A former production manager and postproduction supervisor, Jon Landau served as vice president of feature productions at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on True Lies with computer-savvy filmmaker James Cameron. Today, Landau is COO of Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. James Cameron and Lightstorm have several features in the works. Are you shooting digitally now—not on film? We will soon be shooting a project that will involve HD digital photography as well as completely digitally created environments. There will be sections of the movie wholly created in the digital world—to a photo-real level. Is this the same project you're shooting in digital 3D? Yes. How different is the 3D setup from a standard HD camera setup? They cameras have been modified. If you go back and look at the history of 3D, traditionally you were stuck with 300- and 400-pound behemoth cameras, and it was difficult to get these close enough to simulate human vision. With Sony, … [Read more...] about Q&A: Jon Landau
Jon Rubinstein, the one-time chief executive of Palm and a senior vice president of HP's PC business, has left the company, HP representatives confirmed Friday. "Jon has fulfilled his commitment to HP," an HP spokesman said in a statement. "We wish him well." Rubinstein had committed to serving one to two years after joining the company via HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm in April 2010. Rubinstein most recently served as the senior vice president for product innovation within its Personal Systems Group, swapping places with Steven DeWitt, the former head of HP's PC business in the Americas, who was named to oversee the webOS operating system that Rubinstein's team developed. Rahul Sood, who was chief executive of VoodooPC until HP purchased it in 2006, seemed to imply that Rubinstein was pushed out. "Lol @ the comment 'Jon has fulfilled his commitment to HP,'" he tweeted. "Let's just say I am pretty sure Jon was not happy with the outcome..." he added. Sood is now a general … [Read more...] about Jon Rubinstein Leaves HP
Last night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart declared an end to the "national nightmare" of AT&T's iPhone tyranny, following Tuesday's Verizon Wireless iPhone announcement. As an early member of the AT&T iPhone community, Stewart joked about his suffering under AT&T's "regime:" "For the past three or four years, those of us in the iPhone community have sacrificed one thing for the ability to carry around every photograph we've ever taken, or song we've ever listened to, or compass...we've sacrificed the ability to make phone calls." Using his typical deadpan expression, Stewart said he was forced to carry two phones: AT&T's Apple iPhone and "a second phone I would use as a phone," pulling out a pink toy phone. Apparently Verizon's announcement on Tuesday will put an end to all that: "Well, our long national nightmare may soon be over," he says. After showing a clip of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam announcing the iPhone tie-up, Stewart did his … [Read more...] about Jon Stewart on Verizon iPhone: Freedom!
God bless the internet and all of its wacky theories and science. "He asked us, 'Who is Jon Snow’s mother?'," Weiss recalled. "We had discussed it before, and we gave a shocking answer. At that point, George didn’t actually say whether or not we were right or wrong, but his smile was his tell. We knew we had passed the Wonka test, at that point."i09 for all the GoT fan theories you can get your hands on. … [Read more...] about You know nothing (about) Jon Snow
AUSTIN, TEXAS—At South by Southwest, conversations about design were at the forefront of many sessions, from Paola Antonelli's keynote to SXCreate, a Hacker/Maker community meet-up that has become a year-round series. Whether you think about it or not, design is an essential element in consumer technology products. It's also a sought-after discipline at many startups, and increasingly, at enterprise organizations. To get some perspective on the importance of design and how designers think about projects, we spoke with Jon Setzen, director of creative/UX design at Media Temple. Jon—our go-to SXSW design guy for two years' running now —gave a talk at SXSW Interactive about why designers should be selective about projects, and how to build a portfolio beyond website design. For those who weren't at your talk, what is the premise behind, "No, I will probably not redesign your website"? JS: The talk evolved from several years of conversations with other designers at … [Read more...] about Catching Up With Media Temple’s Jon Setzen at SXSW