Monday, August 11, 2014

Syncing ADR, Adobe's NEW Automatic Speech Alignment

In the new version of Adobes Audition 2014 they have added a nice feature for aligning your audio. check it out.

Audio post via Dropbox for your next project?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bean to Bar, a film about artisan Chocolate, At the Albuquerque Film and Media Festival.

My film screening at the historical Kimo Theater in Albuquerque NM.  Great orginazation putting on this festival, lots of great films, seminars, and film makers sharing idea's and future projects.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A few things filmmakers can learn from Picasso

Picasso’s life shows that being true to your vision doesn’t mean sacrificing success. He took a profound risk in his art, and it didn’t end his career – it made it.

 1. Blaze your own path
In her book Picasso, Gertrude Stein wrote, “To complicate things in a new way, that is easy, but to see things in a new way, that is really difficult, everything prevents one, habits, school, daily life, reason, necessities of daily life, indolence, everything prevents one…”
 It’s said that every year 50,000 films are made. How are you going to stand out from the abundantly mass-produced uniformity? Take inspiration from initiatives like Raindance, which was made for innovators by innovators: be daring in your craft.
2. The burial of the dead

Picasso: “People need to be woken up. Their way of identifying things, shattered. Unacceptable images should be created.”

Picasso bludgeoned to death the so-called immutable norms and dogmas of aesthetics and European art that had been stifling artists and starving humanity of the culture and beauty it desperately needed. Filmmakers at this point in history are on the verge of a similar problem, and a similar opportunity.

3. It’s always a good time for a Renaissance
Out of the destruction came a wild and fierce blossoming of creativity that was 20th century art, part of a larger cultural shift of which it’s a rare fortune to be a part of. We’re on the verge of another Renaissance. Why chain yourself down to what is comfortable and known when you can create the future we’re all waiting for?

Picasso in 1956: “I saw that everything had been done. A break was needed to create a revolution and start from scratch. I have put myself at the head of the new movement. The problem is how to go beyond, avoid the object and give artistic expression to the result. All this is my fight to shatter two-dimensional perspective.”

4. The union of art & business
 “Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.”
 By all means make a profit, but art and film have so much more potential. Revolutionary ideas aren’t marketable? Picasso was filthy, filthy rich. At first he was dismissed as a lunatic, but he continued to put his challenging innovative ideas onto canvas and charged hundreds of thousands of dollars for them, and people paid. Eventually he could draw on a napkin in a restaurant and sell it for thousands on the spot, and along with Van Gogh now holds records for the most expensive paintings ever sold.

Picasso’s friendships, love affairs, the subjects of his portraits, his art dealers, the places he lived, were all extremely intelligent and calculated moves advancing the trajectory of his career. A quick look at his biography and social life reveals the obviousness of why he became so famous. Every aspect of your life can be used to move you forward.

5. Success is no accident
 Picasso fabricated a brand of himself as the quintessential artist, and burned it into the psyche of the world: wearing a French beret, a black & white striped shirt, chain smoking and womanizing, demanding astronomical prices for his paintings… But it projected an interesting, cultured, and controversial person who became a celebrity, and whose work became highly sought after. Here’s an invaluable Raindance article on creating a Film Brand Strategy.

Picasso said: “It is not what the artist does that counts. But what he is. Cezanne would never have interested me if he had lived and thought like Jacques-Emile Blance, even if the apple he had painted had been ten times more beautiful. What interests us is the anxiety of Cezanne, the teaching of Cezanne, the anguish of Van Gogh, in short the inner drama of the man.”

6. Exhaust the limits of the possible
Oh and did I mention working your ass off 24/7/365 and pouring every moment of your life into what you love? As the legend goes Picasso was a child-laboring artist and produced a monstrous body of work up until days before his death at 91.

“Every child is an artist. The challenge for the artist is to remain a child.”
But it actually took him three or four decades of hard work to really break through and become famous – that’s an unusually long time, and most of his fame was enjoyed when he was very old.
 “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

7. In the end there are no rules
He broke every rule he possibly could of the grand tradition of European art. Why? Because he could, and because he felt like it needed to be done.

“I merely try to place the greatest humanity possible in my paintings. It is just as valid if it offends some idolaters of conventional human effigies – they just need to look at themselves a little closer in the mirror. What is a face in truth? What we have in front of us? Inside? Behind?”
“Youth has no age.”

Picasso was of the most talented and successful artists of the 20th century. Those are a few details of his legacy that we can apply to our own lives. I’ll leave the last word to him:

“The essential thing is to do what you want to do.”

Written by Andre Schugt

Sunday, March 9, 2014

What makes a good short film?

