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Sound design for film: Two essential tips for recording

Mar 27 2018
Sound design is an important part of any successful film or score, and some will even argue it’s the most vital component of any multimedia project. It’s why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has whole Oscar categories for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing – if no one bothered to edit...

Paying for a music streaming subscription? Hoopla is free!

Mar 1 2018
There's a chance you might be paying $10 a month – $120 a year – for a music subscription service. But did you know you can also stream for free with your library card and hoopla digital? With this service, you can search through practically any album you...
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Inadvertent travel books: 5 novels

Feb 28 2018
Scotland was the beginning for me. I chose to read Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea, a novel set in Scotland, seeking time...

An intro to Adobe Premiere Pro: 5 tools for beginners

Feb 28 2018
Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC is an absurdly fun software to play with when you’re looking to develop stylish, professional-grade home films. Whether it’s being done for commercial purposes to advertise your brand or business, for an academic or...

Fairy tales are for everyone

Feb 27 2018
After he won his twentieth Grand Slam Singles title at the Australian Open last month, Roger Federer stepped up to the microphone onstage while choking back tears and said, “The fairytale continues.” Fairy tales aren’t just a genre of storytelling. In our lexicon, the two words have become one,...

Unsung Sam: A look at the work of actor Sam Rockwell

Feb 27 2018
After the upcoming 90th Academy Awards ceremony on March 4, the front-runner for Best Supporting Actor might very well be...

Appreciating Ursula K. Le Guin

Feb 9 2018
Ursula K. Le Guin was a writer: a novelist, poet, essayist, translator, and children’s book author. One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, she was most widely known for her...

The Studio: Introducing new tools for video and audio production

Feb 1 2018
Along with the new year comes a new set of wonders in The Studio at Anythink Wright Farms. With this exciting change are new opportunities for our customers to create innovative and interesting projects based on of their own unique experiences...

Stories in a bottle: 'My Dinner with Andre'

Jan 30 2018
In most bottle stories, the characters are trapped. Nicole and I examined two such stories in our previous posts in this series. But there is another kind of bottle story. Rather than confining characters somewhere against their will...

Celebrating human connection this Valentine's Day

Jan 24 2018
June Carter was tuning her guitar backstage, and singing "a-ummm" to warm up her vocal chords. She did so based on a recommendation from her friend Elvis Presley, who had been touring with her for several weeks. Elvis was enchanted by the musical stylings of...

Mobile photography: Take your skills to the next level

Jan 22 2018
Let’s talk mobile photography and videography. One of the greatest benefits of working at The Studio is the access it provides to some pretty fabulous tech that I would normally classify as luxury items. As we prepare to launch into our new...

Celebrating David Bowie in January

Jan 4 2018
David Bowie was a brilliant artist, and January is a fitting time to celebrate his life and work. This month, after all, is named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. As an artist, Bowie was always changing, ever willing to leave behind one mode of expression for a new one. Plus,...

Customer Spotlight: A Reluctant Gyroscope

Jan 2 2018
Have you ever started a project you didn’t end up finishing? Yeah, me too. I have lists and partially begun projects sprinkled across my mind and in the cardboard box in my coat closet. I am a chronic project starter and not finisher. Our latest customer spotlight is Gabriel, a high-school student ...
Mulder and Scully survey the scene

Stories in a bottle: 'How the Ghosts Stole Christmas'

Dec 21 2017
In the first post of our bottle stories series, fellow Anythinker Jeff Schwartz and I discussed the self-containment of the form. Looking at...

Digital design and production: Coming soon to The Studio

Dec 14 2017
In 2018, The Studio will receive its latest makeover. Starting in early January, The Studio’s current focuses of 3D printing, textiles and jewelry-making will be swapped out to introduce digital design and production. This will include:  Video production Audio production YouTube production...

Creations taking shape in The Studio

Dec 12 2017
For those of you who are new to the growing network of amateur inventors and creators, informal learning labs can be tailored to meet the experimental and experiential learning goals of its community. It’s all about designing solutions to problems or questions you have created. All over the country...

A notable novel: Gabrielle Zevin’s 'Young Jane Young'

Dec 12 2017
Gabrielle Zevin’s 2017 book, Young Jane Young, is a notable novel. When I happened upon it in the library’s New and Notable...

Stories in a bottle: 'Three Blind Mice'

Dec 1 2017
These days, the word epic has become a synonym for good. We like stories with scope and amplitude, big stories. We like trilogies and series and sequels and prequels (and “...

Do we have it? Find Anythink titles when browsing Amazon or Goodreads

Oct 26 2017
Do you like looking through Amazon's reviews but don't always want to fork over the money to purchase a book? Do you use Goodreads to track what you've read and find your next read? Now there's a Chrome browser...

Thoughtful horror films are on the rise

Oct 19 2017
Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence,...