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July 15, 2018

Watch: How to Create Cinematic Titles in After Effects

Learn how to introduce your film with a killer title.

In many cases, the title is the first taste your audience gets of your entire film, which is why it’s so important to get it right. This process can be pretty tricky and labor intensive, especially if they’re animated, but if you have the right assets and a little creativity you’re well on your way to designing something sexy. In this tutorial, Joshua Noel of SonDuck Film offers up not only a step-by-step guide on creating cinematic titles in After Effects but also a bunch of great tips that’ll help you as you try it on your own. Check it out below:

So, maybe the title design from the video won’t work for your specific project, but there are a bunch of great pieces of advice that you can pull from Noel’s tutorial that will aid you as you create your own.

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July 14, 2018

5 Ways You Can Woo Your Film Clients with Great Communication

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July 13, 2018

Humanity Through Animation: Director Alexandre Espigares on Netflix's 'White Fang'

When developing ‘White Fang’, maintaining the tone of Jack London’s original book was of utmost importance to Alexandre Espigares.

If you’ve ever felt alone, scared, angry, on the defensive, excited, hungry, or in love, then you’ll certainly empathize with the protagonist of the new Netflix film, White Fang, a truly human story about the life—from puppyhood to adulthood—of a wolf-dog.

As we watch White Fang move through the world, we empathize with his struggles as we would with a human, a human, that is, with experience in dogfighting. Featuring voiceovers from Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Paul Giamatti and others, the film has a full Alaskan sled-load of excitement, complete with powerful, compassionate writing set against a beautifully visualized backdrop.

No Film School spoke with director Alexandre Espigares about the challenges of making his animated film, now available on Netflix.

No Film School: Can you tell me a little bit about how you achieved the half-drawn, half-photorealistic quality of the film?

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July 13, 2018

'Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives' Director Tom McLoughlin on How Comedy Can Produce Great Horror

One of the best entries in the ‘Friday the 13th’ franchise was made by one of its most versatile directors.

The most highly spirited, self-referential, all-around-good-time entry in the lucrative 12-film-deep Friday the 13th slasher franchise, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is the crème de la crème of the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees’ numerous film acting credits. Released in theaters on August 1st, 1986, the film was heralded as a breath of welcomed fresh air, debuting in the number two slot at the North American box office (behind the prosperous third week of James Cameron’s Aliens).

Written and directed by Tom McLoughlin, a 36-year-old musician, mime, stuntman, and yes, filmmaker, not only did the film do what its title stated it would (resurrecting our machete-wielding maniac), but it also infused hearty laughs and a lighter tone upon the typically dead serious franchise. The expectedly large body count would still be amassed, of course (scroll down to see one of the film’s highlights: the funniest triple decapitation you’ll ever witness), but not without its own touch of irony and grim wit.

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July 13, 2018

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, July 13

SXSW 2019 Daily Chord

This week, the Daily Chord shared stories about festival bubbles, biometric ticketing, dominant streaming, and yet another shady, canceled event. Keep current on what’s new and what’s important in music news with our updates each weekday. Subscribe to the email update and the headlines will come to you.

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July 13, 2018

Filmstro & BAFTA Want to Give You $40K Worth of Gear for a Five-Minute Short

If you use Filmstro to score a short film, you could win a package that includes serious goodies from Blackmagic, Zacuto, Rode, and more.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Filmstro have announced a joint Short Film Competition for anybody from anywhere about anything, as long as you’re at least 18 years old (sorry younger teenagers!). The films will be judged by panelists that include Philip Bloom and Darious Britt, and the deadline is in August with the winners being announced in September.

Here’s the call from Filmstro:

Create a short film about ANYTHING you want. It can be fiction or non-fiction and any genre (including documentary). You must use Filmstro music in your short film. We’re giving ALL of our entrants 100% free 60-day access to the entire Filmstro music catalog. You can get access to Filmstro by clicking on the ‘Access Filmstro’ button on our BAFTA short film contest page.

