It’s all about Google! Well, other things are discussed… but mostly about Google and the announcements made at their recent I/O conference. Google Music, Google Glass, Android… there’s a lot to talk about. It’s just Alan and Lee around the table again this month, as they pour through some recent tech news and give their app/software picks of the month (even though Alan duplicates his pick from a previous episode by accident… he likes it that much!).
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Captain’s Log – star date 5282013 – Starship Footcandle Films embarks on a mission to review the new releases “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and “Mud” in under an hour and also include their usual segments of news and recommendations. Can they succeed or will the galaxy spiral into chaos due to disagreements over what exactly is the prime directive?
Recommended films – “Son of Rambow”, “A Monster In Paris”
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Iron Man’s having trouble sleeping. There’s political unrest in Chile. Three bodybuilders in Florida go on a crime spree. What is going on? Have no fear it is just a fresh episode of the Footcandle Films podcast with reviews of “Iron Man 3″, “No”, and “Pain & Gain”.
Recommendations – “Adaptation”, “Return to Oz”
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Today is April 29th 2013, my last day as an intern for The Jackson Group Interactive. While my ride at JGI might be over and my larger journey just beginning, my time at JGI will always be remembered as fondly as any. The people here at JGI have been absolutely wonderful to me and I have learned so much in the process. From the first step I took in the building to interview for the internship until my last step out today, my semester working at JGI has been absolutely wonderful. My bosses have given me responsibilities which I hope I have fulfilled. I always took every assignment as seriously as I could. I heard a saying once, it goes, “show me an intern that only triples your work and I’ll give him or her a kiss.” I hope that was not the case with me. I worked as hard as I could to try to make as great of work as I possibly could have while I was here. The tough part is balancing learning (which I have done a heck of a lot of) with production. I don’t think I could’ve gotten such an experience elsewhere. Whether it was working on a video projects for clients like Williams-Sonoma, or Catawba Valley Community College, or getting to sit in on a meeting discussing projects for clients. Seeing how true professionals go about their work has been such an amazing opportunity and learning experience. I know that there is no possible way that I could give everyone at JGI as much as they gave me.
The lessons I have learned have been beyond description. The most important lesson I have learned though, is how to make videos for other people. Before I came to JGI, I made videos for myself. Whether it was for school, or outside projects, I had one person to satisfy, me. I say this because if I was satisfied with a video, then everyone around me was too. Making videos for others means you are not looking to satisfy yourself. You want to make someone else’s vision come true. Making videos for other people is a new style entirely. I learned that although I might be satisfied with how something looks, it might not be what a client is going for in that particular video. And as an aspiring filmmaker, that is very important. Recording podcasts was always a highlight of my day-to-day work at JGI. From Chick Chat, to Footcandle Films, to CAHPS Cast to News Mesh, I thoroughly enjoyed every recording session. Seeing the highly skilled people at JGI, and how much they enjoy their work has been an affirmation. The spirit at JGI is contagious. I’ve never worked with such generous people before. My bosses inspired me to work harder than I ever have, because they inspired me to try to make any projects worthy of the JGI name. To see a video through a different pair of eyes. To make sure the cut was in the right place on a video. They have shown the patience of saints as they explained their world to me. And even more patience as I fumbled around trying to figure out which microphone number was which. But most importantly of all, I have learned to love what I do. JGI gets ahead because the people I work with love what they’re doing. They make it easy to work hard, and to push myself harder. The spirit is contagious.
I don’t know what the future holds. But I do know that I will always look back on my time at JGI with a very warm fondness. The countless lessons I have learned have given me a base of experience to work off of. No matter where life takes me in the future, I will be the best prepared person in the room because of how closely I got to work with JGI and The MESH.
Olga Kurylenko. Heard of her? Is she the next Jessica Chastain? Well the fellows weigh in on her performances in the new films “To The Wonder” and “Oblivion” as well as discuss her co-stars that you might have heard of…Benjamin Affleck and Thomas Cruise. Rounding out the episode are some bits of Hollywood news and movie recommendations of films you might want to check out.
