Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78631 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-05-23 11:22:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-23 15:22:18 [post_content] => "The Road" is an upcoming narrative short film that plunges viewers into the daily trials of immigrants, who are subject to human trafficking to make ends meat.Danny Ryan, Petra Chlpanova, and Chad Cooper — the drivers behind "The Road" — seek to raise $10,000 by June 6th. With a fast approaching deadline, the film's Kickstarter stands at just shy $5,000.[caption id="attachment_78663" align="aligncenter" width="680"] via Kickstarter[/caption]The film plans to follow the lives of eight immigrants, but will mainly focus on two of the immigrants who flip the script and go against mindless submission to the realm of human trafficking. The plot is a moment in transit where audience members virtually stand before victims and their traffickers, who force them to work against their will."The story lends itself entirely to VR," Ryan said. "The audience can get the perspectives of both the traffickers and the victims. Depending on where you look, there will be a different story."[caption id="attachment_78662" align="aligncenter" width="680"] via Kickstarter[/caption]Based in New York, the trio found that New York was a huge hub for human trafficking despite the abolition of slavery over 150 years ago. Documented and undocumented workers are thrown into the trafficking arena due to projected stereotypes on immigrants, which have since been heightened in light of the Trump presidency.With Trump a little beyond his first 100 days in office, immigration has become a polarizing topic across the U.S. as many of his campaign promises included crackdowns on immigration. Many Americans cite immigrants as being the main job stealing proprietors. On the other hand, Americans have little to no grasp on the human trafficking situations that immigrants are facing when "stealing" these low brow jobs.Ryan says he aims to increase awareness about the daily lives of immigrants in midst of this loud and somewhat deceiving political climate. In addition to submitting the finished product to festivals, the team wants to make the short film available on all VR and 360 platforms to make it accessible to as many people as possible.Visit Kickstarter to learn more about this project. [post_title] => Filmmakers Want to Simulate Human Trafficking in VR [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => filmmakers-want-to-simulate-human-trafficking-in-vr [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-23 11:22:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-23 15:22:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78631 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78618 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-05-22 15:02:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-22 19:02:06 [post_content] => Drones have been sweeping our nation's airspace in recent years, but with this popularity comes a multitude of users who are uninformed when it comes to flying rules and regulations. This has sparked a number of controversies, from people shooting down drones flying over their houses to environmental issues due to accidental—and potentially harmful—crashes in national parks.Eventually, a court ruling was set in motion that would require hobbyists to register their drones with the FAA—until now.Last Friday in Washington D.C. a federal appeals court shot down the ruling for drone users to have to register their drone through a FAA national database accompanied by a $5 copay. For not registering, consequences would induce fees and possible jail time.
"The FAA now works to repeal the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which rules drones as being 'model aircrafts.'" The FAA registration rule has been in the works since Dec. 2015. Drones are considered by the FAA to be "model aircrafts" which they have no jurisdiction over—a federal ruling put in place back in 2012. As the appeals court order works to rid of the FAA registration rule, they plan to jumpstart a national drone registration solely for recreational use.To develop the registration rules, the FAA acquired a committee comprised of representatives from Google and Amazon. The FAA then created a website where drone users could register and access videos regarding safe flying. The website then fronted users a registration code with which they were required to place on the body of their respective drone.[caption id="attachment_78626" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] screengrab via FAA[/caption]The FAA now works to repeal the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which rules drones as being "model aircrafts."The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), an aviation nonprofit, agreed with the court's ruling. In a statement, AMA president Rich Hanson reduced drones to toys, saying "federal registration shouldn’t apply at such a low threshold that it includes toys."Hanson holds the belief that drone registration should be kept as being community-based, where federal registration has no means to be involved. AMA works to bring a community of drone hobbyists together and encourages hobbyists to register through the AMA website.
