For your Netflix Delectation|
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 30, 2009 at 8:54:51 am
One of my favorite Netflix features is that you can stream movies in your queue. Add this one to your queue so that you can start streaming it to your computer right now: Henry Poole Is Here. The trailer's vibe makes it seem wacky...but it's not. The music is all wrong, NOTHING like the music in the movie. But it might still give you some idea: it's slow, quiet, lyrical, a little sad, and very sweet, about what you might find at the end of your rope.
And you can start streaming it now.
I gotta tell you. We've really gotten...
Blu-ray feeling blue?|
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:35:11 pm
As a guy who regularly talks about trends in media consumption and distribution, allow me to make the observation that people who talk about trends in in media consumption and distribution are idiots. Including me. We're hardly ever right about anything.
However, money talks. DVD buying peaked between somewhere around 2007, and has been trending downward since then. While Blu-ray buying is on the rise, it doesn't amount to much in the overall video buying world - certainly nowhere near enough to compensate for the decline in overall DVD sales. Says a senior analyst at Screen Digest , "We don't expect...
The Art and Science of Joseph Kosinski|
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 2:54:24 pm
I noted in my entry on the Tron sequel that a speedy look at Joseph Kosinski’s IMDb profile reveals virtually nothing -- not even his birthday. I’m amazed that nobody has gotten around to it yet, but he doesn’t even have an entry at Wikipedia.
(I wonder if it's related to the absence of an entry on the Tron sequel. Probably. The only power in the universe I can think of that's more powerful than the masses converging on Wikipedia is Disney.)
And so we ask,
who is this man, and why is he directing the sequel to Tron?
I first discovered...
Tron 2 Review|
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 9:48:02 am
More specifically, a review of the rapidly emerging news about the slice of nerd-vana that may or may not be named Tron 2.
Those of us who became devoted some classics of science fiction filmmaking between, oh, I don’t know, let’s say 1977 and 1983, have reasons to cast the stink eye in the direction of latter-day sequels, prequels and such. One of those classics is 1982’s “Tron,” and you don’t need me to explain why .
Yet even in this post-stink-eye era, the word on its sequel is nothing but good so far – including the news that it’s...
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 19, 2009 at 6:46:40 pm
In my Monday-morning breakdown of the numbers after the opening weekend of Monsters vs. Aliens, I noted a disproportionate share of the dough coming from 3D screens:
$58.2 million for the weekend, on 4104 screens 28% of those screens were 3D, and accounted for 58% of the gross! .03% --that's three-tenths of 1 percent -- of those 4104 screens were IMAX (143 to be exact)...and they accounted for nearly TEN PERCENT of the gross!
Now, IMAX is a name you know. Until very recently, it has been synonymous with big-screen stereoscopic projection. Really, it's the first major brand in this...
Sony's new 4K Digital Cinema Projector|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:37:55 pm
This isn't just huge news for people in the digital cinema business: it's huge for everyone in any aspect of show business, including slobs like us.
I saw the news of Sony's new 4K projectors on the front page of Variety.com.
Variety is barely peripherally related to the projection side of the business. This message is directly aimed at the people who make the movies: 4K is here...and the ideal use of a 4K projector is NOT the projection of 4K images. Its primary intent is for a full 2K for eacheye!! You can kind of get that from the last...
Wolfenstein 3D for iTunes!!|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:42:54 am
One of the earliest first-person shooter games, and maybe still the coolest , makes its way into the iTunes app store !
The image is from the front door of the game's official site. You can also find a truly wonderful story by John Carnack, its designer, on how Wolf3D made its way to the iPod Touch/iPod platform.
More coolness: the developer has released the source code! Tweak away, my pretties! And expect Doom and Quake soon .
(I'd forgotten that, in 1995, id Software had also released the source code for the original version of Wolf3D .
When Wolfenstein 3D was...
A Gizmo for a Global Depression |
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 25, 2009 at 9:31:31 pm
On my last trip to Bangkok I was in the equivalent of a Dollar Store at the IT Mall in Pran Tip Plaza, but I guess it was called the Forty Baht Store although I can't read those signs so I'm not real sure, and I stumbled across a little gizmo that I love - and only cost a dollar! It's the Asaki 9000 SD/MMr/RS-MMC USB 2.0 card reader. Short form: usb flash drive, with removable storage. It was only a buck, or 40 baht, depending on the state of the Thai economy, and came in cute colors, so I...
