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Infographic: Social Media By Demographic http://bit.ly/edFLjN
Mahalo’s Calacanis: Time To End The Content Farm Arms Race (Demand Media creating 5700 pieces of content per day??) http://selnd.com/hC1BHh
Groupon’s Flop: When Cause Marketing Goes Horribly Wrong – http://bit.ly/gvLYwG
The Netflix for iPhone app was released on August 26th, after having been available on the Apple iPad since the launch of that product. I, along with other Netflix subscribers, was really anticipating the release of the Netflix app as the majority of my media consumption these days comes directly from Netflix – usually streaming from my PS3 to the TV. Netflix’s popularity has soared in the last few years – as the Instant Watch library grows and many 3rd party devices/boxes/TVs are building in support for the device (Apple’s new Apple TV being just the latest).
The Netflix for iPhone App Review
Netflix on the iPhone comes in at 6.8 MB for the download and is a free download in the Apple app store. Or course, you need to be a paying Netflix subscriber to have access to the streaming content. One thing that is interesting is that there is no way to manage your DVD queue from within the app itself. The fact that this feature is lacking from the official app is puzzling to me – as there are multiple 3rd party apps out there that include this capability. It would be nice to be able to manage your queue from within this app – as I find that I manage my queue more from my phone than I do my home computer. It’s possible though, in the interest of pushing this app out, that they decided to leave this feature out for now. I like to see this feature come out in a future update though.
The interface is very straightforward and similar to the interface that you see on other platforms.
On the last day of July 2010 (aka the baseball trade deadline) as the sun was setting on Winchester, California I found myself cramming the last of our possessions into a filled-to-the-brim minivan. As I was doing this, new tenants that we had just found no more than 2 weeks earlier were backing up a UHAUL into the driveway of our first house, purchased just 2 years prior, and were already moving boxes into our garage. Inside the van was my wife, her kid brother and sister, and our three daughters. We took a few pictures, said goodbye to a few of our neighbors and started the van. As we drove off some of our family members waved us good bye and we were off on the biggest adventure of our lives – a total family relocation to a city we had never been to but had only heard good things about. I had just quit my job, we had no family there, no friends, and knew virtually nobody in the area. The feeling of relief that came over me in that moment was indescribable – for the last 2 months of our lives have been filled with all the time consuming duties of making such a big life shift – fixing up the house, finding tenants, finding a house to rent, and quitting my job to name a few. We finally made it to our first big goal – and the future held something unknown, something extremely exciting. Austin, Texas – here we come!
Just 3-4 months earlier, we had never contemplated living anywhere but California other than the occasional “it would be nice to retire to Colorado someday” or “maybe when I have a lot of money we can buy a ranch in Wyoming or Montana and live there”. So the question is – what changed in the next months that would lead to us not only entertaining the possibilities but also deciding on where we wanted to live and executing the plan? Let me try to break it down…
Continue reading ‘Why I moved to Austin, Texas’
My company, Oremus Productions, recently worked with web search start-up Yebol (www.yebol.com) to create their initial videos to run on their site during their beta launch period.Yebol is a brand new semantic search engine with some amazing capabilities. An old friend of mine that I knew when he was in college in California has since started his own PR firm, and is repping this company. He said they were looking for some slick looking instructional videos with a light hearted and humorous touch. Director Matt Bieler and I wrote these scripts – and actress/spokesmodel/news reporter Jessica Miller is our host. Chris Silva plays “The Internet”.I’m hoping this turns into a larger campaign – but that remains to be seen. Here are the videos:
Talk about a triumph and an epic fail.
The men’s 4x100m relay last night in Beijing was one for the ages.
Here’s just a little something for all of you who love to see American’s beating the French at anything – especially when it’s a crushing victory that came after a lot of trash talking.
In a serious experiment to discover the weight and physical properties of a Granny Smith apple at an industrial speed against a non-moving Irish man the results proved to be dynamic and, well… funny.
Irish man: Ray Doran
Camera: Richard Sinatra
Producer: Alex Brennan
Executive Producer: Paul Escandon because it was his camera we were testing out
Laugh gallery: John Beattie, Jason Williams
Hey everyone – Happy New Year!
I spent this New Years day like I spent last year – cheering on the USC Trojans to victory in the Rose Bowl! One of these days they’re going to match us up with a tough opponnent – but I’m not sure when that’s going to happen. There is no doubt in my mind that USC could take Ohio State or LSU the way they’re playing right now. Unfortunately – a stupid loss to a bad team is going to keep them from getting that chance. Maybe they’ll learn their lesson. I’m digressing…
I just wanted to tell people to check out the Outdoor Channel if they get it tonight and/or any other Friday night for a show that I work heavily on. It’s called Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition and it’s a head-to-head fishing tournament that matches up one school against another. It’s a unique format so even if the outdoors and fishing isn’t your thing you might get some entertainment out of it. Or – if like me motion graphics and post production is your thing then you can just focus in on those elements :]
It’s on tonight on Outdoor Channel at 6:30pm EST (OUTDOOR CHANNEL is NOT OLN or Versus or some other channel with Outdoor in it’s name). Just so you know – I did the show opens, the bumpers, the motion graphics and the color grading. This episode was edited by the talented Danielle Patterson. It’s Oregon vs. Pursue in a battle royale (okay now I’m sounding like I’m in marketing).
I doubt many people are going to get a chance to see it – but if you do – let me know what you think.
