Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Learn After Effects

Video CoPilot is a web site that sells media for use in After Effects. A sales tool that is employed by them is tutorials to teach folks AE. They start from beginner to advanced (including expressions).

Andrew Kramer, the proprietor, has created a new site called Basic Training that provides a comprehensive set of tutorials for AE that take you from the ground up.

Check it out HERE.

This is a great set of tutorials that Andrew has created and it's FREE. Andrew is a great teacher and he will keep you entertained while he teaches you AE. That's a great combination.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Human Flip Book

Very slick stop motion animation done with 150 T-shirts:


Monday, September 17, 2007

An insider's view of a talent agency

This is SUCH a great post that offers many insights into the world of the A-list talent agencies that I thought I would post it here for you all to enjoy:

An outsider comes inside.

A barrage of production links

Been a week or so since I last blogged. Been pretty busy over the last week. At work, the rats are leaving the ship so I have had to do 3 people's jobs - But all for the same crappy pay! We had a jam this last weekend that went pretty well.

Previously our setup was: Drummer, Bass player thru Fender bass amp, Lead/Rhythm guitar thru Line 6 amp, Rhythm guitar thru a Fender Super Twin (acoustic) and me on lead guitar thru a Marshall.

The lines 6 amp died so the lead/rhythm guitar was used thru the Fender Twin so I had to buy another amp to accommodate the acoustic guitar. Picked up a Fishman Loudbox that was just amazing. The acoustic guitar just sang out clear as a bell; huge improvement.

On the production front, no real news seems to have come out of IBC in Amsterdam. So, with a somewhat slow news week, I'll toss some links at you.

Report from IBC from Shane Ross
10 things you MUST know about FCP
The ideal age to be a director: 30, give or take 4
Prepping TV spots and PBS guidelines
RED updates from the field
Is RED really a 4K camera?
Make professional looking DVDs
iMovie 06 interface overview
21 Mac Shareware apps for filmmakers

OT: iPhone. Nance and I have iPhones. On the whole, I love the thing. What I HATE about it is AT&T. The coverage is random and unreliable. Half the time I show 4 bars of signal and the thing won't access the internet complaining that the Edge network is not available. Absolute crap :(

Saturday, September 08, 2007

OT: Apple again - This just cracks me up

A couple of Apple items here... When Apple announced that they would charge .99 in addition to the cost of a song that you buy on iTunes, my thought was "Yeah right. Ain't nobody gonna buy that!". And sure enough, as soon as iTunes 7.4 was released, a workaround cropped up on the net so that you could make your own ringtones for free. Cool.

This morning I am going over my RSS feeds and see that Apple has released iTunes 7.4.1 and low and behold, the Ringtone hack has been patched. Then, 5 minutes ago I read on Engadget the new workaround for 7.4.1 HERE.

Dear Steve. Just fugedaboudit. As soon as you patch it, it will get a new patch. Time to focus efforts elswhere...

The other Apple item is the Computerworld article on how Apple is the new Microsoft. An interesting read and an interesting perspective as well. But, as they say, opinions are like... Well, you get the picture.

This morning, Dan Frakes of Macworld published a direct rebuttal to the computerworld article entitled Why Apple isn't the new Microsoft. I think both articles are well worth a read. Even moreso are the reader's comments on both. They gave me a nice chuckle with my morning coffee.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

OT: Apple's iPology

The price cuts announced by Jobs yesterday made a LOT of the early adopters of the iPhone angry. And jobs was not apologetic about it at all as you can see in this article over at MacNN HERE.

It would appear that the backlash was significant enough to cause Apple to backpedal on this stance as they are now offering $100 credit to purchasers of the iPhone who feel slighted by Apple's price cuts as seen in this letter on the Apple web site HERE.

All very amusing to me :)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Time Code Calculators

Often times I found myself needing a calculator that supports time code as I was editing various projects. If you have found yourself in the same situation, then your solution is here.

MAC TC Calculators

Windows TC Calculators

Mostly free - the rest are well below the "Oh what the hell" price point.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

How to pitch your services

As a freelance business, it's always important to be able to pitch your services to potential clients in an effective and professional manner. Over at the great Freelance Switch blog, they have a great top 10 list for pitching your services. You can check it out HERE.

Beyond that, it can be effective to advertise your services over on Craig's List. We were able to get a number of jobs by just doing a simple ad on that site. They have regional versions of the site so that you can target the area that is most relevant to your business.

Check them out HERE.

RED arrives

First off, HUGE kudos to Jim Jannard of RED for delivering this product that will change the game in both indie and big budget productions. There were a LOT of people who were convinced that this was a scam and that the folks that laid down their deposits were fools soon to be separated from their money.

There are a number of writeups on the RED One's arrival in the wilds. First off is FxGuide's coverage that you can read HERE.

Next up is Mike Curtis's coverage and photo gallery that you can see HERE.

And finally, over at RedUser.org, there is a great thread and some sample frame grabs (in 4K!!) that you can check out HERE. You can check out a BUNCH of stuff in the Field Tests forum over at RedUser in addition to that thread. Check it out HERE.

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and stayed cool!