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Speaking of Teaser Trailers – Sankofa

December 12, 2012 by Documentary, Feature Film

This came in from Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher.

It is both a sci-fi narrative and documentary. It features Spomeniks, monuments from the former Yugoslavia that were made popular by the photographer Jan Kempenaers.

The teaser is more of a look book than a trailer, but idea has some truly interesting potential.

They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going for funding.

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Man of Steel

December 12, 2012 by Feature Film, Trailers

I’m far less confused about this trailer for Man of Steel than Jason Kottke. But then again I’m one of the twelve people who liked Singer’s Superman Returns.

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David Byrne & St. Vincent ‘Who’

The director of the music video, Martin de Thurah, knows how to draw a viewer in. What I find immediately fascinating about his music video is how he chooses to match the visuals to the music. The video begins with a wide angle shot of a person biking down a road. Only when David Byrne opens the door of a nearby car does the song start; then, when he closes the door a few moments later, the phrase ends. The passage is playful, filled with brass instruments and emphasized by a long rest. It poses an intriguing counterpoint to the more somber visuals: Byrne moving, almost in slow motion, towards something we cannot see. The phrase repeats, only with more volume, and a sort-of story unfolds.

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A Breathtaking Way to Feel Small

This extraordinary video of the known universe is based on actual astronomical observations. Take my word for it. Watch this full screen at high definition.

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Google Continues to Develop Snapseed

December 7, 2012 by News, Photography

Back in September Michael reported that Google had acquired Nik software with the assertion that Google has plans for online photo editing. It looks like he might be right.

Google today dropped the price of Snapseed, making the app free to download. Previously, the iOS version of Snapseed cost $4.99. The update also brings new filters, Google+ integration, and a new icon.

Interesting news when you consider that Instagram dropped a key Twitter feature this week.

The upside to all this bitchy posturing between the social networks is the abundance of free apps and avenues to express yourself photographically. The downside; who the hell except teenagers has time to keep up with all this stuff.

Personally, after Facebook/Instagram’s move, I’m keeping my eye on Google and Snapseed.

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