Posted 6 days ago

I’m generally astounded so many young filmmakers want to make movies in the Hollywood production style today, but they do. At the very point where cinema becomes digital and democratised, people want to emulate industrial production methods. Visual effects became digital, editing and film processing became digital, projection became digital, and even hardware became digital. DSLRs made cameras digital and miniaturised all the grip gear. It took the people off the dolly and shrunk everything like a Japanese chihuahua. Even lights are digital now; tiny, low energy, computer programmable lights. It’s amazing all this stuff happened - it is a gift! And it’s equally amazing there are so many people that don’t seem to get it. For the first time, the idea of the cinematic auteur is inevitably the dominant form of production. It’s no longer a tendency or theoretical construct, battling the studio system. It is the new dominant mode. The film industry may be in trouble, but the cinematic auteur is a new, much more exciting possibility.

(Source: splashnewsonline.com)

Posted 1 week ago
Don’t let greedy ISPs slow down and censor the internet.

Don’t let greedy ISPs slow down and censor the internet.

Posted 1 week ago

A Threat to Internet Freedom from The New York Times

New rules proposed by the F.C.C. could turn the internet from a utility - like the electric in your house, which works with any lamp, not just Ikea lamps - into a private tollbooth with the cable and phone companies acting as gatekeepers. Web pages that reflect the world-view of Rupert Murdoch will load quickly, and web sites and services Rupert *doesn’t* like will load v-e-r-y s-l-o-wly. And while you wait for the site to load, hoping to order some Thai food from a local restaurant, a popup will display an online menu for an international chain of pizza shops with a reputation for misogyny and racism. Order now. Or wait for the local shop site to load. Eventually. It’s your choice.

Posted 1 week ago
a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence.
Posted 2 weeks ago

America’s Funniest Robots via a whole bunch of people including Kottke.org

(Source: pierregrassou)

Posted 4 weeks ago
SanDisk Extreme II SSDs appear to have triple the write speed of the older Extreme drives. 

SanDisk Extreme 120GB disk speed compared to newer SanDisk Extreme II 240GB. 

I have been using the older Extreme SSDs with both the Blackmagic Cinema camera and Production camera. Raw 4k seems to be the only thing the earlier SanDisk Extreme SSDs can’t record. 4k ProRes is fine. Raw on the Cinema camera is fine. 

From the tests, it seems clear why the SanDisk Extreme (I) would drop frames on 4k raw, and why we would expect the SanDisk Extreme II disks to work very well. 

SSD = Solid State Drive

SanDisk Extreme II SSDs appear to have triple the write speed of the older Extreme drives.

SanDisk Extreme 120GB disk speed compared to newer SanDisk Extreme II 240GB.

I have been using the older Extreme SSDs with both the Blackmagic Cinema camera and Production camera. Raw 4k seems to be the only thing the earlier SanDisk Extreme SSDs can’t record. 4k ProRes is fine. Raw on the Cinema camera is fine.

From the tests, it seems clear why the SanDisk Extreme (I) would drop frames on 4k raw, and why we would expect the SanDisk Extreme II disks to work very well.

SSD = Solid State Drive

Posted 1 month ago

Footage shot with Metabones Canon EF to BMPCC Active Speed Booster by James Miller @millerandmiller.

This lens adapter lets you attach Canon EF lenses to a m43 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and control the aperture electronically. It improves field of view, light sensitivity, and depth of field. Essential and glorious!

(Previous versions of the adapter were fully manual. EF lenses are electronic and want an adapter with electronic aperture control.)

More from James Miller.

More from EOSHD.

Posted 1 month ago
Posted 1 month ago

Make Music Through Movement | Machina’s MIDI Jacket. Complex midi controller built into clothing, operated via gestures (and buttons and switches).

Posted 1 month ago

How the human brain responds to stories, and the power of empathy for action.

"The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak’s film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak, a founding pioneer in the emerging field of neuroeconomics, closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed Ben’s story. What he discovered is that even the simplest narrative, if it is highly engaging and follows the classic dramatic arc outlined by the German playwright Gustav Freytag, can evoke powerful empathic responses associated with specific neurochemicals, namely cortisol and oxytocin. Those brain responses, in turn, can translate readily into concrete action—in the case of Dr. Zak’s study subjects, generous donations to charity and even monetary gifts to fellow participants. By contrast, stories that fail to follow the dramatic arc of rising action/climax/denouement—no matter how outwardly happy or pleasant those stories may be—elicit little if any emotional or chemical response, and correspond to a similar absence of action. Dr. Zak’s conclusions hold profound implications for the role of storytelling in a vast range of professional and public milieus."

Posted 1 month ago
Reset the Net. Take back your privacy and freedom.

Reset the Net. Take back your privacy and freedom.

Posted 1 month ago

John Oliver kicks off the campaign for net neutrality. He explains US cable companies are holding service providers like Netflix to ransom by slowing down their web sites until they pay up. Currently the cable companies are trying to change the law to allow them to convert the extortion racket into a toll booth.

Posted 1 month ago

Nurture Group Network Training | The learning you need, to nurture

Nurture Group Network commissioned us to create a short movie to promote their training courses.

Shot on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera - ProRes, film, 25fps - relying heavily on Canon 100mm f2.8 lens.

The training courses are very popular, so the purpose of the movie is really to just ‘seal the deal’ for people thinking about coming on a course. We pre-interviewed a number of delegates and eventually asked a primary school teacher and SENCo, Elizabeth Santos to feature.

Filming took place at the Nurture Group Network headquarters in London over the three days of the accredited training course, and we are grateful to Helen Stollery, who led the course, and all of the trainees who were so patient in allowing us to join them.

The Nurture Group Network
nurturegroups.org

Posted 2 months ago
More than 70 MPs & 140 Lords have interests in private healthcare firms. Should these people be trusted with the NHS?

For more, see Compilation of Parliamentary Financial Links to Private Healthcare, from Social Investigations.

There is now an NHS political party: National Health Action Party

Also see, NHS for Sale, which documents changes to the NHS.

More than 70 MPs & 140 Lords have interests in private healthcare firms. Should these people be trusted with the NHS?

For more, see Compilation of Parliamentary Financial Links to Private Healthcare, from Social Investigations.

There is now an NHS political party: National Health Action Party

Also see, NHS for Sale, which documents changes to the NHS.

Posted 2 months ago

Watch particles swirl in the world’s atmosphere. “Different kinds of particles are a different color,” explains climate scientist, Gavin Schmidt. “The easiest to see are the reddy-orange particles; those are dust and you can see them streaming them off the Sahara,” Also worth noting: white particles (pollution from burning coal and volcanoes); red dots (fires over a particular period); and blue color (seasalt being whipped up into air by the wind). Why should we care about any of this? “All of these particles in the air also affect the climate,” Schmidt says. Bringing together these disparate data in order to see how they all work together allows scientists to consider different future scenarios — and then plan for them.