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January 18, 2004 - Vol 3, No. 02.
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A relatively new search engine is making itself known for how it organizes information. Vivisimo.com takes data retrieved from the web and categorizes it. For example, a search for the term "multimedia" resulted in 11 links to photography, 13 for software, 10 for art, 13 for design, and so forth. This clustering of links into specific categories adds a new dimension to searching for information on the Internet.
What happens to a group of highly skilled game designers when they receive notice that the only game development company in town is closing? That was the question asked when Eugene based Dynamix closed its doors a few years ago. Unlike Los Angeles where another job might be available across town, that wasn't the situation in Eugene. It turns out that a significant number of former employees stayed and pursed new independent ventures.
Dynamix veterans have formed several game design companies including Pipeworks, Garagegames.com,Tesseraction Games, Fireline Interactive, BraveTree Productions and Buzz Monkey Software. Surviving has been a struggle during an economic downturn. But what was once a "big blow" to the local software industry has been moderated by talented individuals staying, developing new opportunities, and retaining a supportive community of developers.
Are you a videographer who would like to be able to make those smooth Steadicam® like shots but can't afford the equipment? Consider making your own camera mount for about $14.00. Check out Johnny Chung Lee's instructional article on the University of Virginia's Film and Media Society web site. The parts are inexpensive and the results amazing. View the test movies at the bottom of his web page. I was quite impressed with what one can do using this home built tool.
Due to popular demand, the deadline for the 8th Annual Webby Awards has been extended until January 23, 2004 for the world’s best web sites to enter the competition. Hailed as the "online Oscars" by Time Magazine (May 13, 2002) The Webby Awards is the leading international honors for web sites. The awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes over 480 members such as musicians David Bowie and Beck, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, and"Smart Mobs" author Howard Rheingold. Nominees and winners will be announced in Spring 2004.
Most of us are web surfers looking for new and unusual ideas. ILT is a Japanese design company that invites you to "play" with their portfolio display. Check it out.
Adobe has announced that they will not be making a PageMaker 8. The company will, however, continue to provide technical support. Adobe is providing a full version of InDesign CS with the PageMaker Plug-in Pack to provide an exclusive upgrade path from PageMaker to InDesign.
There is an informative interview with Walter Murch by Joe Cellini on the Apple web site. The interview focuses on Murch's editing of the currently playing film, Cold Mountain. Another interview with Walter Murch appears in the current issue of Digital Video.
While at Apple.com you can register to win a professional Final Cut Pro System that includes a dual-processor 2GHz Power Mac G5 with 23-inch Cinema Display and Final Cut Pro 4, plus a three-day Digital Film Tree Final Cut Pro class in Los Angeles and round trip air travel.
The entry deadline for the fourth annual DIY (Do It Yourself) Film Festival is 25 January. The Los Angeles festival and conference honors independent and self-produced feature and short films in a variety of categories made after Jan. 1, 2001. All entries must be created using commonly-available tools of independent filmmaking without financing from a major film studio or corporate backer. Grand prize winner for the 2004 competition will receive a pressing of 500 DVD copies of their film, courtesy of Discmakers. Other prizes include camera package rentals, software and books.
According to news service reports the Walt Disney Co is closing its animation studios in Orlando Florida. About 258 jobs will be cut with some staff being offered positions in Burbank, California. The closing comes as Disney shifts from hand-drawn animated films to computer-generated features and videos. The company has been downsizing its animation department for the past several years.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has produced a high school teaching
kit that focuses on the art of animation. The kit will be mailed free this week to 18,000 high schools throughout the United States. The kits were produced by Youth Media International, Ltd., of Easton, Connecticut, with direct input from animators who are members of the Academy.
The instructional guide, entitled "Creating Movement Frame by Frame," is geared toward students in secondary school English, language arts, visual arts and communications courses. The guide contains four activities called "The Origins of Animation," "Drawing Movement," "Imagining Action" and "Learning from the Best." Each activity underscores valuable lessons in critical thinking, helps students become more visually literate and understand the animator's contributions to the filmmaking team. Additional information about this program and contents of this year's and previous years teaching kits can be found on the Academy's website.
On the lighter side, Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together an annual list to try to give the Faculty a sense of the mind set of the year's incoming freshman who were born in 1985. The list for the Class of 2007 is on line and is fun to read even if it makes some of us feel older than we'd like to acknowledge.
Given the recent local and national weather conditions it may be worth passing on to travelers an easy way to access road and weather information by phone. By dialing 511, drivers can select updated reports about road conditions from easy-to-use menus.The national goal is for 80 percent of Americans to have access to 511 by 2005. The system is currently available in Oregon. For more information on other states and the national effort, visit www.deploy511.org.
Web site header and icons by: Clandestino Productions
Photo: Winter ice by Gary Ferrington
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Anthrotechnics.com, Eugene. Human-oriented interface design, web development, and interactive mixed media performance solutions. Ben Beekman and Micky Hulse, Designers.
ATGpro.Com, Eugene. Aaron Thomas Graham, Media Developer. Mr. Graham is currently a Graphic Designer with Monaco Coach company.
