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The Indie Film That Was Shot Right Under Mickey Mouse’s Nose

January 22, 2013 by Feature Film, Gossip

Steven Zeitchik at the LA times with an excellent piece about Escape From Tomorrow, a film by Randy Moore shot at the Disney theme parks without Disney knowing about it. Moore and company invented some innovative ways to run the set so they wouldn’t get noticed:

To make the movie, Moore wouldn’t print out script pages or shot sequences for the 25 days he was filming on Disney turf, instead keeping all the info on iPhones. This way, when actors and crew were looking down between takes, passersby just thought they were glancing at their messages.

Zeitchik writes that even though the movie was shot guerrilla style, it doesn’t look like it on the screen.

What’s remarkable about all this is that, in watching the film, one doesn’t get the feeling of a guerrilla filmmaking exercise. There are numerous wide shots, and scenes luxuriating in classic Disney images. It looks as if it was made with the full cooperation of the company, which of course it wasn’t.

For me, the best part of this story is that Moore isn’t thumbing his nose at Disney. He’s got nothing against the company at all. He just wanted to make a film.

Adobe is Saying You’re Screwed After the 1st if You Use CS4

November 11, 2012 by Gossip, Opinion

Beware ye photographer that hath not forked over your life savings for overpriced iterative updates of Photoshop, you’re about to get the fist from Adobe. And if thou hath decided to heed this ominous financial warning from the great Adobe in San Jose, your odyssey to find your upgrade price will be long and tortuous as you navigate the useless, turgid pages of the Adobe web site. … Continue Reading

It’s Safer to Leave your Hotel Room Door Open

August 2, 2012 by Gossip, Opinion

I love the Blackhat and Defcon conferences. They harbor astounding discoveries that have far reaching affects on our every day lives. This year was particularly wonderful when Cody Brocious discovered an easy hack to unlock card key locks used by about four million hotels.

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Pitbull Actually Went to Alaska

August 1, 2012 by Commercials, Gossip

Watermann just sent me the follow up to the piece he did a few weeks ago. Pitbull actually went to Alaska.

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Old school versus new school, the Times bickers about iPad.

February 19, 2010 by Gossip, News

Fotolia_20599298_XS.jpgThis week Gawker reported about an internal battle at the New York Times about the pricing of subscriptions for the iPad version of the times.

On one side, a Times source explains, you have print circulation, which thinks it should control the iPad since it’s just another way to distribute the paper. They’d like to charge $20 to $30 per month for the Times’ forthcoming iPad app, basically the product already demonstrated on stage with Steve Jobs, the source said. Why so much? Because they’re said to be afraid people will cancel the print paper if they can get the same thing on their iPad. Never mind that iPad distribution comes with none of the paper or delivery costs associated with print, or that there’s already a free electronic edition available to subscribers who cancel

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Chat Roulette

February 5, 2010 by Gossip, News, Opinion

It’s 5:30AM, and I spent the last 6 hours of my life talking to complete strangers from every corner of the world, all thanks to the newest internet rage, Chatroulette.

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