mercoledì 28 giugno 2017

Footagevault has mysteriously ceased trading

Footagevault, the film and video restoration company that digitized the 16 mm footage shown in Moonscape, no longer exists. This poses substantial problems for the development and updating of the Moonscape project.

I became aware of this recently, when I tried to get in touch with Footagevault on behalf of a French documentary company interested in obtaining the raw footage that I used for Moonscape.

The Footagevault.com site is closed. Archive.org has archived copies indicating normal trading up to April 30, 2013; the next archived copy, dated May 17, 2013, only shows these words:

Due to the commencement of legal proceedings against Footagevault Limited
and the officers of the company, the Footagevault website and other
associated IT services have been indefinitely suspended.

Officers of Footagevault Limited
Managing Director: Dr / Prof Christopher Riley
Company Secretary: Jacqui Farnham

All enquiries are now handled by Corp Legal Services, email london@corplegalservices.com


According to Companies House britannica, Footagevault Ltd, Company no. 06153564, was closed due to “insolvency” and “voluntary liquidation” on April 19, 2017, due to a wind-up procedure which began on September 16, 2014.

This closure appears to be linked to the fact that “Difficulties arose due to a dispute between the director and a former employee which led to the Company's website being shut down making ongoing trade untenable”.

More information is at Collectspace (2013). Wikipedia's entry for Footagevault is here. The company’sTwitter account is inactive since 2010.

Chris Riley, former director of Footagevault, currently has a website at www.chris-riley.net.

What does this mean for Moonscape? Basically two things: I can no longer purchase any additional Apollo 11 footage from Footagevault (and therefore expansion of the documentary will be a challenge) and the copyright status of the raw footage I purchased from Footagevault is uncertain (but there shouldn’t be any issue with the edited and processed version of the footage shown in Moonscape).

Sorte misteriosa per Footagevault

Footagevault, la società di restauro di filmati e video che realizzò la scansione delle pellicole 16 mm usate in Moonscape, non esiste più “a causa dell’avvio di procedimenti legali” nei suoi confronti e questo pone problemi notevoli per gli sviluppi e aggiornamenti del progetto Moonscape.

Sono venuto a conoscenza di questa novità di recente, quando ho tentato di contattare Footagevault per conto di una società francese che produce documentari e che era interessata ad avere i master usati in Moonscape.

Il sito Footagevault.com è chiuso e su Archive.org se ne trovano copie d’archivio che indicano attività normale fino al 30 aprile 2013; la copia successiva, datata 17 maggio 2013, reca solo questa dicitura:

Due to the commencement of legal proceedings against Footagevault Limited
and the officers of the company, the Footagevault website and other
associated IT services have been indefinitely suspended.

Officers of Footagevault Limited
Managing Director: Dr / Prof Christopher Riley
Company Secretary: Jacqui Farnham

All enquiries are now handled by Corp Legal Services, email london@corplegalservices.com


Secondo la Companies House britannica, la società Footagevault Ltd, Company no. 06153564, è chiusa per “insolvency” e “voluntary liquidation” dal 19 aprile 2017, a seguito di una procedura di chiusura avviata il 16 settembre 2014.

La chiusura sembra legata a una lite fra il direttore e un ex dipendente: “Difficulties arose due to a dispute between the director and a former employee which led to the Company's website being shut down making ongoing trade untenable”.

Altre notizie sono presso Collectspace (2013). La voce di Wikipedia dedicata Footagevault è qui. L’account Twitter dell’azienda è fermo dal 2010.

Chris Riley, ex direttore di Footagevault, ora ha un sito presso www.chris-riley.net.

Che cosa implica tutto questo per Moonscape? In pratica due cose: non posso più acquistare altre immagini di Apollo 11 da Footagevault (e quindi sarà difficile estendere il documentario) e lo stato di copyright delle riprese originali che ho acquistato da Footagevault non è chiaro (ma non ci dovrebbero essere problemi con la versione montata ed elaborata mostrata in Moonscape).

sabato 23 luglio 2016

Moonscape selected for online film festival

Moonscape has been selected for an online film festival, held on July 18-24 as a non-profit event organized on behalf of TransformingTheChurch.org by Bill Anderton, former colleague of Max Faget, famous designer of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as of the world’s first spaceplane, the X-15.

The festival has organized group viewings for the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.

By the way, if you’re wondering how things are going with Moonscape, I’ve spent quite some time fighting bogus copyright claims on Youtube, as I noted in previous posts, and I’m very slowly preparing a completely new edit, starting from new and improved versions of the original material and with some new additions.

For example, I’m negotiating with NVIDIA for permission to use their excellent 3D reconstruction of the Apollo 11 landing site so that I can add “drone views” to Moonscape.

Money is not a problem: the donations I’ve received so far cover the costs of the new material and hardware. What I need is help in the form of work (especially 3D graphics for the panorama shots).

Work is slow because I also have to migrate the entire project from the old Final Cut Pro software, which is no longer supported, to a multiplatform and up-to-date video editing suite (Adobe Premiere). Unfortunately I don’t have much time to spend on the project right now, but I’m not quitting: I’d like to offer you a special treat for the 50th anniversary. Stay tuned!

Moonscape scelto per un festival online del cinema

Moonscape è stato scelto per un festival del cinema che si svolge online dal 18 luglio e si concluderà domani (24 luglio) ed è organizzato senza scopo di lucro per TransformingTheChurch.org da Bill Anderton, ex collega di Max Faget, celeberrimo progettista delle capsule Mercury, Gemini e Apollo oltre che del primo aereo-razzo spaziale, l’X-15.

