Category: Movies


Darth Disney?

Darth DisneyThe takeover of Star Wars by Disney has many fans fearful for the future of the franchise.  Star Wars has a strong following over many generations of fans.  Even with Jar Jar Binks, a sappy unbelievable love story sub-plot and killing off the Jedi, the franchise stands strong.

Disney has a great track record with the Marvel franchise and many other beloved characters, but sci-fi fans stand in a category by themselves.  They don’t want their story lines drifting off center.  Don’t believe me?  Star Trek Enterprise anyone?  What killed that story was the radical shift from the known Star Trek universe.  Don’t play with my backstory.

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Techsnoop loves all things tech and Sci-Fi so finding the pilot for the web series Tether is like an early Christmas present.  While the entire story arc has not been revealed, it is a post-apocalyptic Earth-based story with many mysteries that can be revealed slowly.  All the best elements for a great series.  Read more…

The great guys at HISHE have done it again for your laugh out loud fun.  Happy weekend.

The Avengers

Prometheus

Comic-Con

Several options for importing files in Adobe Premier Pro CS5

Working with Green Screens.  This is for more advanced users.

This video on making a rough cut is on the Adobe TV site and shows how to efficiently create a rough of your video.

Premiere Pro rough cut tutorial

For more in depth instructions, use the resources at Adobe Support and Adobe TV.

Please post links to your work in the comments if these resources help you.  And keep learning!

For every Comic fan who didn’t like the ending of their super hero movie, this site re-imagines what should have happened.  While I admire and like the site, Avengers really could not have ended better.

Techsnoop is a comic geek among other things.  Justice League, Superman, Iron Man and Avengers are among my very favorites.  So, you may imagine that this is a bonzai summer for me and other comic, sci-fi, and action geeks.  With the advent of Avengers, Prometheus, Battleship, Spiderman, Batman, and MIB3, this will be one busy box office season.  Techsnoop cautions to go easy on the popcorn, pop and nachos so as not to end the summer with “movie gut”.

Tony-AvengersAvengers not only set some box office milestones, but one of the lead characters has proven to be a great story of rising from the ashes.  Mr. Downey is a classic case of learning life lessons from comic characters.  Robert Downey, Jr. was once an unemployable has been.  But due to hard work and taking necessary small steps toward success, he became not only a superstar, but a great ensemble actor.  He works well alone and in teams.

How many designers and developers can say that?  Achieving such versatility brings success in any field and requires the incorporation of many “soft” skills that technical experts often do not value.  Teamwork (Justice League, Avengers), attention to detail (Batman) and ability to meet deadlines are critical skills for entrepreneurs.  Being able to network and describe in non-tech language (Spiderman) what you can bring to a client is what brings in cash for your business.  Techsnoop is convinced that the great effects and artwork achieved in Avengers movie did not happen with designers and techs coming in “whenever” and zoning out in meetings.

Design is hard work and continuous education on the latest technology and techniques.  One small image can take days to create with the right mood, lighting and effects to fit the scope of the project.  This is not done by slackers.  Designers may be creatives, but we are creatives on a deadline and with tight budgets.  The trade off for flexible hours and working in jeans is being able to deliver high-quality product on demand and in budget.

Anyone who doesn’t take designers seriously should take a moment and try to create just one of the thousands of images from any hit movie.  Let me know how easy that is for you.

Designers and comic geeks unite, our superheros have taught us well so let’s “Assemble”.

Techsnoop firmly agrees with Smutty. Avengers is a GREAT movie! Stop reading, go see it.

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Smutty completely approves of Avengers movie.  It has action and humor mixed well together and Iron Man has some of the best movie lines ever.  No disrespect to Marvel movies before this, but this is clearly what a superhero movie should be.  If  Marvel’s movies continue to get better at this pace, Smutty may have to get a pacemaker.  OK, go see it now.  Stop reading, go see it.

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iPhoneWell, this video just shows that a low employment rate for Geeks is dangerous.  The combination of actors, video editing and scripting is outrageously funny.  I think we now have a new phrase coined into the language; Siri Abuse.  Definition; when your spouse or other family member abuses you using Siri.  Poor Siri, what is the world coming to when an application can’t just be the helpful tool it was designed to be?

Now admit it, you all knew this was coming.  As soon as a super-intuitive digital assistant came along, it was just asking to be used for evil.  After all, haven’t we spent the last 60+ years making movies about technology running amok?  Every helpful invention ever created has been bastardized eventually by someone, somewhere.  So now Siri has to suffer for the good of all mankind.

Sorry Siri, its enough to make an artificial intelligence want to take over the world.

I love music.  The right song can lift you up from the lowest mood and inspire you when stuck at work.  But, there is no way that any set of earphones is worth $300.  I think the slim, light up cool factor of the Soul by Ludacris earphones is great and the sound may be superior, but $300?? With a national unemployment rate around 10%?  No way.  Please vote with your wallets and say no to this excess.  Expensive earphones do not make you money even if you are in the music business.  Great sound can be had for much less.

Love this slideshow on the coolest, almost Bond-like tech coming in 2012.  Samsung has a smartphone that is part tablet and LG presents a mouse that doubles as a scanner.  Pardon me if I take a pass at the personal 3D viewers.  By completely covering vision and hearing, this device is potentially a  public hazard.  Many will not use it wisely.  And, no, I will not pay for designer 3D glasses.  $300 and more to watch a movie at home?  Not happening.

But Sony shows once again that they are at the top of the cool list with the world’s thinnest camera, the Cyber-Shot TX55.  Thin, touch screen and 3D photos.  What more could you want? Maybe a Star Trek replicator or transporter to keep the food and transportation costs down so you can enjoy your tech.

Take your pick for holiday giving.  Or receiving.

NetflixWell times are hard everywhere folks.  Now Netflix, a company who made a $83 Billion profit in 2008, is crying that they need to double customer prices to pay for new content.   Please note, they just made an 80% price hike 3 months ago.  So, for their short-sightedness we, the customer must pay.

This presents just the latest example of big business stomping on those who made them big business.  Netflix was just a little nobody in 1999 when I initially joined.  I loved not having to run out and get a DVD from the store only to find it was “out”.  After a few years, I dropped out and used cable for a while.

I came back to Netflix a couple of years ago as part of a streamlining of my lifestyle.  I spend lots of time on my computer, but not too much watching TV.  Netflix made sense over cable as a cost efficient entertainment option.  I use both DVD and streaming because many of the things I want to watch are not available to stream.

In a recent article on CNet Greg Sandoval questions if Netflix will change their mind,  Since their CEO’s response is “our prices are our prices”, it doesn’t look good.  This anti-consumer attitude is what caused customers to leave Blockbuster in droves.

Hey Netflix, your customers helped you grow with word of mouth and loyalty.  This is because you were a great place to do business. Now, you are just another evil empire.

Maybe Netflix will wake up and go back to their origins or perhaps they will forge a new business path and listen to their customers.

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