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By Scott Erickson | Friday, November 14, 2014

It's Almost Here: The DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

The DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter comes with its own camera

There’s been no denying the explosion in popularity of drone camera platforms in the past few years and this week DJI, the company at the forefront of the industry, took a giant leap forward when it revealed the new DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter.

At a special event on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, DJI announced the new flying camera system as the evolution of everything they’ve learned over their eight-year history of building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. Their popular Phantom quadcopter system required you to attach your own camera or to attach a video transmitter to see a live stream from the camera. This time out, DJI is providing a completely integrated system right out of the box.

By Scott Erickson | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Key to Success for 'Book of Life' Director? Ignore the Word No

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“No.”

It’s a word Jorge Gutierrez has heard many times in his career. But as we discovered in our documentary about him a few years back, he never let that stop him.

And today, after a 14 year struggle, his first feature-length animated film, “The Book of Life,” is in theaters everywhere.

By Scott Erickson | Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bert Monroy Reveals New Digital Painting at Adobe MAX

 

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As thousands of Adobe MAX attendees streamed to their sessions this week at the Los Angeles Convention center, they were greeted at the top of the stairs by an impressive new piece of art from digital artist Bert Monroy.

From a distance it looks like a simple photograph of a canal in Amsterdam on a foggy day—but when you get closer and see the intense amount of detail at every level, you realize this is no photograph. Every pixel in this giant image was created from scratch in Adobe Photoshop.

By Scott Erickson | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Photographing the Photographer: Douglas Kirkland

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Marilyn. Audrey. Elizabeth. Cher. Ringo. Leo. Last names aren’t required when you rattle off the people who’ve sat before Douglas Kirkland’s lens.

With a career spanning almost 60 years, he has photographed some of the most iconic figures of popular culture.

On today, his 80th birthday, I can’t help but think of the day Douglas sat in front of my camera, and of the simple panic-inducing question I asked myself:

How do you photograph one of your photographic heroes?

The answer is simple: Do as he does.

By Scott Erickson | Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Director's take: Introducing viewers to Beeple, Everyday Artist

Introducing Beeple

Remember the Star Destroyer blazing across the screen in the opening of Star Wars? Or Indiana Jones running from a giant rolling boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark?

The opening moments of a film are crucial for capturing your viewers’ attention and getting them invested in your story from the start—especially on the Internet, where that “next thing” is just a click away. When planning our documentaries, we often put more time and resources into that opening scene than anything else.

As a director for the lynda.com Creative Spark documentary series, I’m lucky to profile designers, photographers, and other artists who have cool creative spaces or exciting creative processes and tools.

But Mike Winkelmann—better known online as Beeple—had none of those.

By David Niles White | Friday, February 25, 2011

Behind the scenes on location with Hello Design

The documentary team is pleased to share some production stills from the just released Creative Inspirations installment about Hello Design. We shot at Hello’s Culver City, California studio that they (of course) designed themselves. It’s a great collaborative space with lots of daylight. It’s also next door to Tea Forest, the popular coffee/tea shop built by CEO David Lai and his wife. Started as more of an experiment, Tea Forest is now a bustling part of their neighborhood. We also shot at a number of locations including the amazing Walt Disney Concert Hall. Because of Hello’s working relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, we were able to get permission to shoot in this architectural marvel as part of our story about the Bravo Gustavo, the iPhone app they developed to promote new conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Enjoy!

Creative Inspirations director Scott Erickson works with cinematographer Jacob K. Cunningham as they set up their next shot at Hello Design's studio.

Creative Inspirations director Scott Erickson works with cinematographer Jacob K. Cunningham as they set up their next shot at Hello Design's studio.

Cinematographer Ben Nilsson is checking camera and audio settings before rolling at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Cinematographer Ben Nilsson is checking camera and audio settings before rolling at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Scott and cinematographer Mia Shimabuku with Hello Design Account Director Scott Arenstein in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Scott and cinematographer Mia Shimabuku with Hello Design Account Director Scott Arenstein in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Scott and Mia shoot Hello's Scott Arenstein demonstrating their iPhone app (Bravo Gustavo!) while on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  

Scott and Mia shoot Hello's Scott Arenstein demonstrating their iPhone app (Bravo Gustavo!) while on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

By David Niles White | Wednesday, February 16, 2011

lynda.com documentary team answers questions from SBIFF audience

Our last post from this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival shows you five of the many faces behind our flagship documentary series, Creative Inspirations. We were honored to have two of our documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist chosen as official selections to be screened at the festival.

At the request of the festival, director Scott Erickson and I made ourselves available for questions and answers from the audience. For our premiere evening, we were we joined by editor Tracy Clarke, editor/cinematographer Mia Shimabuku, and co-founder Lynda Weinman. Here’s a rare opportunity to see our team in front of the camera… and to see me wearing a sport jacket.

By David Niles White | Thursday, December 23, 2010

The lynda.com documentary team goes behind the camera with Richard Koci Hernandez

The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Valley is where multimedia journalist Richard ‘Koci’ Hernandez was first inspired to take pictures at age 12. He hadn’t been back since and this was my first trip to Yosemite, so it was pretty exciting for both of us. We were joined by Creative Inspirations Director Scott Erickson and Cinematographer/Editor Mia Shimabuku.

After an amazing shoot in Yosemite, we shot at Koci’s home in the East Bay of San Francisco, as well as downtown in the Mission District and on campus at UC Berkeley where he teaches at the graduate school of Journalism. There’s almost always a camera in his hands and we were frequently pointing cameras at each other.

Our days on location were filled with awe and inspiration. From the waterfalls in Yosemite to the amazing work Koci is doing in depressed areas of the city to interviews in historic Northgate Hall, one of UC Berkeley’s historic landmarks. The images and narrative that comprise this installment of lynda.com’s flagship documentary series are moving and thought provoking. Our team is pleased and proud to present our latest Creative Inspirations documentary, Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist.

Series director Scott Erickson prepares Koci for an early morning shoot on the road to Yosemite.

Series director Scott Erickson (right) prepares Koci for an early morning shoot on the road to Yosemite. In the background, cinematographer/editor Mia Shimabuku sets up her first shot.

Mia takes her first shots outside of the famous tunnel that leads to the Yosemite Valley.

Mia takes her first shots outside of the famous tunnel that leads to the Yosemite Valley.

Mia and Scott shooting in Yosemite Valley.

Mia and Scott shooting in Yosemite Valley.

Koci is trying to re-create one of his first photographs taken at age 12. The actual slide is in his left hand.  Scott and Mia capture the moment.

Koci is trying to re-create one of his first photographs taken at age 12. The actual slide is in his left hand. Scott and Mia capture the moment.

Scott and Mia shooting Koci in San Francisco's Mission District.

Scott and Mia shooting Koci in San Francisco's Mission District.

Mia and Koci square off in the Mission District.

Mia and Koci square off in the Mission District.

Scott and Mia getting background shots in front of UC Berkeley's Campanile.

Scott and Mia getting background shots in front of UC Berkeley's Campanile.

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