Autumn Gem

Autumn Gem Preview for the iPad

Over on the Autumn Gem web site, I noted that our Autumn Gem Preview iPad application is now available on the iTunes App Store.

Download Autumn Gem Preview from the App Store

Using selected video clips, archival materials, and interactive features, Autumn Gem Preview introduces you to this fascinating figure through an extensive trailer of the film.

On the home screen are three Chinese characters: Woman, Sword and Country. Tapping on each character will take you to a different section of Qiu Jin’s life.

Learn about the oppressive conditions imposed upon women during Qiu Jin’s time and her struggle to break free of them. Follow her path from childhood as a privileged daughter of an official’s family, to a young woman forced into the traditional roles of marriage and motherhood, to her rejection of those roles and her transformation into a radical women’s rights advocate.

See how she became involved in a rebellious plot to overthrow the last dynasty in China. Use your fingers to control Qiu Jin as she trains in martial arts to prepare herself for battle.

Tap to buy the Autumn Gem DVD and learn more about Qiu Jin on the official Autumn Gem web site.

Autumn Gem Preview provides a unique experience that introduces you to the compelling story of modern China’s first feminist.

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Autumn Gem for the iPad Wins at iPadDevCamp!

Autumn Gem for the iPad

Our Autumn Gem application for the iPad won the Future of Publishing Award at iPadDevCamp! We developed this application to show the potential marriage between film and iPad. Going beyond a normal movie, we bring the story of Modern China’s first feminist, Qiu Jin, to life with interactive elements, historical information and movie clips from our film.

Unfortunately, we only heard about the award after the event was over. The judges created several new awards categories during the judging process, and they accidentally forgot to mention our application! No worries, we’re happy that our app was recognized by the selection committee!

The free iPad which is part of the award will be going to Ivan and Dominic from XBureau, who assisted us in developing the application; we couldn’t have done it without them! It was a completely random encounter that caused us to meet. On Friday night, I was standing in line waiting to talk to Chris Allen, one of the organizers of iPadDevCamp. I was holding my 5D Mark II, which was mounted onto my Zacuto Tactical Shooter. Ivan noticed my rig and asked me some questions about it. During our conversation, I told him about the film and my app idea; later on in the evening, he came up to me with Dominic and said they were interested in working on the app. Two days of furious coding, Photoshop, Final Cut, and After Effects later, here we are with a now award-winning app!

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iPad Case and Newton MessagePad Keyboard Case

I’m still collecting my thoughts on the new Apple iPad, but I wanted to share with you a side-by-side comparison shot of the iPad Case and the Newton MessagePad Keyboard Case from 1996. Back when laptops were 6-7 pounds, bringing around a 2-3 pound Newton, external keyboard, and Ricochet wireless modem was perfect for checking email and writing short documents.

MessagePad and iPad cases

While on tour with Autumn Gem, Rae and I having been traveling with two MacBook Pro laptops. It certainly gets heavy lugging around 15 pounds of computers, adapters, and cables around. We’ll still need to bring one MacBook Pro with us on our next tour, but I can see the iPad replacing the other one. With the iPad-VGA adapter, we’ll even be able to run our presentation and film straight from the iPad! While the output is not HD, it’s more than adequate in the venues we’ve been screening Autumn Gem in. The iPad really is a great device for creative professionals who want to showcase their work: photos, videos, illustrations, you name it.

Here’s a photo of me from the Apple Special Event introducing the iPad. More thoughts to come soon!

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Autumn Gem at Santa Clara University

The crowd keeps getting bigger. We had nearly 120 people fill up Room 206 in the Daly Science Center at Santa Clara University for our screening of Autumn Gem. I’ve posted a recap with photos on the official Autumn Gem web site here.

Now, we pack for the next few days before leaving for Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday, October 5. We’ll be hitting 16 cities in 25 days. It sounds like a MPG rating for a car, 16/25!

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Autumn Gem Free Screening at UCSF this Friday!

Autumn Gem at UCSF

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with our appropriately titled film! BioBridge at UCSF will be hosting a free screening and reception with delicious snacks. Supported by the UCSF Cultural Enrichment Fund.

Friday, September 25 at 6:00pm
Cole Hall Auditorium
UCSF Medical Sciences Building
513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA

If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP for the event here.

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Autumn Gem at April 2009 COBA Meeting

Following a presentation on advanced SmugMug topics, Rae and I screened AUTUMN GEM to the assembled crowd at the April 2009 Camera Owners of the Bay Area user group meeting. They’ve been hearing about this project for the past year and a half, and it was great to finally be able to show them the fruits of our labor.

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