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Featured Curator of the Week: Philip Intile [pi-slices]

Grigori Chevtsov, known as wmill, began making art in late 2011. Nowadays, it plays the biggest part in his life. It changed from a hobby of his into his daily routine and one of his only activities. Most of his art comes from different moods, music and other things around him. His biggest inspirations are other artists. There are always little techniques he wants to try out to see if there are different ways to use them or make them better. Most of his art is created with Cinema 4D, After Effects and Photoshop.

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This is a bit future-shock …

A small consumer-level molecular scanner lets you analyze the objects around you for relevant information, from food calories or quality, medicine, nature etc … This could be the start of the Internet of Everything

The Kickstarter was launched yesterday and made it’s $200,000 goal within 24 hours - the potential for this tech is huge. Watch the video embedded below to see the potential:

Smartphones made it easy to research facts, capture images, and navigate street maps, but they haven’t brought us closer to the physical environment in which we live – until now. 

Meet SCiO. It is the world’s first affordable molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. SCiO is a tiny spectrometer and allows you to get instant relevant information about the chemical make-up of just about anything around you, sent directly to your smartphone.

Out of the box, when you get your SCiO, you’ll be able to analyze food, plants, and medications.

For example, you can:

  • Get nutritional facts about different kinds of food: salad dressings, sauces, fruits, cheeses, and much more.
  • See how ripe an Avocado is, through the peel!
  • Find out the quality of your cooking oil.
  • Know the well being of your plants.
  • Analyze soil or hydroponic solutions.
  • Authenticate medications or supplements.
  • Upload and tag the spectrum of any material on Earth to our database. Even yourself !

You can find out more about the product at it’s Kickstarter page here

EDIT: There seems to be a lot of skepticism about the product (I’m not a scientist, but the idea is certainly compelling). There have been calls at Reddit calling this out, yet the company has posted addressing the concerns here

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Realising the Intangible: Protecting the Creative Process.

The concept is inspired by the physical process of seeing an idea take shape and form, from conception and development of something abstract to the final tangible product. Intellectual property law helps to protect creations of the mind by granting exclusive rights to intangible assets. Acapo helps those creators formulate, realize, protect, and sell their ideas, advising them every step of the way. With the same desire to visually bring abstract ideas to the tangible, the concept, in addition to a unique illustration style and color palette, uses photography and copy writing to bring Acapo’s services and products to a more visible human element.

CreativeDirector: Endre Berentzen
Senior Designer/Art Director: Eric Amaral Rohter
Manager/Consultant: Robert Dalen
Designer: Filipe Ferreira
Designer: Sindre Holm
Photography: Magne Sandnes

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"Roger came up with a plan to light from the central ceiling of the room with white paper China balls. [Key grip] Mitch Lillianand his crew put together a cable line for us to hang them from so we could slide them around as needed.”

"Napolitano used 19" China balls fitted with sockets and 100-watt household bulbs, which were dimmed down to add warmth. No fill was used, as the fixtures cast such a soft, realistic toplight on Gyllenhaal."

- American Cinematographer Magazine:

August 2013, page 58-60

Prisoners (2013)

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Gaffer: Chris Napolitano

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The Master was the first motion picture in 16 years to be filmed on 65mm format using Panavision’s System 65 camera. Around 85% of the film was shot in this format, with the rest shot on 35mm. The last full-length motion picture to be shot in 65/70mm was Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The decision to shoot in 65mm came from a desire to replicate the look of photos taken by vintage Pressman cameras, which use large-format 4x5-inch film. This also led to the use of the narrower 1.85:1 aspect ratio (65mm has a native aspect ratio of 2.2:1). Director Paul Thomas Anderson initially suggested shooting the film in VistaVision, and test footage was shot in that format, but the shallow-focus effect was not pronounced enough (x).

(Source: thefilmfatale)