Posts filed under ‘film production’

Custom Carbonites from Photo

PaulPapeCarboniteStore_GGOK, this is too funny – send Paul Pape a photo and he will make a custom figure encased in carbonite!  I’m sure you know someone you want to honor or just freeze in the stuff.

Who is Paul Pape?

Paul is a hobbyist in Nebraska who’s built a career designing furniture, stop-motion animation figures. He has even made a set  for an Alicia Keys’ tour! One is only $50 and is a 2” X 5” brick with the custom image.  So start taking photos and Paul will make it happen.  Go Paul! The website is www.paulpapedesigns.com.

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Frank Beard (ZZ Top)
with Han Solo in Carbonite
at Sound Works, Houston

 

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October 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Houston Creative Summit is Friday October 23!

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https://i1.wp.com/houstonsummit.org/Resources/Pictures/101020f.jpgThis is your last reminder to save $25 when registering for The Houston Summit for the Creative Economy, lifting off this Friday at Rice University’ McNair Hall.

An elegant vase by Houston artist Terry Hagiwara has been donated by the Goldesberry Gallery to be our door prize. You must be present to win!

Walk-up registrations will be $125, but if you act visit HoustonSummit.org right now, you can still register for $100 with the code word ‘collaborate.’

— Connect to Houston’s most vital community of fire-starters
— Boost creativity and innovation in Houston
— Learn how to turn ideas into reality
— Build relationships with supporters and advisors
— Join teams revolutionizing Houston.

Register now at www.HoustonSummit.org or call (281) 433-2302.

Spread the secret code "collaborate" by email, word of mouth, social media. please forward this email to everyone you think needs to be there. follow us on twitter @houstonsummit and tag your tweets with #HSCE. Look for us on Facebook and Linkedin, too.

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Creative Summit Schedule

Friday, October 22, 2010

8:00

Check-in, networking

   

8:45

Welcome, orientation

 

George Worthington

8:55

Opening panel

How creativity drives Houston’s economy

Jonathon Glus, CEO of Houston Arts Alliance

Peter Bishop, futurist and UH Professor

9:40

Move to strategy labs

   

9:45

Strategy Labs

Urban Regeneration

Andrew Burleson of CNU-Houston.org
Russell Hruska, AIA of Intexure Architects

   

Arts-based learning

Donna Howell of Third Coast Theater, artist Lillian Warren and representative from corporate training at Weatherford

   

Incubators & hives

Matthew Wettergreen of Caroline Collective, and 
Marc Nathan of Chai One, formerly with Houston Technology Center

   

Local assets

Brian Rod and Cody Ledvina of The Joanna, plus more names to be announced

11:20

Recap of learning

   

11:30

Culinary arts panel

Creating Cuisine

Teresa Byrne-Dodge of My Table and 
Monica Pope of t’afia

12:15

Lunch

 

Buffet by Grant Gordon of Tony’s and Michael Cordua’s restaurants, Monica Pope. …

1:15

Move to strategy labs

   

1:30

Strategy Labs

Nanotechnology

Mauro Ferrari, The Alliance for Nanomedicine

   

Medical innovation 

Pumps & Pipes Conference founder Alan Lumsden, head of cardiovascular surgery at Methodist

   

Creativity, technology and community

J.R. Cohen of weSLGT.com, Alfred Cervantes of Houston Film Commission

   

Digital, design & film

Tim McLaughlin, Texas A&M Visualization Department
Jerry Alexander of Acumen Design

3:10

Recap of learning

   

3:20

Closing panel

Marketing the Creative City

Ward Pennebaker, agency founder and chief marketing officer for Houston Grand Opera, Steve Latham of Spur Interactive agency and Dwight Cook of Soundworks and OnlyInHouston

4:05

The Symphony of Ideas

 

Conducted by Durwin Sharp of The School for Innovators

October 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Foul Language

Do you have a family and want to control what your children are exposed to in the media.  Satellite and cable has some controls but common foul language has become a part on the media.  Try to watch a military or cop show without cussing.    Not that I am a prude but many times when I try to watch a movie, and I love movies, bad language takes away from my experience.

