Thursday, April 12, 2007

From Filmmaking to Storytelling

When I first looked through the lens, I began a journey of discovery. From then on, there has always been the world I witness through the lens and world.

As I met other filmmakers and saw their films, I became aware that there were two approaches, two camps that often faced off one to the other. There were those who used film to discover a world and there were those who invented a world they imagined. Both existed in documentary. By and large, I found the former more compelling.

With students, I discover through another mode as I engage with them on their journey. In the beginning we share ideas, we play with them, until slowly their first inspiration is transformed into a prototype and then into a demo and a thesis document.

What remains of their journey when the student leaves? The lab is a harsh environment designed for the present journey of discovery. Most demos land on the cutting room floor soon after the semester ends or the degree is granted. Sometimes this seems a pity but then I only need to be patient, to wait for my next encounter when I can scrutinize the student to glimpse at what remnnants of their early work in the lab are still about them.

Applause and commendation are often follow, which leads me to the recent publication of a CD by Kevin Brooks, "Kiss of Summer". As a PhD student in my group, Kevin honed his storytelling skills as he grew his computational system. When I heard about this CD, I immediately ordered it from As I put his CD on, Kevin's voice exploded through the speakers; I careened back in time to some of his early tellings. Today his style is more polished; he is able to lead the listener more comfortably, even languidly, into the sensuality of his world. As the words follow one upon the next, the sights, sounds, smells, touch, and feelings of a teenager growing up in Philadelphia come to life. Try
Kiss of Summer and support an independant storyteller.

Dave Tames, another graduate of Interactive Cinema, has more to say about this CD and other fun things that are happening in the digital arena on his blog

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Delivering "Rich Media" to the Web

More and more "rich media" is being delivered on the web. "Rich Media" is what we used to call a movie, but now you can deliver it to an iPod. You've done all these steps before, but just to make sure you haven't missed anything, take a look at how to do this for a podcast.

DigMo! should also be in your bookmarks. : -)

Rich Podcasting : Online Seminar

The publishing industry is undergoing a rapid transformation. Savvy professionals are now creating rich media websites to increase viewership—a survival strategy that has worked remarkably well for a number of news organizations. And it can work for you. Brian Storm, president of MediaStorm, shows news professionals how to use Final Cut Pro to take digital storytelling to a whole new level with rich media podcasting. Join Brian as he demonstrates just what you can do in the newsroom on your Mac Pro—or on the road with your MacBook Pro. Brian’s free seminar includes tips and best practices for capturing compelling audio and digital video footage.You will learn:• How to combine digital photos, audio, and video in Final Cut Pro• How to create a universal master to deliver news in any format, from HD broadcast to podcast• How to record sound to amplify a story• How to use Final Cut Pro to create an immersive rich media experience. Register for the Seminar (free) here.

Rich Podcasting : Online Seminar at DigMo!

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Pros and Cons of HDV

The Pros and Cons of HDV

Watch clips of four experienced HDV users explain the ups and downs of capturing and editing HDV. Very helpful for you low budget types. Studio Daily is a site you'll want to bookmark.

Studio Daily story by Matt Armstrong
March 27, 2007

Studio Daily | The Pros and Cons of HDV

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