The Past Week in Review: for June 13, 2011
We search for the more interesting and provocative news and views of the past week… so you don’t have to.
This week we travel to the lawn of Gracie Mansion, learn about important new technologies, and get a glimpse of a New York that never was.
Left: The Coney Island Globe Tower from Benjamin Waldman’s article The New York that Never Was.
Making it in New York
We attended the sixth annual Made In NY Awards held last week on the lawns of Gracie mansion. We would like to tell you that we have a thorough article coming up with interviews with all the relevant production and postproduction folks at the event.
Truth be told we had a hard time getting very far since most everyone seemed more interested in the free drinks and food, or catching a glimpse of Matt Damon, everyone’s favorite former Bostonian at the party. If you’d like to catch up on some of the many folks who did attend and more on those who garnered well-earned Made In NY awards, here’s a pretty inclusive article from the Hollywood Reporter.
I jest, in part at least. Of course they did plenty of the above. But the annual event has turned into a good way to meet people from all parts of NYC’s thriving creative community.
Keeping on the theme of recognizing important NYC people and trends, the website New York Tech Meet Up has pulled together a Made in NYC listing of the various Internet start-ups from well known ones like mobile social web Foursquare to newer ones like licensing and royalty service provider Rightsflow.
The list includes only those companies whose apps have been “mostly coded” in the city. That’s the crucial marker, since the city still doesn’t seem to have the requisite number of coders that enables a place like Silicon Valley to flourish
You can read the list by clicking here.
Techcrunch has posted links to videos from the first day of its Techcrunch Disrupt conference, which took place on a W. 55th St. pier a couple of weeks ago.
There were a number of intriguing web start-ups at the event, and we will be talking more about them in upcoming reports. However, you might want to get their idea of what was fun and unique at the show; this includes one VIP on stage intoning the rather Delphic line “Don’t be a Google bitch, don’t be a Facebook bitch, and don’t be a Twitter bitch. Be your own bitch.”
Intrigued? Click here.
City government is going app crazy. That’s according to Joshua Brustein in his article in the New York Times: the city is encouraging developers to build applications based on city data. A few city agencies have kicked in apps of their own.
Done as part of last week’s annual Internet Week, the city has collected a web page worth of apps as well as videos all aimed at making New Yorkers better aware of just what their city offers.
One app helps you find any of several hundred videos about New York, mostly created by independent producers for the city’s television station, NYC Life. At launch, the apps are only for the iPhone and iPad, with Android versions to come later.
Will Social Media Lead to Stalking your Customer?
It seems that in a previous age good manufacturing and the ability to distribute your product anywhere to anyone were couple of the key metrics which determined whether you were successful or not.
Not so today. Or at least according to a new report “Competitive Strategy In The Age Of The Customer” from Forrester. Today you must be customer obsessed, according to the report, which was detailed on the website MediaPost. (Click here to read it.)
Again, no big surprise here since “the customer is always right” has been the mantra for decades.
However, with Forrester moving beyond the matter-of-fact statement to the point of noting that they must be customer-obsessed, we’re in stalker territory. The troubled economy is obviously making itself felt deep in the reaches of the business mindset.
Here’s an interesting question: can social media actually destroy your business? That’s from an article on Fast Company’s website. Truth be told, the article “How Social Media Can Destroy Your Business And What You Can Do About It” certainly doesn’t contain revolutionary material, but it reiterates useful info.
Blogger Simon Mainwaring points out that social media is policed by an increasingly sophisticated public resulting in a force that can either be very helpful or-no surprise here-lead to your undoing.
In Mainwaring’s apt phrase, “the future is a story we make up everyday”. Learn how you might tell better stories by clicking here.
The Thrill of New Gear
On his blog on the Provideo Coalition website, Adam Wilt has done a fast and entertaining article on all the new products at Cine Gear Expo LA 2011 .
Two product introductions stand out: light-emitting plasma (LEP) “instruments” and a new electronic shutter that once and for all takes on the oft noticed phenomena of backwards spinning wheels and other such interference phenomena when photographing at 24 frames per second.
The small size and the power savings of the new plasma lighting is striking; Wilt points out LEP rigs delivering around 6K worth of light will draw only around 800 W, less than most hairdryers pull. Tessive’s Time Filter, meanwhile, is described as “nothing less than the most important advance in camera shutter technology since motion picture cameras were invented.”
Adam’s article is here.
Matt Jepson, meanwhile, has posted video of much of the gear shown at the show; you can access those by clicking here.
New York-based Offhollywood became the first East Coast post facility to buy into the Mistika 4K system. The post production system–from the Spanish-based company SGO which makes Mistika–is more accurately described as multi-resolution, since it handles everything from SD, HD, 2K and 4K, but Offhollywood seems to emphasize only the presumably more sexy 4K and 3-D aspects of the system in their press release.
Mistika–based on HP and Nvidia hardware–includes a complete workflow created around the RED Epic and Element Technica’s (ET) ATOM 3D rigs, which fits the Broadway-based rental facility’s desire to “provide first-rate Stereo 3D production services.”
More information here.
How to Read a Film
While the actual event has ended, you still might want to check out this IFP announcement about the winning participants in the 2011 running of the Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab.
It’s an interesting concept: rather than just awarding money, the intensive program for feature filmmakers supports them so that they might create a coherent enough script to enable them to complete, market, and distribute their first feature film.
The City that Never Was
While we enjoy looking and reading about the rich history of New York City, we never thought that there might be another history out there, one of the imaginary New York that never was.
On the website Untapped New York, Benjamin Waldman has written a well-illustrated article The New York City that Never Was. Part 1, which concerns itself with the many imaginary buildings that architects dreamt up for the city but never had a chance to construct, is now posted.
Fascinating images and ideas. More here