IDEO Creates a Gorgeous App for Making Movies on Your iPhone
It’ll all be done via existing Vision+ and YouView hardware, so there’s no need to buy any more gear, although HD-enthusiasts might just have to bite the bullet and sign up with Rupert directly. Show full PR text BT and Sky reach agreement to add Sky Movies to BT TV BT and Sky have signed a multi-year contract which will see Sky Movies made available through BT TV. BT will offer Sky Movies for a monthly subscription that customers can add to their existing BT TV package from October 26. The agreement means that BT will be able to offer its TV customers the option to bolt-on Sky Movies whether they are customers with the YouView box or the latest Vision + box. For Sky, the deal supports Sky’s growing wholesale content business. BT TV customers will be able to enjoy the latest movies across 11 Sky Movies channels, in standard definition, both as streamed live channels and on-demand for those with BT Infinity fibre broadband. For customers with regular BT broadband Sky Movies is only available on-demand. Sky Movies is the UK’s most popular subscription movies service giving access to over 700 different movies on demand including brand new exclusive premieres every week from major Hollywood studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Universal. Sky Movies subscribers can choose from more of the latest and biggest movies first, at least 12 months before any online subscription service. Premieres in October include Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Gangster-Squad. Zero Dark Thirty and Life Of Pi will premiere in November. The agreement includes Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Disney, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror and Sky Movies Select. Alex Green, director of BT TV, said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Sky to enable our TV customers to enjoy Sky Movies and its superb offering of films for every taste, including the latest blockbusters. We believe this gives a tremendous boost to our BT TV film offering.” Rob Webster, Director of Sky’s Commercial Group, adds: “We are pleased to extend the distribution of Sky Movies to BT TV customers.
By: David Zax But how will it play in rural Asia? This probably isnt a phrase Hollywood studio executives are throwing about often. Yet its something the folks at Newton Circus , the Singapore-based social enterprise hub, are increasingly asking themselves. Newton Circus is developing a new venture called Mobile Movies , which arranges screenings in towns and villages off the beaten track in Myanmar and Indonesia. By bringing rural populations together and holding their attention, Newton Circus is able to gather data and pitch new products and practices on behalf of NGOs and companies. Mobile Movies is still in the earliest stages–Newton Circus has only run a handful of prototype trips to rural villages, but has rapidly found them to be successful. Ultimately, heres how Mobile Movies will work in a typical rural community: Newton Circus will lend one member of the community a movie-screening kit, which includes a Windows 8 smartphone and a mini-projector with speakers. Newton Circus will pay this local field agent roughly $7.75 per day, on average tripling that persons wages. The field agent visits a different village in the area each day of the week to screen a movie. The field agent may also directly educate the villagers about products and best practices (hygiene, financial literacy), as well as offer product samples. The field agent can also collect data from the villagers (What are the demographics? Are there schools or medical facilities?) on the smartphone, delivering this data to companies more quickly than traditional pen-and-paper methods. Several initial prototyping trips this summer were successes, say Loring Harkness and Oliver Gilbert, the project director and program manager, respectively, for Mobile Movies (see the embedded videos for a look at the trips).
Using The Lure Of Movies To Crack New Markets In Rural Asia
Physicist Sameet Sreenivasan of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York conducted a detailed data analysis of novel and unique elements in movies throughout the 20th century. Sreenivasan analyzed keywords used on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to observe trends. A novelty score was given based on the number of times any given keyword was used to describe another film. Films that had higher novelty scores featured a word that was rarely used to describe it. While films with lower novelty scores had a keyword used to describe a variety of them. A range from zero to one was applied as the novelty score, with the least novel being zero. To depict the evolution of film culture over time, Sreenivasan then lined up the scores chronologically. “You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood,” Sreenivasan said to Wired. “There were big movies with big movie stars. But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend.” After studio systems fell in the 1950s, filmmakers burst with new ideas which enhanced the movies during the 1960s. Films like Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, Breathless in 1960, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in 1966 were all very well received. In addition, plot lines, novel styles and film techniques helped create the increase in Sreenivasan’s analysis of that period. The films analyzed spanned a 70-year period and the study appears in Nature Scientific Reports .
Then you can apply one of 10 filters to the clip and add a soundtrack from your phones stash of tunes. The whole thing gets saved to your camera roll in full 720p with options for sharing on all the usual suspects. Sparks clearly trying to find the sweet spot between simplicity and functionality. All three of its main componentsthe ability to easily make videos with multiple shots; the filters; and the ability to add a soundtrackare transformative enough that youll probably use them for everything you make in the app. Still, Sparks definitely more of a place to record video than edit ittheres no way to move or remove shots within a clip, for examplethough that quickly gets into unwieldy territory. One thing the app should let you do, though, is pick what part of a song you want to add to your project. Right now, it just stubbornly starts every musical selection up from the top. Still, it feels like Spark gets a lot of things right. Its as lightweight and easy to use as the iPhones stock camera app but ultimately far more powerful. And one key way it sets itself apart from other lightweight video-making apps is that it lets you revisit and rework old clips at any timeto swap in a new filter, try out a new tune, or tack a new bit of video onto the end of the sequence. With Spark, you can have an on-going project for a road trip while jumping out to do a new vignette for every individual rest stop along the way. At first its not really clear that its a feature of the app, says Dominique Yahyav, the IDEO designer who led the effort.
Book review: ‘250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families’ provides values-based guide for viewing
16 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT Updated: 3 hours ago “250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families” is a useful, family-friendly movie guide by Jonathan Decker. Cedar Fort, Cedar Fort Publishing and Media Enlarge photo Summary Searching for a good movie for the family is not only a matter of finding movies that are clean, but also movies are uplifting and Jonathan Decker helps to do that in “250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families.” More Coverage ” 250 GREAT MOVIES FOR LATTER-DAY FAMILIES ,” by Jonathan Decker , Cedar Fort , $12.99, 256 pages (nf) Drawing on his love of the gospel and his love of film, movie critic Jonathan Decker has created a useful, family-friendly movie guide in ” 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families. ” Its a one-stop resource of 250 timeless films, including current films, memorable classics and some worthy films that may have been missed over the years. Although Decker considers artistry and content when recommending films, he says hes more interested in finding movies which draw us nearer to the Lord. To that end, this user-friendly guide lists films alphabetically, by title, with the parental guidance rating, the year it came out, an overview of the story, a grade, a content overview and messages to discuss, including scripture references. Additional indexes are included to enable searching for films by genre, rating, gospel topic (such as repentance), scripture, hymn or general authority cited. Despite having selected movies he feels are appropriate for Mormon families, Decker still includes content overviews which may contain warnings of anything that may be considered graphic, such as the bloody and infected leg wound shown in the film ” Treasure in Heaven: The John Tanner Story.” Decker, an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a licensed marriage and family therapist based in St. George. He also co-hosts the ” The KJZZ Movie Show ” on KJZZ-TV and is a columnist for Meridian Magazine . He posts Hollywood film reviews from a Latter-day Saint perspective at mormonmovieguy.com . ” 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families ” appears to be a useful guide for finding values-based movies.