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Affordable, Professional Time-Lapse Photography

What Is It? Time-lapse photography is effectively the opposite of slow-motion filmmaking. By shooting multiple frames of a scene at intervals and then stitching them together into a film/video, the final product presents the passage of time in a unique, artistic way. It’s not a new process – the first time-lapses were done in the …

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Kicking off 2014 with a New Award!

Great news! The latest video from Saigon South International School and Gypsy Creative Communications, are among the winners of the 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge Video Contest! I just got word of this during our holiday in Cambodia. What a great gift it was, and what an awesome way to kick off my new business: International …

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New Micro-Doc: SSIS and the Cardboard Challenge, Part 2

Posted By: gypsy on Oct 03, 2013 in Education, Final Cut Pro, Post Production, Travel, Video, Vietnam

This is my follow-up to a previous blog post I wrote, just after starting on this project. Background: Caine Monroy is a little boy who lives in Los Angeles whose dad owns an auto parts store. While his dad worked, Caine developed a hobby of taking the boxes from his dad’s warehouse and creating intricate …

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New Micro-Doc: SSIS and the Cardboard Challenge, Part 1

First, if you haven’t seen “Caine’s Arcade”, please check it out now. It’s a great story about a 9 year-old boy who had almost more creativity than he could handle, and access to a ton of cardboard boxes. So he made an arcade out of cardboard. I was personally moved by this film, partly because …

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Final Cut Pro X… Part Two: I’m Sold

Posted By: gypsy on Feb 20, 2013 in Education, Final Cut Pro, Travel, Video, Vietnam

OK, I’m sold. Final Cut Pro X is a badass. I recently returned from the Philippines, where I took an Apple certification course in FCPX over the course of four days at a training center in Manila. Like many people in my profession, I often have to learn new software in the studio, all alone, …

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Final Cut Pro X… Part One: still plugging away at it.

Posted By: gypsy on Oct 15, 2012 in Education, Final Cut Pro, Travel, Video, Web

I’ll say it: I like the way Final Cut Pro X works. I like the way it looks, the way it feels, how fast it loads up. I am excited about FCPX. I think good things are happening here. But many video editors are still not so enthusiastic about Version Ten, and that’s understandable. For now, …

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MTS Files: Boy They Suck… But Here’s One Solution!

Posted By: gypsy on Sep 28, 2012 in Education, Video

The MTS Format I know, I know. You only work with DVCAM files from the field. That is, of course, if not film. You won’t deal with footage provided by clients, because it just looks so shitty. If you weren’t hired to shoot it yourself, then at the very least, you expect a RAID drive …

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First Days in Vietnam

Posted By: gypsy on Jul 25, 2012 in Education, SE Asia, Travel, Vietnam

We touched down in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday night, around 11pm. Tara’s principal, Gary, was at the airport to meet us and our 14 duffel bags and 3 guitars. From the airport to our hotel in South Saigon, Siena Kaya counted 605 motorbikes. I call them “motorbikes” for two reasons: 1, there is …

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Jennifer in Yanfolila, Mali

Posted By: gypsy on Aug 25, 2011 in Africa, Education, Mali, Travel, Video

(Photo: © Jennifer Davis) Because I struggle so to be a reliable, consistent blogger (kidding) I am always happy when someone else does all the work for me! I traveled to the southern town of Yanfolila, Mali with Jennifer, a Peace Corps volunteer. Jennifer did a wonderful writeup of our trip, so rather than rehash …

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Patrick – Kigali, Rwanda

Posted By: gypsy on Aug 07, 2011 in Africa, Education, Rwanda, Travel, Video

On Friday, I met Patrick, the President of a co-op here in Kigali, Rwanda that is involved in silk farming, fish farming and rabbit farming. What a story. Like many of Rwanda’s youth, Patrick is an orphan. After graduating high school, he didn’t have a lot of prospects. But thanks to some intensive training (from …

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Paalam and Salamat! – Zamboanga, Philippines

Posted By: gypsy on Aug 03, 2011 in Education, SE Asia, the Philippines, Travel, Video

The Philippines is a country to I hope to get back to soon. Not a lot of time here, and I only got to see the Mindanao region. What I did see was strikingly beautiful. Not just picturesque, but inspiring. When you’re face-to-face with utter poverty and cruel brutality, and you witness human beings finding …

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Remembering things I’d forgotten…

Posted By: gypsy on Jul 23, 2011 in Africa, Education, Mali

So I am leaving for the Philippines on Tuesday. After several flights and random jaunts/connects through the Middle East and N. Africa, I’m headed for Mali. Mali requires a visa. And since there’s not a lot of time now, even using expedition services, I decided to give the Malian embassy a call. What the hell, …

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