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January 13, 2018

Bad Weather Ruining Your Shot? Here’s How to Fix It in Post

You can’t control the weather, but you can control the way it looks in your image if you know a few tricks in post.

As filmmakers, we try to prepare for anything and everything that can go wrong during a shoot, including checking the weather conditions if we’re shooting outdoors. We read forecasts, watch the news, or use mobile apps that tell us days in advance what to expect from the skies, but no matter how diligently we plan, the weather has a way of sneaking up on us and threatening to ruin our most important shots.

Most of the time, you just call for a reshoot, reschedule, or just kind of do the best you can with what you’ve got, but sometimes you can actually fix bad weather conditions in post. In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Tom Antos shows you how to perform a sky replacement, effectively turning a dreary, overcast sky into one that looks vibrant, dynamic, and best of all, realistic.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 13, 2018

Merge Blaster Hands-on Review

Here’s our Merge Blaster Hands-on review, one of the most fun AR experiences we had at CES 2018 that didn’t require a headset.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

January 12, 2018

‘My Art’: Lena Dunham’s Mom Laurie Simmons Recreates Classic Cinema in Her Directorial Debut

Laurie Simmons found a filmmaking style by directing herself.

A debut feature from a lifelong artist, Laurie Simmons’ My Art examines how the personal and professional lives of a creator often merge. It’s not explicitly autobiographical, but certain elements are closely aligned. Like Simmons, the lead character Ellie is an art professor interested in making movies similar to the ones that inspired her. As she travels upstate for the summer to experiment with performance art mirroring moments of classic cinema, Ellie comes across a number of eager locals interesting in getting involved. They become her silver-screen stars, and in the process, the cast becomes Simmons’ too.

As the film opens in limited theatrical release this weekend, No Film School spoke with Simmons about the choice to cast herself in the lead role, how she sought advice from fellow filmmakers, how she recreated classic movie scenes, and the frequently challenged integrity of comedy.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 12, 2018

Smartglasses from eSight are changing blind people’s lives by enabling them to see

A pair of high-tech smartglasses are changing the lives of blind people by giving them the ability to see. Using high speed cameras and VR-style technology, eSight’s glasses are as exciting as they transformative.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

January 12, 2018

3 Cinematography Musts From ‘Game of Thrones’ DP Anette Haellmigk

Collaboration and cooperation reign in Haellmigk’s kingdom.

Game of Thrones DP Anette Haellmigk has spent her life in film and video production. Her cinematography career began in 1980 when an avant-garde German filmmaker named Hellmuth Costard offered Haellmigk a job as a first assistant cameraperson. It was in working with Costard that Haellmigk realized that she had found her calling as a cinematographer. According to her Behind the Lens column for CreativeCow.net, “Cinematography combines the artistic and the technical, which I liked. So I have found my path.”

Haellmigk went on to learn as much as she could about cinema cameras and eventually connected with Jost Vacano (DP Das Boot) who mentored her and brought her to the U.S. where their work together continued. When Vacano was asked to DP Robocop and Total Recall, Haellmigk worked alongside him and those opportunities opened doors for her.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

January 12, 2018

Modern Hacking, Programming Ethics, and AI: Code & Programming Track Sessions at SXSW 2018

The Code & Programming Track addresses topics ranging from programming best practices to ethical dilemmas of app development, and everything in between. Engineers, developers, coders, and programmers of all levels will find insight and inspiration in the Code & Programming Track sessions.

“It is clear that AI has the potential to forever change and reshape many aspects of our lives. With the rapid onset of AI, many lawmakers are scrambling to find ways to regulate this new technology,” observes SXSW Programmer Henry Heuck. In the session, Regulating AI: How to Control the Unexplainable, Andrew Burt, CPO and Legal Engineer at Immuta, will be explaining how the worlds of AI and Law are colliding, and what this means for data-driven companies, the tech industry, governments and citizens around the world. In Ceci N’est Pas Un Hacker: Modern Hacking Examined, Tod Beardsley and James Lee of Rapid7 demystify what “hacking” actually looks like outside of its representation in the news and Hollywood, and educate attendees on how to protect themselves from online crime.

Dive deeper into the Code & Programming Track below with our session highlights focused on hacking, programming ethics, building to scale, and much more. Code & Programming sessions will be held from March 9-13 with primary access to Interactive and Platinum Badges; secondary access to all other badges.

