Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 2


first_imgThe Deadliest CacheA film by TheHuntingYoshi | Norway“A geocacher is going on an FTF-hunt. Turns out, he might have made it more difficult than he needed to.” Who or what inspired this film?We asked around for ideas and a fellow geocacher (Lordwadar) came up with the idea about the FTF-hunter. I really liked it because every geocacher that has been on an exciting geocache hunt would see her or himself in that situation, and not just the FTF-hunters.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?Laffa and me are very good friends and we’d made some other films together. The hardest part was to come up a script that only had two actors. Because there were only the two of us doing all the work. I wrote it, shot it and directed it with Laffas help. Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?Every bit was both funny and challenging. But while I was behind the camera shooting, Laffa had to really do the hard work in this film. We had to shoot some of the scenes multiple times. The more tired he got, the funnier the scene seemed to become. In the final scene he jumps in the water fully clothed. I was afraid the water would be cold but he actually said the water was refreshing after rolling around in the woods all day long. If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?There is usually a trail going to the geocache. Look at the terrain difficulty to get a sense of how much bushing you need to do. What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Learn good camera handling. Make it short. Make cuts often. What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?Watching the creativity of the Geocaching community is amazing! The GIFF is one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer! SharePrint RelatedInterviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 3February 20, 2015In “GIFF”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 1February 16, 2015In “Events”5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015June 15, 2015In “Community” CacheheartA film by MudMen_GER | Germany“The cache king is dead and a new one has to be found. To climb the throne, we have to find the holy and royal FTF.” Who or what inspired this film?Our daughter Elizabeth was so inspired by the 2013 GIFF, she very much wanted to participate this year. Our family talked around several different ideas and we thought this one was the funniest.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?This was truly a family project. We each had multiple jobs: gathering supplies/costumes, acting, filming and editing.Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?We had several issues including overcast weather and dwindling camera batteries, but the kids were so motivated to make this happen that we just kept persevering.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Geocaching is a fun (and funny) adventure. Get out there and explore some new places and have a great time doing it!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Give it a try! Even if you have never done anything like this before, you CAN make a movie. We are excited to see what you come up with and we will be sitting in the audience to cheer you on next year.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?Watching the creativity of the Geocaching community is amazing! The GIFF is one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer! Who or what inspired this film?Having found out about the competition we wanted to give our own take on what Geocaching means to us. Since we live in Cornwall, a beautiful part of the UK, we wanted to show off a bit of the greenery and make a video that is both entertaining and would inspire people to make their own films.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?We were a crew of 3. Myself and Michael Bray were the creative force who put the whole thing together. We were also assisted by Ben Grocock, Michael’s friend who acted as Runner and Prop guy, as he provided the ammo crate for us! Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?We shot on a very hot day and poor old Michael had to wear that thick yellow hoodie for the whole shoot. He didn’t complain once and didn’t even take the thing off! We were limited to time when it came to Ben’s involvement as we could only shoot an hour with him so had to fit all his bits in first before he departed, but you wouldn’t have noticed it was shot completely out of order!If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Getting the first to find is a great goal for any geocacher, but don’t let it ruin the experience and fun of the game. Some geocachers take the FTF too seriously and it ruins the fun of it! Just enjoy the experience whether or not you get there first!