Rio

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Today I am going to blog about the trailer for the movie Rio.

Me, already have seen the movie, thought that the movie was great. For children though.

Most cartoons are directed towards younger audiences, but also most of them can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Rio, not so much. It was not very funny and had a very annoying theme song.

The trailer however made me respect the movie more than I did when I first watched it. Besides from being dull towards older audiences, it was superb towards younger audiences.

Dreamworks Animation’s Madagaskar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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Madagaskar is one of my favourite animated movies,  the laughs and drama were both at it’s peak. When the second one came out I was too afraid to watch it because it is one of those movies that reveal all of the funny parts in the commercial. I have the video game(game for family), so I  already know the storyline, and I also have the movie. I don’t know why I bought it when I never thought on watching it, but to this day I have never seen the entire movie, only bits and pieces. Also I heard from one of my best friends who I shared the love for the movie with, that it was not very funny. I do not want to watch the second movie because I am afraid that it will spoil the masterpiece of Madagaskar.

When I watched the commercial for Madagaskar 3: Europe‘s Most Wanted I was really exited to see it. Then again, I was exited when Madagaskar 2 Escape From Africa came out as well.

At least the animation is still at it’s best. Actually the animation quality in Madagaskar 3 looks better than the first one. When I talk about the animations in movie sequals, I am talking about the colours and shades that were used. Usually sequals to good movies that could be enjoyed for a lifetime, are reanimated so much that they look like they were done by completely different animators. Character’s clothing is made of different textures and brightness levels.  

This movie just might be better than the previous one because their t.v show was very entertaining and funny, when usually movies that get turned into t.v shows are almost pointless to even preview. The funny thing is, the television show for Madagaskar was created using the exact type of animation I described above. The characters were way brighter and the characters were more child -looking. Probobly to attract young viewers. Their t.v show probably helped them with the production of Madagaskar 3 a lot.

Also my hopes on this movie not being terrible, was the fact that the same 4 hilarious actors were staring in it. There is; Ben Stiller as Alex, Chris Rock as Marty, David Schwimmer as Melman (my favourite character), and Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria.

This movie looks like it will be worth watching and I am not scared a bit to watch it.

Madagaskar 3 be ready.

Brave

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This movie looks really good! I am a fan of Disney and Pixar, and their recent release of Toy Story 3 was one of the best movies I have ever watched.

The movie is about a teenaged girl with really curly ginger hair named Merida who lives in a far away land. Like most movies released by Disney, Brave takes place in the medieval times. Merida like most princesses, felt confined and controlled by her parents, so she ran away to seek out away to change her life. She was tired of her parents telling her how to act, how to dress, even who shall marry her! The problem was that Merida accidentally let lose a dangerous cure, which begins the adventure, of a young teenager fighting to control her own destiny.

Brave looks like a really good movie and I would watch it if it was free. Not only does it look funny, it is just plain fun to listen to during the commercial. Merida’s accent is Scottish and is really cool to listen to.

Lighting Infinite White

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http://vimeo.com/789519 Ever wanted to make a movie, but don’t have and money or place to put any fancy green or white screens? This video explains in a clear and smart way how to make your own whiteroom cheaply, and with little space. The silver Telly Award winning video of 2009 explains that using massive amounts of bright lights, a camera, a garage, and an 8*4 textureless piece of paneling will create a seemingly infinite white background. That way inspiring movie makers can start experimenting with whitescreen in their own garages.

The materials and prices are listed below:

  • 15 clamp lights = $105
  • 2 floor lamps = $20
  • 21 CFLightbulbs = $60
  • 8*4 paneling = $10
  • 2 Gallons paint = $20
  • Canvas Dropcloth = $20

All together that is $235 including stuff the guy already had around his home like spackle sandpaper, a paint roller, and PVC pipe.

This video provides an inexpencive way to experience a portion of a proffesional greenscreen and is great for anyone who has an interest in filming and greenscreens.

Microhpones: The Proximity Effect

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Canon XL2 video camera

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Shows Hi8 tape (front), miniDV tape, MICROMV tape and finally at the top a MICROMV camcorder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A Yeti brand, USB microphone by Blue Microphon...
A Yeti brand, USB microphone by Blue Microphones. I giant thing (over a foot tall) that has good sound. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Canon HG10 high defenition video camera with h...
Canon HG10 high defenition video camera with hard drive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
JVC GZ-MG555 digital camcorder
JVC GZ-MG555 digital camcorder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone
An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Panasonic Camcorder in Use
Panasonic Camcorder in Use (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nokia N95 with Shotgun Microphone
Nokia N95 with Shotgun Microphone (Photo credit: stevegarfield)
Singstar Microphones - Wired vs Wireless
Singstar Microphones – Wired vs Wireless (Photo credit: Neil Crosby)

http://vimeo.com/1080128 Here is another video from Videopedia. This time the Videopedia crew has brought tips about microphones for cameras (Camcorders). When you are recording a special momment in your life, like your childs first birthday party for example, the sound quality is usually very poor. This is because the camcorder you were using was either part of the camera or was bad quality. If you ask a professional, they will direct you to a microphone over $1500. This video explains that good quality microphones are actually fairly cheap. The video also explains the pros and cons of diffrent kinds of microphones and actually recorded the video using the described camcorders.A tip that was mentioned in the video was to focus on the filming environment as well as the proximity. This video was very well done and should be watched by anyone who has any interest at all in camcorder qualities.

Hulu Plus Review

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http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Look-Before-You-Make-the-Leap-to-Hulu-Plus-for-Android-74911.html

Hulu is a is an app found on Google Play that allows users to watch television on their computer for free. Recently Hulu has released Hulu Plus, which allows user to watch television shows on their mobile phones. While the Hulu app on Google Play is free, the Hulu Plus service requires a US$7.99/month. The main problem with this service is the fact that many shows that were available on the free, PC version of Hulu, are not available on Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus does offer shows that the free version of Hulu doesn’t however. This article explains the pros and cons of this app from Google Play, and explains what devices are supported by the app. Also the article contains many problems that the reviewer faced while testing the app, and what he thought about them. Most of them were only minor errors, but some of them were huge let downs. Anyone who has ever wondered if the $7.99/month price of the Hulu service was worth it, read this article to help you decide.

DIY Steadicam- Flying Camera Supports

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http://vimeo.com/1394069

This is the Telly Award Winner of 2009 video about the DIY Steadicam. In the video Videopedia® explains how mind blowing the invention of the Steadicam® was  back in 1977, and how you can create one yourself for under $65. Films like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project recieved tons of national gross product by the use of their simple “shakey” camera work to resemble amature filming by characters in the film. The video explains that videos don’t have to be shakey, in order to be successful. The main principle that makes the Steadicam work the way it does, is the equal distribution of weight on all 3 axis, pan, tilt, and cant. Videopedia explained that you can buy the gimbal (part of the Steadicam that keeps the up camera straight) for $50 on AMVONA, that moves freely, secure, and also cheap. The modding plate (sort of like handles on the Steadicam that allow the user to walkaround with the camera while keeping the camera still) can be created simply screwing a 3-inch PVC pipe through the frount of the camera and adding 90° joints to each end, then adding additional PVC pipe, and then bolting a certain type of bolt (explained in video) to balance the weight on all of the 3 axis. All these extra materials are no more than $15. This way you can easily start experimenting with Garret Brown’s Steadicam® invention in your own backyard for under $60. The video was very well done. It was funny, smart, and entertaining. Anybody who has ever had any interest in flying camera supports used in movies, click away.

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