New EARCOS Video from ISM

Just wanted to pop in for a minute to show you guys the new promotional video that I produced for EARCOS, through my education division, ISM: This piece was done using a combination of Photoshop, After Effects (mostly all After Effects), Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro X. I’m so pleased with the results and …

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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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360° VR Photography

Posted By: gypsy on Jan 25, 2014 in Photography, Post Production, Travel, Vietnam

Introduction to VR Somewhere between still photography and video lies what I believe to be an under-appreciated and under-utilized presentation format: 360° Virtual Reality (VR) Photography. (Yes, they still call it Virtual Reality,  1992’s “Lawnmower Man” notwithstanding.) It’s a really cool way to present a 3-dimensional area visually. While it isn’t exactly motion, like video—the …

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Haiyan: Some thoughts on how to help

Posted By: gypsy on Nov 12, 2013 in SE Asia, the Philippines, Vietnam

This is not a typical Gypsy eNewsletter. But here in Vietnam, we are watching the crisis of Haiyan unfold right in our back yard, so it’s necessary. Wherever you are in the world, you can help. Here are just a few ways:  

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Organizing Your Horribly Disfigured Final Cut Pro X Project

Posted By: gypsy on Oct 19, 2013 in Blog, Design, Final Cut Pro, Travel, Video, Vietnam, Web

One of the strengths of Final Cut Pro X is its comprehensive organization system. From tagging and grouping clips, to reconnecting offline media, it’s a pretty impressive setup. When I took the FCPX certification course, a large part of the curriculum was dedicated to early-stage organization, and I spent a lot of time getting the …

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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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HDR Photography Follow-Up

Posted By: gypsy on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog, Photography, Post Production, SE Asia, Travel, Vietnam

As promised, here are a few more shots from my early adventures in HDR photography. I am gradually getting the hang of this method and building a few little strategies here and there, both in the shooting process and post production. And I’m sure I’m developing a bad habit or two. Anyway, click on the …

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First Foray into HDR Photography

Posted By: gypsy on Jun 10, 2013 in Photography, Post Production, SE Asia, Travel, Vietnam

On Thursday, I packed up my camera and a couple lenses, got on my motorbike, and headed downtown with the intention of shooting the Year’s Greatest Street Photography Series. Well, I also had to try on a suit for my buddy’s upcoming wedding. And then I got hungry so I headed down to the Pham …

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Gypsy News | Spring, 2013

What do I mean by “multimedia”? Check out the Gypsy Creative Spring 2013 Newsletter here! *I would post it directly in my blog but the CSS gets all screwy…

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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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Cold Front… on the Patio

Posted By: gypsy on Jan 13, 2013 in Music, Vietnam

Maybe because I’m over 30, I often feel like I have nothing to say that’s worth a blog post. But tonight on the patio, I had something to say. This is nothing fancy; it was recorded with an iPhone on my balcony. But it was something to say. Enjoy.

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