"China-based DJI, the current largest drone producer, praised the FAA's registration system initiatives." The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a drone and robotics advocacy non-profit, disagreed with the ruling, citing that national airspace use comes with responsibility and accountability and needs a platform to promote those ideals.AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne says he plans to work with Congress to create a system that sets out to ensure accountability in the aviation community though manned and unmanned protocols.China-based DJI, the current largest drone producer, praised the FAA's registration system initiatives.The rule only applies to recreational use of drones as businesses must still comply with commercial guidelines, such as using drones to inspect cell towers.[via Fortune, featured image by Greg Neumaier] [post_title] => Registration Shot Down For Recreational Drone Use [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => registration-shot-down-for-recreational-drone-use [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-22 16:07:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-22 20:07:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78618 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78583 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-05-19 10:45:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-19 14:45:02 [post_content] => The virtual reality world, while having drastically improved in recent years, can’t deny its downfall: resolution, and its inability to keep up with the human eye, is one of the main things holding back the technology. However, according to Jason Paul, the man in charge of overall VR strategy at NVIDIA, it may only be 20 years before VR can create entirely realistic worlds."Based off how many pixels we would need to be able to push and mapping that out alongside our upcoming new GPU (graphics processing unit) releases, it would take us about 20 years to achieve resolutions that can match the human eye,” Paul said to UploadVR at NVIDIA's annual developer conference last week.[caption id="attachment_78594" align="aligncenter" width="627"] chart via UploadVR[/caption]As of now, even NVIDIA's most advanced graphics processing unit displays pixelated images. While part of the problem is that the images are not comprised of enough pixels, the solution begins with companies like NVIDIA that create the engines on which the images are displayed.The cause of the pixelated quality, to put it simply, is because when a standard 1080p HD image is split between two eyes, the resolution basically drops to 540p. It's also important to consider that once the image is stretched 180 degrees vertically, the user probably only sees about 90 degrees of that.However, Paul went on to explain that NVIDIA is exploring alternative solutions, such as 'foveated rendering.' This would essentially integrate an eye tracker into VR headsets in order to locate where exactly the user is looking, then reduce the image quality in the peripheral vision of the user.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDvgP2tnMHQ&feature=youtu.beSo far, the issue with foveated rendering is that it's difficult to know how much it helps when tested because you're unable to see when it's working. However, SMI, a company that focuses on eye tracking technology, integrated a benchmark graph and toggle into its latest demo, which allowed users to see how the scene was reporting with and without foveated rendering. It's reported that this technology nearly doubled the performance.These advancements would be a big step for virtual reality. Solving the pixelated image problem could allow companies like NVIDIA and others to truly expand the scope of the VR world, yet it may take us a few decades to get there.[via UploadVR] [post_title] => In 20 Years, VR Resolutions Could Match The Human Eye [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => in-20-years-vr-resolutions-could-match-the-human-eye [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-19 10:49:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-19 14:49:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78583 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78295 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-05-02 14:01:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-02 18:01:46 [post_content] => Sometimes picking up your camera and getting out to shoot is solely a matter of inspiration, which isn't always easy to find. This is why we've put together a roundup of some of the most insightful photography documentaries to guide you in the right creative direction. Here are 31 inspiring and motivational photo docs every photographer must watch.
1) Arctic Swell - Surfing the Ends of the Earth (Chris Burkard) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBJyo0tgLnw
2) Climbing Ice-The Iceland Trifecta (Tim Kemple) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79s5BD0301o
3) Join a Wildlife Photographer on the Hunt for the Perfect Shot (Michel d’Oultremont) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClpanvK2bII
4) David Yarrow Reveals his Photography Secrets - Learn Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcVRe9X5Prs&feature=youtu.be
4) Tales By Light, Netflix Documentary Series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmegZSlJX0M
5) The Many Lives of William Klein (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnN9LMvjM7Y
6) Everybody Street (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdeR9lhIngM
7) Frame By Frame (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dkvb4_ZlQ
8) Entering New Worlds Through Photography, VICE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj32koPVwFs
9) Imagine-The Colourful Mr. Eggleston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ_HkaTXh8
10) The Mysteries - In Pursuit Of The Perfect Shot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWtIYJvqpu0
11) Cindy Sherman - Nobody's Here But Me (1994) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXKNuWtXZ_U
12) Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film 2002 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvt1ImIKi0U
13) Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqa2y2j3OCk
14) The Salt of the Earth (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OivMlWXtWpY
15) Finding Vivian Maier (2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqajTVkjnjQ
16) Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqtyUkGSS14
17) McCullin Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWjo5XUIfw
18) Genius of Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqAXYH23sk
19) Bill Cunningham New York https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Je_jxIPl5Y
20) Zimbelism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D_JuemfJUA
21) Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro (HBO Documentary Films) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7-bLESOeg
22) Silver & Light https://vimeo.com/39578584
23) Eclipse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edlJ2_924tU
24) Edward Weston: The Photographer (1948) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sF8K1NfHnM
25) The Decisive Moment (1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyhMqDfmG9o
26) Pictures from a Revolution (1991) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2FJobEw_p4
27) Naked States (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-t2Pnnz-30
28) Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (2006) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hR_MtknOSY
29) Waste Land (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlwh8vT2NU
30) Smash His Camera (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuU0mn6xsW0
31) The LOMO Camera: Shoot From The Hip (2004) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiAsvYgyqUThink we missed any motivational photography documentaries? Let us know in the comments. If you want to check out more docs, here's a link to a massive Reddit thread.[Featured Image: Flickr/via Creative Commons] [post_title] => 31 Inspiring Photography Documentaries Every Photographer Must Watch [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 31-inspiring-photography-documentaries-every-photographer-must-watch [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/39578584 [post_modified] => 2017-05-02 14:01:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-02 18:01:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78295 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 5 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78276 [post_author] => 47251 [post_date] => 2017-05-01 14:32:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-01 18:32:04 [post_content] => NASA began accepting entrants last month for it’s CineSpace Short Film Competition to illustrate how the study of space has increased our understanding of the universe and the potential betterment of humanity through space travel. The competition is open to public submission and entrants are encouraged to use NASA’s ever increasing catalog of interstellar imagery to create a unique short video up to 10 minutes in length on the subject of their choosing. Anyone interested in competing can submit a video of their own creation by July 31 to be eligible for the $10,000 grand prize. There are additional prizes for second place, third place, as well as categories like “Future Space Travel,” so it’s not a winner take all scenario.https://youtu.be/3bxRpZ6uP2k?list=PLTXQuaxXBKKzSMJ-u5bQsYtRgtJaSara2Those with access to animation software or visual effects may appear to have a leg up in the competition, but NASA has shown in the past that it’s more important to have an angle or a story than it is to blow them away with lights and sounds. Last year’s winner was a black and white film shot with a handheld camera and uses minimal special effects to tell a compelling story about a boy and his passion for space. Films are only eligible if they are composed of at least 10 percent NASA imagery so make sure you pull from the public gallery if you want to make a submission.Anyone looking for motivation can check out previous winners online and get an idea of what NASA and head judge Richard Linklater are looking for in a video. The general tone of the videos is pretty far-flung but the ones that perform best share a common undertone of wonder and ambition. Anyone with a camera and access to NASA’s database is welcome to submit a video, so, as the saying goes “Reach for the Stars.” [post_title] => Enter NASA's 'CineSpace' Contest by Creating a Short Film With Their Footage [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => enter-nasas-cinespace-contest-by-creating-a-short-film-with-their-footage [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/193417233 [post_modified] => 2017-05-01 14:32:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-01 18:32:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78276 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78229 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-04-26 14:51:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-26 18:51:53 [post_content] => YouTube's policies have created irritation amongst the YouTube community lately, mostly because they're deciding which videos should or shouldn't monetized. They use the term "advertiser friendly," and when we think of a video that does not fit this description, we think it probably shows some form of violence, inappropriate behavior, hateful remarks and so forth. But apparently, videos showing some kind of political demonstration are now losing monetization as well.In a recent Reddit thread, a user shared their attempt to monetize videos from the Science Climate March in Washington DC on April 22, 2017. The user said YouTube deemed the content as not "advertiser-friendly" and rejected the monetization request. Here are the two videos the user attempted to monetize:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQB_tfIJHWwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWSj9FKSuScHowever, despite these videos have a combined total of 37 views at the time this article was written, meaning that monetization is probably not viable for any significant return in the first place, the true question at hand is what constitutes an "advertiser-friendly" video on YouTube?According to YouTube's advertiser-friendly content guidelines, content subject to disapproval of monetization because of a failure to show advertiser-friendly content falls under these categories: "sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor, violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism, inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language, promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items and controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-n-rVUssrsThe reasoning behind not monetizing this particular