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A Recreation of the first Earth Rise Photo on Christmas Eve, 1968

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth. Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Read MoreRead More

20 Brilliant Filmmakers on Why They Make Movies

Jason Bailey collects quotes from 20 legendary filmmakers on why they continue to work in film. Martin Scorsese “I have a desire to tell stories. And I’m never quite satisfied.” “Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Read MoreRead More

How to Take Good Photos for Under $1,000

Stu Maschwitz, author of The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap, explains how easy it is to take good pictures for under $1,000! Yesterday was a big family Christmas-type day. We picked out our tree, hung the lights, and visited Santa. Usually we wait in line to see Read MoreRead More

Superman: Christ Figure Or Ultimate Immigrant?

Robert Saucedo looks at the story of Superman and some of the religious inspirations behind the man of steel. It is not hard to understand why Superman, DC Comics’ man of steel, is so often associated with Christian imagery. The character — a strong-chested and even stronger-willed superhero created in 1938 — has in recent years Read MoreRead More

Rob Legato on the Visual Effects of Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Visual Effects legend Rob Legato talks about working on various shots for Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated “Wolf of Wall Street” Aerial plates DOP Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC chose to shoot The Wolf of Wall Street in a hybrid manner with both film and on digital using the ARRI ALEXA. In his role as second unit Read MoreRead More

Iceland Spar: The Rock That Discovered Optics

Roger Cicala explains how a rare calcite crystal called Icelandic Spar sparked off the science of optics. Every year, I can’t think of anything I want for Christmas. So this year, I was pretty excited to come home and tell my wife, “I know exactly what I want for Christmas. A nice big piece of Read MoreRead More

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