Archive for September, 2011

Let’s Talk Tablets

Today Amazon has announced the release and specs of its new tablet, the Kindle Fire.  The news about this is pretty interesting because it will be $300 cheaper than Apple’s lowest iPad.  While I can see some reasons for it having a lower price tag besides not being from Apple, it doesn’t look like it has many limitations, those being no microphone and no camera.  Now that we have competition in the marketplace we can expect better features in the future from both companies.

I’m an Apple fan but Amazon has something neat right here, and that is running off of android.  Android phones actually have more apps that control Canon EOS cameras from the phone.  That means not only could the Kindle Fire be used as a traveling portfolio to show clients but could also serve to be a field monitor for video shoots.  How awesome is that, sounds like a winner to me.  Follow this link to see Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos give the announcement.

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More Videos I Like

So school has started up again and is killing me.  But in the meantime I found some awesome videos

Dang, I really enjoy this guys use of blending modes.  The color cast was done with Magic Bullet Looks.

This is the trailer to a free film the filmmakers have on Vimeo.  The film itself was pretty good but I can see why they didn’t get it to any festivals as one of the main characters acting felt forced and some of the transitions early in the film felt foreign.  Also the film could have more reach if they toned down the swearing, too many F-bombs and this is too good a story for more sensitive people to get offended by the language.  I didn’t like the language either but it was the story that kept me involved.

Shot on a cell phone camera when the capabilities of camera phones sucked big time.  Yet this video works, great imagery and great music combined that just pulls at your heart strings.  Very well done.

How valuable are your pictures? I’m taking a photography class this semester and the professor related an experience he had early on in his career.  A young woman he had photographed for her senior pictures died two days later in an hiking accident and the pictures he had taken of that girl meant more than anything to that family.  This looks to be a great documentary.

A great little series pointing out the difficulties in producing documentary films.  Take a look, you’ll enjoy it.

And the last one for today is just awesome, I’d love to travel the world and do something like this.  But unfortunately the money is not flowing.  Oh well, I can still dream right.

 

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Data Wrangling Basics

Every job on set is of equal importance but if there is one that is not as appreciated as much I would say it would be the data wrangler.  The data wrangler’s job is that of copying all images and sound acquired digitally to at least two separate backup drives.  So if the data wrangler makes a mistake there is good chance that a whole days work might be lost, and that is not good at all.  So for those just starting out on a data wrangling job and feel a little overwhelmed, Evan Luzi from The Black and Blue has you covered and will give you a couple pointers:

He goes into more detail and shows you how you should layout your folders for the footage in this next video:

Evan is using a basic kit which includes a Macbook Pro, card reader and two hard drives. One thing to remember about hard drives is that the production will buy them, do not buy them with your own money or the money you are being paid for the job.  The hard drives go straight to editing and you will never see them again.

Good luck on your next data wrangling adventure.

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