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June 25, 2017

Stanley Kubrick Explains How Chess Can Make You a Better Director

“With respect to films, chess is more useful preventing you from making mistakes than giving you ideas.”

Before he was a filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick was a chess hustler, spending days down in Washington Square Park earning money against the regulars who haunted it. And he never gave up his passion for the game, playing on the sets of his films and even using his prowess as a psychological tactic against actors (such as George C. Scott, with whom he clashed over certain elements of Dr. Strangelove).

Chess was one of Kubrick’s lifelong passions, and in this unearthed quote he equates the game with the craft of directing. In 1968, Kubrick told Playboy Magazine:

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Source: NoFilmSchool

June 24, 2017

Watch: 4 Ways You Can Reduce and Avoid Grainy Footage

Dealing with grainy footage can be extremely frustrating, but here are some ways to reduce or avoid it before and after you hit record on your camera.

Even though today’s cameras have high enough resolution and dynamic range to produce crystal clear images even in low light conditions, grain can still be a formidable foe for a lot of filmmakers. Thankfully there are a number of ways to either reduce the amount of grain in your footage or avoid it all together (or at least make it undetectable to the human eye), and Aidin Robbins of Digital Blast explains four of them in the video below.

According to Robbins, the most effective ways to reduce/avoid noise in your footage are:

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Source: NoFilmSchool

June 24, 2017

Humaneyes Vuze 360 VR Camera review

The Humaneyes Vuze camera is not without a few flaws, but you’re going to have to put up with them if you want 3D 360 content for less than $800.

The post Humaneyes Vuze 360 VR Camera review appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

June 24, 2017

A Guide on How to Use Light to Communicate Emotion for Film

Light is an excellent communicator. Here’s how to use it to speak to your audience more effectively.

How can light convey emotion? After all, it’s just a bunch of particles and waves that don’t seem to carry any emotional information whatsoever. However, humans have managed to infuse some of their goopy, drippy, delicious feelings into an otherwise neutral and indifferent phenomenon, giving meaning to different kinds of lighting that we can use in our filmmaking. In this video, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens explains how you can use light to communicate different emotions to your audience. Check it out below:

It’s always a good idea to be constantly adding new words to your cinematic lexicon, especially when it comes to lighting, because, you know, it’s like one of the most important pillars of our medium.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

June 24, 2017

Watch: How to Turn Your Footage into Particles That React to Music in After Effects

Learn how to make your images come to live through music.

We’ve all seen that effect in music videos in which a subject seems to glitch slightly to the beat of the song. I love that effect! It’s kinetic and dynamic and a strange synesthetic experience that I’ve always wanted to use in my work, but figured it was much too complex and advanced for my limited expertise in VFX. However in this tutorial, editor Justin Odisho shows you just how simple (or at least, not super complicated) the effect is to create in Adobe After Effects, so you can be creating rhythmic particles in no time. Check it out below:

You don’t need much to get started with this effect. The first thing you’ll want to do is choose footage that has a dark background and clear subject, because the tool you’re going to use in After Effects, Card Dance, uses your clip’s light and dark areas to create the effect. From there, Odisho walks you through setting a few parameters, writing a simple expression, and then adjusting it all to your liking. He finishes up by showing you how to add an adjustment layer to add some color correction.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

June 23, 2017

These AR masks were designed using the same tech as the 'Justice League' movie

Become one of the five members of the Justice League using effects from the upcoming movie inside Facebook’s AR Studio. The new mask allows users to take a photo as Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash or Wonder Woman.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

June 23, 2017

YouTube launches a new video format for virtual reality without the 360 view

YouTube is launching a new video format, designed to offer virtual reality effects without including the entire scene. The 3D, 180-degree videos are headset compatible and compatible cameras are already in the works.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

June 23, 2017

Weekly rewind: Graphene headphones, $1 cell service, baking bread like a pro

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of it. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

June 23, 2017

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, June 23

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The Daily Chord aggregates the top music news and delivers it directly to your inbox every weekday. Lately, streaming services have dominated music industry news, and this week there was a twist in the story as Tesla considered throwing their hat in the ring. This week was also marked by two music-related cases going to the Supreme Court, the announcement of a new Jay-Z visual album, and the passing of Mobb Deep member Prodigy. Subscribe to The Daily Chord’s email updates to stay current with the music industry.

