Peculiar Locations

Posted Monday, December 15th, 2014

The idea that filmmaking can take you around the world is extremely attractive. Sampling the delectable delights of South East Asia… or getting drunk on air (or lack of), standing atop and looking over the Argentinian mountain range. I would never have thought, personally, filmmaking would take someone somewhere like Bulgaria; to the communist monument of Buzludzha. SP member Michael Garrett made his first fiction short, ‘Last Contact’, out here and had some interesting experiences. The film has just finished a few

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Things aren’t always…

Posted Monday, December 19th, 2011

Does anyone know what this is from? It reminds me of one of Douglas Rushkoff’s maxims: You may always choose “none of the above.”

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Mozilla Webinar on HTML5 Video and Popcorn.js

Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Join the Mozilla Foundation’s Brett Gaylor on Tuesday, May 17th at 12.30pm EST (5.30pm GMT for those of you in the UK) to discuss how filmmakers and media producers can use Mozilla’s Popcorn.js to create HTML5 video pages. You’ll learn how to merge and synchronize any web element (for example Twitter feeds, Flickr photos, Wikipedia entries, Google Maps) to your video across all devices. For an example of how this works check out the demo at Web Made Movies. Brett

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Kevin Kelly – “Better than Free: How Value Is Generated in a Free Copy World”

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

An interesting talk from Kevin Kelly, most recently author of What Technology Wants. Kevin focuses on 6 key verbs in this talk: Screening Interacting Sharing Accessing Flowing Generating Even if you disagree with some of Kelly’s conclusions, I think these are all very salient points for filmmakers to consider too.

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Lance Weiler Keynote Presentation from Darklight 2010

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Lance Weiler gave a keynote presentation on transmedia storytelling at the Darklight Festival in Ireland at the end of last year. It’s worth a listen if you are interested in new forms of storytelling and connecting with audiences.

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Interlude: very cool new interactive video software

Posted Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I met Yoni Bloch at SXSW – he cracked me up with hilarious stories but I didn’t fully understand how talented this guy is. Yoni is a delightful musician/geek hybrid who has developed software called Interlude that allows you to create interactive videos. I recently checked out an example of what this software does and I’m impressed – it’s a pretty seamless choose-your-own-adventure video experience. Check it out: www.yonibloch.co.il/pretendtobehappy/

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Condition One – a new way of looking

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I was very impressed with Danfung Dennis’ fluid and perceptive camera work in Hell and Back Again – if you see the film it is hard to believe that he was shooting solo in Afghanistan on an overheating Canon 5D with limited memory cards that he had to keep switching out (often in the heat of battle). When I heard he was working on a new media technology project I knew we would be in for something very, very cool.

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New fund for interactive, non-fiction projects

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I’ve been consulting on the TFI New Media Fund, a new fund for non-fiction interactive or cross-platform projects that focus on a social issue. I’ve been interested in this space for the last few years and it’s fantastic that funders are now coming to the table to support this kind of work. If you’re interested in applying read the FAQ for more information about the kind of work the Fund will support. The idea is to bring storytelling, design and

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Sunday: Digital Bootcamp at the Frontline Club

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

And there’s digital joy in London this weekend too – Digital Bootcamp is coming back to the Frontline Club (where it all started back in 2009 – which is a long time in technology years!) Digital Bootcamp is a master class designed to help you and your film navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape. Shooting People’s James Mullighan will guide you through a series of case studies and practical examples (with a focus on documentaries) to help you get up

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Saturday: BAVC Producer’s Institute for New Media Public Conference Day

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Are you interested in interactive, dynamic, cross-platform storytelling? If so you’ll want to join TFI and BAVC at the BAVC Producers Institute for New Media Technologies Public Conference Day in New York City this Saturday! The conference features a fantastic line-up of speakers covering everything from data mapping, immersive production, gaming, interactive media, mobile tools, Augmented Reality and much, much more. Come along to find out more about the emerging tools and platforms that are changing the face of filmmaking

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