The collaborations between Colin and myself are sometimes brilliant and sometimes less than. Whenever we get together (about once a year) there is a strong desire to shoot something, anything, and if a good story is not something we can brainstorm we resort to wandering the streets of Princeton and nearby Sourland Mountain with a kids bike and a couple of cameras.
More than anything else one could say this was a test of our SLRs, neither John or I had ever shot anything so long or intensive on our cameras so this was a good test just to see how they would hold up over the course of an intense shoot. I have to say I am very pleased with the outcome.
I spent about three days editing this (with a week-long venture to Rome in between).
Remember our little films look good in 720 or 1080 HD! Check it out on Youtube.
Below are some behind the scenes photos (second only to cool guys not looking at explosions are cool guys riding a little girls bike):
Everyone’s trying to get Will to quit…
Last week when I noticed a colonie of ants all over my sidewalk I never intended for it to become a thing. I wasn’t planning to make a video. I just love ants, seriously; they exhibit a degree of sociality present among few other insects, let alone animals. This also served a good test of my new SLR’s video capabilities.
After viewing the footage I quickly decided it was too good to waste and thought perhaps I could get some milage out of it. I also drew a sweet doodle in my sketch book which served as a title. About four years back I was at a popular Ontario Amusement Park once licensed to Paramount Pictures 😉 while standing in line with my good friend Talia; we saw a hill of ants so I pretended to be David Attenborough/”the voice of nature” whilst she filmed, I suppose this could be seen as a sequel with a sinister twist.
This post is a continuation of Saturday’s which can be found here I recommend reading it first.
Ok so continuing where I left off Saturday night (Sunday morning technically).
Twitter has a few neat ways to contact people, if you are “Friends” with someone (meaning you are both following each other) you can send that person a “Direct Message” which will only be visible to them. You can mention somebody by typing the @ sign and then their name (like @tfantina), this tweet will be visible to everybody who follows you and the person you mention will also be notified even if they don’t follow you. The highest compliment you can give on Twitter is a re-tweet. If you like somebody’s tweet and want to show it to your followers just type “RT” then mention the person and paste their tweet ( “RT @tfantina ‘Somehow I always cross the border during rush hour.'”).
So far I’ve covered the basics of Twitter, however, it’s much more fun once you start checking the amazing apps that have sprung up around Twitter.
Some people will tell you to download a desktop app for Twitter like
“Tweetie” or “TweetDeck” however I don’t use either of these, however if you are tweeting from a smartphone or an iPod Touch I recommend getting an app for it. When it comes to apps here is a list of ones that I could not live without (this is relative we are talking about a microblogging service);
Brizzley is a fun app that displays pictures and video in tweets (usually you have to click a link to see them), among other things it also allows you to organise people you follow into lists. I highly recommend it, it’s currently in beta however if you want an invite just drop a line in the comments and I’ll hook you up first come first serve.
Tinyurl is good when you have a super long URL that you have to fit into 140 characters or less (they usually shorten any URL to about 30 characters).
Twitpic allows you to post photos to Twitter from you cell phone or the web.
Tweetstats is cool if you’re geeky like me and want to know the statistics of your tweets (time of day you tweet the most, the day of the week you tweet the most, where most of your tweets come from, etc.).
There are hundreds of cool apps for Twitter, a good place to start looking is Oneforty.com they have organised most of the major apps for you to try, rate and review.
Sorry it took so long, Twitter’s a bit of a hard sell at first but I take it with a grain of salt and appreciate all the neat apps and trends.