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Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, revolving around ‘Mary Poppins’ author P.L. Travers begins production in LA.


Los Angeles, Calif., September 19, 2012—Disney began production today on “Saving Mr. Banks,” the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961.

            Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End,” “Sense and Sensibility”) in the role of the prickly novelist.  Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations).
            When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past.  During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book. 
            None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide).  While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
            Colin Farrell (“Minority Report,” “Total Recall”) co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films “The Lone Ranger” and “Anna Karenina”) as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under,” “Hilary and Jackie,” “The Rookie”) as Margaret’s sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Travers’ novel); and a screen newcomer—11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed “Ginty” in the flashback sequences.
            The cast also includes Emmy® winner Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “The Cabin in the Woods”) as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) and B.J. Novak (“NBC’s “The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” “Cinderella Man,” HBO’s “John Adams”) as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences,” “Edward Scissorhands”) as Tommie, one of Disney’s trusted studio associates.
            “Saving Mr. Banks” will be directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “The Rookie”) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (creator of FOX-TV’s “Terra Nova”), from a story by Sue Smith (“Brides of Christ,” “Bastard Boys”) and Kelly Marcel.  The film is being produced by Alison Owen of Ruby Films (the Oscar®-nominated “Elizabeth,” HBO’s Emmy®-winning “Temple Grandin”), Ian Collie of Essential Media (the Aussie TV documentary “The Shadow of Mary Poppins,” DirecTV’s “Rake”) and longtime Hancock collaborator Philip Steuer (“The Rookie,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy).  The film’s executive producers are Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits (“Lay the Favorite,” “Jane Eyre”), Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Dark City”) and Troy Lum (“Mao’s Last Dancer,” “I, Frankenstein”) and BBC Films’ Christine Langan (Oscar® nominee for “The Queen,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).
            Hancock’s filmmaking team includes a trio of artists with whom he worked on his 2009 Best Picture Oscar® nominee, “The Blind Side”—two-time Oscar® nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Apollo 13”), Emmy®-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi (HBO’s “Game Change,” “Frost/Nixon”) and film editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. (“Wedding Crashers” “The Devil Wears Prada”).  Hancock also reunites with Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman (“Seabiscuit,” “Pearl Harbor”), with whom he first worked on his inspiring 2002 sports drama, “The Rookie.”
            “Saving Mr. Banks” will film entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank.  Filming will conclude around Thanksgiving, 2012, with no specific 2013 release date yet set.

Canon Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens
Product Description
From the Manufacturer
True HD Performance | EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
For those looking to capture superb quality Full HD video, the EOS M Digital Camera offers a number of advantages. Offering a large APS-C sized sensor, the camera is able to deliver shallow depth-of-field for achieving impressive cine-style results and the ability to capture clean, high-quality video, even under very low-light conditions.
With the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, the camera is also compatible with Canon’s extensive family of EF lenses for boundless creativity.

Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS M Digital Camera continues Canon’s tradition of performance, quality and simplicity. The EOS M Digital Camera enables easy manual control of focus and exposure. It also automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.

Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Resolution & Recording Sizes
Frame Rates
Recording Time Based on 8 GB Memory Card Full HD
1920 x 1080
16:9 format
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec.
25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 22 min. 24 fps (23.976)
1280 x 720 (HD) 22 min. HD
1280 x 720
16:9 format
60 fps (59.94)
640 x 480 (SD) 1 hr. 32 min. 50 fps – PAL standard
Recording Time Based on 16 GB Memory Card
Standard Definition (SD)
640 x 480
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec. 25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 44 min.
1280 x 720 (HD) 44 min.
640 x 480 (SD) 3 hr. 4 min.

Built-in stereo microphone, manual audio level adjustment
The EOS M Digital Camera has an internal stereo microphone for high-quality audio capture and a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. For more advanced audio recording, the EOS M Digital Camera is compatible with many third-party electret condenser microphones with a 3.5mm diameter plug.

Video Snapshot
With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS M Digital Camera can capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights “album.” With no editing required after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI port. Additionally, stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera’s shutter button. During playback, video clips in an album can now be reordered or deleted.

Extraordinary Image Quality and Processing Power

18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s amazing 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Perfect for enlargements or for cropping detailed portions of the composition, the EOS M Digital Camera’s sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel’s light-gathering efficiency and has center pixels that aid in the EOS M Digital Camera’s accurate AF performance. This APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).
Versatile ISO Range for shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions
Thanks to its DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS M Digital Camera features a versatile ISO range of ISO 100–6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording and ISO100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting. The EOS M Digital Camera, with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor’s remarkable noise-reduction technology, delivers outstanding performance in low light for incredible video and photos.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the camera’s CMOS sensor to deliver images with incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor the EOS M Digital Camera can achieve higher ISO sensitivity and even perform advanced functions like HDR Backlight Control, art filters, lens correction and much more. The brilliant “brain” of the camera, this engine supercharges every facet of image capture.

Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos.
The EOS M Digital Camera uses a hybrid AF system to deliver incredibly speedy and accurate focus. Its CMOS sensor has center-mounted pixels that are used for phase-difference AF. Phase difference AF is incredibly fast for general distance determination, while contrast AF is incredibly accurate, no matter the location of the focus point. By capitalizing on the strengths of phase-difference and contrast AF systems, the EOS M Digital Camera achieves precise AF, fast.

Sharp and Clear, with Tactile Controls

Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with multi-touch operation and Touch AF
The EOS M Digital Camera comes with a newly engineered, Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II. Using the same capacitive technology as today’s popular mobile devices, this new screen is touch-sensitive and delivers intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be used for zooming or changing images, menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip. The additional benefit of Touch AF makes it fast and easy to focus on any subject, by simply touching it on the screen. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million pixels), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a new, solid construction between the monitor’s resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed, without glare, from any number of angles. The LCD’s surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.

A Comprehensive System Of EOS Optics

Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses (optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M is required)
The EOS M Digital Camera features a new style lens mount, called EF-M. Besides the dedicated EF-M lenses, the camera is compatible with the entire family of Canon EF and EF-S lenses by attaching the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. When the adapter is used, the image quality of the lens is preserved, with no light loss or change to image stabilization.

From fisheye to telephoto and everywhere in between, Canon offers the most comprehensive lens collection on the planet, with the finest optics and most advanced technologies for whatever application is at hand.

When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, the camera’s Movie Servo AF feature takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Effects for Dramatic and Gorgeous Results

Handheld Night Scene mode
Accessible right on the EOS M Digital Camera’s Mode Dial, Handheld Night Scene mode captures nightscapes with bright highlights and detailed dark areas, delivering results previously impossible without the use of a tripod. By shooting and combining four consecutive shots at a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake, the EOS M Digital Camera’s Handheld Night Scene mode makes dramatic nighttime photography simple.

HDR Backlight Control mode
The EOS M Digital Camera’s HDR Backlight Control mode ensures that backlit subjects are not recorded too dark. By shooting three consecutive shots at different exposures (underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed) and then combining the images, the final result maintains detail in both the shadow and highlight areas, ensuring the backlit subject is properly exposed.

Seven Creative Filters, plus new Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect
Adding to the fun and creative possibilities available with the EOS M Digital Camera are seven different creative filters that can dramatically alter the mood and visual effect of any particular scene. Creative Filters include Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect and new filters: Art Bold Effect (makes the photos look like an oil painting, with subjects appearing three-dimensional), and Water Painting Effect (photos are altered to look like a water-colored painting). Since the filters can be applied to the image after shooting, it’s easy to try several effects on the same shot. These creative effects can also be applied to video, for additional imaginative fun.

Multi Shot Noise Reduction
To enhance its already admirable high ISO shooting capabilities, the EOS M Digital Camera features an intelligent Multi Shot Noise Reduction tool that reduces noise even further than the camera’s sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor alone. With Multi Shot Noise Reduction activated, the camera takes four consecutive shots, merges and aligns them. This eliminates more noise than the traditional Noise Reduction filter, with little or no apparent resolution loss. Moving subjects are even optimized to minimize subject blur! Thanks to this clever new feature, high ISO shooting has never looked better.

EOS M Digital Camera Body
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens
Neck Strap EM-100DB
Battery Pack LP-E12
Battery Charger LC-E12
USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
EOS Digital Solution Disk, Camera Instruction Manual and Software Instruction Manual CD

How do I backup my iPhoto pictures? #iphoto

How do I backup my iPhoto pictures?

Wondering where you iPhoto pictures are located?

Finding your iPhoto files on your Mac is a mysterious undertaking. Here is a brief 6 step tutorial on how to locate your iPhoto picture folder to back up photos.


1. First you will want to click your Mac Hard Drive on your desktop:

2. Next go to your home icon on the left hand side of your menu bar. It looks like a little house. Click on the house.

3. Then you will see some different folders. Locate the “Pictures” folder and click on that.

4. When your “PICTURES” folder is open, scroll through and find your “iPHOTO LIBRARY” folder. But wait. Here’s the trick. You CANNOT click on this. 

5. You must hold “CONTROL” (bottom left hand corner key) and click your mouse to open this icon. While your holding your mouse down you will drag the mouse to “SHOW PACKAGE CONTENTS”. (This seems very backwards from all other right brained mac thinking logic).



6. Now you can see where your files are located. You may now select the year, month and day of photos you wish to back up.

I hope this helps you back up your photos!

