#HackingArts

Last weekend I was delighted to be invited by one of our backers to talk about the Digital Bolex at the very cool MIT #HackingArts conference in Boston.

A brief correction.

The weekend-long conference was made up of a handful of panels and demos for new and established companies all incorporating new technology in interesting ways, followed by a Hackathon, where students teamed up with entrepreneurs to develop concepts for new apps.

In the film & video section, I gave a short tech demo and talk about the D16 and its purpose, followed by the debut of our recent Portraits video.

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photo by Michael Murie of Filmmaker Magazine

Afterwards the talk, I moderated a very informative panel on new methods of film distribution with Richard Matson of Gathr Films, Adam Mason of PivotShare, and Albert Reinhardt of Fandor. We discussed the problems with traditional distribution channels, and how each of their companies are using new media to connect independent films with their audiences. I strongly urge you to check out each of these companies if you’re a filmmaker with a project you want to get out to the world.

After the panel there was a reception where I met a ton of awesome people working in different areas of new media, from performance art technology to app creators. I also did a little demo of the camera for Michael Murie of Filmmaker Magazine, who was nice enough to write a piece about the event.

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photo by Michael Murie of Filmmaker Magazine

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photo by Michael Murie of Filmmaker Magazine

I had a lovely time in Boston and really enjoyed all the presentations I saw. If you want to learn more about the conference, Michael wrote a second piece here that covers the entire event.

After I left MA I took a brief trip into New York to visit my family and shoot some wrap up interviews for the documentary feature THAT GUY DICK MILLER which I’ve been shooting since March 2011. The director and I took a trip into Central Park to shoot some cutaways of the city, which I present to you below!

This test was shot entirely on the Fujian 35mm CCTV lens, which sells for about $20. More proof that you don’t need to spend the big bucks to get great quality!