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July 13, 2018

Saigon Rainy Days through Illustrations

Saigon Rainy Days through Illustrations

Let’s explore Saigon, Vietnam through illustrations by a bunch of folks including: Maxk Nguyen, Thai Thanh Do, Kawako Giang Nguyễn, Nguyễn Thành Vũ, Thinh Le, Hạnh Huỳnh, Người Đá, Vũ Hải Long and Nguyễn Thành Chiến. This amazing crew has created a tremendous series by illustrating scenes from the streets of Saigon in Vietnam. I loved the visual approach and of course the attention to details for each piece. From eventually the rain, the lighting, the character and going all the way to the reflection of the water on the floor from the rain falling down. Makes everything else magical!

The rainy season in Saigon is truly rainy. It rains from morning to noon, from evening to midnight. Wake up in the rain Saigon’s climate is like a switch, bone-dry is just one flip away from ever-wet. As hurried as the raindrops, thousands of wheels covered in colorful raincoats roll ceaselessly back and forth the city’s drippy face. Somewhere in the heavy pitter-patter, street cries still echo from the tireless feet. They keep walking because in Saigon, the rain will dry for the sun will shine


  • Creative Director: Maxk Nguyen
  • Art Director: Thai Thanh Do
  • Illustration Artist: Kawako Giang Nguyễn, Nguyễn Thành Vũ, Thinh Le, Hạnh Huỳnh
  • Motion Artist: Người Đá, Vũ Hải Long, Nguyễn Thành Chiến

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Jul 13, 2018

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July 11, 2018

AT&T to sell the Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset in U.S. this summer

AT&T said it signed a deal to be the exclusive wireless distributor of Magic Leap’s products in the United States. First up to bat will be the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset that will be sold in select stores this summer.

The post AT&T to sell the Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset in U.S. this summer appeared first on Digital Trends.

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July 11, 2018

Meet Kareen Waris aka Waspa: 11-year-old kid with a tremendous drawing talent

Meet Kareen Waris aka Waspa: 11-year-old kid with a tremendous drawing talent

I think the title says it all basically! Meet Kareen Waris who is also known as Waspa that is currently living in Lagos, Nigeria. What is particular is that he is super talented artist and at only age of 11-years-old. Kareen started drawing at the age of 6 and his drawings are generally focused on portraits as we would call it: “hyperrealistic”. If you pay close attention, his drawings almost feel like a photograph. We had to feature his work on ABDZ, and we think he is the youngest artist we have ever featured. That’s very unique and impressive!

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Happy birthday @ibrahim_chatta

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Am back on instagram. Pencil art #hyperrealism #waspa …It’s in me

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Part of the portraiture I did in year 2017 @wizkidayo I am waspa.

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July 9, 2018

2019 Interactive Tracks: Design, Health & MedTech, Intelligent Future and More

2018 Design Session, Scaling Design Systems: Pixels to People – Photo by Amanda Stronza

Propose your original, future-focused session idea for the opportunity to speak at SXSW 2019! PanelPicker®, the official SXSW user-generated proposal platform, is now accepting session ideas through July 20, 2018.

Within the SXSW Conference, the following 10 Interactive Tracks each explore its close relationship with technology and delve into the latest advancements and ideas from the worlds of business, tech, healthcare, design, and beyond. Browse the 2019 Interactive Tracks below and figure out which programming track is best suited for your session idea.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

March 14-16 | The Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Track explores the ideas, investors, leaders, policies, and tokens that will be impacting global economics and business.

Brands & Marketing

March 9-14 | When building or maintaining a brand, learning how to engage a consumer and create brand loyalty is vital to success. With emerging markets in mind, learn from creative strategists in the industry on creating campaigns by way of data, neuroscience, storytelling, and tech trends with the Brands & Marketing Track.

Coding & Development

March 9-12 | New for 2019, the Coding & Development Track approaches technological advancements for engineers, coders, developers, and programmers, with a truly interactive and educational experience. Workshop format only.


