iMovie ’11 gives greater control over audio

To anyone using Apple’s iMovie to edit video with, you will be excited to hear that with the release of iLife ’11, iMovie now offers much better control over audio levels. I’ve been using iMovie on and off since iMovie HD (version 6). When Apple redesigned iMovie in 2008, they severely crippled the access to audio . . . → Read More: iMovie ’11 gives greater control over audio

Documentary Storytelling

In the Science Filmmaking workshops that Jeff Morales and I teach, we are always hammering home the importance of STORYTELLING. Our students get tired of hearing us say, “yes, but what is the STORY?”. But, we have to keep driving this point home, because Story is what makes strange, complex, esoteric, and reductionist science accessible to . . . → Read More: Documentary Storytelling

Fun with ‘miniature faking’

Fake Miniature Example

For the last month or so I have been having some fun with making scale models of my surroundings. I’m not actually breaking out the glue gun and paintbrushes, I am using a neat photographic technique called ‘miniature faking‘ that makes photos appear as though they are taken of miniature scale models. This technique mimics the . . . → Read More: Fun with ‘miniature faking’

Great music by Daniel Lanois and Black Dub

I’ve long been a fan of Daniel Lanois, both as a musician (see his albums ‘Acadie’ and ‘For the Beauty of Wynona’) and as a producer (U2, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and now Neil Young). Some of Daniel’s most recent albums haven’t captured my attention, but his new project, ‘Black Dub’, is not to . . . → Read More: Great music by Daniel Lanois and Black Dub