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This video project is composed of a sequence of recreations of a 10 second scene from the television show, Full House, overlaid with a set of sound loops from the scene’s original music. The crews who re-shot the scene were recruited through Internet message boards and Craigslist, and each of the original 10 crews were paid $150, using a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for Networked Music Review. The project included participants from Austin, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Denton, London, and San Francisco.

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xlg_tv_3d2Television in Three Dimensions, Modern Mechanics, February 1931

A DEVICE which can produce a 360 degree picture by television through a stereoscope scanner has been invented by Leslie Gould, a radio engineer of Bridgeport, Connecticut. With Mr. Gould’s television system it is possible to televise a boxing match, a play, an orchestra, or any other spectacle whose scene of action can be compressed into a reasonable space.

The new invention makes use of neon tubes of various sizes and colors, depending upon the magnitude of the image. The spot on which the television subject is located is scanned by beams from two rotating arms, as shown in the drawing above. At the extremity of each arm is a scanning drum containing a photo electric cell, which picks up the images to be televised.

The scene which is going to be televised must be flooded with a great quantity of strong light. Each electric eye catches the light reflected through the apertures in the revolving drums from the light portions of the body, and flashes to the transmitter the electric impulses set up by the variations in light.

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I am shocked and saddened to learn that Shawn Mortensen, the Los Angeles pop culture photographer, died last night, according to several websites (SuperTouch, Daily Swarm, ThaIndian News). I had the privelidge to work with Shawn on a commercial campaign recently and we discussed his book and the possibility of collaborating on personal projects. Shawn was a great photgrapher and a good sport. My thoughts and  prayers are with his family and friends. 74081

I’ve always been a mixed medium artist but my first love was the movies. Social Animal is located on the old Warner Bros. Hollywood Studios on Formosa Street just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Built in 1920 and called The Hampton Studios, the studio was purchased by the Mary Pickford Company in 1918 and renamed Pickford-Fairbanks Studios in 1919 following the merger of Hollywood’s “First Couple”. Fairbanks early classics “Robin Hood” (1922) and “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924) were made here. The name above the main gate became United Artists in 1921 although UA did not take ownership until 1928. UA controlled the studio until 1939 when Samuel Goldwyn became a partner and the studio was renamed The Samuel Goldwyn Studios. Goldwyn acquired complete ownership in 1955, after a long and bitter court battle with Mary Pickford. Frances Goldwyn, Sam’s widow, left the studio to the Motion Picture Home, who sold it in turn to Warner Bros. in 1980.

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Walking around the studio, I’m reminded that many of the far off places that I saw on the screen, places like Frank Loesser’s New York from Guys and Dolls, were actually filmed here, the place that I go to work everyday. Luck IS sometimes a lady and, G-d willing, life sometimes works out nicely nicely.

Ten Thousand Cents

Aaron Koblin’s collaboration with Takashi Kawashima, Ten Thousand Cents is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task. Workers were paid one cent each via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. The total labor cost to create the bill, the artwork being created, and the reproductions available for purchase are all $100. The work is presented as an interactive/video piece with all 10,000 parts being drawn simultaneously. The project explores the circumstances we live in, a new and uncharted combination of digital labor markets, “crowdsourcing,” “virtual economies,” and digital reproduction.

I’m creating more and more for interactive narrative these days and the terminology can be confusing to people.  Below is a link to a simplified example by Simon Norton, a comic strip in which the characters climb out of their frames and reposition themselves when you click on them. This idea has been of interest to many people and Simon and I agree that there is great potential for this idea to be taken further, which is part of what I do at Social Animal.

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Last week I directed a quick commercial for an apparel client’s kid’s line. The spot is called Suburban Carseat Blues, a parody of Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, although many people don’t have memories that go back that far and therefore may think that I started this card turning thing, that I’m speaking for all of us, and that I’m the spokesman for a generation. A generation of curly dimpled lunatics.
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The image below is a panoramic photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge taken from the deck of a Ferry crossing the East River in New York. At the time the photograph was taken the bridge would have been about seven years old.  John R. Connon, a Canadian living in New York, took the photo using his best known invention, the cycloramic panoramic camera, which was patented in 1887.11669_pan_bridge_ferry_1520

The image below is a still captured from SA’s panoramic music video of Macy Gray performing at a party full of old cinema and new media types, captured in Hollywood with me directing for Social Animal. Like John Connon more than a century ago, I’m also an immigrant from Canada working on new panoramic format advances while living in the ‘States. Coincidental, eh?

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