How the Automatic Binding Brick Became a Global Phenomenon
You won’t see it at the Oscars, not this year at least, but the breakout success of early 2014 is The Lego Movie, “the greatest movie ever assembled”. A joint production of the Lego Group and Warner Brothers, the movie grossed more than $140 million in its first two weeks of release, and with production costs of under $70 million and extremely strong global prospects, it looks set to become a titanic success. Not bad for a company founded by a Danish carpenter in 1932. [More…]
It has been about three years since Apple pulled the plug on Final Cut Pro 7. At the time, Final Cut was the industry leader, used in Hollywood on movies like “Cold Mountain,” “True Grit,” “The Social Network,” “No Country for Old Men” and thousands of others. I spent countless hours editing in Final Cut, and I took multiple tests to become a certified Final Cut Pro trainer.
I knew keyboard shortcuts and could fly through its features. At MMI, we were early adopters of Final Cut Pro 7. I had written an entire course based on teaching students how to edit with it. But then my world changed. [More…]
For the Independent Reel Night held on Thursday, Feb 20th, Jarrod Crooks showed an array of his short films to an very engaged audience in the Madison Media Institute theater. He discussed why he got started doing small films and how he does his very low to no budget films. [More…]
One of my favorite films of the last few years was a little 2011 direct-to-video gem called Red State. Telling a dark, horrible tale of a religious cult-turned-serial killers, this movie is possibly the most terrifying film I’ve seen in years. I think the thing that scares me most about it is the sheer possibility of it. Keep your hockey-masked maniacs and special-effects spectres, an out-of-control preacher and his gun-wielding family are far more real and possible than any demon, spook, or lake monster Hollywood could create. The thing I would like to discuss about this film, though, is the idea of challenging yourself. [More…]
Even as recently as a few years ago I was telling people, really anyone who would listen, that Audio Video hardware manufacturers should be including networking capabilities integrated into their equipment. Computer companies potentially could take over a good portion of the audio video market. Well, that is happening with the current generation of hardware. We see computers and portable devices such as Ipads, Smart Phones, and tablets taking a prominent role in audio and video. So what is the point of all of this? [More…]
How to build a hi-fi version of the Auratone
A piece of equipment that used to be seen in nearly every studio but that I almost never seem to see today is the Auratone cube. Auratones (sometimes referred to as “horrortones”) were really useful as a reference for what your mix would sound like on small, low-fi speakers – no low end to speak of, not much in the high frequencies, and lots of midrange coming out of a single driver. If your mix sounded good on Auratones, the thinking went, you were probably doing something right.
A few years ago, I learned that single driver speakers have something of a cult following among audiophiles, and that some very high-end full range drivers are available. [More…]
On Friday, January 31st, at the Madison Media Institute winter commencement ceremony, internationally renowned percussionist, Clyde Stubblefield was awarded an honorary Bachelor of Science Degree from Madison Media Institute. Mr. Stubblefield is best known for his work with the James Brown Band in the mid to late sixties, and is reputed to be the most sampled drummer in American music history. [More…]