By: Mike Cohen on Feb 26, 2011 at 8:31:54 pm
Every few years I have been asked to make a video to help celebrate a family occasion. Weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Often these videos consist mostly of photos set to music and perhaps some interviews with family members. This year, for my dad's 65th birthday, we decided to kick things up a few notches. Due to my busy work schedule, this was, of course, a last minute project. The weekend before last my brother, wife and I got together with a bright green sheet of fabric and some fun ideas. 80 hours of editing later, mostly late at night,...
Here Comes the Bride|
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 9, 2010 at 7:28:46 pm
Once in a blue moon I shoot a wedding - friends and relatives only, and I do it my way.
Wedding video is generally only discussed on the Event Video forum here on the COW, I will devote this short blog entry to the subject for the following reasons:
Planning for and executing any video production entails logistics, pre-planning the action and knowing the sequence and being ready for anything, as well as the potential for finding oneself in a less than optimal situation. So while shooting a wedding is pretty low on the agenda for many working video pros, it is...
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...
The Biscardi Christmas Tradition|
By: walter biscardi on Dec 21, 2008 at 6:31:15 pm
Just want to wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. We ll be celebrating with an Italian traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes. I grew up on this tradition at home and about 5 or 6 years ago, we decided to carry it on down here in Georgia. We re expecting 21 folks on the 24th this year and every year we have old friends, family and new folks joining us for the first time. It s a wonderful evening of food and good cheer. Here s the menu for this year, and yes I pretty...
Hearing the world like never before!|
By: walter biscardi on Oct 23, 2008 at 6:28:19 pm
For the first time... in my entire life really... I can hear like most normal folks. All through life I ve had a pretty significant hearing loss due to essentially dying when I was born. The cord wrapped around my neck as I was being delivered, thus I was a blue baby when I came out. My ears turned out fine, but the nerves that carry the sound to the brain were damaged. I essentially have a 40% hearing loss, especially on the low end of sound range.Well, thanks to the constant persistence of my lovely wife, yesterday I became the...
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly|
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Sep 19, 2008 at 5:20:08 pm
Well, it s been an incredible ride so far this year: the COW has grown remarkably, with many wonderful new additions to the site, both in the infrstructure of the site itself and the people who now make this site a part of their online home — sadly, there have also been some horrible tragedies on the personal front that have brought solemnity along with the great joy that we find in building the COW. THE GOOD... According to Google Analytics , we will soon exceed 900,000 totally unique users a month — a staggering number when we remember that...
The Future...The Past...Old Friends, Long Gone|
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 10, 2008 at 1:49:57 pm
In the past, here and on the forums, I have discussed the merits of putting one's relatives on videotape. I can think of no greater use for video than in documenting those you wish never to forget. This past week we buried my last grandparent, my dear Izzy. While sometimes an annoyance, the video camera surgically attached to my hand at every family gathering, no matter how insignificant, has been my own conduit to the storehouse of precious memories. If I close my eyes, I can certainly envision favorite memories, places, fragments of conversations with people I have loved. But...
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...
Diamonds are a girl's best friend|
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:45:25 am
It is a well known fact that falling in love is bad for your knees! But after a fall you also need to go searching for stones. Since I am too bruised (pronounced as broke) to buy such stones, I decided to make one myself and as usual Cinema4D is my knight in shining armour. So folks, here it is: Happily, my better half loved it, even though she can t wear it! Thanks Cinema4D for making up for all those missed anniversaries and birthdays! Hopefully when I get time during the weekend I will post some workflow checkshots. Have...
One of the joys of moving...|
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:33:48 am
We recently moved eastward across the coast mountains, inland 30 miles or so, to the wine country of Paso Robles, California. This, after living for 20 years on the California coast in Cambria. We loved Cambria but its 340 days a year of temperatures that range no lower than about 50 degrees fahrenheit (at night), with a high of 72 degrees fahrenheit in the day -- again, for 340 days a year -- is the perfect breeding ground for mold and fungus. Did I mention that I am allergic to mold and fungus? So, following a stressful move, we settled...
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...
