Crash Wins at Oscars 2006

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 03/05/2006 - 16:00

Crash pipped Brokeback Mountain for the best film award at the Oscar ceremony, held last night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The bookies knew something was up when they narrowed the odds (from 8/1 to 6/4) yesterday on Crash winning that category in the run-up to the ceremony. Brokeback Mountain was ahead at 1/2. Ang Lee had the consolation of taking Best Director, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay Award, and Best Score.

Being There With A Videolog

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 02/20/2006 - 16:00

I was recently at a conference in Vancouver, Canada, that I wanted to cover on video and share on the internet. The conference was about Open Source Content Management Systems (OSCMS), although the main focus was Drupal, a platform for internet publishing that is growing incredibly fast in popularity. A CMS is like a blog or bulletin board, but with more bells and whistles. It provides support for groups of people to publish diverse content from articles to streaming video.

Google Video Review: Streaming Video Off The Big G

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 02/20/2006 - 16:00

Google has come under a lot of fire since it launched its Digital Rights Management (DRM) video service which at the time it said it was rolling out for all to use.

Firstly, not all video uploaders appear to have access yet to DRM and those users who have tried to buy DRM videos outside of the US have probably encountered the message:

Roll Your Own Docs

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Fri, 01/20/2006 - 16:00

Tsiporah Grignon, a longtime resident of Gabriola Island, one of the tiny islands just off Canada's West Coast, first saw the NFB-funded documentary Scared Sacred on a visit to a mainland film festival. The film depicts filmmaker Velcrow Ripper in his quest to find hope in the "Ground Zeroes of the world."

Golden Globe Winners 2006

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 16:00

Hotly tipped Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, won Best Film at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards last night. The gay cowboy film also won Best Screenplay, Best Original Song and Best Director for Lee.

Best Actor gong went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote and Felicity Huffman, best known for Desperate Housewives, won Best Actress for Transamerica.

The Globes, often seen as indication of how the Academy Award decisions will go on 5th March, are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 2006 Golden Globe Awards are for the year ended December 31, 2005.

DRM vs.Open

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 01/10/2006 - 16:00

For content creators Google's Video Marketplace (see story) may prove a welcome source of revenue. However, the downside is that some people will commercialise what may already be legitimately available for download for free.

Some films are already in the public domain or are free to watch under less restrictive licencing than on pay video sites.