March 8-12 | The Design Track covers how design informs our interactions, shapes our experiences, and plays a critical role in problem-solving. Attendees gain clear ahead-of-the-curve design-related takeaways that they can apply in their professional lives. The majority of sessions in the Design Track are solo presentations.

Entrepreneurship & Startups

March 8-12 | The Entrepreneurship & Startups Track brings together founders and funders of all stages to talk about current best practices as well as the most exciting new companies and services across industries.

Future Workplace

March 9-13 | The Future Workplace Track brings together HR, talent, and corporate leaders to discuss innovation and forward-thinking initiatives that will impact the future and design of today’s workplace.

Health & MedTech

March 8-12 | The Health & MedTech Track focuses on the new technologies and approaches being applied to health, medicine, and well-being, including a deep dive into how the ecosystem of patients, providers, and payers interface with technology to improve health in the communities where we live, work, and play.

Intelligent Future

March 8-14 | The Intelligent Future Track embraces burgeoning and transformative technologies that are embedded in everyday life. Programming will explore the impact of technologies such as artificial intelligence, deep machine learning, connected devices, and more.

Style & Retail

March 8-11 | The Style & Retail Track features conversations around technology’s ever-evolving role in shaping the in-store & e-commerce experience, sustainable & smart fabrics, customization, innovations in beauty, and conversations around diversity and inclusion.

Tech Industry & Enterprise

March 8-14 | The Tech Industry & Enterprise Track focuses on the forward-thinking innovation of today and what we project to be trending tomorrow. Join executives and leaders from a variety of industries to discuss the evolving landscape of technology driven services.

PanelPicker Proposal Information

PanelPicker proposals can be entered in variety of session formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, and more. Visit the SXSW PanelPicker page and read the PanelPicker FAQ to learn more about the PanelPicker entry process and valuable tips.

Looking for PanelPicker inspiration? Check out session highlights from SXSW 2018 below representing a range of formats and Interactive Tracks.

  • Can We Create Consciousness in a Machine? (Intelligent Future) – Consciousness is the deepest part of humanity. Now, innovative research is ushering in a new era of truly intelligent machines. They will be our partners in solving the great medical, technical, and scientific problems of the world. And their thinking may share some of the fantastic beauty, unpredictability, and creativity of our own. Join the world’s top thinkers on machine consciousness to debate the challenges and realities of this strange new world.

  • Designing VR Rx (Health & MedTech) – Imagine your doctor prescribing a VR application. That is the exciting future of healthcare and virtual reality as the two fields collide towards technology assisted medicine. Join Stanford, Framestore, Time Inc. + LIFE VR to discuss how they designed their relaxation application LUMEN as a prescription to children facing heart surgery.

  • Generous Parental Leave: A Liberty or A Luxury? (Future Workplace) – Many U.S. companies have meager parental leave policies that leave behind fathers, adoptive parents, and low-wage workers. For example, American fathers take an average one week of leave – with over half saying they took less than they needed. This panel will debate the value of having generous parental leave for all parents and delve into how to build out a parental leave policy in today’s corporate climate. A climate where the status quo fails to address the family needs that most people have.

Propose session ideas through PanelPicker® by July 20 at 11:59pm PT. All ideas received during the entry period will be posted online for the community to vote from August 6 – August 30, 2018.

Enter Your Idea Now

Join Us in March 2019

More SXSW participation opportunities are now open including SXSW Pitch, Interactive Innovation Awards, music showcases, film submissions, SXSW Art Program, and Place By Design.

Whether you’re hoping to share your next big idea or cultivate new ones – SXSW is your destination for discovery and collaboration. Join us for another exciting event from March 8–17, 2019. Registration and Housing opens on August 1 for the 2019 SXSW season. In the meantime, journey into the SXSW inspiration vault also known as our YouTube Channel to watch Keynotes, Featured Sessions, Red Carpets, and more.

Stay tuned to SXSW News for the latest SXSW coverage as well as all the usual social spots – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2018 Design Session, Scaling Design Systems: Pixels to People – Photo by Amanda Stronza

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