Recommendations – Side by Side, Flirting With Disaster
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As I sit here on my last day of interning, I look back a couple months ago and think about all the stuff that I’ve learned while I have been here at JGI & The MESH. My final blog will be short and sweet because that’s how I would describe my time interning here. It’s been extremely short, but at the same time, I feel like I’ve been here forever. It’s most certainly been sweet as well because all the 70-cent candy that I ate in Ron’s store.
I’ve learned an abundance amount of important skills that will eventually help me in the real world like: learning to write detailed press releases, how to direct a simple video like the Harlem Shake, and how a podcast network works.
This internship has been an experience that has gradually trained me how to behave and work in the “real” world. Everyone that I’ve encountered with on a daily basis has been super helpful and I thank you for that.
One thing that I will miss most: My comfy office couch.
Over and out
Alan and Lee put in a powerhouse performance and record what they claim to be the “best episode ever of New Stuff”. Granted, they are just saying that because they are the only two people that showed up for the recording and they want to make everyone else feel guilty. Regardless, our two lonely hosts discuss Apple (is it losing it’s shine?), Facebook Home, what Google does with your data when you die, and their tech picks of the month. Who needs the rest of the panel when you have the best talking tech?
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This months episode of New Stuff has show regulars Lee Yount, Mary-Margaret Baker and Alan Jackson talking all things tech. There’s mention of iOS6, iPhone 5 and even Googles latest — self driving cars. Does Mary-Margaret trust cruise control? Will Siri find Lee a bike trail? Will Alan become addicted to Flow? Hear what the panel has to say about these and other topics along with the ever popular, Favorite Apps, on the latest New Stuff only on The MESH.
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Intern work has ratcheted up. For the past week I’ve been working on two exciting yet time consuming video projects. I have been very determined to get the job done in a manner befitting the Jackson Group Interactive title. The process has been hard, and I’ve certainly learned a lot along the way.
The first assignment that was given to me was for Williams-Sonoma. On my second day as an intern, I got to tag along with the group to a Williams-Sonoma factory. There, we shot the building of a piece of furniture. My assignment was to put together a short video on building a couch. My first attempt did not go as well as I would’ve liked. The possibilities for these videos are endless. What I came up with was a little jarring for the audience. But my brilliant bosses helped me see what they thought the video should look like. After a few days of tweaking and some notes, I feel like I finally have a product that is worthy of showing. And a better feel for how videos like these should be made.
My second video was also a challenge. In February, Catawba Valley Community College celebrated Black History Month with a ceremony on its campus. This was shot with two cameras. So I got to get my first crack at multi camera editing. Editing is an art form. Single camera editing, while time consuming, is my backbone in the video/film industry. Multi camera editing is a completely different art form. Choosing which angle to go with, not knowing if someone might walk in front of the camera, or if the camera is going to shift is an interesting and completely different way to edit. It was painfully slow for me at the beginning. I really try to make things as clean as possible. But in a situation like that, clean takes time to find. I had to go back and change angles many many times. But after a lot of trial and error, I finally found a good formula and made my way through the two hour ceremony.
Getting to edit videos like the ones I was assigned is a fantastic challenge. I feel very grateful that the people above me allow me to do work like this. In return for their trust, I try my absolute hardest to try to return with a video that fits in to the professional, and clean videos produced at Jackson Group Interactive.
On this special episode of Footcandle Films Alan and Chris decide to brave the sunlight outside the studio and record in a park…in downtown Winston-Salem, NC…which just so happens to be hosting the 15th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival. They kick things off with a review of Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut “Quartet” and then highlight pieces they’ve had a chance to see at the festival, including features and shorts. As always they close with recommendations of movies you might have missed.
This month’s recommendations – Safety Not Guaranteed, Punch Drunk Love
Check out the links below to learn more about the RiverRun International Film Festival and the individual works that were showcased at the festival and in this episode.
RiverRun International Film Festival: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com
Feature Films -
Prince Avalanche: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/prince-avalanche
Mar del Plata: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/mar-del-plata
The Color of the Chameleon: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/color-chameleon
Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/time-zero-last-year-polaroid-film
The God Phone: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/god-phone
Shoot For The Moon: http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/shoot-moon
Every Little Thing You Love http://2013.riverrunfilm.com/films/every-little-thing-you-love