content is because it relates to some kind of political conflict, and we can assume there was no graphic imagery shown, just chanting and sign holding. In fact, according to this WIRED live blog of the march, there were no reports of violence or arrests during the demonstration.When looking at these guidelines, it can be inferred that many politically-driven channels are doomed to lose money. In the political climate we're living in today, it is almost impossible to not post videos stating some kind of opinion, or showing demonstrations for or against a particular stance. In regards to the Science March, even a peaceful, nationwide protest is susceptible to demonetization.According to Climate State, their YouTube channel, ClimateStateWorld, was taken down for because of its content, which sparked questions of whether YouTube's censorship policies were contributing to the attack on climate change happening in the U.S. In a recent article from March 2017, the site said it is becoming harder to post videos dedicated to climate change awareness, and in a span of six months, the channel has been demonetized and completely eliminated from YouTube itself.Since the demonetization issue arose late last year, many popular YouTubers, like Philip DeFranco and WolfieRaps, have had their channels threatened of being shutdown because of their content. The biggest criticism that has come from this is the guidelines were put out by YouTube, but these YouTubers were not made aware personally that their videos did not meet the new guidelines, causing frustrating and confusion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbph5or0NuMWhat do you think of YouTube's "advertiser-friendly" content debacle? Are these guidelines fair? Let us know in the comments below. [post_title] => YouTube Refuses to Monetize Videos of Science March on Washington [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => youtube-refuses-to-monetize-videos-of-science-march-on-washington [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-26 14:51:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-26 18:51:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78229 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78196 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-04-24 18:00:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-24 22:00:45 [post_content] => It seems like anyone these days is willing to do anything to get famous, even when it comes to pranking loved ones for attention. In the past, these YouTube shenanigans have ranged from water bottle tricks that sprays water into an unsuspecting person's face, to more extreme, not so "fun" pranks where someone fakes their own child's death. Some of these popular channels include RomanAtwoodVlogs, VitalyzdTv, TwinzTV, and more recently, DaddyOFive.According to VICE, the family recently posted a video that sparked outrage among the YouTube community, leading DaddyOFive to take down the video titled "Invisible Ink Prank! Epic Freakout" after it received immense negative feedback for the parents' abusive behavior. In the video, the parents, Mike and Heather Martin, squirt invisible ink on the carpet and blame their son, Cody, for making the mess. The video turns into a full blowout, in which the parents scream and curse at the child and his brother for staining the carpet, while they cry hysterically telling them they didn't do it. The video ends with the parents telling them "it's just a prank, bruh."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlSNy1Of_hwSince the video was posted, other YouTubers have commented on the matter, many calling it child abuse. Philip DeFranco published a video on his channel discussing the channel and family themselves, saying their other videos show evidence of abuse toward their children, especially Cody.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvoLmsXKkYMThe family has released videos both denying claims of child abuse, calling commenters "haters" and blaming DeFranco himself for blowing up the situation on his channel. They also deleted all the videos on the DaddyOFive channel, but released a video apologizing for their actions as parents (video above).These allegations of physical and emotional abuse of the parents have opened the conversation of whether or not other parents who run prank channels are exploiting their families to make profit off YouTube.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7HxiMWVL4gThe Martin family has since claimed that their videos are all staged and "fake," and in regards to Cody, they believe he often exaggerates for the videos and Heather Martin said she thinks he wants to "be an actor" when he grows up.What are your thoughts on the controversy? Let us know in the comments below. [post_title] => Are These YouTubers Abusing Their Children For Internet Fame? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => are-youtube-pranksters-abusing-their-children-for-internet-fame [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-25 09:24:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-25 13:24:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78196 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78003 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-04-24 16:35:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-24 20:35:34 [post_content] => "Let me tell you something young bull, ain't no one chose to live out here." Director Ricky Staub's gripping, real film "The Cage," a Filmsupply Original, tells the story of survival in the streets of Philadelphia, following one boy as he finds himself stuck in a cycle of betrayal, anger, violence and death, and his struggle to break free from it. The performances in this film are genuine, emotional and Staub's story is one many audience members can connect with. There is one thing, however, that makes Staub's film unique: all the actors portraying these characters have no prior training in acting.We caught up with Staub to talk about his overall vision for his piece and why he decided to have non-actors play in his film.Hey Ricky, thanks for taking the time to speak with me. First off, what inspired you to create this film? I lived in the neighborhood where we filmed "The Cage" for a little over five years, it's where I started my company. I've always wanted to tell a story there, so I was really inspired by a lot of the people in the film; the actors are friends of mine. The story itself was derived from the stories I had heard or I had seen or witnessed. One of my close friends in the neighborhood, a basketball coach named Andre, would tell me stories about what kids went through just to be a part of the team in the neighborhood. Whether it was the violence or the drugs or the home life, there were so many hurdles they had to get over just to play basketball.Why did you choose to work with non-actors? I wanted a raw portrait of the way I viewed both the good and the bad of this story, and I felt like an A-list actor, worth tons of money, would be needed to pull off the performances I imagined. I knew it would be really hard to capture the essence of North Philly, but I had a gut feeling that I could get the right type of people in my life to convey these performances. I didn't want anything that felt false.[caption id="attachment_78189" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Courtesy of Filmsupply[/caption]Do you prefer working with non-actors? If I could work with an A-list actor that would be great (laughs). It depends on what type of non actor, what type of trained actor, and the level of training they have. I think when it comes to non-actors, if you can work with someone who closely identifies with the type of character they're playing, I think that's a better fit at times.With "The Cage," not everyone was playing their exact selves, but they knew they could closely relate to that type of person. The gentleman that plays the father who's in jail actually spent 11 and a half years at the prison that we shot at. It wasn't hard for me to teleport him to this time, space and moment, and say 'this is what it feels like to talk to your son.' He was able to identify the nuances of what that would be like.How did you get these non-actors to adjust to being in a film and being on a film set? I just kept telling them to be honest and listen to each other, to not try to do anything, just be. I think typically it's hard for actors and non-actors to not be aware of the fact that there is a camera and all these lights, so I just kept equating to that we were just playing pretend. The other thing I did was not cut a lot. So once we got everything set up and we were rolling, we would just go and keep doing take after take. It would get to the point where we would get to a rhythm where I felt we forgot the camera was present. I also tried to limit the presence of people on set as much as I could, but they did a lot of exceptional work in general. I think a lot of them were naturally talented.[caption id="attachment_78190" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Courtesy of Filmsupply[/caption]When I was watching the film, I noticed a lot of scenes required a lot of emotion and authenticity. Can you tell me about how you were able to channel those emotions? What works for me, which I recognized when I decided to go this direction, is that I was going to have to act with them to give them the sense of comfort-ability. I think a lot of what acting is is overcoming your insecurities of feeling stupid, because you're basically playing pretend. You're taking chances and you're screaming, pretending to be arrested or pretending to shoot each other. The more I stayed in it with them, giving them the image of intensity, I felt like it really brought their guard down. Basically, they saw that I was making a fool of myself which kind of invited everyone into it. It makes me cringe when I watch the behind the scenes... oh my god I'm so intense. But I really think my biggest take anyway was that it invited everyone to be that intense as well.https://vimeo.com/205217816What has the response been like for the film?It's been overwhelmingly positive. Not that it surprised me necessarily, but I never put out a personal film or story, so it was a little uncomfortable to process because I was scared of how it would be received. The most affirming and exciting part of it is that I told a story that was near and dear to my heart, but a lot of the surprise to people is that I'm not a black filmmaker, I'm white. Some people have asked me why I'm telling a story that's inherently a black story and I say two things: I don't necessarily know if you have to be black to tell a black story or white to tell a white story, but I also wrote a story out of affection and love for people and a place. I think the thing that's been most evident to people is how apparent that is. To me, it's a celebration of painting something I was familiar with, so there's this honesty to it that a lot of people I have picked up on.I feel affirmed by a lot of the community of North Philly who feel really proud of the piece. Andre, who is a friend of mine, said something really profound; he said a lot of people's binoculars into the hood are typically shows like "The Wire," which usually just show the negative side of this culture. He said what "The Cage" did really well was that it was very edifying and didn't shy away from anything, but also showed what's powerful and beautiful about living here. I really did want to make a film that gave people a lens into how I saw this neighborhood and people.Can you tell more about some of the initial challenges you faced when casting non-actors?One of the largest challenges is you don't have a conventional way of going about casting it. I didn't work with a casting director, put out a casting call, and have them all come to an audition. I thought about how maybe a casting director could help me round up people once I exhausted my list of close friends, but I realized that for non-actors it wouldn't be right to bring them into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable cold room with lights and a camera with strange dudes sitting behind a table who say your name and slating. What I did was work with one of our producers, and some of the other talent I cast, to help me make connections with people within their circle who they thought would be a good fit. Then I would go either to their house, sit on the stoop, or meet them wherever they were and read with them on the street. I would explain the story to them, give them a taste of what it was, and basically role play right there. I was always conscious of making the actors, my friends, feel comfortable first because that would give me their most authentic performance.The woman who plays Zeke's mom, her name is Iesha in real life, was my neighbor when I lived there. She and I had actually gone through some hard stuff when we were neighbors, and I had seen her in some really desperate places. So I knew when I had seen her in a similar type of moment, it was very much me recalling that for her. It was obviously pretty challenging, but I think because we had a safe space as friends, it allowed me push her to that level and to those thoughts. Those are some barriers that don't traditionally exist when you work with paid actors, who have gone to college for this or have studied for this for years.