson said. “Alternatively, they can take a trip overseas or import the American version.”

Self Distributing Your Film – Lessons from a Real World Case Study | Jonny Elwyn
| Premium Beat
The first lesson to take away from Lisanne and James’ heroic effort is that it is entirely possible to fund, make, distribute and ‘sell’ your independent film through your own hard work, determination and dogged persistence. The tools, platforms and opportunities are available and open to anyone who wishes to make use of them. That doesn’t mean of course that success is guaranteed...

For Photographers, Competition Gets Fierce | CAREN CHESLER | New York Times
Daryn Backal, 49, did a little of both. He said he once had a thriving wedding photography business in Victor, N.Y., charging $3,000 to $5,000 a wedding and bringing in about $90,000 a year. But as some new faces joined the field, charging less than $1,000, he said he saw his revenues drop to around $60,000 a year.

Timeline: A History of Editing goes digital with lots of new material
| Scott Simmons | Pro Video Coalition
Timeline: A History of Editing is an amazingly detailed book about just what the subtitle says, a history of editing. Written by John Buck, Timeline is something we’ve spoken about before but it recently got even better with the release of Timeline: Digital Edition One. This iPad specific book is updated for iBooks on the iPad with “photographs, video material, original brochures and animated patents, as well as audio clips and exclusive interviews that document the lives of editors and the craft of editing from the very beginning.”

Netflix: 4K Streaming Within 2 Years, 'House of Cards' 4K Encodings This Year. Can Indies Benefit? | Joe Marine | No Film School
I know some of you will already be saying that the TVs are too expensive and you need a gigantic screen to see the benefits, or that the broadband speeds aren’t up to snuff yet in U.S. These are valid points, but this transition is happening, whether any of us like it or not.

Postproducing “The Place Where You Live” | Alexis Van Hurkman | Blog
Of course, using my primitive compositing as a reference, I was then able, using Dropbox and with compositing supervisor Marc-André Ferguson’s help, to organize and hand off all of the plates to the team of artists and compositors who are remotely creating the final VFX, including the actual HUD graphics (graphics design by Brian Olson at Splice Here, compositing by Aaron Vasquez).

Brian Bowen Smith on Trusting Your Gut and the Creative Process | DL Cade
| Peta Pixel
In the above video, he uses three photo shoots to exemplify the versatility and creativity required to be one of the best. From Hillary Swank in a studio, to Matthew Fox in an airplane hangar, to Gabrielle Union on the beach, each shoot exemplifies a different lesson that Smith hopes you’ll walk away with.

Exploring the World of Color Theory with a 3D Modeling Program | Mark Meyer
| Peta Pixel
Pretty pictures...I don't really understand it all:
Once in XYZ space it is easy to see that the ProPhoto gamut completely contains the smaller AdobeRGB gamut. You can also see that the white points (the top right vertex in this image) are aligned because I have adapted them to D50. It’s a necessary step when comparing colorspaces with different white points.

How Groucho Marx was saved | SEAN COLE | Salon
Interesting tale about the - almost - loss of a television classic:
And they were running out of room, so they were either going to destroy it – which they did all the time. I think there’s a lot of the Steve Allen stuff from “The Tonight Show” that’s all gone. One of Groucho’s very close friends, Oscar Levant, had a local show in L.A. called “Information Please” and it was apparently incredible. It was all Cinescopes, and I think it was all destroyed.

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