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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Check out my online science fiction story Spark Gap:



Here is Part Two of my Science Fiction Story:

Cool stuff I have available for sale.

Today I am writing about the above link, which takes you to my Zazzle webpages, which has merchandise I have put together for purchase. It is interesting how this site works. I do wish they were a little more generous with the royalty they offer. I made $3.86 off of a 49 dollar sale recently.

I think that is backwards, but mine is only an opinion.

There are other sites like this out there like cafepress. There are also sites you can have your own custom made board games created.

http://mashable.com/2009/09/05/sell-products-online/#vOnRx3BjIqq9

I probably won't make a million dollars, but the odd little cash these sites bring in makes life a little easier, it also gives a creative type incentive to keep creating.

-CB



Monday, May 23, 2016

In my quest to make a movie...



In my quest to make a movie I keep thinking of questions and ask them of Google, and a website called Quora.

There is a fork in the road there in such a quest (making a movie). I watched JJ Abrams the other day, the Director of Star Trek movies and the latest Star Wars movie, and he says it is easy to make a movie these days, but he doesn't go on about how to make one, and his statement leaves out answering the question of how to go about making a major motion picture for national and international release.

I am not sure if the link I am about to post helps, but it reads like it is on track as of this writing, May 23 2016.

Follow this link, it goes to a webpage that tells about the 65 steps to make a movie:

http://www.filmmakingstuff.com/the-official-65-step-film-production-checklist/

And while I am at it, I just found this website:

http://www.screenplay.com/


But I suggest that if you are a writer, you probably want to find a program called Scrivener, it is here:

I like the pricing for Scrivener better, but my research suggests major studios use Movie Magic products when making a film.

So there is the fork in the road, going Big Budget and all the way to Hollywood?

Or Create Space and Youtube and Vimeo and festivals?

Also, something that keeps recurring to me is that awards are nice but money is probably better. I probably will change my mind about this some day.

And I think it is worth watching this Youtube clip of George Lucas about Joy.






Sunday, May 22, 2016

Translator for your ear:


Check this out:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/17/groundbreaking-gadget-claims-to-fit-in-your-ear-and-translate-fo/


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Every so often...



Every so often I cruise through pages I don't normally cruise through while reading online and find interesting new things, and old things.

So I found this a few minutes ago:

Polaroid Instant Cameras Making a Comeback

Click that link.

It takes you to a story in today's Wall Street Journal.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

WALTER MURCH 2015: FCPX, AVID, PREMIERE PRO



Non-Linear Editing Systems as a October 2015.

Listen for it: "Thirteen people in the edit room..."

        Listen for it;"The workflow has changed in the last four years..."

Listen for it: 25 tracks of audio - a deal breaker, because he regularly uses 50 tracks of audio.





Sunday, May 8, 2016

Marvel's Captain America:Civil War


I went to see Captain America: Civil War today. The title gives away the basic plot line, the super hero team becomes divided, and essentially a 2.5 hour WWF brawl takes place.

It is fun the way the interplay with Spiderman and Ant Man occurs during the movie. I missed the Hulk.

I did notice some technical aspects that enhance the fight scenes. The trick during fight scenes being used is strobing. By cutting a frame or two here and there the smooth cinematic movement that gives movies its immaculate visual appeal instead becomes somewhat jagged, thus giving the fight scenes an edgy quality. It isn't present in all of the fights.

I actually don't like this optical illusion because I see it. And because I see it I know it is there to sway my visual mind.

Personally the most amazing fighter ever was Bruce Lee. I don't believe his fights look repetitive, except that he always won.

There are three interesting new aspects to the story line in Civil War.

The first is the political repercussion of the vigilante superheroes beating the bad guys in all of the films to date, but now the penalty of unbridled fighting is met with consequence. Politicians and politics and the Law attempt to take away the superheroes fighting.

They eventually refuse, and then begin unbridled fighting again regardless of damage and consequence.

The second is subtle. The story line makes an argument that it is in fact okay to kill people.

I suppose this is to be expected because terrorism seems to be the norm now, as if the media is saying well, we gotta get used to it somehow, someway, someday, why not now?

I do realize it is the story of the movie and probably not meant to make a real argument for killing people. But untrained minds might not reason it out like that.

It is the further devaluation of human life, which was first given to us, as I recall, in the story of Soylent Green, where human life becomes the food of the unknowing populace.

The third is that in a world where hacking has become acceptable, even expected and labeled as cool, and hackers can be viewed as both bad guys and vigilantes (good guys fighting back?), Civil War takes us back to a story overtone from the Old Western, that of lawlessness meeting the law, or rather someone that is better, or perhaps badder than the other hacker, fighter, outlaw. It is an old story line, it is interesting though in view of what has been in the headlines lately with agencies of the US Government trying to outhack the hackers.

A comment from a few years ago from one of the online review magazines about that year's Defcon was that the bad guys have won. Meaning they can't be beat. They can hack their way into any online device.

I find this particularly poignant going into this election because of a story off to the sidelines about Bitcoin digital currency gaining a serious quality by the State of New York by way of recognizing it as a legitimate currency without thinking how this currency will bring down the Fed.

