ACM - Computers in Entertainment


June 2018 Archive


Body language and emotions: the theory of Freud, Darwin and Ekman

June 13, 2018

By Dr. Emiliano Forino Procacci The language is that particular form of expression that allows human beings to establish an interactive relationship with others through the use of a complex code. Communication has always made the life of humanity and the construction of various civilizations possible; it is through language ...
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Making the Movie Industry More Interesting, More Fun

June 10, 2018

Hollywood lived for their award galas. You know the red carpet, beautiful people, breathtaking dresses, dashing dudes. The awards almost guaranteed good ticket sales. But with more companies focusing on the bottomline and the thousands of new streaming opportunities out there, there's more interest in getting recognition where it counts...in the bank. Sure indie filmmakers still attend the myriad of film festivals hoping for a prize but a check from someone who wants the content for their library is a little more important. Subscribers have an unquenchable thirst for new, original content. Even in the visual content industry it's all about supply and demand. And demand is great!
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NAB Sets Stage for Dynamic Shift in Content Production, Delivery

June 10, 2018

While creatives got their taste of new gear and technology at NAB the people who get the content from the can to the consumer were busy trying to figure out exactly what people wanted in the way of news/entertainment, how to get it to them and most important...how to make a buck. Pay/appointment TV connections continued to slide as any time, any where, any screen opportunities continued to grow. We're at the point we aren't worrying about AI and autonomous things taking jobs away from folks because it seems all they want to do is watch...something/anything. Serving up the content people want is still a little fun but at the same time it's a business...a very serious business!
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NAB Highlights New Hardware, Tools for Video Creatives

June 10, 2018

Everyone who attended NAB this year was on a mission. A mission to create the best content, a mission to deliver content to the right audience, a mission to produce great films for device and theatre viewing. We'll start by discussing some of the best solutions for some of the creative people we know - shooters, production/post folks. And there was plenty of new products, new services, new features announced at the show to get a filmmakers motor running this year. And again SuperMeet was fun, insane and informative. Shoot it, produce it, store it. Then? Sell it. It's all good and getting better!
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The 5G Content, Connected World Coming to Your Neighborhood

June 10, 2018

5G is going to be the printing press that the wireless industry has been waiting for since people don't call anymore instead they text and they download huge streams of video content to watch all the time no matter where or what they're doing. Folks want you to believe it will be ready to go this year but better guess is 2020. All we need is to decide which codec we're going to use to make streaming video bandwidth conservative, a "little" content protection, and well a complete build-out of our infrastructure. We know who's going to invest in 5G but who will pay for it...yep. But think how filmmakers will enjoy seeing people buy/rent and enjoy the video storytellers' on-the-go great video entertainment...cool!
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Media & Entertainment Has Become the New Wild West

June 10, 2018

You've probably been too busy binging Netflix on all of your devices to notice but the entertainment business is becoming a real cluster! Everyone can smell money in the content and everyone wants to be the pipe/stream that delivers it to you. Some want to charge just a few bucks a month for their channel while others want to give it to you free - ok almost free. They're buying each other, jumping over each other, playing dirty tricks on each other and they all know they'll win. TV is exciting again...it's the wild, wild west.
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Serving Viewers Who Want It All Is A Tough, Uncertain Challenge

June 10, 2018

Letting you watch your content - movies, TV shows, documentaries, events, activities - on your terms is suddenly in vogue with every channel, studio, outlet developing a streaming channel to capture eyeballs and mindshare. But it isn't as simple as it looks. It's a long, hard climb to get to the top of the viewing stack and it's even more difficult to stay there. Hunting, finding, choosing won't make consumers retreat to their appointment TV but they also won't ditch it entirely. It will just require more work and it's a long way to the top for everyone involved...including the consumer.
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Post-Dubai VR Interview with Lewis Smithingham, president, 30ninjas

June 10, 2018

Shortly after his return from the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and a shoot in Eastern Europe, we caught up with Lewis Smithingham, president of 30ninjas as he prepared to attend NAB  where he will be checking out all of the new gear and shoot/produce VR content in several booths.  ...
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Creative Movies Come from the Heart, Not the Budget

June 10, 2018

Sure, people like big-budget movies and TV series.    They’re interesting, entertaining and give us a chance to see some bleeding-edge stuff that leaves us in awe.   But what really leaves a lasting impression is when a project is done that sticks with you weeks, even months, after you’ve ...
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Savage Youth … A Glimpse at the Midwest Rust Belt Despair

June 10, 2018

Michael Curtis Johnson’s Savage Youth is a docudrama that grabs you with the opening scene and doesn’t let you go, even after the closing credits.   Geoffrey Orthwein, who did all of the film’s color grading (more on that later), prepared us about as well as he could; but when ...
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