Producer/director Gary Winick, winner of a 2003 Spirit Award, passed away on Sunday, 27 February.
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Film at Lincoln Center/Indiewire blogger Eugene Hernandez is among those offering reminiscences and appreciations of New York indie producer/director Gary Winick, who passed away Sunday, February 27th. Winick is credited for his career in the New York community, notable for helping to start InDigEnt, the independent film company that produced “Pieces of April,” “Personal Velocity” and “Tadpole,” which Winick also directed. Hernandez also points out that Winick, a winner of a 2003 Spirit Award, was an important early proponent of digital video gear for short- and low-budget shoots.
Variety reports on NY distrib Tribeca Film’s announcement of nine new acquisitions, which brings to 26 the tally for releases in 2011. That’s over twice the number of releases over its freshman year, so you can see the distrib isn’t shy in pushing ahead in a difficult market. Among the new pick-ups are Vincent D’Onofrio’s directorial debut “Don’t Go in the Woods,” a “rock ‘n’ roll horror musical.” And then there’s Vincent Gallo once more using his craggy face as his calling card: he stars as a captured Taliban fighter in a direct to VOD of Jerzy “Deep End” Skolimowski’s thriller “Essential Killing”.
For those of you who look to HDSLRs as a viable alternative for image making–and we’ve all flirted with the idea, haven’t we?–you can now buy the latest of Canon’s entry level DSLRs that does just that. The Canon Rebel T3i/ESO 600D, announced earlier this month, keeps most of the same internals as last year’s T2i but adds choice bits such as an articulated screen and more setup info for beginners. You can read Digital Photography’s review here.
Don’t be too surprised in learning this, but almost everyone in America reports rising rudeness and other unmannerly behavior in the use of mobile devices in public. Intel paid good money to figure this out for us.
You should further not show any astonished reaction to learn that Philly-based Atomic Cheesecake productions has produced a 3D music video using two paired iPhone 4s. Suppose the result suffices for all of those mistaking heavily compressed iPod and iPhone music for the real thing.
You can find a more serious take on lower cost 3D production during Studiodaily’s webinar on Monetizing Stereo 3D this Tuesday, March 1st. We’re not talking James Cameron style production here, but basic work of the sort that will pay you back in today’s marketplace. I can’t give any promises on how useful this will be–and you’ll have to drop $99 to find out–but one good sign is that Randall Dark, a recognized producer/director with years of experience in practical applications for HD and 3-D, will be on the panel.
Over the weekend, Apple is said to have divulged details of JointVenture, a new small business program to be launched later this week as part of the Cupertino-based company’s Wednesday press conference. Apple plans to charge $499 for up to five users of this Apple ProCare-on-steroids venture. While features such as priority access to the Genius Bar and customized workshops might seem a little enticing, comments surfacing on the net already complain that it probably won’t work out easily as Apple’s in-house Genius crew is already stretched to the limits. More at 9to5 Mac.
Abel Cine plans to offer another two-day intensive training session on the Phantom Flex camera system. The well thought out high speed Phantom has made slow motion production much more accessible. While not cheap at $1725, the classes are said to be popular, and with limited class space anyone interested should sign up now. Starts March 31st.
While you might be satisfied just reading the article’s title “How social media store your mind, took advertising with it”, this screed on AdAge Digital’s site does go on to point out that it’s not just that nostalgia for older tech that loses out: a new Stanford study finds that we are being distracted to the point where marketers have to spend more and more money just to attract smaller and smaller parts of our attention. Makes ya sad.
Finally, if moment-by-moment pop cult news distraction really, truly is your crack, you’ll want to sign up for Anticipation Index. Brought to you by NY Mag and Trendrr, the idea is to track what popcult folks are expressing the most interest about in real-time on Twitter and the rest of our social web. The New York Observer quotes one of the party’s involved describing it as infoporn. We tend to agree. Not that we’d know what that porn part is all about.