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Animation Filmmaking Technology VFX

“What Lives Inside” Official Trailer and behind the scenes

This is the future folks, computer companies producing a movie to be shown on a streaming service. Get ready to be taken to a world beyond your imagination. From Academy Award Winner Robert Stromberg, Dell presents What Lives Inside. Starring Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons, Colin Hanks and Catherine O’Hara. Premiering March 25th only on Hulu. […]

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Film Sound Technology

Synthesizers in the Movies

Hans Zimmer and his Moog Modular Composer Neil Brand celebrates the art of cinema music, Neil explores how changing technology has taken soundtracks in bold new directions and even altered our very idea of how a film should sound. In the last of three programmes in which composer Neil Brand celebrates the art of cinema music, […]

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Technology

1970 Rod Serling Ad for Radio Shack (video)

From radioshackcatalogs.com Radio Shack is closing. For those who were electronics hobbyists, like myself, Radio Shack was the likely introduction to the trends and fads in consumer electronics. AM and FM radio, stereo, turntables, open reel tape recording, cassettes, 8 track, CB radio, satellite tv, video tape, camcorders, phones, and cell phones. They also sold a […]

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Cinematography Technology VFX

VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull talks about the Future of Film … and Kubrick.

From the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. … Trumbull drives me a short distance from his home to a full-size soundstage and escorts me into a screening room that he has constructed to meet his ideal specifications: a wide wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling curved screen, with surround sound, steeply rigged stadium seating and a 4K […]

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Cinematography Technology VFX

Hyperlapse from Instagram

Product designer Chris Connolly, and software engineers Thomas Dimson and Alex Karpenko. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/WIRED From Wired. Today at 10am PST, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, one of the company’s first apps outside of Instagram itself. Using clever algorithm processing, the app makes it easy to use your phone to create tracking shots and […]

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Animation Technology VFX

The Congress, a film by Ari Folman.

The recent controversy about what Andy Serkis said about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Scarlett Johansson’s performance in Her are both indications of the rise of the “Virtual Actor.”  After seeing the fascinating trailer, I am looking forward to seeing this film. Please note the Fleischer and Kubrick comments in the interview selections below. From the website for The […]

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Cinematography Technology

Microsoft Research First-person Hyperlapse Videos

Microsoft Researcher Johannes Kopf ascends Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades with a GoPro. Standard video stabilization crops out the pixels on the periphery to create consistent frame-to-frame smoothness. But when applied to greatly sped up video, it fails to compensate for the wildly shaking motion. Hyperlapse reconstructs how a camera moves throughout a video, […]

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Cinematography Disney Film Editing Technology

Disney Research Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras

Disney Research demonstrated Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras at SIGGRAPH. Video cameras that people wear to record daily activities are creating a novel form of creative and informative media. But this footage also poses a challenge: how to expeditiously edit hours of raw video into something watchable. One solution, according to Disney researchers, is to […]

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Cinematography Disney Technology VFX

Lucid Dreams of Gabriel – Teaser

From Variety, Disney and Swiss pubcaster SRF unveil experimental short at Locarno fest. At the Locarno Film Festival, the Disney lab and SRF jointly unveiled an impressive experimental short titled “Lucid Dreams of Gabriel” (see teaser) which for the first time displayed local frame variation, local pixel timing, super slow motion effects, and a variety […]

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Animation People Technology

Glen Keane’s “Duet” at Google I/O Conference 2014

Interesting that a technology company like Google is turning to hand drawn animation. A celebration of life through the hand-drawn line, Duet is the latest in a series of Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories, interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices. Animator Glen Keane unveiled a first look at his latest and most personal project to […]