Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” by New York Times reporter John Branch, tells the harrowing story of skiers caught in an avalanche. READ MORE
The Sunlight Foundation has released an interesting open data discovery app called Sitegeist. Working from a host of open data sets, the app helps to provide another view of a neighborhood, town or city.
Here’s a few of the data points the app provides.
MoMA makes 14 games part of its collection -
“MoMA has acquired a selection of 14 video games, the seedbed for an initial wish list of about 40 to be acquired in the near future, as well as for a new category of artworks in MoMA’s collection that we hope will grow in the future.” See more
A series of interactive Chrome Experiments made by Google. See the magic of the web brought to life. Open to the world online. Live from the Science Museum in London.
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Nov 14, 2012
Rm 511 in Dodge Hall, Columbia University, NYC
Professor Lance Weiler interviews Christine Vachon
Lance: Can you talk a bit about how you balance the director’s creative impulses with your producer’s financial mindset?
Christine: Creative and financial decisions are utterly intertwined. When a director tries to divide them, it has a negative effect on everyone. When you believe everyone is watching your back, it frees you to say what you think. At the end of the day, I know that anything Todd (Haynes) wants to do, I want to do.
Lance: Can you talk about the series? You said you’ve made six films since January. Can you speak to volume?
Christine: Nowadays, we make six movies and we make on six what we used to make on two, so it has turned into a volume business. But you can’t really schedule exactly when you’re going to make a movie. The casting, the locations, the financing and all these aspects need to come together. Suddenly the movie comes to life and you just have to run after it. But they all follow the model of “let’s take them to festivals and sell them.” We look into new ways of distribution, but the investors still want to do it the old way.
Lance: And why is that?
Christine: We’re obviously in a time of great change. But the sales agents, the foreign buyers… it’s all we know how to do. Even though our piece of the pie gets smaller and smaller, we’re gonna keep doing it.
Lance: You said you’ve done some TV. Can you talk about that?
Christine: My first TV series was This American Life, which won an Emmy. It’s a revered radio show, so the question was how to adapt it. Mildred Pierce was like making two movies. It was like making anything with Todd (Haynes), but there was an airdate that was set in stone. In fact, Todd’s mother died at the beginning of post-production, and HBO called Todd and said, “we’re so sorry…take all the time you need” and then they called me and said, “we are not changing the airdate. Communicate that to Todd.”
Lance: Is there anything Killer hasn’t done that you want to do?
Christine: The only thing we really want to break into is how to work with brands. We did a successful Ace Hotel program with Massify. We had a contest for short films and produced three. But we could have produced ten – they were so good. For me, it was the perfect collaboration with brands and film in a way that everyone benefits. So I’m always looking for that, but I have to build those relationships with the brands.
Lance: In closing, is there anything you wish that someone had told you that you had to find out the hard way?
Christine: I don’t know because I don’t know if there’s anything people can tell you. There are things like, be true to yourself and stick to your guns, but the biggest thing is that as soon as you learn something, everything will change and it will be a whole new thing so you really have to love the time you’re in and don’t be nostalgic. Love the time you’re in.
Lance: (To students) Do you guys have any questions for Christine?
Student: How do you see growth with the product and the brand?
Christine: At the end of the day, I want to make cool work. I’m always looking for opportunities to do that. I like working with first-time filmmakers who are new to the business and aren’t following a traditional trajectory. So I try to leave room for Killer to do that. So how do I do that? I can’t just give grants. So I see working with brands as another way to bring new filmmakers into our fold. And there are things that wouldn’t fit with what we do. But the work with Ace Hotel gave me a cool creative box to work with three new filmmakers and make three cool films. I’m currently looking for brands to sponsor a project with actors directing shorts that feature them doing something they don’t usually do. And I think that’s just cool since it means being able to work with new line producers, DP’s and crew – it’s just good for the new blood of our company.
Joi Ito plans a radical reinvention of MIT's Media Lab
Filmmaker Casey Neistat Spins Amazing Video of Hurricane Sandy Into Awareness and Relief for Victims
The Human Face of Big Data -
The Human Face of Big Data is a globally crowdsourced media project focusing on humanity’s new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize vast amounts of data in real time.
Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of communicating a message.
In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on arrival. In his book, Tell to Win, Peter Guber joins writers like Annette Simmons and Stephen Denning in evangelizing for the power of story in human affairs generally, and business in particular. Guber argues that humans simply aren’t moved to action by “data dumps,” dense PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets packed with figures. People are moved by emotion. The best way to emotionally connect other people to our agenda begins with “Once upon a time…
Plausible enough. But claims for the power of business storytelling are usually supported only with more story. Guber, for example, backs up his bold claims with accounts of how he, or one of his famous friends, told a good story and achieved a triumph of persuasion. But anecdotes don’t make a science. Is “telling to win” just the latest fashion in a business world that is continually swept with new fads and new gurus pitching the newest can’t-miss secret to success? Or does it represent a real and deep insight into communications strategy? READ MORE
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) will develop and operate a new Brooklyn-based “Made in New York” Media Center, spanning both traditional and new media practices, set to open this coming Spring. The announcement was made an outdoor press conference at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO, the site of the center.
Said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, “New York City stands at the forefront of the media and entertainment industries. The ‘Made in NY’ Media Center will allow us to continue to evolve and meet new challenges in the changing media landscape. By providing affordable workspace, networking events and educational seminars, New Yorkers will be primed to compete for new jobs emerging from this field.” Commented IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente, “The Media Center will be an incubator for great stories and a showcase for new works whether they’re told through film, digital, games or apps. Regardless of what tools are used, we’ll be doing what we’ve done for 30 years: curating stories, supporting artists and connecting storytellers to investors, audiences and other artists. At IFP, we are thrilled.” —-> Read More
They told us, but we did not believe them: The Oct. 5 print edition of Entertainment Weekly, which features a one-of-a-kind digital ad running video and live tweets, actually has a smartphone inside of it. A real, full-sized 3G cellphone inside a print magazine. —> READ MORE