One Big Barrier to Google Glass's Hollywood Career
July 30, 2013 The AtlanticWire
Google Glass is going to Hollywood in a new partnership with the USC, CalArts, RISD, UCLA and AFI film school, which sounds dandy for the creative potential of Google Glass, if only the glasses had better battery life. Google hopes that filmmakers will use the face-gadget of the future to think up new ways to capture footage. "This technology is pretty revolutionary, and a lot of people in the film world are really excited about how it could drive not just film capture but documentary filmmaking, character development, action-based storytelling and things we haven’t even come up with yet," Google's marketing director Ed Sanders told The Hollywood Reporter's Seth Abramovitch. But, Google's computer glasses aren't going to be able to record for more than the 45 minutes a Google spokesperson tells The Atlantic Wire the device can capture before recharging. (Doing just regular tasks, Glass's battery is rated for five hours.) That kind of kills the ability to film anything substantial. Read more.
July 30, 2013 New York Times By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Beauty is in the eye of the Google Glass wearer.
At least that's what the Internet search giant hopes a handful of young filmmakers will discover. Google is enlisting film students from five colleges to help it explore how its wearable computing device can be used to make movies.
The $1,500 Google Glass headset is already being used by 10,000 so-called explorers. The device resembles a pair of glasses and allows users to take pictures, shoot video, search the Internet, compose email and check schedules.
As part of its experiment, Google will lend each school three pairs of Google Glass.
The participating schools are American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.
Thursday evening, July 11, 2013, the Disneyana Fan Club/Ryman Arts Charity Dinner, entitled “The 100th Birthday Celebration of Marc Davis” was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anaheim/Garden Grove, California. At 5:00 p.m., the guests began entering the ballroom and chose their tables, where one or two seats at each table had been blocked off for the celebrity guests, who were waiting at the back of the room for their introduction. Everyone was seated at a table with a celebrity for the evening, which was a unique and enticing twist to a lovely dinner. After everyone was seated, the celebrity guests were announced and then learned the number of their tables. Salad, steak and chicken, as well as dessert were served to all the guests, while there was both a vegan and vegetarian option.
There’s an apocryphal story about a director on “The Simpsons” who didn’t like the way a scene looked and asked to see the other two camera angles. If you don’t understand the absurdity of that anecdote, well, you’re not alone. Lots of people don’t understand how animation works, how time consuming it can be, how every single thing on screen has to be meticulously planned and often assembled over months (if not years).
So it takes a combination of dedication and Job-like patience for any artists working in animation today to elevate themselves above the pack.
In search of this year’s rising stars, we canvassed industry sources, academics, fans and others before settling on this list of five faces to watch: Rebecca Sugar, who helped create the romantic misadventures of a weird-looking boy and a flame-spewing princess; Minkyu Lee, who shows the Fall of Man wasn’t all bad, damnation aside; Timothy Reckart, who lived with his characters for a year, in slow motion; Justin Roiland, who hit on his idea by angering lawyers; and Jason Ruiz, who likens his bumbling detective hero to “Scooby-Doo solving murders.” Read more.
Iran’s top contemporary artists command high prices at auction. Do you know who they are?
In the 35 years since the revolution, Iran has emerged as one of the most prolific and productive countries for contemporary art in the Arab region. As a number of exhibitions and cultural fairs are highlighting Iranian art in 2013, Art Radar spotlights eight of Iran’s best known contemporary artists.
The Asia Society in New York will host “Iran Modern” from 6 September 2013 to 5 January 2014. According to the Society’s website, the exhibition will include “100 paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by the most noteworthy Iranian artists of the 1950s to 1970s” such as Siah Armajani.
The Asia Society’s exhibition focuses on Iranian modern art created during the vibrant time period before Iran’s revolution. That was then, this is now. Contemporary art is happening in post-revolution Iran, with five contemporary artists leading the field in terms of sales. Read more.
Interview: A Comic-Con Chewbacca on His Sacrifices for Star Wars, Dating a Sith, and Almost Getting Run Over by Harrison Ford
Each year at Comic-Con, one can expect to see a number of attendees dressed as Stormtroopers, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader circumventing the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. But it takes an especially devoted fan to don Chewbacca’s hairy costume in the July heat for the four-day-long fan festival. This year, we decided to get an insiders’ perspective on Comic-Con events and Star Wars mania from a Star Wars Society member so devoted to playing Han Solo’s first mate that he imported yak hair to complete his custom-made, to-scale costume and drives a Chewbacca-themed sedan outfitted with Millennium Falcon decals and a specially made Chewie “roar” horn.
