20 Horror Films You Should See

Tis the season to be frightened and there are plenty of scary movies in the Home Use Collection in Media Services to get you in the Halloween mood. The following is a list of 20 to get you started. There are tons more where these came from. Coffin Joe Trilogy (Brazillian cult horror) – HU … Continue reading “20 Horror Films You Should See”



Tis the season to be frightened and there are plenty of scary movies in the Home Use Collection in Media Services to get you in the Halloween mood. The following is a list of 20 to get you started. There are tons more where these came from.

Coffin Joe Trilogy (Brazillian cult horror) – HU DVD 497-499
At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul – HU DVD 497
This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse– HU DVD 498
Awakening of the Beast– HU DVD 499
Night of the Living Dead – dvd 600
The Orphanage – HU DVD 639
Videodrome – HU DVD 64
Exorcist – HU DVD 2002
Friday the 13th – HU DVD 859
Carrie – HU DVD 5805
Ichi the Killer – HU DVD 1512
The Host – HU DVD 7652
Gojira – HU DVD 6181
Descent – HU DVD 3850
Evil Dead 2 – HU DVD 926
28 Days Later – HU DVD 952
The Thing – HU DVD 1410
Rosemary’s Baby – HU DVD 5783
Dracula – HU DVD 862
Shaun of the Dead – HU DVD 6279
Texas Chainsaw Massacre – HU DVD 352
Blair Witch Project – HU DVD 24
Ringu – HU DVD 1547

Two Cool Sources for Streaming Video

EVIA Digital Archive Project – Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the … Continue reading “Two Cool Sources for Streaming Video”


EVIA Digital Archive Project – Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis

Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreement.


Newslook

Provides direct access to visual news stories and analysis of the current issues, selected from the web by journalists and documentarians. Advanced search provides filters for subject, source,
length, and ideology (Progressive, Centrist, Conservative). Sources include (among many others): ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC, PBS, Associated Press, Al Jezeera, C-Span, Time, Washington Post. Categories include World (further subdivided by region), Economics, Science, Health, Art & Culture. Specific stories provide links to Different Perspectives, Background and Analysis & Additional Stories as they relate to that story. Registered users can comment on individual stories.


Now in Media Services!! New Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Cameras for Checkout

Media Services is now circulating two Kodak Zi8 pocket video cameras! Any faculty member or student can check them out. Think of these cameras as more versatile FlipCams. They circulate the same length (3 days). Come and check one out to shoot your next video project! If you’re curious of the differences, here’s a side … Continue reading “Now in Media Services!! New Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Cameras for Checkout”



Media Services is now circulating two Kodak Zi8 pocket video cameras! Any faculty member or student can check them out.
Think of these cameras as more versatile FlipCams. They circulate the same length (3 days). Come and check one out to shoot your next video project!

If you’re curious of the differences, here’s a side by side comparison of the two.

DMS Help – Getting Started with Photoshop

While there are a lot of amazing things that can be done with Photoshop, some of the most difficult are also the most basic. Mundane tasks like image selection, color correction and compositing can be harrowing to a new user. This website offers a number of useful tutorials that cover most of the basic functions … Continue reading “DMS Help – Getting Started with Photoshop”


While there are a lot of amazing things that can be done with Photoshop, some of the most difficult are also the most basic. Mundane tasks like image selection, color correction and compositing can be harrowing to a new user.

This website offers a number of useful tutorials that cover most of the basic functions of Photoshop.
If you’re just getting started with Photoshop, this is place for you.

TONIGHT!! Film Screening 7pm in Ward 1 – Born Into Brothels

Tonight, Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm in Ward 1. Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who … Continue reading “TONIGHT!! Film Screening 7pm in Ward 1 – Born Into Brothels”

Tonight, Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm in Ward 1. Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes. Watch the trailer >>

This film can also be viewed here in Media Services.
Born into Brothels – DVD 1518

Andrew Wolf Remembered Today by AU Community

Today American University students, faculty, and staff gathered in Kay Spiritual Center to share fond memories of Andrew Wolf. Andrew was an AU alum and a Media Services alum who worked with us all four years of his AU career. His father was present at this afternoon’s service and was happy to meet the people … Continue reading “Andrew Wolf Remembered Today by AU Community”

Today American University students, faculty, and staff gathered in Kay Spiritual Center to share fond memories of Andrew Wolf. Andrew was an AU alum and a Media Services alum who worked with us all four years of his AU career. His father was present at this afternoon’s service and was happy to meet the people he touched during his time in Washington, DC.

Here’s a short video that was taken here in the Media Services Tech Office. Andrew had already graduated but was stopping in for a visit and inspired (and starred in) this video to show other Media Services alums all the fun they were missing. It went up on Facebook that day and was immediately commented on multiple times.