[caption id="attachment_78191" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Courtesy of Filmsupply[/caption]What was the process like making the film? Walk me through the rest of casting process and the week you were all on set.I did work with a casting director for Zeke who plays the main kid. I worked with her previously on a bunch of commercials, so I felt comfortable asking for a favor, but said I'm looking for a 15 to 17 year old black kid who has to be amazing at basketball, but also amazing at acting. About three minutes later, she wrote back in an e-mail and said 'oh my gosh, this is so bizarre, but I just finished casting a street ball feature and we auditioned thousands of kids across the country. There was one who plays basketball at a school in Brooklyn who was absolutely a natural talent. He didn't get a part in the film, but I held onto him because I was so enamored with his audition.'I was actually on a job in New York in a couple weeks, so I convinced them to drive to my hotel, where I auditioned William in my hotel room. There was a longer version of the scene between him and his mom when they fight at the steps. We were basically screaming at each other in the hotel room, but I was really impressed with how he was able to take direction from me. I mean, talk about intimidating, granted I was a crazy white guy he had never met. But he totally rolled with it and I pretty much knew when he left that I had found my guy.Most of the time I would talk to him about acting on set, it was always in athletic terms, because he's an athlete first. One of the first scenes was that bathroom scene, where he's screaming at his mom on the other side of the door, and we had these blood capsules he had to put in his mouth. He hated the taste and kept telling me he thought he was going to throw up. He said 'I can't do this anymore,' so I asked him if he ever got to tell his coach how to run practices or play the game? He like, 'never,' and I said, 'Well, it's the same deal here, this is my set. If you get it right, I won't make you do it anymore, but you have to give it everything you got.' We always had this relationship where I was constantly pushing him, which he seemed to really respond to.There were a lot of intense scenes, but it was a pretty fun and joyous environment. What was most exciting was everyone in the film felt very connected to the story we were telling. It always spurred conversations of real life stories from the actors, ones that they thought would help educate the scene and changed its dynamic. It's fun to watch it come alive through their voices. [post_title] => How Non-Actors Delivered a Raw Performance in "The Cage,"a Gripping Tribute to North Philly [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-non-actors-delivered-a-raw-performance-in-the-cage-ricky-staubs-gripping-tribute-to-north-philly [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/205217816 [post_modified] => 2017-04-27 14:45:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-27 18:45:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78003 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78046 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-04-13 13:49:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-13 17:49:43 [post_content] => The U.S. Military has dropped a gigantic bomb on Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.CNN reports that a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday. The MOAB is also known as the "mother of all bombs," and is the US military's most powerful non-nuclear bomb, weighing 21,600 pounds with GPS-guided munition.It's reported that the target of the MOAB was an ISIS tunnel and cave complex, as well as personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province. This is also the first time a MOAB has ever been used in battle, as it was developed during the Iraq war.There are numerous videos on the internet claiming to show a MOAB bomb explosion, many of which are unconfirmed or falsely stated. Here are two videos that we've confirmed show a MOAB bomb explosion.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9H50tHiHjshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQdeAeOEg4[via CNN] [post_title] => Videos of a MOAB Explosion, the U.S. Military's Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Bomb [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => videos-of-a-moab-bomb-explosion [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-13 16:20:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-13 20:20:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78046 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77950 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-04-11 10:50:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-11 14:50:00 [post_content] => YouTuber Kai Wong is known for his passion for photography and expansive knowledge of gear and equipment. But now, he can throw in some experience with nature photography, after adventuring into the wild to photograph coyotes feasting on prey.In Nat Geo WILD's newest online series, 'Untamed,' Wong joins host and nature photography enthusiast Filipe DeAndrade, in the April 11 episode 'Untamed Coyotes.' In this episode, DeAndrade shows Wong what wildlife filmmaking is all about with a trip to Bosque del Apache, located in San Antonio, TX. This location is home to one of the most biodiverse population in the U.S., and in this special episode, DeAndrade introduces Wong to the coyote.[caption id="attachment_77958" align="aligncenter" width="849"] YouTube[/caption]In the episode, Wong and DeAndrade camouflage themselves in a tent and photograph thousands of snow geese flying overhead, as the coyote predator hunts on the ground below. Wong even experiences the unfortunate, but natural, predator-prey relationship, as he and DeAndrade watch an injured bird succumb to the coyote.DeAndrade said Wong was a lot of fun to work with on this particular shoot, especially since nature photography isn't something he has tackled before.
