ACM - Computers in Entertainment

2015 Archive

The Changing World of Video

Nov. 10, 2015

The 2015 Israel Conference took place on October 21st and 22nd at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. About 100 companies presented to hundreds of attendees covering a diverse cross-section of innovation and design from Israel. I was particularly interested in the panel "Veni, Vidi, Vici, VIDEO! The changing ...
Read »

Moving Images… The Serious Side of Entertainment

Nov. 7, 2015

We know you think M&E is all fun and games and worse or better (depending on your perspective). But there's a real business with real technology and real people working to deliver the stuff you like/dislike, applaud/jeer, pay for/borrow/ignore. The compact community of folks focus on the details so you can enjoy their creative work. The champions of often opposing views gather annually at the SMPTE conference and give an update on the progress. This year they had a Student Film Festival to get a peak at the next generation of filmmakers and tomorrow will be so bright you'll need sunglasses
Read »

With Your Project Budget Spent, Fast, Reliable Storage Matters

Nov. 6, 2015

There isn't a filmmaker who hasn't wanted to take on a project even when there was no financial compensation involved, just a real feel good feeling. And when the time budget runs out you need fast, reliable storage you can count on. Cullie Posaria knows from first hand experience.
Read »

Video Projects in the Wild – Planning and More Planning

Nov. 5, 2015

Nothing is more fun than flying, floating, packing into the middle of nowhere. Just a few crew members, your gear, the great unknown Cirina Catania, Catania Group, just completed a pilot like that in the untamed Peruvian Amazon region. For filmmakers it's all about the shoot.
Read »

Finally, Ransom Notes Have Joined the Digital Age

Nov. 4, 2015

Folks love to tell you how good the Cloud is for well everything. Think about it the sucker should hold just about everything including all those selfies. It's cheap and getting cheaper because the big Clouds want to be really big and the others want to hang in there. But with all that drive for volume something has to give and since they're giving it to you for free or almost nothing why not privacy, security? Just trust them - wink, wink. You won't read the user agreement anyway or at least not until it's way too late!
Read »

Keep You and Your Stuff A Little Less Available to “Them”

Nov. 1, 2015

As we approach the best time of the year ever it's only right that you want to exchange information, greetings, ideas, wish lists, whatever with...well everyone. And this is the time of the year when everyone is hoping to grab all of that information and put it to very good use. The online world is truly marvelous because the more you talk about your favorite subject - you - the better job they can do in serving you up to their advertisers so they can better serve you. Or you could work at being nobody...your choice.
Read »

Metropolitan Fashion Week Closing Gala

Oct. 31, 2015

On Saturday, October 10th, more than 700 attendees gathered at the 3rd annual Metropolitan Fashion Week Closing Gala in Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Hosted and produced by Eduardo Khawam, the closing gala featured over 150 one-of-a-kind fashion and costume designs, including showcases from Lady Gaga's tour costume designer ...
Read »

Tellywood Focuses on Immersive Content

Oct. 29, 2015

VR technology offers an entirely new spectrum of opportunities for filmmakers and visual storytellers. However it is still in its early stages and everyone in the industry is learning as they go.
Read »

Mobile, Social Media Don’t Spell Privacy

Oct. 24, 2015

More computing power, more options, more demands/expectations, more free products/services, more crooks, more patches. How many devices do you have 4-5? How many apps? A couple of hundred across them all. How much of the stuff is sorta, kinda free? 95-ish percent. How much was designed by regular people instead of techies? 1-5 percent. That's right your well used devices and freebie apps on the iNet built by techies for techies. It's no wonder you do stupid things out there and people take advantage of you. It'll never be perfect but it can be a whole lot better.
Read »

Brand Managers Have to Listen to Influentials, Not Influence Them

Oct. 22, 2015

We all know the best marketing/sales available is one person telling another when he/she has had a great experience with a product or service. You've often heard company people say that if they had a few thousand more people telling other people how great they were sales would soar, so would profits. The biggest problem most organizations are so busy telling everyone how good they are they overlook the effective part of the sales process...listening. Then make it easy for them tell others who want to listen.
Read »