Australian Sound Design Project. A sound design and arts site with access to hundreds of published sound designs, articles, papers, bibliographical searches, and funding links and free shareware. The ASDP publishes an informative newsletter on sound issues
BeekMedia. Eugene. Ben Beekman is a graduate of the UO Multimedia program currently doing contract work in a variety of media including DVD and web design.
Chris Gates: Creative Graphic Communication for Electronic and Print Media. Portland. Chris Gates is a web and multimedia specialist and medical illustrator.
Clandestino Productions. Eugene. Gabriel Guzman, and Michael L. Wilson. A progressive new media design house that specializes in analog and digital creative solutions for commercial, non-profit and private interests. Clandestino specializes in assisting progressive businesses, organizations and individuals that support global and cultural enrichment and preservation
Cory Davidson. Eugene. Ms. Davidson is currently a web designer with Monaco Motor Coach company.
Creative Imagery. Gresham. Don Strike is an instructional designer and trainer providing course development for business and industry.
Ideascape, Inc. Portland. Doug Freeman is an award-winning scriptwriter and producer for video, broadcast, film and multimedia. He works with government, commercial and non-profit clients nationwide on technical and non-technical productions.
Equilibrium Designs. Portland. Manuel Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez is a professional web designer with clients in the Eugene area. He is also completing a degree in animation at the Portland Art Institute.
Notaphaze.com. Eugene Josh Taylor provides web design, animation, audio, digital art, illustration, photography and video services.
Troy McFarland.com. Seattle. Mr. McFarland Specializes in 3D and motion graphic services for the film, video, and multimedia industry.
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RANDOM LINKS: History Of Photography
Digital photography is changing the way we take pictures. This movement from film to electronic media is just one more step in the history of photography.This set of random links provides access to sites that explore the background of the art and science of writing with light.
American Museum of Photography An award-winning Virtual Museum dedicated to educating, informing, and sharing great photographs with millions of Internet visitors world-wide. Exhibitions are drawn from the Museum's Collection. The Collection includes five thousand individual images, from the earliest daguerreotype portraits to the work of Ansel Adams. Each photograph has been chosen for its visual impact as well as for the importance of its content.
Autochrome. Autochrome was the first process used to create color photographs.It was developed in 1903 by the Lumiere brothers and was in continuous use until the 1930's when it replaced by color film.This site has examples of what is a beautiful color process no longer easily available to artists.
History of Photography: Three comprehensive historical articles from the What You Need to Know About series.
Part 1 Camera and Film
Part 2 Improving Film and Prints
Part 3 Time Line of the Arts of Photography
A History of Photography.This site by Robert Leggat, examines the people, processes, and technologies of photography from its earliest beginnings to the 1920's. Of particular interest is "How Photography Began" and "Significant People".
History of Photography Timeline by Philip Greenspun. Here is a quick overview from early camera obscura to the late 1990's and the photo CD.
National Museum of American Art-Photography Online. This is an online collection of significant American photography provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes: The First Century of American Photographs, Contemporary American Landscape Photography, and American Daguerreotypes.
Nicéphore Niépce. In 1816, Niépce researches an idea that has obsessed him for many years: making permanent the images seen at the back of camera obscura . This site is devoted to one of the inventors of film and other photographic technologies.
Random Links provides an opportunity to share online web resources. Listed sites may focus around a specific topic or be truly random. If you have a collection of hot links you'd like to share please let us know ().
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DISCUSSION FEATURE:The Graphic Novel
A graphic novel is an extension of the comic book medium. It is most often a stand-alone work using sequential pictures to tell a story. The content of the graphic novel is typically about serious subjects. Although most are original stories, some classic works of literature have been adapted.
Except for advertising, graphic novels are the principle form of expression and communication that exclusively uses illustrations and text woven together to inform and entertain. This unique combination is often quite powerful creating a wide range of emotional responses by readers.
The length of a graphic novel may range from 48 pages to several hundred. The "Road to Perdition" written by Max Allan Collins, Robert Lappan, and illustrated by Richard Piers Payner, is nearly 300 pages in length. Portlander Craig Thompson's acclaimed "Blankets" is a 592 page graphic novel that uses themes of adolescent insecurities, faith, family, and first loves.
Although comic books have lost some appeal as an entertainment medium for many children, teens and young adults find the graphic novel a good read. The Japanese manga is a form of graphic novel that has gained a wide audience in the United States and elsewhere. The Sailor Moon and Gundam Wing series are manga examples. Manga is sometimes confused with anime. However, Manga and anime are often interrelated, as many artists will work in both media. A popular Manga graphic novel may become the bases for an animated film.
Comic illustration has evolved from the familiar newsprint comic book that once sold at newsstands into an appreciated art form. For many artists in the 1960's,such as Robert Crumb and Harvey Pekar,the telling of stories through sequential illustrations provided a unique form of expression. Their work resulted in a new type of publication. Art Spiegelman's non-fictional Holocaust tale, "Maus," (1993) raised the literary and artist standard for the cartoon medium.
One of the unique values of comic illustration is that one can pause and take time to explore and appreciate the illustrative form. Portland comics author Craig Thompson notes, "Comics you can linger over and look at each page," he said. "You see the author's lines as if you're looking at a handwritten letter from them." (1)
Today, the graphic novel is purchased by libraries and sold in bookstores right along with other literature. In 2002 the graphic novel represented a $100 million market. This, according to Publishers Weekly, was a "33 percent increase from the year before, when they accounted for 1 percent of American book sales." (2)
Portland, Oregon, according to a recent article, is an active center for the writing, illustrating and publishing of graphic novels.
