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By Tom Schultz | Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Brandon Hall Group and lynda.com to present webinar on innovation

This week, Brandon Hall Group and lynda.com present a free webinar for users in business, education, and government. In Exploring Innovation in the Learning Landscape, Laurie Burruss, senior director of education at lynda.com, and David Wentworth, senior analyst at Brandon Hall, will explain the key tenets of innovation. They will discuss the role and benefits of questioning, experimentation, observation, associating seemingly unrelated concepts, and sharing.

Join the webinar to

  • • Explore teaching and learning strategies that foster innovation
  • • Discover practical ways to incorporate innovation into your work
  • • See how to produce innovators, not just subject matter experts
  • • Discuss lessons from curious and creative risk takers and real-world leaders
  • • View case studies and best practices

Webinar details:Tuesday, November 13, 2012 FREE

Time:1 to 2 p.m. ET 10 to 11 a.m. PT[register now]

By Chelsea Adams | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Registration for lynda.com webinar, Stop training. Start learning, now open (again!)

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On Thursday, July 19, 2012 at at 11:00am PDT, lynda.com will be hosting a free webinar that challenges the status quo of standardized training, and discusses the benefits of individualized online learning. Led by lynda.com director of learning and development, Jon Robertson, the webinar aims to show organization leaders how to help inspire their teammates to genuinely want to learn.

Topics covered in the webinar include:

  •     • An examination of the reasons many online learning implementations fail
  •     • An analysis of how technology is changing the way we learn, and
  •     • Discussion of how people learn, and why it’s important that your team stops training, and starts learning

If you’re interested in adapting an online learning program for your organization but feel that you could benefit from a greater understanding of how to approach education, please join us on July 19th to learn more about the education evolution currently transforming academia and how it applies to you, and the professional world.

Register for the webinar

By Chelsea Adams | Monday, June 25, 2012

lynda.com author Steve Wright to host two-day Nuke Intensive Workshop in LA

On June 28 and 29, 2012, lynda.com author Steve Wright will be hosting a 10-seat Nuke Intensive Workshop in Los Angeles, California. The unique two-day workshop is designed specifically to catch you up on Nuke core concepts, and focuses on hands-on training that is infused with insights and understandings that most artists don’t get until they have worked with Nuke for years.

The workshop includes project media, prepared Nuke scripts that demonstrate specific key workflow situations, and multiple Nuke scripts that each workshop participant will create on their own in class. To ensure maximum quality of training, the class size is strictly limited to 10 seats.

Steve Wright Nuke Intensive Workshop topics covered.

Nuke Intensive Workshop topics covered.

Steve Wright is a 20-year veteran of visual effects compositing with over 70 feature film credits. He has been an author with lynda.com since 2007, and has trained over 600 artists in Nuke.

To sign up for the Nuke Intensive Workshop, or for more information on the two-day experience, visit http://nukeintensive.eventbrite.com. To watch a lynda.com Nuke course from Steve Wright, check out his most recent course, Nuke 6.3 New Features, or his beginner-level course, Nuke 5 Essential Training, on lynda.com.

By Chelsea Adams | Thursday, May 31, 2012

Registration for new lynda.com webinar, Stop training. Start learning, now open

On June 5, 2012, at 11:00am PDT, lynda.com will be hosting a free webinar that challenges the status quo of standardized training, and discusses the benefits of individualized online learning. Lead by lynda.com’s director of learning and development, Jon Robertson, the webinar aims to show organization leaders how to help inspire their teammates to genuinely want to learn.

Topics covered in the webinar include:

  •     • An examination of the reasons many online learning implementations fail
  •     • An analysis of how technology is changing the way we learn, and
  •     • Discussion of how people learn, and why it’s important that your team stops training, and starts learning

If you’re interested in adapting an online learning program for your organization but feel that you could benefit from a greater understanding of how to approach education, please join us on June 5th to learn more about the education evolution currently transforming academia and how it applies to you, and the professional world.

Register for the webinar

By David Niles White | Saturday, February 04, 2012

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival womens’ panel

As the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, lynda.com is once again pleased to open the door to four entertainment-industry panels that feature some of Hollywood’s top talent from the world of producers, directors, and screenwriters. Panelist are carefully chosen during the awards season and include many you’ll see on the Golden Globes®, Emmys®, and Oscars®.

Moderated by Madelyn Hammond from Madelyn Hammond & Associates, the Creative Forces: Women in the Business panel features five female filmmakers whose talents range from animation to independent films. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Picture Paris) talks about her short film written by husband/writer Brad Hall and her journey to the other side of the camera as producer. Dede Gardner tells us why Fox Searchlight chose not to include images of star Brad Pitt while promoting Tree of Life. Mellisa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda 2) talks about the organic process of producing an animated feature that allows an ongoing evolution of the story during production. Denise Ream (Cars 2) shares her journey in feature animation though the creative juggernaught that is Pixar Animation. And Leslie Urdang (Beginners) talks about the experiences of working with legendary actor Christopher Plummer who was presented with the Modern Master award at this year’s festival.

