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The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh

His paintings are among the most well-known in the world, just like the story of his life and death: Vincent van Gogh was a troubled genius who killed himself. But now the authors of a biography say their exhaustive investigation strongly indicates he may not have taken his own life. Morley Safer of 60 Minutes reports.

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60 Minutes Overtime: Virtual van Gogh

Extra: Inside Van Gogh’s mind

Extra: Van Gogh’s struggle to sell

Extra: Prolific to the end

Extra: Failing at the family business

Extra: Shoes as self-portrait?

How to Find Zen on a Chaotic Set (the Wrap)

John Hess relates his experience working in musical theater to finding harmony and peace on a chaotic filmset. And we cover the top 7 posts of the week of October 9-15, 2011.

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Top 7 post of the Week October 9th to 15th, 2011

7.DIY Bloody Skull Latex Prosthetic

In this tutorial Angie shows you an easy and affordable way to make a facial prosthetic with liquid latex. This is really simple and fun so give it a try.

6.Directing Food
Food shots look simple. Plate a scrumptious dish and shoot away right? Not so fast. It takes lots of hard work, dedication, and perfect timing to bring out that perfect wipe-the-drool-off-the-screen shot. Michael Schrom is one of those few “table top directors” who has been able to stand the heat of the kitchen and make a living shooting food.

5.Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2011
In 2010, Zacuto pit several prosumer cameras and HDSLRs against each other in an Emmy winning shootout series. This year, Zacuto is back with a new set of cameras, this time focusing on higher end digital cinema cameras.
So sit back, stretch to full screen and try to spot the differences between these single chip digital cinema cameras.The

4.Biggest Genre-Specific Mistakes Writers Make
Writing inside a genre means you will have specific requirements for feel and characterization. Carson Reeves explores the biggest systematic mistakes writers make writing in their genre:

3.Shooting a Chroma Key Driving Scene
Andrew Kramer from Video CoPilot demonstrates a dynamic and interesting production and post techniques for shooting a car interior against a green screen.

2.Let’s all go to the Lobby and have ourselves some Nightmares
Back in the days of double features and drive-ins, theaters would play a cartoon to invite patrons to the lobby to buy popcorn, sodas and other diabetes-inducing goodies.

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Photoshop Witchcraft – Automatically DeBlur Images
At MAX 2011, which must be some sort of gathering of photographic wizards, Adobe unveiled an magical prototype to actually remove the blur from photos and create sharp images. The mob demanded to know if the amazing spell would be available in the next version of Photoshop but Adobe remained silent.

WTF Post of the Week

Which on of you said you didn’t like Wild Turkey

Photoshop Witchcraft – Automatically DeBlur Images

At MAX 2011, which must be some sort of gathering of photographic wizards, Adobe unveiled an magical prototype to actually remove the blur from photos and create sharp images. The mob demanded to know if the amazing spell would be available in the next version of Photoshop but Adobe remained silent.

The presentor was later burned at the stake for blasphemy.

Could this be right around the corner?

The Biggest Genre-Specific Mistakes Writers Make

Writing inside a genre means you will have specific requirements for feel and characterization. Carson Reeves explores the biggest systematic mistakes writers make writing in their genre:

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… Number one mistake I see in period pieces is writers getting lost in their work. We’re cutting to a king in France and a peasant in Russia and a little known uprising in Austria and dozens of years pass and the old characters die and new characters are born and blah blahblahblah blah blah blah. Jumping around to 15 different characters in 18 different countries for 2 and a half hours isn’t going to entertain a reader. It’s going to frustrate them. Instead, find the focus in your period piece. Make the main character’s journey clear.

— The Story Department | Read The Full Article

Part II

…Back in the heyday of Westerns, the world moved much slower. People had more patience, more time. That’s not the case anymore in this information-overload Twitter-centric multitasking world.

So you have to update the way you approach the genre. By far, the biggest problem I see in Westerns is that they move too slow. So speed things up a little bit. Develop your characters faster, get to your story sooner, add a few more twists and turns to keep the audience interested.

— The Story Department | Read The Full Article

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