Friday, September 30, 2011

Vimeo's New 'Music Store'

Press release from Vimeo:
As many of you know, finding music for your videos can be somewhat… well, painful. Licensing music on your own can be confusing and finding good free music can take forever. Many of us here at Vimeo are video creators or filmmakers as well and we experience these frustrations on a regular basis. So, we decided to do something about it.
Introducing Vimeo Music Store!
Vimeo Music Store is your one-stop-shop for finding, discovering and licensing high quality music for your videos. We’ve built a simple and intuitive interface for you to easily search for music using a variety of different music criteria, and then purchase and/or download the tracks you want. Search mood, genre, tempo, themes, instrumentations and then use the advanced search to whittle down the results even further.
As of now, Music Store offers over 45,000 curated tracks with a three different license options for you to choose from. Here’s the skinny:
Creative Commons-licensed music is curated and provided by Free Music Archive, one of the most-respected curators of Creative Commons-licensed music. There are many different Creative Commons licenses available, so make sure to learn more about Creative Commons and how to use them in our FAQ.
Paid music tracks are provided by Audiosocket, a music and media company that curates its content to deliver up-and-coming talent to the marketplace. Audiosocket’s catalog includes over 33,000 songs from more than 1900 emerging bands, composers and record labels from around the world. Audiosocket’s catalog offers both personal, non-commercial licenses for $1.99 per track and commercial licenses for $98 per track.
As a a token of our appreciation, we’re offering all Plus and PRO members one FREE, personal license track (a $1.99 value). This offer is only available for one week starting today, so make sure to head over to Music Store and cash in!
We’re very excited about this first phase of Vimeo Music Store and we hope you like it. Look for more features, more partners and more options for bands and musicians in the future!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Slo Dive: '250 Awesome Grunge Textures'

Grunge is awesome. Grunge rules. Grunge is useful for VFX artists, motion graphics artists, texture artists, and more. Everyone needs more grunge. Need I say more?

Get busy downloading!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Philip Bloom: 'Canon DSLRs: some of the best picture profiles out there'

Filmmaker and DSLR aficionado Philip Bloom continues his tradition of posting the latest info on the emerging trend of the DSLR "picture profile." On cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark II, the picture profile editor can allow a user to dial in just the right set of parameters to make color grading easier and more impactful.
For all projects that I am producing, I always shoot the flattest image I can get. However, when shooting for others, if the turn around time does not allow for colour timing/correction, I will shoot less flat (typically neutral).

Now you ask, why is a flat profile important? Well, when you bake-in the color/contrast settings into an image (pre-set PP’s), you are unable to retrieve information that would be available if you had shot flat. Say your sky is blown out, but you wish you could see some of the clouds that were there on the day. With a baked-in image style, you are not able to recover it. With a flat image, you have a much better chance of recovering the clouds — OR if you under or over-expose something, you have a better chance to recover information that would otherwise be lost.
Read the rest here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DV Internships: Life Balance Workshops, i5 Films, Arizona Attorney General's Office, and more!

Job ID:2526
Job Title:Digital Video
Job Type:Internship - Unpaid
Full/Part Time:Part Time
Skills Required:
Description:Digital Video Internship
Life Balance Workshops

Duties Include

  • Mic and film workshops and other short clips

  • Set up lighting and other equipments

  • Edit content available in a downloadable format and/or DVD

  • How To Apply
    Send a resume and cover letter to Mark Jamnik

    Employer Website: Life Balance Workshops

    Posted 9/26/2011 Expire 10/6/2011

    Job ID:2521
    Job Title:Digital Video
    Job Type:Internship - Unpaid
    Full/Part Time:Part Time
    Skills Required:
    Description:Digital Video Intern

    Duties Include

  • Editing, shooting, transferring footage, pick up/drop off equipment

  • Skills Required

  • Final Cut Pro

  • Adobe Premiere

  • After Effects

  • Photoshop

  • 3D Modeling

  • Illustrator

  • MS Word and Excel

  • How To Apply
    Send a resume and cover letter to Nathan Price

    Employer Website: i5Films

    Posted 9/23/2011 Expire 11/23/2011

    Job ID:2512
    Job Title:Digital Media Artist
    Job Type:Internship - Unpaid
    Full/Part Time:Part Time
    Skills Required:
    Description:Digital Video/Animation/Graphics
    Arizona Attorney General's Office

    Duties Include

  • Complete projects within timeframe given

  • Provide input for the best methods and design of end product for the assigned project

  • Be accountable for deadlines and communicate any breakdowns effectively

  • Skills Required

  • Basic knowledge of video and editing required

  • Great interpersonal communication

  • How To Apply
    Send a resume and cover letter to Linnea Heap

    Employer Website: Arizona Attorney General's Office

    Posted 9/22/2011 Expire 11/22/2011

    Job ID:2509
    Job Title:Digital Media Artist
    Job Type:Internship - Unpaid
    Full/Part Time:Part Time
    Skills Required:
    Description:Graphics Internship

    Duties Include

  • Create website banners both static and flash

  • Video editing for Youtube videos

  • Website graphic design, which could be a full website design, or just bits and pieces of pages

  • Facebook fan page design

  • Skills Required

  • Photoshop, with the ability to create organized and layered Photoshop files for hands-off to developers

  • Video recording using a digital camera, and being familiar with lighting and sound for Youtube videos

  • Video editing skills will also be required for final cuts

  • Illustrator

  • HTML/CSS, basic understanding, no programming required

  • Intern will be responsible for having the following programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, & video editing software

