First footage from the new Phantom Flex4K

Director Brendan Bellomo and cinematographer Greg Wilson were asked by Vision Research and Abel CineTech to shoot the first test footage with the new Phantom Flex4K Digital Cinema Camera. The camera was a little more than a week old and still in its alpha prototype stage when we got our hands on it.
All the live action footage was shot on March 24th, 2013. Some additional fire elements were shot on the 23rd and 25th of March with the Hebron and Glastonbury Fire Departments in Connecticut. We were thrilled with the camera’s performance at this early stage of its development and are very much looking forward to this camera as it matures prior to it’s release this fall. This is a true 4K RAW camera capable of at 1000fps at 4K resolution. Thanks to our great crew, including lead Phantom camera technician Edward Richardson, VRI and Abel CineTech for giving us the opportunity to shoot with this amazing new camera system. For more info check out twitter.com/phantomflex4k

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Mark Cuban’s 12 Rules For Start Ups

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12 Powerful Photos That Will Change The Way You Look At The World Cup

The World Cup in Brazil this month is shining a global spotlight on the nation’s wealth gap and mounting social unrest over government services. Despite the fact that Brazil is the unofficial capital of soccer, a whopping 61 percent of its people say that hosting the World Cup is bad for the country, according to a Pew poll.

With more than $11 billion spent on the World Cup, many Brazilians are wondering where else that money could have gone.

Here are 12 of the most striking photos that show some of the conditions and controversies in the World Cup’s host country:

via: Huffington Post

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Design | Jay-Z & Mariah Carey, Coming To A Walgreens Near You

Walgreen’s new tea “GO N Syde” was officially released by Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, & Kevin Liles this month.  The beverage, that comes in two flavors, inspired by Mariah Carey & the 40/40 Club, interactive bottles were designed by BAM’s Aristotle.  Check out the Forbes article below:

The summer of 2014 is already shaping up to be a season of blockbuster pairings in the world of hip-hop and pop music—Jay Z and Beyoncé are about to co-headline their On The Run stadium set, while Eminem and Rihanna will do the same with their Monster Tour.

Add another duo to the list: Jay Z and Mariah Carey. The rapper and the songstress won’t be hitting any arenas together, but they will be appearing at 7,500 Duane Reade and Walgreens stores around the country—in the form of two beverages from Go N’Syde, a new brand masterminded by former Def Jam chief Kevin Liles.

For each artist, there’s a specific flavor and demographic target. Carey’s is a pink concoction called Butterfly, aimed at young to middle-aged women; Jay Z’s is an Arnold Palmer-esque drink dubbed 40/40, branded after his nightspot of the same name and intended for sports-loving males.

Launched in late May, the beverages are currently moving at a pace of 1,000 bottles a week, according to Liles. Each bottle, which retails for $1.99, also includes an augmented reality tie-in that allows customers to point a smartphone at the container and call up a content platform connected to each act.

“We have great tasting beverage,” says Liles, who is also a cofounder of 300 Entertainment and manages acts including Trey Songz and Estelle. “But the second part of it is providing a new network for the brands or icons to communicate with their fans. I call it disrupting the consumer packaged goods industry by having your products actually talk to you.”

“I never dreamed that I could have an interactive experience with my fans while drinking my own beverage,” added Carey in a statement. “The whole concept is innovative and refreshing and the drink is beyond.”

The partnership stems from a meeting Liles had with executives from Walgreens. They were talking about foot traffic and demographics, trying to figure out how the chain could expand its purview and grow from just a pharmacy into a more wide-ranging retail destination.

Liles asked for a list of the company’s best-selling product categories, and discovered that the beverage segment was among the top. That’s when the inspiration struck, he says, to partner with major artists and create something capable of becoming a significant player in that niche.

He reached out to Jay Z and Carey, both pals from his label days, and put together deals quite a bit different from the traditional endorsement pact. Both artists formed their own companies to produce the drinks; Go N’Syde serves as the distributor. Liles points out that they will receive a much larger cut per sale, percentage-wise, than they would on a typical record deal.

“Every time people buy a bottle, they get paid,” he says of Jay Z and Carey.

Though the latter has been publicly supportive of the Go N’Syde venture–clinking champagne flutes full of Butterfly with Liles at a launch event last week–Jay Z has been more restrained, letting his nightspot serve as his proxy in branding efforts.

That seems to be a conscious choice, and probably a wise move for an entrepreneur who is more focused on shilling his own champagne and sipping his high-end cognac from Grammy trophies.

“I understand his brand, I understand the essence of it,” says Liles. “And I understand when you can over-leverage a brand. … As far as brand recognition, D’Ussé is a different thing, and high-end champagne is a different thing. I’m doing an everyday beverage.”

Via: Forbes 

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Google launches online street art gallery

Google launches online street art gallery to bring global graffiti to anyone.
The technology giant expands on its Google Art Project with over 5000 iconic street art images from around the world.

Google’s Cultural Institute has launched Street Art, an online depository of over 5000 graffiti images from around the world as part of its Google Art Project.

“The transient nature of street art means it can be at risk of being scrubbed out and lost forever to its legions of fans,” Google’s Lucy Schwartz wrote on the official Google blog. “But long after the paint has faded from the walls, technology can help preserve street art, so people can discover it wherever and whenever they like… Street art may be temporary on our walls and sidewalks, but its beauty and vibrancy live on, on the web.”

The collections of art, from Bogota to Lisbon to Manila, include some that have been painted over or are now inaccessible to the public – such as the 5 Pointz space in New York, which was whitewashed ahead of being demolished. Using their Street View technology, which allows you to wander around in virtual 3D space, you can actually enter some of the locations and fully explore them, such as the nine-floor Tour Paris 13.

It’s an extension of the Google Art Project, which allows you to ‘walk into’ museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, and explore the exhibits. The project has now grown to nearly 70,000 artworks.

The street art collection is the latest example of Google’s growing curatorial impulse – since launching the Cultural Institute they’ve made other exhibition-like collections such as Women in Culture, Made in Italy and Stories of the Holocaust.

Source: The Guardian 

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Kseniya Simonova | Sand Animation

Check out the amazing sand animation from artist Kseniya Simonova.

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