Artists and publishers have found Portland a more enticing environment in which to work compared with other cities such as Seattle and New York. Portland is home to publishers Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press and Top Shelf Publications. Writer and illustrators Craig Thompson, superhero comics' writer Greg Rucka, and journalist Joe Sacco, all live in Portland. "It's a place where you can daydream," said Sacco. "You can step out of your house and think while you're out on the streets." (3)
The graphic novel has the approval of many educators. The visual appeal is attractive to many reluctant readers. Research studies have suggested that the use of graphic novels has facilitated interests in reading. This has created a market for graphic novels written for young adults.
For multimedia designers the graphic novel, Japanese 'manga' or French 'bandes dessinnées', provide lessons in the use of frame, lighting, viewpoint, and image sequences to tell a story. Such lessons may prove valuable in the conceptualization and storyboarding of film, video, and multimedia.
Reference (1-3): Comics writers embrace quieter Portland scene, By Sarah Linn. The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, 12 January 2004.
Illustration: "Noise" by Gabriel Guzman
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SITE VISIT:NW FILM FOURM (NWFF)
NW FILM FOURM (NWFF)
The Northwest Film Forum is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization supporting year-round programs of artistic film. The center operates the 30 year old Grand Illusion Cinema and The Little Theater. It also has a collective studio for local filmmakers, Wiggly World Studios.
The Grand Illusion is Seattle's longest-running independent cinema.The Little Theater is Seattle's newest venue for film, projected video and live theater.
The NWFF originates film programs around the Seattle,including the ongoing Music+Film series at the Experience Music Project. NWFF is gaining nationwide recognition as a useful resource for up and coming film artists, helping nearly 100 independent filmmakers each year through workshops, filmmaking grants, and access to production and post-production equipment." Source: NWFF web site.
The following news items are from The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1.) This publication is distributed on line and is a free subscription service.
AnaBuilder 2.35.2 [Windows Operating System] The AnaBuilder application is a novel visualization application that assists users in the creation of stereoscopic photographs, such as anaglyphs (those photographs that are generally viewed through red-tinted glasses). The application also features a conversion tool that allows users to convert a two-dimensional photograph into a three-dimensional photograph. The website features detailed instructions on how to manipulate the application accurately and also contains a number of sample photographs and screen shots. The program is available in several different languages (including French, English, and Dutch), and is compatible with systems running Windows 95 and higher. [KMG]
ZoneAlarm 4.5.538 [Windows Operating System]. This handy little application is designed to protect users' DSL or cable-connected PC from hackers. This edition of Zone Alarm includes four security services: a firewall, an application control, an Internet lock, and zones. All told, these four services allow users to control which traffic enters their computer and afford individuals the ability to monitor all activity on their computer as well. Finally, this edition also adds a host-file lock feature, effectively preventing host-file tampering. Zone Alarm 4.5.538 is compatible with all systems running Windows 98 and higher. [KMG]
Nicecast 1.0 [Macintosh Operating System] While some computer users may be content with listening to streaming music feeds online, others may be compelled to broadcast their own musical selections. This is made quite easy by the Nicecast application, which helps users create their own internet radio station, along with affording users access to their iTunes music library from anywhere across the globe. The application includes a built-in streaming server, broadcast archiving, and digital voice-over. With this demonstration version, broadcasts are limited to 20 minutes at a time, although satisfied persons may elect to purchase the fully-functional version which allows for continuous broadcast. Nicecast 1.0 is compatible with all systems running Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. [KMG]
IN THE NEWS:
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THE END OF DESKTOP DOMINANCE. By 2007, more than half of corporate workers will use something other than a desktop PC for their primary information device, according to a study by the Meta Group. Laptops and tablet PCs will become the computer of choice for 40% of workers, with another 15% opting for a thin-client or alternative "information appliance." Driving the trend toward more mobile computing is a growing cadre of "corridor warriors," who roam from meeting to meeting and require "access to basic information (for example, e-mail, instant messaging or Web browsing) and note-taking capabilities while attending meetings on premises," says Steve Kleynhans, VP of Meta's technology research services. Kleynhans also predicts a resurgence of smart displays, which could be shared among workers or take up residence in meeting rooms. "Any costs should be outweighed by the increase in meeting productivity for most knowledge workers," says Kleynhans, who adds, "By 2007, the average user will interact regularly with at least four distinct computing devices -- a personal home PC, smart digital entertainment system, corporate computer, and mobile information device." (CNet News.com 15 Jan 2004) http://news.com.com/2-5141717.html?tag=nefd_hed
MASCULINE OR FEMININE? YOU DECIDE. Paul Grzymkowski, a 23-year-old computer engineer in Burlington, Vt., has always been fascinated by the way nouns are assigned a gender in many languages, and has set up a Web site that allows visitors to vote on whether an object is masculine or feminine (sorry, no neuter) -- www.beautyinchaos.com/sex.html. So far, 471,000 votes have been cast on 102 objects, with the majority opting for a masculine designation. (Of course, that could be because more men have voted than women.) Some of the results? Not surprisingly, a hammer, a remote control and poker chips have been voted masculine, while yogurt and an iron are considered feminine. Meanwhile, processed cheese received approximately the same number of votes on both sides. The results, while often gender-stereotypical, may prompt some soul-searching says Grzymkowski: "If you decide that paper towels are male but then see that 70% chose female, you may wonder, what's different about me?" (New York Times 15 Jan 2004) http://partners.nytimes.com/2004/01/15/technology/circuits/15diar.html