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WHO NEEDS LIGHTS ANYWAY…|
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:34:14 pm
A few years back my heart went out to my brethren New Yorkers, who in the midst of a blackout, panicked to the point of suicide and falling down stairs in the dark. I could not help thinking, why not light some candles? In Nepal, there is hardly any electricity during the dry season. For 8 months of the year, when there is no rainfall or snow melt from the mighty Himals, there is nothing to power the water turbines that supply the country with 240V, plus or minus. So all electricity must be bought from our neighbors in India,...
NAMASTE FROM THE COW BOG|
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:39:39 am
Greetings from Kathmandu Nepal! As most of you already know, Nepal is home to the great Himals (think Mt. Everest), dried-Yak Jerky, and Heli-Skiing - and Nepal is also home to some of the most creative "Creatives" I have ever met, with many of them still using powdered rock as paint and rolls of film instead of chips in cameras. But what many folks don't know is that within the bustling capital of Kathmandu, you can buy an unlocked iPhone or even a new unibody Macbook Pro at the local Apple Shop. (We don't call them Apple Stores 'cause to...
New DirecTV app for iTunes!|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 17, 2009 at 7:08:33 am
I came across this, and thought it was kind of cool. I'm not sure exactly what it's going to do, but take a gander.
DIRECTV is excited to extend an opportunity to the CE participants to participate in our next field trial.
This field trial is for a native iPhone/iPod-Touch application.
DIRECTV will be selecting a limited number of users that submit their information to the following site:
If you have an iPhone or an iPod-Touch and are interested, submit your information ASAP.
Criteria to be selected will be based on previous trial history, your activity in the CE arena, and...
A few of my favorite 2008 movies|
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 18, 2009 at 11:13:45 am
I like award season, year-end lists and all that. There's so much that goes on in the year, much of it frankly much more important than entertainment, that it's easy to forget some of the great stuff we've seen, heard, and read. And in the scheme of things, there's not that much that's THAT much more important than entertainment, is there? :-)
I hope to get around to other categories, but I've been thinking about movies. Oscar nominations get announced this week, and as I've mentioned before, the Oscars are as close to a holiday as my wife and I celebrate,...
Another Saturday night|
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 17, 2009 at 6:46:19 am
A note on a chilly Saturday morning....
Saturday night has become a dumping ground for television. Many networks are airing re-runs of shows that ran earlier in the week. HBO used to make a big deal out of Saturday as premiere night, with a different movie every week. Nope, not anymore. Their focus is on series programming on Sunday night. Same with Showtime (who, by the way, is up 10% in 2008, compared to POINT ONE percent for HBO) - it's all about Sunday night. I could go on with a bunch of other examples, but you already know what I...
New Television Pilot Completed|
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:14:31 am
Editorial has been completed on the new business television pilot developed by Biscardi Creative Media, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb. BCM Principal Walter Biscardi, Jr. served as Director, Editor and Post Production Supervisor on this project. Additional credits include Brian Mead for logo design, Aaron R. Stewart for graphics design and Brian Little for opening title design. The episode was produced in 720p HD. More details will be provided as the series moves towards full production of Season One....
Blu-ray and the Big Bag of Hurt; or, why no Blu-ray for me...again|
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 25, 2008 at 9:20:40 am
When Steve Jobs called Blu-ray a big bag of hurt, he was being asked why the new MacBooks have no Blu-ray drives. His answer spoke to the cost of licensing the hardware. When his lieutenant Phil Schiller chimed in, HE was speaking about Blu-ray content when he said that the iTunes Store and Apple TV was the right way to deliver HD. Steve knows how much a Blu-ray drive costs to license, so I'll take his word for it. I won't bust Phil too badly as an individual, because lordy knows he's not the only one to think that Blu-ray's...
Walter Biscardi, Jr. Directing new Television Pilot|
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:26:03 am
Biscardi Creative Media principal, Walter Biscardi, Jr., will be Directing the Pilot episode of a new business television series. Being developed jointly by BCM, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb, the series will feature success stories and inspiration from women in the business world. I m honored to be launching this new series as the Director and have always believed that editors make great directors, notes Biscardi. As an editor you know what you want to see and what you wish you had when cutting the show together. Knowing what will make the show better in Post helps me in...
