Tuesday, December 12, 2017
 
 
 
 
Virtual Reality, or VR, is the next big thing in production technology. VR production projects are becoming more and more common, even among mainstream companies and media. The VR revolution is bleeding out into other industries as well. It is interesting to see how VR is changing the way we do things in general, especially in industries such as retail, healthcare, and education.   [FULL STORY]
 
Situated overlooking picturesque Manchester Village, Burr & Burton Academy (BBA) in Manchester, Vermont is a 180 year old independent, coeducational New England secondary school. With about 700 students from the surrounding communities, as well as 60 international students, BBA is dedicated to educating students of diverse backgrounds and talents in a warm and caring environment that encourages excellence and community. One of its most popular courses is the cinematography program, taught by Bill Muench. And for this program, the school uses two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras to teach its advanced students.   [FULL STORY]
 
"She Has a Name," the latest independent film out of the Canada-based Unveil Studios, is a dark documentary-style thriller based on the taboo subject of human sex trafficking. More than a movie for filmmakers and brothers Andrew (writer), Matthew (director/editor/color) and Daniel (director/editor) Kooman, "She Has a Name" is human rights statement designed to remove the public's numbness to what has become a global epidemic.   [FULL STORY]
 
The video journalism program at Hoover High School in North Canton, OH, recently expanded to include a mobile production truck, called the Mobile Storyteller, as a way to further student engagement with the community. The Mobile Storyteller provides high impact, career based education for students as they work on various client projects, preserve the arts in the community, build cultural awareness through journalistic storytelling, and provide onsite training for students and teachers in other video journalism programs.   [FULL STORY]
 
In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. Beginning with a two-episode pilot that told the tales of life in communist regimes, the Witness Project debuted at a screening at the Library of Congress and began the greater journey into the victims' stories and inherent strength. Building on that success, Smock Media and VOC decided to expand the series into an eight-episode arch for 2016, with even more slated for later years. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story.   [FULL STORY]
 
 
 
 
Feature:
3 Steps to Starting Your Online Community
Facebook, despite being over ten years old, is still one of the biggest media giants of today. It is a mistake not to have your brand or store on Facebook, as people use Facebook to find new places, events, and connect with brands and people that they like. Facebook today is a great place to start your online community and can act as a central hub that directs traffic to your website. You can connect your website and your other social profiles to your Facebook page, and have every channel feeding into one another. [FULL STORY]


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