May 23, 2020
Over 6 years in production,The Wanting Mare exemplifies true fantasy immersion with a DIY ethos.
The age old question: if you knew what you know now, would you still go through with your project?
For director Nicholas Ashe Bateman, it was never a choice. He’s been drawn to tell stories in a fantasy universe he’s held in his head since he was a teenager: the mysterious and expansive world of Anmaere. With a background as an actor, Bateman knew very little about VFX — he didn’t know if any of it was possible, but he just starting working. Six years and four computers later, armed with a copy of the Lord of the Rings DVD and a dedicated crew, Bateman’s first entry into his fantasy universe is now undeniably real.
May 22, 2020
A sad week for filmmakers, and film fans everywhere.
This week, we reminisce and share more about the impact, influence, and legacy of filmmaker Lynn Shelton. We also dive into the world of possibilities created by the Unreal Engine 5 and the new support of Apple ProRes in Adobe Premiere. Plus, a Deep Cuts Speed Round featuring TV Pilots.
We leave you with the quote from Lynn that stuck with all of us the most, “It’s never too late.” She said this in reference to making big career moves in the world of filmmaking.
May 22, 2020
Stop the presses.
The Panasonic LUMIX S1H is a beloved camera option for video shooters because of its versatility and lucrative recording formats. The full-frame sensor can record 6K 24p, 5.9K 30p, and both 4K DCI and UHD 60p with internal 4:2:2 10-bit sampling.
In August of last year, Atomos stepped up to announce that it would develop ProRes RAW over HDMI for the LUMIX S1H, and more recently set a date for its release on May 25th. Well, that has been changed.
The ProRes RAW capability has been pushed back to an undisclosed date as Panasonic and Atomos aim to “ensure the highest possible level of RAW recording.” While the delay is unfortunate, it’s better than receiving flawed firmware that will need additional updates right out of the gate.
Atomos says that “an unforeseen technical issue has come to light in the final rounds of beta testing that needs rectification prior to shipping.” Both companies are working together to complete the development as soon as possible.
May 22, 2020
Aputure makes available its highly-anticipated new soft panel.
The Nova P300c is a 300W RGBWW LED soft light panel that packs some serious color. RGBWW combines red, green, blue, tungsten and daylight chips into a single fixture that can dial in a wider color spectrum than an RGB light alone. When it comes to creating visually distinct color palettes RGBWW fixtures can offer unique lighting setups.
May 22, 2020
“Germ-zapping” robots that have been used successfully in hospitals might try to make it in Hollywood soon.
Since film and TV productions have ground to a halt in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen many different teams come to the table with options for getting back on set. Baltasar Kormákur is trying color-coded armbands. Other productions are quarantining together. Producers have written handbooks with potential guidelines.
But no one has suggested germ-zapping cleaning robots—until now.
The robots hail from a Texas company, Xenex Disinfection Services, and according to independent research, they are able to kill 99.99% of the coronavirus in 2 minutes. The robots use “LightStrike” technology, or pulses of ultraviolet light, to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
May 22, 2020
There are some trends like baking sourdough bread, pajamas as the new business causal, and to-go margaritas that will mark the year 2020. But there are also more “non-obvious” trends that can help us understand the moving parts of today’s ever-evolving world and prepare us to take steps forward.
One of the largest effects of the disruption we are facing today is the acceleration of ideas. Distance learning, ghost restaurants, esports, telemedicine, streaming entertainment, video conferencing, and more than a dozen other futuristic ideas are now becoming daily realities and going mainstream. Bestselling author and trend curator Rohit Bhargava shares how anyone can become an observer of the non-obvious and why the people who build this skill will be the ones who emerge from this time of change better prepared for whatever comes next.
“What can we understand about people and in turn about ourselves by paying attention to trends and by paying attention to all these things that are happening in the world?”
Bhargava defines a non-obvious trend as a unique curated observation of the accelerating present. And out of all of his findings, he highlights four non-obvious megatrends that matter right now, and how to actually use them:
- Revivalism: Rediscover the analog
- Human Mode: Focus on empathy first
- Instant Knowledge: Connect people with knowledge to inspire beliefs
- Flux Commerce: Disrupt your business and how you work
Now more than ever, Bhargava encourages us to observe and pay attention to the world around us as well as understand rather than simply consume information. And lastly, he reminds us to not panic.
“The people who understand people always win.”
Watch the virtual presentation and Q&A to hear more about Rohit’s ideas for “the now” and check back next week for even more SXSW Sessions.
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May 21, 2020
An epidemiologist investigates a new virus during the rise of a global pandemic. When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright began writing his latest novel in 2017, he could not have imagined how prescient and relevant The End of October would become in these stranger-than-fiction times.
