July 30, 2013

Eyes On This: Heartbeats of Fiji

The Beat Making Lab, in partnership with PBS Digital Studios, recently released an episode about their beat lab in Fiji. This piece is produced by Jon Kasbe, a friend who I've worked with since we were students together at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Over the years, it's been amazing to see Jon grow as both a shooter and editor, and I'm now thrilled to share his recent work with you.

In this video, Jon uses the budding friendship of two BML participants as the vehicle to capture the Fiji lab.  Check out this first installment of the Beat Making Lab's Melanesian campaign Heartbeats of Fiji - the first in a series of 5 episodes.  Touching narrative complete with beautiful imagery, montages, and scenes from Fiji.




More about the Beat Making Lab:
The Beat Making Lab is an electronic music studio small enough to fit in a backpack. We build Labs in collaboration with communities all around the world; donating laptops, microphones and software. Our goal is to create positive social impact by giving youth the tools and training to make beats and songs.

July 29, 2013

Upcoming Deadlines


A reminder that two important deadlines are arising this week here at TEM:

1) The Kickstarter deadline to support "GAYS IN THE MILITARY: HOW AMERICA THANKED ME" by Vincent Cianni (a TEM fiscal sponsee). Deadline: July 31st at 11:59pm EST 

About: Over the past 3 years, documentary photographer Vincent Cianni has traveled across the US documenting the personal stories of 120 gay and lesbian veterans and service members.  His project, Gays in the Military:  How America Thanked Me is an oral history and photographic project representing the men and women who have suffered from or risen above injustices they faced in the US military due to their sexual orientation.  The non-profit publisher Daylight Books has agreed to publish Gays in the Military in the Spring of 2014 as a 160-page hardcover book, but in order to get to this final stage, Vincent needs your help.  By contributing to his Kickstarter campaign, you will help in raising funds to cover the costs associated with publishing his book.

To learn more about the project and to make a tax-deductible donation, please go to: 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/449408681/publication-of-gays-in-the-military-how-america-th?ref=search

2) TEM's deadline to apply to our 2013 Fall Internship. Deadline: July 31st.  

About: TEM is hiring a Multimedia Production Intern. This is a paid, advanced-level production internship. Applicants must not only have strong Final Cut Pro skills, but must also be looking to expand and develop their storytelling skills, and work collaboratively with our production team. 

To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, please go to: 
http://talkingeyesmedia.org/about/intern

July 19, 2013

Canon 5D Mark III RAW forced crop in video mode

You may have noticed that if you take a photo with the Canon 5d Mark III while filming or in video mode, the CR2 file opens in Photoshop with a forced 16:9 crop. There appears to be no simple way of fixing this and keeping the file in RAW.

If you use Lightroom, Tim Jagenberg created a plugin called DeAspect that will remove this crop using ExifTool to make a duplicate of the CR2 file. I'm not sure if there is a similar plugin for other software. I tested this and it works, but we don't use Lightroom here so I don't have an appropriate workflow for Lightroom.

If your cataloging software (Lightroom, Bridge, Aperture, Expressions Media, etc.) shows the image in 3:2, but opens as 16:9 in Photoshop, then you can probably export the image(s) as a TIFF (or JPEG) in your catalog and work from the TIFFs. However, if the image is showing as a 16:9 crop in the cataloging software, then you may have to use Digital Photo Professional to remove that crop, see below.

You will need Digital Photo Professional (the software that comes with the 5D).


1. Open Digital Photo Professional and locate the files you want to convert using the browser on the left

2. Click on the photo you want to convert and select "Trimming Angle." A new window will open

3. You will see the crop lines on the image. Click the "Clear" button in the top right. It should clear the crop marks

4. Click Ok at the bottom right

5. Save your changes (File > Save)

6. You can convert to TIFF by selecting File > Convert and Save

*You can set Photoshop preferences to open TIFF files straight to Photoshop or in Camera Raw.

July 16, 2013

Bring It to The Table Receives Fledgling Grant

We are honored to announce that The Fledgling Fund has chosen to award a grant to our project Bring It to The Table.

