The Packafoma Post is the post-production and creative technologies blog of Packafoma Philms, the Philadelphia video production and photography company of cousins Dax Roggio and Shea Roggio.
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Photos from Navy Pier Park and the Polk Bros Fountain, which opened at the entrance to Chicago’s Navy Pier on July 23, 2016. The Polk Brothers Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicago by reducing the impact of poverty and providing area residents with better access to quality education, preventive health care, and basic human services. Photos by Dax Roggio
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In an alternate timeline, no pun intended, Final Cut Pro 8 was a brilliant upgrade to Apple’s storied non-linear editor. FCP 8 introduced cutting edge innovations, 64-bit performance, and Apple’s trademark interface refinements without sacrificing existing features or compatibility with FCP 7. Six years later, with Avid in bankruptcy, Apple built on the runaway success of FCP 8 with FCP 9, an app so flawless that its users ascended to a higher plane of existence, their cinematic visions inspiring peaceful resolutions to all the violent conflicts on Earth. But here in this universe, Apple released FCP X, and I switched to Adobe Premiere Pro.
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If you have ever seen a billboard ad for Drexel University’s business school, you have seen Shea’s photography. This one was discovered on Rt. 1 outside of Philadelphia. Shea was also the Director of Photography for the school’s broadcast television commercial, which aired during Prime Time on ABC and Comcast SportsNet: This is your business lab.
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Photos by Dax Roggio. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi perform for a packed crowd of Hillary Clinton supporters in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, followed by speeches by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.
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A new version of Dax’s Time-lapse Calculator for iOS is now available in the App Store for 99¢. This update requires iOS 9 or higher and includes many new features: Responsive layout for the latest Apple devices (iPhone SE through iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad mini through iPad Pro); 3D Touch Quick Actions; Copy settings and results to iOS Clipboard with one touch; Maximum event duration (recording time) increased to 999 days; Improved camera resolution selection; Tapping status bar scrolls back to top; “Rate this App” links directly to Reviews tab in App Store; Optimized for iOS 9+. Existing features: Universal app for iPhone and iPad; Calculate shutter interval, target duration (final clip length), or event duration (recording time); All standard NTSC, PAL, and film frame rates (FPS); No advertisements
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From photographer Dax Mackenzie Roggio, photos from the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and the post-convention campaign rally in McGonigle Hall at Temple University, featuring images of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, Mayor Jim Kenney, and President Barack Obama. Also included are images of Mat Tomezsko, the Fishtown artist behind the mile-long public art project on Broad Street.
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I recently had the opportunity to edit the theatrical trailer for the award-winning feature film, Jack of the Red Hearts, starring Famke Janssen (X-Men) and AnnaSophia Robb (Mercy Street, The Carrie Diaries). The film will be released in theaters on February 26 at AMC locations across the country. I began cutting this trailer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC but switched to BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12, not for color correction, mind you, but for editing and delivery. My endless frustrations with Premiere Pro are well documented, but the final straw was the 5.1 surround sound mix.
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On location in West Philadelphia: Production stills from the Packafoma commercial shoot for Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Shea Roggio and I had a wonderful experience working with our local Philly crew and the excellent LeBow marketing team. Having worked on college campuses before, we found the students and professors at Drexel LeBow to be particularly genuine, intelligent, and passionate about making a difference in the real world.
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When FCP Classic was EOL’d in 2011, I was one of the first among my circle of editors in LA to give Premiere Pro a shot. Technically, Premiere had been around for quite a long time, but for Mac users, it was never even a contender. Plus, if you were like me, you mostly associated Adobe’s video products with Flash, which I loathed long before Steve Jobs famously published his thoughts on the subject.
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Use my free online time-lapse calculator or 99¢ iOS time-lapse calculator app to quickly determine the shutter interval (time between shots) that you should set to achieve your desired clip length for a given recording duration. iOS app includes additional features for your iPhone or iPad. Besides serving as an intervalometer, my time-lapse app estimates the memory card storage that will be required for RAW or JPG image files, based on the megapixel count of your camera. I’ve also shared some time-lapse photography examples and video editing tips for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
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Voiceover excited me and terrified me. I thought I was going to be really bad at it. It was so freeing and fun to not have to wait for 10 minutes between every setup. They just throw you a direction, and you just say it.
A budget is a method of worrying before you spend instead of afterwards.
If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely.
Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages.
The meek shall inherit the earth. They are too weak to refuse.
Tell me whom you walk with and I will tell you who you are.
We’re too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet.
When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends are.
A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.
I swore I wouldn’t drink if I saw today,
But now it is tonight and it’s time to play.
I try and I try not to turn a bottle up,
But a party ain’t a party if I ain’t fucked up.
Basehead, I Need A Joint, Not in Kansas Anymore, 1992
Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
Sir Max Beerbohm
Why she had to go, I don’t know,
She wouldn’t say.
I said something wrong, now I long
Beatles, Yesterday, Help!, 1965
Luke’s just not a farmer, Owen. He’s got too much of his father in him.
“Aunt Beru,” Star Wars, 1977
The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
We are very serious about not taking ourselves seriously.
Levaughn J. Brown, PAVE the QUAD!, April 1, 1996
I thought I had mono once for an entire year. Turned out I was just really bored.
“Wayne Campbell,” Wayne’s World, 1991
If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
An Italian woman does not believe she is loved by her lover unless he is capable of committing a crime for her.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.
