144 posts categorized "Film & Animation"

September 12, 2008

Are you part of this, or just a reflection of it?

Mccann The thing about social media is that you have to be, ahem, social. That means you have to be in it, not anti-social by ignoring people or trashing others' work. It's a shame that one of the largest ad agencies out there, McCann Erickson, feels the need to rip-off others' work, without even a casual link out to the people they're attempting to copy.

Common Craft have for years now provided the web with superb, short, witty videos explaining the most complex areas of the live web. They have been viewed millions of times, blogged by thousands. They're part of the currency of the web, appearing on Governmental and company intranets and external sites. Why, then, have McCann repackaged/stolen the idea and produced something that's mediocre at best, plain boring rather than plain English? Their version of Web 2.0 in Plain English is presented by someone with a clean corporate accent, the images used tarnished by the polish of corporate graphic artists.

Any company or organisation stands to gain a heck of a lot more linking out to the talent that's there already, employing it if it needs something more specific than is currently provided. Fair enough, McCann's corporate customers may not be connected (yet) into the world of Common Craft, but McCann are in a position to create some real change by introducing them to the real literature, rather than the York Notes version of it.

Update: Having met a nice chap from McCann the other day, the video's inspiration has since been added. Good job, guys! :-)

August 23, 2008

Everything you ever wanted to know about YouTube

The video-sharing website has been perhaps the easiest one in the new media family for institutions and workplaces to ban, filter and decry. This superb hour from Michael Wesch explains, from beginning to end, the anthropology of YouTube, and will perhaps begin to show to those who make the decisions how much more there is to sharing the moving image than they could ever imagine. Watch it on YouTube, and pump it up to the high quality version. Watch it to the end, and share it with someone in your institution. And yes, I did learn how to Soulja Boy after watching it.

August 22, 2008

I met the Walrus: John Lennon on participative culture

I'm making some Beatles references in this morning's keynote at the Alberta 1-2-1 Summer Institute in Calgary. In my morning aggregator rummage I found this gem, an animation produced in the space of nearly 40 years, by a child who became a man. For me, many of the messages about achieving peace through the equipment and space of the Establishment could be translated into the kind of daily struggles some of us have in our domains.

For me, it's trying to inspire people to make a little extra push in the name of innovation, learning something new or make a little trouble to see where it goes. Take five minutes out to watch this and let me know if you see any parallels with your way of thinking, working, living. From YouTube:

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message.

July 26, 2008

One for your film studies students

Was introduced to this last weekend. It made me laugh, and think about the admirable effort that's gone into making something I almost believed. For just a second.

July 15, 2008

An alternative view of filmmaking

I'm borrowing electricity and wifi at the back of a Marco Torres and Alasmedia film-making spectacular, delving into filmmaking of another kind.

I found the Steampunk movie below, from Alice, as beautiful and enchanting as many of the 'real' movies I've seen recently. It would make great creative fodder for some creative writing of the kind I was talking about yesterday, taking your mind away to another universe for 4:30.

July 03, 2008

Sir Ken Robinson's Changing Paradigms at the RSA

Ken_robinson My fellow Fellows at the RSA have just put online 55 minutes of video goodness of a humble Ken Robinson giving his acceptance speech for the Benjamin Franklin award. Enjoy.

He also does a great job explaining why someone like me was asked to become a Fellow, and why many of you would probably have much to offer from being a Fellow yourself.

June 16, 2008

The Royal Air Force finding recruits on home territory

Dhg_findlay_2 My granddad Findlay, pictured, was an officer in the Royal Air Force but one who never flew. It's only because of the stories I've heard second hand of him being stuck in the desert for five and a half years that I was even aware there were jobs akin to being Bond that one could apply for in the Air Force, Army and Navy. I even went as far as going through the rigorous application process so that I, too, could spend the prime of my life hiding in a tent, listening to enemies miles away.

