Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Photographer attaches a century-old lens to a digital camera


A photographer named Timur Civan attached a brass 35mm lens from 1908 to a digital camera and got what you see above. Read more about it and see a few more of the photos it produced at ArtInfoCinema 5D, or the photographer's blog

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cannes Film Festival 2012

To read about what went on at this year's Cannes Film Festival, check out the Hollywood Reporter site.

Award results excerpted from Cannes Film Festival site.


Palme d'Or
AMOUR (LOVE) directed by Michael HANEKE

Grand Prix
REALITY directed by Matteo GARRONE

Award for Best Director

Award for Best Screenplay

Award for Best Actress
directed by Cristian MUNGIUCosmina STRATAN 
directed byCristian MUNGIU

Award for Best Actor
directed by Thomas VINTERBERG

Jury Prize


Palme d'Or - Short Film


Un Certain Regard Special Distinction

Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
LE GRAND SOIR directed by Gustave KERVERNBenoît DELÉPINE

Prize of Un Certain Regard
DESPUÉS DE LUCIA directed by Michel FRANCO


1st Prize Cinéfondation

2nd Prize - Cinéfondation
ABIGAIL directed by Matthew James REILLY

3rd Prize Cinéfondation


Caméra d'or

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Media Services Whiteboard: Comic Book Movies!!

Iron Man - HU DVD 2763
Watchmen - HU DVD 6080
Watchmen - BLU-RAY DVD 6080
X-Men 1.5 - HU DVD 1441 
X2: X-Men United - HU DVD 1442
X-Men: The Last Stand - HU DVD 1443
Spiderman - HU DVD 7121 
Spiderman 2 - HU DVD 7122
Spiderman 3 - HU DVD 7123
Batman - HU DVD 4701
Batman Returns - HU DVD 4702
Batman Forever - HU DVD 4703
Batman and Robin - HU DVD 4704
Scott Pilgrim vs the World - HU DVD 5070
Scott Pilgrim vs the World - BLU-RAY DVD 5070
Adventures of Captain Marvel - HU DVD 4287

Monday, May 21, 2012

How Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the internet

Here's an interesting article from Gizmodo about the history of Yahoo and Flickr:

Web startups are made out of two things: people and code. The people make the code, and the code makes the people rich. Code is like a poem; it has to follow certain structural requirements, and yet out of that structure can come art. But code is art that does something. It is the assembly of something brand new from nothing but an idea.
This is the story of a wonderful idea. Something that had never been done before, a moment of change that shaped the Internet we know today. This is the story of Flickr. And how Yahoo bought it and murdered it and screwed itself out of relevance along the way.
Do you remember Flickr's tag line? It reads "almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world." It was an epic humble brag, a momentously tongue in cheek understatement.
Because until three years ago, of courseFlickr was the best photo sharing service in the world. Nothing else could touch it. If you cared about digital photography, or wanted to share photos with friends, you were on Flickr.
Yet today, that tagline simply sounds like delusional posturing. The photo service that was once poised to take on the the world has now become an afterthought. Want to share photos on the Web? That's what Facebook is for. Want to look at the pictures your friends are snapping on the go? Fire up Instagram. Read more
Excerpted from Gizmodo

3D Text Shatter Effect – Tutorial

Here's a useful tutorial on the 3D text shatter effect using Cinema 4D and Photoshop. Check out the whole tutorial at MediaMilitia.

Here's the intro:
I’m going to show you how to make a 3D text shatter effect. This effect is made in two programs, Cinema 4D and Photoshop.If you haven’t heard of Cinema 4D before it is a relatively easy to use 3d application, it is quite similar to 3dsMax or Maya. I will go pretty in depth with the Cinema 4D part, for all the inexperienced users, so bare with me if I go too slow. Now enough chit chat, let’s jump in. Read more

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Playing Dead successfully met its funding goal!!

That's right, Playing Dead: A Documentary About the Zombie Subculture met its funding goal! Stay tuned for more info on this great project from Media Services alum, Eileen Keegan. 

In case you haven't seen it:

Rob Reid: Copyright math and the $8 billion iPod

 Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists. 

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at

If you have questions or comments about this or other TED videos, please go to

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Classic stars' quotes on moms and motherhood

Celebrating Mother's Day, the next are 50 quotes from classic actors remembering their mothers and explaining what motherhood and parenting was or is for them. Some of the memories are sad, some are happy, some are full of nostalgia, some are funny, some are resentful. There are vivid descriptions and honest words. They are representative of a complicated world that not always is kind, warm and simple, but sometimes it is; and it helps you to appreciate what you've got. These are the stars, some gone, some alive, opening a bit of their private world for you. 

My mother was marvellous, far more alive and vivacious than I'll ever be. She always tried to keep my feet on the ground - Julie Andrews

My mother died when I was nine years old...What does she expect me to do? Do it all by myself - James Dean

I have met a lot of people knocking around the world since, but I have never met a more thoroughly refined woman than my mother. If I have amounted to anything, it will be due to her - Charles Chaplin

I was a mistake. My mother didn't want to have me. I guess she never wanted me. I probably got in her way. I know I must have disgraced her. A divorced woman has enough problems getting a man, I guess, but one with an illegitimate baby.... I wish, I still wish, she had wanted me - Marilyn Monroe

My mother was a delicate black-haired beauty, with olive skin, frail and feminine to look upon. What isn't apparent in the photograph is the extent of her strength, and her will to control -- a deep need to receive unreservedly the very affection she sought to control - Cary Grant

A long time later I learned that she [his mother] had experienced a nervous breakdown and been taken to an institution in a nearby quiet country town to recuperate. I was not to see my mother again for more than twenty years, by which time my name was changed and I was a full-grown man living in America, thousands of miles away in California. I was known to most people of the world by sight and by name, yet not to my mother - Cary Grant

My mother campaigned for women's suffrage and birth control. [laughs] Very unpopular topics in the early 1900s - Katharine Hepburn

Mother beat the hell out of us. She'd have wild outbursts - Burt Lancaster 
For more quotes go to Via Margutta 51. To see a great gallery of stars with their moms and children check out this post.

