Seattle Office of Film + Music


SOUTHDOWN CREATIVE IS 12/14 FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
December 15, 2011, 3:35 pm
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SOUTHDOWN CREATIVE “XBOX HOUSE PARTY” VIDEO 
SOUTHDOWN CREATIVE

Since 2005, Seattle-based production company Southdown Creative has been in the business of conceptualizing and producing commercial-quality videos for its clients.  Their services include viral web campaigns, comedic and narrative corporate videos, and TV series and commercial production.  Southdown Creative’s client list includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Wizards of the Coast, Seattle Channel, Adult Swim, and many others.  Continue reading



GET CREATIVE FOR THE MOFILM “CANNES LIONS” VIDEO CONTEST

MOFILM
MOFILM presents the Cannes Lions Video Contest, another great opportunity for filmmakers of all calibers to flex their creative muscles and showcase their talent. The Cannes Lions 2011 competition requires filmmakers to choose from a selection of brands and create an original short video advertisement. A variety of companies are participating in the contest including Adobe, Vitamin Water and Microsoft, and each company has its own tailored prompt for video submissions. Winners will receive lavish cash prizes (at least one for each brand), a trip to the 58th International Cannes Festival of Creativity, and an exclusive screening of their video at the MOFILM awards night, as well as the opportunity to meet Jesse Eisenburg, star of The Social Network. There are also special prizes available for student filmmakers, so be sure to specify your academic affiliation. The submission deadline for the competition is May 30, so get to scripting and shooting if you want to be screening. Click the link above for details on the contest and submission details.

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BATTLE OF THE TECH BANDS: BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD DRIVE
July 29, 2009, 10:35 am
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Seattle Times
“There’s an overlap between the mathematical mind and the musical mind,” says Mark Protus, director of creative services at Redmond-based, business-management firm Caiman Consulting. Protus should know. When he isn’t working with such science-driven corporations as Microsoft or Boeing on product management, he’s leading Indigo Soul, the rock band he founded some years ago, in recording and concert appearances. Indigo Soul will be one of five ensembles participating in Seattle’s first Battle of the Tech Bands on Thursday at the Pyramid Alehouse near Safeco Field. The brainchild of Xconomy, a business-news publication covering innovations in technology, biotech, energy and aerospace, Battle of the Tech Bands is a friendly competition among local groups whose members include at least one employee in a field the online magazine writes about. Two prizes will be awarded at the competition: audience favorite and most innovative, the latter chosen by judges. Winners will receive free studio time and promotional services.



Microsoft links up with NBC Universal in TV ad deal
June 19, 2009, 11:20 am
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Puget Sound Buisness Journal
Microsoft is expanding its relationship with NBC UNIVERSAL into a major advertising alliance. The entertainment giant will use the Redmond computer giant’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Admira software to sell chunks of advertising on its national broadcast and cable TV networks. Admira analyzes demographic data on viewers to generate more targeted TV ads and also adds automation to the buying process



BING YIELDS NOTEWORTHY RESULTS
June 4, 2009, 1:21 pm
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Wall Street Journal
Last week, Microsoft announced Bing as the name of its new search engine. The company describes Bing as delivering more answers to your search queries directly on the search-results page, so you don’t have to keep hunting around for what you want to find. And, like Google, Bing can be used as a verb. The Wall Street Journal gives Bing a thumbs up, finding that the search engine really did retrieve on-target, useful information on the first try. Read the review on the WSJ website!



MICROSOFT AND NINTENDO ON TOP AT ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
June 3, 2009, 3:30 pm
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Wired
The E3 2009 media briefing in Los Angeles, California included announcements on Super Mario Wii, Metroid: Other M, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Fit Plus. Nintendo triumphed by adding classics into the mix of these new games , which is sure to keep hardcore gamers happy. The media briefing also included announcements by Microsoft on The Beatles: Rock Band, Tony Hawk: Ride, Metal Gear Solid Rising, Alan Wake and Project Natal. E3 Expo is the world’s premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products.



Microsoft ‘Bing’ Would Bring New Life to Old Domain
May 29, 2009, 10:18 am
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PC World
Microsoft’s planning to relaunch its Live search engine under the name “Bing,” a recent report suggests. Bing will debut with a massive ad campaign costing upward of $100 million, the folks at AdvertisingAge claim, putting both the “Live” brand and the “Kumo” codename into Microsoft’s big brand graveyard. But what is “Bing,” anyway? Its definitions vary from “a heap or pile” to “a blackish sweet cherry.” Its Web site, though, has a slightly more colorful palette. Sure, bing.com is coming up mainly blank as of now — but not too long ago, someone else had a thing for Bing.



Microsoft has new Zune in the works
May 29, 2009, 10:17 am
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Hollywood Reporter
Microsoft plans to launch a new version of its Zune portable media player this year in the U.S., incorporating high-definition video, touch-screen technology and WiFi connection. Microsoft said Tuesday that the new Zune, its answer to Apple’s popular iPod digital music player, also will come with an Internet browser and a built-in HD radio receiver that offers higher-quality sound than traditional radio. It did not give a price or a specific date, but said it is due in the fall. The company added new features to Zune’s music service last year, enabling users to download music wirelessly and buy songs they hear on the device’s built-in FM radio.



MICROSOFT ADDS NETFLIX STREAMING TO WINDOWS VISTA MEDIA CENTER
May 21, 2009, 12:47 pm
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Puget Sound Business Journal
Microsoft Corp. is adding streaming Netflix movies and shows to the content available in its remote control-friendly Media Center interface on Windows Vista computers — adding another way for people to access Netflix on demand in the living room. The feature is scheduled to go live Wednesday via an online update for existing Windows Vista Media Center users. Microsoft also offers streaming content through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console. That has quickly become one of the most popular features of the Xbox Live online service.



Microsoft Plans 3-D Camera for Xbox 360
May 12, 2009, 1:09 pm
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Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp. is developing a new videocamera for its Xbox 360 videogame console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies, according to people familiar with the matter. The new device from the Redmond, Wash., company is a novel twist on Nintendo Co.’s Wii videogame console, which allows users to swing a tennis racket and other objects in games by holding a plastic wand in their hands. Unlike the Wii, the Microsoft camera won’t require users to hold any hardware in their hands to control in-game action, people familiar with the matter say. The camera uses 3-D technology to give players more accurate control over games than earlier game cameras did, they add.