Typically, I put together a "Blog Salad" (if you're curious, this is derived from the psych term "word salad") when I can't come up with something original myself. It's the various topics from blogs and sites that don't seem to have any connective thread, other than they could be useful to filmmakers. Today, I was debating over an entry in the Monster Squad Blog-a-thon (which I may still do), and posting the ton of stuff that just materialized across the web. I went with the latter, since there is so much useful information I need to get it out to you now before I experience information overload.
Josh Oakhurst and Stop Motion
Blogger Oakhurst produced some animated commericals Using a digital Nikon and a whole lot of patience. His most recent post details how he did it, along with all the nitty-gritty. If you've ever wanted to try this kind of thing, check it out. He also includes some clips of the actual spots along with a Q&A format that makes for easy and educational reading. Harryhausen would be proud.
'The Future' now at a Lower Price
CinemaTech's Scott Kirsner has just lowered the price of his acclaimed book 'The Future of Web Video'. The digital version is now $12.95 and the paperback version is $15.75. A free excerpt from the book detailing sites that pay for web content can be found here.
Motivational Speaker Jerry Seinfeld
"What's the deal with all you filmmakers?" Sorry, couldn't resist. Lifehacker has a great post about a technique learned from the famous comic concerning achieving anything. It's basically the "do something every day that leads to your goal" thing, but with a visual twist that could help anyone--including us folks who want to make movies. Of course it won't work unless you try it!
Bill Cunningham Crosses the Streams
Our buddy Bill over at DISContent goes nuts with this post that itemizes forty-seven previous posts from his blog concerning writing a movie. He covers everything (and I mean everything) that you could possibly imagine from concept, to pre-production, to writing--all with Bill's pulpy skew. Not only can you learn a ton about crafting your film, but it's also a great example of effective blogging. Content is king, and there will always be a use for well-written material. It's Bill's Blog Salad (only he calls it Link Fu)!
Be that Web Diety You Always Imagined
If Bill's post wasn't crazy enough, how about this little ditty from Mashable: links to over 400 tools for photographers, videobloggers, podcasters and musicians. There is so much stuff here that I can't (nay, I won't!) begin to describe it. Just go there and be ready to spend hours and hours digesting all of the stuff available to us for little or no cost. It's the microbudgeter's candyland!
Whew! Okay, back with something less regurgitated tomorrow. Maybe something about monsters for the blog-a-thon, maybe not. Bill would probably approve of the monster article...