Today's youngsters don't need secondhand stories of relatives that lived in a black and white world to see what exactly is going on in war zones around the world, thanks in part to the work the Royal Air Force has been doing in their homeland, the world of social media.

The Force's YouTube channel has relatively low numbers for each video, but a huge selection from which to choose. They explain, for real, what actually happens when the Air Force's ground soldiers have to go in and clear mines - there's no hi-tech, just brass necks.

The Force has kitted out several servicemen with cameras and storytelling skills, including this young Geordie gunner. They're about to kit out further personnel in Basra, giving an insider's story of what's going on through a new site, to be launched later today, RAF Frontline.

These might be part of a cynical bid to recruit youngsters to the world's most dangerous of jobs, or it might be a genuine effort to show them what they're getting themselves into. The videos are lightly edited, to omit anything that could be a security breach. Otherwise, though, the in-house web team is keen to show not just front line action but downtime, too, to show, I imagine, that life in the forces is not all about skiing, pristine beaches and drinks with the lads.

But where I really admire their approach, is in how an initial foray into YouTube has helped develop the use of video much more throughout the more traditional parts of the site, in their "what it takes to be a gunner" video slideshow, from civvy to gunner. It works well as a story.

Not enough, mum will be glad to know, to make me want to reapply, but a jolly good example all the same of the fringe becoming the mainstream offering.

June 08, 2008

Qik mobile phone streaming now on Windows

Qik Great news from our dearesst Jackie that Qik is now going to work with my Windows smartphone.

Until now you've needed a really nice Nokia (or other Symbian) to be able to stream to the net directly from your mobile phone. Now, anyone (more or less) can do it... and probably use up their employer's data limit ;-). After streaming, your video is, of course, saved online for archive (like this). A more flexible arrangement, I feel, than the frankly ridiculous-looking hoards holding their mac laptops the wrong way round to capture conferences, workshops and interviews for the likes of UStream.

June 07, 2008

The Girl Effect

It's no big deal. Just the future of humanity.

Via Mike, who's got an eye for the viral.

May 30, 2008

I love it when a (RSA) plan comes together

Rsa_clay_shirky_new_website Over last autumn and winter I was fortunate to work with the Executive Board and about half the employees of the RSA on what new media could bring to them personally and to their organisation. At the same time, Anshuman Rane and his web team were developing a new web service on an open source Content Management System, that would benefit from a greater uptake and understanding of new media tools and attitudes by the staff.

In a symphony of ideas, the two lines of effort have met this week with the launch of their new web service, incorporating for the first time a virtual means into the amazing lectures series that takes place in the historic Adam Street RSA House.

Currently residing in RSA Vision are talks from Clay Shirky (Here Comes Everybody) and Jonathan Zittrain (The Future of the Internet: And how to stop it). In coming weeks I wonder whether we'll see an addition from Sir Ken Robinson, as he receives his Benjamin Franklin Medal at Adam House.

It's hard to describe the satisfaction you get working with such an amazing bunch of people, remembering the very conversation sessions you had about vaunting that lecture series, equipping young people with cameras to record events and having RSA staff and fellows interact through and on the site, only to see it come together in a rather tight timescale. Long may the innovations continue (and with a staff like that, they will). The real trick is getting more of the 27,000 fellows, of which I was recently invited to become one, to connect in ways other than F2F meetings, conventions and workshops. Many of us are combining efforts online, but there'll never be too many doing this.

Keep an eye open on the site over the next few weeks as more is added, and enjoy having "tomorrow's ideas today".

About Ewan

Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh, the no-nonsense company that makes accessible the creative process required to innovate: to find meaningful problems and solve them.

Ewan wrote How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen, a manual that does what is says for education leaders, innovators and people who want to be both.

What does Ewan do?

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School leaders and innovators struggle to make the most of educators' and students' potential. My team at NoTosh cut the time and cost of making significant change in physical spaces, digital and curricular innovation programmes. We work long term to help make that change last, even as educators come and go.

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