NEW PLAN TO PROTECT AGAINST ILLEGAL FILE SHARING. A consortium of five major information technology companies is planning a new system to protect digital music, video and software from illegal file sharing., The members of the new consortium (dalled Project Hudson0 are Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba and Matshushita, and the consortium's approach will compete against various other copy protection systems being advanced by Microsoft, Sony and Royal Philips Electronics, Apple, RealNetworks, and others. Leonardo Chiariglione, who founded the group that developed the original MP3 digital audio compression standard, says: "Content should be as transparent as it is today with MP3. It should be movable anywhere and still be protected. If we stay with digital islands people have a legitimate excuse to piracy." (New York Times 5 Jan 2004) http://partners.nytimes.com/2004/01/05/business/05share.html
ONLINE PIRACY BEGAN TO DISSIPATE AFTER RIAA THREATENED LAW SUITS.A new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that the number of music downloaders fell in the past six months from 29% to 14% -- and suggests that the drop-off was a consequence of the Recording Industry Association of America's plans to sue Internet users suspected of trading pirated music over file-sharing networks. RIAA Chairman Mitch Bainwol says: "This is another data point that tells us in fact that the lawsuits have had an enormous impact on public awareness about the legality of downloading. For some the prospect of getting sued is a pretty effective deterrent. For most folks, just understanding that it was illegal is enough." (Washington Post 4 Jan 2004) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54Jan4.html
GO STAND IN THE CORNER AND WATCH THE WEBCAM. A public school in Mississippi is apparently the first to use webcam technology to make sure that students being punished for bad behavior don't miss out on what's happening in class. Cameras document everything that takes place in the classroom, good and bad alike. But Barry Steinhardt of the American Civil Liberties Union worries that the cameras could have a "chilling effect" on students and teachers by making them "feel under constant observation" and affecting "the willingness of teachers to be creative or to introduce unpopular topics." (USA Today 5 Jan 2004)
STUDENT DEFENDS FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF HIS 'CHEESY LITTLE NEWSLETTER'. A former student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, has filed a lawsuit claiming that police violated his rights of free speech when they confiscated his computer after he ridiculed a professor in a Web newsletter called "The Howling Pig." In the newsletter, the student had posted a photo of the professor altered to look like KISS guitarist Gene Simmons, and described him as a KISS roadie who rode "the tech bubble of the nineties like a $20 whore." The ex-student was surprised when the police took away his computer: "I was thinking holy crap, what in the world. It's just a cheesy little newsletter, a freebie Web site that nobody takes seriously." An ACLU attorney says, "It's a clear case of a government entity blocking First Amendment rights. There just isn't muchroom for debate on this one." (USA Today 9 Jan 2004) http://www.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/internetlife/2004-01-09-howling-lawyer
NEW STUDY REFUTES NET 'GEEK' STEREOTYPE. The typical Internet user has plenty of friends, an active social life and would rather read a good book or log on than watch TV, according to a report by UCLA's World Internet Project, which surveyed Net users and
non-users in 14 countries to come up with its results. The image of Net users as socializers contradicts the stereotype of propeller-head "geeks" who spend their days (and nights) hunched over their keyboards, shunning human contact. The study did, however, reinforce some other demographic trends, including the fact that wealthier people tend to be more avid users, and that men outnumber women on the Net, although those figures vary by country, with Italy exhibiting the largest gender gap and Taiwan the smallest. Meanwhile, the digital divide -- the phrase widely used to describe the disparity in Internet usage between rich and poor -- appears to be narrowing around the world. Sweden, Korea and the U.S. had the largest number of low-income users. (Reuters/CNet News.com 14 Jan 2004)
INTEL BETS HEAVILY ON THE 'DIGITAL HOME' Showing its faith in the future of PC-centric digital homes, Intel has created a $200 million investment fund to develop technologies allowing content such as movies and music to travel wirelessly between electronic devices around the home. John Miner of Intel Capital explains: "We want to sell Intel architecture and Intel semiconductor technologies into the consumer electronics industry, and we looked at what's required to make that happen." The money will be distributed to dozens of companies around the world. (Reuters/USA Today 7 Jan 2004)
HP TO SELL VERSION OF APPLE'S iPOD. Hewlett-Packard and Apple have made a deal that will allow HP to begin selling a version of Apple's iPod digital music player and bundling Apple's iTunes online music store with its personal computers. John Markoff of the New York Times notes that the deal represents a significant departure for both companies: "For the first time, Mr. Jobs has stepped away from the self-enclosed Apple-only strategy he has pursued since he returned to run the company in 1997. Meanwhile, Hewlett, the second-largest computer maker in the world, has put its software partner, Microsoft, on notice that it will not necessarily follow its lead in every case." HP chief executive Carly Fiorina says, "Customers want all this to work together and they want a seamless approach. We're very much going to make sure that the Microsoft and Apple worlds work together. That's part of the power we bring to this thing."(New York Times 9 Jan 2004) http://partners.nytimes.com/2004/01/09/business/09music.html
