Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Disney buys Lucasfilm...



...and with it Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts and of course the rights of Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises among others. Good ol' George Lucas seems to be retiring and Star Wars episode VII has been announced due to be released on 2015. Here the official press note by The Walt Disney Company.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom on DVD





I watched Moonrise Kingdom, the latest movie by Wes Anderson on DVD. To leran more about the film visit Moonrise Kingdom in YouTube.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Between Frames





BETWEEN FRAMES: THE MAGIC BEHIND STOP MOTION ANIMATION is an exhibition held by The Walt Disney family museum between September 27, 2012 and April 28, 2013. San Francisco has always been know for having such a film related story as can be seen in Fog City Mavericks documentary. I just hope to be able to fly there in Christmas time with my brother and see the exposition in person.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Doris Kearns Goodwin



It's great how you stumble upon with amazing stuff in Internet that you would never thought about. The last couple of days I have  been un subscribing from my friends status updates on Facebook, I believe knowing too much personal stuff of peoples life isn't healthy at all. On the other hand I've added many interesting pages to the social netwok's feed, NASA and The New York Times among others. So now every time I log in to Facebook I have a mix of really interesting stories and news instead of food and travel pictures. Thanks to this change, I found this interview With J.K.Rowling, author of Harry Potter. One of the question was this:
What was the last truly great book you read?

“Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I lived in it the way that you do with truly great books; putting it down with glazed eyes and feeling disconcerted to find yourself in the 21st century. I met the author at a reception in the American Embassy in London last year, and I was so excited that I was bobbing up and down on the spot like a 5-year-old.

I haven't read Harry Potter, nor watched the movies but it's always interesting to know what do famous writers read. I knew nothing about Doris Kearns Goodwin so I google it, and one of the first results was this TED talk she gave back in 2008 about Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson. What a discovery.


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

944 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 25, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0684824906
ISBN-13: 978-0684824901

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Walter Murch Side by Side swipes



I have finally got a chance to watch Side by Side a documentary that explains meticulously how  the transition from film to digital cinema happened during the past decades. Among the swipes selection you can continue finding out interesting commentaries like those ones by Water Murch.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

RED & ADOBE



The future of cinema seems to be digital. Analog film days are over for many of the industry's best know directors, not to mention the newcomers. RED cameras are playing a mayor role in this revolution, and specially consumer brands like Canon that are creating tools not only for the professionals but for semi-pros and amateurs as well.

In this  interview between Ted Schilowitz from RED and Jim Guerard from ADOBE from latest NAB 2012 that took place in Las Vegas, we can see how there is no better way to sell a product than telling people real stories. It's the smartest marketing strategy possible, stories sell if they are real and convincing. I have seen many promotional interviews  like these in the past, with directors like Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh, and they all seem so really motivating to me.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

TED: Shimon Schocken



This talk by Shimon Schocken is one of the TED TALKS I have enjoyed most. I find that creating a  computer from scratch and learning the basics of how stuff works is so pleasing. I remember my first year in architecture school when we studied the greatest architects of the 20th century. There was a guy called Mendelson who made some iconic department stores on the 20's for a brand called Schocken wich was precisely founded by Shimon's grandfather. Here a gallery of Drawings and pics of Mendelson's  architecture for the Schocken department stores.