Tuesday, November 30, 2010

News from Here & There

The Sound and Music of "The Social Network"
In this 45-minute panel discussion, moderated by Bruce Carse, music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are joined by sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor Ren Klyce to discuss their work on David Fincher’s The Social Network.

1920x1080 60p
Think you can only get 60p from a DSLR? The Panasonic HDC-TM700K will shoot 1920 x 1080. This nice little video shows what you can do by shooting at 60p and slowing it down to 24p.

If you're looking to slow down video, this might be a nice choice; video looks good BUT you don't get the shallow depth of field you can get with the right DSLR lens/settings. Camcorderinfo seems to really like Panasonic's offerings - and this camera - though some users have complained about the audio being marred by the noisy camera, and average low-light performance.
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding the TM700's 1080/60p record mode, and rightfully so. The mode records at a very high bitrate and it produced some of the finest video images we've ever seen from a consumer camcorder. The big downside, however, is that the TM700's 60p mode isn't compatible with most [current] editing programs.
Vimeo: Panasonic TM700 Slow Motion + Zoom H4n + Redhead Windscreen
Camcorderinfo: HDC-TM700
Amazon: Panasonic HDC-TM700K Hi-Def Camcorder with Pro Control System & 32GB Flash (Black)[$749.95]

Jaybilizer HDSLR Camera Stabilizer
Jaybilizer has a camera stabilizer that costs just under $300 (including shipping.) lists the features in a recent post, though don't really review it. There is a video showing the Jaybilizer 3000 and a "poor man's" stabilizer on YouTube which suggests the Jaybilizer does a pretty good job. Jaybilizer Offers HDSLR Camera Stabilizer
YouTube: DIY Camera Stabilizer Comparison - Poor Man's Steadycam vs. Jaybilizer 3000

How to Calibrate your HDTV
Far be it from me to tell you what your priorities should be, but to me, spending three bills to have a $900 TV calibrated seems as silly installing a $10,000 Viking range a 30,000 mobile home. Does this harsh nancial reality leave TV bargain hunters at the mercy of the factory calibration? Absolutely not — at least not those bargain hunters are willing to spend a few bucks on a calibration disc and a few minutes reading the rest of this article.
SoundAndVision: How To: Calibrate Your HDTV

KickStarter and The Price
A number of creative projects have recently rasied funding through the crowdfunding site KickStarter. Christopher Salmon is trying to fund an animated movie of Neil Gaiman’s short story, The Price.
Mashable: How Entrepreneurs Are Using Kickstarter to Fund Their Dreams
CNN: Website kickstarts fantasy film, iPod wristwatch

Low Budget Production
Mick Jones writes about the ever decreasing budget:
Over the 13 years that I have worked in the production industry, there has been a noticeable trend of production budgets getting smaller and smaller. This is the case across TV production, commercials, music videos and corporates.
NeedCreative: The Business Of Low Budget & Online Entertainment

Duke's new program: Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts
Covering a swath of artistic disciplines, the MFA’s proposal mentions “large-format photography, writing, web data mining, spoken word, nanoscale computing, audio and 16mm film” as some of the possible means of production, directed toward creating “powerful new works that engage and interrogate the world we live in.”
The Chronicle: Duke's First MFA

Martin Scorsese talks about Michael Powell movies
Video of Martin Scorsese talking about Michael Powell; who I've never even heard of!
IMDB: Michael Powell
The Guardian: Martin Scorsese talks to Mark Kermode about his love of Michael Powell movies

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