Can you imagine if, starting in about 1930, since film had been around for a while already, anyone who decided to write about film and try to redefine it was shouted down? Continue reading “A Word on the Tech Industry’s Oppression Culture”
Published Unity Build System
I’ve published my simple Unity Build System to help support subsequent releases. You can check it out here.
Simply put: I’ve been using it internally to develop. And now that I’m about to publish things that depend on it, I need to publish it.
Mixed Reality and the OS
I’ve been doing a lot of coding and pontificating about mixed reality over the past six months or so. And my conclusion is that we’re converging on an obvious thing: A mixed reality Operating System (OS) environment.
That may not seem like any kind of huge logical jump. It may seem obvious. Perhaps you feel I just blurted something out that’s at least a year and a half behind the times. But I’ve gone into a bit more concrete detail than that. More later. Continue reading “Mixed Reality and the OS”
HTC Vive Early Cyclops Syndrome
This is just a PSA. Because by most accounts, the HTC Vive is really picking up adoption. And troubleshooting can be difficult because it’s new, and there isn’t much information out there.
FIE Composer 2 for iPad and Android Released
I’m elated to announce the release of FIE Composer 2.
Composer 2 is a free upgrade for iPad users. Also, we’ve now released Composer for Android Tablets too.
You can find Composer in Apple’s App Store or the Google’s Play Store.
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The awkwardly wrong path of digital SLR as digital cinema
Last week, Scott Squires retweeted a link to a Digital SLR (DSLR) review for Digital Cinematographers and filmmakers.
The linked article eventually gets back to its source at 4K shooters.
I sort of went off. Not at Scott. Or at least not intentionally at Scott. But rather, at the whole of the Digital SLR Cinematography movement.
My general gist being:
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Composer 2 enters public beta
I’ve been working very hard on a new version of Composer for a long time. I’m excited to announce that it has opened for public beta.
In a huge change, there is now a Desktop version of Composer available for OSX. You can download the beta for free from the product page.
The desktop version isn’t just an after-thought. Most of the redesign of the underlying systems of Composer are meant to turn it into a unique kind of dual-targeted app. It’s meant to be the same application on both Desktop and Mobile-Touch platforms. It’s meant to be great to use on both, rather than kludgy on one or the other.
There are also closed beta tests running for both iPad and Android tablets. You can contact us to ask to be in those closed beta tests.
There are a lot of exciting things coming up with regard to Composer. This version 2 release cycle is important. I’d hope the platform expansion alone would be huge enough. The addition of new lighting control and shadows should be big as well.
However, there are even bigger things coming down the pipe. Even if you decide to just mess around with the free desktop version, I hope you’ll keep an eye on Composer going forward.
Grain Management 101
Most compositors know that the first thing they should do to a shot is de-grain it. They also know that they have to add back grain at the end before delivery. A shot delivered without grain is unacceptable work. And it needs to match what was given.
As a result, there are a myriad of grain management tools out there. In my experience however, they’re often used completely incorrectly.
A good VFX supervisor has a particular kind of check that they do. It drives compositors crazy. Especially the ones that don’t know how to handle grain well.
Dear New York State, Film tax credits aren’t that simple
I submitted the following open letter in response to New York State’s call for public comment on its film tax credit program. I give permission to reproduce it in part or in full, so long as it is properly attributed, and not taken grossly out of context.
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Dear Hollywood, you can’t fix the biz in post.
On March 12, 2014, The Wrap published an op/ed I penned. I am grateful that they provided me the opportunity reach a wide audience for a piece that’s meant for such a wide audience. Continue reading “Dear Hollywood, you can’t fix the biz in post.”