Steven Spielberg Announces Jurassic Park 4 at Comicon 2011
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Yes, I am listening to that unforgettable melody on repeat as I put together this article. I suggest you do the same while reading it (link provided by clicking on the doo's).
You may experience side effects such as little tiny lumps all of your body called "goose bumps", and Jurafastimetravelic - stage 4 (a disease which causes you to obsess about time traveling into the future just to see Jurassic Park 4).
Steven Spielberg has revealed at the San Diego Comicon that Jurassic Park 4 has a writer, and is in development...
A few days ago, director Joe Johnston, on the promotional campaign for his latest film Captain America, mentioned that he may be taking up the reins on the Jurassic Park franchise, and even hinted that his involvement may herald a new trilogy of dinosaur-themed movies.
"We are in discussions about Jurassic Park 4," Johnston told Screen Rant. "The most important thing I can tell you is that it starts a new trilogy that will go off in a different direction - a completely different direction that is very exciting, and different from anything we've seen."
Over at the San Diego Comic-Con, meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's been promoting his own forthcoming movie, which is, of course, Tintin. While on the discussion panel talking about that film, the topic of conversation turned to the JP franchise, and Spielberg has officially announced that Jurassic Park 4 is, indeed, on the way, and that it already has a writer attached. He further stated that they had a story in mind, and that the film will be with us in the next two or three years.
It's little more than a news snippet for now, admittedly, but for the inner child in us who loves nothing more than to watch big dinosaurs breaking things, we're more than a little excited about this prospect.
Article courtesy of Ryan Lambie at http://www.denofgeek.com
Final Cut Pro X Has Now Been Released
Here Are Pam's Thoughts:
"I am tired of people asking me what I think of FCP X. It doesn't matter what I think. What matters is what you think. I am also tired of people focusing on the negatives of FCP X. We already know what it can't do. So, lets be positive, and focus on what it CAN do. Maybe, we'll come to find that the new FCP has more and better things to offer than what we presumed."
- Michael Horton, President of LA Final Cut Pro User Group
Although I already heard many things about the new Final Cut X, that LAFCPUG July 27th meeting at the Gallery Theatre was the first time I had actually seen it. Upon first sight, my two thoughts were "Holy sh** that looks nothing like FCP" and "Oh, it's iMovie." Come to find, those are the thoughts going through every FCP user, upon first glance (maybe some with an exclamation point, instead of the swearing)
FCPUG has been trying to branch out from FCP, and be more about editing systems in general. Over the past 6th months, they have been covering all there is to know about AVID. However, when the new FCP X was released, it was evident and imperative that they go back to FCP, and focus on their first mission to educate editors all there is to know about FCP. At the July meeting, Michael Horton announced that FCP X is now on their syllabus over the next year.
Most of the things ... well, all of the things I heard from my fellow FCP users were negative comments about what FCP can't do anymore. Well, I have great news for you FCP users. It turns out the FCP X actually CAN do most of the imperative things that you presume it can't. You just don't understand its new vocabulary, therefore you don't know how to use it. FCP still has most of the same options, the words and keyboard shortcuts have just changed. For example: "Keyboard Layout" is now called "Commands", "Match Frame" is now called "Reveal in Events Browser", and "Add Edit" is now actually called "Blade" (which is a bit confusing since the blade tool was previously used to make a cut)
The first FCP X meeting also revealed that FCP is trying to be more like AVID. For example, now each sequence is called a "project" and saves into the preferred scratch disk as a project. Therefore, all of the clips that used to be organized into your project browser, is now mimicked and pulled straight from your scratch disk's project file folder. What does this mean? No more reconnecting media every time you open your project on a different computer, and most importantly, constant workflow through a NETWORK of editors. This is one of the huge things FCP used to lack, compared to AVID.
Although I have come to find FCP X is not as bad as its rep, there are still missing elements that have caused FCP X to be considered less-than-ready for the daily tasks currently tackled by Final Cut Pro 7. Some of these elements are merely temporary missing features that can be added later. Unfortunately, there is word going around from FCP tutors that there are some elements in the inherent design of the FCP X application which prevents potential future updates that are adequate in making FCP X more advanced than your typical, over the counter editing system.
Returning to another bright note, Apple should be commended for one thing by President Obama himself: They have just created a TON of jobs for FCP tutors.
A lot of us are frightened. Now we have to take the time to learn FCP X, or a new editing system. We have to sacrifice the precious time we would have used to be working on a project. However, as all editors should know, our field is an endless learning experience. This change is a great opportunity to use it as a motivational tool to keep learning new things in the post production world.
Now, if you are nerdy enough to have read this far into the article, here is the answer to the question I'm sure has been on your mind: Am I going to go head first into FCP X or move on? ...
I am going to keep using FCP 7, until I've seen what upgrades FCP X comes out with, and wait until the fog clears up to see what everyone else is doing. However, thank you AVID for your 30 day free trial. It's a time to be motivated to learn new things. So, I am going to learn all there is to know about AVID, that way I am prepared with options when the time has come to make a final decision.
If you don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money learning about FCP X, and want to see the application for yourself, LA Final Cut Pro User Group meets every last Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Arts Park. There is a $5 door charge, and you get 2 tickets for their Famous Raffle held at the end of every meeting. The give aways are INCREDIBLE! For more information about LAFCPUG, please visit http://www.lafcpug.org
Seattle Anesthesia Outreach Presents "Black Lion Medical Expedition" a Documentary by Jason Gurvitz and Pamela Svatos
Seattle Anesthesia Outreach is a volunteer program through Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Their mission is to provide support for the improvement of medical care in developing areas of the world with particular emphasis on anesthesia and peri-operative services. SAO has no religious affiliation
In February of this year, SAO completed its first mission to Ethiopia. This was the first of what they hope will be a long term relationship with the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. This hospital is the teaching institution for medical students and residents of the Addis Ababa University Medical School.
As part of the mission they brought 8 tons of medical equipment, including 8 anesthesia machines, as well as monitors for the operating rooms (OR's) and the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). This shipment was delivered gratis by Ethiopian Airlines and the Boeing Corporation.
A total of 24 people participated in the mission over a 4 week period, including anesthesiologists, obstetricians, a pediatric surgeon, OR nursing staff and technicians, as well as obstetrical nurses, PACU nurses, anesthesia technicians, and biomedical engineering personnel.
Their major achievements on this mission were the following:
- Established an obstetric anesthesia service and trained the anesthesiologists and residents in the use of epidurals for labor and caesarian section.
- Previously, the hospital had no recovery room and so patients were sent from even major surgery direct to the wards. They built a new, state of the art PACU to monitor patients after surgery and ensure that they are stable before they return to the wards. This will make a major impact on reducing post-operative morbidity and mortality and also help streamline surgical services for the hospital. They also provided training for the newly dedicated PACU nursing staff.
- Installed the new anesthesia machines and monitors in the OR's and trained the staff in their use, as well as providing training to the bio-engineering department on maintenance for this equipment.
Upon their return, they installed the new anesthesia machines and monitors in the OR's and trained the staff in their use, as well as providing training to the bio-engineering department on maintenance for this equipment.
The event will be held at The Mountaineers at Magnusson Park on Saturday May 21st, at 7pm.
As part of the proceedings SAO will show Seattle Anesthesia Outreach: Black Lion Medical Expedition, a documentary of their February mission to Ethiopia by filmmaker Jason Gurvitz, who accompanied us through our entire stay in Addis, and Pamela Svatos, the editor who pieced together thier experience into a story.