BCM completes new Good Eats Animation|
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:54:40 am
BCM has completed a new historical animation for Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr., Aaron Stewart and Brian Mead worked closely with Alton Brown and producer Dana Popoff to create the latest in a series of historical animation that have been created for the Good Eats. This time it's a look at crackers, which have a surprisingly interesting story to tell! Animated by Biscardi in 720p HD, the one minute animation will appear in an upcoming episode in Winter 2008. Tools used: Photoshop, After Effects, Canon 30D camera, Crackers....
Footastic Theatre - A Study in Web Video Production|
By: Jacki Schklar on Aug 30, 2008 at 1:57:07 pm
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/43a40d1427 Above is the link for the first two episodes in my weird little new web series, Footastic Theatre. This is a study in producing for web as opposed to producing for video and encoding down to share. The premise is really short amusing engaging scenerios. Video crack. Watch one and you need more and you want to see them over and over. That s what I m working toward. We are showing only the feet of the talent. Why? Web video is best with close-ups and all headshots are not that exciting to me. It was rediculously easy to...
Wireless HD to your TV|
By: walter biscardi on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:10:27 am
Sony and Samsung announce a wireless HD signal that would send HD signals to multiple TV's in your home from a single box. But Sony is also involved in another effort to achieve the same goal. Wonder if the signals will ever been good enough for smaller Post houses like mine to send signals wirelessly to our production monitors. that would be pretty cool actually! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25805359/...
Festival Laurels for your award-winning movie|
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 27, 2008 at 2:08:39 pm
Ok so first you have to win some festival awards or at least be an official selection. Then you have to be on Windows. That said here's a very cool application that will make the creation of festival laurels for your movie's poster, DVD box, etc very simple.
Houston...We have a clip|
By: Jacki Schklar on Jun 25, 2008 at 1:55:43 pm
Well, I've been posting about it. My first comedy production, How to Live and Eat like a Southern Jewish Princess ...We have a teaser clip. Check it out and we'd love your funny vote! The embed would not work, please follow the link. www.southernjewishprincess.com...
FunnyNotSlutty.com Gives New Home for Funny on the Internet |
By: Jacki Schklar on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:58:42 pm
Press release for my new site. It s going quite well. Be warned, the comedy on this site has some adult content. If you are offended by Southpark, you won t want to go there... FunnyNotSlutty.com Gives New Home for Funny on the Internet Southern Jewish Princess Media Launches Alternative Comedy Site for the Fairer Sex Atlanta, GA, May 19, 2008 - Finding increased exposure for her comedy web series, The Retributioners , is a mountainous battle for Stephanie Scott. The producer is always hunting for sites beyond the youth-drenched YouTube and male-dominated comedy sites for an outlet...
Call for Female Writers, Producers, Comedians and Fans. Funny not Slutty is here!|
By: Jacki Schklar on May 5, 2008 at 8:59:27 pm
And guys can check it out too... www.funnynotslutty.com I thought it would be good to have funny content geared toward women in one spot. It looks like a lot of web humor is more guy oriented. Does not hurt to support female comedians, writers, humorists and producers either. There s a social network too if you want to check it out. Click Network! in the nav bar. Please take a look, let me know what you think, join the network and pass it on! Published this sucker this weekend and I still have a lot of work to do, but hopefully you...
Can you help save a dog?|
By: walter biscardi on May 3, 2008 at 3:35:07 pm
Folks I m a big dog lover and the happy new father of a 4 month old Labrador mix named Molly. We found her through a local Lab Rescue society called the Labrador Friends of the South. These folks rescue labs from local shelters where death is their next option. Now today I found this incredible website that seeks to save animals of all breeds from local shelters across the nation. http://www.dogsindanger.com/ The site s only purpose is to expose dogs who are about to be euthanized to see if anyone out there can adopt them before they are put...
Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro 2 of 2|
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57:38 am
Once we have the actual shot, we can then control the downloading of footage from the camera using Vision Research’s software. Thus far they’ve only released a version that runs on Windows. In order to preserve the Mac-loving image of Simplemente, we decided to run it on a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp. We can then select the ins and outs of any particular shot. Typically the exact moment you want to save is a tiny fraction of that 6 minute take and the rest is a lot of frames with no activity you can delete. The selected portions are...
