Creating and Sharing Live Photos

Live Photos have been part of iOS for a little while.   I have been experimenting with it to see its potential.   I used it last week to take pictures of my daughter at practice.  I was trying to take some action shots.  With Live Photos I was able to catch her in action. It didn’t matter that I didn’t snap the photo at the exact right time.  


In case you are not familiar with Live Photos, they are essentially a 3 second video that pauses in the middle.  I am not sure how that I will be able to use it except to share it on social media with family and friends.   I look forward to see what the future will hold for this feature.   

If you want to know more about this feature be sure to watch my video. 

https://youtu.be/wWVmMp14d_4

Economics of Movies, Part I

This holds even more true today.

Curious Intentions Media

movie-tickets-popcornI recently saw a segment of Clark Howard on the news where he discussed how much money can be saved by getting rid of cable. He suggested by getting Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime you could save a ton of money and get a better selection of shows. I think the same could be said about watching movies. I remember 10 years ago, I went to around 15 movies a year, probably more. On top of that, I would rent movies 2 at a time at the video store at least twice a month. Now my habits have dropped to next to nothing. I still see movies but not at the same frequency. There has been a major dent in my movie going habits. People who know me would say that is what happens when you have children. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Early Morning Inspiration 

I started this blog as part of an online class, I was involved with.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I had just finished my EdS in Technology.  The class was a MOOC or massive online open class.  Technically, I dropped out/ stopped participating after a few months but  I learned so much. Occasionally, I will post a little something.  Recently, I have ramped it up, and am more focused on what doing which is technology and film.   

The Problem

So what should I do with all the other ideas that pop up in my head that are not as focused?  I am going to create a more personal blog for all of my other rambling that have nothing to do with technology or film.  What I am thinking about is how I spend the other 80% my time…. being a father.  

So why am I posting this here?

Well, it does have to do with technology.   I started the blog here because I am sure someone suggested it.  I really didn’t have a plan when I started, I just did it. So now I am going to take my time, plan this out.  I need a name, I need other social media accounts, I need a site, and a whole lot of other stuff. 

Have you ever started a blog? Where is the best place to do this?  Let me know in the comments below.

Film and Video Book for Classroom Teachers

A few years ago,  I was part of a small video production company.  We were trying to find our niche.  We all enjoyed making films, but we knew we were not going to be the next Warner Brothers Pictures.  We all agreed that running our production company would allow us to make films even if that was not the focus of our business.  We produced some commercials, recorded some live events and made some instructional videos.

Fast forward a few years later

We were all working other demanding jobs.  We had a couple of projects we needed to do but not the time to work on them.  We all agreed it was time to dissolve the business part, although we would try and collaborate on some projects together for fun.  In the end, I asked to keep the website up and in hopes that business would grow and we had an entertainment blog that was getting major traffic until this last summer.

This last year, I have began to revive some of our projects for fun and hopefully for profit.  The first of these projects was our instructional video series Tap That. This was video series to help people use their iOS devices.  So far I have made a few videos and am working on updating the format.

Another project that we worked on was an interactive ebook for film and video production. The goal was to align it to match the state standards for Georgia. Since we were dealing with digital distribution it would be easy to create multiple versions to match each state.  I had a 90 page draft, I was working on when the standards were updated.  I  worked on recreating an outline to match the new standards.  I was primarily in charge of creating the content since I had years of experience teaching.  Before I could get a new draft finished, I had a trip to attend the Student Television Network Convention.  We scrambled and I was able to put together on a chapter on camera composition in a PDF format.

When I attended the convention, I shared a link with the teachers I knew.  I also posted links to social media.  The link was for a form.  If you shared your name and email address, you received a link to download the pdf.  It was our plan to send the teachers an email with a discount code when the full book was released.  Our plan was to keep the book cheap since it was digital media and teacher might be paying for this out of their own pocket.  The last time I looked we had 200+ downloads.

Sometime in the middle of the spring, the website was up for renewal.  I missed this because this because I was not in charge of the website.  It went down and with some help migrated the material to a free site.  I am not sure if the link for the PDF or the form still exist.  I still have all the material and several drafts of the PDF.  I am going to  create a new form and put the PDF back online.

So what is next?

I am working on new outlines and would like to break this down into series of several short ebooks.   The ebooks will be aimed more at teaching video production.   This time it will be in the Kindle format so that it can be read on more devices.  I am going to be looking for a couple people to proofread my material.  I usually write late at night and I type slower then I think.   Since this is going to be a solo effort,  any feedback would be great.  A new website would be great.

If you could subscribe to this blog, share it with others and comment I would appreciate it. This way you can copy of the PDF when it becomes available.

Thanks,  I hope to hear from you soon.