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April 2015 Desktop Calendar


Featured Image: Scottsdale’s Troon North Golf Club, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this April image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar. Read more

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On-the-go with my hero and mentor Randy Baker

I had some very good luck in my budding career about 22 years ago, when many disparate activities started leading in some positive directions for me. One of those new avenues was my first gig as a television writer, which came about because of prolific producer, director and videographer Randy Baker. Although that project never quite made it on the air, it led to a lot of collaborations with Randy over the next several years, all of which impacted me profoundly.

Before any of that happened, back when I was still a student at the University of Central Florida and president of the film club, Randy was one of the esteemed guest speakers I’d invited in. Already well known for his career achievements and knowledge, Randy’s knack for stepping forward as a local industry leader was in many ways just getting started. So all those years later when I was concepting shows, writing business plans, grant proposals and news releases and doing audio for him on shoots, he was also teaching me what it meant to be productive, to be a leader, to earn money, and to live as a freelance business professional. Read more

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March 2015 Desktop Calendar


Featured Image: Santa Monica Color Wash, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this March image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar.

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CDO Summits set for NYC, Amsterdam, Toronto, London and Sydney

Five months ago, I wrote a story discussing the rise of the Chief Digital Officer and the activities shaping-up from the CDO Club. Since then, I’ve kept a close eye on other announcements from CDO Club founder David Mathison, and in summary, he has been very busy. At present, the CDO Club is gearing-up for the Chief Digital Officer Summit in New York City, which is set to take place on April 29. After that, there are four more CDO Summits in the works:
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Amsterdam, set for July 29, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Toronto, set for Sept. 16, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit London, set for Oct. 21, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Sydney, set for Feb. 24, 2015

The video I’m presenting here courtesy of David and the CDO Club allows you to experience the fascinating “Entertainment Ecosystem” session from last year’s CDO Summit in NYC. There, on April 22, the CDO Club united some of the entertainment industry’s most prominent architects of change Read more

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“Off Camera” enters year three of the best conversations

It’s been a year since I last spoke with the acclaimed photographer and director Sam Jones, who is the publisher, host and editor-in-chief of the Off Camera website, magazine, TV show and podcast. Sam launched his on-camera interview series in 2013 with these words: “…as much as I have tried to create a multi-platform technologically relevant episodic blogpodzine, I am really just using new tools to do the same thing I have always done; which is follow my interests, and try to get in the room with some really interesting people.” Last February, I published a story about Off Camera’s first anniversary, and Sam surprised me with a call to touch-base. That connection with such a respected and accomplished artist inspires me every day.

Over the past 12 months, new print/iPod issues and episodes of Off Camera have appeared with these fascinating guests… all sharing insights from in-depth conversations with Sam, who is their trusted friend: Michael B. Jordan, Sarah Silverman, Matt Damon, Ed Helms, Jackson Browne, Judy Greer, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Goldsmith, Laird Hamilton and Jon Brion. Sam’s thoughtful Off Camera theme builds on his experiences working with high-profile luminaries… where they would regularly discuss various subjects, including their work. The best conversations were happening off-camera, Sam observed… and this passion project is the result. Read more

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February 2015 Desktop Calendar


Featured Image: Orangeine Sky, Newport Beach, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this February image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar.

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F5 creativity festival returns to NYC

On 17-18 April, F5 will return to New York City, the epicenter of global creativity… convening in Terminal 5, one of the city’s premier venues. Uniting filmmakers, writers, digital artists, game designers, interactive artists, motionographers, graphic designers, visual effects experts, musicians, industry visionaries and many others (including yours truly), F5 2015 promises to foster artistic breakthroughs of the highest order.

Founded on the ideal that true insight and lasting inspiration come from unexpected places, F5 is the cutting-edge creativity festival exploring the intersection of design, art and technology. Created by Motionographer in 2009 as an essential meeting point for future-minded individuals, F5 has proven power in creating lasting change. Read more

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Reasons to Pause in 2015


Set to run 9-15 Feb. in Melbourne, Australia, Pause Fest is the premier annual digital event aimed at supporting and showcasing the best in creative and tech from Australia and all around the world. For the past several years, each Pause festival has told a story through a unique theme. For this year, the theme is Pure: Simple ideas that will change world.

From its humble beginnings in 2011, Pause has rapidly grown to become one of the most anticipated events on the bustling Australian festival calendar. Attracting a powerful mix of industry professionals, startups and early adopters from a broad range of digital disciplines, each year Pause offers a wealth of exciting opportunities for locals to connect, collaborate and launch projects alongside global leaders and visionary brands. In 2014, the festival lit up Federation Square, with more than 6,000 people flocking to Australia’s innovation capital. Read more

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Join Robert Redford, George Lucas and friends at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is set to run Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, and last week, The Sundance Institute announced an especially exciting series of offscreen programming events.

Reportedly, Art of Film Weekend (Jan. 29-31) will highlight the unique roles of writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, production designers, art directors, costume designers, casting directors, sound designers, composers and the countless others who bring stories to life on screen. The series will kick off with Robert Redford and George Lucas discussing their careers and creative process with Leonard Maltin, and continue throughout the second half of the Festival with additional panels on topics including artistry in film music, virtual reality, visual design, editing and documentary.

“Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our Festival,” said Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper. Read more

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Making history: CES 2015

Owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2015 International CES is now underway in Las Vegas, where it will run on through Friday. Well established as the essential annual gathering for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and their breakthroughs for more than 40 years. It’s truly a global stage, where the marketers behind next-generation innovations make great efforts to create splashes of epic proportions. With CEA standing as the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, the media blitz we all are witnessing provides amazing insights… proving that this largest hands-on event of its kind is extremely important in identifying and addressing this far-reaching industry’s key issues.

The Vergecast video I’m presenting here offers a solid introduction to some of the event’s most exciting stories, thanks to Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Plante of The Verge. For access to more CES 2015 insider intelligence, here are 10 fascinating feature stories I have hand-selected from my many friends in the high-tech editorial world. Read more

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