Excerpted from Via Margutta 51

Classic Hollywood Guide to how to react when you screw up a scene

Watch behind the scenes takes by Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, Claudette Colbert, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Kay Francis, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, George Brent, Merle Oberon, Patricia Neal, Mickey Rooney, and more.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Support this great project! Playing Dead

Playing Dead: A Documentary About the Zombie Subculture

Check out and support this fun and exciting project by former Media Services staff member, Eileen. All the details are on the project's Kickstarter page, and can also be found below.
Playing Dead on IMDB
Playing Dead on Facebook - "Like" it!


What is this film?

PLAYING DEAD explores the role of the living dead within our culture today. From the Thriller dance to the apocalypse, zombies have infiltrated all aspects of our society.  We follow the filmmaker as she discovers the world of the living dead. 

Why are you fundraising?

We are knee-deep in zombie guts.  The filming and editing are complete, and we're now ready to take on audio mixing, color correction, and some other post production detail.  The money raised through Kickstarter will not only go toward the completion of PLAYING DEAD, it will also help fund entries into various film festivals and possibly even mass-distribution.
This project has been several years in the making, has already had a substantial production budget and is a truly independent film.  We haven't had any government funding or grants to put toward the budget--it has been driven by passion for filmmaking and a fascination with the undead.

Why should I put money towards the project?

PLAYING DEAD is about zombies, and zombies are fun.  You are supporting a film that explores a social phenomenon, and it will make you laugh (I promise).  
Here is a clip from the film "A Short History of Zombies"

The rewards are incredible too!  How many people do you know own autographed photos of zombie pinup girls
Also, The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z author, Max Brooks, is in it, and that's just awesome in itself!  His interview took place last year, and I'm still excited about it. 
Please consider helping in any way you can.  If you can't contribute financially, spread the word to your friends!  Visit our page on Facebook, help us hand out promotional material, tell your favorite bartender or even a stranger in line at the theater, and we will be eternally grateful.  Chiller is right around the corner after all!
Eileen & the "Playing Dead" Family

**PS--As a special bonus for our Kickstarter backers, we'll be releasing EXCLUSIVE video clips over the next several weeks.  These clips will feature footage from different zombie events we've covered (like the world record breaking NJ Zombie Walk and the "zombie reenactment" in Washington, DC), as well as lengthier interviews with our zombie experts.
**PPS--International backers welcome--additional shipping fees will be required. 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Media Services new acquisition whiteboard montage

Access the Naxos Music Library streaming database through your iPhone or Android device!

 Check out this cool little introduction to mobile access to the Naxos Music Library streaming database. Apps are available for Android and iOS devices.

The sound effects used to make this video came from from the Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection. Click this link if you're curious about what kind of sound a 1,500-sound-effects collection makes.

Mobile access to the Naxos Music Library streaming database


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Spring 2012 Exhibitions: In the Studio and Like. Comment. Share. Now until May 20, 2012 in the Katzen Arts Center 1st Floor Museum

 In the Studio

Daniella Napolitano, Untitled, 2012.

Amy Lokoff, I don’t know if I’m good at this…, 2012. Video.

April 28 through May 20, 2012
American University undergraduate students explore process in the pursuit of perfection. Curated by Valerie McDonald and Neena Narayanan.

ARTISTS: Antonio Forte, Evan Fowler, Amy Lokoff, Daniella Napolitano, Hannah O'Brien, Amanda Silva, and Riley Spencer.

See a slideshow of some more of the work.

Like. Comment. Share.
An Experiment in Art and Social Media
April 28–May 20
The boundaries between artist, consumer, and curator have officially been blurred. Rather than argue against the presence of personal technology in the gallery, this exhibition explores the interaction between art and social media. Take a picture, tweet a response, “like” the exhibition. #LikeArt

CURATORS: Kari Allegretto, Caitrin Anderson, Kristi-Anne Caisse, Elizabeth Carbone, Jillian Ginsberg, Can Gulan, Samantha Howarth, Marisa Beahm Klein, Lara Kline, Monica Medina, Violet Morris, Jazmine Rivera, Laurie Rothenberg, Dave Simmons, Brianna Townsend, and Luisa Villa.

ARTISTS: Michael Christopher Brown, DECOY, Todd Gardner, Seth Goodman, Nadya Hadun, Aaron Johnson, Joseph Lappie, Liz Lescault, Laurel Lukaszewski, Conor McGrann, Juana Medina, Ethan Murrow, Michael Owen, Daryl Peveto, Luke Radl, John Wendle, Zac Willis, and Yan Yeresko.

Check out this article about the exhibition.

Final Perk aka Finals Fiesta is tonight from 7-9pm!!

That's right, everyone. Tonight is Finals Fiesta from 7-9pm out in front of the library. Don't miss it! The quad in front of the library will be transformed into a vibrant party area—with free coffee, drinks, and cookies. You might even spot a sombrero or two. Take a break from paper writing and studying and enjoy the festivities.

This marks the eighth year that the library has sponsored this end of semester study break along with important partners, including the Mud Box Café, Friends of AU Library, Student Government, Student Activities, and the Residence Hall Association.

Sponsor: University Library
Contact: Katherine Simpson,

Excerpted from Today@AU