  • How To Apply
    Send a resume and cover letter to Phalene Leichtman

    Employer Website: Wizler

    Posted 9/8/2011 Expire 10/8/2011

    Job ID:2482
    Job Title:Digital Video
    Job Type:Internship - Unpaid
    Full/Part Time:Full Time
    Skills Required:
    Description:Various Internships
    Healthy Power TV

    Looking for the following positions:

  • 2 video editors/special effects

  • 1 video production/ Camera work (shooting shows)

  • 1 Sound Engineering Technician

  • 1 Web designer/ Coder

  • 1 Web-based marketing/ search-engine optimization

  • General Skills Required

  • Critical thinking

  • Time management

  • Video streaming

  • Video productions

  • Adobe System

  • Adobe Premiere Pro software

  • Final Cut Pro

  • Windows Media services

  • How To Apply
    Send a resume and cover letter to Darin Green

    Employer Website: Healthy Power TV

    Posted 8/11/2011 Expire 10/11/2011

    Location: Phoenix, AZ

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    The Black and Blue: 'How to Read the DP’s Mind & Stay One Step Ahead'

    The Black and Blue is a blog designed for Camera Assistants (known as "AC's" in the biz), and is definitely worth subscribing to if you're considering a career behind the lens. Recently they posted a great article about how to anticipate the needs of your Director of Photography and come out looking like an absolute star.
    You can do your best to anticipate and predict what the DP wants and, when you’re right, it will seem like you read their mind. They’ll be both amazed and pleased that somehow you managed to get everything exactly how they wanted, all without even telling you.
    Read the whole article here, and subscribe to The Black and Blue right away!

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    AE Tuts+: 'A Look At Hollywood’s Biggest VFX – Part 1'

    After Effects tutorials portal AE Tuts+ has begun branching out to take an in-depth look at Hollywood visual effects with this article on 2012, Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and Alice in Wonderland.

    Here's their Avatar VFX breakdown video:

    Read the entire article here!

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Wired: '5 Film-School Violations in Videogame Cut-Scenes'

    For the Game Art & Animation student who wasn't sure why he was taking DVA101, or the DV student who ends up working in the videogame industry after graduation, has published this scathing essay on why so many videogame cutscenes fall flat:
    ... there's one element of interactive storytelling that designers just can't seem to get right: the cut-scene. Some exceptions exist, but these control-free cinematic sequences often prove uncomfortable if not downright embarrassing to watch. While they are almost always packed with gorgeous eye caramel, games' cut-scenes usually drop the ball when it comes to effective storytelling.
    This is because many cut-scenes don't follow the time-tested rules of cinema that have made Hollywood so successful. Gamemakers abide by their own rules, packing their cinematics with wanton expositions and explosions. But cut-scene designers would do well to learn from the past century of film and its storytelling practices.
    Read the rest here!

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    InspirationFeed: '40 Free Highly Functional Dingbats Fonts'

    This one's for you motion graphics artists! The folks at InspirationFeed have gathered up a cool selection of "dingbats" fonts - great for creating elements for your motion graphics designs. I particularly like this one ("Karate Chop") but some of the others (e.g., "Cafeina") are brilliant as well. Take a look!

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Vincent Laforet and Vimeo go 'Behind the Glass'

    Filmmaker / cinematographer / DSLR guru Vincent Laforet recently collaborated with the staff at our favorite video-hosting site Vimeo to produce a stellar series of basic lessons on lenses and depth of field called "Behind the Lens." Here's the first episode, but be sure to surf over to Vincent's blog to read the accompanying article and watch episodes 2 and 3!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    FX Guide: 'Pan Am: Retro Greenscreen World'

    FX Guide has published a pretty comprehensive look at how ABC's new 1960's-set "Pan Am" is making use of Stargate Studios' "Virtual Set" technology to recreate a bygone era.

    Check it out here! Definitely worth a look for our students considering a career in VFX.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Two More Festival Appearances for FALLOUT

    Our epic sci-fi short film "Fallout" is now set to mark one full year on the film festival circuit with two appearances at East Coast genre festivals.

    First up - the 2011 Atlanta Horror Festival, September 15th through 17th. "Fallout" is one of 6 "Sci-Fi Shorts" screening at this mostly horror-themed event on Saturday September 17th at 4:30pm.

    Then in October is the 2011 Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia. "Fallout" screens on Saturday, October 29th at 3:00pm as part of "Splatter Shorts." I guess all the terrorist blood we spill in the battle sequence qualifies! "Fallout" is also nominated for nine awards:

    Best Actor - Anders Striemer ("Hopper")
    Best Supporting Actor - Steve Briscoe ("Rawls")
    Best Supporting Actor - Ted Herbig ("Harrington")
    Best Sound Design - John Chafuen
    Best DP - Chris Erickson
    Best Original Music Score - Rod Ibieta
    Best Editing - Chad Hryhorysak and Chris Erickson
    Best SFX - everyone on the team!
    Best Science Fiction Short Film

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Perspective: "Why studying film in college is still a good idea after all"

    Filmmaker and cinematographer Nino Leitner posted on his blog recently about what he feels is the true value of a film education:
    A film or media school will get you together with people from other fields in filmmaking that you are unlikely to meet otherwise. It will also bring you together with more experienced people (tutors, teachers) that are unlikely to be available as online mentors as well as people who are in a very similar life situation to yours (same age, same aspirations).
    We couldn't agree more, Nino. Read the rest here.