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Thursday, July 31, 2014


Fun clip with Stefan Sagmeister where he sounds off on people. And yes, storytelling is the object!

Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister, creator of the firm Sagmeister & Walsh, talks about the transformation of the term storyteller in to a meaningless buzzword. “Story-teller” has been swept in to the lexicon of trendy art-speak, which bears many similarities to corporate jargon, in that it is a way to say something that sounds good without having to think too critically about it. Stefan Sagmeister has been an insider in the art world for many years, and has designed for diverse clients like the Guggenheim Museum and Lou Reed.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LA Short Film Festival

2 more days! Support your local indie filmmakers:


This year, LA Shorts Fest will showcase 233 films from 17 countries, including the USA, France, Australia, Chile, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Uruguay, Germany, Colombia, Sweden, Thailand, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, Israel, and Spain. 
Showcase Shorts Directed by Luke Wilson, James McTeigue, and Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Strong, Tony Hale, Jerry Stiller, Edward Asner, Sam Jaeger, Burt Young and Camilla Belle.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

short films screening tonight at the Egyptian!

Support your local indie filmmakers! 
Short Film Programs 2014
Filmmakers In Person!
Local Shorts
Our third annual collection of inspiring and diverse shorts covering comedy, drama, animation and documentary genres from Los Angeles-based directors.
Jean-Paul Bonneau’s “Emergence” (4 min.) Beautifully shot short about an elderly man vividly recalling his life. Website
Fabian Martorell’s “The Coin” (8 min.) A homeless man (Christopher Lloyd) gives a young boy a gift of hope. Trailer | Facebook
L.A. Premiere! Kimberley Browning’s “Room 19” (20 min.) An elementary school teacher in Redondo Beach changes the way kids learn about the world and themselves through her innovative arts curriculum. Facebook Twitter
L.A. Premiere! Mitch Levine’s “In Confidence” (10 min.) Developed as a play through the Actors Studio. Molly leads viewers through the consequences of her provocative choices - and on a roller coaster of emotions. Trailer | Website | Facebook
Emily Dell’s “The Compass Rose” (6 min.) Amanda thought she was safe in her isolated vineyard, but a woman in black disagrees. Website
Derek Schweickart’s “Picked Up” (11 min.) Two ex-lovers meet along the Chandler bike trail and must decide if it’s fate or a mistake.
L.A. Premiere! Walter Santucci’s “It’s a Lovely Day” (2 min.) The director of Margaret Cho’s upcoming animated series created this gentle parody of “Yellow Submarine,” to music by the Detroit Illharmonic Symphony. Trailer
Jessica Kaye’s “Fabian Debora, A Life for Art” (20 min.) This powerful documentary shows how art awakened a man from the darkness of gang life, incarceration and drug addiction. Clip | Facebook
Discussion following with all filmmakers.
Programmed by Andrew P. Crane.
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, Jul 17, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Anyone know about this? Thoughts? Reviews?

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for US$495

Fremont, CA – July 16, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for theBlackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495. With a normal recommended retail price of US$995, this Summer Special represents incredible value and is available for a limited time and will end on the 31st of August 2014. This Summer Special price is subject to limited availability, after which the price will return to the usual recommended retail price of US$995.
Since its introduction, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has been used in thousands of independent films, television commercials, music videos and anywhere cinematographers need a high quality digital film camera in a stealthy super small size.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes powerful features such as Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount, all in an attractive compact design.
This compact design allows the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to be used in more situations where a larger camera would not be practical. It’s so small that it can be used in situations in the field where a larger camera could be dangerous. The camera’s film look even allows personal video to be shot with the style and creativity of a motion picture film.
Unlike regular video cameras Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a true digital cinema camera as it includes a super wide dynamic range image sensor with 13 stops of latitude, allowing feature film quality images. A common mistake in the television industry is the assumption that more resolution means higher quality. Most cameras produce”video” looking images that suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera’s wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, DaVinci Resolve Lite 11 color correction and online editing software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.
To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage creates, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a easy to use SD card recorder that allows the full sensor dynamic range to be recorded in professional ProRes 422 (HQ) format, as well as 12 bit Log RAW lossless compressed CinemaDNG format. These files can be read by high end video software as they are all open standard.
“We have worked hard to set up this exciting special price to allow more people to afford a super compact digital cinema camera that they can personally own. However stock is limited at this lower price so customers who want to buy at this price will need to move fast,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We are extremely proud of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and we want to thank all the cinematographers who have send us examples of the work they have completed with this camera. We want to thank everyone for the wise and intelligent feedback they have given us and we hope this special offer is a great way to show our appreciation to the wonderful customers we have. For us, this is a dream come true!”
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Key Features:
  • High resolution 1080HD Super 16mm sized sensor with superior handling of image detail.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses. Compatible with other mounts via common third party adapters such as PL mount and Super 16 cine lenses.
  • Built in SD card recorder allows long duration recording with easy to use media.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Standard connections including mini jack mic/line audio in, micro HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, LANC remote control and standard DC 12 power connection.
  • Built in LCD for camera settings via easy to use menus..
  • Supports 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve Lite color grading software.
Availability and Price
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available now for $US495 until 31 August 2014 subject to availability from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

really cool infographic charting the productivity of some famous creative people!



Compiled by the productivity enhancing minds of Podio, this interactive infographic gives extensive details on the daily routines of 26 creative minds.

To read the full article and for more charts, click here: