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Apple Store Refresh?

Update @ 21:13 HKT: The US Apple Store returned. It appears that Apple updated its store to include Father’s Day promotions.

Update @ 21:12 HKT: The Hong Kong store has returned, but the US Apple Store remains offline.

The Apple Store appears to be offline today, after I logged on to check out the prices of some accessories I wanted to buy. We’ll see what changes Apple has made after their store returns.

What Didn’t Work Out So Well

Looking back at the various differences between the planning and editing stages, there seems to be some discrepancies that I’m highly amused to write about.

  1. The video does not have the same shots as originally planned. Unforeseen problems and failed timing meant that the shots were all taken on one day in around two locations. This greatly limited the settings available and many shots were replaced accordingly.
  2. The video does not follow the storyboard as originally planned. A lack of determination and perceived urgency meant that the shots were taken too quickly and not enough video was captured for the final render.
  3. Special effects originally planned were excluded from the final cut. This is, again, because the original shots that required special effects were replaced with other clips due to unavailable footage.
  4. Nothing seemed to follow the original plan. This is probably just due to a skill on future planning that I need to learn. Sigh.

Correcting Edits

I hate video taking, and the reason for that is simple: I look terrible in front of a camera.

What goes on after that, however, is something I find very fun and probably the most interesting bit of any videomaking process.


What do we know about the next iPhone’s design so far?

It seems as if nothing can be known about Apple’s products just before they are released.

I’ve come to trust the rumours, but take them with a pinch of salt — some of the things that people believe about the next Apple product is just too much, but some of it is actually smack-bang right what turns up. I remember a time when some theorised that Apple might do away with the Home button on the iPad after looking at their promotional posters for WWDC.

Turned out that the Apple posters were simply the iPad used in landscape mode.

Still, I do believe that the new iPhone — likely the iPhone 5, unless Apple pulls another S and makes it the iPhone 4SS — is actually likely to keep the original screen, and I trust that Apple might change their dock connectors.

However, I don’t really believe the rumours that Apple might change their screens to 4 inches diagonally — this sounds a lot like the previous rumours of Apple changing the size of their iPhone. I like the iconic design of the iPhone and think that the screen is definitely a part of it. It hasn’t changed through the iPhone 1, iPhone 2, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S — why change it on the seventh new release?

via What do we know about the next iPhone’s design so far?.

The Economics of Job Specialisation

It doesn’t make sense for everyone to do very little work spread across the entire field. There’s been much discussion of job delegation, but we’ve come to a pretty quick consensus about it (for once):

I, the most awesome with computers, will be responsible for video editing, including trimming, arrangement, colour correction, and post-production visual effects.

The very awesome Hilary Lok will be responsible for audio editing of the live audio that is to be recorded, a decision not originally included in our planning.

The Clarence Ng and Liam Yue will be doing special effects for the video, such as the inclusion of extended grassland (something that still hasn’t been found here yet!)

We’ll see how this works out.


10K. Goodbye.

This music video was created and edited totally by me, using my awesome skills that I have of video editing. It’s not an amazing work, I admit, but I was attempting to capture that essence and life of my form at school when I made it… I think I’ve got a fair bit in it though.

What do you think?

Your Location Has Been Found.

First rule of the day: never, ever, attempt to make an appointment with anyone more than five times. After the fifth time (and you’re incredibly patient if it’s your fifth time), just forget about it. Ask the person to meet you instead. Or something.

Moving on…

I finally got around to scanning up our planning for the music video project. It would probably have been done a lot slower if not for a very real deadline, but anyway…


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I know, I’m no artist, and neither was anyone else who was doing the storyboard for this project. Blame that the entire group happens to be predominately male, and while I have nothing against male artists, I fully confess than I believe none of the males in this set of people are artistically inclined.