New-generation animators via Monocle Magazine

 
 
With the success of Pixar came an avalanche of computer-generated animation but not all animators are following the hi-tech pack. Monocle Films travels to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and southern England in search of storytellers who think outside the computer box. 


An interesting link found among my daily reading

On YouTube: Phone on a gimbal? Mobile filmmaking feat. Smooth Q from Fenchel & Janisch

I have been looking at one of these gimbals for a long time, but haven’t found one that I really NEED. This Smooth q at only $139 could be a possibility, though. Watch below for a complete review with all the pros and cons. — Douglas

On YouTube: Phone on a gimbal? Mobile filmmaking feat. Smooth Q from Fenchel & Janisch

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On YouTube: Meaning Behind Camera Movement

How you move your camera colors and changes the meaning and emotion of the scene. Are you doing it on purpose or giving your audience accidental misdirection to how they should feel. — Douglas

Watch YouTube: Meaning Behind Camera Movement

I liked this video and think you might find it interesting, too!

On YouTube: PromptSmart – Intelligent Teleprompter for your iPhone and iPad

An interesting bit of software for those of us who produce our own videos without the benefits of a a large crew and a lot of money. Adding the voice recognition piece to the standard teleprompter could be a winning combination for this software. — Douglas

On YouTube: PromptSmart - Intelligent Teleprompter for your iPhone and iPad

Watch YouTube: PromptSmart – Intelligent Teleprompter for your iPhone and iPad

Teleprompters help you stay on script and produce great, value-packed content. Try PrompSmart, the smart prompt app you can use from your phone or tablet. It works on any mobile device and integrates with Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box. Make better, value-packed video with a little help from PromptSmart.

I liked this video and think you might find it interesting, too!

On YouTube: Portable Audio Recorders for Filmmakers

On YouTube: Portable Audio Recorders for Filmmakers

Watch YouTube: Portable Audio Recorders for Filmmakers

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On YouTube: Most versatile camera rig?

On YouTube: Most versatile camera rig?

Watch YouTube: Most versatile camera rig?

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On YouTube: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5

Yet another easy-to-make and flexible to use homebuilt light stand. It might prove a bit lightweight for larger lights and tall lengths, but could prove useful to some. — Douglas

On YouTube: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5

Watch YouTube: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5

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On YouTube: Which Audio Recorders for Filmmaking Do I Still Use?

Watch YouTube: Which Audio Recorders for Filmmaking Do I Still Use?

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Sound Seeing: A Wedding in Pedara, Sicily 2016 [Audio]

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Our Sicilian family  had taken us sightseeing this day and we were wandering around the small town of Pedara, Sicily, on Etna’s eastern flank. As usual, we were viewing a lot of church’s along the way and — being it was late July — there were weddings in nearly every one. As I entered the church — Basilica S. Caterina Alessandrini — the Ave Maria began, but this was unlike the typical organ or piano accompaniment. A full brass band was providing the music for this service and both there — and the singer — sounded amazing in the wonderful acoustics of the church.

Play this Sound Seeing Audio Clip

Noted: Best Indie Film Audio Setup with Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic via Tom Antos [Video]

This great video showed up in my YouTube subscriptions and I wanted to pass it along for any New Media producers who might be looking for ways to improve their on-location audio. Tom Antos gives a great demo and run down the Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic and accessories.

Check out his channel for more, great, production advice.

Noted: Best Indie Film Audio Setup with Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic

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Seeing Differently 14: A Walk Through Van Nuys Timelapse [Video] (1:20)

Seeing Differently 14: Raindrop Ripples in Slow Motion

A walk through my neighborhood and to the local electronics shop.

Testing out my new GoPro Clamp attachment clipped to my the strap of my bag.
Worked pretty well for this time-lapse.

