Thursday, November 17, 2005

10 minute film school

Robert Rodriguez created the no-budget film hit El Mariachi and this his (somewhat guerilla tactics) approach to the essentials of film making. Its a fun read. so enjoy!

"Good Morning Class!
Now a famous film-maker a while back said something about 'Everything you need to know about film you can learn in a week.' He was being generous. You can learn it in 10 minutes.
Set your watches we will be out of here in ten kids.
Okay, so you wanna be a film-maker?(Class choruses 'YES')Wrong! You ARE a film-maker. The moment you think about that you want to be a fillm-maker you're that. Make yourself a business card that says you're a film-maker, pass them out to your friends, soon as you get that over with and you've got it in your mind that you're one you'll be one, you'll start thinking like one. Don't dream about being a film-maker, you are a film-maker. Now let's get down to business.
Let's Play!!
What you need to learn is that being creative is not enough in this business. You have to become techinical. Creative people are born creative - you're lucky. Technical people however can never be creative. Its something they'll never get. You can't buy it, find it, study it - you're born with it. Too many creative people don't want to learn how to be technical, so what happens? they become dependent on technical people. Become technical, you can learn that. If you're creative and technical, you're unstoppable."

Click the link for more...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

pc specs for music and video

A number of people have asked about specs for buying a pc for video and music projects...

It's a bit tricky to give definitive advice as everyone's needs will be slightly but significantly different.

The link above takes you to soundhousevectorlab where we detail the 2 machines we have in our labs for this purpose.

Some things to consider....

Celeron processors are not recommended for music and video work.
An 800 MHz Front side bus (FSB) is recommended.
1 Gig of Ram is recommended.

For notebooks
Again not celeron processor but Centrino and PentiumM are fine.
At least 512 Mb Ram recommended but again 1 Gig is better.

Having someone to ask about the inevitable teething and other questions is very valuable. So try to find a local friendly expert either at the place you purchase from or not. Its even worth being prepared to pay someone to take on this role if you have to - either on a 'on call' basis or for an initial period.

Hope this is useful...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Goodness! is that the time?

Don't where I've been all this time really.. But anyways...
Lately all the talk seems to be about the release of openoffice 2, which is an open source alternative to MS office, and which has a word processor, speadsheet and presentation solution. Very cool and free.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

holiday greetings and something to read

I found this article Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age by Siemens to be very thought provoking.

I've put the journal editor's note below but don't be put off by it.

The web page looks like this and you follow the link to refereed papers and connectivism - Siemens

A Publication of the TEIR Center, Duquesne University,
Pittsburgh PA - ISSN 1550-6908

Table of Contents – January 2005
Vol 2. No. 1.
ISSN 1550-6908

Editorial: Volume 2. Number 1.

Donald G. Perrin

Refereed Papers

Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

George Siemens

Finding Our Way: Better Understanding the Needs and Motivations
of Teachers in Online Learning

Editor’s Note*: This is a milestone article that deserves careful study.
Connectivism should not be confused with constructivism. George Siemens
advances a theory of learning that is consistent with the needs of the
twenty first century. His theory takes into account trends in learning,

the use of technology and networks, and the diminishing half-life of
knowledge. It combines relevant elements of many learning theories,
social structures, and technology to create a powerful theoretical
construct for learning in the digital age.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Originally uploaded by maryatuab.
here it is!

playing with flickr

I did it! I found that its possible to grab an image from flickr and have it appear here on my wwg blog! cool!
The next step is to upload my own pics to flickr and then make it appear.

Plus there's a better (easier) way of doing this, using the 'blogthis' button on flickr, and thats for later too!

resources resources resources

acid xpress for making music with loops
you all know it - its pretty cool for free! Look for the link to download free acid xpress
and you need some loops - 8packs. Find the link in the 'quick links' area - top right of the screen.

But beware! the free acid xpress won't create mp3 files! it will save project files and create other files though (eg lo quality real media). To create other file formats useful for making music cd's and mp3 files for the web, you can partner it with audacity (see below).

cartoon digital story telling?
Visit gnomz for a cool interactive digital storytelling engine. Running inside your browser, you pick cartoon characters then fill in the speech bubbles, then print out or email your cartoon to a friend.
Check it out!

another amazing free sound program - audacity
This program is great to creating your own loops, and also for making mp3 files from the free acid xpress.
audacity is open source, which means anyone can use it, share it, even edit it to add functionality to the program itself, then share their improvements back with all the users.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Hi everyone and welcome to wwgraffiti 2005

Posting from the library at sydney institute at the start of wwgraffiti project. Its great to finally meet everyone, and to arrive at this day we've been planning for what seems such a long time.

Paulis has given us an overview of the project and the energy levels in the room really exploded as we began to create our own blogs and link them together. Plus Lisa's digital camera has been working overtime so we'll soon have views of all of us in our profiles , so we dont forget who we all are!!

Plus we've found all the project documentation has been thoughtfully compiled for our convenience at

One of my favourite blogs is where the legendary Leigh Blackall collects heaps of cool resources and ideas related to the topics of this project.

Really looking forward to working together!