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, MICROSOFT-STYLE. Unwilling to concede entertainment products to Apple, HP, or others, Microsoft is launching its new Portable Media Center, designed with the purpose of integrating a variety of entertainment devices. Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates told conference-goers at a Las Vegas consumer electronics show: "What is the glue that's going to make this all come together? A lot of software to make it all work. We talk about it as seamless computing experience." At the show, Gates demonstrated a version ofthe Portable Media Center made by Creative Labs, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Creative Technology, and Lisa O'Malley of Creative Labs explained: "What will be really different is the ease of use and the seamless connectivity between the PC and this device. The iPod works magnificently with Apple computers. What we're aiming for is Windows PCs. We're hoping to take the Windows world by storm with this." (San Jose Mercury News 9 Jan 2004) http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/7659987.htm
SMART STORES. The Extra Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany, has smart shopping carts that can guide you to the grapefruits, smart scales that can distinguish apples from oranges, smart shelves that send a signal when they need to be restocked, and digital price listings that can be changed instantly. Metro Group, the store's parent company, is the world's fifth largest retailer, with annual sales of over $61 billion and 2,300 stores in 28 countries. Metro's chairman says confidently: "We are standing at the very beginning of the technological modernizations of retailing." IBM designed the store's smart scales, which boast "Veggie Vision" that uses built-in cameras that can differentiate one kind of produce from another. (San Jose Mercury News 15 Jan 2004) http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/7711626.htm
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
Arts Electric Calendar. A worldwide calendar for new music, electronic music and the media arts.You'll find hundreds of events listed, as well as articles, interviews, and other writings.
Digital Events Calendar. Keep abreast of the latest conferences, expositions, and film festivals at this site published by Digital Video magazine.
The BBC has announced the Vision Design Competition that helps talented designers at the start of their careers gain an introduction into the film & television industry. Successful applicants have the opportunity to gain practical experience within their chosen design discipline and are invited to apply for the Vision Design Trainee Scheme. Entry submissions must be received between April 12 - 23,2004.
Videomaker Expo, Burbank Airport Hilton Burbank, CA Expo: January 22-24, 2004 Conference: January 21, 2004 is a 3-day event where attendees have a chance to attend numerous seminars on all aspects of video production. Attendees can also visit the exhibit floor and meet with key manufacturers and resellers in the digital video industry. New this year is a 1-day Pre-Expo Conference on DVD Authoring.
GameDevelopers Conference. March 22-26, San Jose Convention Center.Game industry growth is radically accelerating, and ever-changing market conditions demand evolution. As risks increase, developers must adopt new methodologies and pipelines, as well as anticipate and meet skyrocketing consumer expectation. To continue to engage audiences, developers must reinvigorate existing genres and properties.
Digital Generations: Children, young people and new media 26-29 July 2004 London, England A major international conference organised by The Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media Institute of Education, University of London Computer games, the internet and other new communications media are often seen to pose threats and dangers to young people; but they also provide new opportunities for creativity and self-determination. This international conference will present the most exciting and challenging new research on children, young people and new digital media.
E3 2004 The Electronics Entertainment Expo. May 12-14 at the Los Angeles Conference Center. If you are in the business of interactive entertainment, this is the event for you. Workshops, exhibits, leaders in the business of game design, internet entertainment, interactive media design.
|| CAREERS IN MULTIMEDIA:
The multimedia industry offers a diveristy of job opportunities for those interested in graphics, film, video, audio and computer technology. The following resources are recommended for learning more about careers in multimedia production.
Art & Design - Career & Employment - Art Jobs Prepared by theDepartment of Art and Design - Northern Michigan University. A very comprehensive guide to job directories, search engines, and specialized firms related to all aspects of graphic and newer media careers.
Careers in Informational Technology.This is an extremely comprehensive guide to careers within the field of information technology which includes multimedia design and development. There are 10 chapters in this online document and each chapter is based around a set of professional concerns. The site guides the user from understanding what careers exist through to getting a job.Site created by Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Job Guide 2003! provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities. Some examples:
Career Connection.This site outlines some of the many positions available at production studios, post production houses, television stations and others around the country.The site is a commercial site but the descriptions are worth taking a look at.
Careers in Multimedia.The Multimedia and New Media industries cover a wide range of activities. This guide looks at the types of job positions and the work environments in which one might be employed.
Entertainment Careers has an extensive collection of material related to working in the media industry.
Career Advice. Monster.com provides an excellent overview of the following career options and links to possible jobs.
- Creative Writer
- Graphic Designer
- Sound/Recording Engineer
- Studio Musician
- Technical Writer
Landing Your Dream Job in Computer Graphics: Steps you should take to get the ultimate computer graphics job. By Mark Swain. A nice clearly written guide to professional opporutnities in web design, game development, and television and video.
|| JOBS ANNOUNCEMENTS:
JOB BOARDS. Click and go directly to a listing of jobs - no need for searching.
