Up with Cameras: eye3 Helicopter Drone for $999

This campaign has been cancelled by Kickstarter. See our follow up article for details.

Kellie Sigler and her husband have spent the last two years developing a low priced helicopter platform for aerial photography. Launching through Kickstarter, the basic 6-blade hexacopter with 24lbs of thrust can be yours for a cost of just shy of a grand.

But that’s not the coolest part…

For a few more dollars, this badboy can be rigged up with the APM2 - turning it into a fully automated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). That’s right – a full autopilot system programmable with Google maps.

Check out their Kickstarter page.

When Black & White Cartoons get the Color Treatment

In the 90s, colorizing old cartoons seemed like a no-brainer, what could distract little tykes better than a swatchful of color? In 1992, Ted Turner, on his colorization bender took a batch of old black and whites cartoon film strips, shipped them to South Korea where they were hand traced, colored in and re-shot.

Take a look at the comparison video below the original and colored versions of Warner Bros’ 1931 “Smile Darn Ya, Smile!” to see what they got right and what they got wrong:

Rethinking Kickstarter – A Strategy for Success (the Wrap)

John Hess explores a different way to think of Kickstarter and how to find success in online crowd-funding.

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Late Night Chat on the Canon C300 with the DP of 24

In this series of late night vlogs with Rodney Charters (DP for the TV show 24) the Bui brothers explore the capabilities of the Canon C300 after shooting a camera test and having a few drinks.

7 Tips for HD Color Correction and DSLR Color Correction

Vashi Nedomansky a few professional tips on how to color correct footage for evenness and then how to color grade to add visual punch and style.

Making of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The title sequence to David Fincher’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is an amazing mix of dark forms and stylized violence. This sequence which houses over 250 shots alone was created by visual effects house, Blue Studios.

Writing the Mirror Moment

James Strzelinski explores what he calls the “Mirror Moment” – the turning point of a character arc which has the lead metaphorically (or literally) looking in the mirror and reevaluating everything.

Drew Berry: Animating Unseeable Biology

Molecules exist in dimensions smaller than the wave lengths of the visible light spectrum and because of this they are impossible to photograph. But that hasn’t stopped scientists from thinking about what they look like and what they’re doing. In this TEDxSydney talk, Drew Berry shows an amazing 3d animation of what’s going on at the molecular level inside a cell nucleus as it’s getting ready to split.

Many more molecular animations available on the article.

Press Pause Play: A Feature Documentary on Art in the Digital Age

Does the Democratiation of Media mean better art or is true talent being drowned out? That’s the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

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20 years of Doh!

George Lucas Retires from Filmmaking

IQ Exclusive footage of the reaction of Star Wars fans around the galaxy*

After a rough reception from studio distributors for his latest film, “Red Tails”, the silver haired Father of the Force is going to hang up the Jedi robe for good and focus on smaller esoteric films… unless, of course, Indiana Jones 5 happens **

I’m retiring,” Lucas said. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”

He was careful to leave himself an out clause for a fifth “Indiana Jones” film. But otherwise, “Red Tails” will be the last blockbuster Lucas makes. “Once this is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do,” says Rick McCallum, who has been producing Lucas’s films for more than 20 years. “He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.”

— New York Times | Read the Full Article

*Yeah, I know, the original was better…

** Seriously Mr. Lucas, thanks for everything. We only make fun because you’re fantastically successful. Enjoy your well deserved retirement. Maybe you can convert some of Skywalker Ranch into a winery.

Francis Ford Coppola On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

Ariston Anderson interviews Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now”) on how to bridge the gap between distribution and commerce, screenwriting, and directing great actors.

How does an aspiring artist bridge the gap between distribution and commerce?
We have to be very clever about those things. You have to remember that it’s only a few hundred years, if that much, that artists are working with money. Artists never got money. Artists had a patron, either the leader of the state or the duke of Weimar or somewhere, or the church, the pope. Or they had another job. I have another job. I make films. No one tells me what to do. But I make the money in the wine industry. You work another job and get up at five in the morning and write your script.

This idea of Metallica or some rock n’ roll singer being rich, that’s not necessarily going to happen anymore. Because, as we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right. They should be able to download music and movies. I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?

In the old days, 200 years ago, if you were a composer, the only way you could make money was to travel with the orchestra and be the conductor, because then you’d be paid as a musician. There was no recording. There were no record royalties. So I would say, “Try to disconnect the idea of cinema with the idea of making a living and money.” Because there are ways around it.

—The 99% | Read the Full Article

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