The Best External Hard Drive for Photographers and Videographers

It’s time to stop buying those standard USB external hard drives. We’ve found a much better solution.

For the past few years, we have been traveling with a 2-bay Synology NAS (network attached storage) device. This NAS was fairly big, especially when it had to fit in my backpack for three months while we filmed with Elia, but it allowed Patrick and me to edit footage simultaneously, and it gave us peace of mind knowing that the footage was always on two separate drives. Soon after we wrote a post about how clever we thought our solution was, Synology contacted us and informed us that there is a much smaller option, the DS416slim.

The DS416slim is an incredibly small NAS device. It’s almost half the size of our previous unit. It holds four laptop-sized hard drives (or SSD drives if your budget permits), and it allows you to use RAID to keep your data redundant and safe. My favorite feature of this little box is that it has two Ethernet ports on the back meaning that we no longer have to travel with a switch if there are only two of us. We simply plug two laptops directly into the DS416slim and we can download footage, or edit footage at the same time.

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“Wreck-It Ralph 2 Gets an Official Synopsis & New Image”

Ralph and Vanellope journey to the world wide web in a new image and synopsis from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Disney’s animation department found a new hit in 2012 with the release of Wreck-It Ralph. While it may not fit the typical idea of a video game movie, Wreck-It Ralph dived deep into the history of gaming to tell a wild story. Starring John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, and Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix), the heartfelt film was a critical hit, making it no surprise when sequel talks began.

Full Story @: Screen Rant

Is ‘The Lion King’ Remake Animated? The Upcoming Movie Is Sparking Some Confusion

I was just discussing this earlier today on Twitter with a follower.  I think the “buzz-phrase” in the description is “Photo-Realistic Animation”.  I’ve heard it explained as being similar to, but better than, the “Jungle Book” was.  Either way I’m kind of interested in seeing how it comes out although… to be honest, I’m a HUGE fan of 2D animation and nothing will ever replace the original for me.

Director Jon Favreau promises this Disney remake will feature pioneering filmmaking techniques that will have you seeing The Lion King in a whole new way, according to a press release. But what exactly does that mean? Well, the Lion King remake, which hits theaters on July 19, 2019, plans to bring the African savanna and its inhabitants to life using photo-realistic animation.

Full Story at Bustle: Is ‘The Lion King’ Remake Animated? The Upcoming Movie Is Sparking Some Confusion

Movies and music play with our minds by bending time

This is really interesting and something I’ve not really thought about before.

Movies and music play with our minds by bending time

Movie directors regularly manipulate the passage of time in films to entertain their audiences, but researchers are trying to unravel the effect this can have on our brains.

Little is known about how the human brain processes time or how slow motion, time lapse and even music can alter our perception of how quickly it passes, changing our emotions and cognitive abilities.

Full Article: Movies and music play with our minds by bending time

New West 57th Street Landmark Movie Theater Location, With Fancy Seats And A Bar, Is Now Open: Gothamist

Looks like combining F&B with cinema is the direction movie theaters are headed to compete with Netflix & other streaming sites.

I have to admit – this looks pretty appealing. Do they guarantee the person behind me will keep their talking & snacking noise to a minimum? #petpeeve

We took a look at the space earlier this week and found it to be, as promised, in a similar stratosphere as other amenity-rich theaters, like Alamo Drafthouse and iPic. While there’s no in-theater food and drink ordering, there’s a curated array of concessions (Melt Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sweet & Sara Vegan Smores, Bronx Pretzel, etc.) plus a bar with craft beers, wine and cocktails and fare like salads, tacos and sliders.

Full story & more pics: New West 57th Street Landmark Movie Theater Location, With Fancy Seats And A Bar, Is Now Open: Gothamist

Long Prairie drive-in theater rescued by donations | The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

I love stories like this.  People coming together to save & preserve the limited number of drive-in theaters we have left in this country.  Many happy childhood memories for me at one these institutions :).

Donations are coming in from outdoor theater lovers, near and far, to Long Prairie where the town’s outdoor theater screen was heavily damaged by a storm on July 17.

Strong winds destroyed the original 1950s-era screen which measures 86 feet wide and stands 60 feet tall. Repairs are estimated at $60,000, and insurance does not cover all of the replacement costs.

The owners hope to reopen later in September and run outdoor shows into October, weather permitting.

Full Story: Long Prairie drive-in theater rescued by donations | The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Hollywood is on track to have its worst summer in 25 years – Houston Chronicle

Cinema’s are going to have to come up with some creative experiences to get folks back in the seats. Too comfy to grab a huge TV & Netflix.

A Steven Spielberg film will again be the biggest movie that Hollywood will promote at the box office this holiday weekend. Except this film is one he made 40 years ago — “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Major movie studios are barely offering any wide releases for Labor Day weekend, a very unhappy ending to a summer filled with blockbuster flops. The number of movie tickets sold this summer is likely to hit a 25-year low and this weekend’s take, while typically small, may hit the kind of record that makes studio executives sink in their chairs.

Full Story: Hollywood is on track to have its worst summer in 25 years – Houston Chronicle