Warner Bros tilts High Def DVD's to Blu-Ray|
By: walter biscardi on Mar 20, 2008 at 4:41:14 am
The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers has now lined up in Blu-Ray DVD corner effectively giving the Sony format about 70% of the high definition DVD market. They'll continue to release movies on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray until May and then switch exclusively over to Blu-Ray. This leaves Universal and Paramount along with Dreamworks as the only major studios backing HD-DVD. As a production company that had to jump into Blu-Ray production in support of one of our clients, this is welcome news for us. I have to say, if you have not seen Pixar's "Cars" and "Rattatoule"...
Go Speed Racer!|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 4:23:09 am
True confession: I hated The Matrix and its sequels. Absolutely despised them as dreck, a colossal waste of time, talent, and money. I really hate those movies so much that I can t find the words to describe it. Really, really, really hate them. A lot. I didn t hate Speed Racer, but I didn t love it as much as my friends did either. When it showed up in 1967 , it was the first major Japanimation to hit these shores, nothing like the early Warner Brothers cartoons that I loved, and still do. I eventually got into it...
Raising the stakes for DRM-free music|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 3:32:26 am
I ve written before about my enormous respect for Trent Reznor and his impact on popular music. Now, he s raising the stakes for everyone distributing any kind of music on the web. There was a lot of talk recently about how the release of Radiohead s latest album, In Rainbows, on the web before it was released in stores as a traditional disk, and how this was going to shake the music industry to its very foundations. Here s the exact headline of one such story, one of a gajillion you can find on the topic: Radiohead s Album Threatens...
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 1, 2008 at 6:23:47 am
The move Once was one of my favorites from 2007, and against all odds, a song from this lo-budget indie WON the best song award. It led to the most magical moment I ve seen in over 35 years of avid Oscar watching. Too bad you re never going to see it. It only aired ONCE, and Oscar is trying to make sure that you never see it again. Once is the story of two musicians who accidentally develop an intimacy that ultimately, very gently, pushes them back to their previous loves. It s sweet and beautiful, and has GREAT...
Oscar and us|
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:50:26 pm
As I write this, it's Oscar eve. Just like Christmas eve, only more exciting. At least to my wife Nora and me. In fact, our primary celebration of Christmas is going to the movies, preferably a movie where things blow up. A festival of bright lights if you will. It's not really the contest aspect of the thing. Most years we see a significant number of the nominated films. This year, we haven't seen a single one of the movies nominated for a major award. A lot of the movies look wonderful, especially Juno, but we just haven't gotten around...
Blu-ray and HD DVD: The Big Dog gets off the porch|
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:11:54 am
(Howdy to everyone who came here from any links after April 2007. Rather than edit this to reflect how things have gone since then, I created a new blog entry that you can find here. Other than this note, I've left the original entry unchanged when I wrote it. Interesting to see what I was right about, and what I was wrong about. One thing we were ALL wrong about, that the war would go on for another couple of years. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've not seen one single prediction before January 2008 that Blu-ray, which...
More thoughts on the format wars: Image quality|
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:04:36 am
I had a lot of fun writing the "The Big Dog Gets Off the Porch" article for the newsletter. (Check out my blog post on the topic too.) It took a TON of research, though, and I found a lot of things I just didn't have room to use. It also made me think about some things -- new stuff as well as stuff that's been kicking around forever. So here we go... This was never about image quality. Sort of. There were many comparitive issues that factored into the victory, and they never had anything to do with which...
NEW SYSTEM: The Apple Thread|
By: Shane Ross on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23:42 pm
Well, I am still awaiting my MacPro. Everything else has arrived: Kona 3 with K-BOX, HD10AVA, RAM, X1900XT Graphics card...heck, I even bought the pieces to the desk I intend to build today. I am discussing the arrival of my machine on this thread on the Apple forums. Trying to build tension, and have fun discussions that aren t meant to solve issues.I ll post desk pics when I get the thing together. I bought various pieces at Ikea, but the design will be unique....
Giants 38 Patriots 35|
By: walter biscardi on Feb 3, 2008 at 6:47:37 am
Going out on a limb here, but figured I d take a stab at predicting today s game. I m a Big Blue fan all my life so it s hard to go against my beloved Giants. They played a very tough game that last week of the seaon and while the Patriots are going to score a lot of points, I think it s the Giants by a field goal. enjoy the game everybody!...
