Friday, May 28, 2010

"Pie Heist" Selected for Best of Boston Screening

Something has come between Winston (Erik Rodenhiser) and the strawberry rhubarb pie.

I'm pleased to report that our latest short film "Pie Heist," has been selected to screen at the Best of the Boston 48 Hour Film Project screening at the Kendall Sq. Theatre on June 14th.

We shot on a beautiful spring day at the Salem Willows Park. It was an HD shoot (DVCPro HD) on a Panasonic HVX200 using a Brevis35 lens adapter and Nikon primes. It all worked like butter with only one 16GB P2 card. Post was on a MacBook Pro running Final Cut Studio. All done, from conception to delivery, in 48 hours. A real tribute to the spirit and patience of our cast and crew!

In between set-ups, I took a few moments to shoot some stills with my infrared camera:

Ever vigilant, Wilma (Leigh Deacon) can both read and defend a pie.

A reflective Kim Pederson.

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Jeremy keeps things running on script.

The Baldwin girls take five.

Winston and Wilma in happier times.

A classic stand-off.

Winston is undeterred.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Get a Free MIT Education Online

Believe it or not, MIT has placed virtually all their courses online and made them available to anyone. Approximately 1900 different classes on MIT Open CourseWare (OCW). Many even have steaming video of the full lectures.

I discovered this when I was contacted by MIT about using a portrait I had taken of MIT President Emeritus Paul Gray to illustrate a feature article on the MIT OCW website.

The portrait in question was actually an HD video still from an interview I had shot, with some Photoshop post-processing--a phenomenon further illustrating the ongoing convergence of the still photography and filmmaking fields. Certainly, a subject worthy of another blog post (or maybe a new MIT course).

Of course, the OCW website cautions that it "is not an MIT education." And that it does not grant degrees or certificates, but it's a stunning educational resource nonetheless.