Monday, February 27, 2006

Science on the Red Carpet

Tonight at 8pm Atlantic Time you can watchScience on the Red Carpet on Discovery Channel. It covers the Scientific and Technical Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars). The event is held before the big show with all the stars and it is built around the technicians and artists behind the scenes who advance the technology of motion pictures. It's cohosted by Kid in the Hall Dave Foley and Amber MacArthur of Command-N.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Democracy - Internet TV Platform

If you want to view some of the great video content that's out there on the web, one of the best ways is with the Democracy - Internet TV Platform. It was beta testing as DTV player for OS X only, but now there is a Windows version as well. Made by the Participatory Culture Foundation, it's part of a set of tools that allow you to view and distribute video in channels. Check out some of the amazing free content that it out there and find out how to add your content to a channel as well. What makes this work so well is that it's more than just a player for watching video, it's a collection of resources to provide the infrastructure for watching and producing video.

Friday, February 24, 2006

New Metro Campus Tour Photos

Last week I was able to go on a tour of the New Metro Campus and I took some pictures. You can view the set of photos of the February 2006 New Metro Tour.

A Story About Snakes on a Plane

People have been talking about the film, Snakes on a Plane and you can read a screenwriter's take on Snakes on a Plane from his own perspective. It's an interesting glimpse into the world of Hollywood producing and the writing of thrillers with stars.

Sunday, February 19, 2006


An entertaining and very useful project is CC365 by Grant Robertson. Every day for this entire year he is posting a Creative Commons licensed song. That means you can freely download and listen to the music. Many of the songs have licenses that are quite compatible with the needs of student or independent filmmakers. Subscribing to the podcast will give you a daily jumping-off point to new music. So take a listen to some of the great music that is out there.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Free Culture

Free Culture is a student-produced documentary about the Free Culture New York Summit that was held at Columbia University in January. It's Creative Commons licensed (obviously) and gives a good perspective on free culture in New York.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Essential vs. stylish in the world of Mamet

The Signal vs. Noise blog chooses some choice quotations from David Mamet in how he sees Essential vs. stylish in the world of Mamet. Writing is very important for filmmaking as well as having a good process and staying focussed. What do you absolutely need in your film... focus on that and you'll be ahead of the game.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Student Filmmaking Showcast TV

SFS TV is a video podcast that showcases student films. You can subscribe to it in iTunes and you can also submit your work. The deadline for the next issue is March 20, 2006.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

100 Second Festival

The guidelines are pretty simple and clear for the 100 Second Festival in that you have to work within the constraint of a running time of 100 seconds. There isn't an entry fee and all of the work will have a Creative Commons license. The deadline is May 1st, so start making something 100 seconds long and upload it to the Internet Archive or send it in to the festival.