Monday, June 19

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Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

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Source: SxSW Music

June 23, 2017

Tips to Book Your Hotel for SXSW 2018

Housing - Better Hotel Rates

There are a few things you need to know about booking your hotel when Housing and Registration go live on August 1, but the most important thing to remember is that the SXSW Housing & Travel team is here to help. Here are some tips and policies to keep in mind to help you prepare to book your hotel for SXSW 2018:

Booking for an Individual

To ensure SXSW Housing & Travel hotel rooms go to SXSW attendees, each registrant is limited to one hotel reservation. Each reservation must be made separately through your SXSW shopping cart or SXsocial account.

Booking for Large Groups

To register and book hotels for multiple people in your organization, SXSW Housing & Travel recommends you purchase all your registrations in one SXSW shopping cart. After purchasing your registrations, book hotel rooms by clicking the link to “request hotel” next to each registration located in your purchase history or using the SXSW Housing link in the SXSW drop down.

Helpful Hint: If your organization needs more than 5 rooms, sometimes it’s helpful in the rush of our launch day to have more than one person in your organization purchasing registrations and booking rooms.

Large groups may request up to 15 rooms at any individual hotel. If you need more than 15 rooms at one hotel, contact SXSW Housing & Travel to help you find the accommodations you need. Our local team of travel proffessionals is available to help you with your large group housing needs throughout the season.

Payment Policies

Be sure you have a valid credit card handy when booking your reservation(s). Nothing is charged at the time of booking. The card is only used to guarantee your reservation. If your hotel requires a deposit, it is collected by the hotel in late February. Your reservation is paid in full, directly to the hotel, upon check-out.

Each hotel’s deposit requirements are located with their amenities information on the Hotel Availability page, in the “hotel overview” section of the booking process, and in your reservation confirmation under “reservation agreement.”

Credit Card Authorization

If you don’t intend to travel with the card you want to use to pay for your reservation, you must fill out a credit card authorization form and submit it to the hotel directly in advance of arrival. The hotel does not receive reservations made with SXSW Housing until the end of February.

When the hotel processes your reservation in late February, they send another confirmation that includes your hotel confirmation number. Once you receive your confirmation number you are able to provide the hotel with the Pre-Authorization form. Forms will be made available on our Reservation Policies page in early February.

Penalty Fees & Deadlines

SXSW Housing & Travel never charges attendees for our services, but there are some cancellation penalties you should keep in mind before making your reservation(s). Keep in mind that if you choose to book outside of SXSW Housing & Travel, many downtown hotels require a non-refundable payment up front. We know plans change and have negotiated more flexible cancellation policies with our hotels.

SXSW 28 Day Cancelation Penalty

If you do cancel or reduce your stay within 28 days of arrival SXSW Housing & Travel charges a $50 penalty for each cancellation.

Hotel Cancelation Policy

Individual hotels also charge a penalty for cancellations within 7-30 days of arrival, depending on your room type and hotel. You must agree to the hotel’s reservation policy before finalizing your reservation. We recommend you add your cancellation deadlines to your calendar when you book to avoid penalties. Be sure to read your reservation agreement carefully to familiarize yourself with the hotel’s policies.

Be sure to pay attention to:

  • Minimum Stay
  • Hotel Cancellation Penalties
  • Deposit Amount (usually equal to 1-2 nights stay)
  • Early Departure Fees

We also recommend that you save your reservation confirmation to reference later or to quickly reply to with questions.


Contact housing@sxsw.com or Visit our FAQs

Hotel Photo Courtesy of the Hilton Garden Inn

Helpful Resources:
Payment Policies
How to Book
Hotel Availability
SXSW shopping cart

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