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Seeing Differently 14: A Walk Through Van Nuys Timelapse

 

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Music: “Shiny Tech” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

 

Noted: YouTube launches tool that allows creators to blur any moving object in their videos (Amanda Conway/YouTube Creator Blog)

Real World Example: Video Abstract for an Academic Paper

I recently produced this video abstract for my wife, Dr. Rosanne Welch, and I think it came out pretty well. I also think it is a good example of how you can use new media to share your work with anyone, not matter the subject. It is one of my goals to show everyone —especially those in the academic world — that there work need not be bland, obtuse or — at the worst — boring. They need to share their work in the most innovative ways, using all the amazing new media tools now available and give their work the audience it deserves.


A video abstract for Honey, You Know I Can’t Hear You When You Aren’t in the Room: Key Female Filmmakers Prove the Importance of Having a Female in the Writing Room.

This paper will appear in the special issue journal, Gender and the Screenplay: Processes, Practices, Perspectives (eds. Louise Sawtell and Stayci Taylor (RMIT University, Melbourne)).

Coming soon!

Honey, You Know I Can’t Hear You When You Aren’t in the Room: Key Female Filmmakers Prove the Importance of Having a Female in the Writing Room

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YouTube Gaming is Now Live!

YouTube launched its gaming site and app today as a competitor to industry-leader TwitchTV.

YouTube Gaming supports both live and recorded gaming video and includes a specialized web site and companion iOS and Android apps.

The web site is a bit slow today, as might be expected as everyone wants to try it out both watching and live streaming.

Youtube gaming web

One small limitation I noticed with the web version is that it doesn’t appear to support streaming of videos to my Chromecast. I assumed it would have this functionality out of the box. You can select the Chromecast icon in your browser and it appears to try to send the live video, but then exits to the generic YouTube screen on the Chromecast. The YouTube Gaming App DOES support Chromecast streaming, though, so at least there is some option. I am guessing a small bug with the web version on launch day which will hopefully be quickly remedied.

I thought YouTube Gaming would automatically follow all my gaming-related YouTube Channels, but in order to follow them on YouTube Gaming I had to “Import” my subscriptions and then click though a list to add each channel. If I had hundreds of channels I was subscribed to it might get a little tedious doing this. though.

Streaming quality looks excellent for the streams I have sampled today and, even on this busy first day, buffering of video seems to be at a minimum.

Check it out!

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iOS | Android

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In Conclusion from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

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Transcript:

I hope this has been useful to you. I hope you enjoyed the answers to these questions. I talk about podcasting, new media, YouTube a lot. I’ll be happy to answer any further questions you might have. You can leave them as comments on this YouTube video, over on my various blogs at DouglasEWelch.com. I always love answering questions. It always gives me something new to write about on the blogs about new media and everything else that I do. Going back to the niche talk before, I do a lot of podcasts and a lot of blogs. I write about gardening, new media, and technology and general happenings here in LA. So, that should give you an idea of the breadth that podcasting and new media can should give you. So, thanks for watching. If you’re interested in a career in voiceover, please do check out Janet Wilcox’s class. You can visit UCLAExtension.edu. You can search on her name and you’ll see all the classes she teaches there and, because she’s teaching online now, you don’t have to be here in LA. You can be anywhere in the world and learn more about voiceover. For more information on everything that I do, visit DouglasEWelch.com and, until next time, keep on building your career.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Video: Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

Podcasting and Voiceover from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

 

Transcript:

Do you know of any voice actors who have had successful podcasts? Well, I have one good example here, but I want to switch the question around a little bit. It is relatively easy for anyone who is already famous to have a successful podcast. As you might imagine, they already have an audience. They already have a group of people who are clamoring to hear more from them. So, a relatively famous person who has a podcast — they’re doing it for a different reason that I am giving to you. I want to reiterate with you that you need to start podcasting up front when you’re unknown, because that’s the way you can become more known. It’s the reverse of what they’re doing. They know they have an audience that they’re feeding, because they’re already somewhat famous. You are developing your audience from the ground up. So, it’s important that you get the word out there and – to harken back to the very beginning of this video — you need to tell people what you do and how well you do it and this is one way of doing it.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Video: A Return to Patronage Part 2 from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

A Return to Patronage Part 2 from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

 

Transcript:

What people do is, you have various levels of sponsorship you list out for people — all with various benefits for each level. You’ll get a sticker. You’ll get a mention in the show. You’ll get a credit at the end of the show. You’ll get some special product or special mention or be able to come on the show or whatever, depending on your level of patronage. And you basically say that I will give that amount per month, so that the person producing the show knows that they have a relatively stable monthly income that they can basically kind of know that I have my “nut” that I need to survive each month.

