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It’s one of the most anticipated movies of the year and this Tuesday its director will host a Live Google+ Hangout to promote it. Ender’s Game, based on the book by Orson Scott Card, is the story of a young man enlisted to help Earth fight off an alien invasion. The film stars relative newcomer Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley and is set for release on November 1, 2013. A preview for the film just went online:
Back in Space
The trailer doesn’t show much but it certainly gets us excited (maybe because it’s the first time since Star Wars Harrison Ford has returned to space?). The book is a significant piece of science fiction; it’s even on the U.S. Marine Corps’ recommended reading list for new cadets for its “lessons in training methodology, leadership and ethics.”
Join director Gavin Hood, producer Bob Orci and star Asa Butterfield at 1 pm PT (4 pm ET) on May 7th to get the rundown. And in the meantime, check out the official Ender’s Game website.
A movie like Ender’s Game blends technology, space and special effects in a unique way. From the Battle Room simulations to the shots of ships in space, it takes a team of artists with years of experience to realize the director’s vision. No matter if you’re wanting to learn how to make a movie or add special effects to a movie, you can start your career in the film business with a week of movie camp like DMA.
It’s the kind of research that could lead to a big change in how we use power. The substance is called graphene, and the scientists who discovered how to make it were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Science.
Further research pioneered at the University of California, Los Angeles, by UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry professor Richard Kaner has shown that not only could graphene be created in large quantities but also that the material could actually replace metallic batteries as a power source. And not just replace batteries, but actually improve them.
While electronics devices typically require hours to be fully recharged, the same process using graphene could be up to a thousand times faster. With graphene cells, it could take as little as 30 seconds to a minute to completely recharge a smartphone or tablet computer. Graphene could become a more sustainable way to power cars, which could be “refueled” at charging stations.
Batteries VS. Supercapacitors
Supercapacitors take the best aspects of batteries and replace their weaker points. For example, batteries offer high energy storage, but charging and discharging them is a slow process. A capacitor improves that with faster charge and discharge, although capacitors aren’t capable of the high storage of batteries.
Supercapacitors, on the other hand, combine the best properties of both batteries and conductors, offering high energy storage as well as fast charge and discharge.
Kaner and research assistant maher el-Kady found a way to synthesize graphene on a larger scale. They started with graphite oxide, which was applied to sheets of plastic, before exposing it to laser light. The process removes the oxygen from the substance, turning it into graphene.
The real breakthrough moment occurred when el-Kady connected a small piece of graphene to a small light bulb. After only charging the graphene for 2 to 3 seconds, the graphene then powered the bulb for more than 5 minutes—demonstrating a potentially high-yield energy solution.
Cutting-Edge Science Camps at UCLA
Science requires constant experimentation, and UCLA has consistently proven itself to be a leader in scientific research. This summer, campers of all ages attending Digital Media Academy’s tech camps at UCLA will be able to select from several courses that focus on science.
For aspiring scientists or engineers, DMA’s Jr. Adventures in Machines & Engineering camp introduces children (age 6-8) to fundamental principles about how things work and how machines are developed. For kids (age 8-12), DMA’s Adventures in Science & Engineering camp teaches more advanced concepts related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) learning, such as basic computer programming, the mechanics of simple machines and solar engineering. Teens (age 13-17) will love DMA’s Robotics & Programming for Teens camp, which shows them how to design and build their own robots, using the LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotics kit.
It’s a video-game console that isn’t made by Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft. So who would take on the task (and risk) of building a game machine that would compete with those big three?
Julie Uhrman is a former executive with Gamefly. As a veteran of the video-game industry, she saw an opportunity to launch a new game console with the Android operating system as its backbone. Julie started an OUYA Kickstarter page to raise the money. The results? After raising more than $8 million, the OUYA will be available in June. (Preorder the OUYA.)
OUYA – The Game Console That Can
When game developers got their OUYA dev kits, OUYA launched a competition (or what they called a “a 10-day game-jam”) with Kill Screen called CREATE to challenge dev teams to produce games for the $99 console. In addition to $45,000 in prizes, developers were incentivized by the possibility of creating an OUYA launch game. There are 166 OUYA entries now waiting to see who gets picked.
For gamers, OUYA marks a great opportunity to get content that isn’t routed through a sometimes cumbersome and demanding approval system. At the same time, don’t look for the first batch of Ouya games to be on the same level as Skyrim. Instead, based on the 166 entries in the CREATE challenge, the games will be more along the lines of Angry Birds or Minecraft. Considering trends in the games business of gameplay over graphics, that’s not a bad thing.
OUYA’s developer pool also includes companies like Capcom and Square Enix, who are expected to bring franchises like Street Fighter and Final Fantasy to the platform. OUYA also marks an opportunity for game developers to really push the envelope with a massive selection of games. (OUYA’s distribution model is said to look more like the App Store.)
