Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The State Of The Media World Right NOW

In October, Ted Hope blogged about Brian Newman's remarkable talk on the future of independent media. Brian is the former CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute. I have not been able to get his positioning out of my head. The image quality is poor. Hit play, go in the clip at 1:15. You will inspired.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ted Hope: Musing of Sane Producer

Lately I've been obsessed with the thoughtful ramblings of Producer Ted Hope. Ted is the Co-founder of 'This is that' and is a former Good Machine partner and producer responsible for groundbreaking films: Adventureland, The Savages, 21 grams, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Thumbsucker, American Splendor, Storytelling, In the Bedroom and Brother's McMullen - just to name a few out of the 50 odd films he has made.

Recently Ted read his manifesto of sorts at a recent NYFA event. His ideas are right on target. Listen his thoughts on the current Indie Film issues swirling around filmmakers, how he selects projects & filmmakers, he talks about his start in film plus gives the most coherent description of transmedia strategy that I've heard outside of Jesse's insight on Global Couch. Enjoy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fleeting Time - The Windmill Movie

Alexander Olch’s The Windmill Movie is a beautiful portrait of Richard Rogers, Alex's film professor and mentor at Harvard. Olch sifted through decades of archival footage of Roger's and the movie he never finished. This film is a testament to all of us to finish the stories we start and to go after our dreams.

The Windmill Movie Official Trailer from Alexander Olch on Vimeo.

Friends in NY The Windmill Movie is now playing at Film Forum and in Washington D.C. with more cities to follow.
Read more: The New York Times at and Valet

Monday, May 4, 2009

NBC Picks up DAY ONE!!!

This morning, NBC announced Jesse Alexander's new pilot DAY ONE would make their 2009-2010 schedule. It is such amazing news for such an old friend who deserves all the success in the world.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jello never looked soooo Good

I-Movix SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel from David Coiffier on Vimeo.

The language of visual media is constantly changing. We thrist for intimacy, revelatory experiences that provide greater meaning to our lives. Some new cameras like the SprintCam have the ability to do that for us. This footage is the first SprintCam v3 showreel, made for NAB 2009 exhibition. Most of these are 1000FPS shots, made during a recent rugby match in the Stade de France, in Paris. The jello® shot at the end is 2500FPS!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Project Pedal - engaging transmedia documentary

Mike Ambs and Amanda Walker, are the creative force behind, a site which documents Mike and Amanda’s five year struggle to produce a feature-length documentary about a cross-country bike trip from Anacortes, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine which will ultimately be titled “For Thousands of Miles.”

The film is beautifully told and exquisitely shot. What's remarkable about this project is that it plays host to a big idea, communicate the importance of wanting to tell and story and using every means necessary to tell it -- even when you have little money. It proves that compelling storytelling can live within a variety of media.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Boxee HDTV for the internet masses

This week I got turned on to the future of streaming television. Boxee is the first significant HDTV technology I've seen to successfully bridge the television gap to the Internet. It is currently an open source application that is in alpha. What you will first notice when Boxee is downloaded is that takes just minutes to get the product up and running. Boxee is able to quickly stream a terrific picture to your HDTV. A whole host of quality providers like Netflix, Next New Networks, Hulu are connect to Boxee pipe. Boxee will make you want to disconnect your cable and satellite TV if you don't watch broadcast television that often. For the TIVO box junkies this technology is minutes away from being adapted into other time-shifting/recording products. If you want to stream TV shows from the web, Netflix on to your home theater screen Boxee has figured it out.