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Try and be creative! Have fun in making your film and make it to the best of your ability. It should reflect what you enjoy and should be a joy to watch. We expressed our interest through comedy sketch, but your film has to be something that you would enjoy watching if you were the audience. If you don’t enjoy watching your film then why should anyone else?What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?I am looking forward to perhaps giving it another crack. Being one of the 16 nominee’s was an honour and was really fun to travel the distance to attend. Fingers crossed for this year!That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned for our next round of interviews with geocaching filmmakers on February 20th, 2015, where we’ll get a look at arguably the funniest geocaching videos around.Think your geocaching film has what it takes to have geocaching audiences cheering in approval? Visit the GIFF 2015 homepage and find out how to enter! For the first time in history, all 16 geocaching films from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival are available to watch at the click of a button. If you have just 59 minutes to spare (and not a minute more) make those minutes worth your while.Watch the full films and decide which should receive the Global GIFF Audience Award here: http://bit.ly/1vFapUU.Here today for your reading pleasure are exclusive interviews with some of the featured filmmakers. Go behind-the-scenes and hear what the producers have to say about geocaching, movies, and life.GeoDoubleA film by Owen15 | Canada“Have you ever found yourself itching to go out for a ‘First to Find’ but know you really shouldn’t? If so, GeoDouble is perfect for you!”center_img Share with your Friends:More First to Find — The Woodland HuntA film by CarboKnightLuke | United Kingdom“Two geocachers, Alan and Steve are on a mission to get the first to find, but unfortunately they are after the same cache. This can only mean trouble!” Geocaching With SasquatchA film by Frisky Biscuits | USA“A very clever Sasquatch figures out how to order up some snacks by publishing a geocache to attract people to his part of the forest.” Who or what inspired this film?The inspiration for our film came, because we were planing a geocaching tour to Scotland in Summer 2014. A wonderful country which we would like to visit since ages. So the story took place in a Scottish-like environment, but we never left Germany for shooting. The “Highlands” you can see in our film, is an old dump in the Ruhr district of Germany.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?The story of “Cacheheart” was created together with our workmate and geocaching partner Hövel. We all have the same sense of humor, which is importatn when you work on a project like this. To get all the background actors to the set we made a geocaching event. Because of the guidelines of Geocaching.com, we did an “After-Shooting-Event”. First working on our set and then relaxing at a fine little geocaching event. One actor, McMario, traveled 300 miles from Hamburg to be a part of our film. Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?One of the funnist moments were as Hövel slipped into the costume of the Marshmallow Man. It was not planned, but it looks so wired that we decided to let the costume in the final film. Challenging were the weather conditions on the day of shooting. It was raining and one or two background actors slipped on theirs butts down hill.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Have fun, be creative and don’t care if you are the first , second or tenth finder of a geocache.What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Don’t wait until tomorrow, start now. It makes so much fun to see how your GIFF film is growing. And if your film will be shown on the big screen in Seattle, it makes you proud.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?We already have plans for a participation on GIFF2015. The script is finished and we will start shooting in the next one or two month. We don’t want to betray too much, but the story is about the magic of geocaching. Who or what inspired this film?I was inspired by Saturday Night Live’s comedic ads for fictitious products and wanted to make one myself… geocaching style!How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?That for me was the easiest part since I was the whole team! I had some free time on my own at the beginning of the summer and thought this would be a fun project, and it was!Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?The most challenging scenes to film were the ‘clone’ scenes where I had to fit two of me into the same picture. I had limited software so it took many tries to produce a satisfying result. Also, for certain scenes I had to leave the house and embarrass myself in public. I would wait until all muggles had cleared and then quickly set up, film, pack up and bike away, within a few minutes.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Never miss an opportunity to go geocaching!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?I would recommend capturing an element of geocaching that you particularly enjoy and portray it in a creative way.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?I really look forward to seeing another round of creative films and hopefully submitting one myself!last_img read more

How Chris Messina Got a Job at Google