Join Lawrence Wright and New York Magazine‘s Lila Shapiro for a SXSW Sessions virtual discussion about the rigorous research that went into The End of October, Wright’s creative process, and the heroes that are on the front lines of these pandemics.
“These [epidemiologists] are brilliant people but also they are humanitarians, and they’re incredibly courageous. So I thought it’s no problem to make a hero out of such a person.” – Wright on creating the character Henry Parsons
Wright delves into the inspiration behind his character Henry Parsons and how selecting an epidemiologist/microbiologist to be the hero was an obvious choice for him. Through his extensive research, Wright marvels at the willpower and valor of those who dedicate their career – and their life – to confronting deadly diseases, often times alone. “These are brilliant people but also they are humanitarians, and they’re incredibly courageous,” said Wright. “So I thought it’s no problem to make a hero out of such a person….They do work in obscurity and it’s only occasionally – like in a pandemic situation that we’re in right now – that you see how valuable they are to our society.”
During the research phase of The End of October, Wright not only was able to interview numerous infectious disease experts about their lives and their science but shares how they also helped coach him out of plot corners noting that “disease detectives are puzzle solvers.” Wright and Shapiro further discuss the how these sources are now some of the foremost experts in the country trying to find solutions to the current COVID crisis.
“Everyone knew this pandemic was on the horizon, they just didn’t know when it would occur.”
Watch the entire discussion and virtual audience Q&A with Lawrence Wright and Lila Shapiro. Stay tuned for more SXSW Sessions On Demand coming up next week.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of The End of October, order here from our friends at BookPeople or check availability at your nearest independent bookstore.
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May 20, 2020
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Our good pal Tom Hegen has shared with us this incredible and awe-breathtaking aerial scenes from he simply titled: The Lockdown Series. For those who is not familiar with Tom, he is a super talented photographer based in Munich, Germany. He takes pride and has a clear passion for us to view the world from his perspective and also through the lens of his camera. I am always stunned by the beauty and the technique used to capture such unknown sights of the globe. It’s no different with this ‘Lockdown Series’, with what is happening to the world, it’s clear that things have definitely have changed on our daily lives. In this own words…
Aviation is one of the key factors for globalization. Since the beginning of civil aviation, goods and people could be transported faster across the continents. But the intensive networking of the world also means that diseases are spreading faster than ever before. Due to globalization, the coronavirus could spread from Wuhan to all parts of the world and shut down public life. The corona pandemic could also be seen as an act of revenge by nature on globalization.
In April 2020, worldwide air traffic has fallen dramatically. At many airports around the world, runways are closed and used as parking areas for grounded aircrafts. The airplanes that were once a symbol of globalization are now becoming a symbol of the current lockdown.
Source: Abduzeedo Photography
May 19, 2020
Are errors and bugs getting in the way of your VR experience with the HTC Vive? Here’s how to fix them.
Source: Digital Trends VR
May 18, 2020
Live pitch competitions featuring the future of technology are one of the most exciting elements of what happens in Austin each March at SXSW. While we were unfortunately not able to provide an interactive forum to showcase all the great startups this season due to the event’s cancellation by the City of Austin in March, we are excited to share presentation decks from the 2020 finalists from SXSW Pitch and SXSW Release It as well as the opportunity for companies to request introductions to finalists.
“SXSW is a champion of startups, and our goal is always to promote and celebrate amazing entrepreneurs,” said Chris Valentine, SXSW Pitch and Release It Event Manager. “This year, due to the cancellation of SXSW, we are focusing on digitally showcasing our SXSW Pitch and Release It finalists and alternates. By providing their presentation decks on the SXSW Pitch and SXSW Release It webpages, we are excited to share our incredible finalists for 2020 with the entrepreneurship and investment community.”
Over the past 11 years, SXSW Pitch has played a pivotal role in shaping the early-stage venture ecosystem, giving promising companies — from Siri to Klout — the resources they need to succeed. Of the 503 past participants, 75% have received funding totaling to $6.6 billion and 16% have been acquired.
Explore pitch decks from each of the innovative tech finalists and alternates that have opted-in to share their 2020 presentation from SXSW Pitch – across its 10 categories – and SXSW Release It.
Our finalists represent some of the most ambitious talents in the world with the creative new ideas to change it. We not only want to showcase the great work they are doing to a larger audience but also connect these startups with any interested companies. If you are a company that would like to be introduced to a finalist, please complete this Introduction Request form.
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Congrats again on all the amazing work from our 2020 SXSW Pitch and SXSW Release It finalists and alternates. We wish everyone good luck as you move forward with your startup!
Photo by Beverly Schulze
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