Animation Job Board: Animation World Network. This site provides continuiously updated listings of international jobs in the field of animation. Check it out.
Computer Game Design Job Board. This site is provided by Gamasutra.com and lists a wide variety of job opportunities from lead design to 3D artist and programming specialists.
Film and Television Job Board: Film, TV, & Commercial Employment Network provides important information and resources for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. It's for beginners as well as seasoned professionals. Information and resources are provided for many areas both behind and in front of the camera.
Entertainment Careers. Net. Job Board. Entertainment jobs and internships listings at Studios, Networks, Production Companies, Record Companies, Radio Stations, VFX, Animation,Broadcasting
Computer Education Technology Coordinator. Exciting newly created position for innovative high-tech adult educator. Use your e-Learning systems development & education experience to take us to the future. Apply on-line at www.peacehealth.org.21.76-30.47/hr. Questions, call Dawn , 800/ ext. 6863.Location: OR Date: 1/18/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Computer Our Staffing division is hiring! Our staffing division is always placing IT positions throughout the U.S. For a description of our current job openings, please visit us at www.infogroupnw.com These positions vary from contract to perm within several different companies and industries. Please don't hesitate to send your resume to us at InfoGroup Northwest offers competitive salaries, generous benefits, and other unique advantages to joining our growing, dynamic team!
InfoGroup NorthWest Location: OR Date: 1/18/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Computer Network Systems Administrator. Thorough knowledge of Mac and Windows systems, Internet protocols, DNS, FTP, SMB, AppleTalk, Norton Antivirus. Must be a team player with good people skills, willing to work in other capacities as needed. Good opportunity with long established firm in Eugene, Oregon. Send resume to: BBD 2675763 The Register Guard, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene, OR 97440.Location: OR Date: 1/18/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Marketing. Non-profit youth program seeks staff to develop new marketing and graphics department. Portfolio required. Job description & application requirements posted at: www.nwyouthcorps.org
Location: OR Date: 1/18/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Office Manager for local travel bike manufacturer. 35-40 hours/wk, $12-15. Duties include answering phones, connecting with customers, purchasing supplies, running errands, helping to control costs, and keeping the office humming. The ideal candidate for this position would be highly organized and a self-starter. The person's support would help make the sales and marketing departments more effective. Web, graphic design, or writing skills and enthusiasm for cycling a plus. Resume and cover letter . Closing Date: 1/19/04.Location: OR Date:1/11/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Marketing Assistant. High-tech, fast paced Real Estate company needs part-time Assistant in our Marketing Department. Must be detail oriented, organized & comfortable with dealing with customers &vendors in person & over the phone. Required experience in Windows, InDesign, Freehand, PhotoShop & Excel. Graphics skills, good communication & interpersonal skills a must. 20 Hrs. (plus) flexing upward. Submit resumes to: BBD 267746 The Register Guard, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene, OR 97440 Location: OR Date: 1/11/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Marketing Staff Member Project and multi-task management for trade show planning, ad and materials creation, website, and PR required. Strong written and editing skills required. Experience with MS Office, PageMaker, Photoshop, HTML, and Illustrator required. BA and 2+ years experience. Resume and salary requirements .Location: OR Date: 1/11/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
TV News video editor. KVAL-TV has an opening for a full time Video Editor. Applicants must have video editing experience and the ability to work quickly and efficiently. Send resume and non-returnable tape (if available) to: Job #N04-01 KVAL-TV P.O. Box 1313 Eugene, OR 97440 This company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified persons will be afforded equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability. Location: OR Date:1/18/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Unix System Administrator SUMMIT Information Systems - a Fiserv company - develops software solutions for the financial services industry. We are seeking a Systems Analyst/Administrator to provide hands on system set-up & implementation of HPUX systems to our credit union client base. The position is full-time, based in Corvallis & requires up to 60% national travel. Requirements include: BS degree in CS, MIS, or comparable experience, 3+ yrs of systems analysis experience, 2+ yrs experience with Unix systems, preferably HPUX. Solid communications skills required & consulting experience a plus. Apply to: www.summitsite.com Location: OR Date: 1/11/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Web Designer/Artists. Requirements include: 2-3 years of professional design experience, solid knowledge of HTML/Flash/Photoshop, and a good eye for layout. Candidates must also have familiarity with the development of user interfaces and the ability to learn new skills quickly. Include portfolio samples/links with your resume. Email to , ATTN: Design Team. Lunar Logic, Inc Computer Lunar Logic, Inc a Eugene-based software company.