"I've always admired his work and thought he might be interested in seeing a different view from behind the lens," DeAndrade said. "He's also a crock pot of a good time. Ultimately, we knew it would be fun."
Since March of this year, DeAndrade has taken audiences on nature shoots involving monkeys vs. gators, dolphins hunting for fish, and so many more fun, exciting episodes. DeAndrade believes we all have a connection with nature, however, we have replaced this connection over time, and he wants to encourage his viewers to "let the wild out." With photography, he wants to capture the beauty of nature and make the audience fall in love with it. By doing so, he believes this love will make people more inclined to protect it.
[caption id="attachment_77959" align="aligncenter" width="848"] YouTube
"I've been fortunate to document wildlife in many parts of the world with Nat Geo WILD and the truth is that what we have in the U.S. rivals anywhere else," DeAndrade said. "I want to show how amazing our country is and motivate people to get out there and have as much fun as we are." [post_title] => Kai Wong Adventures Into the Wild on Nat Geo Web Series [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kai-wong-adventures-into-the-wild-on-nat-geo-web-series [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-11 13:31:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-11 17:31:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77950 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77733 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-03-31 13:33:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-31 17:33:31 [post_content] => Since he was a kid, YouTube star Casey Neistat has been obsessed with the work of Spike Jonze. In his latest vlog, he brings his hero to his studio for the very first time, a meeting 15 years in the making.The vlog opens with the latest issue of Resource Magazine, featuring our "Relationship Issue" cover story with Casey's wife, Candice. We're then given a nostalgic look at Casey's long-time devotion to Jonze's work, from clips of The Beastie Boys' 1994 music video for 'Sabotage' to a poetic telling of Casey's repeated, increasingly frustrated attempts to capture the filmmaker's throughout his early beginnings, alongside a selection of exclusive family photos and clips from the start of his career."The greatest ambition, the greatest goal, the greatest dream I had at that time was to have my own 'Directors Label' DVD—to be honored the way Spike Jonze had been honored," said Casey of the 2004 Palm Pictures feature on Jonze, one of his biggest inspirations of all time.Casey explains that Jonze was in town for yesterday's Samsung event, "a spotlight on real creators who embody the meaning of Do What You Can't," according to the event invite. He also engraves Jonze's iPhone 7 by hand.Watch the video above!Here are some amazing photos shown in the vlog of Casey as a teenager: Click here to grab a copy of "The Relationship Issue" of Resource Magazine featuring Candice Neistat, in which she opens up about her relationship with Casey and explains how to survive life married to a vlogger. [post_title] => After 15 Years of Angry Letters, Casey Neistat Meets His Hero Spike Jonze [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => after-15-years-of-angry-letters-casey-neistat-meets-his-hero-spike-jones [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-01 15:04:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-01 19:04:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77733 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77657 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-29 13:08:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-29 17:08:09 [post_content] => Get Out director Jordan Peele is on a mission to cultivate black talent.In an interview with Digital Spy, Peele made a cultural call to arms to young African-American filmmakers who have a burning interest in scary movies. Peele, who recently shot to acclaim among film's slash-happy and psychologically tormented, is trying to pay it forward by accepting horror scripts from persons of color.
"For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I'll try to help it get made," he said in the interview.
Peele cited his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, as the point of contact.
The freshly minted horror director who has already made a name for himself in comedy drew attention to a common argument made by Hollywood, a powerhouse industry that often fails to represent the people whose stories it appropriates. Peele points out that media moguls are often afraid to hand over the reins to black talent—black actors, directors, even black P.O.V.'s—fearful that movies by, for or about African Americans don't do well, especially abroad.
"We haven't encouraged black filmmakers to dream big," Peele said to Digital Spy. "Some stories it's impossible for a white person to tell."
Get Out was filmed with a $5 million budget and has grossed $154.5 million since its release.