first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Now Chris Messina will be at one of the biggest and most important companies around. Today on his 29th birthday, Messina announced he was taking a job at Google, with the title Open Web Advocate.Has Chris Messina sold out? “There are many legitimate reasons to work for a larger enterprise,” social web sociologist danah boyd, who recently joined Microsoft, told us in response to Chris’s move. “Some are practical: health insurance, stable income, and all of the other benefits that tend to come with such a package. But some come from the same ethos that entrepreneurs have… the desire to ship a product. Where you don’t have to do every inch of legwork. And where you know that your work can touch millions. There’s also something to be said for being around a whole lot of really smart people.”On Landing at GoogleMessina has worked at a wide variety of startup companies. Most recently he was at OpenID provider Vidoop, one of a number of high profile hires the company made while it was still based in Oklahoma. In September 2008, Vidoop put its 40 person crew in a crazy caravan to its new headquarters in Portland, Oregon. In May, 2009 the company imploded, closed its doors and told some of its employees it couldn’t pay back wages. Messina shared his account of what happened on his blog.The next half year Messina spent doing independent consulting, including a month and a half project with Mozilla. The fruits of that labor will be released to the public soon, he told us today.In September Messina was making the rounds, talking to a variety of companies in Silicon Valley and told a friend at Google that he was considering joining a big company as his next step. His Google contact told him that the company had a strong preference for hiring engineers, rather than people with the skills that Messina has. Doug Bowman, Google’s first ever staff designer had made a high-profile departure to join Twitter just a few months prior, saying that Google didn’t appreciate design.Messina left feeling like that door was closed and considered launching his own startup company. Over the next few months a few other companies offered Messina positions, he said, but then his old Google contact pinged him again and asked if he was still interested in joining Google.What had changed? His contact told him that Google was placing a new emphasis on getting the social web right, in a way that is good for the web. That month Google publicly launched a campaign that had run informally inside the company for two years, called the Data Liberation Front. It works across departments to enable users to remove their data from Google services, a key part of the vision of an Open Distributed Web that Messina has been working toward.“I went in for the interview,” Messina told us today, “and 2 weeks later they made me a great offer letting me do what I was already doing. Yes, the interview process was long but very efficient, and I had to complete 1 logic problem (which I almost nailed, but alas, I’m no Joe Smarr!)” Smarr is the widely respected developer that had been working on these same matters at Comcast Plaxo until announcing that he was joining Google in December.Messina told us that he’s excited to learn how to organize for an Open web from inside a very large company. It’s a perspective he’s never had before, but one that will lend him more credibility in his efforts to move other large companies.What This Means for the WebMessina and Smarr join a growing and impressive roster of Googlers dedicated to building an Open, Distributed web. That’s a vision that’s the opposite of a centralization and control – the typical model of financial success for a large company. This team of people will have to battle inertia, corporate interests and the natural tendency many people say is inherent in a large organization to bring more and more of a market under its control. Google controls a growing size of our search, our advertising sales, our email, our document collaboration, our mapping, our voice communication and much more online. The company is almost sure to face anti-trust legal pressure someday soon.It’s always been a part of Google’s DNA to support what’s good for the web at large, the more people use the web the more they’ll click on AdSense. This much centralization of power is cause for concern, though. It’s as if Google is set to have a battle against itself. It’s staff against the nature of its economy of scale.The culture of the corporation may be more important than its size, though. David Recordon, an open web advocate that works closely with Messina and recently joined social networking giant Facebook, had this to say: “Personally, I love how Facebook’s culture lets me continue working on what I’m passionate about while having a tremendous impact on both the technology industry and the world at large. I hope that as my friend, Chris is able to do the same at Google.”The day to day reality of effecting change may be more complex than that, though. Yahoo’s Eran Hammer-Lahav, the best-known technologist working to develop and support open login standard OAuth, raises an important concern.“This is clearly a big win for Google,” he told us. “Messina and Smarr are huge assets in the social web space.”“My concern is specific to Google. With Messina, Smarr, [inventor of OpenID and more Brad] Fitzpatrick and others all working for Google, focusing on the Social Web, there is less and less incentive for Google to reach out. Google has a strong coding culture which puts running code ahead of consensus and collaboration. Now with so many bright minds in house, they are even less likely to reach out.“A week ago, you would have to get at least Google, Plaxo, and Messina (representing the independent voice) to collaborate. This week it’s just Google.