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August 26, 2017

5 Sweet Lens Effects You Can Create with Stuff from Home

Want to give your shots some interesting in-camera looks? Here are a few hacks you can pull off with stuff you probably have at home.

It can be tough giving your footage the look you want, especially when that look is distorted in some way. You can head into post and try your luck there, but you might end up spending more time and money than you anticipated. If you have a few lens tricks up your sleeve, though, you can tailor-make some really impressive effects in-camera in a fraction of the time for free. If that approach seems more up your alley, Ted Sim of Aputure’s A-Team provides a bunch of great ideas for creating interesting effects using free or cheap materials in the video below.

These tricks are great and can help you create some really cool effects, but I do have one word of caution: use a filter. I’m not a fan of putting substances directly on my lens, so if you’re going to use water, fog, or tape to create an effect, I highly recommend putting a filter on your lens first, because, you know, it’s cheaper to replace a filter with sticky tape adhesive all over it.

Here are the effects Ted mentions in the video:

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August 25, 2017

Watch: How an Episode of 'Rick and Morty' is Written

“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.” —Morty

Rick and Morty is one of the strangest hit shows to come out in quite a while. The Back to the Future parody sci-fi cartoon series takes audiences along on the adventures of a slobbering mad scientist and his anxiety-ridden grandson, and though the journies of these twisted Doc Brown and Marty McFly characters may be absurd in content, they’re anything but in structure.

In this video, James Hayes of FilmInTheMaking breaks down how Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland approach telling some of the wildest stories on TV by using a simple story structure concept called the “story circle” inspired by Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.

Harmon and Roiland’s approach to storytelling looks a lot like Campbell’s monomyth—and not just because they’re both depicted as circles. They both have:

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Source: NoFilmSchool

August 25, 2017

Filmpower's Bluetooth Follow Focus and New 5-Axis Gimbal Are Available Now

The Nebula 4300 5-Axis Gimbal and Nebula Focus Bluetooth follow focus are shipping.

Filmpower has started shipping the Nebula Focus, its new Bluetooth follow focus, along with an upgraded version of its Nebula 4200 5-Axis gimbal, aptly named the Nebula 4300.

As we discussed when the Nebula Slant gimbal was introduced last month, the Nebula Focus is a lightweight, wireless, Bluetooth-enabled follow focus that gives the operator freedom to move about 30 feet from the camera, which is plenty of room for most smaller productions. One of its stand-out features is that it can be mounted to the hotshoe of a DSLR, which makes it easier to balance the camera—especially if you’re using it on, say, a 5-Axis gimbal like the Nebula 4300—because it helps keep the weight closer to the center of gravity.

In addition to the Nebula 4300, Filmpower has also hinted at the release of a larger version, the Nebula 5300, designed for use with heavier cameras.

Other features of the Nebula Focus include an LCD screen to display battery levels, connection status, and distance to subject (up to 5m).

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Source: NoFilmSchool

August 25, 2017

The ultra-portable Pico Goblin is the first fully untethered VR headset

Virtual reality has never been this accessible. Meet the Pico Goblin, heralded as the first all-in-one VR headset featuring a user centric design. It’s now available for pre-order for $269.

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August 25, 2017

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, August 25

This week in music, streamer Spotify renewed their deal with Warner Music, which cleared the way for their IPO. Taylor Swift offered better ticket prices to merch buyers. Lists of music from the 1960s and fall 2017 were posted. The Daily Chord keeps tabs on the music news of the day, and provides links to the top six stories. Sign up for our email blast for a handy reminder in your inbox each weekday morning.

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August 25, 2017

Interaction Design & UI/UX: Cashtree App

Interaction Design & UI/UX: Cashtree App

We are taking a closer look at the Cashtree App from an interaction design & UI/UX perspective. There is also brand identity involved but let’s put that aside on this one. What is Cashtree? With the word: Cash in the app name, you just can’t avoid thinking that is related to money. Which is correct since it’s an Earn and Redeem Rewards platform aiming users specifically located in Indonesia. It’s an interesting approach vs business model since it’s based with Pulsa which is prepaid credit for smartphones over there. Give it a look!

MinJee Hahm is a UI/UX designer based in Seoul, Korea. Currently working at Cashtree, the project we are featuring today. Looking foward of seeing more of his work in the near future.

Cashtree is a digital rewards platform aimed to change the whole ecosystem on the Indonesian Mobile App Market. As a leading online advertising service, Cashtree offers a new way to satisfy both advertisers and customers. By accomplishing missions, playing games, purchasing items, discovering vouchers, exchanging Pulsa and more, people will enjoy an opulent lifestyle through the app. We strongly believe that Cashtree will improve the quality of life in Indonesia more than any other time in history.

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  • Art Direction & UI/UX: MinJee Hahm
  • Creative Design: DaSeul Kim, Muhamad Ridho, Yomi Sunanta

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August 24, 2017

#TBT: 25 Years of SXSW Film – David Lowery

To commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, we continue our spotlight on the careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more from our alumni with this week’s featured artist, Texas filmmaker David Lowery.

Much like filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Lowery’s history with the SXSW Film Festival started in 2005, when he came with the short Deadroom, which he worked on as an editor. Lowery has had his hand in every aspect of filmmaking. He’s served a variety of different roles including, director, producer, editor, and director of photography for 15 films. Notable SXSW premieres include, It Was Great, but I Was Ready to Come Home, Bad Fever, and Sun Don’t Shine.

