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Data Portability For Non-Geeks

Posted by: leelefever on January 15, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: Explanation, video

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If you look at DataPortability.org, it's obvious they have an explanation problem. I'm not likely their target audience, but "Turnkey Reference Blueprints" don't exactly make me want to get involved. That's why I like this video by Smash Cut Media - it focuses on the pain of having to keep up with data across mutiple web sites - and how the Data Portability workgroup is helping to solve the problem.  It's a bit flashy, but effective and fun to watch.  Check it out: DataPortability - Connect... Continue Reading

A Wonderfully Entertaining Sushi Video

Posted by: leelefever on January 10, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: Explanation, food, humor, travel, video

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This video is a masterpiece in my opinion - especially if you're into  Japanese culture (Sachi is half-Japanese).  It's just so culturally real, so bitingly satirical, so truly funny.  It won awards at the now defunct Resfest in 2003, and now it's on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Give it a little while to get rolling - it starts slow and literal.

New Social Media eBook - And a Funny Blogger Outreach Video

Posted by: leelefever on December 9, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: books, business, friends, marketing, socialmedia, video

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Wouldn't it be nice if every author actually lived in the world that they wrote about? It's one thing to be an observer, but yet another to be a resident.  That's why it's my pleasure to point you to a new ebook by Darren Barefoot and Julie Szabo of Capulet Communications. It's called "Getting to First Base: A Social Media Marketing Playbook".  You can learn more (and purchase it) at SocialMediaReady.com. This video provides a quick overview too. I've known Darren and Julie for years and... Continue Reading

TeacherTube: An Educator's Workaround for Online Video

Posted by: leelefever on December 6, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: education, interview, socialmedia, video, videohosts, youtube

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It's easy to assume that YouTube and similar hosts are open to everyone but it's not the case for a lot of professionals.  We hear from people almost every day that need a way to access our videos off the web because their organizatio/school restricts access to websites like YouTube. We recently became aware of TeacherTube, which is a video sharing site that has become a workaround for educators who can't access YouTube videos on the web. Many schools may block YouTube, but allow access to... Continue Reading

Working as a Video Making Team

Posted by: leelefever on November 28, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: lesson, ourwork, personal, video

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Last night we shot the video for the next Common Craft Show and, as usual, we came out of the experience completely exhausted. I've always been fascinated that it takes so much out of me.  In thinking about why (other than the 500 watt lights), it has become clear that it may be the same thing that makes our videos work: iteration.  Everything we do on video is rehashed, rewritten, repositioned and edited all the way to the point the camera rolls (and sometimes again after). All these changes... Continue Reading

A Sickening Review of Viral Video Tactics

Posted by: leelefever on November 22, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, socialmedia, techcrunch, video, viral

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This almost seems unreal - maybe it is.  Dan, a Stanford student,  has a chance to make a guest post on TechCrunch about his viral video company.  What does he do?  He proceeds to make it stunningly clear how misguided and irresponsible his "viral video" tactics are.  It reads like a manual for new media douchebaggery. Some examples:Blogs: We reach out to individuals who run relevant blogs and actually pay them to post our embedded videos. Sounds a little bit like cheating/PayPerPost, but itâ... Continue Reading

One Sharpie, One Wall - A Music Video

Posted by: leelefever on November 16, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: art, inspiration, simplicity, video, whiteboard

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Nancy White pointed us to this awesome video.  From what I gather, it's a music video for the band Field Music.  Impressive. Maybe one day I'll have such mad skillz with the sharpie.

Your Neighborhood Needs Instant Journalists

Posted by: leelefever on November 13, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: cooltools, friends, journalism, seattle, video

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Even though the Web makes us all feel like citizens of the world, what matters is often local.  Our neighborhoods and neighbors have a huge impact.  There is a brand-new platform, created by Instivate, a company run by one of our long-time friends and neighbors, that aims to give every neighborhood a site for sharing local news. It's called Instant Journalist. Here's the scenario:  You sign up for Instant Journalist - it has a monthly fee that's linked to the size of the site.  Right off the... Continue Reading

On The Set: Wetpaint's Parody Commercials

Posted by: leelefever on October 28, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: commercial, humor, video, wetpaint

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Kevin Flaherty, the guy who runs marketing at the wiki company Wetpaint (and does killer zombie voices) invited me to the filming of Wetpaint's latest experiment: parody commercials. I had no idea what to expect, but it was awesome.  It was the first time I'd been on a real set during filming. It was just like our studio at home, except this set had giant lights, real actors, a director, lots of expensive production gear and fewer whiteboards and markers. Just like it, I swear! The idea... Continue Reading

The Learning Curve of Video Lighting

Posted by: leelefever on October 14, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: lesson, lighting, show, video

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I while back I wrote about solving problems when they need to be solved - and it's still very applicable.  With every video we continue to learn and solve new problems.  In almost any video project, lighting is a huge factor we've learned so much.  There are few more stark examples of our learning curve than the listing of our videos on our YouTube page.  Notice the gradation of the white backgrounds:      You can see, right in the listing, our learning curve.  Here are a few things we... Continue Reading

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