Eric Stoltz as the Original Marty McFly

The Hollywood Reporter has posted this “Never before seen clip” of Back to the Future with Eric Stoltz in the lead role. Today the Hollywood Reporter posted:Everyone knows the classic 1985 film “Back to the Future” featured a boyish Michael J. Fox in a winning performance as Marty McFly. But Fox was not the original … Continue reading “Eric Stoltz as the Original Marty McFly”

The Hollywood Reporter has posted this “Never before seen clip” of Back to the Future with Eric Stoltz in the lead role.

Today the Hollywood Reporter posted:
Everyone knows the classic 1985 film “Back to the Future” featured a boyish Michael J. Fox in a winning performance as Marty McFly.

But Fox was not the original McFly. In fact, Eric Stoltz was five weeks into shooting the famed McFly role when director and co-writer Robert Zemeckis made a drastic production decision — changing his lead actor.

Details of the shocking Hollywood switch and never-before-seen footage of Stoltz as McFly are part of the extras package for the “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” to be released on Blu-Ray on Oct. 26.

Zemeckis says the casting change was “this horrific decision; it was heartbreaking for everybody.”

Executive producer Steven Spielberg said that Zemeckis consulted him before pursuing the casting change.

“(Zemeckis) showed me the first five weeks of shooting that he had put together,” Spielberg said. ” And he said, ‘I just don’t think we’re getting the laughs I was hoping we would get.’ “

Spielberg said he realized his director “was absolutely correct.”

The rest is pop-culture history. Zemeckis was able to “convince the studio to let me reshoot five weeks of work,” and Michael J. Fox was cast in a career-defining role. “Back to the Future,” released on July 3, 1985, would go on to gross $381 million worldwide and lead to two further sequels.

Remembering Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

The New York Times described Tony Curtis as “one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s Golden Age.” Read More… Here’s a short list of Tony Curtis related titles in our Home Use Collection:Celluloid Closet – HU DVD 5696Last Tycoon – HU DVD 718Some Like It Hot – HU DVD 396Spartacus – HU DVD 3272Sweet Smell … Continue reading “Remembering Tony Curtis (1925-2010)”

The New York Times described Tony Curtis as “one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s Golden Age.” Read More

Here’s a short list of Tony Curtis related titles in our Home Use Collection:
Celluloid Closet – HU DVD 5696
Last Tycoon – HU DVD 718
Some Like It Hot – HU DVD 396
Spartacus – HU DVD 3272
Sweet Smell of Success – HU DVD 1296

Coal Miner’s Daughter
– HU DVD5798
(co-produced by Tony Curtis)

Todd’s Tips – Best Video Formats for FCP + Visual Hub

Have you ever imported anything into Final Cut Pro, dragged it to the timeline and then found that it doesn’t playback? Perhaps you find an angry red line on top of your timeline, like this: Yeah, this is undoubtedly annoying. But the problem is not with Final Cut, at least not directly. While FCP is … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips – Best Video Formats for FCP + Visual Hub”

Have you ever imported anything into Final Cut Pro, dragged it to the timeline and then found that it doesn’t playback? Perhaps you find an angry red line on top of your timeline, like this:

Yeah, this is undoubtedly annoying. But the problem is not with Final Cut, at least not directly. While FCP is a vast program full of options, it can be picky about some things. One of those things is the video format you import into it.
When capturing directly from a camera you rarely come across that problem, but when importing pre-digitized footage, from a FlipCam or some other device, it comes up with alarming frequency.
When importing from a device, the video typically comes in one of three major formats: .mp4, .mov and .avi. While it might make sense that at least a .mov would work properly in FCP without rendering, it’s an Apple format after all, this is not always the case. The best way to ensure that your video works in FCP is to convert it to the most friendly video format for FCP: .dv.
Fortunately, we have a program in Media Services that will do this for you with no hassle. Visual Hub is a now defunct video converter Media Services managed to acquire.
All you need to do is select DV from the top bar, drag your video clips into the space below, check the “Ready for Final Cut” box and click “Start.” It’s that simple.
One thing to note though, .dv files are fairly un-compressed video so the resulting files may be large. Make sure you have plenty of storage space on hand.
This video will show you how to use Visual Hub to convert video for FCP.

DMS Help – Photoshop Tutorials for Awesome Effects

Ever wanted to learn how to create AMAZING photoshop efftecs like this? Now you can. This website, Creative Closeup, has a massive repository of Photoshop tutorials for creating a wide array of dizzying effects. Want to give your little brother the power to wield raw energy (or put his head on a corndog)? You can … Continue reading “DMS Help – Photoshop Tutorials for Awesome Effects”

Ever wanted to learn how to create AMAZING photoshop efftecs like this?

Now you can.
This website, Creative Closeup, has a massive repository of Photoshop tutorials for creating a wide array of dizzying effects.
Want to give your little brother the power to wield raw energy (or put his head on a corndog)? You can learn how at Creative Closeup. Most of the tutorials are text-based, but all are easy to follow and feature full color screenshots.
Their main page divides the tutorials up into themes ranging from grunge and horror to light and magical effects. Check them out and learn something awesome!