Leonard Retel Helmrich

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We were super lucky today to have

Here is a clip of the documentary "Shape of the Moon". After that, we spent the last few hours making a low-cost version of the steady wings. We got all the parts from Home Depot.

Shooting at MIT

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Today we headed to MIT to shoot some film using the steady wings we built yesterday. The exercise was to create a portrait of MIT that involves building and movement. Here is Vanessa filming the LIST gallery curator Joao Ribas

And here is one of the shots at MIT. It is the MIT legendary lobby 7

Work Starts on Final Projects

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Students started working on their final projects today. Here is Nicky in full gear filming the swan at the pond near his house.

Jake, Luke, and Emily wanted to get a time lapse of the play field. The camera is all taped up to make it does not move.

Final Cut

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For the past two days, students have been obsessed with Final Cut. Alla showed us all the tricks and shortcuts which make it super fun to use the software. Although the students are expected to produce a three-minute movie, the sequences they have now are more than 20 minutes long. A lot of trimming needs to happen before our Friday's showdown.

Although students are mostly using footage from different online resources, they also using footage they shot themselves. Here is a clip of the swan and her babies captured by Nicky on Sunday morning (super cute!)

Instructions for the Steadywing

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Some people have asked us to write detailed instructions of how to make the Steadywing. The design was completely done by film maker,

2. Layout the PVC that needs epoxy. - Fast-drying epoxy makes assembly easy, but means you need to know exactly which parts you are assembling. - Each "Wing" of the SteadyWing requires: 3" pipe, 4" pipe, 2 T-joints, 1 elbow joint. - If you want, use the marker to mark the ends of the joints and pipe that will be connected.

3. Mix up the epoxy. - Squeeze out a little epoxy onto a piece of paper. - Use the pencil to mix the epoxy. 4. Apply the Epoxy to the PVC. - Epoxy one connection at a time. Using the mixing pencil, apply a thin coat of epoxy to the inside of the joint and last 1/2" of the PVC pipe. Only epoxy the portions that will be attached. - INSERT the pipe into the joint. Use a towel to clean off any epoxy that squeezes out. - Epoxy the remaining connections. - To help ensure the angles of the wings are exact, lay each wing assembly so the flat ends of the T-joints rest on a table, with the elbow joint in the air. - Read the instructions on your epoxy to find out how much the "curing" or "setting" time is to determine how long you should wait to allow the epoxy to set.

5. Cut out a 4" x 8" piece of the plastic cutting board. - Saws are not very good at making turns. It will be easier to cut all the way through the board. - Use the ruler and marker to draw the lines you will be cutting. - Use the jig saw to cut along the lines. 6. Mark out the remaining cuts in the board (see picture) - 4 holes, 1" from the edge and 2" apart on each of the long sides. - A centered 5" line.

7. Drill & cut out the remaining marks. - Drill out the 4 holes and 2 holes on either end of the line. - Use the jigsaw to cut out the slot along the line. 8. Drill two holes on each T-joint, 2" apart, all the way through the joint. 9. Use the 4 longer screws and 4 nuts to fasten the board to the wings. - Optional: instead of nuts, you can use 4 wing nuts to allow tightening by hand. - Optional: use a dremel to trim the screws. 10. Use the shorter screw, washer, and wing nut to secure the camera to the board.

And here is how it looks with the camera mounted on.

Behind the M&M scene

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M&M team has been working hard on their stage and extras. This is their second attempt at shooting the same scene. This time, they paid much more attention to the location of cameras and how their extras are moving in the space.

Finale of the Filming Studio

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Last Friday we had our finale for the Filming Studio. We had five projects in total, a documentary, two music video clips, a drama, and movie review. You can check out the final projects

Some students invited their families to the review. Here is Diallo's mother and brother.

The Quantum Physics behind "Jumper"

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In the spirit of our upcoming Science Fiction semester, here is a recap of an interesting event that happened at MIT a year and a half ago to promote the movie "Jumper". Professors

Getting ready for the Fall

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Our Fall 2010 studios (topics, descriptions & bios) are online! Check out the exciting topics we'll be exploring starting this September! Students will explore ideas on alternate possibilities in a world based on known or postulated laws of nature. The studios will delve into topics such as space mining, alternate worlds, film and music fiction, and nanotechnology. Using graphics, digital modeling, audio and video technologies and photography, students will represent their ideas and viewpoints on future innovations. If you have any ideas on sci-fi exploration, please contact us!

Brainstorming for final projects

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Today students started working on their final projects. You can check each student's page