Web Design. Eugene developer needs web designer for preparing & implementing high quality sites. Experience with Macromedia Studio & Photoshop. Send salary requirement & resume to: Location: OR Date: 1/11/2004 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Administrative Assistant.. Trammell Crow Company-Commercial has a Leasing Assistant position available for careerminded person seeking full-time opportunity in commercial real estate. Proficient in Word and Excel, plus experience w/PhotoShop, Pagemaker and Act preferred. Detail oriented and organized with an ability to multi-task, while supporting several brokers. If you're looking for a team environment with a wellestablished company, fax your resume and salary requirements to Business Mgr, Trammell Crow Company, or mail to 4949 SW Meadows Rd #150, Lake Oswego OR 97035 or e-mail to Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Environment Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Digital Photographer. Media Assistant Reed College seeks applicants for the part-time Digital Media Assistant position (30 hours per week; 20 hours assisting in the photography and digital lab, 10 assisting the visual resources librarian) in the Art Department. Position supervises students using Art Department photographic and digital facilities, conducts training workshops and properly maintains equipment and workspace. Requirements include: knowledge of fine arts, ability to read and understand technical information, general knowledge of copyright law, ability to identify hazards and use safety precautions and ability to be certified in first aid and CPR. Qualifications: BA or BFA with knowledge of Fine Arts photography and digital media practices including traditional B&W darkroom procedures nd copy work, and a general knowledge of art history. Applicants must be able to communicate clearly and work effectively and enthusiastically with faculty, students, administration and staff. Applicants must possess extensive knowledge of the Macintosh operating system (OS 9, OS X), common Mac platform digital media tools (Adobe suite, Final Cut, general scanning, printing, video, 3-D modeling). Network administrations experience (OS X Server) and digital asset management experience (FileMaker, Portfolio) preferred. Applicants must possess two years experience working in a digital media lab or photographic facility, or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the necessary skills, knowledge, and ability to perform the required work. Send cover letter, resume, images of your work and two references to: Reed College, Human Resources 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 by January 16, 2004. Equal Opportunity Employer Please include SASE for return of materials. Published in The Oregonian on 01/11
Drafting Instructor: Full time, 9 mo/yr, start date of 9/20/04. Three years recent AutoCAD/Drafting exp; knowledge of ANSI/ASME standards; exp configuring and using AutoCAD, and other programs in a network environment; exp writing course materials; and an Associate degree in related field. Closes 1/27/04. Contact Clackamas Community College or www.clackamas.edu for application. TDD . Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Graphic Artist for packaging design co. Responsibilities incl: assist Sr Designer & creating line ext mechanicals. Must have creative & technical proficiency in Macintosh desing/production software: Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. 2-4yrs in packaging desing & production. Fax Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Graphic Designer.Book publisher seeks PT Graphic Designer. Pagemaker & Photoshop for PC. Email resume to: Published in The Oregonian on 01/11GRAPHIC DESIGN. Imageworks Marekting Group seeking multitalented designer. Print/Web. Contact James @ Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Graphic Designer. Salem ad agency needs Senior Graphic Designer for preparing high quality consumer & trade print materials. Production & Mac exp in InDesign, Freehand, Photoshop a must; web exp helpful. Paid holidays, medical & 401(k). Send salary req & resume to PO Box 3366, Salem OR 97302 Published in The Oregonian on 01/11
Graphic Designer. Small, busy marketing/advertising firm seeks full-time graphic designer to produce print ads, brochures, catalogs, flyers, and websites. Fluent in Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign and HTML. Min 2 yr experience required. Competitive compensation & benefit package. Looking for enthusiastic, detailed, diligent, 'can do' person. Mail resume to: Graphic Designer, 9180 SW Burnham St, Tigard, OR 97223 Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Human Resources Assistant We have a great opportunity for an experienced administrative assistant to support our busy HR team. Selected candidates will have at least 3 years experience creating spreadsheets and graphics, streamlining processes, creating newsletters, organizing department workflow, and answering employee questions. Must be proficient in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Excellent communication skills and detail oriented. Enjoy working independently with minimum direction. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred. Send resumes to or to Reser's Fine Foods, HR, PO Box 8, Beaverton, OR 97075. Fax . No phone calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Information systems director. City of Tigard, Oregon Salary: $59,952-$80,328 annually plus excellent benefits The City of Tigard is seeking a highly motivated professional with a record of achievement to work as the Information Systems Director in a dynamic and growing City government. Responsible for directing City technology services including computer, telecommunications and television. Requires extensive technology background as well as complex administrative/managerial experience. Qualifications include demonstrated leadership in building collaborative efforts, integrity, commitment, experience in Microsoft and Novell networking and telecommunication systems. Deadline for qualified applicants to apply is January 23, 2004. All applicants must submit a City of Tigard application form including responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire. For more detailed information including all application/questionnaire materials, please visit our web site at www.ci.tigard.or.us. Information may also be obtained at Tigard City Hall, 13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, Oregon; or you may request a mailing from . Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 01/11
Marketing Design Specialist First Tech Credit Union is looking for someone who dreams in Pantone colors. More formally, we want a creative, service-oriented Marketing/Design Specialist. Requires 1-2 years experience in marketing or related field. Must have knowledge of PC operations including Desktop Publishing, Quark Xpress, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Freehand. Duties will include: designing/laying out both print and Web mediums, branch merchandising, newsletters, and maintenance of brochures, branch signage, and other items. Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: First Tech, Attn: HR, PO Box 2100, Beaverton, OR 97075; fax ; or Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Marketing Manager. For a growing telecommunications company located 30 min. south of Portland. Graphics skills desired. Please send resume and salary requirements to US Tel Attn: Human Resources, 2500 Industrial Ave., Hubbard, OR 97032. Email replies need to be sent to Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Office Specialist. $2,633.00-$3,281.00 Oak Lodge Sanitary District is currently accepting applications for the position of Office Specialist. The successful candidate will possess the skills and abilities necessary to successfully satisfy the requirements of functioning in an organization where efficient multi-tasking is essential. These services include a variety of duties including transcription from dictated, typed, or hardwritten material; processing title inquiries; data entry, word processing, report preparation, filing, reception, and front office public assistance providing general information and records. Qualified candidates will have considerable knowledge of Windows based software applications, plus general knowledge and proficiency with Adobe software applications, specifically PageMaker and Photoshop. The Office Specialist is responsible for the creation and publication of quarterly newsletters, annual reports, and public informational brochures. For a complete job description and application packet, apply at Oak Lodge Sanitary District, 14611 SE River Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97267, or call . You can access the District's website for employment opportunities and a complete application packet: www.oaklodgesanitary.com Applicants must complete a District application form to be considered for employment. All applicants will be required to pass a physical examination and drug screen. This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.
