I stopped by BIC Camera today in Kyoto

It is incredible to me the advances in 4k technology and pricing. Also, because the Japanese have a culture of buying the top of the range in something, even at a large department store they have the Sony 4k FDR-AX1, which is one hell of a camera (price is not bad here either, at $3500USD tax included). I think it would be exciting to see this used in ENG. It really is the time of Science Fiction.

What also grabbed my attention was the futuristic Panasonic HX-A500. Yes, you might look like a Borg when you wear it, but, it is a little cool and also shoot 4k!

Finally, I had to spend some time watching 4 cute girls dancing on LG's 4k 3D tv.

There seems to be lots of 4k content in Japan – I know you can watch the summer Sumo tournament in 4k, and mega band L'Arc en Ciel is releasing a 4k convert bluray very soon.

Is there any reason NOT to shoot 4k? Even at low budget. Well, apart from the increased horsepower needed to edit I guess.

Anyway, that was my Saturday morning.

These guys seem to have an interesting product for taking 360 degree video using…

These guys seem to have an interesting product for taking 360 degree video using a whack of go pros. They have some cool different configurations, even one for underwater.

I have 2 issues:
1) Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but, the plural of Hero is 'Heroes'. Not 'Heros' – which sounds like a mythical Greek character.
2) Even on my monster fibre connection here in Japan I can't get the video to play without stuttering. So either my macbook air isn't up to it, or it is bandwidth.

Anyway, enjoy!

360Heros | All Around You | 360 Video | Spherical Video
Create amazing spherical 360 video using 360Heros patent pending 360 Plug-n-Play holders.

Good little summary of some of the small/medium sized sites where you can promote…

Good little summary of some of the small/medium sized sites where you can promote your short film. Though to be honest 'promote' is a bit of a strong word here…more like 'post' or 'submit'.

10 Websites to Promote Your Short Film Online – Filmmaker Spot
Best online short film showcase websites to promote your short film and documentary. ShortOfTheWeek.com Short of the week has been serving short films to millions of filmmakers and fans…

A little off topic, but nonetheless interesting slideshare about what is (possibly)…

A little off topic, but nonetheless interesting slideshare about what is (possibly) trending in 2014. A lot of this stuff I've never heard of, but, that's not so surprising!

JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2014
Edible Packaging, Heads-Up Movement and Haptic Technology—just a few items from our annual list of 100 Things to Watch for the year ahead. It’s a wide-ranging compilation that reflects developments surfacing across sectors including technology, television, food and spirits, retail, health care and the arts. The list also includes new types of goods or businesses, new behaviors and ideas with the potential to ladder up to bigger trends. Note: Plea…

Good article from the Boston Herald summarising new survey results from Neilsen about…

Good article from the Boston Herald summarising new survey results from Neilsen about the use of Twitter for film promotion.

Interesting reading and surprising – at least to me – conclusions.

Survey finds Twitter fills movie theater seats | Boston Herald

Another 'local news' piece on a low budget film

Some great quotes in here:

"Due to having to pay for distribution and SAG dues, he decided not to release it"
and
"Dotay said the ending has been written"

are my favourites!

Not just another vampire film | Village News: Chesterfield County, Virginia’s Community News
Chesterfield County resident and filmmaker, Kahil Dotay, was in Chester last Thursday, to film a scene at the Chester Police Station for “Vampires in Virginia,” a movie to be released in late 2015. Peter, a reporter, was investigating a murder asking the lead detective, played by Jay Gates, …

Of all the 'practical' parts of making a movie, the one I personally love…

Of all the 'practical' parts of making a movie, the one I personally love to do the most is editing.

Good little video and write up from Walter Murch on, of course, film editing. Murch was and is a visionary when it comes to editing and has crafted some of the best big screen features ever.

Film Editing: the ‘Rule of Six’ – nonlinear post
Film Editing: the ‘Rule of Six’. One considering him or herself to be a film editor and not knowing who Walter Murch is, needs this introduction.

Ironically, this looks like a poorly prepared 'visual collateral', with some…

Ironically, this looks like a poorly prepared 'visual collateral', with some very annoying speech patterns, but, it does talk about the fundamentals of selling at a film market.

Her points are basic – and the basics are what you need to perfect (in everything in life, in my experience).

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5 Biggest Mistakes Filmmakers Make With Film Markets – Independent Film Blog
Having been a sales agent for the better part of my professional career, I’ve seen a lot of mistakes that filmmakers make when it comes to film markets. In this video I cover the 5 biggest ones…and costly mistakes to avoid. With AFM coming up, you’ll want to pay special attention here…enjoy! . . . …

I've just seen a very interesting 'opportunity'

I've not heard about this before, though I am sure many of you have.

The company is MoliFilms (http://www.molifilms.com/investing) and they procure investment in British film. They claim a semi-respectable 15%PA return. It is a straight share deal.

From their website:
MoliFilms is a HMRC approved EIS film production company primarily focused on selecting, developing and producing commercial British film projects with potential for exceptional returns. We believe that investing in British film through an Enterprise Investment Scheme offers investors a rewarding and tax efficient investment proposition due to the generous tax benefits available which are considerably more advantageous than most other industries and markets.

I'm sure some of you have had experience with them! I'm curious to hear more.

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