David Schonauer

Screening Room: Visualizing the "Hyper-Reality" of the Future

Vimeo   Wednesday May 25, 2016

Think the world suffers from ad-clutter now? Wait until you see the future, where virtual and physical realities have merged into a kaleidoscopic dream — or nightmare. London-based designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda’s film Hyper-Reality  visualizes how emerging augmented-reality technology will transform our environment, saturating it in media and real-time communication to the point of sensory overload. Matsuda notes that he “is interested in the dissolving boundaries between virtual and physical, working with video, architecture and interactive media to propose new perspectives on the city.”   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: SmallHD Studio Production Monitors

CINEMA 5D   Wednesday May 25, 2016

That was fast: Just a few of weeks ago, SmallHD  announced its new HDR Production line of large monitors. Now, notes Cinema 5D, the company has announced yet another line, SmallHD Studio Production Monitors. The two new lines sport the same rugged design, the same built-in software, called pagebuilder OS, the same color accuracy and the same number of inputs and outputs. The Studio monitors, meant to be used in controlled lighting situations, are less bright and less expensive.   Read the full Story >>

State of the Art: "Pearl" Is a VR Blend of Music Video and Story

Short of the Week   Wednesday May 25, 2016

“Patrick Osborne’s VR short animation, a blend of music video and narrative, is fantastic and one of the most emotionally engaging works we’ve experienced in this new medium,” raves Short of the Week. Inspired by the classic Shel Silverstein story The Giving Tree, the five-and-a-half-minute film, called Pearl, follows a father and daughter through the years, from their early days crisscrossing the country in support of his music, through her rebellious teens and onto her own music career.   Read the full Story >>

How To: Light a Green Screen

YouTube   Wednesday May 25, 2016

When done well, the green-screen effect, or chromakeying, can be used to convincingly replace backgrounds, introduce special effects, or display information. But lighting a green screen is a royal pain in the neck, notes Fstoppers. A tutorial from B&H shows how to do it well. Note: It’s important that the screen represents as narrow a color range as possible to better enable its removal from the frame. This means having even lighting across the entire screen with no light or dark spots.   Read the full Story >>

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