{Media Alert} Casting Call for “America’s Supernanny”

Casting Call for “America’s Supernanny”

Lifetime’s hit series “America’s Supernanny” is currently casting families for the next season of the show. The casting team is on a national search to find families interested in receiving personlized advice for their unique circumstances, like disrespectful behavior, tween and teen issues, mean girls or bullying boys.Interested parents can call 1-877-626-6984 or email supernanny@ShedMediaUs.com for more information ASA

{Tech Giveaway} Screen Time App

Hello & Welcome Rod Liberal!
My name is Rod Liberal and I live in Utah with my wife, our 3 boys, and our Golden Retriever. I’m the sole developer of an iPhone app calledScreen Time – Media Time Manager which I designed to help us keep our kids from too much “indoor” time. I grew up in Brazil in a very different age sans electronics and about only 5 channels on tv which I only watched once a week. Screen time management is as important to us as money management!
I am a natural Brazilian and naturalized US citizen. I’m a lover of languages and am loosely fluent in about 5 languages. However, none of which includes a Scandinavian language :( But I’m always looking for a new challenge.
What is your favorite activity to do outdoors? 
Living in Utah, as you know, we’re exposed to all sorts of outdoor opportunities. Hiking, camping, running, snowboarding, rock climbing are all just minutes away. I’m lucky to have enjoyed all of the above so far along with my family. But something as simple as a day at the park with our boys is also very rewarding.
What was the most surprising moment as a business owner?
I think adjusting to the new social structure of business, especially within the software industry, has been the most surprising moment for me. I always thought that I’d create a product, hire various individuals to market it, and watch the millions fly in. Well, not really, but it’s much more dynamic than that today. You get to interact much more personally with your clients, for good or not so good, and feedback is honest, direct and almost instant. There is a much greater reward in pursuing a business in which you really believe you’re helping other people.
What challenges have you faced as a business owner? 
Motivation is number one for me. I live a busy life, like many people, where I have to decide where to draw the fine line between being a workaholic and spending valuable time with my wife and ever-so-fast growing children. Also being able to tell the difference between night and day :)
What is your favorite children’s story or fairytale?
We are a reading family. I think my kids have read more books in their short lives so far than I have in my 30+ years. I personally hold dear Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books and Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough. My oldest is really enjoying my Calvin & Hobbes collection now, so that’s been really fun to relive them with him.
 What advice would you give to a new business owner?
Always aim to help your customers first, within the best of your abilities. If you are genuinely concerned with improving their lives through your services and/or products, success will naturally follow.
How can we contact you? 
You can follow me on twitter or on my blog and Screen Time through the links below.
They are giving away 5 Paid Apps to 5 lucky friends
To enter follow the rafflecoppter below:

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{Tech} Square Register

Have you heard of Square and how it’s revolutionizing the saw be run business? Two years ago Little Stinker used Square at the ABC Kids Expo in Vegas. We weren’t the first to use square, but were early adapters and have loved the convince, oh and it’s FREE!

Square Up makes any smart phone a credit card processing terminal.

Square also made the cover of Fast Company this month as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.

Square has just announce Square Register and wanted to share it with you, in case you have a small business or are considering using Square in the future.

{Tech Tip} Nikole Gipps

I love time saving tips. Today Nikole Gipps shares a great idea on using Google Calendar to increase her Facebook page posts.
“I have been using Google Calendar to increase the number of times I post to my FB page. I do most of my reading late at night, when it doesn’t make sense to share it on my FB page. Basically if I read something that I think my audience would like, I book a slot in my calendar during the daytime as private/available, have it email me 1 minute before the slot, and then put the link and my comments on it in the event description field. Then it will send me that chunk of text where I can copy/paste it right then on to my FB page. It also helps that I write the comments right as I am reading it, so I don’t have to reread the article on that day – and it makes it personal rather than autoposting.”

You can connect with Nichole on her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/nhgnikole

{Tech} Project Life

Have you heard of Project Life by Becky Higgins? I love it!

I heard about it earlier this year when reading another blog.  Instantly, I fell in love with it. For me, it’s a simple way to integrate scrapbooking with photographs in a way that I have time for.

It comes with pre-cut cards that fit in the sheet protectors.

Then you can add your own elements:

On facebook, Becky Posted this video that blew my mind. At around minute 7:50 she shares a way to scan URL codes that take you to video. So, you can enhance your scrapbook by adding a technical element to it. See for yourself here.

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{Business} The Candle Addict

In business, I think we are all trying to find ways to make our message viral. We are seeing the use of video more and more. A recent study said that blog views are down and video views are up.

The Invisible Children campaign that launched last week has already seen over 53 million views. This is powerful.

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Video has the ability to get a message across stronger than the typed word because there is emotion and color. Some times video can be distracting. But over all, we are seeing more an more videos.

Here is an example of a viral video that is funny and is helping a party plan company grow by using a sense of humor.

For Every Home is a company that just come out with this funny viral video.

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