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Google Glass Comes to ICS Season 4

GREAT NEWS! Google Glass WILL be coming to Indie Cinema Showcase!

A big, HUGE thank you to all you filmmakers, fans AND personal friends who got involved! I can’t tell you how much it means to have your support, in any respect. I am humbled by all the messages of support (of me personally and of the #GlassExplorers project), the ReTweets on Twitter, the shares on Facebook… THANK YOU EVERYONE (see video). Extra special ginormous shout outs to all the supporters and sponsors on my Event Pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0)!

Next week at this time I will be in San Francisco meeting my Google Glass Guide, who will fit me for Glass and provide an overview of the HUD (Heads Up Device). Stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for live updates! If any of you are are Google+ look for a G+ Hangout in the near future…

So… what do we have in store for YOU next season, dear viewer, regarding Google Glass? Tune into Indie Cinema Showcase Season Four – coming this Winter – on Orange/VISION TV!

www.google.com/glass

(For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

 

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com

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Google Extends Deadline to Help Bring Google Glass to ICS

Sadly I did not make my Google Glass fundraising goal on June 20th but… here’s the GREAT news!! Google was gracious enough to grant me an extension to raise the additional funds I need to secure Glass and bring it home to Central Florida!! As of this writing, through some very generous people (including many of you filmmakers!), I have fundraised $1,129! Google Glass themselves cost $1500 and I’m only $371 from my goal!! Very thankfully, a local engineer stepped up and very, very generously offered to sponsor my travel arrangements to pick up Glass. As of right now, the plans are to pick up in San Francisco but those could change as the scheduling for Glass changes almost daily! Wish me luck, ICS filmmakers, fans and friends. We’re almost there!

In case you didn’t see my original post, please read below for more details:

As some of you may know, in March I was part of a select few invited by Google to join their Google Glass #GlassExplorers program! Testing of the revolutionary Glass headset is hugely limited to only 8,000 users in the United States (for now) until Glass is available to the public for purchase sometime in 2014. (For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

I am currently seeking sponsors to help support this project, and YOU could be one of them! My goal with incorporating this ICS is to produce the first ever field segment shot completely on Glass – among other projects including film, education and helping not-for-profit charities I personally support, most notably; Relay For Life (of Hunter’s Creek) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (of Metro Orlando). Have a collaboration project in mind? Pitch it to me! Have $2K burning a hole in your pocket and feel like just giving it away? Feel free to send your entire wallet to me via PayPal using this email address: relayjennnn@gmail.com. Have a friend in mind who LOVES this stuff and may want to help out too? Share this blog or the event pages (below) with them! The deadline for sponsorships is NEXT THURSDAY, July 4th!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/

Google+ Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, will you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy a few GoPro cameras or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin’s TEDTalk from May to see a few of the things Google Glass can do and listen to more of the philosophy behind it…

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


Help Bring Google Glass to ICS

As some of you may know, in March I was part of a select few invited by Google to join their Google Glass #GlassExplorers program! Testing of the revolutionary Glass headset is hugely limited to only 8,000 users in the United States (for now) until Glass is available to the public for purchase sometime in 2014. (For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

I am currently seeking sponsors to help support this project, and YOU could be one of them! My goal with incorporating this ICS is to produce the first ever field segment shot completely on Glass – among other projects including film, education and helping not-for-profit charities I personally support, most notably; Relay For Life (of Hunter’s Creek) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (of Metro Orlando). Have a collaboration project in mind? Pitch it to me! Have $2K burning a hole in your pocket and feel like just giving it away? Feel free to send your entire wallet to me via PayPal using this email address: relayjennnn@gmail.com. Have a friend in mind who LOVES this stuff and may want to help out too? Share this blog or the event pages (below) with them! The deadline for sponsorships is THIS SUNDAY, June 16th!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/

Google+ Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, will you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy a few GoPro cameras or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin’s TEDTalk from May to see a few of the things Google Glass can do and listen to more of the philosophy behind it…

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


ICS Congratulates Student Art Fest Finalists

UPDATE: Winners list released!

View full Final Results by clicking the image!

View full Final Results by clicking the image!

Our Indie Cinema Showcase Field Team covered the Inaugural Student Art Festival at Athens Theatre in DeLand, Florida. While presenting a Finalist award to our own Christina Carmona (on behalf of Finalist and 4th Place Overall Filmmaker David Kuskie) and STARTfest President, Kyle Snavely, were surprised by a STARTfest fan (actor Nando Miguel) who was a little upset over the defeat…

Please support Student Art Fest 2014 by visiting http://www.studentartfest.org to find out more information on how your high school and college students can get involved.


Indie Cinema Showcase Producer to preview Google Glass!

I already can’t wait for Season Four to start! You will see a few more show changes, and some fantastic new partnerships within the Florida community and beyond!

Also with Season Four comes some very exciting news for me personally that I cannot wait to share with you, our wonderful ICS audience, and Central Florida as a whole. Sadly, I don’t have a lot of detail yet but what I can tell you is… I was selected to be one of the first to try Google Glass as part of their #glassexplorers program!

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, can you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy some nice Prime lenses or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch the video below to see a few of the things Google Glass can do…

For filmmakers (as well as public servants, news media, etc.) the possibilities really are endless. For example, our coverage of this year’s Florida Film Festival could stream directly to indiecinemashowcase.com instead of you having to wait for our next show to broadcast. I could post a live video of our upcoming interview with legendary actress and Shambala Preserve activist, Tippi Hedren, without having to pick up our camera or my phone!

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Sergey Brin talks about Google Glass at TED 2013

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


ICS on WPRK’s Local Heroes

Last November, Jerry and Jen (who hates typing in the 3rd person) had the privilege of being guests on one of the most unique radio shows in Central Florida, Local Heroes on Rollins College’s own WPRK 91.5FM. We had a BLAST!