A few weeks ago we drove up to Burbank and shot Outdoor Channel show host Michael Waddell on a green screen for Outdoor Channel Broadband and OutdoorChannel.com site tutorials.
I shot on Sony HDCAM and composited the pieces together in After Effects. Big ups to Rich Sinatra for virtually creating a copy of our entire site from within After Effects – he did all the dirty work and I just had to tweak some of the changes that have been made to our site in the last few months. Also, John Beattie recorded sound and produced the final mix. Michael Dorsey wrote the script. Llloyd Byran Adams producing. This was a total in house production from beginning to end.
Go to Outdoorchannel.com to check it out – the tutorial should load immediately when you enter the site. Also, you can check out the other tutorial on Outdoorchannel.tv – although that one plays regularly but won’t necessarily play when you enter.
I’ve been working on a new show reel to highlight what I’ve done the last few years and just recently put the finishing touches on it.The following is the intro piece to the longer version of the reel – but I thought I’d just post this up on here for now. It showcases some of my work as an editor, a director of photography, and a motion graphics artist. Check it out…Paul Escandon’s 2008 Show Reel Intro from Paul Escandon on Vimeo.
For those of you who may have found this site through a Google search result and have no idea who I am, this video provides a pretty good primer for you to view.
I spent this last weekend in Primm, NV shooting the Las Vegas 300 for the show Desert Racing on Outdoor Channel. Having worked with the producer on some online edits last season, I was fortunate enough to get the call to operate one of the field cameras for this off road event.
It was a really cool experience and I’m hoping I can do more of these in the future. I really have to admire the racers who can do these long off road races in the desert with all the conditions and obstacles that they face. It was really nice being out in what felt like the middle of nowhere with nothing around me for miles and miles… until of course a race truck or buggy came zooming by me.. and then back to nothingness for a few minutes.
Check out the Las Vegas 300 on Desert Racing on Outdoor Channel in the coming weeks. I’m not sure exactly when this specific show will air.
Here are some pictures that I took on my camera phone from the shoot.
Next weekend I’m going to be travelling to Kansas City, MO to shoot an NPPL paintball event that is going to be broadcast live over the Internet on www.nppllive.com. This is going to be the first time that I’m going to be working an event like this and I’m looking forward to the run-and-gun shoot, edit, and deliver process that we’re going to have going.
Basically, the event is streamed live over the Internet with a production switcher that I imagine handles 3 or 4 camera angles. Since there is down time during the day that would normally translate to dead-time if you’re watching the live stream, the producer Jayne Romyn ( a good friend of mine and producer of former Outdoor Channel series ‘Inside RC’, ‘Inside Paintball’, and ‘Circle of Honor’) had the idea to have me shoot, edit, and deliver short segments from the field that can be shown during these periods. We’ll probably do some interviews, some highlight/profiles or people there, some fun/humorous stuff, and whatever else she feels like throwing in.
I’m going to be shooting on a Sony Z1U (HDV camera) probably in DV mode and then be editing on my Macbook, and delivering in Quicktime. Then I’ll repeat the process and do it over and over again. I look forward to the opportunity as most things I shoot aren’t very high pressure at all. The event is taking place at Kemper Arena, September 21-13. Hopefully the weather is decent and the plane ride not bumpy.
Last Saturday I shot an Indian wedding reception in Huntington Beach, CA at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel. Strangely enough, this is where my sister’s wedding reception was 12 years ago – brought back memories of her wedding photo album.
Just before the shoot I was able to stop at Samy’s camera in Santa Ana, CA to pick up a circular polarizer for my Cokin P series filter mount (I just recently purchased it and hadn’t yet bought any drop in filters for it). It was pricey – $91 with tax – but I really wanted a polarizer (I lost my last one… I have no idea what happened to it) and the cool thing is I’ll be able to use it on both my video camera and my still cameras with the cool P series deal.
So the shoot was flawless – the bride and groom were good people (not to mention well dressed). It had been a while since I shot photography for a wedding and it made me realize I should probably start taking on some non video gigs from time to time. This was the 7th wedding that I shot this summer (6 video, 1st photog).
Here are just a few pictures that I really liked:
I recently got a job teaching at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, CA. JPCU is welcoming their second incoming class of freshmen and I’ve been blessed enough to be able to welcome them to the world of web design and development. This is going to be a really cool class – it focuses on Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Flash CS3, and Adobe Photoshop CS3 – all three in one class. It’s going to be hectic – that’s a lot of software for only 10 weeks of teaching – but I’m up for the challenge, and hopefully it will be a successful romp through cyberspace.
In addition to this new position I’m still editing, coloristing (my word), and motion graphic designing at Outdoor Channel in Temecula, CA. I’ve been there for 2 1/2 years and everything is still going well on that front.
Well, hopefully I’ll spend a little bit more time on this new and improved blog than I did on my last one – I lost interest pretty quickly. I’m going to try to focus this one more on the professional side of what I do – that being the video editing and the teaching. I’m starting to also teach Final Cut Pro classes and will soon be getting my certification as an Apple Professional Trainer – so I might as well keep the focus on that. Plus, nobody really wants to hear another person’s random political, social, or religious views on any given topic. Or do you? What??! You do?! Okay… I’ll relent. There may be a little of that too!
For those who are interested – my wife and I do have another blog at http://www.theescandons.com – that is more family oriented so family and friends can see what we’re up to. In fact, 90% of the blogging on that site is my wife and her beautiful ideas about motherhood and wifery. I’m leaving that one for her as I do this new one.
Well, until the next time – peace!