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January 8, 2021

COMICA Traxshot Is an Inexpensive Shotgun Mic for Shooters

The COMICA Traxshot adds versatility to on-camera audio.

COMICA has been teasing a new product on its Instagram page since late December, and today has released Traxshot, a supercardioid shotgun mic that can be mounted on a camera, rigged to a cage with a smartphone setup, or connected to a computer to record voiceovers.

The Traxshot features a unique design with two separate audio capsules that can be positioned for different recording environments, adding to the versatility of the microphone.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 8, 2021

SIRUI Ships New 24mm APS-C Anamorphic Lens

The 24mm F2.8 1.33x anamorphic joins the existing 35mm and 50mm SIRUI lenses.

After successfully launching its new affordable 24mm F2.8 1.33x anamorphic, SIRUI has started shipping the first batch of lenses to customers.

The 24mm F2.8 joins the very popular 35mm F1.8 and 50mm F1.8 anamorphics to create a three-lens set. The trio covers APS-C sized sensors and is available in multiple mounts, though the options vary based on the focal length.

  • 24mm: E, MFT, X, EF-M, and Z
  • 35mm: MFT (E, EF-M, and Z adapters)
  • 50mm: E, MFT, X

As you can see, the 35mm isn’t available in Fujifilm X-mount, nor is the 50mm available in Canon EF-M or Nikon Z.

No Film School reached out to SIRUI to see if the lenses would all be available across the same mounts. Unfortunately, the 35mm won’t become available in X-mount, and the status of the 50mm is uncertain. If you own a Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless, you’ll have to hold out for third-party adapters, but that may not even be possible because of focal flange distance limitations.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 8, 2021

These Screenwriting Lessons Are the Crash Course You Didn't Know You Needed

There are so many questions about writing… and not so many short answers.

One of the things about writing professionally that still throws me off is how many terms there are that people toss around; things like “high concept,” “elevator pitch,” “logline,” “subplot,” etc. Screenwriting is made up of dozens of terms with simple explanations.

And now, those explanations are available to you in video form.

DePaul University’s Cinematic Arts department has created “Sixty Second Screenwriting Lessons.” It’s a video series that provides definitions for those terms and how you can apply them to your own writing.

Check out the playlist from DePaul University, and let’s talk after.

One of the things I love about this concept is just how short the lessons are. In under fifteen minutes, you can really get a crash course on screenwriting and learn a whole lot.

There were some things I had forgotten, like what it means to pitch something “high concept.”

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 8, 2021

Roku Purchases Quibi's Entire Library

You can finally watch Quibi on your TV.

Roku has stepped in and purchased Quibi’s entire library of shows for around $100 million.

Excluded from this deal are daily shows and some ongoing reality content. Roku VP of Programming Rob Holmes told Deadline, “We preserved all of what was in the existing agreements. We’re excited about that. It’s great, high-quality, top talent and high-quality content.”

That means the rights to the shows will continue for seven years, then revert back to creators. Still, if any of these shows get traction, it would not be unusual to see Roku try to produce more of them.

All the shows will be available for free but will come with commercials. They will be housed on the Roku Channel.

“It’s the same availability of content, the same presentation of content,” Holmes told Deadline. “But as we spent a bunch of time with it, it really works, but they’re just TV episodes. I think their premise was, you have 10 minutes, you would watch it. Our view is, this is TV, someone’s going to spend half an hour or an hour or two hours watching it because it’s just that compelling.”

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 8, 2021

How to Write a Final Battle

When it comes to taking down the big boss, you gotta keep it compelling.

A story is an amalgamation of a lot of different ideas. When looked at as a whole, it’s an entertainment experience. But for writers, they always get broken down into their elements so we know how they work. Storytellers are always dissecting and formulating new ways to attack these elements so we can make our own stories just as compelling as the ones we liked to hear.

One of the hardest things to get right is the final battle.

It’s that moment during the climax where your character has to face off against their biggest fears and their villain. It’s a tense scene where we understand their arc and see what the film or episode has been building to… but it does not always go as planned.