Developing for Android
OUYA promises a variety of games, including dungeon crawlers, action RPGs, brawlers, 4-player shooters, TCGs, platformers, word games, puzzlers and “some other cool stuff we just can’t put in a category.”
At DMA, we’re pretty excited to get our hands on the system and have already preordered ours. Be sure to check back in June when we start putting the system through its paces.
If you’re wanting to learn how to develop Android games, you’ve picked the right game platform; Android powers millions of smartphones–and now a game console–and continues growing in popularity.
Spending a week this summer with Digital Media Academy can put you on the fast track to becoming a game developer. DMA offers more than a dozen game design camps including Android game development. OUYA looks like it could take a serious run at Nintendo and Microsoft. So hopping on Android development now could help bring you to the front of the pack.
“Digital Media Academy fulfilled my passion for creating video games.”
What do you want to be?
“Ever since I was seven years old, I’ve wanted to be a video game designer. When I grow up, I want to work for Blizzard Entertainment. It’s my favorite game-development company and I have wanted to work for them since I was very young.”
What did you learn at DMA?
“At DMA, I learned how to do 3D modeling using Autodesk® Maya®, and used that skill to make a model of a StarCraft II® Void Seeker. My model was very detailed and intricate, and took a lot of work to make it look good. One of the cool things I learned (and which was vital to completing my project) was that I could model only half of the spaceship and then use the mirror feature to finish the other half, which I could do because my model was symmetrical.”
How did DMA inspire you?
“DMA inspired me to become a game developer by giving me an environment in which I could learn the skills required and get a head-start.”
What was your most memorable camp moment?
“I really enjoyed working in class and then getting to compare my work with my classmates. That allowed me to see what other designers did and share with them what I did, and maybe help them a little on part of their work or get an idea for something cool that I could use in mine.”
For gamers who want to go behind the scenes and learn how to design their very own video game, Digital Media Academy’s video game design camps can turn players into creators.
DMA offers a variety of cool locations on North America’s greatest college campuses and professional instruction from instructors who have actually worked in the video game industry. The world’s best tech camp by Worth.com in 2011, DMA delivers a world-class experience.
I love teaching Web Design to 9-13 year olds. One of the best parts about DMA’s Adventures Web Course is the software we use. We teach the kids how to use Adobe Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver. We use Photoshop to create and modify graphics, and we take some of these graphics into Adobe Flash to add movement to them. Finally, we use Dreamweaver to build a full website and upload it so they can share it with friends and family.
We see Flash files everywhere on the web. YouTube uses a flash player, and most web banners and online games are created with Flash. Dreamweaver is used to build and manage websites of almost any scale. Photoshop is used for image modification and preparation. Virtually every image in every print publication has been modified with Photoshop. It is even used to prepare graphics for videos!
Our students learn how to use the same tools that the pros use. Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver are the industry standards for graphics, animation, and site design. After taking our course, many students continue using the software to create websites and media. Middle schools and high schools often have a few licenses of the software. Knowing these applications gives anyone a distinct advantage in the job market.
When I first learned about Photoshop, I was in 9th grade. I took a multimedia class, and we covered Photoshop in moderate detail. There suddenly were so many possibilities open to me, and so many fun projects to work on. I impressed my family by creating realistic-looking photo compositions, and eventually made my way into video. Now, I do graphics, animation, video and audio work as a profession. It only took that brief introduction to pique my interest. The seed was planted. But the job I enjoy most is teaching, because in every class, there is a chance that one kid might latch onto what I teach them, and blossom.
I hope to see you this summer at DMA!
Teens get the full film camp experience at Digital Media Academy summer camps and week-long courses.
Watch a movie created by teens in the Filmmaking course at University of Pennsylvania DMA camp this past summer. All teen students in the class played a part in writing the movie script, storyboard the movie scenes, acting in various shots around campus, filming with high quality cameras, directing the scenes, editing music for the video, and editing the video in Final Cut Pro on their own Apple computer.
This video is just one example of the creative movies that are created by teens at Digital Media Academy’s summer film camps. Enjoy the suspense-filled movie a group of DMA film students made entitled… “Re-Encountered”
Kids learn how to make a movie at summer camp!
This is a project the Digital Media Adventures film class (movie making and special effects) made in between movie projects this past summer at DMA summer camp in Michigan. Somehow they managed to shoot these hundreds of photos and stitch them together in Final Cut Pro as a fun project in between the two other short films they made in one week! This is truly a great film camp experience for kids.
Learn more about DMA’s Film and Computer Camps for Kids
See what teens made at Digital Media Academy film camp this summer in Chicago!
This video was made by shooting hundreds of individual JPEG photos and piecing/editing them together in Final Cut Pro. This was made during DMA Film Camp in Chicago this past summer in the Teen Film Editing and Filmmaking Course. Learn how to make a movie like this at a DMA course this summer!