Explainer: the exciting new genre of the AV film essay

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A still from Mirrors of Bergman, a profoundly moving audio-visual essay.
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During March, the renowned film scholar Adrian Martin and the film critic Cristina Álvarez López are conducting a series of public workshops and lectures on a new and exciting phenomenon of digital film culture: the audio-visual essay. The Conversation (more…)

What’s in a (good) producer’s kit bag?

Producer's kit bag

You may need more than one producer’s kit bag.

Video producers have very different needs than videographers, grips, electricians, and other crew, who also have kit bags.

Producers are devoted to organization and economy. The better organized a producer is, the better he or she can keep a production within budget. If you’re a producer, you need a producer’s kit bag. Or several.

Also, I have found that even the best crew needs some support. That’s why you’ll find everything from work gloves to batteries in the list below. If I don’t need them, perhaps someone on your set will. And the faster a need is met … the less time and money you’ve spent. (more…)

Removing gender bias from algorithms

Removing gender bias from algorithmsMachine learning is ubiquitous in our daily lives. Every time we talk to our smartphones, search for images or ask for restaurant recommendations, we are interacting with machine learning algorithms. They take as input large amounts of raw data, like the entire text of an encyclopedia, or the entire archives of a newspaper, and analyze the information to extract patterns that might not be visible to human analysts. But when these large data sets include social bias, the machines learn that too.

A machine learning algorithm is like a newborn baby that has been given millions of books to read without being taught the alphabet or knowing any words or (more…)

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