Code & Programming Session Highlights

Regulating AI: How to Control the Unexplainable

Speaker: Andrew Burt (Immuta)

The rise of AI seems unstoppable—from finance to advertising, medicine and logistics, AI is reshaping industries. But the biggest hurdle to the adoption of AI lies in how well this “black box” technology can be controlled. Indeed, the past few years have seen a rise in regulations impacting AI, and more are on their way. This talk will explain how the worlds of AI and law are colliding, and what this means for data-driven companies, the tech industry, governments and citizens around the world.

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Ceci N’est Pas Un Hacker: Modern Hacking Examined

Speakers: James Lee (Rapid7) and Tod Beardsley (Rapid7)

The public perception of “computer hacking” is often tinged with shades of youthful pranksterism, rakish criminality, and even occult magicks. Recently, however, it’s taken on a darker hue of international espionage with serious financial, political, and even physical consequences. As a result, there are some off-color misconceptions of what actually goes into “hacking,” and what the general public can do to defend themselves against online crime while understanding What’s Really Going On.

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When Programmers are Asked to do the Unethical

Speakers: Julie Bort (Business Insider) and Bill Sourour (Devmastery.com)

The world relies on software programmers, whose work can drive company behavior that’s unethical or illegal – whether helping VW cheat on emissions or assisting companies in unfair or illegal business practices. What can be done about correcting a culture that too often encourages such behavior – or is content to just look away? What recourse and protection do employees have when blowing the whistle? Does the government need to get involved, like how it regulates the financial industry?

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Exploring Problems in the Humanities with Code

Speaker: Christopher Wolfram (Wolfram)

Can data be more than just numbers?
There are so many areas that could benefit from the use of code and programming that haven’t been exposed yet. Join Christopher as he walks through digital humanities (using computational tools in areas where computers haven’t been used as widely), illustrating the benefits of adding a computational element to non-traditionally computational areas.

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Built to Scale: Why “Pause” for a Design System?

Speakers: Alby Barber (Eventbrite), Long Cheng (Pinterest), Laura Skelton (Airbnb), and Marcin Treder (UXPin)

Design that doesn’t scale well hurts—it’s a short-term approach impacting product sprints and ability to ship quickly. Design systems offer a magic solution, but the pause in engineering resource is not easy to justify. They’re not just about pretty buttons—they’re about speed-to-fixability that ensures silo’ed bugs don’t sink your UX. Hear from (+ learn from the mistakes of) the Airbnb, Eventbrite & Pinterest folks involved in selling in of concept, proof of value, & successful creation of a DS.

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Code & Programming sessions will be held from March 9-12.

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Crossover Track Recommendations

SXSW is the perfect place to get outside of your comfort zone and learn from SXSW sessions across all 24 Tracks of Conference programming. These recommended sessions are outside of the Code & Programming Track, but focus on topics in various industries that are relevant to programmers.

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January 12, 2018

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, January 12

Daily Chord stories share musical topics, but take place in a variety of locations. Read about what’s happening on stages, in studios, courtrooms, garages, big muddy fields ringed with porta-potties and anywhere else music news is made. Subscribe to our email blast for a daily heads-up.

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Friday, January 12

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Source: SxSW Music

January 12, 2018

The 3DRudder makes your virtual reality experience a bit more hands-off

If you’re looking for a more immersive virtual reality experience, the 3DRudder allows you to use your feet to control movement in VR spaces, and even works as a controller for non-VR games.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

January 12, 2018

Winter Time in Ginzan Onsen (Hot Spring) and around Japan

Winter Time in Ginzan Onsen (Hot Spring) and around Japan

Seeing images from Ginzan Onsen made me miss Japan pretty badly, especially during this time of year. Being from Canada, winter tends rightfully cold and long. But again, seeing the pictures from Japan-based photographer naagaoshi, they are just so breathtaking. It almost feels like that is taken from a scene of the animated fantasy movie: Spirited Away. Let’s follow naagaoshi and his photographic adventure into the silver mine hot spring and several locations around Japan.

About Ginzan Onsen

The translation means “silver mine hot spring” from Japanese. It’s located in the area of Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Nowadays, this place is better known as one of Japan’s prettiest onsen towns with historic ryokan lined-up along the river.

