Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Swimming pools, fireworks, Dragon drones and more in our look around the web

1. University of Tokyo’s Dragon Drone Transforms While Midair Calling the University of Tokyo’s new drone the Dragon doesn’t just reference its form, the name is also an acronym short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Composed of several small drones, powered by a pair of ducted fans that can thrust in almost any direction, the high-flyer can autonomously …

Wired’s List of Gadgets for iPhone Filmmaking

With the iPhone X shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second, pocket-sized capturing capabilities truly rival that of larger set-ups. Still, certain things are missing: from stabilization to various lenses and true sound control. Wired has assembled a list of items that increase the pro-look of iPhone filmmaking, from an app to various stabilizing accessories. The Joby GripTight One Magnetic tripod might be what …

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Women in Film

Guidance on the road to gender parity in cinema, plus a film finishing fund, all courtesy of Stella Artois

Since 1973, advocacy and mentorship organization Women in Film has sought gender parity in Hollywood. From mentorship to research and even funding, they’re a gravitational force toward balance. In the last year, much necessary change has occurred in the media industries that may impact equality for the better. This includes the highly publicized #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, but other manifestations stem from several messages …

“Mudbound” Cinematographer Rachel Morrison Makes Oscar History

The first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination, Rachel Morrison has shattered another glass ceiling in the film industry—one that’s held for 90 years. Called out for her work on “Mudbound,” Morrison has already won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography award and received a few other acknowledgments. The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2017, has also landed a slew …

Interview: Artist + Filmmaker Ross Goodwin

From White House ghostwriter to creative technologist for Google, the campaign leader for human-machine relationships

By Fiona Killackey Ross Goodwin‘s brain isn’t wired like most. Part creative writer, part engineering genius, this 30-year-old San Francisco native struggles when it comes to filling out occupation forms. Since graduating from MIT (Economics) and NYU ITP, he has taken on roles including White House ghostwriter for the Obama administration, computer hacker, data scientist, app founder, and, most recently, co-creator of the first films …