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Programmer Analyst. Rentrak Corporation is an international technology leader in the video industry with headquarters in Portland. This position requires experience with development of new applications and interfaces as well as trouble shooting existing web-based applications. The successful candidate must have a Computer Science degree or equivalent; knowledge of objectoriented programming; working familiarity with Unix/Linux and Oracle. Being a wizard with Perl and Mason is a plus. Must be detail oriented, possess excellent communication skills, and be able to work independently on multiple tasks.We offer a friendly team oriented workplace, a competitive vacation package, medical/dental and life ins, educational assistance, 401(k) plan, and a variety of extras.NO CALLS PLEASE SEND RESUME WITH SALARY REQUIREMENTS TO: Rentrak/HR Acct. Rep. PO Box 18888 Portland, OR 97218 Fax: 503/ Email: Equal Opportunity Employer Affirmative Action Employer Published in The Oregonian on 01/11
Web/Network Assistant Seeking individual to maintain, update our website and intranet databases. Requires knowledge of Unix/Linux, Apache Web Server. Knowledge of Windows 2000 Terminal, NT 4.0 Server and Crystal Reports helpful. Health benefits. Send resume to c/o Oregonian, Dept. 9572-M, Portland, OR 97 Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
Web Site Designer. Seeking an exp'd person to create & implement a new consulting web site. 5+ yrs creating prof'l web sites w/graphics required. Contact John at
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Writer. The Office of College Advancement at Mt Hood Community College is seeking a part time writer. Responsibilities include assisting in the production of college marketing and educational materials, writing, photography, desktop publishing, editing and/or proofreading. Must have experience in Associated Press style writing and proofreading. Requires the ability to type 50 words per minute using Microsoft Word, PageMaker and experience with Photoshop software on Mac and personal computers. Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under deadline pressure. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of journalism education in an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of journalismassociated work experience. Send resume and writing samples to: Mt Hood Community College Office of College Advancement 26000 SE Stark Street Gresham, OR 97030 Deadline: January 23, 2004 Published in The Oregonian on 01/18
I'm currently limiting Newsletter job searching to Oregon and South West Washington. However, for those interested in positions elsewhere in the Northwest may I recommend the following:
America's Job Bank.Provides a simple search engine that generates a number of NorthWest jobs. Try, for example, typing in Seattle and using as a keyword photoshop, graphics, web design, or video. Be sure to select the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Media category.
Sakson and Taylor. Most media jobs in the Seattle area seem to be promoted through Sakson and Taylor a Seattle based employment service that specializes in technical communication. The organization fills positions in animation, graphics, media, instructional design, writing and other areas. This seems to be a central connection to the media production opportunities in the Seattle area.
Seattle Times. Seattle area jobs not listed with Sakson and Tayler will be found in the Seattle Times online employment service.
Career Click .COM. This online service allows you to search individual, regional, or national Canadian newspapers for job positions. Remember that Canada has tight employment restrictions for non residents.
Vancouver Sun . The Vancouver Sun provides an online employment section that lists jobs in that great city of the North. These same jobs can be found on Career Click. Com listed aboved.
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Back issues of the Proscenia Newsletter are now online. Please let others interested in multimedia and communication know about this publication.
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We provide the following resources on our web site as a service to the media community. Please let us know of additional information so that we can keep these pages active and up-to-date.
- Discussions. Beginning with the January, 2003, issue of this Newsletter we added a discussion section to encourage readers to explore a variety of issues related to working in multimedia. Here is an archive of those discussion topics.
- Eugene Media Production Studios. Proscenia Interactive is located in Eugene, Oregon. We have listed other production activity within the city for benefit of local students and others interested in media development within this region.
- Image Search and Database.Online resources provide a great library of references images often needed when drawing. This page has numerous image search engines as well as links to library collections. Note that most of the images you find are copyrighted and should only be used for reference.
- Informational Resources. This page has been contributed by multimedia instructor Todd Kesterson at the University of Oregon. It provides links to informational resource for students and others interested in multimedia and communication.
- Job Search Resources for Careers In Multimedia. A special collection of search engines related to media and communication careers. Search for jobs around the world.
- Oregon Media Associations.This page identifies current professional organizations within the state involved in media communications and production. Many offer membership opportunities through which individuals can begin their professional networking.
- Random Links. Each week the Proscenia Newsletter features collections of links related to multimedia. This is an archive collection of the Random Links column.