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Stream of the Month - NovemberAll things Jedi
The hype and marketing has already begun on the next installment of the Star Wars story. As the release date approaches, fan-boys across the galaxy are sure to be looking for as much information as they can.
The first trailer for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, was released recently, and the Apple QuickTime Trailers site has it for all to see. "Breathing" is available in several streaming bit rates depending on your connection. But be warned, in order to get the uber-version of this trailer, youíll have to have QuickTime Pro installed.
If the trailer isnít enough, you will definitely want to check out the fan based theforce.net website. Not only does this site contain tid-bits of gossip and actual news about what is going on in the Jedi-verse, they have a huge section devoted to fan films. This growing site showcases work by some very talented (and not so talented) fans of Lucasí work, and youíre able to see all of them via your computer. If Troops and Dual ring a bell, then youíll find them on this site.
If watching fan films and reading the latest gossip isnít enough, TFN also offers a twice monthly newscast that is a must see for fans and professionals alike as it shows how good quality productions can be made on a limited budget.
For the official word on all things Jedi, you must visit StarWars.com. The LucasFilm, Ltd. marketing juggernaut goes all out on this site with official photos and behind the scenes production notes on the making of the new film. The must see streams for this site are the mini-documentaries that George Lucas has authorized to be made. Lucas did the same thing with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and these streams a perfect for fans and movie buffs alike to get a look at what goes into making a major motion picture. Currently up to installment seven, there are plenty of features to keep you occupied for a while.
Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.
He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Apple‚??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.
He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadn‚??t even invented the word e-commerce.
And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]
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