Bitcoin is used for legal and illegal reasons and purposes.

Bitcoin digital currency is a kind of inversion of the US dollar bill you can hold in your hand, and the credit issued to cover the US Dollar you can hold in your hand by The Federal Reserve Bank.

Bitcoin operates without a Central Bank.

If you've ever wondered about how we will get rid of the 20 trillion dollar national debt, here it is: Bitcoin Digital Currency.

This story about Bitcoin was written just as the US Government retired the 20 dollar bill with Andrew Jackson on it, the man who was alleged to have said he killed the Central Bank.

Bitcoin will kill the Central Bank. Perhaps taking the national debt with it. And it will take all of us down another technological Matrix kind of path and move all of us down another rung in the money social economic ladder because a currency controlled by networks and computers will allow network administrators, and Artificial Intelligence bots to re-route the use of the Bitcoin currency to preferred servers, thus making people that control those servers and those bots to become the kings of the new Bitcoin currency regime. It won't be the Fed controlling it, and it won't be the US Banking system either.

The State of New York took the pill, it doesn't matter what color it was.

The badguys appear to lose at the movies, but in real life...



Sunday, May 1, 2016

13.5 billion years of interactive history..


For those of you, like my college professors, that have been following this blog since I started writing it a few years ago, this is right in line with our theoretical discussions, and frankly right out of one of my papers about the ideal way to start the learning process of any topic you may want to engage.

http://histography.io/

That link takes you to an interactive timeline with 13.5 billion years of known historic events.

Each dot represents an entry in the Wikipedia. Keep in mind the Wiki is not a scholarly reviewed source and so what you absorb from it may or may not be accurate.

Never the less...

The paper I wrote concluding such was the way to go has proven to be, at this time, accurate.

It is not entirely equal to what I suggested... in my paper I proposed that one could link to other pieces of knowledge starting at any given point. The history line, at the link above, starts you with a solitary event. It does not offer continuous linkage out to other similarly related topic.

However, that is only a few clicks of the internet away anyway.

It is therefore suggestible that every movie ever made might be linked of such a timeline, and with that, every school course and every topic. And every photograph... And there isn't enough time.

Which is why scientists are now embarking on literally linking your brain to data transfer links. So you can, like in the movie The Matrix, and before that shows from the 60s and 70s that discussed sleep learning, so you will be able to download and learn the Oxford English Dictionary in moments, learn the painting technique of Picasso, and the engineering of ...

Well, you get the idea.

Now if money were so easily obtained...




Thursday, April 28, 2016

Leica


The Leica brand is THE brand in still cameras.

My Dad had a Voigtlander still camera which was a very good camera.

Here is a link into the Leica website taking you to the Leica Q.

I have not used one. I saw this one in a catalog.

What I like about this, which I have no experience as to whether or not it is true, is it claims it will get a great photograph in terrible conditions.



https://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-Q/LEICA-Q


Monday, April 25, 2016

Because I know very little about making films and...


Because I know very little about making major films and most of my schooling has been about taking a story direct to video, I started doing research today about the direct to DVD market, which is what I was taught to do in college.

It makes sense as costs are much smaller. It gives you, the creator of the film, a market test to see if your story will work as a movie.

I found this interesting article in Variety Magazine online.

The last paragraph is important, Nolan Gallagher states that the distributors like to place independently made movies in the Video on Demand (VOD) market first to see how it performs.

My thinking is you have to have an opening scene that will force people to tell other people to come watch your movie. And then a story to back it up.

Another search today offered this from the world of PBS.




Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Lytro Still Camera


Continuing with the last few days about Lytro cameras, today is about the Lytro still camera.

I have used the Lytro Still camera and I have to say it is a great camera to use after you get used to how it works.

I mention this because I finished shooting some video last week and one of the cameras I used auto focused and locked onto a wood railing in the foreground of the subject I actually wanted in focus, so the main subject is a little fuzzy, and now there is no way to reproduce the moment nor fix the focus.

And I expect to be paid for the shoot anyway. I have issues with that piece of video but I do have other video, thankfully, that captured the whole scene.

I will make it work, but...

That's why you buy a Lytro. After-the-fact, fix-it-in post refocusing a scene.

That is a nice feature the future has brought to us.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lytro 755 Immerge


I began yesterday writing about the 755 Immerge Lytro camera, and then I went off on a pessimistic rant.

'Sorry about that.

The new Lytro camera does have this interesting ability to capture the vector light rays in a scene in a 3 dimensional mathematically based form and house them in a computer server.

By doing so, film makers, and I believe anyone that needs to work with a 3D image, like a heart surgeon might with a heart, or a brain surgeon, or anyone working in a 3D space will be able to reach in with an editor and remove, quite nicely, anything the media resolves, and replace it with something different.

A flower pot in the scene might become a hair dryer, or a lamp, or a hovering bird.

It will lead to new design advances for architecture, and any construction medium, cellular to landscape and beyond.

Here is a link to TechCrunch, notice that it states the Lytro Immerge system is going to kill the green screen.