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Sunday, March 04, 2018

 

NYXR CELEBRATES PI DAY (March 14)!


NYXR – The New York eXtended Reality Meetup

CELEBRATES Pi-DAY


The Future
(near term: next few years)

of EXTENDED REALITY


and what that means for you!



I would like to invite you to join us in celebrating Pi-Day, at the NYXR Meetup, for our CELEBRATION OF  π DAY, in recognition of this important day!

Pi-DAY, 3/14, March 14 is a day to celebrate Truth, Mathematics, Education, Science, Imagination, and Culture -- important things that help civilizations improve, in support of Life, Liberty, Equality, Truth, and the Pursuit of Happiness!


https://www.meetup.com/NYXR-New-York-eXtended-Reality-Meetup/

If you can't join us in NY
we invite you to join institutions around the world
or create your own celebration!

WIKIPEDIA ON PI DAY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day


For Pi-Day we will present an overview of how eXtended Reality will develop and evolve over the next few years.

eXtended Reality is our perception of the world we live in, currently being transformed, explosively! by the exponentially increasing power of digital technology. Some features of XR are described below.

As we finalize our program at the NYXR Meetup I would greatly appreciate your help, support, advice, and suggestions, for speakers, volunteers, and venue sponsors.

This is a call for speakers for this and future NYXR events: Ideally, speakers will give an overview of some aspect of eXtended Reality, and how it is evolving, and include links to pointers for developers who wish to move into that arena. A talk can be 15 min to an hour. There may just one or up to 4 speakers, with a total presentation time of approximately 1 hour followed by a Q&A.

Pi-DAY is March 14. The event is free. The event will be recorded in Virtual Reality.


Here is the tentative topic agenda:


The Future
(near term: next few years)

oEXTENDED REALITY


and what that means for you!




We welcome all suggestions for speakers, topics, and venue sponsors for this and future NYXR events. (Possible topics include anything suggested by the discussion below, as well as any related topics not mentioned here that the speaker knows should have been mentioned!)


Here are some of the most relevant rapidly evolving XR technologies and issues:


Major companies: Apple, Alphabet & Google; Amazon & AWS; Facebook, Microsoft, and Samsung are developing a portfolio of these technologies; Disney, Sony, Vive, and several Chinese companies also have major efforts underway; innovative companies like Magic Leap, and international companies like Netflix are developing with a more narrow focus but are significant players.  Some portfolio examples:




We invite everyone to join NYXR and come to our CELEBRATION OF PI-DAY.


This is a call for speakers, volunteers, and venue sponsors
for this and future NYXR events.

We welcome all suggestions!
Please contact:

qporit.casting@gmail.com



For the final program and exact location please see:


NYXR - The New York eXtended Reality Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/NYXR-New-York-eXtended-Reality-Meetup/


LINKS


NYXR - The New York eXtended Reality Meetup
https://www.meetup.com/NYXR-New-York-eXtended-Reality-Meetup/


WIKIPEDIA: ON PI DAY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

WIKIPEDIA: ON PI (π = 3.14159265358979323846264...)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi




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ACADEMY AWARDS 2018


NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS
ACADEMY AWARDS 2018

BEST

PICTURES
Feature:

"Call Me by Your Name"
"Darkest Hour"
"Dunkirk"
"Get Out"
"Lady Bird"
"Phantom Thread"
"The Post"
"The Shape of Water"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"


Animated Feature:

"The Boss Baby," Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
"The Breadwinner," Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
"Coco," Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
"Ferdinand," Carlos Saldanha
"Loving Vincent," Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman


Animated Short:

"Dear Basketball," Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
"Garden Party," Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
"Lou," Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
"Negative Space," Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
"Revolting Rhymes," Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer


Documentary Feature:

"Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
"Faces Places," JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
"Icarus," Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
"Last Men in Aleppo," Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
"Strong Island," Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes


Documentary Short Subject:

"Edith+Eddie," Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
"Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405," Frank Stiefel
"Heroin(e)," Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
"Knife Skills," Thomas Lennon
"Traffic Stop," Kate Davis, David Heilbroner


Live Action Short Film:

"DeKalb Elementary," Reed Van Dyk
"The Eleven O’Clock," Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
"My Nephew Emmett," Kevin Wilson, Jr.
"The Silent Child," Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
"Watu Wote/All of Us," Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen


Foreign Language Film:

"A Fantastic Woman" (Chile)
"The Insult" (Lebanon)
"Loveless" (Russia)
"On Body and Soul (Hungary)
"The Square" (Sweden)



CREATION

Director:

"Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan
"Get Out," Jordan Peele
"Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig
"Phantom Thread," Paul Thomas Anderson
"The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro


Adapted Screenplay:

"Call Me by Your Name," James Ivory
"The Disaster Artist," Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
"Logan," Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
"Molly’s Game," Aaron Sorkin
"Mudbound," Virgil Williams and Dee Rees


Original Screenplay:

"The Big Sick," Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
"Get Out," Jordan Peele
"Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig
"The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Martin McDonagh


Cinematography:

"Blade Runner 2049," Roger Deakins
"Darkest Hour," Bruno Delbonnel
"Dunkirk," Hoyte van Hoytema
"Mudbound," Rachel Morrison
"The Shape of Water," Dan Laustsen



ACTING

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."


Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
Meryl Streep, "The Post"


Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Woody Harrelson, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
>>Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"


Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"



CREATION - EDITING, SOUND, MUSIC, DESIGN

Film Editing:

"Baby Driver," Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
"Dunkirk," Lee Smith
"I, Tonya," Tatiana S. Riegel
"The Shape of Water," Sidney Wolinsky
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Jon Gregory


Sound Editing:

"Baby Driver," Julian Slater
"Blade Runner 2049," Mark Mangini, Theo Green
"Dunkirk," Alex Gibson, Richard King
"The Shape of Water," Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood


Sound Mixing:

"Baby Driver," Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
"Blade Runner 2049," Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
"Dunkirk," Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
"The Shape of Water," Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick


Production Design:

"Beauty and the Beast," Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
"Blade Runner 2049," Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
"Darkest Hour," Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
"Dunkirk," Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
"The Shape of Water," Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau


Original Score:

"Dunkirk," Hans Zimmer
"Phantom Thread," Jonny Greenwood
"The Shape of Water," Alexandre Desplat
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," John Williams
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Carter Burwell


Original Song:

"Mighty River" from "Mudbound," Mary J. Blige
"Mystery of Love" from "Call Me by Your Name," Sufjan Stevens
"Remember Me" from "Coco," Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
"Stand Up for Something" from "Marshall," Diane Warren, Common
"This Is Me" from "The Greatest Showman," Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


Makeup and Hair:

"Darkest Hour," Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

"Victoria and Abdul," Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
"Wonder," Arjen Tuiten


Costume Design:

"Beauty and the Beast," Jacqueline Durran
"Darkest Hour," Jacqueline Durran
"Phantom Thread," Mark Bridges
"The Shape of Water," Luis Sequeira
"Victoria and Abdul," Consolata Boyle


Visual Effects:

"Blade Runner 2049," John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
"Kong: Skull Island," Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi,"  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
"War for the Planet of the Apes," Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

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Monday, February 19, 2018

 

PITCH For Pi-DAY - We're making a Virtual Reality Video!


We will be shooting a fictional, narrative Virtual Reality Video, “PITCH For Pi-DAY”, this weekend (2018, Feb 23-25), in NYC, with a dress rehearsal on Wednesday (2/21).

This is a 5 min (no-pay, non-union) VR video, shot with the VUZE & LucidCam, and also shot for standard video.

Synopsis: “PITCH for PI-DAY” -- An aggressive, ambitious entrepreneur pitches a high-tech, comprehensive healthcare solution to a venture capital investor at a Pitch Fest: Successful pitches may get $$$ and will be invited to pitch to a large audience of potential $$$$$$ investors on Pi-Day (3/14). But it's not an easy pitch!

Beyond this video, I am building a team for making fictional, documentary, and commercial XR videos.   (XR = VR + AR + MR with AI and interactivity & …) 

In addition to XR video production, I am also interested in developing software to support live XR streaming, as well as archived XR video discovery and hosting.

I have a fine cast! I could use (and would greatly appreciate!) help in any of the following areas for this weekend’s video (and beyond, as we build a team):

              Line producer / assistant director / equipment monitor
              Someone to run any sudden errands that may be needed
              Set designer / set dresser
              Assistant Videographer (we’re wrangling multiple cameras!)
              VR video editor (PP After Effects & Mettle)
              Standard video editor

              Also
                            Sound engineer / editor
                            Assistant producer for post-completion promotions

If you are in NY and would like to join the team for this weekend’s shoot, please e-mail me at


qporit.casting@gmail.com.


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

RETURNING TV SERIES


THE AMERICANS
Returns March 28 on FX

This terrific series, starring Keri Russell, describes Russian operatives in the Reagan era. If you've been following this series, nothing in recent news should be a big surprise, but the series may illuminate how scary the operations you do not read about may be.


DESIGNATED SURVIVOR
Returns Feb 28 on ABC

We will have to see what happens after the deadly climax to the last episode.


SILICON VALLEY
Returns March 25 on HBO

This hilarious show describes the real world of tech entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. Kumail Nanjiani (who made "The Big Sick" in his spare time) was one of the "Variety Ten Actors To Watch" at the Hampton's International Film Festival in October. Even more than on Silicon Valley, in person he is brilliantly intelligent and funny.


MOZART IN THE JUNGLE
Season 4 (10 episodes) was just released, Feb 16, on Amazon.

An amusing series, especially for lovers of music.


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Friday, February 02, 2018

 

TWO CELEBRATIONS OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN - AT 100.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth.  The music he wrote and conducted, and the musical legacy of his programs for young people, and his many other contributions to the development of the American music scene continue to reverberate.