Links to update your BluRay or HD-DVD Player!|
By: walter biscardi on Feb 1, 2008 at 6:58:14 pm
Amazon has put together a nice links page to update your HD-DVD and BluRay players. If you don't already know, many machines require firmware updates to be able to play the latest discs, particularly the recordable discs, such as BluRay BD-R discs. If your machine won't play that latest HD disc, check to see if there's an update for your machine. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_6251772_2?ie=UTF8&docId= 1000192641&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=special-node-offers-2&pf_rd_r=1Z4X 3ZCR0NACN0A0T70Q&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=360005701&pf_rd_i=B000Y5JFNY...
New Project/Adventure for me...Producing a Comedy Animation Series|
By: Jacki Schklar on Jan 28, 2008 at 9:51:03 am
www.southernjewishprincess.com For the animation we have title and character treatments, first script, voice is recorded, and away we go! WOW that must be sooo FUN! is what peeps are saying when I tell them I m producing an animated short series about a Southern Jewish Princess TV producer. And I hear/read this as I m coming off of 24 hours of mass hysteria over production and communication issues going on. Also wondering who will be our composer as one is not solidified... The main production issue resolved (for now) and it has quieted. Tony Ross, Director of Animation for the...
Internet Killed the Video Star|
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am
Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....
Inspiration from Modo|
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 7, 2008 at 3:05:18 am
I ve been fascinated by the photorealistic quality of images posted in the Luxology Modo Gallery. I ve been trying to learn from their workflow to see if I can do the same in Cinema 4D, especially from some of the free tutorials. I was struck by the level of detail in the shoe model posted there. Inspired by those images, I rolled up my socks and got to work! Trying to emulate the same in cinema4d. So folks here is my attempt. I think it kind of worked out ok. What do you think? let me know. As always...
Nintendo Wii Guarantee at GameStop|
By: walter biscardi on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:05:46 am
For those last minute holiday shoppers, GameStop in introducing an idea that is long overdue. On Dec. 20 and 21 they will issue rain checks for the Nintendo Wii at the standard console price of $250 . This will guarantee the holder a console no later than January 29th. With the difficulty in finding these units at normal times, let alone the holidays, I m not sure why they didn t come up with this idea sooner. We have one and I have to say it s the most fun gaming console on the market today. So if you re...
By: Shane Ross on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:53:08 pm
For in case you are ever in Hollywood and need to know the industry lingo, here is the Hollywood Dictionary. VERBS:to schmooze = befriend scumto pitch = grovel shamelesslyto brainstorm = feign preparednessto research = procrastinate indefinitelyto network = spread disinformationto collaborate = argue incessantlyto freelance = collect unemploymentNOUNS:agent = frustrated lawyerlawyer = frustrated producerproducer = frustrated writerwriter = frustrated directordirector = frustrated actoractor = frustrated humanCOMPOUND WORDS:high-concept = low browproduction value = goreentry-level = pays nothinghighly qualified = knows the producernetwork approved = had made them moneyFINANCIAL TERMS:net = something that apparently doesn t existgross = Michael Eisner s salaryback-end...
ANDREW JACKSON AIRDATE|
By: Shane Ross on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:06:40 pm
I saved posting the airdate until the time was close. Well, it is close. And it will air THREE times very close to one another...so you will be sure to catch it. a href=http://www.history.com/shows.do?episodeId=251189 action=detail target=_blank Andrew Jackson. /a Sunday, November 18 08:00 PMMonday, November 19 12:00 AM (that s right...MIDNIGHT)Saturday, November 24 05:00 PM Not sure if these are Eastern or Pacific times...there have been times when it was set to air at 8PM and I find that it is on a 5PM...so 8PM eastern, 5PM Pacific. But then it re-aired later that night.Anyway, this is my third History...
I saw Walter Biscardi in HD!|
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 11, 2007 at 6:07:45 am
To be specific, my cable system just added the HD feed of the Food Network. Walter handles the HD editing, color grading for Good Eats, among the most popular shows there. Walter also handles both HD and SD animations for Good Eats, among the most distinctive parts of the show. Wally and I have the Red Sox postseason to thank. Okay, and to a much, much, much lesser extent, the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies. The Red Sox were pioneers of local sports programming - among the very first to own their own cable network (New England Sports Network, NESN), the...
By: Shane Ross on Oct 4, 2007 at 3:56:01 pm
OK...I am posting a link to another funny video. Back in May I posted a link to the VERY funny http://lfhd.blogspot.com/2007/05/professionals.htmlToday, I d like to share with you... http://www.designerslashmodel.com/ Be sure to watch the BEHINDS THE SCENES videos too......