For more information about the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival visit Sbiff.org.

Leslie Urdang (producer, Beginners) speaks about distribution opportunities for indy films.

Denise Ream (Producer, Cars 2) talks about collaborating with John Lassiter and 40 car companies.

Dede Gardner (producer, Tree of Life) on promoting the movie without using Brad Pitt’s face.

Interested in more? • All of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival women’s panel coverage on lynda.com • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:2011 SBIFF Director’s Panel: Directors On Directing2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script2011 SBIFF Women’s Panel: Creative Forces: Women in the Business

By David Niles White | Saturday, February 04, 2012

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel

As the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, lynda.com is once again pleased to open the door to four entertainment industry panels that feature some of Hollywood’s top talent from the world of producers, directors, and screenwriters. Panelist are carefully chosen during the awards season and include many you’ll see at the Golden Globes®, Emmys®, and Oscars®.

Moderated by Anne Thompson from indieWIRE, the It Starts with the Script panelists talk about the development of their films, their research before sitting down at the keyboard, the evolution of the script, and finally, getting it to the screen. What’s clear is that there’s no formula, no easy path, and no shortcuts. The writers candidly reveal the obstacles each overcame on the way to seeing their vision realized and discuss how “write what you know” ultimately became their life’s mantra while they worked on their screenplays. The anecdotes range from stories of inspiring life experience, to the process of transforming a book into a film. Panelists include Mike Mills (Beginners), Will Riser (50/50), Jim Rash (The Decedents), Tate Taylor (The Help), and J.C. Handler (Margin Call).

For more information on the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel visit Sbiff.org

Will Riser (writer, 50/50) shares the common elements of his life story and the film.

Tate Taylor (writer, The Help) tells how he responded to the studios once they discover he owned the screen rights to The Help.

Mike Mills (writer, Beginners) wrestles with moving between past and present day in the script.

Interested in more? • All of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel coverage on lynda.com • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:2011 SBIFF Director’s Panel: Directors On Directing2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script2011 SBIFF Women’s Panel: Creative Forces: Women in the Business

By Jim Heid | Monday, October 31, 2011

Scene on the Street: Focus on street photography

Street photography captures people at their most unguarded. There’s no posing, no preparation, and no encouragement involving the word “cheese.” Just point and shoot—often without even breaking stride.

Street photography is an honorable photographic genre that counts among its practitioners such legends as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Pedro Meyer. It’s a genre I’ve experimented with when traveling precisely because of its candid quality: If part of what makes a place is its people, then capturing unposed photos of those people is a critical part of documenting the essence of a place.

In Le Marais, Paris. Photo: Jim Heid

But street photography is also potentially controversial, and we’ve noticed a lot of blog and Twitter chatter about it lately. Part of the controversy deals with privacy: does a photographer have a legal right to photograph someone without his or her permission? The general guideline, at least in the United States, is yes, provided that the subject is in a public place where there isn’t an expectation of privacy, such as a sidewalk, a park, or a street.

Another part of the controversy deals with what I’ll charitably call bad manners. Some street photographers employ a paparazzi shooting style that involves putting their cameras uncomfortably close to a stranger’s face—sometimes even hiding around corners or behind phone booths before doing so.

Besides being rude, this style of street photography destroys exactly what the genre does best: capturing people at a moment when being photographed is the last thing on their minds. Look at some paparazzi-style street shots, and you’ll see photos of people who are startled, annoyed, or hamming it up for the camera. In all three cases, the candid, unguarded moment is lost.

The blog SnapSort recently published a post showing examples of how and how not to do street shooting. The lynda.com Creative Inspirations documentary about Richard Koci Hernandez also discusses the subject. Here’s an excerpt.

Since we shot that documentary, Koci has embraced Apple’s iPhone as a tool for street photography. A couple of weeks ago, he led photo walks through San Francisco and discussed iPhone photography at the 1197 conference in San Francisco. As one of the sponsors of the event, lynda.com was there shooting video for an iPhone photography course.

By David Niles White | Friday, October 14, 2011

Marian Bantjes on the big screen

This Friday, October 14th, at 9PM, we have a special treat for AIGA Pivot attendees and lynda.com subscribers who are within traveling distance to Phoenix. As part of the Pivot—AIGA’s 2011 Design Conference in Phoenix, AZ—lynda.com will present a screening of our latest release in the Creative Inspirations series, Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist. The screening will be in the beautiful Phoenix Symphony Hall and will be followed by Michael Bierut (Partner/Pentagram) interviewing Marian live on stage. I’ll be there to introduce the film along with series director Scott Erickson. If you’re attending the conference, your badge gets you into the screening. If you’re a lynda.com member, please go to http://marian.eventbrite.com/ to add yourself to the guest list.  The theatre seats a total of 2,300 people, so we should have plenty of room! Hope you can make it.

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