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Entries from December 2006

Short Film Friday: 405

December 29th, 2006 · 3 Comments

The acclaimed digital short about a jumbo jet crash-landing on a real busy L.A. freeway.
Probably the most amazing factoids about 405 is that it wasn’t created by an army of special-effects artists, it didn’t take years to complete, and it did not cost a million dollars, that’s a lot really. You can do better […]

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Final Cut Pro Email Question: External Hard Drive

December 27th, 2006 · 115 Comments

This morning I got an email from Keri, a reader, asking a question about FCP. Here is what she asked…
I just bought an external hard drive for my Mac… And in Final Cut Pro, I made sure to change where the files are saved… My question is, how do I work with my external […]

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The Godfather of Soul…RIP

December 26th, 2006 · 1 Comment

James Brown died on Christmas at the age of 73 in Atlanta, GA. I mourn with the rest of the music industry and the millions of fans that his music touched with so much soul. His music was something to marvel at and admire. I saw him live at the War Memorial […]

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The Lights Are Everywhere

December 25th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Last night my family and I drove down Ridgeway Drive in Greensboro, NC, to view the neighborhood lights. The street is about 1/4 of a mile long, and it seems the entire neighborhood has adopted the Christmas Spirit.

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[Video] Ornaments

December 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Ornaments is a computer-animated short about a mischievous, little Christmas decoration with a hunger for some milk and cookies. To reach them he’ll have to conquer his fear of heights, pull a few daredevil stunts, and make a bit of a mess along the way. The action and cinematography are closely choreographed to classical […]

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Tags: Art · Original · Video

[Audio] Conversation with Brian Conley of

December 23rd, 2006 · 23 Comments

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I contacted Brian Conley because I wanted to find out what drove him to set up and begin pushing the envelope as far as this medium is concerned. He is giving a voice to the people of Iraq. A voice that is sometimes forgotten about.
But times […]

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Tags: Conversation · Creative · Message · News · Podcast

Short Film Friday: Tony vs. Paul

December 22nd, 2006 · 2 Comments

What a brilliant stop motion film these guys did. I’m sure they will blow up soon on national television. Then off to Hollywood. They deserve everything that should be coming to them.

Written and Directed by: Paul Cummings & Tony Fiandaca

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[Audio] Remembering Son Seals

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

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Two years ago one of my favorite Blues artist, Son Seals, died from complications from diabetes.
When I first saw Son perform it was at Chicago Blues club in NYC (that club doesn’t exist anymore) and he caught my attention right away. His stage presence was spectacular, his singing […]

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Tags: Personal · Podcast · Video

Where is the button for the copyright symbol

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Apple has a site called, “The Apple Pro Tip of The Week.” This week the topic is: Finding Where the ? and ? Symbols Live… If you have never heard or used the Character Palette then click here. If you have used it but want a true professional shortcut?read on.
Common symbols […]

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BC$ What a Joke

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments

What a weekend for college football. Appalachian State won its second straight NCAA Division I-AA title. In Division II, Grand Valley State won its second straight Division II national title. Let’s not forget Division III, where Mount Union Purple Raiders won its ninth title in fourteen years. What an accomplishment. […]

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