Links mentioned in this video: 

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

 iTunes Podcast Directory

 Free Blogging Sites 

http://Wordpress.com 

http://Blogger.com 

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program 

Audible.com 

Far Lands of Bust 

KurtJMac Patreon Page

 Rob Paulson and Talking Toons 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Video: A Return to Patronage from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

Video: A Return to Patronage from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

Transcript:

We have come up  recently though — very recently — within the last 6 months or so an alternative method. It’s and alternative that harkens back not just decades, but centuries and that is the term patronage. Basically having patrons who support you to do your show. These can be individuals or companies, tends to be in the current scheme, individuals – much like a Kickstarter scheme – who basically pay a monthly fee to say “Yes. I enjoy your show. I like what you do and I want to support you in an on-going manner.” Now, one of the big sites that is set up to do this right now is called Patreon. Patreon.com. It’s a play on the word patronage and patron. I have seen several people effectively use Patreon to support their on-going podcasting, YouTube and New Media efforts.

Links mentioned in this video:

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

iTunes Podcast Directory

Free Blogging Sites

http://Wordpress.com

http://Blogger.com

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program

Audible.com

Far Lands of Bust

KurtJMac Patreon Page

Rob Paulson and Talking Toons

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Video: Advertising in podcasts from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

Advertising in podcasts from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

Transcript:

I tend to prefer that type of arrangement (sponsorship) rather than kind of random advertising because, if you’re signed up with a random group of advertisers you never really know what you are going to get in your podcast and I’m always a little worried, as a producer, of getting that one ad that just offends my entire audience and destroys the listenership I have. So, I’m always a little leery of that.  I like to think that advertising is not the best way of supporting a podcast. Unfortunately, no one has really come up with a much better idea.

Links mentioned in this video:

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

iTunes Podcast Directory

Free Blogging Sites

http://Wordpress.com

http://Blogger.com

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program

Audible.com

Far Lands of Bust

KurtJMac Patreon Page

Rob Paulson and Talking Toons

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Video: Sponsors for Your Podcast from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

A clip from this longer presentation — New Media Q&A 2015 for UCLA Extension Voiceover Class. Watch the entire presentation here!

Video: Sponsors for Your Podcast from New Media Q&A 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

Transcript:

You can also get a sponsor. Back in the early days of television it was “The Dinah Shore Show Sponsored by Chevrolet”, I believe. And they paid the large cost of producing that television show and if you  have particularly good contact, if you have a contact which is very interested in hitting your niche market, you might actually be able to get a sponsor — someone who will offer you a certain amount of funding to mention, play ads during your show, and to, basically, work in a partnership with them to reach an audience that they’r trying to advertise to. Now sponsorshop is tough. It’s a lot of leg work. It is a lot of phone time. I think it is one of the better ways of supporting your podcast, but unfortunately it is also one of the more difficult things to actually accomplish. So, there’s lots of resources online on about how to get a sponsor for your podcast — what you need to develop — like a press kit, and PR materials and stuff like that.

Links mentioned in this video:

Voiceover: Techniques and Tactics for Success by Janet Wilcox  

iTunes Podcast Directory

Free Blogging Sites

http://Wordpress.com

http://Blogger.com

Royalty Free Music

Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com

Amazon Affiliate Program

Audible.com

Far Lands of Bust

KurtJMac Patreon Page

Rob Paulson and Talking Toons

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media: