Saturday Night Live – Behind The Scenes Scoop on Technology

Hey guys, hope all is well!

Had a fun chat this week with Saturday Night Live DP, Alex Buono, who’s currently on an amazing tour around the U.S. with a workshop he created called The Art of Visual Storytelling!

Alex is very accomplished, both in filmmaking and cinematography (he was nominated for an Oscar for his short film, Johnny Flynton, and his feature length film, Green Street Hooligans, starring Elijah Wood, won not one, but two awards at the South By Southwest Film Festival!

In this episode we’ll hear first hand what it’s like working on this iconic show and how technology is leveling the playing field for filmmakers!

By the way, Alex uses the book The Visual Story by Bruce Block in his workshop! You can buy it at Amazon in the US, or If you’re in the UK, check it out here!

Enjoy the interview, and to comment, just hit the talk bubble (top right corner of this post!)


‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ Gets Closer!

The term teleportation was first coined in 1931 by American writer Charles Fort and, decades later, researchers are really getting the hang of it! First, in ’98, physicists at the California Institute of Technology successfully teleported a photon (a particle of light) one meter, then, in 2004, an Australian group managed to teleport a whole stream of photons from one side of their lab to the other (a great reason to have a Fosters!), and now what have they done? Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen are teleporting information between gas atoms and gas atoms! Why is this amazing? Because that’s one step closer to transporting fully solid matter which could mean that, somewhere down the road, you won’t need that bus pass!  Continue reading

From Harry Potter to Pixels!

Here’s something fun!

Director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chris Columbus, may soon be working with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions to direct a feature length adaptation of Patrick Jean’s award-winning short Pixels. Enjoy! You’ll never feel the same way about Tetris again!
Original article here.

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How Astronomers Take Such Beautiful Pictures!

Hi all,

hope you are well! This is just a quick post as I stumbled across a video and enjoyed it so much I really wanted to share it with you.

Wanted to also thank you for your patience while my series and accompanying podcast is in production. Things are going well (just slowly! Darn that production value!!) But I have some very interesting interviews coming up. Just taped one yesterday in Bexhill on Sea (South Coast of England) with an expert in crystallography. Fascinating stuff!

I promise also that I will reveal more about my own experience last year… I guess I’m just ‘weaning you in’ so that you’re not too taken aback when I get to it!
But back to the cool video! Throughout the years, when I’ve been painting my abstracts, many people have commented that they look like images from space. Here’s a couple of examples! This first one I actually titled Hubble as so many people said it made them think of outer space! It’s 36 x 60, acrylic on canvas.

And secondly, here’s Enterprise, 36 x 48, acrylic on canvas [sold].

I painted these before my appreciation of space photography began… perhaps foreshadowing it, who knows! And my interest in all things ‘Universe’ certainly skyrocketed after last year’s experience(!)

Hope you enjoy the video below as much as I did, and wishing you health and happiness until next time!

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