Kate Chopin, The Awakening, 1899
Everybody wants to see justice done — to somebody else.
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds…
e.e. cummings, untitled, 1923
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.
It is not known with what weapon World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
’Twas a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.
She found she was now changing [radio] stations even when she found a song she liked. She had come to enjoy the quest for a good song more than the songs themselves.
“Suzanne Vale,” Carrie Fisher, Postcards from the Edge, 1987
The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative. The second is disastrous.
Margot Fonteyn, 1976
Happiness is being where one is and not wanting to be somewhere else.
People always say to me, “When you get to the NBA, don’t forget about me.” Well, I should’ve said back, “If I don’t make it to the NBA, don’t you forget about me.”
William Gates, Hoop Dreams
Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
“God,” clearly referring to masturbation, NIV, Job 40:14, The Bible
It is always a simple matter to drag people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Masturbation is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s nothing to be particularly proud of, either.
Matt Groening, Basic Sex Facts For Today’s Youngfolk, Life In Hell
Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.
I’m a Buffalo wing magnet, a sandwich fanatic, a cheesesteak guy. But I’ll only get a cheesesteak in Philadelphia. No one else does it right.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
The film is made in the editing room. The shooting of the film is about shopping, almost. It's like going to get all the ingredients together, and you've got to make sure before you leave the store that you got all the ingredients. And then you take those ingredients and you can make a good cake — or not.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can stay in a week.
William Dean Howells
Optimist: A fellow who believes what’s going to happen will be postponed.
I’m not a capitalist, I am a creativist. I want to make money so I can create things. Suddenly all these people have come along who want to create things so they can make money.
What a sense of superiority it gives one to escape reading some book which everyone else is reading.
Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.
“Joel,” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
People who take issue with control of population do not understand that if it is not done in a graceful way, nature will do it in a brutal fashion.
You are going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.
“Obi Wan Kenobi,” Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, 1983
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during challenge and controversy.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The only thing we have to fear is beer itself.
Willy Keible, PAVE the QUAD!, Oct. 1, 1993
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr., March 25, 1965, Montgomery, Alabama
What is important to a relationship is a harmony of emotional roles and not too great a disparity in the general level of intelligence.
There is really no drinking half as enjoyable as daytime drinking, when the sun is out, the bars are empty of dilettantes, and the afternoon stretches ahead of you like summer vacation.
Tim Kreider, Time and the Bottle, New York Times, March 30, 2009
I grew up in Los Angeles, and I’ve made movies all over the world. I’ve been in New York, Norway, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, London. I’ve been in all these cities, shooting away in the winter, thinking, “People who choose to live here are insane.”
No matter how great your triumphs or how tragic your defeats, approximately one billion Chinese couldn’t care less.
Lazlo, Chinese Relativity Axiom
Good judgment comes from experience; unfortunately, experience comes from bad judgment.
All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.
“Screwtape,” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, 1941
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.
And if I ever have myself another chance like that,
I’m gonna grab it and I won’t look back.
Morphine, I Had My Chance, Yes, 1995
Just because you’re paranoid,
don’t mean they’re not after you.
Nirvana, Territorial Pissings, Nevermind, 1991
Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s the day to day living that wears you out.
I have become — comfortably numb.
Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, The Wall, 1979
Being an editor is like putting together a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, except that there are 20,000 pieces in the box.
There’s an old proverb that says just about whatever you want it to.
They predicted a wonderful future for him if he would only learn to take life seriously.
“Mary Tyrone,” Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 1940
We also know how cruel the truth often is, and we wonder whether delusion is not more consoling.
If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it — maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
“Rick,” Casablanca, 1942
This job would be great if it wasn’t for the fucking customers.
“Ronald,” Clerks, 1994
Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas.
Carl Sagan, The Burden of Skepticism, April 1987
I don’t want to scare you…but I can very clearly see you dying nobly, one way or another, for some highly unworthy cause.
“Mr. Antolini,” to “Holden Caulfield,” J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945
I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 1990
Alcohol: The cause of and the solution to all of life’s problems.
“Homer J. Simpson,” The Simpsons
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
I never let schoolin’ get in the way of my education.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.
Why does life feel to us as we experience it, so desperately urgent and yet so utterly pointless at the same time?
John Updike, Roger’s Version
Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.
“Bokonon,” The 1st of Bokonon, Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, 1963
Foma! Lies! A pack of foma!
“Bokonon,” Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, 1963
“Bokonon,” What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?, The 14th Book of Bokonon, Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, 1963.
I was in show business [as a soldier in Vietnam], trying to get a big audience for the Government on TV by killing real people with real ammunition, something the other advertisers were not free to do. The other advertisers had to fake everything. Oddly enough, the actors always turned out to be a lot more believable on the little screen than we were. Real people in real trouble don’t come across, somehow.
“Eugene Debs Hartke,” Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus, 1990
KV: Lee, I never asked you, but what kind of education did you have?
LEE: Just high school, but it was a good one.
KV: That’s the story of my life too. I went to a good high school, and everything was noise after that.
Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer, Like Shaking Hands With God: A Conversation About Writing, 1999
He always said he would never take his own advice, because he knew it was worthless.
“Mona Aamons Monzano,” referring to “Bokonon,” Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, 1963
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.
If you don’t get up, you can’t go back to bed.
Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
If triangles had a god, he’d have three sides.
For whatever you’re doing, for your creative juices, your geography’s got a hell of a lot to do with it. You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.