Bring It to The Table -- a short documentary film, participatory online platform, and community engagement campaign -- aims to help bridge America's political divide.  It challenges people to examine their own role in polarization, dismantle our assumptions about the political 'other,' and elevate our nation's political dialogue and debate.

The grant money will be used towards our outreach campaign and will enable us to develop a screening toolkit and bring the project to college campuses around the country.

In addition to funding films' outreach initiatives and audience engagement campaigns, The Fledgling Fund also shares its knowledge, experience and lessons with filmmakers in order to help them navigate through an evolving field and advance their projects.  The Fund has supported many notable films including Inocente, Hell and Back Again, Made in L.A., The Interrupters, and The Bully Project.

To learn more about Bring It to The Table visit: www.bringit2thetable.org


July 12, 2013

Eyes On This: Spilling Over

This month marks the anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Although BP promised the affected communities that they would make them whole again, now three years later, many families and communities continue to struggle.

The documentary project Spilling Over, by Lauren Frohne and my colleague Jessey Dearing, captures one family's plight to redefine their future in the aftermath of the spill.

Unlike other films about the oil spill, Spilling Over (currently in production) is about one family's personal story -- taking the viewer through intimate moments and difficult changes as the Arnesen family struggles to take back their lives. Marked by stunning imagery (both video and still photography) and powerful narratives, Spilling Over is about what happens when one family is pushed beyond their limits.

To learn more about this project visit: http://spillingoverthefilm.org/


 
Spilling Over from Powering a Nation on Vimeo.

July 9, 2013

VII Launches New Website

The VII photo agency has a new website that does justice to its incredibly talented photographers. (Full disclosure: our founding member, Ed Kashi, is a member in the agency.) But even if we weren't biased, it's impossible not to be awed by the work of some of the most accomplished photojournalists in the world today.

There are too many accomplished photographers in the agency to name, but be sure to check out the work of such veteran journalists as Ron Haviv, Marcus Bleasdale and Lynsey Addario. Watch Seamus Murphy's new film Snake, which combines poetry by Afghan women with sumptuous imagery. And look at David Monteleone's images from Chechnya, which just won the Carmingnac Gestion Award.


July 3, 2013

Help support GAYS IN THE MILITARY: HOW AMERICA THANKED ME


Although "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was repealed in 2011, the effects of America's ban on gays in the military continue to this day.

Over the past 3 years, documentary photographer Vincent Cianni has traveled across the US documenting the personal stories of 120 gay and lesbian veterans and service members.  His project, Gays in the Military:  How America Thanked Me is an oral history and photographic project representing the men and women who have suffered from or risen above injustices they faced in the US military due to their sexual orientation.

The non-profit publisher Daylight Books has agreed to publish Gays in the Military in the Spring of 2014 as a 160-page hardcover book, but in order to get to this final stage, Vincent needs your help.  By contributing to his Kickstarter campaign, you will help in raising funds to cover the costs associated with post-production, pre-press design, and printing.

Please watch the video below and click here to donate to the campaign.  By donating, you will ensure that this important historical record will be both preserved and used for advocacy for years to come.



*Note: Talking Eyes Media is the fiscal sponsor for this project.  As a result your contribution is tax-deductible.

July 2, 2013

Eyes On This: Inocente

A year ago this month, a couple of us here at TEM donated to the Kickstarter campaign for the short documentary Inocente.  The film not only reached it's $50,000 Kickstarter goal but also went on to win many awards including Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2013 Oscar Awards (making it the first Kickstarter-funded film to win an Oscar).

Embarrassingly, I admit that although I received the DVD for the film several months ago (as my Kickstarter reward for donating), I only was able to finally sit down and watch it this week. I am now kicking myself for waiting so long to have watched it.

Inocente is about a 15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl who refuses to give up her dream of being an artist despite the many obstacles she encounters.  This inspiring coming-of-age story is not only beautifully told but also beautifully shot.  

Stop by the film's official website to view the trailer and learn where you can see the film in its entirety: http://inocentedoc.com/ 



"My work is colorful because I believe if there were more color in the world, more people would be happy." - Inocente