| ALEX GIBNEY - the most important documentarian of our time.
Director ALEX GIBNEY is called "the most important documentarian of our time" by Esquire Magazine and he is our big 50th episode on WestdocOnline.com.
The list of his awards includes an Oscar, multiple Emmys, a Grammy, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award, the WGA, the IDA Career Achievement Award, and a few more. But more important, Alex produces and directs important films of our times.
The partial list of his films include;
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Taxi to the Dark Side
Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room
Mea Maxima Culpa; The Armstrong Lie
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Rolling Stone: Stories form the Edge
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
(A more complete list of Alex’s directorial credits is on Show Notes tab at Westdoc Online.)
But it wasn’t a piece of cake for Gibney to get going. It took him years and a couple of false starts. Watch our conversation now, online and free.
We have a fantastic library of content featuring guests Sheila Nevins, David Sutherland, RaMell Ross, Marina Zenovich, and many more. Take a look.
Website: WestDoc Online
| Naomi McDougall Jones: What it's like to be a woman in Hollywood
This is a call to action. Actress and activist Naomi McDougall Jones outlines her four-point plan for a total representation revolution in Hollywood. Waiting for the industry to grow a conscience isn’t going to fix the problem, it needs to come from us all.
| Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI
Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. That’s what we get when with intuitive AI. Ewplore more with Maurice Conti.
| Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral
Kevin Alloca watches YouTube videos for a living. In this talk, he explains why videos go viral and why it matters at all. There are over 48 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute but only a tiny percentage ever goes viral and gets tons of views and becomes a cultural moment. So how does it happen?
| Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood
The director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, Colin Stokes thinks deeply about the media he shares with his two young children and asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.
| Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story
Andrew Stanton wrote the first film produced entirely on a computer, Toy Story. But what made that film a classic wasn’t the history-making graphic technology -- it’s the story, the heart, the characters that children around the world instantly accepted into their own lives. And so we ask, what is the secret of a great story?
| Paying Tribute to the Filmmakers Behind Recently Declassified Footage
They were a team of photographers, producers, and technicians, who put together hundreds of classified films for the Dept. Of Defense and the Dept. Of Energy.
Their jobs were shrouded in secrecy. The atomic bomb blasts they filmed were a matter of national security. Now, 50 years after the opening of their secret film studio, their story can be told. the recent news of more declassified atomic bomb tests are the people who committed those historic a-bomb tests to film, the Atomic Filmmakers of Lookout Mountain Studios.
Filmmaker Peter Kuran, who made the movie "Trinity and Beyond (The Atomic Bomb Movie)" threw what he called a "wrap party" at the American Film Institute to give these filmmakers recognition for their work.
Now a special behind-the-scenes look at this tribute event as reported on television 20 years ago is available.
| David Autor: Will automation take away all our jobs?
Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. David Autor investigates.
| Thomas Hellum: The world's most boring television ... and why it's hilariously addictive
Here’s slow TV! Reality TV shows that include a 7 hours train journey, an 18 hour fishing expedition and a 5.5 day ferry voyage along the coast of Norway. The results are both beautiful and fascinating.
| Nonny de la Pena: The future of news? Virtual reality
Nonny de la Pena uses new, immersive media to tell stories that create empathy in readers and viewers. Using virtual reality, she creates evocative experience that she hopes will help people understand the news in a brand new way.
| What Does it Take to be Successful at Footage Research?
A group of top footage researchers, led by Sue Malden, Chair of FOCAL International, explores the ways that researchers can use to make footage research most effective. With an international panel of experts this is one of the most beneficial videos on the subject available.
| Fei-Fei Li: How we're teaching computers to understand pictures
In a thrilling Ted talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art — including the database of 15 million photos her team built to "teach" a computer to understand pictures — and the key insights yet to come.
| 2017 is Buzzing with Artificial Intelligence
It’s one of the biggest trends in technology at the moment, and that’s because AI is experiencing some huge leaps forward. From self-driving cars, to learning chatbots and AI musicians, the creative applications of artificial intelligence are growing everyday. As this technology develops further, now is the time for Marketing and Advertising to embrace AI as a creative tool.
But what are these advancements in AI, and how can this technology be applied to the marketing world?
Just released is this video, in which Happy Finish CEO & Co-Founder Stuart Waplington will introduce you to the concept of deep learning, the different levels of artificial intelligence, and showcase some successful (and not so successful!) applications of creative AI in action.
| Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction
From radio to Twitter: with different medium, we see different storytelling formats emerge. Andrew Fitzgerald is a writer, editor and Tweeter. As a member of the News and Journalism Partnerships team at Twitter, he explores creative uses of digital storytelling on the platform and elsewhere on the web.
| Don Levy: A cinematic journey through visual effects
M?li?s was first a magician. Now movies proved to be the ultimate medium for magic. With complete control of everything the audience can see, moviemakers had developed an arsenal of techniques to further their deceptions. How far have visual effects come since then?
| Allison Graham: How social media makes us unsocial
Social Media historian Allison Graham offers a witty and ironic view of a society that feels alone together despite the hundreds of virtual connections we have online. With a global population growing up via Facebook and Twitter and a perceptible shift in human interpersonal connections, the constant need for social self-validation permeates our daily existence.
| Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers
In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."
| Chris Milk: The birth of virtual reality as an art form
Chris Milk uses innovative technologies to make personal, interactive, human stories. VR is the last medium for storytelling, he says, because it closes the gap between audience and storyteller. To illustrate, he brought the TED audience together in the world’s largest collective VR experience.
| Is VR a game changer? Second footageMarketplace Seminar Released on Video
footageMarketplace has made a name for itself as the premier networking event for footage sellers and industry professionals. In May the 6th annual event was held, as usual, in the prestigious home of BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London. This year there were two innovations – production music libraries attended, and there were four cutting-edge seminars for attendees. The second of these seminars is now online:
Mike Murray, – Head of Business Development, Happy Finish VR – Game Changer or Billion Dollar Boy’s Toy?
Video Production - Erwin de Boer - Founder & Creative Director - ReelHD - M +44(0) 77 3421 3075 - Website: www.reeldeal.tv
footageMarketplace is the most successful event of its kind in the UK,and booking is now open for exhibitors for the May 2017 event – tables are limited so it is reserve one now. Contact Robert Prior on 0207 243 8453 / 646 419 4032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral
There are over 48 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Only a tiny percentage ever goes viral, gets tons of views and becomes a cultural moment. So how does it happen? Three things: tastemakers, communities of participation and unexpectedness.