This year there will be many celebrations of his work:


Sharon Roffman
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony
THE BERNSTEIN SERENADE, After Plato's Symposium

UPDATE - RAVE REVIEW
https://kcmetropolis.org/article/a-century-of-bernstein-begins/

Tonight and this weekend, Sharon Roffman is performing Bernstein's SERENADE, After Plato's Symposium, with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Stern (whose father, Isaac Stern, premiered the piece in its original, first performance)!

link:
KANSAS CITY ORCHESTRA Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
http://tickets.kcsymphony.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=11598



Sharon has created a website to illuminate the piece:

link:
THE BERNSTEIN SERENADE, After Plato's Symposium
http://sharonroffman.com/bernsteinserenade/
http://sharonroffman.com




The Thurnauer School of Music
BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION
The GIFT OF MUSIC - 2018

The Thurnauer School of Music, at the Kaplen JCC On The Palisades, is devoting their annual charity event for music scholarships, The Gift of Music Gala, to a celebration of Bernstein's music, with performances by their noted children's choir and singer Naomi Louisa O'Connell. It will be a family event, on Sunday Feb 11.

link:
GIFT OF MUSIC - 2018
https://www.wizevents.com/register/landing.php?id=5676
http://www.jccotp.org/thurnauer


link:
LEONARD BERNSTEIN ON WIkIPEDIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Bernstein



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Monday, January 08, 2018

 

ANOTHER SILLY DATE POST


Somehow I've always liked silly dates:

Today, shortly after 18 minutes past six PM it will be

1/8/18 18:18:18

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

 

GOLDEN GLOBES 2018


2018 Golden Globes
Nominees

MOTION PICTURES

Best Motion Picture, Drama
"Call Me by Your Name"
"Dunkirk"
"The Post"
"The Shape of Water"
=> "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
"The Disaster Artist"
"Get Out"
"The Greatest Showman"
"I, Tonya"
=> "Lady Bird"

Best Motion Picture, Animated
"The Boss Baby"
"The Breadwinner"
=> "Coco"
"Ferdinand"
"Loving Vincent"

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
"A Fantastic Woman"
"First They Killed My Father"
=> "In the Fade"
"Loveless"
"The Square"

Best Director, Motion Picture
=> Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"
Ridley Scott, "All the Money in the World"
Steven Spielberg, "The Post"

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, "The Shape of Water"
Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, "The Post"
=> Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Aaron Sorkin, "Molly’s Game"



MOTION PICTURE ACTORS

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, "Molly’s Game"
Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
=> Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Meryl Streep, "The Post"
Michelle Williams, "All the Money in the World"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
Helen Mirren, "The Leisure Seeker"
Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
=> Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
Emma Stone, "Battle of the Sexes"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
=> Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
Tom Hanks, "The Post"
=> Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel Esq."

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
Ansel Elgort, "Baby Driver"
=> "James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
Hugh Jackman, "The Greatest Showman"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Armie Hammer, "Call Me by Your Name"
Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
=> Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"



MOTION PICTURES - MUSIC

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
=> Alexandre Desplat, "The Shape of Water"
Jonny Greenwood, "Phantom Thread"
John Williams, "The Post"
Hans Zimmer, "Dunkirk"

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
"Home" - "Ferdinand"
"Mighty "River" - "Mudbound"
"Remember Me" - "Coco"
"The Star" - "The Star"
=> "This is Me" - "The Greatest Showman"




TELEVISION

Best Television Series, Drama
"The Crown," Netflix
"Game of Thrones," HBO
=> "The Handmaid’s Tale," Hulu
"Stranger Things," Netflix
"This Is Us," NBC

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
"black-ish," ABC
=> "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Amazon
"Master of None," Netflix
"Smilf," Showtime
"Will & Grace," NBC

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
=> "Big Little Lies," HBO
"Fargo," FX
"Feud: Bette and Joan," FX
"The Sinner," USA Network
"Top of the Lake: China Girl," SundanceTV



TELEVISION - ACTORS

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"
Claire Foy, "The Crown"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Deuce"
Katherine Langford, "13 Reasons Why"
=> Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid’s Tale"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, "Better Things"
Alison Brie, "Glow"
=> Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Issa Rae, "Insecure"
Frankie Shaw, "Smilf"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"
=> Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"
Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
=> Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"
Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid’s Tale"
Chrissy Metz, "This Is Us"
Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Wizard of Lies"
Shailene Woodley, "Big Little Lies"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
=> Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"
Freddie Highmore, "The Good Doctor"
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, "black-ish"
=> "Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"
Kevin Bacon, "I Love Dick"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Eric McCormack, "Will & Grace"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
Jude Law, "The Young Pope"
Kyle MacLachlan, "Twin Peaks"
=> Ewan McGregor, "Fargo"
Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
Alfred Molina, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Christian Slater: "Mr. Robot"
=> Alexander Skarsgard: "Big Little Lies"
David Thewlis: "Fargo"

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