According to the California state business registry, Monkeypaw Productions is located at: 1925 Century Park East 16th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067
[featured image via Flickr] [post_title] => Director Jordan Peele Wants Black Filmmakers to Send Him Their Horror Scripts [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => director-jordan-peele-wants-black-filmmakers-to-send-him-their-horror-scripts [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-29 13:08:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-29 17:08:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77657 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77341 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-03-20 11:30:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-20 15:30:19 [post_content] => Everyone likes a giveaway, so we'll keep this short and sweet. In celebration of the spring 2017 "Relationship Issue" of Resource Magazine, we're giving two lucky winners a Peak Design Everyday Backpack, $100 B&H Gift Card and Subscription to Resource Magazine. Winners will be chosen at random and based on the amount of points they've gained through entry. The contest runs until midnight on Friday, March 24 and the winners will be contacted via e-mail. Learn more about the prizes and enter the giveaway below!Resource Magazine's "Relationship Issue" Giveaway
Resource Magazine Subscription ($36 value) This subscription delivers a full year of Resource Magazine directly to your doorstep, including our most recent spring 2017 "Relationship Issue." This edition features a cover story with Candice Pool Neistat, wife of YouTube legend Casey Neistat, and her guide to surviving life with a vlogger. In addition, it's filled with a ton of incredible content, from dating advice by Bumble and a portrait of the "digital dating disruption" to a photographic exploration of Chefchaouen, Morocco's all blue city, reviews of the latest Microsoft gear, and more.
Peak Design's Everyday Backpack ($259.95 value)
Over the past couple years, crowd-funding success Peak Design has garnered more
hype than any other photo bag company on the market. It’s latest innovation, the Everyday Backpack, brings the brand’s highly-functional, modular design to a photo bag-backpack hybrid that’s overrun the shoulders of Brooklyn straphangers of late. It’s also weatherproof, while its “FlexFold” origami-inspired dividers make it adaptable to your carrying needs, from camera gear to gym clothes.
B&H Gift Card ($100 value) Need we say more? This $100 gift card to B&H can be used online or at its New York City superstore, giving you access to products and gear to fit the needs of any photographer, filmmaker or creative.Good luck! [post_title] => Win a Peak Design Everyday Backpack, $100 B&H Gift Card & Subscription to Resource Magazine! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => win-a-peak-design-everyday-backpack-100-bh-gift-card-subscription-to-resource-magazine [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-17 15:14:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-17 19:14:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77341 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77120 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-03-14 12:28:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-14 16:28:55 [post_content] => Sam Kolder isn't a man of many words. With no searchable website to find, Kolder prefers to let his stunning cinematography and photography that he posts to social media do the talking for him. If you are one of Kolder's 267k Instagram followers, then you know he had a pretty busy, and epic, 2016. But little did we know how incredible it actually was until Kolder released his annual 'My Year' film on YouTube.Usually, most people, including myself, would have a problem keeping focused through a five-minute video of nothing but travel clips, but Kolder's incredible cinematic style mixed with Hyperlapse and some crazy good After Effects transitions is captivating. Add to that the sheer number of beautiful and dramatic looking locations and Kolder creates one of the best travel 'reels' we have seen in quite a while.Hard to believe the skill level that Kolder possesses now. We are beyond intrigued to see where he is 10 years from now.Follow Sam Kolder's 2017 adventures on his YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. [post_title] => Sam Kolder's Year in Travel Was More Epic Than Yours [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sam-kolders-year-in-travel-was-more-epic-than-yours [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-14 12:29:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-14 16:29:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77120 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76830 [post_author] => 47247 [post_date] => 2017-03-08 14:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-08 19:00:05 [post_content] => The internet movie database, or IMDb for short, has officially added a new rating to its website: an F-rating.While this may initially sound like a bad thing, it is actually quite the opposite; it's given to films that were written, directed by, and/or primarily feature women. This brings attention to the influence women currently have in filmmaking, but also to show how women are underrepresented in the cinema landscape.U.K's Bath Film Festival Director, Holly Tarquini, started this movement back in 2014. It has since gained a healthy following, popping up in film festivals across the world.When asked about the rating, Holly said to BBC, "It's always exciting when new organisations decide they want to join us in shining a light both on the brilliant work women are doing in film and on how far the film industry lags behind most other industries when it comes to providing equal opportunities to women. But our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-rating is redundant because 50% of the stories we see on screen are told by and about film's unfairly under-represented half of the population: women."As of now, around 21,800 films have been tagged by IMDb. Popular movies such as 'The Help' (2011), 'Trainwreck' (2015), and 'Wayne's World' (1992) are included in the list, and the F-rating list also includes movies that have not yet been released, like next year's anticipated 'Ocean's Eight.'Click here for the full list of F-rated movies. Happy Women's Day! [post_title] => IMDb Introduces 'F-Rating' to Help You Find Films Created by Women [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => imdb-introduces-f-rating-to-help-you-find-films-created-by-women [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-08 13:31:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-08 18:31:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=76830 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))