Sunday, January 16, 2011

News From Here & There

First Canon HF G10 Video
Nicolas Charbonnier managed to capture some video using the display HF G10 at CES in the trade show hall. It's probably not the best way to evaluate the camera - particularly as it's compressed on YouTube. He also has a video showing the XA 10 and HF G10 cameras themselves.
ARMdevices: Canon Vixia HF G10 Sample recordings

Apple iPad 2 Rumors
The good old rumor mill is picking up, and in addition to the possibility of two cameras, it seems that the iPad2 screen resolution may by doubled (or quadrupled if you're talking about total number of pixels) to 2048 x 1536. Any actual announcement is still probably at least two months away.
AppleInsider: Apple iBooks app indicates iPad 2 will quadruple pixels to 2048x1536

Google Defends Itself, WebM coming to Safari and IE9
Taking a bit of flake about it's announcement of dropping H.264 from Chrome, Google fires back. Says you'll still be able to use Flash.
They also say that WebM plugins will be coming for Safari and IE9.
AppleInsider: Google reaffirms intent to derail HTML5 H.264 video with WebM browser plugins
Engadget: Google defends H.264 removal from Chrome, says WebM plug-ins coming to Safari and IE9

The Social Network Script
The Social Network has been getting a lot of awards attention. Now Deadline Hollywood has posted a PDF of the script for those that what to analyze it closely.
Deadline: The Social Network [PDF]

Francis Ford Coppola Interview
Ariston Anderson interviewed Coppola at the Marrakech International Film Festival:
You must never be the kind of director, I think maybe I was when I was 18, “No, no, no, I know best.” That’s not good. You can make the decision that you feel is best, but listen to everyone, because cinema is collaboration. I always like to say that collaboration is the sex of art because you take from everyone you’re working with.
the99percent: Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

The Greatest Movie Never Made?
After 2001, Kubrick began work on a movie about Napolean Bonaparte. He spent two years on research, but ultimately it was never made, yet like The Beatles 27 minute recording of Helter Skelter, it has become legend amongst Kubrick fans.

In 2009, a limited edition ten book set was released that featured research notes, scouting photos, script drafts and the final script. Now a single edition book containing all of that material will be released this April.

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