Author Archives: Shea Lord

Geminid Meteor Shower

On December 13th, 2012, I stood on a dock on Lake Acworth, watching the sky for small streaks of light. This was my first time attempting to photograph anything astronomical, and I learned pretty quickly that the Earth’s rotation is a tricky variable. We saw 34 meteors between midnight and 1am. I barely managed to […]

Quantity Theory & Good Taste

“I feel that if I keep making films and keep making them, every so often one will come out. And that’s exactly what happens.”  –Woody Allen Woody Allen writes and directs, on average one, film every year. 44 and counting just in features. The director who in his youth claimed “endless ideas for films,” would […]

Film is King

I did not grow up with a burning internal passion for film, or whatever. It was a long time before I considered it a potential career path. All I’ve ever desired is to live creatively. It turns out this is no small request. Indecision is what eventually landed me in film school. Graphic Design. Illustration. […]

How YouTube Makes Money — and Who They Support

YouTube has become a legitimate source of revenue for anyone creating video content. This infographic gives the full breakdown. (click graphic to see full size) Music dominates YouTube channels and the internet video market, but gaming isn’t far behind. Film, ironically enough, is only 2.5% of the top content on the online video megasite. Gaming […]

When Content Overrides Aesthetic Quality – PART II

Emmanuel Lubezki is a master cinematographer. Allow me to do the hipster thing and say: I liked him before The Tree of Life (more on that later). The underrated reason is called A Little Princess (1995). I’m probably biased in this. The film made a huge impression on me when I was a child, and […]

Murmuration: When Content Overrides Aesthetic Quality – PART I

[vimeo w=500&h=400] I saw this video when it was Vimeo’s staff pick a while ago, and my jaw dropped. What struck me most, after the beauty of the starlings, was the fact that this pixelated, blurry, shaky video could have such a profound emotional pull on me. (Yes, profound– maybe I overreacted, but I […]

The Art of the Long-Take

First thing to notice: it is shot in anamorphic, that’s a ~2.4:1 aspect ratio. This has been said to be the most similar view to the human eye, thus making it easier for the audience to get lost in the story on screen. Then the lighting: we get a full panoramic view of the warehouse […]

The Art of the Long-Take, Part II: Music Videos

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time, because I’ve stumbled upon something that I think is really cool and beautiful. (Rather, this is the post working up to the post I’ve been dying to write— Part III will hopefully make you’re eyes widen, and I can’t wait.) I want […]

Transmedia and the Art of Storytelling, Part II: Marketing a Personal Experience

Panelist Zach Lieberman (far right) wrote a real-time, interactive subway murder mystery that would take place in New York. A series of curious events would tell a story culminating in the release of a blu-ray, which he would also film. The project was actually green-lit by Warner Brothers, But Lieberman unfortunately ended up having to […]