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What is Native ISO?

Posted on Fri, Mar 3, 2017

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Digital Media, camera techniques, native iso, ISO, industry tips, video production

And The Winner Is....

Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

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On October 20th, filmmakers from around Detroit gathered at a viewing party for WDIV Local 4's Film Challenge Detroit. With over 100 entries, the field was narrowed down to just 10 finalists. Each contestant was hoping to win the grand prize, a trip for four to the Sundance Film Festival and $1,000.

 

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Topics: Detroit, Digital Media Arts, Digital Media, Film, film festival, movies, sundance film festival, detroit film, film challenge detroit, channel 4, local 4

How Lighting Affects Mood

Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Many different techniques and tricks have been used over the years to strike up a certain mood or emotional reaction from an audience. One of the biggest, and probably most important factors, is lighting. Good lighting is normally achieved by paying close attention to the basic concepts of direction, intensity, color, and contrast. All these different things play a huge part in giving one's project a certain feel. Here are a few ways lighting is used to influence the mood of a scene.

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Digital Media, Film, Color, Lighting, Lighting Techniques, dma, intensity, mood, direction

3 Tips for Creative Videography

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016

Have you ever watched a film and wondered, "How did they do that?" Well, while many filmmakers have their secret tricks that have yet to be explained, we can at least shed some light on a few other good techniques. Here we've compiled a list explaining three useful artistic videography tips to help spice up your next production.

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Topics: digital media industry, dslr, Digital Media Arts, Digital Media, videography, vertigo, speed ramping, camera techniques, dolly zoom, lens wacking, dolly technique

Media Events of the Month: April

Posted on Wed, Apr 1, 2015

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Topics: Media, Media Events, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Industry, Broadcast

The 53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Posted on Sat, Mar 7, 2015

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What is the Ann Arbor Film Festival?

With February passing us by just as quick as January did, we want to share awesome ways to spend your fleeting time getting to know the industry more intimately. Enter the 53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival! The AAFF is a six day even that showcases over 180 films in a wide variety of genres including experimental, animation, documentaries, and much more. There are many now-famous directors who exhibited early works at the AAFF including George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, and Andy Warhol. This festival is the real deal by being one of the few Academy Award-qualifying film festivals in the country.

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Topics: Digital Media, Film, Ann Arbor, film festival

Media Events of the Month - March

Posted on Sun, Mar 1, 2015

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Are you tired of finding out about cool events AFTER they have happened? Don't worry, we have come up with a solution for all of you busy bees out there! Specs Howard School of Media Arts is putting together a new blog series cleverly titled "Media Events of the Month". Check back here monthly to stay up to date on all events related to the Graphic Design, Digital Media, or Broadcast Industries. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Media, Media Events, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Industry, Broadcast

Academy Award Nominated Documentary Shorts Showing at the DIA

Posted on Fri, Feb 6, 2015

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With the rise in popularity of Netflix and Hulu, documentaries are also becoming more popular among viewers. More and more are becoming available as time goes on, and there are even ones being made for the sole purpose of being exclusive to one of the services. These are usually feature length documentaries, but what about the short documentary films that are just as good? They usually are overshadowed by the feature length ones, but not at the DIA! On Thursday, February 12th at 7:00pm, the DIA will be showing five short documentaries (apprx. 160 min. run time) to give them all their well-deserved spotlight. Come on out and catch them before the Academy Awards pick a winner on February 22nd! 

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Topics: Digital Media, Shorts, Academy Award, Documentary, Detroit Institute of Arts

Media Events of the Month - February

Posted on Sun, Feb 1, 2015

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Are you tired of finding out about cool events AFTER they've happened? Don't worry, we have come up with a solution for all of you busy bees out there! Specs Howard School of Media Arts is putting together a new blog series cleverly titled "Media Events of the Month". Check back here monthly to stay up to date on all events related to the Graphic Design, Digital Media, or Broadcast Industries. 

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Topics: Media, Media Events, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Industry, Broadcast

What is Digital Media?

Posted on Sun, Nov 23, 2014

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Topics: Video, Media, Digital Media Arts, Digital Media

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