There are 7 rules you should remember when writing a short film:
A short film can be anything from fifteen seconds to forty five minutes in length. Make your short film script as short as possible because the shorter the short, the less costly it will be to produce. Of course, digital technology frees up filmmakers, yet time still costs money, so does feeding a hungry crew, and if you shoot too fast your short film might end up looking amateurish. It has to be cheap but shouldn’t LOOK cheap! Plus, if you want to get your short into a festival, then keep it to no more than ten minutes, which is usually 7-8 pages maximum. Why? Because if your short film is longer, it will eat up a longer slot and festivals love to play as many shorts as possible! You can also create real emotion in just a few minutes.
Look at Sebastian’s Voodoo. It’s a 4 minute animated short about a Voodoo doll who must pierce his own heart to save his friend from being impaled and it is absolutely heartbreaking.
The great thing about shorts is that they can be anything since you don!’ have studio execs on your tail. However, don’t discard the practicalities of writing your script. I have read scripts with pages of chase-action scenes and car crashes, and many writers seem not to realize how time consuming it would be to actually shoot. In fact, see the writing of a short as an opportunity to become more aware of what each line you put down on paper implies and costs. Visions of white horses galloping in the moonlight certainly look amazing in your mind but are you sure you’re good friends with a wrangler and/or a CGI specialist? If you only have access to modest resources, think small.
Apricot  is a good example of short film that could have been done on a low budget (it shows such impeccable production value I doubt it was actually done on the cheap) because it deals with two people sitting at a table at a cafe yet manages to show a wide range of emotion. Along the same lines, the Asian short film Just a Love Story   takes place almost entirely in an elevator. Write for locations that are interesting yet practical, think of access and control, and avoid remote locations requiring driving for miles.
“Film is a visual medium”. “Show, don’t tell.” Those are the golden rules of screenwriting the gurus keep telling us. Yet it’s astonishing to see how talky most scripts are. Film is about telling stories in pictures, which is the most economical way of telling a story – and when you make a short film, economy is everything. Create visual backstories for your characters. Externalize through visual images their temperament, their profession, their status, etc.
In the Lunch Date  the posh lady polishes her fork before using it. What does it tell you about her? Note how there is no dialogue in this short film, a short film that went on to win an Academy Award for best live action short film.
The best short films are often a single moment that is played out, but one that has a story at its heart. What do I mean by story? I mean a conflict that has to be resolved, where there’s a dilemma at stake and a choice that the protagonist has to make. Strive to add a deadline, or ticking clock. It is not necessary but it will add some tension to your short film. The short On Time is a good example of a short film that meets all these conditions. It tells the story of a heart-broken young man can peek into the future and must act on it on the spot.
You should always try to tell a compelling story. Beware of ideas that are concept-driven or just aim at breaking all the rules for the sake of breaking rules. Short films are a great opportunity to push the boundaries of what cinematic storytelling can do, yet they must still engage your audience emotionally. As a rule of thumb, unless it is extremely brief a short film should have a hero with a goal and an obstacle/antagonist in the way. Watch I love Sarah Jane. It shows a bunch of teenagers in a ghost town where adults have turned into zombies, yet at the core it is a love story about a young boy who can’t reach through to the older girl he loves.
Since you have so little time to make an impression the impact of page one is crucial, just as it is crucial to hook the reader in the first 10 pages of a feature length script. What is the world of the film? Do we root for the main character? Does the world and story of the film feel authentic? The ending is also essential as it’s rare to truly feel moved at the end of a short, so work towards a meaningful, satisfying ending.
There are many clich├ęs in short films, and much navel gazing. How come everybody feels the need to write about hit men for hire, heists, people seeing themselves die, children representing innocence, incestuous relationships, etc? Avoid stereotypes unless you have a fresh slant on them. That’s what The Descendent does. In this short film a couple of bewildered hit men actually have to kill a seemingly cute little boy and one of them gets cold feet until he realizes that the child is a supernatural being who terrifies his mother. Write what you’re familiar with and what resonates with you rather than writing something you borrowed from other films. Don’t shy away from small stories, short formats are the perfect vehicle for them and you won’t often get the opportunity to tell small stories as a professional writer.
Last but not least, watch as many short films as possible. There is no replacement for knowing what is out there, and knowing what you as an audience (as well as a writer) think and feel about it.
written by Stephanie Joalland in Indie Tips.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Grants Behind This Year's Sundance Documentaries

There is a lot of support for documentary films. Here is a list of where the money came from for the docs in Sundance this year  LINK

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Basic Video SEO Strategies for your Business

At Binary we help many companies with their Video and media web content. Often if you do not follow through with good SEO with your content, it will not produce the outcome you are looking for.  Video content done right is one of the best way to present your company. What I have learned is that the quality of your content,  is a representation of your company's potential.  Here are a few tips that can help you:

1. Quality Check
Ensure your videos are relevant, informative, and rich with content. Don't waste time producing videos that have nothing to do with your brand or service.
Videos demonstrating step-by-step processes or videos expressing opinions about topics can be quite useful. Videos should be fun, memorable, short, and leave the viewer wanting more.

