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Zach Braff is coming to Israel

Posted: December 14, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, Videos
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Ok, not yet, but hey, he might. And if he will, we’ll make a video together.

Here’s the story – a while back I made two videos for Zach Braff’s competition. For those of you who don’t know Zach Braff, he’s the actor of Scrubs and director/writer/actor of Garden State. I am a big fan of both, and I decided to apply for the competition.

While one of them got great feedback, but didn’t make it, the other made it to the finals, with 9 other videos. It’s the only one from Israel, and it’s out of hundreds of videos.

Please do me a favor, go on this link: https://apps.facebook.com/zachbraffmillionfan/show/10150920480120576 and like it. Then share it with everyone you know, and ask them to like it and share it and so on. If Zach will come here we’ll do a video of our day together and I’ll try to do another video with him as well. We’ll see.

We have till December 18th, midnight- LA time.

Thank you!!!

On November 16th I attended a media conference. The conference was hosted by one of the cellphone companies in Israel, maybe the big one, and it’s the 4th one they have made. It’s the first one I attended. Actually, I wasn’t sure that I would get accepted, as I just quit my job (I still had the name of the last company I worked for on the name tag) and I am just starting my walk on the media-path. Never-the-less, I went there. The reason I applied is because of the list of lectures, and even more – the list of lecturers.  I thought to myself that if at least I got the chance to be there (among 1,499 other media people) I might as well write some notes and upload to the blog. Let me just say that all of the lectures were 30 min’ long, some felt like they went too fast, some felt like it went forever. Some were interesting, some were people only talking about themselves/their companies.I bring to you part I:

 The first lecture was by Gunther Sonnenfeld, a Digital brand strategist, ‘ThinkState’. His lecture was about ‘The next thing in the content world’.

In a nutshell, what Gunther said is that these days culture defines business, and more importantly, that if not so long ago content was king (and maybe afterwards – consumer), now the king is dead. Hail the new king – context. Content is still relevant, but context is what makes it relevant to the individual.

The way the studios used to make films or TV shows was first making the pilot/film, then get a focus group, and the studio representatives would sit behind a two-way-mirror and write the marks and decide how to proceed. That’s not the case today. These days the studios get the vibe before even shooting.

The next lecture was by Brian Graden, who is the former President of Programming at MTVVH1 and few others channels. But what strike the audience the most about him is that he was the guy who brought Southpark to our lives (you can debate if it was good thing or not, I say it is good, but none of us can ignore that this step changed the way animation is made today). He was a producer in Fox at the time, and he saw a short video Trey Parker and Matt Stone made. Back then they were film students. He asked them why they don’t make another one, and the reason was funding. So come Christmas he contacted them, gave them $20,000 and asked them to make a short Christmas-card animation. And they came up with The Spirit of Christmas which became Southpark as we know it.

What was interesting about this was that Comedy Central, a niche channel back then, which barely had 500,000 views, was airing that show, and on the first episode they had more than 6 million viewers. The buzz was so big. Apparently the Spirit of Christmas video was virally spreading on the universities network, that it created the buzz for the first episode.

Actually, Brian said another interesting thing. When they showed the show to the focus group, they hated it. If the production company had gone with their opinion, Southpark would have never been created.

Two more things he said about creating content are:

  • Invent before they demand it.
  • Play with people’s head.

I think those two topics, among the change SP have brought to the animation world, is something I need to address separately on one of my other posts, shall there be a demand.

So that was part I. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe post a comment, start a discussion, and of course – share.

Brian Graden telling how Soutpark started

It’s Friday

Posted: November 11, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, Angry Man, Neglected Sundays, Photos, Videos
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TGIF!

We added a new page, of Neglected Sundays, where we’ll centralize all of them.

More updates of videos and photos are to come. Lately I have been busy making videos for contests. More about that in the near future. We are also working on some new updates for the blog. We have some cool ideas (Neglected Sundays was one of them and it’s on the air now) and we are working hard to bring them to you.

Please let us know if there’s anything else you would like to see, comment and share!

Losing fingers is easy…

Posted: November 4, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, 600D, Canon, Videos
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So this is a part of an upcoming shot. Ok, wait, let me rewind a bit. A while back few friends of mine and myself formed a small group for making videos. Nothing serious, none of us is a pro, but we do it for fun. Most of the videos are for competitions (I will post few of those very soon) and the rest are just for the sake of making them.

A week ago, while working on another video, I thought it would be nice to make an extended version. Usually in those competitions they give you a time limit (30, 60 or 90 seconds for each video), and sometimes we just want to show a bit more than what they allow us. This case is exactly it. We shot it while knowing that it probably won’t make it to the final version,  at least not that graphically, but we sure liked the idea.

So this is not perfect, but it is what it is:

 

Antonio’s videos have been updated on the Videos page. You can check out the work of a true artist!

There’s more to come. In the near future we plan to updated the pages more often with videos we made/will make, some photos and specially – the Neglected Sundays column, which we had a great taste of, thanks to the post Antonio made on Sunday.

Please make sure to leave a comment or a request.

Cheers!

Like like you mean it

Posted: October 28, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, Angry Man, Face of Israel, Photos, Videos

Yes, this blog is still taking its first breath, have yet to learn how to walk, but it’s in progress. Later on this weekend we’ll post some videos by the Buntman (aka Angry Man) in the video page and we have still more to come. It’s a work in progress, but it’s a promising beginning.

We did encounter a problem with the Like button, but it doesn’t mean you can’t Like us. If you do like  the stuff we are publishing (and believe me do, when I say there’s more to come) and our videos/photos, why don’t you click here. We do appreciate it.

So keep on checking the blog, as we have more to come. Cheerios!

An update

Posted: October 25, 2011 by Two Dope Boyz in 2 Dope Botz, 600D, Canon, Videos
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We are trying to update the blog as soon as possible. It’s still on the process of figuring and editing. The last few days were quite busy for me as I shot a video on Friday, started editing the same day and finished everything by yesterday. I won’t be able to show it yet as it’s part of a competition, but as soon as I can, it would be on.

I will explain a bit more about the process of making this video:

It was somewhat a guerrilla-video-making. We ran across the competition and its rules a week and a half ago, wrote the script in a couple of days (between first and third draft were only few similar things) and set to shoot it on Friday. We manage to get friends to act, although we did have cancellations so I needed to act in a small role. Also the office we set to shoot at wasn’t available, so we had to change locations (I based the shooting script on that office, so a major adjustment needed) and the office we actually shot at was busy, so we needed to do it brief.

All in all I am pleased with the results. My friends acted well, and it was fun making it. Also the final result (regardless to some issues, as shot we don’t have due to lack of time, or continuity problems) is not the best, it’s quite cute and somewhat funny. Another problem we faced on post production was cutting 30 seconds of the video, as the final video should be a minute long, rather than the minute and a half we planned. So when we’ll post it would be both the long and short version.

The equipment we used:

Canon 600D

Tamron 17-50/2.8f Lens

Shotgun mic

Zoom 2h

 

More updates soon.