Monthly Archives: June 2014

Up and Running with Nook on lynda.com

I’ve got another new course on lynda.com – Up and Running with Nook.

Watch the course intro for Up and Running with Nook

 

If you’ve never tried an e-reader, these things are awesome. You should check out the e-ink based readers like the Nook Glowlight and the Kindle Paperwhite. A backlit screen that looks and feels exactly like paper. It’s such a pleasurable experience reading on a screen that doesn’t burn light into your eyes like a computer or an iPad. It feels like you’re back to reading physical books again. Plus, you can have thousands of books in your library, all accessible from a single e-reader device.

In this course, I’ll get you up and running with the Nook Glowlight. The Glowlight ties into the Barnes & Noble book store, of course, where you can buy from a huge library of books. But, you’re not limited to that. In this course, I also show you how to download free books for a Nook as well as PDF files. If you’re thinking of picking up a Nook, or if you’re looking to learn a little more about the Nook you have, check this course out.

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Managing a Video Production with an iPad

Check out my new course on lynda.com – Managing a Video Production with an iPad.

Watch the intro for Managing a Video Production on an iPad

I’m sure you already know there are a ton of apps available for iPad and Android for video production. Sure, there are a lot of camera apps, but I’m talking about apps that are focused on other specializations. There are lots of great apps for the working videographer. There are tools for pre-production and planning. There are apps that replace some of the on set tools – slates, teleprompters, etc.

This course is very personal for me. It’s built around a workflow that I developed as a Producer and Assistant Director on several low-budget and no-budget video projects. This is a paper-free Assistant Director’s workflow using iPad apps. I use a handful of the best apps to create shot lists, make a shooting schedule, run the schedule during the shoot day, create call sheets, run a teleprompter, slate shots, and collect talent releases.

I’ve had a lot of success with this workflow. I can show up on set carrying nothing but an iPad and know that I can keep the crew organized and keep the shoot running on schedule. I hope you’ll check it out.

Some of the apps featured in this course:

Special thanks goes out to the developers who created Shot Lister, Movie Slate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release for their generous help and support as I put this course together.

A web contributor

I’ve been a passive consumer of the web for far too long. I’ve been checking out your instagrams, following your tweets, and liking your bookface. Now, it’s time for me to take an active role and contribute to the conversation.

This blog will be a hub for anybody interested in what I have to say. This will typically center around software training, video production, and film commentary (not criticism). But, basically it will be a playground for the things I love. This will include comic books, book books, unicycling, photography, and anything else that I deem to be awesome. After all, I just like liking things.

Sure, this is just a WordPress blog. But, I’m not a web designer. Let’s let the good people of WordPress do what they do best – let me off the hook on the whole “building a web site” thing.

I hope you find something useful here. Check out my social links in the header above. Use the category links on the sidebar to filter to specific topics, and let me know what you think.