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April 17, 2014

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

The Story of Film: An Odyssey
covers the history of world cinema, from the 19th century into the digital age.

Select an Episode and watch on Netflix streaming
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Story_of_Film_An_Odyssey/70261400?trkid=439131
Episodes
1Birth of the Cinema2The Hollywood Dream3The Golden Age of World Cinema4The Arrival of Sound5Post-War Cinema6Sex & Melodrama7European New Wave8New Directors, New Form9American Cinema of the 70's10Movies to Change the World11The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream12Fight the Power: Protest in Film13New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America14New American Independents & The Digital Revolution15Cinema Today and the Future

April 9, 2014

The Power of Film

Some TED talks about cinematic storytelling

Playlist: The power of film
12 talks · 3h 12m · Curated by TED
http://www.ted.com/playlists/66/the_power_of_film


Andrew Stanton:
The clues to a great story
TED2012 · 19:16 · Filmed Feb 2012
http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stanton_the_clues_to_a_great_story#

April 3, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GH3: Tips


The White Balance, ISO and Exposure Compensation buttons are located on the handle, as is the front dial, which is used to navigate through menu features and select exposure parameters. When you select any of the three buttons, you can either navigate by using the touch screen or the dials atop or on the back of the camera.

Hint: To quickly select white balance, choose one of the manual WB settings, aim at a pure white, grey or black object in the scene, and press Select White Set on screen. Then hit the Menu/OK button, and your white balance is set.

Manual Video with GH3 camera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKZVDMsMsCw

More GH3 video tips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrLBJV4ttp0

April 2, 2014

The Bechdel Rule

One of the most enduring tools to measure Hollywood's gender bias is a test originally promoted by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip from her "Dykes To Watch Out For" series. Bechdel said that if a movie can satisfy three criteria -- there are at least two named women in the picture, they have a conversation with each other at some point, and that conversation isn't about a male character -- then it passes "The Rule," whereby female characters are allocated a bare minimum of depth...

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Alison Bechdel's 1985 'The Rule' comicstrip

The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women
By WALT HICKEY
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-dollar-and-cents-case-against-hollywoods-exclusion-of-women/