Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Acquisitions - July 2012

The first silent film to win Best Picture since 1927! A rough-and-tumble action-thriller starring Kurt Russell! The American remake of the Swedish film adaptation of a popular novel series! A cheesy Japanese monster movie! Stand-up routines from a legendary comedy troupe! An epic 15-hour documentary on the history of film! A biography of the most prolific inventor in history!


July's been a busy month for Media Services. Read on for a full list of our new acquisitions.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Filmmaker Chris Marker dies at 91

Chris Marker, the groundbreaking French filmmaker and critic, died yesterday at age 91 -- on his birthday, nonetheless. Marker's multimedia art pushed the boundaries of its formats, from his unconventional documentary Sans Soleil to his critical essay writing and experiments with interactive media.

Celebrate Marker's work by visiting his films in our collection:
  • A.K. (supplemental) -- DVD 100
  • La jetée + Sans Soleil -- HU DVD 2949*
  • Chats perchés -- HU DVD 4927
  • La Sixiáeme Face du Pentagone -- DVD 5111
  • Le souvenir d'un avenir -- DVD 6037
  • Le fond de l'air est rouge -- DVD 6039 
  • Batalla de Chile -- HU DVD 6791 - 6794*

Sunday, July 29, 2012

This Friday: The American President at National Harbor

National Harbor continues its summer film series this Thursday with a screening of The American President, a 1995 film directed by Aaron Sorkin that eventually inspired the writer to produce The West Wing. Michael Douglas plays President Andrew Shepherd, a chief executive who faces many of the same problems that Josiah Bartlet would later encounter -- sometimes with the exact same dialogue!

The movie begins at dusk, which will probably be at about 8:30 PM. You can read about specifics for the event an added to your Google Calendar or iCal here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

21 Web design blogs to bookmark and check daily, courtesy of ArtAtm

Here's just one of 21 design related blogs recommended by ArtAtm in this great post that breaks the suggested design blogs up into three categories: Blogs for inspiration, blogs to keep you updated on the latest design news, and blogs that teach or post useful tutorials. ArtAtm recommends bookmarking and checking these blogs on a regular basis. 
See the whole list at ArtAtm.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Inspiring examples of typography in web design

The WebDesignLedger blog highlights several examples of typography in web design. Typography plays an important role in establishing the desired look and feel of a web site, not to mention the overall brand or personality behind it all. 

Below are just a few examples, but go to WebDesignLedger to see even more images.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Photography Makes an Appearance on Jeopardy

This post was excerpted from PetaPixel.

“Photography” was featured as a category on last night’s episode of Jeopardy. Here are the 5 questions that were asked. If you consider yourself a photography buff, see if you can answer all of them (answers at the end).

Here are the answers: 
Here are the answers: memory cardssilverLouis Daguerrefilter, oxygen.

This post was excerpted from PetaPixel.

More examples of great design from WebExpedition

Here are some more great examples to check out. See them all at WebExpedition

Ikea Food

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Design inspiration from Abduzeedo

Check out these inspiring design examples courtesy of the Abduzeedo blog. To see all the examples, click this link. Abduzeedo also accepts submissions if you've got designs you'd like to share.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Google’s Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo’s CEO

Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next chief executive of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.
The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google and was one of the few public faces of the company, is considered a surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors like Google and Facebook. Read more

Excerpted from the New York Times

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peter O'Toole 'chucks in the sponge'

Peter O'Toole announced today that he's retiring from the acting biz. Read more about it here and check out some of his work below. 

Check out these titles available from the Media Services Home Use Collection: 

Lawrence of Arabia - HU DVD 3935
The Last Emperor - HU DVD 4098
Becket - HU DVD 5296
Masada - HU DVD 8620
Ratatouille - HU DVD 3814
Stardust - HU DVD 3598
Venus - HU DVD 6308
Troy - HU DVD 6200
Lion in Winter - HU DVD 5348

Friday, July 06, 2012

20 Best Adobe Illustrator CS6 Tutorials


DezineGuide.com showcases 20 great tutorials for Adobe Illustrator CS6. Below are all of the links, but go to DezineGuide.com to see all the links, along with small images from each tutorial. 

Illustrator CS6: Adding Gradients to Strokes Lines


Stuff to watch from the Katzen Music Library

The Katzen Music Library has some new DVD acquisitions. Check them out:

Annie Get Your Gun ~ DVD 214
Dancing Dreams ~ DVD 237
Nine ~ DVD 238
Bye Bye Birdie ~ DVD 239
That’s Entertainment III ~ DVD 240
South Pacific ~ DVD 241
Sunday in the Park with George ~ DVD 242
Sweeney Todd ~ DVD 243
Once Upon a Mattress  ~ DVD 244
The Music Man ~ DVD 245
Oklahoma! ~ DVD 246
On the Town ~ DVD 247
Oliver ~ DVD 248
West Side Story ~ DVD 249
Patti Smith: Dream of Life ~ DVD 250
The Producers ~ DVD 251
The King and I ~ DVD 252
Thoroughly Modern Millie ~ DVD 253
Jesus Christ Superstar ~ DVD 254
Gypsy ~ DVD 255
Hello Dolly! ~ DVD 256
RENT ~ DVD 257

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Andy Griffith, an actor whose folksy Southern manner charmed audiences for more than 50 years on Broadway, in movies, on records and especially on television — most notably as the small-town sheriff on the long-running situation comedy that bore his name — died on Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86. Read more

Excerpted from the New York Times

Check out these titles from the Media Services collection. Note that HU call numbers are from the Media Services Home Use Collection. The non-HU call numbers may be watched here in Media Services on the lower level of the American University Library.

Golden Age of Television - HU DVD 7091 - 7093
Pioneers of Television - Streaming Video
Pioneers of Television - DVD 8399
Waitress - HU DVD 8685
Face in the Crowd - HU DVD 7753

Kodak gallery moved to Shutterfly

Kodak announced in March that it would sell its online photo services to Shutterfly for $23.8 million. The transfer includes all photos in U.S. and Canadian Gallery users' accounts.

Kodak Gallery's more than 75 million users will be able to sidle over to Shutterfly to find their photo collections. Customers who did not want their photos transferred had until May 28 to opt out and retrieve their images through free downloads or DVDs.
Once Kodak Gallery customers activate their new Shutterfly account, the site's range of services will become available for free, including unlimited photos storage. Read more
Excerpted from PC Mag
Eastman Kodak Co. is approved to sell its digital patents. More on this from Reuters  

Remember this great Kodak-related scene from Mad Men?

Mad Men is available for checkout from the Media Services Home Use Collection:
Mad Men Seasons 1 - 4: HU DVD 4541 - 4556

Monday, July 02, 2012

Selected New Home Use Titles in Media Services

Check out these titles that were recently added to the Media Services Home Use Collection!

African Election - DVD 10089
Blues Brothers - HU DVD 10000
Lady and the Tramp - HU DVD 10062 
Lady and the Tramp - HU BLU 10062
Let the Bullets Fly - HU BLU 10088
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - HU BLU 10090
Too Big to Fail - HU DVD 10098
River Runs Through It -
HU DVD 10099
Groove Tube - HU DVD 10100
Louder than a Bomb - HU DVD 10110
Monsieur N. - HU DVD 10111
Sub Terra - HU DVD 10114
Pariah - HU DVD 10115
Inside - HU DVD 10113
Shame - HU DVD 10096
Shame - HU BLU 10096 (Blu-Ray DVD)
Martyrs - HU DVD 10112
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - HU DVD 10021 - 10025