 

Well a device has been updated that promises to remove foul language from broadcast TV, movies and DVD’s.  It’s called TVG.  I had one of their early models years ago. But I was not able to use it HD TV.  Well it’s back, and now it works with new TV standards. It mutes the bad words in the audio, and pops up a closed caption of the missing dialogue without the offensive words.  You can configure the unit from strict to light filtering, and even filter religious and sexual references. Filtering out the bad words is not for everyone but with 12 million TVG’s sold, perhaps there is a market. The foul language filter concept is not new but now this unit works with HD video and even 1080p.  I just ordered mine. See it in action below:

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May 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Iron Wins

I saw Iron Man last night with a couple of friends. This movie is just full of one-liners. It is a good balance of funny human moments and dramatic sci-fi comic book adventure.

Are you one that sits and watches all the credits at the end of the film. I do. The sound design was amazing. So many scenes in this movie would have failed without good audio design. I was surprised at how many digital special effects people were listed in this film, quite a crew. A truly amazing film.

May 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Favorite Video of the Week

Credit Unions are a different kind of fighter. Underdogs? Maybe. Champions of a cause? Most definitely. But what is certain, is that the ground has shifted, and your corporate-driven opponents have lost their footing. Now is the time to fight for your share and differentiate yourselves from banks. Now is the time to tell your story. Because you are a different kind of fighter.

Congrats to Third Degree  for great concept and creation!

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February 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

VHS Hard Drives?

Hey, those hard drives we have for sale are not moving. Don’t people need storage? Our price looks competitive.

How can we differentiate our product from the competition?

il_430xN.113476717[1] The solution: VHS Hard Drives

For those who like their storage combined with celluloid nostalgia, there’re these external hard drives hidden inside VHS tapes: available in 320, 500, or 640GB, they come sheathed in flicks like the original Star Trek, Top Gun, and Return of the Jedi. 

Niche marketing, don’t you love it? Get yours at Etsy.com

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January 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Keep Your Audio In-Sync!

today_show_beyonce_nyrd108I once had a film cameraman tell me that sync was not important only to get a call later to fix his production.  That was many years ago when audio was recorded on a medium called magnetic tape or film.  Remember?  Now it’s all digital. I really thought that digital audio would resolve issues but now there are a few more details to consider.

Digital audio is recording in slices or audio samples regular time intervals. This is called the sampling rate.  The standard for recording digital audio for picture is 48 thousand times per second or 48K.  The 48K rate is used because it is mathematically compatible to picture formats. If  there is a variance in the audio sampling rate then the sound can drift in relation to the picture and create chaos in the editing room. Even minor drifts can create problems. Basically there will be more or too little audio for a given scene. I am pretty sensitive to this and I see one or two TV commercials weekly with bad lip sync. 

 SteveFoyHere are some common causes of drifting audio:

  1. The recording was made at the wrong sample rate, not at 48K sample rate.
  2. Multiple cameras and audio recorders and no external master sync source.
  3. No time code is used.
  4. Delay induced by a digital console without external sync.
  5. A mistake in the editing room.
  6. An unexpected equipment failure.

We all know things go wrong so some proper planning and redundancy may save the day.  Always test your setup before recording the final product. Digital recording does not mean good recording.  I have had to fix many digital recordings that were noisy or distorted.  After you do a test recording make sure your location sound man listens to what is being recorded in headphones and listens to the recording of each scene after a take.

If problems do arise, the drift may be resolved by adjusting the playback to match the picture in an audio post house or editing room.  Some productions require frame accurate recording and this adjustment is not acceptable if there is budget to re-shoot the scenes. Happy shooting and may the sync be with you.

December 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm 2 comments

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