Technology for Storytelling

  • George Lucas, Gene Youngblood and Expanded Cinema
    I ran across this video a few years ago and found it very prescient of the landscape of today’s media technology . I forgot about it until I heard Gene Youngblood died. He and George talk about how hard it is to get into “Hollywood” and that technology will allow everybody to make films, with […]
  • Revisiting Gordon Parks
    Recently TCM played two of the Gordon Parks films, Shaft (1971) and The Super Cops (1974). Both held up very well and you could see many creative influences they had on other early 70’s movies like Dog Day Afternoon and French Connection. Among his other talents he also wrote songs and poetry. Like Stanley Kubrick […]
  • The 30th anniversary of Jim Henson and Muppet*Vision 3D
    Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Jim Henson. I was working on Muppetvision 3D at Imagineering when he died. I was so excited that Disney was buying the Muppets. I think that Jim Henson was another Walt Disney
  • Here We Go Again: The Digital Cinema Revolution Begins
    Happy Birthday to George Lucas! As we know George was a big proponent of the use of digital technology in cinema. When I worked at Sony in the 1990’s, we were on the cutting edge of using digital cameras for cinematography.
  • Kubrick, Pudovkin’s Film Technique and Eisenstein
    Kubrick: I read Eisenstein’s books at the time, and to this day I still don’t really understand them. The most instructive book on film aesthetics I came across was Pudovkin’s Film Technique, which simply explained that editing was the aspect of film art form which was completely unique, and which separated it from all other art forms.


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