Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Loch Ness Film Festival

Our short film poem The Wanderers will screen at the Loch Ness Film Festival on Saturday, July 28th, at 7 p.m. The screening is in the Craigmonie Theatre in Drumnadrochit.You can find out more about the festival here: Loch Ness Film Festival.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Frames Cinema Journal

The new issue of Frames Cinema Journal has just been published, and I have a short article in it. It's titled: A “Farm System” in an Emerging Texas Film Festival Circuit and you can read it for free. It begins ...

It’s April, I’m in Fredericksburg, Texas, and it’s hot and windy.
In another part of the state, 300 miles northeast, tornado conditions are building. It’s fine here, however, if you’re used to Texas weather. It’s high noon, and I’m standing just outside the Fritztown Cinema. I’m nervous and windblown and the sun is at that Texas temperature where you’ll be okay if you walk slowly, but don’t push your luck.
Our screening is tomorrow. Our short documentary The Texas Sun has now appeared at two film festivals. It will go on, after this one, to five more Texas fests. From its premiere (Thin Line Film Festival, in Denton) to its finale (Deep in the Heart Film Festival, in Waco) it will be on a circuit of small Texas film festivals for exactly one year.
So go and read the entire article. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Screening at Festival of Creative Learning

My short filmpoem "The Wanderers" is screening today at the Festival of Creative Learning & Magma Film Poetry Preview Screening, from 15:00 to 17:00 at Adam House Theatre, 3 Chambers Street in Edinburgh.

Here's what is showing ...
The Festival of Creative Learning has partnered with Magma Poetry on a collaborative project in which 4 students from the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art Film Directing MFA/MA and students from the Edinburgh Movie Production Society (EMPS) have teamed up with poets who were specially selected by Magma editors. The filmmakers chose poems from a shortlist and have been using them to create original film poems.

ECA students and one winner from EMPS will also travel to London for the launch of Magma ‘The Film Issue’ and a screening of the final versions of these films on 13 July 2018.

Please join us for a glimpse into a world of creativity and collaboration as these films are viewed for the first time, and meet the filmmakers, poets, the Festival of Creative Learning team and Magma editors Stav Poleg, Helen Nicholson and Rob A. Mackenzie.
ECA: Maggie Clark, Theodore Fisher, Marios Lizides, Simon Ray 
Edinburgh Media Production Society: Miriam Khenissi, Laura Pennycook, Jeremy Pestle, Louis Caro, Nancy Nighting, Sarema Shorr 
Poets: Aoife Lyall, Kristi Carter, Ginny Saunders, Laura Seymour, Carrie Etter

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Screening at South Texas Underground Film Festival

Texans! My short documentary Icarus in Fort Worth screens on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at South Texas Underground Film Festival in the festival's "Hecho En Tejas Shorts" program. The screening will be held in the Wolfe Recital Hall at Del Mar College at 6:30pm.

The film:
A Texas daredevil faces danger to become a wingwalker and stunt pilot, risking everything to expand his fame and build a Hollywood movie career. The true story of Ormer Locklear, the greatest pilot you've never heard of.
So, go and see it.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Three Dioramas at Talbot Rice

On Thursday night I showed my virtual reality film "Three Dioramas" as an installation at Talbot Rice Gallery. The piece was part of "Terror and Beauty: Artistic Responses to John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea," curated by The Tides Group. The show featured works by Zoe Guthrie, Doug Mackie, Stephanie Wilson, and my VR film.

Above: "Three Dioramas" virtual reality installation in "Terror and Beauty," Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Jan 11, 2018.

Monday, December 18, 2017

360 Video Test Using Ambisonics

This test was aimed at developing some ideas for using Ambisonics along with 360 video. That is,if you were really standing beneath Edinburgh Castle, you would hear sound based on the direction you were looking.

So, try this:

1. Put headphones on.
2. Watch the video, orienting yourself to look toward the castle.
3. The first bus that passes should sound as if it moves from your right to your left.
4. Now, replay the video facing AWAY from the castle.
5. This time, the passing bus should sound as if it is behind you.
6. This means you will hear it first in your left ear, moving to your right ear.
7. So, instead of stereo, this is decoding the sound based on where you are looking -- in theory, that's more immersive and similar to our real-world experience.

You might also try this in a headset https://youtu.be/NwcYpf6kQWA - but be sure to use headphones.

Friday, December 15, 2017

360 video test (using LOG format)

VID_20171215_114127_011 from Ted Fisher on Vimeo.

Here is a quick test shooting 360 video in LOG format. This takes more postproduction work, but might give more control over the tonal range of the image.

If you are watching this on a VR headset, you should be able to turn your head to follow the motion of the bike. If you are holding a phone at arm's length, this should also work. If you are just watching in a browser (Firefox works, some browsers might not) then you can probably use the left arrow to follow the bike.

The point of testing this in LOG was to see if high-contrast situations could be controlled. Here, shooting into the sun, the shadow side of the tree presented a challenge. By using LOG and then working with color correction, I was able to hold detail in the bright areas as well as the shadows.