Today I want to cover final battles and grab some tips from Lesson from the Screenplay on how you can make your battles memorable.

How to Write a Final Battle

If you watched the video, you know that they used A Few Good Men as their main example.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 8, 2021

An alternative Spider-Man: Северный Паук

An alternative Spider-Man: Северный Паук AoiroStudio01.07.21

I always excited whenever I see new work from Evgeny Zubkov, an illustrator and graphic designer from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. A couple of years back, we have featured his awe-inspiring illustration series of ‘CARBONGRAD 1999’ and now he is back with ‘Северный Паук’ which means ‘Northern Spider’. In his words, ‘a personal experimental project about an alternative “spider-man” in the realities of the Siberian province’. And it looks quite fantastic, well done Evgeny. I just love the idea and obviously his craft to execute his vision makes this even more impressive.

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Source: Abduzeedo Illustration

January 8, 2021

Unsplash introduces 'Visual Search', a new way to find images

Unsplash introduces ‘Visual Search’, a new way to find imagesAoiroStudio01.07.21

It’s cool to see products sharing enhancements through user experience and technical implementations that actually improve usage on the daily basis. It might pretty much product talk right now but this is why I always admire what the fine folks from Unsplash are building. Today we are taking a look at ‘Visual Search’ which is a new way on Unsplash to find more images. In a few words, you start by either drag & drop or paste the image URL in order to find images easier either for topics, find the original image on Unsplash, or to find a similar image. Let’s take a look!

Transforming our visual understanding of an image into keyword inputs is challenging. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could take any existing image and use that as the basis for your search?

In their words

Making hard to search images easy to find

With Visual Search, you simply click the Visual Search icon in the search bar and drop the image or URL into the popup to search for similar visual results.

Finding the original Unsplash image and photographer

Sometimes you see an image in use on a site and you wonder “Is that an Unsplash image?”. Or you might have an image on your hard drive, but you’ve lost the name of the original photographer to attribute. Now with Visual Search, you can drop any version of the image into Unsplash to find the source image—it even works with remixes of the image.

Finding a similar free Unsplash image from elsewhere on the web

Have you ever found an image on another site and wished you could use it, but it’s under a more restrictive license? With Visual Search, you can drop the image into the search input and find similar openly licensed images on Unsplash.

I personally had to give it a try and it works by using one of my Osore Lightroom photos. Well done Unsplash Team!

Source: Abduzeedo Photography

January 7, 2021

Apply to Showcase Your Startup at SXSW Pitch 2021 – Final Deadline January 10

Take your startup to the next level at the 2021 SXSW Pitch competition!

Since its inception, SXSW Pitch has showcased innovators and technology industry pioneers, from indie tech companies to trailblazing startups, that call Austin home. This year’s SXSW Pitch will be part of the SXSW Online digital experience. Startups will pitch virtually to a panel of expert judges, venture capitalists, and high-profile media from March 17-18.

Featuring 48 interactive technology companies from 8 different categories, companies will virtually pitch and participate in a 5-minute Q&A with three judges during SXSW Pitch. To get in on the action, apply by the final deadline extension through Sunday, January 10 at 11:59pm PT.

SXSW Pitch proudly applauds our alumni and the millions of funding along the way. Over the years, we launched our startup platform for finalists with great ideas with the goal of matching them with top investors both nationally and internationally.

Of the 553 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2019, over 80% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $7.6 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel, and seed funding). Of these 553 companies, 18% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of our prestigious alums you may know to include Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.

Explore SXSW Pitch data in the 2021 SXSW Pitch Report from PitchBook! The report analyzes detailed data from what’s shaping the VC Ecosystem to venture market activity amid the continuing pandemic and more.

Join the ranks of SXSW Pitch greats and apply today! If you want to know more about how SXSW Pitch can help your startup, check out the top reasons to apply according to SXSW Pitch Event Producer Chris Valentine.

