Sunday, July 10, 2011

Odds & Ends

7 Things FIlmmakers Eat For Breakfast | Elliot Grove | Raindance
Some great - and different - tips to get you going in the morning!
4. Exercise
A healthy body means a healthy mind. Don't ignore it. It's not just about going to the gym either. Learn some of the stretching exercises like Yoga or Pilates. Stretching exercises release energy, keep you supple and healthy and fights aging.

What color are the sash and bonnet in this painting? Wrong. | Esther Inglis-Arkell | IO9
Interesting article about how the names of colors have changed. Also check xkcd article for an amusing take on how men and women see - or describe - colors.
At the time this was painted, over 200 years ago, they would have been considered yellow. Colors aren't as eternal as we imagine them to be. The way our cultures perceive colors changes over time, just like everything else.
xkcd: Color Survey Results

How Much To Charge For Camera Work. What’s Your Day Rate? | Jared Abrams | Wide Open Camera
What to charge? Always a difficult question, especially when you are starting out in the business. Jared offers his thoughts, and actual rates. A couple of the comments are worth reading too:
I feel comfortable asking for around $1K per day camera and lighting package included. I think this is a fair price for the work that I do, and the gear that I bring to the party. This is based on a ten hour work day, one DSLR or AF100 style camera package and a small lighting kit.

Google Web Fonts | Google
Google has made available several hundred fonts for use on web pages. You can also download the TrueType files for the fonts. There's a large collection of "handwritten" fonts as well as display, serif and san-serif.

The 15 Most Innovative Companies Of All Time | Patricia Laya | Business Insider
A picture survey of the 15 most innovative companies of all time; as long as you mesure innovation by the number of patents you own. [Using this brilliant metric, the best guitar player in the world is the one who owns the most guitars? -Ed] Such measurements of success could only come from a true, business insider!
IBM is number 1, Canon number 3 and Sony way down at 7 and Samsung at 6. Wait, Samsung scored higher than Sony?!
Yes, well, of course, this is just the sort blinkered philistine pig ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage.
-Monty Python

Top Ten Tips For Titling Your Movie | Chris Jones | ChrisJonesBlog
Chris, co-author of The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook and Handbook, offers some interesting tips and ideas for picking a movie title:
As humans, we make immediate and long lasting judgements in that very first moment of experience. Much like seeing someone across a room who catches your eye, a title should attract both powerfully and authentically, promising something exciting, stimulating, thought provoking and mysterious…
Amazon: The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook
Amazon: The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (All New American Edition)

Hitchcock's Elevator Story | Peter Bogdonavich | Harper's Magazine (from Netjaunt)
Years ago I came across this fun little story from Peter Bogonavich, then yesterday was reminded of it. Of course a quick Google search turned it up...
"Well, it was a quite shocking, I must say -- there was blood everywhere!" Alfred Hitchcock began suddenly from the rear of the elevator...

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