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Unbelievable! A Man and Robots Collaborate in Magical Projection Mapping Video

Thursday 09.26.2013 , Posted by

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Forget all the projection mapping you’ve seen before. Nothing compares to this. Bot & Dolly, a design and engineering studio out of San Francisco has just released this astounding video that creates a perfect synthesis between real and digital space, all while projection mapping on a moving surface. The film “Box” below is a live performance, filmed entirely in camera (in other words, no editing was done). [Read more...]

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Microsoft Launches New 3-part Documentary Series, Starting With Filmmaker Chayse Irvin

Monday 09.23.2013 , Posted by

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As part of an interesting content development initiative to showcase their new Surface Pro product, Microsoft just announced the launch of a new 3-part documentary series that features “behind the scenes” looks at the work of three influential artists from various fields. The series notes it will be chronicling New York City filmmaker Chayse Irvin, NY-based animator Christy Karacas (Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Superjail!), and architect Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner).

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How Creatives Work: Reinvigorating Analog Processes with Nick Brandreth

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Nick Brandreth is unusual in today’s Great Recession professional environment. He gave up a lucrative career in the world of New York City advertising photography in order to follow his passion for art. He came up to the George Eastman House (the foremost museum on the history of photography) in Rochester New York, home of the once-prosperous Kodak Corporation and the world-renowned photography school at Rochester Institute of Technology, which he had previously attended. Here, he apprenticed with Mark Osterman, Process Historian at the Eastman House, in order to learn about alternative and historical methods of creating photographs. He gave up shooting digital in order to try to reinvigorate analog processes which have all but disappeared. Now he teaches at the Eastman House and will be trying to finance his new project through Kickstarter. It consists of photographing areas that would be affected by fracking and natural gas drilling in Upstate and Western New York in order to bring attention to the issue, using the alternative methods of photography he has taken as his medium. [Read more...]

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Print Black & White Photos at Home with a Smartphone Based Enlarger

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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As you shoot photos with your snazzy new Samsung Galaxy or iPhone 5, do you secretly long for the days of darkroom printing? Do you almost exclusively use the Inkwell filter when posting on Instagram? Are you a Lomography collector? If you even remotely wanted to answer “yes” to one of those questions, than this potential new gadget could be your dream come true. Called the Enfojer, it’s an old/new school photographic enlarger that creates real-life black and white prints using only your smart phone as the light source. Simple. Brilliant. I want one. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Akira Kurosawa

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by

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Akira Kurosawa is respected as one of the greatest film directors who ever lived, and as a master of the Samurai genre of Japanese cinema. Films such as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” Ran,” “Throne of Blood,”  “Yojimbo,” and others, revolutionized cinema and introduced Japanese film to Western audiences. He always said he didn’t like talking about particular films after he had finished them. He wanted them to do the talking for him. “If what I have said in my film is true,” he explained, “someone will understand.” [Read more...]

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96-year Old Man Writes a Song for his Deceased Wife of 75 Years and Enters It Into a Contest

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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When a 96-year-old man named Fred recently entered a song writing contest, he admitted that he couldn’t sing and had never even played an instrument… but that didn’t stop him from submitting. He simply sent a letter with the song he’d written about his wife of 75 years. Lorraine had passed away just a month before, and Fred couldn’t help but write a fitting tribute to the woman he loved so much. His song is called Oh Sweet Lorraine. [Read more...]

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The Storied Evolution of the Star Wars Logo

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to movie logos (or franchises for that matter) there are few as iconic as the now classic Star Wars trilogy… but how well do we really know the design behind that logo? As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right. [Read more...]

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Algorithm: Help Launch a New “Hacker Film” About Fighting Government Monitoring

Thursday 08.01.2013 , Posted by

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What if there was no such thing as privacy in the world. What if there was a group of people who had access to all your information. What might that group possibly do and how would the people react? This futuristic (and quite possibly realistic) situation is the heart of a new technological thriller yet to be filmed titled “Algorithm.” Developed by writer and filmmaker Jonathan Schiefer, the film revolves around a hacker-for-hire who discovers that the government is monitoring everything people are doing. He and his friends decide to fight back in full force. Does this story sound somewhat familiar? Edward Snowden has done something similar by becoming a whistle blower on the NSA, yet this story was written before the Snowden episode. Currently Schiefer and crew are looking for support in all ways, hoping to make their dream a reality and begin filming in San Francisco. [Read more...]

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Real-Life Griswold Family Builds Truckster Station Wagon & Drives to Walt Disney World!

Monday 07.29.2013 , Posted by

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With a name like Griswold, you’re bound to hear a few National Lampoon jokes going around. That was the case for one Georgia family… but they’re having the last laugh. Steve (not Clark) Griswold and his family are now the proud owners of a real-life Wagon Queen Family Truckster, the same amazing wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Their first stop? Instead of hitting up the fictional Walley World, the family headed to Walt Disney World for their first outing. Don’t get stuck under a semi! [Read more...]

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Movie Cars We Love: Photographs by Cihan Ünalan

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes the stars of our favorite films aren’t just the kind walking on 2 legs… they’re often the ones with 4 wheels that act as the main focus of famous chase scenes. Take the iconic Batmobile for example. The famous “mobile” has made it through a number of renditions, from the sleek George Barris built custom from the early 60s to the big-wheeled Tumbler of today’s Christopher Nolan directed films. Each one has sparked the imagination of viewers worldwide, inspiring some to create artistic tributes to their iconic forms. Turkish photographer Cihan Ünalan is that kind of fan, and he’s currently making a series of images paying tribute to famous movie cars and “mobiles,” giving us a refined look at their fantastic designs. [Read more...]

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