Reasons to Apply to SXSW Pitch

Product Validation and Funding Options with Investors

Investors from around the world look to SXSW each year for the next big thing — that’s where SXSW Pitch comes in! Showcasing your product or service at SXSW Pitch can get the attention of these investor attendees, giving you the chance to get in front of investors who can help take your startup to the next level. In addition to that, there’s the opportunity to discover the latest funding strategies and trends adopted by other startups, accelerators, incubators, angel investors, and venture capitalists.

Take Advantage of Media Exposure

SXSW Pitch presenters can take advantage of the large amount of media attention that SXSW generates and leverage their startup into media coverage with the ample press opportunities provided by this and other surrounding newsworthy events and global media channels.

Polish Your Elevator Pitch

Since pitching is the single most important skill for startups, take your elevator pitch for a test run at SXSW Pitch and get feedback and expertise from the innovators, media experts, and venture capitalists that will be in attendance. Sharpen your skills and gain connections while doing it. Work on your startup elevator pitch via pre-event coaching. SXSW Pitch Coaches work closely with the finalists to assist them in their presentations.

Review the SXSW Pitch eligibility criteria before you begin your application to ensure you meet the minimum requirements. For more inspiration, explore the SXSW Pitch Archive to browse winners, finalists, and other participants from previous seasons.

Applications for the 2021 season end on Sunday, January 10 at 11:59pm PT.

Learn About SXSW Pitch

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January 7, 2021

Overview Celebrates Mother Earth in all her aerial glory

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Writing in with some inspiring shots from one of my new favorite projects celebrating our one and only Mother Earth from a bird’s eye. I was first introduced to the @dailyoverview by my sister when she shared a recent shot from the project’s Instagram showcasing a freighter full of containerized cargo awaiting its turn at Port. We come from a line of intermodal transport nerds as my late father spent summers working as a deckhand on an oil tanker in the South Pacific and always shared his love for being out at sea.

Now, I have the great privilege to live not 10 minutes from one of the world’s busiest ports – here in Oakland, California so the ability to experience these marvels at sea level is quite easy. It’s not until you picture these modern day marvels from above that you learn to appreciate their beauty. Same goes for just about anything else when you’re able to see it from a different perspective. Enjoy just a few of my favorite shots curated by the talented team at Overview including clouds floating over the Amazon, a lumber mill on the Oregon-Washington border, a crop-formed Bagua arrangement in Colorado, Evaporation Ponds in New Mexico and blades for wind turbines in Arkansas among many more….

I’ll truly look forward to the next time I’m 36,000 feet above ground so I can once again appreciate the “Overview Effect” but until then, I hope this post will satiate that desire for all of us.  













Over-view’s Mission:

Overview was founded by Benjamin Grant and is aimed at spotlighting Mother Earth from a great distance which has been proven to stimulate awe, increase desire to collaborate, and foster long-term thinking. Grant and his team aim to inspire these feelings — commonly referred to as the Overview Effect — through our imagery, products, and collaborations. By embracing the perspective that comes from this vantage point, we believe we can stimulate a new awareness that will lead to a better future for our one and only home. Learn about their latest book “Overview Timelapse” here: https://www.over-view.com/timelapse/.

Source: Abduzeedo Photography

January 7, 2021

Gaming Console Series by Tyler Pate

Gaming Console Series by Tyler PateAoiroStudio01.06.21

Old school console is making a slow comeback in our household. Most of us have been staying in confinement during the holidays. Away from the relatives, kids going aloud for the season’ greetings and we can understand them. I had to pull off the shelves, one of the SNES Classic Edition to keep those monsters controlled. Tyler Pate is an art director/graphic designer, illustrator, and all-around creative from Florence, SC. He published a series of illustrations of Nintendo past consoles made with the Wacom, they are sublime. Give them a look!

Pate is currently working as a full-time freelancer and illustrator, pushing his abilities and developing innovative solutions for brands and companies. Follow him on his website

Growing up has always been surrounded by video games and consoles. Each year brought so many hours in front of the television screen. Nothing could ever compare to the vintage distressed memories of the nintendo consoles I’ve grown to love so much.


Source: Abduzeedo Illustration