That diehard fan is 25-year-old Christopher Petrone, a San Diego resident whose love of the George Lucas series began 20 years ago. In addition to owning his own prop-making company, Nerd Co. Creations, Petrone moonlights as the beloved Wookiee during children’s-hospital visits, parades, and other functions as part of the San Diego Star Wars Society. Before putting on his furry costume to pose with guests and their dogs at a Petco-sponsored Star Wars “Yappy Hour” on Friday, Petrone sat down with us to breathlessly discuss his passion for the iconic franchise, the sacrifices one must make to channel Chewbacca on a sometimes daily basis, and how he feels about the slutty Princess Leias strolling around Comic-Con’s Hall H. Read More.
Startup business demo night Entrepreneurs show their wares
Members of SCV Startup gathered in Santa Clarita Tuesday night as four risk-takers demonstrated their businesses — all in various stages of readiness for product or service launch.
Before introducing the entrepreneurs, Brian Tippy and Erick Arndt of SCV Startup announced that they had had a “fantastic meeting” with California Institute of the Arts — better known as simply CalArts — in which the two groups explored the prospect of working together to support CalArts students and the local hi-tech community. Read more.
A study published in 2012 examined the economic impact of Santa Clarita’s arts community on the local economy.
Over the past decade, Santa Clarita residents, organizations and city representatives have made a conscious, planned effort to ramp up the local arts and culture scene, to drive quality of life, economic activity and cultural tourism.
Santa Clarita nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences spent a total of $11.4 million locally. The same group supported more than 300 jobs and generated $9.6 million in household income to local residents. More than $1 million was generated in local and state government revenue, as well, according to the study.
We spoke with Bob Kellar, mayor of Santa Clarita, Steven Lavine, president of California Institute of the Arts and Evy Warshawski, director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
How do the arts contribute to the economy?
STEVEN LAVINE: If you take the arts as a whole, it’s the fourth largest industry cluster in the state, employing something over 600,000 people in the state, generating about $3 billion in state taxes during the course of the year and producing an economic output of over $230 billion per year.
The challenge is to think broadly about the arts. Every time you’re creating a web page, you’re using design skills, so we all live in the midst of the arts skills every day.
Why Regular Show Was So Huge at San Diego Comic-Con 2013
J.G. Quintel has been going to San Diego Comic-Con for a decade now. He started out his journey here as a fan, a CalArts student who caught wind of the event from his brother. Quintel would register to attend the convention after he arrived at the venue. He would walk into panels at Hall H, now the home of blockbuster convention talks and long lines. He did this anonymously. Ten years ago, people didn't recognize Quintel.
Just as San Diego Comic-Con has grown in popularity over the past few years, so has Quintel. He created an animated series for Cartoon Network called Regular Show. It's about a bluejay named Mordecai, a raccoon named Rigby and their eclectic group of friends.
Over the course of four seasons, it's become a commercial and critical success Regular Show already has an Emmy to its name and was just nominated for two more. People cosplay characters from the show at conventions and swap all sorts of Regular Show references online. Read More.
“Oil and Water” : Interview with Pat Moran – Music Director, Writer, San Francisco Mime Troupe
Is there a foundation of values that set each stage for SFMT?
Yes. First of all there has to be a sense of optimism. We believe that people can make changes in the world that will affect things in a positive way. We are a collective run organization and it is important that all members of the company have an influence over the message we are putting out in our shows. We do a lot of research before and during our writing process and feel that it is important to do more than just complain about things- we look for solutions. We stand in solidarity with oppressed people world-wide and work toward a future where resources are allocated in a fair sustainable manner and people all treated with fairness and compassion.
What kind of community would you like to build with the Troupe?
We look for a future where people are treated fairly, respected, and compensated fairly for their labor, an end to exploitation of people, and a move to a sustainable culture.
Tell me about your vision and commitment of the future? what’s your part?
As an artist (writer, musician) I think that the most important role I can play is to help people believe that positive change is possible. There are other ways of doing things that are better than how we are doing them now and we can work towards them. Read More.