Il festival ha organizzato visioni collettive in corrispondenza del quarantesettesimo anniversario della missione Apollo 11 che portò sulla Luna Neil Armstrong e Buzz Aldrin.

Fra l’altro, se vi state chiedendo come sta progredendo il lavoro a Moonscape, ho tribolato non poco con le false accuse di violazione di copyright su Youtube, come raccontato nei post precedenti, e sto lentissimamente preparando un rimontaggio totale del documentario per includere nuove versioni del materiale e dei contenuti supplementari.

Per esempio, sto trattando con NVIDIA per avere il permesso di usare la loro ottima ricostruzione 3D del sito di allunaggio di Apollo 11 in modo da poter aggiungere “viste da drone” a Moonscape.

I soldi non sono un problema: le donazioni che ho ricevuto fin qui coprono i costi del nuovo materiale e dell’hardware. Quello che mi serve è un aiuto lavorativo (specialmente la grafica 3D per le panoramiche).

Il lavoro procede lentamente anche perché devo per migrare dal vecchio Final Cut Pro, non più supportato, a un software multipiattaforma (Adobe Premiere). Purtroppo il tempo che posso dedicare al progetto in questo periodo è molto limitato. Ma non mollo: per il cinquantenario della missione vorrei regalarvi qualcosa di speciale.

martedì 3 maggio 2016

Bogus copyright claim against Moonscape

On April 30, 2016 I received this notification from Youtube, stating that “The Orchard Music” was claiming copyright over part of Moonscape. Youtube said that some material in Part 3 of Moonscape (the One Small Step chapter version 1.1, which I posted on Youtube here) was from the copyrighted song Moon Landing.


On May 3, 2016 I examined the allegedly infringing material, which is said to be at 0:50-1:47 in the video: it’s Buzz and Neil talking on the Moon. The claim is therefore totally bogus.

I replied to the dispute as follows, stating that the material is in the public domain or unsuitable for copyright protection.


In the claim dispute form I added this note:

The disputed material is a NASA recording of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and as such is NOT copyrighted, as stated in NASA's copyright rules at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/guidelines/index.html. The Orchard Music appears to be claiming copyright on US government property.

Actually, I was so angry at having to waste time on this patently frivolous copyright claim that I forgot the word material, but never mind.


That NASA Media Usage Guidelines page makes it quite clear that the voices of Neil and Buzz during Apollo 11 are not copyrighted:

NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - generally are not copyrighted. You may use this material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.


Youtube now says that my dispute is being examined by “the copyright owner” (wrong: The Orchard Music is not the owner, it’s a claimant for the time being) and adds that I will receive a reply within 30 days. In the meantime, the video is still available for viewing.


I’ll add here any updates to the dispute.


2016/05/24: The copyright claim has been released. Anyway, I’m tired of wasting time chasing these bogus copyright claims (other parts of Moonscape have also received the same claim from the same company), so I'm going to just delete any Youtube copies against which I receive a claim notification.

lunedì 20 ottobre 2014

Sequenze delle foto panoramiche di Apollo 11 /
Sequences of Apollo 11 panorama photos

Ultimo aggiornamento / Latest update: 2016/07/23.

Panorama 1: 5850-5858.



Panorama 2: 5881-5891.



Panorama 3: 5905-5916. Il margine superiore della 5912 è il bordo nero del fotogramma, non l’orizzonte. Top margin of 5192 is the black edge of the frame, not the horizon.



Panorama 4: 5930-5941.


Panorama 5: 5954-5961.



Video:

giovedì 21 agosto 2014

Minor updates to “Contact Light” and Trailer /
Piccoli aggiornamenti ad “Allunaggio” e al trailer

English


Version 4.11 of the trailer is now available: I've done a little color correction and slightly tweaked a few edits and crops.

Version 3.6 of Contact Light is also available. I've removed the background music, which many viewers liked but thought was inappropriate for an “as it happened” documentary. I've also tweaked the onscreen size of the MOCR footage so that it doesn't leave ugly triangles of the LM onboard footage visible in the background (at 2:10, 2:51, 4:42, 6:26, 11:05). I also fixed the sound-to-film sync of Duke's "go to continue powered descent” (at 6:26); previous versions were slightly out of sync. At 15:30, I trimmed the onboard landing footage so that the blank film tail is no longer shown (but I've retained all the footage that shows the lunar surface). The narration captions have also been repositioned at top center.


Italiano


È ora disponibile la versione 4.11 del trailer: ho corretto leggermente i colori e rifinito alcuni dettagli di montaggio e d'inquadratura. Nell'edizione italiana ho cambiato “Lo sbarco sulla Luna” in “Il primo sbarco sulla Luna” per correttezza e coerenza con le edizioni nelle altre lingue.

È disponibile inoltre la versione 3.6 di Allunaggio. Ho tolto la musica di sottofondo, che a molti è sembrata suggestiva in sé ma non adatta per un documentario che mostra gli eventi esattamente come sono successi. Ho modificato le dimensioni su schermo delle riprese nel MOCR in modo che non lasci sporgere antiestetici triangoli della ripresa da bordo del LM (a 2:10, 2:51, 4:42 6:26 e 11:05). Ho anche corretto la sincronizzazione del sonoro di Duke a 6:26 con il rispettivo labile; le versioni precedenti erano leggermente fuori sincronismo. A 15:30 ho tagliato più correttamente la ripresa di bordo per escludere la coda della pellicola (ho mantenuto tutti i fotogrammi che mostrano la superficie lunare). Le didascalie narrative sono state riposizionate in alto.

Nell'edizione italiana di Allunaggio ho inoltre corretto a 8:48 un “AGS and PGNS” che era rimasto dall'inglese.