On the show there were hijinx, ninjas, a few tech tips, a bit about movies and even some advice to filmmakers about the limitations they may be facing and how to hurdle them. We gave shout outs to ICS crew past and present, and also threw some love to our Popcorn Gallery segment sponsor, Enzian Theater and their Fighting For Danielle fundraiser. We may have also created a sound FX app monster out of Andrew! In case you missed the fun (FOR SHAME!!), check out our chat with Daniel and Andrew below. Kick back, relax, grab a Fresca…

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Here’s a short ‘behind the broadcast‘ video I shot (and edited!) on my iPhone while we were in the studio…

Want to hear more in the future from Local Heroes and WPRK? Please consider donating to the show by clicking here.

About Local Heroes: Orlando, Florida is “The Theme Park Capital of the World.” However, there’s a side of Orlando the world doesn’t know about. These are interviews and live performances of the best artists/people of interest in “The City Beautiful.” WPRK’s Local Heroes can be heard LIVE on Wednesdays at 5pm EST on WPRK 91.5FM and streaming/online worldwide. The show can also serve as a drinking game, but we didn’t write that. 

About WPRK: WPRK 91.5 “The best in basement radio.” As a student based organization, we represent Rollins College in Winter Park while still capturing a separate identity throughout the Orlando area. Our fan base includes a variety of people in Central Florida who enjoy musical genres ranging from rock, rap, and oldies to classical, opera, and Broadway musicals. Our unique position as a college radio station gives us the opportunity to play music that may not be heard on a regular basis. WPRK is a unique establishment; we accept diverse genres of music and appreciate the opportunity to run our very own basement radio station. Share your favorite songs, reviews of concerts, and favorite musicians by emailing us at WPRKFM@rollins.edu and you might see your opinion on the site!


ICS BTS: Thoughts From the Popcorn Gallery

Did you know… 

Our popular “Thoughts From the Popcorn Gallery discussion segment, where we feature local filmmakers and their opinions on other local films, is shot using two iPhone 4S? Even cooler, we utilize a couple of apps and a few nifty mobile accessories too!

http://www.atomicphoenixphotography.com/

Image: Atomic Phoenix Photography

Season Three began a renaissance of sorts for Florida’s only television (NOT web)show about filmmakers, their films, talent and crew. Among one of the greatest changes was revamping our ‘Popcorn Gallery‘ segment. We ventured out of our wonderful Orange/VISION TV studio space and into a place that made the most sense – A MOVIE THEATER! Enzian Theater in Maitland to be exact, and we couldn’t be happier! Enzian “…exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film,” and so do we. So it only made sense to have Central Florida’s only full-time, non-for-profit alternative cinema as this segment’s sponsor. With the enthusiastic blessing of Enzian, ‘Popcorn Gallery‘ began its new life!

To set this segment apart, we wanted to show that it IS possible to shoot quality things using alternative means. Since nearly everyone, including DSLR trailblazer Philip Bloom [look for our interview with Philip and Austrian filmmaker Nino Leitner, AAC soon] and the Emmy-Award Winning tv show House M.D. (among others) – have embraced DSLR technology, we wanted to take this thinking a step further… or smaller?

Two of us had an iPhone 4S handy. Our Executive Producer, Emmy-Award Winner Gerald Godbout III, had recently purchased two of Tiffen’s Steadicam Smoothees. So, as a test, we shot the first 3 episodes of ‘Popcorn‘ using iPhone’s native Camera app to a GREAT result. For our next set of tapings, we pitched our idea to OlloClip (a 3-in-1 lens attachment for iPhone 4/4S/5/iPod Touch) who graciously sent us one to try. At the suggestion of local filmmaker and owner of Worteks Pictures, Willie Sheely, we also added the FiLMiC PRO app to our ongoing experiment. Add some lighting, two boom mics for sync sound and TADA! Insta-segment, just add panelists! Season Three is available to view in full episode form on our YouTube Channel. (Channel Keyword: Detourec.)

And the proof, they say, is in the virtual puddin’. Check out the video CNN Money recently posted about Academy Award Nominated Documentary, “Searching For Sugar Man.” When the production ran out of money, the director decided to use Nexvio’s Vintage 8mm Camera App to finish his film. (JenNote: JJ Abrams’ film “Super 8” spawned a similar 8mm app in 2011 which is just as fun… and FREE!)

(Special thanks to our friends at MusicBox Films for the inspiration!)

Related Links:

‘Super 8′: J.J. Abrams on the big lessons of small budgets

Mobile Filmmaking: Gary Kennedy’s “The Maker”

Hollywood-Backed iOS App Vyclone Pioneers Social Filmmaking


ICS Unaired Pilot

Memories from our Executive Producer, Emmy Winner Gerald Godbout II:

Back before we launched Indie Cinema Showcase on Vision TV I had to shoot a pilot episode to show the stations manager Bill Suchy the idea I had for a TV show about Indie Filmmaking. He liked the pilot so I got the green light to make the show, which was call at the time “Cinema Showcase.” After watching the show a few times I knew I wanted to tweak it, make it more with interviews and such, not just about showing films. Thats when I spoke to John Theisen who was running the FILM SLAM film festival. John watched the pilot and came up with some great ideas to tweak it and together we came up with the final formula we are using now on Indie Cinema Showcase. I had a blast shooting the pilot episode with my boys from POWER 95.3 Obie & Lil Shawn. Then did a great job so I had to show everyone there work.. THANKS GUYS!!! Now and always I got your back for when ever you need me…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/20882731″>Indie Cinema Showcase Never Aired-Pilot</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/icstv”>Indie Cinema Showcase</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


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