Oscars 2014: Take a Look At Every Visual Effects Winner Ever

Visual Effects…..


Visual effects have come a long way since Star Wars took home the first Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1977. Revisit everything from a galaxy far, far away to a dream near you with a look at every Visual Effects Oscar winner since the award’s inception.

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The 5-Day Oscar Countdown: The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine & Great Oscar Moments

Oh no we need to catch up on the movies…….



The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday, Mar. 2, but don’t stress! Four days is still plenty of time to become familiar with the best films of the year.

Today’s Oscar cheat sheet will tell you what to watch on the big screen, your home screen and your computer screen before Hollywood’s biggest night.

Watch in Theaters: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is three hours of drugs and sex and despicable people and it gets, well, repetitive. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort can only do Quaaludes so many times before we’re a little bored by seeing him do Quaaludes, and Jonah Hill’s Donnie Azoff can only do so much cocaine before we’re a little bored by seeing him do cocaine. It’s impossible, however, to resist the urge to fast forward when you’re in the theater. So see The Wolf of Wall Street on the big screen…

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WATCH: Monkey Steals GoPro Cam, Proceeds to Take Selfies

Ha ha too cute.

We are taking a break. We are so busy with projects we dont know which one start and focus on first.


In this video, a man claims he was trying to feed monkeys at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, but one of them snatched his GoPro camera, ran off with it, and proceeded to take some selfies. At one point, he even exhibits the human urge to take photos of his food like the rest of us. Hey, the monkey saved the tourist the work of taking photos during his visit.

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PLUG-IN REVIEW: TrackX Now Adds Mocha Tracking Tools From Within FCPX

thanks Jeff you always have good information.

'GLJ Media Group' Daily Blog

February 17, 2014

by Jeff Riegel, editor


Last year, Imagineer Systems was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Scientific and Technical Award for mocha and its ground breaking Planar tracking technology.  Coremelt, creator of the Lock & Load (my favorite) and SliceX plugins, has recently released TrackX using mocha… within FCPX.

Gone are the days of tedious rotoscoping — the task of painstakingly tracking or removing an object from/onto a video one single frame at a time.  FCPX editors can now effortlessly track text or graphics to follow background movement for cool title effects, or track and insert a new layer for screen replacements, like replacing a sign on the side of a moving bus or the screen of a computer.  Coremelt’s newly released TrackX uses the same powerful mocha tracking and interpolation engine by Imagineer Systems previously found as a plug-in for Adobe’s…

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The 2014 River City Festival of Films

Cinema Schminema

River City

If you’re in the area or feel up for a road trip check out the River City Festival of Films comin’ atcha March 1st!

Verite Cinema announces details for year three of the premiere film festival The River City Festival of Films. The festival gives local filmmakers a viable venue to screen their work to the community and be recognized for their efforts. Donations from the festival will be given to New Beginnings Sexual Assault Services, a local charity organization. All festival events are free and open to the public; however donations are accepted for the charity.

Year three marks a mile stone as we have three special guests joining our event. Peter Weller (Robocop, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Sons of Anarchy) will be our special celebrity guest. Peter Weller is an accomplished film and television actor/director/producer with over 74+ film credits to his name. The signature event of the…

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Do you need business partners?


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•Do I need partners?
One rule that I’ve used is that if someone is critical to helping me achieve the goals that I have set for the company, offer them some form of equity. If not, make them an employee (possibly a highly paid employee), if justified.

Make sure you and your partner have the same goals. It is very important.

•Who’s going to do what?

While the partners will most likely wear multiple hats at the start, there should be a delineation of responsibilities with assigned roles that play to each individual’s strengths.

•How will we resolve conflicts?

Air them out.

I think that having agreements in writing lets everyone involved have a clear understanding of what is being proposed. Put signatures down and be willing to revisit the operating agreement as required.

•How will we dissolve the partnership?

Hope that it never gets to this point, but be prepared just in case.
While no one goes into a partnership with the intent of ending it prematurely, life events or a change in strategy may mean one or more partners want out.

Read more here in detail if you are seriously thinking about going into business. For the industry maybe you just want to contract people to assist with your production or work with a production team. This seems easier to me this way you deal with you and the main few partners you work with. Keep in mind its your business so be cautious and take your time with any deal or contract you commit to.


Movie Theater Owners Calling For Shorter Trailers

Did you hear?
New guidelines issued Monday by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners call for limiting the length of movie trailers to two minutes.

Why do you think this is so? Are you people complaining in theatres of the trailer? Is the trailer giving away too much of the movie? Real talk I always thought a trailer was 2 minute or less. Ha ha. That must be the perfect time frame for the trained mind. 2 min or less ? What do you think?


Cinema owners have long complained about the length of movie trailers.

Now they’re clamping down.

New guidelines issued Monday by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners call for limiting the length of movie trailers to two minutes.

The guidelines, which the trade group said were designed to “maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the industry’s marketing efforts,” also call for restricting marketing time for trailers to 150 days prior to the release date of the film, and 120 days for all other in-theater marketing materials. Two exemptions per distributor per year would be allowed for both trailer length and marketing lead time.

Click here to read the full story at LATimes.com.

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Steve Klein: Ask students to remember one thing from each class

YOU have to figure out that one thing. 🙂

The Buttry Diary

Thanks to Steve Klein for this contribution to my series of advice for a new adjunct journalism professor:

Too often, new instructors are over-ambitious in the classroom.

And even some veteran teachers never seem to learn that one thing.

A teacher can bring a packed 20-pound bag of valuable learning to a class but probably only has time — and the necessary students’ attention span — to empty a fraction of it.

Which brings me to “The One Thing.”

What do you most want your student to learn from each class?

What will each student remember from each class?

What will each student remember at the end of the semester?

What will each student remember five, 10, even 20 years later?

That’s why you don’t want to over-pack that bag you bring to class.

And that’s the one thing every teacher should remember!

Steve sent this slide show to make…

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What to write ?


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Write about what interests you. It will be more fun and if it interest you it will probably interest others. Keep the following in mind:

•Unusual things and surprises really get attention. We all love irony in a movie or to guess wrong what happens.
•If the outcome of the story is predictable, you lose the audience sometimes. They are either happy it was predictable they can tell their friends. Or they are not impress and feel they could have did a better story line.
•Humor can be a helpful element in any story, but too much humor spoils it.
•One page equals about one minute of screen time, so shoot for ten to thirty pages, which is typically about three to twelve scenes.

Hint: it’s easier in some ways to write thirty pages than ten because shorter stories need more intensity.
I found this information very helpful in writing our treatment. I am so excited for 2014 and http://www.mickiraproductions.com projects.

info from Dorian Scott Cole


The Moment Kevin Hart & Barack Obama Became Best Friends [VIDEO]

We love Kevin Hart. He is a true comedian. We went to see Ride Along this week end. Good movie. It was really nice to view a movie and get a few good laughs in.

The Urban Daily

Split Screen of Kevin Hart and ObamaKevin Hart is one of the biggest comedians in the game today. Along with the fame he’s basking in, Kevin Hart gets invited to many prestigious events. One such event proved to be one of the biggest days in his life. Hart was a guest on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” where he shared a story of when he was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama. While Kevin admitted that he doesn’t get starstruck when he meets celebrities, Obama was one that made him lose his mind.


At the White House event, Kevin got excited when the president called him out by name and said that he was glad Kevin could make it. Hart says he and Obama became best friends when Obama called him “Kev.” Hart told Fallon as he crossed his fingers tightly, “He called me Kev. He didn’t call me Kevin Hart…

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