The contest gives you a chance to create an original multimedia piece, whether it’s poster art, a funny .gif or a short film. All submissions will be viewed and judged by the master himself.
The winner will get a chance to meet Quentin Tarantino at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego, where the winner and a guest will be flown to the convention and invited to attend the “Django Unchained” panel — as well as hear first hand why Quentin picked the winning piece.
"Life is all about acts – big and small – and through Random Acts of Fusion, this vehicle and program will take real people to unexpected places," says Crystal Worthem, manager, Ford Brand Content & Alliances. "Consumers will have to work together to unlock the story, and as the program evolves, will have a chance to see for themselves how Fusion is able to transform the lives of the people who drive it." For more go to www.facebook.com/fordfusion
Ted’s post lamented, “It is very frustrating watching what I love crumble away. I see many people with their fingers in the leaks, but few that want to build a new city higher up on the hill.” Brian said that filmmakers need to find innovative ways to connect to their audiences before the latter start to liken Sundance to the Metropolitan Opera, “a place you go to see a wonderful artform that you know you should respect, but that no one cares about anymore and which very few can afford to make or attend.” And the HuffPo article quoted Jay and Lars saying that too many indie producers “are too busy adapting when we should be innovating.” Film may be the new theater (or Metropolitan Opera), TV the new film, online streaming the new TV, but any way you frame it, the world of content creation, distribution, and consumption is changing–dramatically.
Let’s figure out how to reconcile the artfully crafted 100-minute narrative with the public’s growing appetite for cheap and quick content. Let’s make sense of the confusing array of social media and alternative distribution tools out there. Let’s build on the examples set by folks like Louis C.K. and Ed Burns (except let’s try to remove the “be famous already” prerequisite to their success). Let’s see if we can’t operate outside Hollywood’s lottery system, outside its control, and sustain ourselves as “middle-class filmmakers” who continue to make films that speak to people.
Wow, this woman really gets it. Everyone that cites Radiohead or Louis C.K. as creative people using the internet “correctly” misses the 100-pound-gorilla that their notoriety is built on old media dollars. They can drive new media innovation because their P&A (prints and advertising) costs were paid for the old fashioned way. Those of us who haven’t been part of the system need to be a bit more creative.
Because none of us who are making films independently have the time or the talent to be full-time ad men and promote our work, the first step to developing a sustainable lifestyle is to live your craft. Talk about the process, the challenges, the art - empathize and be honest with others - be interesting and find a way to make it part of your life. When you’re creative you never punch the clock because you’re always working. We’re always thinking about and generating new ideas.
What’s the second step? That’s what we’re discovering. What a great time to be a filmmaker.
“Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you or whether you can put up with somebody in order to get something or someplace you want or you believe it has to do with how your body responds to another body like robins or bison or maybe you believe love is how forces or nature or luck is benign to you in particular not maiming or killing you but if so doing it for your own good. Love is none of that. There is nothing in nature like it. Not in robins or bison or in the banging tails of your hunting dogs and not in blossoms or suckling foal. Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God. You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn - by practice and careful contemplations - the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it. Which is to say you have to earn God. You have to practice God. You have to think God-carefully. And if you are a good and diligent student you may secure the right to show love. Love is not a gift. It is a diploma. A diploma conferring certain privileges: the privilege of expressing love and the privilege of receiving it. How do you know you have graduated? You don’t. What you do know is that you are human and therefore educable, and therefore capable of learning how to learn, and therefore interesting to God, who is interested only in Himself which is to say He is interested only in love. Do you understand me? God is not interested in you. He is interested in love and the bliss it brings to those who understand and share the interest. Couples that enter the sacrament of marriage and are not prepared to go the distance or are not willing to get right with the real love of God cannot thrive. They may cleave together like robins or gulls or anything else that mates for life. But if they eschew this mighty course, at the moment when all are judged for the disposition of their eternal lives, their cleaving won’t mean a thing. God bless the pure and holy. Amen.”—Toni Morrison, Paradise
"Transmedia may have become an eyeroll-inducing buzzword in some circles but the ability to tell stories across platforms is a more relevant skill than ever. Writer and game designer Andrea Phillips takes us through some of the key lessons from her career in transmedia—lessons that are applicable to anyone with a story to tell."
As a footnote, I need to say that it has been pointed out that cataloging racism is a sight below the standards of this blog. I sort of agree. But over the course of the Obama presidency I have become convinced that no single force exerts a greater pull on his presidency than white racism. Not white resentment. Not white populism. White racism. I don’t know how else to explain a health care denounced as reparations, the rather continuous disrespect, the sense that he is a Kenyan illegitimate or all of the attendant theories. I do not know how else to explain a state like West Virginia, arguably the most racist in the country, where delegates are now refusing to endorse the president.
There will be more on this in the coming months. I don’t want to scoop myself. But my point is I can only stop talking about racism, when it ceases to be a significant force in our politics. When the mere act of being white gives Obama’s opponent “a home-state advantage nationally,” I can’t stop. It would be deeply wrong to stop.
”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, in a blog entry for The Atlantic about right-wing radio host Barbara Espinosa recently saying of Barack Obama, “I call him a monkey. And I don’t believe in calling him the first black president…. I voted for the white guy myself.” (via theatlantic)
Eager to recapture the energy surrounding the mythic designer’s thrust into ready-to-wear in 1966, the house’s new creative steward Hedi Slimane plans to use the same fonts, and similar nomenclature, from that era.
Confirming a report in WWD today that Slimane would alter the house’s graphic look, a YSL spokeswoman also provided additional details: She said Slimane would return the house to its “original branding” and thereby “restoring the house to its truth, purity and essence – and taking it into a new era” while “respecting the original principles and ideals.”
The rtw line, originally called Saint Laurent Rive Gauche when the first boutique opened at 21 Rue de Tournon in 1966, will now be called Saint Laurent Paris. For More