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. 去年から最も気に入っている冬景色、五箇山の相倉合掌造り集落。 今年も早速撮りに行ってきました😁 去年より雰囲気のある写真になったかなと思います! まだまだ通いつめたいな🤤 . そして連日の遠征による疲れか、今日は朝キングスマンを観たあとから体調を崩して寝てました😪笑 皆様も体調管理には気をつけて😂🙌 . #富山県 #相倉合掌造り集落 #五箇山 #絶景 #旅 #秘境 #インスタ映え #フォトジェニック #team_jp_ #IGersJP #japan_of_insta #lovers_nippon #art_of_japan_ #phos_japan #s_shot #jap #retrip_nipponanmagazine #kf_gallery #retrip_news #night_shooterz #japan_night_view_member #Night_Scaper #nightphotography #night_excl #NIGHTSHOOTERZ #longexposure_japan

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. 大正ロマンの風情溢れる温泉郷。 日が暮れて暗くなった温泉街にガス灯が灯り、とてもロマンチックでした🙌 この日は撮影のためだけに行ったけど、いつか絶対泊まりにきたい…! 誰か行こ← . モデルさんには撮影許可頂いてます🙆‍♂️ 初めて声かけて撮らせてもらった笑 . #山形県 #銀山温泉 #冬 #旅 #japan_night_view #japan_night_view_member #Lovers_Nippon #Loves_Nippon #IGersJP #Team_JP #土曜日の小旅行 #japanwaits #photo_travelers #Colors_of_day #retrip_news #retrip_nippon #worldprime #earth_shotz #igworldglobal #igs_asia #hubs_untied #way2ill #nature #visitjapanjp #yourshotphotographer #PASHADELIC #nikonjp

A post shared by 長押し (@nagaoshi_) on Jan 5, 2018 at 1:41am PST

. 今年初ポスト笑 遅くなりましたが、明けましておめでとうございます⛩🌅 新年早々福島県まで撮影遠征に行ってきました😆🙌 . 早速の投稿は福島の写真ではありませんが笑。福島まで行ったついでに、ずっと撮りたかった雪と銀山温泉の景色も収めることができました! ほんとは蔵王も行きたかったけど読みが甘く😭 またチャンスがあれば行こうかな笑 チーム石川のみんな、現地でご一緒した方々、お疲れ様でした🤗 . 今年もよろしくお願いします! . #山形県 #銀山温泉 #japan_night_view #japan_night_view_member #Lovers_Nippon #Loves_Nippon #IGersJP #Team_JP #土曜日の小旅行 #japanwaits #photo_travelers #Colors_of_day #retrip_news #retrip_nippon #worldprime #earth_shotz #igworldglobal #igs_asia #hubs_untied #way2ill #nature #visitjapanjp #yourshotphotographer #PASHADELIC #nikonjp

A post shared by 長押し (@nagaoshi_) on Jan 4, 2018 at 2:08am PST

. 三週連続長野に足を運んでしまうほど、霧氷にハマってしまいました🤤 前回は一つも見れなかったけど、なんと今週は霧氷祭り!☃️ どこもかしこも雪が積もってて楽しかった\(^o^)/ しかしテンション上がりすぎたせいか、高ボッチで目が覚めるともう7時/(^o^)\ アラームめっちゃセットしたのに笑 でも今日一日霧氷に囲まれてて幸せだったから全て良し😚 . . Location : Nagano . #霧氷 #ムヒョー #雪 #冬 #drone #dronestagram #japan_daytime_view #Lovers_Nippon #Loves_Nippon #IGersJP #Team_JP #土曜日の小旅行 #japanwaits #photo_travelers #Colors_of_day #retrip_news #retrip_nippon #worldprime #earth_shotz #igworldglobal #igs_asia #hubs_untied #way2ill #nature #visitjapanjp #yourshotphotographer #PASHADELIC

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Jan 12, 2018

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January 11, 2018

25 Years of SXSW Film Festival – Jamie Babbit

To commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, we continue our weekly alumni spotlight on careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more with filmmaker Jamie Babbit.

After her groundbreaking debut film But, I’m a Cheerleader, Babbit world premiered her third feature, The Itty Bitty Titty Committee at SXSW 2007, where it earned the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature Competition. In 2015, she brought her ensemble dark comedy Fresno, starring Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Aubrey Plaza. Babbit has worked consistently in television and directed multiple of episodes of hit television series such as, Gilmore Girls, Looking, Girls, Silicon Valley (also co-executive producer), and more!

We are pleased to share her #SXSWFilm 25 story with you.

“I love SXSW because I made a film about a ragtag punk group of ladies who blow up phallic symbols in DC (The Itty Bitty Titty Committee) and not only did SXSW show it, but the jury gave us an award. The SXSW audiences are fearless and the programmers aren’t scared to show some out there films.

I’ll never forget that at our Itty Bitty Titty Committee premiere at The Alamo Drafthouse, a petite shy woman whom I would NEVER think would like this punk film just started crying as she came up to me afterwards whispering ‘it’s just so empowering’. This encounter is why I make movies. Thank you, SXSW!”

Stay tuned to SXSW News each week for more 25th edition stories.

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World Premiere of Fresno at SXSW 2015 – Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW

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