Monday, October 22, 2007

Video Ventures

Great article from the blog Genuine VC about which current digital trends are the best bets for startup opportunities. Seven were chosen, here's what the author, David Beisel, had to say about number six:

6. Wide proliferation of video.
While in the age of YouTube it may seem trivial to mention, but I believe it can’t be overstated. We’re moving to a world where every web page, every device, every screen will be have some type of video content. The long-tail of video content will be wagging.

You can read the entire post here. Thanks to Elaine for the link!

I feel validated, since we've talked about this subject often on this blog. Of course, if you're looking to invest in a rapidly-growing small video production company, I can refer you to one!


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Right Brain vs. Left Brain

This is a lot of fun. Which way do you see the dancer turning?

Try it out. Evidently, most people will see her move counter-clockwise, some people can see her both ways.

I see her turning clockwise, and I can't make her go the other way, for what that's worth.

Try it, and post your result. I'm curious.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Rich and Chris' "Math dha-rìribh" Adventure

Edinburgh, Scotland

Not the most inspired title, but we did want to post an update and a short recap of the trip for the folks who have been asking. We had a great time, met a lot of really interesting people and saw some amazing places. It also kicked our collective behind, but we're really happy with the footage and it will make a terrific presentation in all its forms: web, trade show and DVD.

The Queen, Prince Philip, Rich and Chris with The Lord Mayor of Belfast,
the Right Honourable Councillor Jim Rodgers, OBE

When you travel for about a week, you'll find yourself just starting to get acclimated to your new environment when it's suddenly time to go home. Two weeks away, and you can really immerse yourself in a different routine. Creeping up on three weeks, I'd nearly forgotten my home address and which way to look before crossing the street. We found ourselves getting caught up in the drama of Chelsea FC, the Rugby World Cup (which did not end well for Ireland), and the hybrid sport that is Gaelic Football.

County Galway, Ireland

Part of being a video professional means making your subject matter look better and more interesting than it is in "real life." It was a wonderful change of pace to turn our cameras toward such magnificent scenery and historic sites. On this shoot, everything looked good. Even the sometimes-gloomy weather didn't detract.

Blarney Castle, Ireland. We did not kiss the stone, on the advice of a kindly barkeep,
who told us
what the locals do to that stone when the tourists are not around.

For the record:
  • Favorite City: Edinburgh, Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland (tie)
  • Favorite Brew: Guinness
  • Favorite Bartender: John Young, Brogan's, Dublin, Ireland
  • Most Beautiful: The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
  • Least Beautiful: Limerick, Ireland
  • Coolest Creepy Place: Mary King's Close, Edinburgh
  • Creepiest Creepy Place: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh
  • Best Weather: Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland
  • Worst Weather: Isle Of Skye, Scotland's Inner Hebrides
  • Best TV Commercial: Cadbury's Gorilla
  • Best Music Video: Jack Peñate, "Second Minute or Hour"
  • Personal Highlight (Rich): Buying a proper kilt from the maker, in Inverness, Scotland (What will he wear under his kilt? "My shoes!")
  • Personal Highlight (Chris): Locating Ardnamona House, my great-grandparents estate in Donegal, Ireland

Ardnamona, Lough Eske, County Donegal

We have enough stories, pictures and video to fill ten blog entries... it was a superb time. If you're interested in taking an escorted tour of Scotland, Ireland or Northern Ireland, you can check out our client: Brian Moore International Tours. Soon you'll see some of our video on their web site.