The Cyclotrope was built and animated by Tim Wheatley for an experimental animation project for digital animation degree course.
This video explains why Stanley Kubrick used the song Daisy Bell for the death of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It should also be noted that HAL’s name comes from the letters before IBM.
One of the more famous moments in Bell Labs’ synthetic speech research was the sample created by John L. Kelly in 1962, using an IBM 704 computer. Kelly’s vocoder synthesizer recreated the song “Bicycle Built for Two,” with musical accompaniment from Max Mathews. Arthur C. Clarke, then visiting friend and colleague John Pierce at the Bell Labs Murray Hill facility, saw this remarkable demonstration and later used it in the climactic scene of his novel and screenplay for “2001: A Space Odyssey,” where the HAL9000 computer sings this song as he is disassembled by astronaut Dave Bowman.
Joe Olive, recognized as the leading expert in text-to-speech synthesis, recently contributed a chapter, “The Talking Computer: Text to Speech Synthesis,” to the book “HAL’s Legacy: 2001′s Computer as Dream and Reality,” (M.I.T. Press, 1996), edited by David Stork.
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The video is from a 1963 documentary with Arthur C Clarke about a wired world and artificial intelligence.
DSLR cameras have revolutionized the world of independent filmmaking. One of the most attractive features is their relatively low cost, but once you starting adding rigs and other accessories that cost can go up quick. In an effort to expand your DSLR’s capabilities without shrinking your wallet we put together this DIY DSLR round-up for you.
$20 DIY PVC SnorriCam
A SnorriCam (also chestcam, bodymount camera, bodycam or bodymount) is a camera device that is rigged to the body of the actor, facing the actor directly, so when he walks, he does not appear to move, but everything around him does. A SnorriCam presents a dynamic point of view from the actor’s perspective, providing an unusual sense of vertigo for the viewer.
Here is a simple SnorriCam using PVC tubes.
VIA: Tom Preska
DIY PVC Dolly
This is an simple track dolly using 40mm PVC tubes and some wheels taken from a pair of Rollerblades. You’ll also need a few pieces of hardware to attach it, like screws.
VIA: Knut Uppstad
DIY Automated DSLR Timelapse Slider
If you want an automated slider/timelapse rig, but don’t want to pay the cost, here is a DIY one you can build yourself.
VIA: Greg Royar
DSLR DIY Pocket Dolly
This is a version of a diy pocket dolly, driven by an adjustable 12V gear motor. The power comes from 8 AA rechargeable batteries, which are integrated into the controller. The dolly is pretty light and compact so that it fits in a backpack and can travel well.
DIY Cable Cam
This video tutorial shows you how build a do it yourself (DIY) Cable Cam using parts from the local hardware store.
VIA: Auston Shadow Wilson
Super Easy DIY Camera Motion
There’s a lot of DIY camera motion systems out there involving either roller skates wheels or elaborate balancing rigs, but this easy technique (although it is limited to certain uses) beats them all in terms of it’s sheer simplicity.
DIY Lego Follow Focus
Here is a DIY Follow Focus made with LEGOS. It is variable in size so it fit to various lenses. It’s very small and stable. The second video is a 3D rendered tutorial on how to build this LEGO follow focus.
DIY $14 Camera Slide
This DIY Camera Slide was put together with very common and inexpensive parts, as a bit of an experiment in frugality.
VIA: Darren Levine
DIY Mechanical Crank Driven Camera Slider
Sliders have caught on in popularity recently with the lightweight DSLR camera explosion. Some say that the effect is overused – perhaps it is, but in my mind adding some slight subtle camera movements to your shot adds a tremendous amount of production value. And when it comes to subtle movement, sliders deliver the most bang for the buck, both in terms of cost and ease of setup and use.
Build a DIY Fig Rig
Have you ever wanted to have a sweet steady cam rig, but don’t want to spend up to $300? This video teaches you how to build a crazy cheap Fig Rig!
DIY Tripod Steadicam
This video will show you a technique for converting a tripod to a “steadicam”, or MerriCam using only a screwdriver. The Sunpak Platinum Plus 7500 Pro tripod was used for this video, along with the Canon HV20. This technique is not meant for very large or heavy cameras, but is ideal for consumer-sized camcorders like the HV20.