Pulling your Internet Connection for too much use!|
By: walter biscardi on Sep 7, 2007 at 3:51:01 am
So MSNBC.com has a story about Comcast pulling the accounts of internet users who hog too much bandwith. Wait a minute. How many of you have seen those ads on TV or in your magazines / newspapers? Cable offers you Unlimited Access. High Speed. Downloads 50% faster than dial-up. And so on. But now if you actually try to use too much of these services, you might get cut off. Comcast says they re trying to make sure everyone can access the internet properly. Well, then either improve your bandwith capabilities or make it VERY CLEAR what you are and...
Serious Apple Mac Collector!|
By: walter biscardi on Aug 21, 2007 at 5:52:46 pm
Now here s a guy with a serious love of All Things Apple! Over 100 Apple computers from the classics to today in his basement! http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/08/08/mac-collector.ap/index.html...
Please tell me you're reading Harry Potter|
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:21:27 am
It's impossible to overstate the impact of Harry Potter on the past ten years of world bookselling. As a bookseller in the mid-80s, I never imagined numbers like this could even be possible: 8.3 million copies of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" in the first 24 hours of US sales, with another 2.7 million in the UK. In the first hour, my former peeps at Barnes & Noble alone sold 156 copies per second! Here in the world of media, we know better than anyone that there's no connection whatsoever between popularity and quality (insert snarky pop-culture reference here)....
Harry Potter in 3D IMAX, um sort of......|
By: walter biscardi on Jul 12, 2007 at 3:58:43 am
I was really looking forward to seeing the new Harry Potter film in IMAX next week and even the fact that they had digitally enhanced it into 3D wasn t all that disappointing. Until I read an article about how once again, as they did in Superman Returns, only approx. 20 minutes of the film is actually in 3D. The finale. So I m going to skip the IMAX presentation because quite honestly, putting on 3D glasses at the end of a film (on cue) will simply break the experience for me. Either make a film in 3D or don...
Sprint supports Mac OS 10 for Wireless Broadband|
By: walter biscardi on Jun 12, 2007 at 6:07:58 am
So I ll be the first to admit, I m not a fan of the Blackberry. Really don t need that thing strapped to my waist at all times so I can answer an email at a moment s notice. Don t want to deal with that little tiny keyboard and besides, better than half the emails I recieve require some sort of document to be sent back to the recipient, which resides on my laptop. My wife convinced me to take some needed time off and we traveled to the Pittsburgh area for a great visit with her grandparents....
iPods may interfere with Pacemakers|
By: walter biscardi on May 11, 2007 at 3:31:52 am
Very interesting article posted on CNN.com that iPods can potentially interfere with pacemaker monitoring equipment when placed too close to the chest. In some instances as far away as 18 inches. As the article notes, most people with pacemakers are not the iPod listening audience, but still a very interesting development here. As the study notes, only iPods were tested to date and it will be interesting to see if they get around to testing other audio and small electronic devices. http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/05/10/heart.ipods.reut/index.html ...
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 6, 2007 at 9:15:49 am
Well here it goes, my first post on yet another new blog... Thank you, thank you. Please stop your applause. No, seriously. Okay.. While I ve started many blogs in the last 5 years with only a couple remaining (pretty much just personal/family type blogs) I m always a little hesitant to go all out with a new one - but having a blog on Creative Cow was really appealing to me since I have never had a blog primarily devoted to the industry I currently work in and my professional interests - and those are editing, motion graphics, directing, production,...
Ready for my "Good Eats" closeup|
By: walter biscardi on Mar 9, 2007 at 6:21:49 am
At long last, my Creative Genius will be unleased on national television. I will be appearing as the Negative Guy in a scene to be shot Friday, March 8, 2007 for an uncoming episode of Good Eats on the Food Network. The scene will actually be a family affair as my mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law are all in the scene with me along with my current edit assistant, Aaron. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully I ll have some photos to post in the next few days. Can t tell you the episode details yet, but as...
Wii! Get it for the Office!|
By: walter biscardi on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:29:56 pm
We brought a Nintendo Wii to the office a few weeks ago and lunch breaks have never been the same! Bowling high score is a 205, though I seem to be averaging about 170. I'm really enjoying the Wii Sports Golf game too and can't wait for the Tiger Woods '07 to come out in a few weeks. Seems like I never have time to get out for golf since I started my own business, now I can hit the links over lunch.