A lot of Pixar films come packaged with a quasi-humanist narrative hook that enables the public digestion of their work. Viewers nodded thoughtfully over WALL-E’s depiction of a future earth choked by the refuse of big-box retail, and of a human race infantilized and rendered obese by mindless consumption, while Brave was the first Pixar film to feature a female protagonist—a simple gesture, the long-overdueness of which did not do very much to diminish murmurs of appreciation. Pixar’s latest film and fifteenth feature, Inside Out, arrives with at least three female-coded lead roles, and an apparently sincere desire to render with sensitivity the interior life of a young girl.
That interior life is realized as a theme park-esque inner world, surrounding a gleaming control room (“Headquarters”) in which five personified emotions—Joy, the gung-ho leader; Anger; Fear; Disgust; and the little-liked Sadness—each play a role in governing the personality of a human girl, Riley, who is undergoing a traumatic move to San Francisco, where her dad seems to be establishing some sort of tech start-up. When Joy and Sadness are accidentally lost in the outskirts of Riley’s mind, they have to find their way back to Headquarters before her emotional sensibility is destabilized for good.
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Check out this optical illusion that brings an Escher painting to life:
Since M.C. Escher bent minds in the 20th century with his Möbius strips, metamorphoses, and impossible objects, other artists have been trying to bring his creations to life. And the advent of computer illustration, then animation, has made it all the more possible.
In the real, “meatspace” world of organic things, it’s a little bit harder. In January 2011, a YouTuber by the name of “mcwolles” posted the video above. In it, a man pours water in a scale model of Escher’s 1961 Waterfall. The contraption, using blue water, actually seems to work. The water runs uphill through several sharp angles and finishes by tumbling off the top into the paddlewheel below, where its begins its journey again. “Mcwolles” ends the video staring into the camera as he tries to find the off switch…but also dares viewers to figure out how he did it.
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RØDE Microphones just announced a brand new small microphone perfect for small cameras and smart devices:
The VideoMicro is a compact microphone designed to improve the audio quality of your videos. It incorporates a high-quality cardioid condenser microphone capsule for great quality audio recordings when used with a wide range of cameras.
A directional microphone, the VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focusses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones providing a more natural sound when recording indoors. Perfect for capturing incredible audio to accompany inspiring vision.
The microphone body is made from aluminum, giving it a high level of RF rejection, and is finished in RØDE’s high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating. Included with the VideoMicro is a camera shoe mount featuring a Rycote Lyre shock mount. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
Also included is the WS9 synthetic furry wind shield with foam inner cell, designed for use in outdoor scenarios where wind and environmental noise can inhibit recordings. Optionally available is the RØDE SC7, a TRS to TRRS cable that allows the VideoMicro to be used with smartphones, to capture crystal clear, directional sound for video and video applications such as Periscope..
Sony just announced the follow up to their low light king of small cameras: the a7S II.
Building off the stellar quality of the a7S, the a7S II has better internal processing to handle shooting 4K up to 30fps straight to the SD cards. Another first for this series, the a7S II is capable of shooting 120fps at 1080p. While the other internal 4K Sony camera, the a7R II, has fantastic image quality, it’s not nearly as good in low-light as the a7S, and that’s really where the a7S II is going to stand out, especially now that you no longer need a 4K recorder. The a7S II is going to come in at $3,000, and should be available this fall.
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Prior to a shoot, check in with director, AD, and DP about what time you’ll need actors and crew members. This may be difficult depending on the nature of your crew members: each of those positions is juggling their own set of variables and problems to solve so they may be slow to reply. That being said, be prepared for last minute changes.
Gather all email information and phone numbers for cast and crew well before shooting begins. Studio Binder is a great resource for inviting cast and crew to a project and compiling a digital contact sheets.
If at any point you are writing someone’s name, double-check you are spelling it correctly. You won’t find a faster way to soil the egos of talent or directors if you butcher their last name or misspell their first. Most of all, it indicates a sense of carelessness which is the last thing you want to do as the 2nd AD. This is one of the reasons that Studio Binder provides cast and crew the option to over-ride their contact details. Who better to proof the names of cast and crew, but themselves.
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Between Frames presents Whiplash – Close Up
One of the reasons that Whiplash has such a strong impact on its audience is the relationship between quick close ups and long wide shots used. The quick close up shots mimic the way that humans see and even remember things and by doing so places the audience onto Andrew Neimann’s drum stool, feeling physically beaten as the drums and mentally beaten as the drummer. This video takes all of the close ups from Whiplash and combines them into one experience, emphasizing this feeling.
What did we really find out from the Ashley Madison hack? For starters, there were only three zip codes in the U.S. with no registered users, plus the company netted $1.7 million from a full-delete feature (that didn’t actually delete). Find out what else was revealed in the hack, as told by bad stock footage.