Cheap DIY Follow Focus
Here’s a simple way to make yourself a kind of follow focus. Not perfect but works really well for rack focus.
VIA: André Desrochers
DIY Timelapse Skateboard Dolly
The skateboard is pulled by a motor which you can buy at electronic supply stores all around the world. The Camera is controlled by a selfmade interval-o-meter with Arduino. You can find the set-up here: openmoco.org/node/88.
VIA: Pascal Schneider
$25 DIY Spider Trax Dolly
This is a video describes how you can build a cool little do it yourself “Spider Trax Dolly” for only $25.
DIY DSLR Wooden Shoulder Rig
A wooden shoulder rig for a DSLR videographer. Two handlebars, one can change the focus.
For more info please go here:
Sample video: vimeo.com/11535111
Build a DIY Slider for $20
In this video DIY tutorial BFX shows you how to make a super effective and compact camera slider! This awesome filmmaking tool attaches to the top of any tripod and lets you get super smooth professional looking shots!
DIY DSLR Camera Jib for Under $200
This video tutorial demonstrates how to build a Do it Yourself (DIY) DSLR Camera Jib for under $200.
The DIY ZazaSlider allows you to add dolly and slider shots to your cinematography in a highly portable and efficient way and you can save you hundreds by building it yourself.
For more info on making a ZaZaSlider, go here:
$13 DIY Camera Dolly
Learn how to get camera dolly shots for under $13.
DIY Camera Motion Control
Here is a cool little do it yourself motion control system.
“The system consists of a ready-made IGUS DryLin W rail system and a small stepping motor which is controlled by an Arduino interface board. Once the controller program is loaded the system works stand alone. It can be powered by a battery and can be controlled by a simple power switch because the programmed task starts automatically each time the Arduino board is powered on. It’s possible to move loads (camera + mounting head) of up to 6 kg (3 lbs).”
You can find a detailed description of this project along with instructions and build list: HERE
An example video can be found: HERE
VIA: Martin Koch
Evil Dead Shaky Cam Effect
This video tutorial pays homage to the Evil Dead series by showing you how to recreate the ‘Shaky-Cam’ effect made popular by the cult-classic horror film.
DIY Snorricam Tutorial
This video shows you how to build a cheap DIY Snorricam for all your filmmaking needs. Darren Aronofsky and Martin Scorsese have famously used the Snorricam in their films and now you can, too.
Can you spot all the inconsistencies? Probably not.
As the WikiLeaks fall-out continues, FRONTLINE presents an exclusive interview with Brian Manning, Private Bradley Manning’s father, who speaks out for the first time about his son’s upbringing and troubled youth, Manning’s time in the Army, and why he still believes his son did not hand over the largest cache ever of classified documents to the whistle-blowing site.
For more information please visit FRONTLINE on PBS.
Unfortantly many great scenes can no longer be found on the intertubes, such as the “Goodfellas” Copacabana scene. The good news is we found 25 other films where the marketing department didn’t have their heads completely up their legal asses.
Children of Men
Touch of Evil
Boogie Nights (no sound)
I Am Cuba
The Protector aka Tom yum goong
UPDATE – Just remembered one of my favorites, so here is #26:
It has been awhile since we did an After Effects tutorial roundup. This time we want to focus on titles. Your opening titles maybe the the first impression viewers will have of your film, so you better make them count. Here are 30 Hollywood style After Effects tutorials to help and inspire you.
You might not know Production Sound Mixer John Midgley, but you definitely have heard his incredible collection of work including the first three “Harry Potter” films, “Children of Men”, and “Hotel Rwanda”.
John Midgley was recently honored with his second Academy Award nomination for his work on “The King’s Speech” and was previously nominated for “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in 1999. In this 30-minute conversation, the SoundWorks Collection explore what it was like to capture these critically acclaimed performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. Find out how specific scenes in the film were recorded, the challenges that came with the film’s short schedule, and what it takes to be a Production Sound Mixer. God Save the King!
VIA: Michael Coleman
Julian Friedmann, agent and editor of ScriptWriter magazine, discusses the effectiveness of screenwriting courses.
Aasif Mandvi talks to an ex-CIA double agent and James Van Der Beek to find out who killed “The Kennedys” miniseries.
In this 4 minute and 37 second video the famed writer Kurt Vonnegut sketches three dramatic prototypes into simple shapes of stories that any computer can understand.