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Panasonic GH3 Arrives in US, Exclusively at Samys

November 29, 2012 by News

I’m not sure who spoke to whom, or who has what on someone high up at Panasonic, but Samy’s in Los Angeles is the only store in the entire country with the GH3.

Michael Britt just sent me the picture below to make me jealous. Apparently these boxes came straight from Japan and we’re driven from LAX to Samy’s headquarters on Fairfax Ave. Had I stayed an extra day in LA this week, I’d be playing with the new GH3 right now. But no, I had to get on a plane, so Britt is rubbing it in.


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Your TV Ruins Movies

November 29, 2012 by Feature Film, Gear, Television

Stu Maschwitz with the best piece I’ve ever read on why you can’t judge a TV on the showroom floor and how to fix the crappy factory settings that are ruining your movie watching experience on your TV.

Maybe you got a new TV for Christmas. Or maybe you just got one recently. Maybe you are thinking of buying one. Whichever is the case, take heed: your TV will try very, very hard to make whatever movies you watch on it look not just bad, but aggressively, satanically, puppy-drowningly bad.

These days, any TV you are likely to buy, will, by default, have technology enabled that completely changes the emotional quality of the movies you watch. This is a cinematic disaster.

The Indestructible Soccer Ball

November 24, 2012 by Documentary, Inspiration

Talking head public service announcements (PSAs) are difficult to do. The line between contrived cheese and compelling content is hair thin. But when it’s done right it works well.

In this PSA about an indestructible soccer ball, the writer and the director find a good balance between the celebrity, the inventor and the story. I’m not a huge fan of the cut aways to the profile footage, but I get why it was done. Overall the PSA got me, and that’s what counts.

All that said, the indestructible soccer ball is a brilliant invention. And the charitable action you trigger when you buy one is righteous. PCN is ordering an official office ball so Michael and I can cause havoc and chaos by putting this thing through a few windows. We hope that you’ll get one for yourselves.

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Photographers Will Soon Be The Most Valuable People In The News Room

November 21, 2012 by Journalism

An interesting piece by Alyson Shontell. Not sure if I by buy into it whole hog, but she does have a killer point.

Because, when you’re on the go, the easiest stories to consume, create or share aren’t text based. They’re photo based.

If the New Tools of Photography Scare You, Then Run in a New Direction

November 21, 2012 by Photography

It has always been our position here at PCN that the talent, not the tool make the picture. Richard Koci Hernandez does and superb job of illustrating the point in this video. … Continue Reading

Why Doesn’t MTV Play Music Videos Any More

November 20, 2012 by Music Video

Digging deep. Researching for days. I am triumphant. I have unearthed the definitive answer to the decade old question; why the fuck doesn’t MTV play music videos any more.

The answer awaits you below.

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