If using a video production company, trust one that understands the importance of these concepts. If you're hesitant of their services, make sure to scan their existing video portfolio in detail for videos that match these qualities.
2. Title
Capture the potential viewer's attention with a catchy title that contains related key phrases that are relevant to your brand or service. Do some keyword research and find the words that your audience will most likely be searching, but remember to keep the title interesting, not just filled with keywords.
Create a title that will catch the eye of a user. Brainstorm some titles that catch your eye when passing a magazine rack. What compels you to pick up a magazine?
3. Tags
Optimize your video with important key phrases or keywords. Don't use complicated words or terminology that may not be common to the average person.
Refer back to your keyword research and think in terms of what your targeted audience might be searching for when looking to find your brand or service. Tag your video with these terms and consider naming the file of the video with these terms in mind. 
4. Description ( very important )
Optimize your video's description with relevant keywords and include a keyword-rich description of your video to allow search engines to index it and rank it higher, and for users to better understand your video before viewing.
5. Links
Use video as a portal to other content on your site. Upload a couple of videos to portals like YouTube and Vimeo, and consider providing links back to related content and other relevant videos on your site.
6. Transcripts
Provide transcripts of your videos. Good old HTML content is still a favorite with search engines.
If you want your video to rank well, you need to give the search engines something to index and rank. Surround your videos with on-page copy that can be indexed by search engines.
7. Length
Keep your video at five minutes or less. The average amount of time a user spends on a YouTube video is around 1 minute 30 seconds. People do not want to sit through a boring video, and most will not do it.
If you have video content that is of long duration, consider breaking it up into smaller pieces and tagging each accordingly, to be more appealing to the viewer. Not only does this make for better viewing pleasure, multiple videos are also better for optimization efforts.
YouTube is now paying close attention to viewership and engagement. It is critical that viewers watch your video for as long as possible.
8. Video Sitemaps
Submit a video sitemap to Google to make sure that the search engine spiders can find your video content and index it accordingly. This is the easiest way for search engines to find your video content.
Take advantage of Google Webmaster Tools for creating a video sitemap. Use important keywords in the anchor text that links to your videos featured on your sitemap.
9. Branding
As video is a great way to generate brand awareness with prospects, take advantage of this opportunity to incorporate your brand and logos into your videos.
10. Embedding Options
Help your video go viral. Allow other users access to the coding that will allow them to embed your video on their website or blog. This can help gain valuable back links and shares that will boost your rankings in search engines.
11. Syndication
Submit your video to RSS feeds and syndicate your videos to drive exposure across various online platforms and to optimize your videos even more.
12. Share, Share, Share!
Get on your social networks, look through your email contacts, write on your blogs, and get the hype going. Share your video with everyone, because if you have content worth sharing, it will continue to be shared to grow an expanding audience, and in turn develop more exposure for your brand or service.

Content provided by Alecsy Christensen, thank you!

Monday, January 20, 2014

10 Film Industry Predictions for 2014 by Brian Newman

Brian Newman wrote a interesting article about where the film industry is headed. I tend to agree with his outlook. Its a interesting read:  Predicitions

Data is the new oil?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Legos used in set design?

I read this great article in Raindance by Patrick Tucker. "When you are planning a production – for screen or stage – it is important to get it obvious to you what will happen on the day. How often do we imagine how it will look with a sofa and a table and a chair, but when we get on the set, it is quickly apparent that there will be no room for all the moves and business you have planned with all that clunky furniture around. This is where Lego comes in."
Built out of Lego, you can construct tables, chairs, sofas, all in the approximate relative sizes, and then fit them in to the model of your set (or just on top of the ground plan) to see how the space works, and how you can fit your planned moves and business into the available furniture arrangements.

Monday, January 13, 2014

825 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

There are some great courses that I think you would enjoy.  I have been going through the Film studies MIT. Check it out there is a little something for everyone.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How do Musicians get paid for Movie music

We have some great musicians that record instrumental music in the studio that I believe would be some great material for film use.  Here is a company that would enjoy having you sell your music for just that.