Lowery has had a number of shining moments at the film festival. In 2009, SXSW had the pleasure to premiere his first feature film, St. Nick. The following year, he created all of our film festival bumpers, and in 2011, his film Pioneer won Best Narrative Short. On the conference side, Lowery served as a mentor in 2013 and in 2016, Lowery participated in a conversation with fellow filmmaker Andrew Bujalski where they delivered invaluable perspective for the next wave of aspiring creatives.

We are happy to share Lowery’s #SXSWFilm25 story with you:

“SXSW changed my life by helping me figure out the type of filmmaker I wanted to be. I’d always known I wanted to make movies, but I didn’t necessarily know how, or why. I figured it all out at SXSW. I met other filmmakers, I watched their films, and I showed some of my own and by and by I began to carve out a path for myself. SXSW was the first institution (and I hate to call it an institution because that word diminished the personal touch that makes the festival so wonderful) to recognize support and encourage my work. They provided me with an outlet, an audience and a community – and a greater understanding of what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go.”

You can watch Lowery’s most recent feature, A Ghost Story in theaters now. Lowery directed Disney’s live-action Pete’s Dragon with frequent creative partner and SXSW alumnus Toby Halbrooks as co-writer. Lowery and Halbrooks are currently working on a new adaptation of Peter Pan.

Stay tuned to SXSW each Thursday for more 25th anniversary stories.

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August 24, 2017

A Definitive Guide to Not Messing Up Your Solar Eclipse Time-Lapse – From Syrp

We’ve had a long relationship with the good folks at Syrp and they just sent me this article on shooting the total solar eclipse that is happening in …
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August 23, 2017

The Jazz of the Music Biz with Talib Kweli and More at the 2017 SXSW Conference [Video]

“I have to be me. It seems like it’s taking a chance, but it’s really being safe . . . It’s really doing the most efficient thing to just be yourself. If I tried to play it safe, that would be taking a chance or taking a risk that’s not worth taking.” – Talib Kweli

The Jazz of the Music Biz session at the 2017 SXSW Conference provides a dialogue on how the ethos of jazz music has been preserved in the modern music industry. Jarret Myer, Cofounder of Uproxx and Rawkus Records, moderates the conversation between iconic hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Grammy-winning record producer Om’Mas Keith.

Moderator Jarret Myer cofounded Rawkus Records, Uproxx, and Big Frame. His relationship with Talib Kweli stems from their work together through Rawkus Records, the label that released his early albums. Kweli is also an activist for reforms to the U.S. Justice System. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is a celebrated and prolific jazz composer and trumpeter who began studying music at a young age in New Orleans and honed his art at the Berklee College of Music. As a record producer, Om’Mas Keith has worked with many influential musical artists including Kweli, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and many more. Keith’s was awarded a Grammy Award for Producing Frank Ocean’s channel.ORANGE.

“We always learned that jazz was a synonym for blues . . . I don’t mean blues as in melancholy ‘woe is me’ music. I mean blues like the human being’s most sincere expression. Them excavating what is really going on within, and trying to project that as a means of communicating something and creating a relationship.” – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

The conversation centers around how jazz has stayed relevant in the modern music industry. The Featured Speakers identify musical trends that are in dialogue with jazz styles, they discuss the musical ethos of some of the major players of the style, and they make a case for jazz becoming even more prevalent in future music industry trends.

Watch the video above for the full 2017 SXSW Conference Session The Jazz of the Music Biz. Interested in being a Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2018? Read the 5 Reasons to Apply to Showcase at SXSW 2018.

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Jarret Myer, Talib Kweli, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Om’Mas Keith – Photo by Tim Strauss

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Source: SxSW Music

August 23, 2017

New Music! SXSW Artist Releases – Friday, August 25

2015 SXSW Showcasing Artist The War On Drugs

This week, we take a look at our biggest list of SXSW weekly artist releases so far this season. There is a good mix of artists in different stages of their careers as well as a good variety of genres getting attention this week. Let’s get right into it since we have so many new albums to listen to this week.

Last week the SXSW Artist Releases write-up featured the new album from A$AP Ferg, and this week the full crew, A$AP Mob, is on deck with Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy. British rock band CYMBALS return with Light In Your Mind. Veteran indie-folk artist Iron and Wine releases Beast Epic. Queens of the Stone Age will release Villains to add to their catalogue of stoner-rock. If you like your rock music a bit more experimental, Tera Melos has a new album called Trash Generator releasing this Friday as well.

Pulling from these weekly releases, we pick one new release and make a playlist for fans incorporating new music from past SXSW artists for them to discover. This week, we’re selecting a indie-rock playlist inspired by The War on Drugs whose new album A Deeper Understanding is getting released this Friday. Go ahead and give it a listen because these playlists will only be active for seven days before we pick a new artist to focus on. Keep up with our playlists on the official SXSW Spotify channel, and be sure to follow the playlist.

Release of the Week Playlist

Past Showcasing Artist July 21st Releases

A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy
CYMBALS – Light In Your Mind
EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring
Gogol Bordello – Seekers And Finders
Iron & Wine – Beast Epic
Oh Sees – Orc
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
Stephen Doster – New Black Suit
Tera Melos – Trash Generator
The Cadillac Three – Legacy
The Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Widowspeak – Expect The Best

The War on Drugs – Photo by Nicholas Kwasny

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Source: SxSW Music