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Music Video - White Zombie, "Thunderkiss '65

Posted by Paul Devlin:

The early ‘90s were a heyday for music videos and I worked on dozens of them at that time in various capacities – director, editor, online/conform.  I was a freelance editor at the boutique post-production house, Chromavision and met many a rock star there.

This video from White Zombie, “Thunderkiss ‘65,” was directed by Juliet Cuming and off-line edited by my good friend Walter Schlomann (who also helped edit my movie Power Trip.)  I did the final online/conform edit.  It was a lot of fun to work on, especially getting a chance to hang out with Rob Zombie.

Over the next year or so we’ll continue posting music videos on our blog, featuring artists such as Elvis Costello, Cindy Lauper, Naughty by Nature and many more.  Come back for some great music!

BLAST!: God and Science

Posted by Amber Yoder:

One of the really interesting conversations to come out of BLAST! is the discussion of religion and science.  In this clip from the film, Barth Netterfield - one of the leading scientists on BLAST!, talks about how his belief in God has informed and inspired his scientific research.  This small portion of the film has inspired a lot of dialogue in audiences after screenings.

There is a lot of debate over whether science and religion are compatiable studies. Barth has written a lengthy response on his opinions and experiences in the BLAST! blog.  In it he writes:

As you say, most senior scientists are atheists: in my view, this is a natural product of a generation of extremists (both Atheist and Fundamentalist Christian) arguing that science and religion are incompatible. Even today, there is a lot of rhetoric expelled on the topic of “Christianity vs Evolution”, as if these two ideas were somehow at odds.

But I think that the climate is changing. I have found with current and recent students who have ‘grown up’ with ‘cosmological fine tuning’ and Anthropic arguments for the nature of the Universe, the default belief seems to be ‘agnosticism’ rather than Atheism.

To read all of Barth's response, visit the BLAST! guest blog.

If you find this topic interesting, you might also enjoy the new book Science and Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund. In it Ecklund discusses the results of her study of 1,646 scientists at top American research universities.

Among her findings: ~36% of those surveyed believe in God and practice a form of closeted, often non-traditional faith.  Learn more from this interview with Ecklund from the Center for Inquiry's Point of Inquiry podcast.

So are science and religion incompatiable, or can we find a common ground?  Let us know your thoughts!

SlamNation Extra: James Nave "Poem for a Thief"

This week's extra is the full length poem titled "Poem for a Thief" performed by James Nave. 

James is a talented poet who has remained close friends with Devlin Pix through the years.  We were happy to find this extra hidden away and wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy!

BLAST! Theatrical run in Filmmaker Magazine

Filmmaker Magazine CoverIn a recent print issue of Filmmaker Magazine, Director Paul Devlin talked about the challenges facing an indie filmmaker pursuing a theatrical release. Paul discusses the often conflicting opinions and advice he received from friends, family and filmmakers alike:

"I discovered there's no shortage of conflicting opinions and emotions when it comes to whether or not a non-fiction feature filmmaker should try a theatrical release these days. I heard both "You're crazy. It's a big mistake. The model doesn't work anymore. Don't do it!" and "You can't stop now, before you've crossed the finish line. You have no choice. You must do it!""

Editor Scott Macaulay comments on the longest article ever published by Filmmaker "If you want to know what you're in for in terms of work, finances and emotions after you decide to self-release your film, you need to read this piece." More here.  You can read Paul's article in its entirety here. (pdf)

How To Get Funding For An Independent Documentary

Join director Paul Devlin as he pitches BLAST! at the Toronto Documentary Forum.  BLAST! was the first film ever to partner with Artist Share.com - a company that developed a participant model for fundraising that has been very successful in the music industry.  Paul has written extensively about our experiences on the ArtistShare project.  You can read his article published in DOX magazine here. (pdf)

The BLAST! Artist Share project included regular video updates of the filmmaking process for participants. These are now being made available to general audiences.

In this update, Paul and the BLAST! team travel to the Toronto Documentary Forum at the Hot Docs Film Festival. They are there to pitch the idea for BLAST! to dozens of commissioning editors in a roundtable forum with hundreds of onlookers. The stakes are high, perhaps determining if the film will be funded and broadcast internationally.

Enjoy this unique insiders view into the filmmaking process!

SlamNation Extra - Alexandra Oliver - "Ring-a-Ding-Ding"

Here's a special extra from SlamNation.  This is a full length poem from Alexandra Oliver, as featured in Paul Devlin's film SlamNation.

Check out her commentary on it here!

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"Create A Time-Lapse Video" by Amon Focus

Check out this fantastic article by filmmaker Amon Focus on how-to create a time-lapse video on DPMag.com.

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Create A Time-Lapse Video
It’s easier than ever to do with the latest digital cameras and basic software

Using time-lapse photography, you can produce videos that are able to show the world in a way in which the human eye doesn't ordinarily see. Plants can grow in mere seconds, a sun can rise above a city in moments, and you can see a complete day unfold in less than a minute.

Because of one of the more extraordinary advancements in camera technology—the ever increasing speed of image burst rates—creating a time-lapse video can be as simple as holding down the shutter and editing the images into a short video. Making a skilled time-lapse project that's able to engage an audience and stand out above the crowd, however, can take some patience, some planning and a bit of know-how. But there has never been a better time to learn, especially since so many of the best time-lapse videos are ending up as popular viral videos that have been seen by thousands of viewers.


Creating a time-lapse video requires that you scout and plan, and then be ready to adapt. Focus says he has "learned to always have a Plan B," in case he finds that his chosen location won't work due to weather conditions or other circumstances beyond his control.


PREPARATION
I'm always looking for compositions that are full of action, color and visual drama. With experience, it becomes intuitive. If something moves me enough to pull out my phone and capture it, then I'll probably return to that spot for a time-lapse.

Sometimes I want to shoot places that are out of my reach. I may be at an event or restaurant that has a view that can be accessed only with the owner's permission. I've been known to chat up a waitress—not for her number, but to get a boss' name to look up. Or, I'll find a business card or brochure and email the company. In the email, I include links to examples of time-lapse photography and offer to provide HD copies of what I shoot at their site. I was ignored a lot in the beginning, but over time, I got more and more green lights. Pretty soon, I had enough time-lapses to create a promo that I now use as a skeleton key. It has opened many doors.

When preparing for a time-lapse, I format my memory cards, set my camera to manual, turn off the autofocus on the lens and set the image size to medium JPEG. There have been times when I've forgotten to do this and used up a sizable chunk of space because I shot the time-lapse in RAW. I shoot in medium JPEG because the image size is big enough to export a 1080p HD file without losing quality. If I were shooting for film or a high-end production, I'd choose RAW for a higher-quality video. Otherwise, RAW takes up too much space....

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!

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