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Back In the Old Days April 7, 2007

Posted by Norman in General, The Future.
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Film Editing

Originally uploaded by filmingilman.

Just found this photo on Flickr, of someone playing with film. For those of you who’ve taken 546 or 535 this will look a bit familiar. For those of you who’ve taken 547, see what you’re missing!!

The photo was taken by Michael Gilman, from Toronto.

For those of you who haven’t explored Flickr, you owe yourself the trip. It’s basically a huge social network of people who have posted, and are continuing to post, their own photos — family, business, art, snapshots, et al. There is a wide assortment of quality, as well. However, the most important thing about Flickr, from our point of view, is that many of the photos are there under the Creative Commons license, which might allow you to use those particular photos for some of your films.

Twitter March 20, 2007

Posted by Norman in Breaking In, The Future.
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Image from the Schlager Lout blogIs anyone out there on Twitter? It’s a bit hard to describe in a way that doesn’t make the user sound like an idiot but it’s like IM’ing on your cel phone, but IMs that broadcast to large groups. Anything you type (up to 140 characters) gets broadcast to everyone who has chosen to “follow” you. People use it to diary their day.

The point is that it’s another example of social networking, a phenomenon which is already changing the way in which people recommend, view and choose their entertainment.

Discussion of Digital Rights Management March 12, 2007

Posted by Norman in Articles To Read, The Future.
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There is a great discussion of DRM (Digital Rights Management) over on Philip Hodgett’s blog, in which he talks about how both Cory Doctorow, the Barenaked Ladies, and The Shins have actually increased the sales of their books and music (respectively) by making them available for free download on the Web.

He quotes Doctorow:

Most people who download the book don’t end up buying it, but they wouldn’t have bought it in any event, so I haven’t lost any sales, I’ve just won an audience. A tiny minority of downloaders treat the free e-book as a substitute for the printed book – those are the lost sales. But a much larger minority treat the e-book as an enticement to buy the printed book. They’re gained sales. As long as gained sales outnumber lost sales, I’m ahead of the game. After all, distributing nearly a million copies of my book has cost me nothing.

What’s interesting to me is how we are beginning to figure out how we will be using downloads to make money off of their intellectual property.