“While I am certain that Messina and Smarr will keep their independent voices, and am not suggesting they will ‘sell out’ or alter their principles, they no longer need to surface many of their ideas out to the community. They can just have an quick internal meeting and ship products.”What will going to Google mean for the rebellious young man who’s become such a big personality agitating for the open web outside of the biggest companies on the web? What does it mean that the biggest companies, especially Google and Facebook, keep hiring outside social web technical leaders? Time will tell, but Messina says he’s been told explicitly that people for whom “it’s all about them” don’t do well at Google. The company must be full of formerly big personalities now working as part of a team. PubSubHubbub co-creator and now Googler Brett Slatkin once as a brash college freshman told Newsweek that “If I made a great product, and Microsoft offered me a lot of money, I would spit in their faces.” (That’s one of my favorite quotes.) Now Slatkin has toned it down and talks tech without the bombast.Messina says he knows it’s going to be a big change and is excited to see what being part of Google is like. So the next chapter of the story of Chris Messina will be a part of the next chapter of the story of Google.Like this post? Read: What could all this look like in the future? See one vision in our article Toward a Value-Added User Data EconomyReadWriteWeb also profiled Chris Messina in The Real-Time Web and its Future a report about the real-time Web, the thought leaders and companies shaping this market. Based on more than 50 interviews with industry leaders like Chris Messina and John Borthwick and insights into companies like Twitter, Warner Brothers and Nozzl Media, it’s a must read for information technology decision makers, innovators and thought leaders. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Chris Messina grew up in New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state. As a high-schooler in the early 90’s he held his school’s website hostage after being suspended for running an ad on it for a controversial gay rights group. Now Chris is nearing 30, today was his 29th birthday, and he just announced that he’s taken a job at one of the biggest, most powerful corporations in the world.The latest chapter in the fascinating story of Chris Messina’s life ends with one of the most high-profile young proponents of an Open and Distributed Web joining Google, a company that aims to organize all the information in the world and a behemoth that many free spirits online eye with ambivalence. What will the future bring for Messina and his work? A look at how he got to Google might offer some clues. It isn’t all pretty, some people worry about what the move will mean for the web, but the announcement is definitely important for all of us.Where Chris Messina Comes FromChris Messina grew up in a well-to-do suburb in New Hampshire. As a teenager he railed vocally against a middle class culture that he says he now realizes he was very much a part of. One of his biggest influences, though, was a grandmother with strong Libertarian tendencies.When Chris entered high school, the web was in its earliest days. He became the school’s web master, setting up and running its first web site. A group of students at the school wanted to start a Gay/Straight Alliance support group and were facing some resistance from parents and school officials. Messina took it upon himself to post a free banner ad promoting the organization on the school’s official web site. He got suspended from school and pulled the site down in protest. (Even in those early days a school librarian had backed up some of the files, so the situation ended without young Messina being paddled or tied to the rack.)After high school Chris went to college at Carnegie Mellon, where he studied Design. That Design training took him far in the tech world and will be an important part of his new job.After graduating from college, Messina went on to build an incredible resume of accomplishments recognized around the world. When Messina speaks about any of the above, the biggest companies on the web listen. He’s widely respected, but some people say he’s become an arrogant power player at the front of a small parade of outspoken self-appointed leaders. That he gets all the credit when there are other, quieter, people doing a significant portion of the work. That’s one perspective, but it’s not the most common one and many of the leaders of the circle Messina runs in have shipped products that power the fundamentals of the web we all use today. He designed the full-page ad in the New York Times announcing the launch of Firefox. Thousands of people donated $10 each to buy that ad, heralding an Open Source, community-based challenge to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.He co-founded BarCamp, the now international network of technology and culture “unconferences” that you may have heard of and should definitely attend next time there’s one in your town.He was integral in the building of the international co-working community, a network of organizations that help each other serve independent, web-based workers who seek a physical space and support infrastructure.He is a Board member of the OpenID Foundation, the organization working on standards and adoption of open, federated and portable systems of identity for use around the web.He’s a leading voice in the movement to create an Activity Streams standard that will allow user activity data to be shared and understood from one website over to another. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Most Companies Use Social Media For Recruiting, Says Survey


