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Chairs of Hope 2013!

Chairs of Hope is an art-based community outreach project in which students & staff at Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner, NC paint wooden chairs to raise money for the fight against cancer through Relay for Life of Garner. Each year, over 30 chairs are hand-painted with a specific theme in mind. The finished chairs are then auctioned off in a silent auction format in April, with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Though I haven’t painted a chair for this year’s Chairs of Hope auction, I am happy to be a part of it in some way. I have been working on a video project with Chairs of Hope founder Jim Hunt, and am glad to share part of it here on the blog along with the blog/website and poster I created to help advertise the event. This year’s theme is “Sports,” and my lovely wife decided to base her chair around Quidditch from Harry Potter 🙂

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TT&E | NEW VIDEO PRODUCTION WORK

Hi All,

The company I work for, Rising Stream Media, has been hard at work in the creative department for TT&E Iron & Metal in Garner, NC. I was tasked with creating two promotional videos to be featured on their new website. With a cool mix of aerial footage, GoPros, DSLRs and motion graphics, both of these videos came alive to show what TT&E is all about. Please view them below.

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TRIANGLE FAMILY SERVICES VIDEO

Howdy,
I know I haven’t been around here recently to post things, but here is something I am quite pleased to share. A few weeks ago, Rising Stream Media shot a series of interviews at Triangle Family Services in Raleigh, NC for their “Wake Up” event. The final video showcases a powerful message about helping families in crisis, and it was a great experience to share with many people this morning on a big screen at PNC Arena. Please take the time to view the video below.


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NAB 2012 ROUND-UP

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Pre-NAB Announcements
Adobe announces Production Premium CS6!
Canon announces 4K capable DSLR ahead of NAB

The NAB show delivers year after year in terms new technologies that change the video production/broadcasting industry. This year’s NAB show had many new offerings worth checking out, below you can find some of the highlights, as well as, sources for more information on the show.

Autodesk Smoke for Mac
On Sunday, Autodesk announced that Smoke would be making it’s way onto the Macintosh operating system, and even with a price cut down to $3495.

Black Magic Design’s First Camera
Monday morning, Black Magic Design introduced their first entry into the cinematic camera industry. It’s equipped with a 2.5K image sensor boasting 13 stops of dynamic range. The camera will also have a built-in SSD recorder, touch screen LCD, meta data entry options, and compatibility with EF and ZF mount lenses. All packed in a hand-held design, this camera will be available in July for a price point around $3000. This will surely be an interesting camera to watch in the market.

Zacuto’s Plasma Light
Zacuto introduced a very interesting plasma light at NAB. The light is soft and won’t damage your eyes if you look directly into it. Check out the video below from Wide Open Camera talking to Zacuto about the plasma light, as well as other new Zacuto products.

JVC Ships Advanced Handheld Camera at NAB 2012
JVC’s impressive handheld 4K capable camcorder, the GY-HMQ10, started shipping on April 16 (during NAB). This little camcorder packs an incredible punch and especially for a low price point of $5550.
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GoPro Announcements
GoPro has partnered with Technicolor and is broadening efforts to make the GoPro Cineform Codec more accessible to the professional production market.

Other Great Coverage:
Creative Cow, as always, has excellent coverage of the event in their news section. Other things to check out include Wide Open Camera’s vimeo channel, Richard Harrington’s vimeo channel, and DSLR News Shooter. These guys have some fantastic coverage of NAB with video interviews with some of the industry leading manufacturers.

Creative Cow
DSLR News Shooter
Wide Open Camera Interviews
Richard Harrington’s Vimeo/Pro Video Coalition


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MAGFest X

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To put it simply, MAGfest is an awesome festival that celebrates music and games for 4 days straight. I have to admit, this year’s event was one of the greatest weekends I’ve ever experienced. MAGfest took place in a MUCH larger venue this year, the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbour, MD. I was able to see Alexandria and DC from our 9th floor window, and spend the whole weekend getting my face rocked off by great bands! Watch the videos below for some MAGFest X highlights, as well as the video interview I did (for RPGFan.com) with Nobuo Uematsu and his band Earthbound Papas.

MAGFest X Highlights

Earthbound Papas Interview

Do yourself a favor and take the time to check out all of the bands linked below.

Earthbound Papas
Earthbound Papas
Earthbound Papas
Earthbound Papas

Metroid Metal
Metroid Metal
Metroid Metal
Metroid Metal
Metroid Metal

Brentalfloss
Brentalfloss
Brentalfloss

The Megas
The Megas
The Megas
The Megas

The OneUps
The OneUps
The OneUps
The OneUps
The OneUps

Danimal Cannon
Danimal Cannon

Armcannon
Armcannon
Armcannon
Armcannon

The X-Hunters
The X-Hunters

Year 20XX
Year 20XX

Knife City
Knife City

Disaster Piece
Disaster Piece

And below you can view pictures of other things like the game room, the merchandise area, and various Cosplayers.

Black Mage
Cosplay Zora
Cosplay Terra & Relm
Gaylord Convention Center
Gaylord Convention Center
Merchandise
Merchandise
Game Room
Crowd
Main Stage
Main Stage Panorama