first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#biz center_img A large majority of companies are moving away from job boards and toward social media as their primary recruiting tool, according to annual survey results released by social recruitment software company Jobvite.The report, entitled Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2010, was based on an online survey taken by 600 participants between May and June.Of the respondents who are actively hiring this year, 92% said that they either “currently use or plan to” use social networks for recruiting new employees. Meanwhile, spending on more traditional tools like job boards and third-party recruiters either decreased or stayed constant for a majority of companies.Not surprisingly, the social networking site most used by companies for recruiting is LinkedIn (78%) , followed by Facebook (55%). The site that saw the most growth was Twitter, which wasn’t even a blip on the radar when Jobvite first conducted this survey in 2008, but was used by 45% of respondents this year.Most hiring firms will review a candidate’s social media presence as part of the vetting process, with 38% indicating that they always search for applicants’ social networking profiles and 32% doing so only sometimes.Indicating that the social media’s involvement in job recruiting is more than just hype, the survey reported that 58% of companies had successfully hired employees via a social networking site.The complete results of the survey are available on Jobvite’s website (free registration required to download). Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

PM Holness Reassures the Diaspora in New York on Crime Reduction Strategies


first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night (Tuesday, September 25) engaged Jamaicans living in New York City in the United States of America. Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night (Tuesday, September 25) engaged Jamaicans living in New York City in the United States of America.Prime Minister Holness is in New York to attend and participate in the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).The Prime Minister used the opportunity to meet with the Diaspora in keeping with his mission to update Jamaicans overseas and discuss matters involving Jamaica. He reassured those present that the strategies in place to deal with the issue of crime are bearing fruit.“I want to assure you that the government has put in place several crime-fighting strategies but more than that we have put in place several national security strategies that are all working to improve the safety and security of Jamaicans. It is not something that is going to change overnight; it will not change by the snap of a finger or the flip of a switch. It will take some time to return Jamaica to the point where our murder rate was below 500 murders per year,” explained Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister further explained that the State of Public Emergency in sections of Jamaica is not a “panic” reaction but a strategic measure to restore confidence in the state.“Normally when people hear SOE (State of Emergency), immediately there is a state of panic but in utilizing the state of emergency we’ve also done something to restore trust and confidence and faith in the Jamaican state because for the first time people see that the Jamaican state can use force without abuse,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness noted that the government is committed to ensuring that Jamaica remains attractive for investment opportunities.In that regard, the Prime Minister said the “government is committed to first of all breaking the eco-system of crime that has taken over many of our communities in Jamaica.””As Jamaicans thinking about your country, you can feel proud to know that the security forces that come from the people are acting in the defence of the people and it will take some time for the citizens to acknowledge this point but once the acknowledgement is done, then you have a greater level of information sharing, a greater level of trust and once that happens the state becomes stronger and the dons become illegitimate,” stated Prime Minister Holness.Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Senator Matthew Samuda, as well as Trudy Deans, Consul General to New York were also in attendance at the meeting. Prime Minister Holness is in New York to attend and participate in the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Prime Minister Harper announces Jan 11 meeting Spence to continue hunger strike


first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations leaders on Jan. 11, but Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, whose 25-day hunger strike forced the meeting, says she will continue to abstain from food until the meeting actually happens.Harper issued a statement Friday saying the meeting would be coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations and would focus on the treaties, Aboriginal rights and economic development.“The government of Canada and First Nations have an enduring historic relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and support. The government of Canada is committed to strengthening this relationship,” said Harper in the statement.An aide to Spence said she is aware of the announcement, but won’t end her hunger strike until the meeting happens. Spence also told her aide the governor general needs to attend the meeting.Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day said in a statement that leaders “are still reluctant to breath easy about what the process is and how it will affect future political relations between the Crown and First Nations in this country.”More to comelast_img read more