Watch Guillaume's journey through these two Central Asian countries, showing their nature in its full beauty, but also the life of the locals.
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Sanela was born and raised in Croatia. From the moment she learned how to talk, she spoke two languages: Croatian and Slovak. Following her roots, she moved to Bratislava where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Journalism. Three years ago she got herself into the magical world of social media and online marketing and she's been happily stuck there ever since.
Sanela likes reading (literary reportage, sci-fi & fantasy), good music, and rewatching The Office every once in a while.
Last week, Alec was interviewed by John Overall about WordPress, running a WordPress business and our products—FV Player and BusinessPress.
When Foliovision first got acquainted with Richard Silver back in 2013, we knew we were at the start of a very fruitful relationship. Richard was already a big star on the Toronto real estate scene, being a real estate agent for the past 35 years and an ex-TREB president. He came to Foliovision with his Richardsilver.com site, which was badly hurt by Google Penalty at the time and found itself at the bottom of Google search results.
Together we built Torontoism.com and produced hundreds of articles during the past four years. Torontoism grew, and today it is a team of five real estate agents supported by two customer relationship gurus, catering to both Torontonians and international buyers and sellers. Here is Richard's and Torontoism's success story.
The award-winning lifestyle magazine Desiblitz.com were happy JW Player 5 and 6 customers. Desiblitz was using JW Player to embed their Youtube videos on their website. When JW Player 7 introduced a much more complicated interface and removed non-JW Player hosted options, Desiblitz.com started to look for a faster, simpler and more straightforward alternative. Desiblitz found FV Player, which allows publishers to combine free video hosting from YouTube with inexpensive hosting from Vimeo Pro or Amazon S3 and/or high security hosting with Cloudfront, KeyCDN, Stackpath CDN.
What Desi Means and What Desiblitz Does
Since there wasn't a real news platform focusing on British Asian and Desilifestyle, the team behind Desiblitz decided to create an online magazine with high-quality content specifically tending to British Asian society and the South Asian demographic globally.
"The term 'Desi' refers to a connection with the roots from your 'desh' or 'des' motherland,'' explains Indi Deol, managing director of the magazine. In this case the motherland is primarily India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka and 'Desi' is a collective term which classifies culture and people from these countries.
"The ethos was and is to develop the skills of young British Asians in digital media - especially online writing, video production, presenting and photography," says Indi. "Primarily helping those with very little skills or work experience, fresh graduates with little employment prospects and disadvantaged young people."
Hayden played an amazing short set after lunch.
It's hard to stand out or even survive on the social media front today if you're not using video in some way. Not all of us have time or resources to create our own videos and most social media operations consist of one person doing it all. Anyone who has ever been in this situation knows nothing tastes better than a free lunch, whether it's a free design tool, free social media scheduler or a database of free high-quality photos.
But what about videos, where do you find free videos? Do they even exist?
As a matter of fact, they do.
In Spring 2017, Global Affairs installed a selection of Darlene Kulig's Canadian Landscapes in Canadian Embassies in Bratislava, Lisbon and Washington, D.C. The Office of the Embassy of Canada to Slovakia organized a cocktail reception in her honour where we had the chance to see her works and meet the artist in person.
Darlene graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and after only four years she already had her own design studio. She won numerous awards for her design in Canada and the United States. At the moment, she's focusing on developing her recognizable signature, Kulig Canadian landscapes.
How much do you know about Kyrgyzstan?
Located in the Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It's farther from the sea than any other individual country in the world. The mountains of Tian Shan cover over 80 percent of the country, which is what gave Kyrgyzstan the nickname "Switzerland of Central Asia".
Kyrgyzstan is also the home of the second largest mountain lake in the world - Issyk-Kol lake, which translates to "warm lake" in the Kyrgyz language. The lake never freezes despite being surrounded by snowy mountain peaks.
When someone mentions a skate video, the first thing that comes to mind is a compilation of skaters doing crazy tricks, falling down and getting back up to try again. It's what most of skate videos are after all because it's usually amateurs who are filming them for the sake of the tricks. These days it seems that more and more visual artists have found a big source of inspiration in the skating scene and they're looking to create fresh stories out the rides and tricks.
Such is the case of the Berlin-based visual artist and the creative director at FLVR series, a skateboarding brand and art collective based in Berlin, Youri Fernandez. Together with FLVR and Nowness, he created a mesmerizing monochromatic skate video titled Skater's Paradise: ON/OFF.
Do you ever wonder how many times your face appeared in strangers' photos from all around the world? We are in contact with masses of people every day, but we never meet all of them, we never see all of them. But at one point in time, we are at the same place at the same time, breathing the same air and admiring the same views. How strange is it that we're so aware of our surroundings but so unaware of the people surrounding us.
Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel make the Vallée Duhamel duo, known for their "high class lo-fi" work profile. Based in Montreal, Vallée Duhamel specializes in both images and videos and 'playful and experimental approach toward work'.
After collaborating for seven years, in 2008 they decided to team up and launch a studio:
We started to create animated and video projects, and they eventually became the main request from clients and agencies. After a couple of years developing these lo-fi, handcrafted films, we were able to build a team [and]…it didn’t make sense any more to be co-directors.
Foliovision had the opportunity to work with the best magazine for screenwriters, CreativeScreenWriting.com. They are using FV Player in their video store section to stream their video tutorials to members.
Screen writing is a form of art. It's not easy transforming stories into a video format. How many times have you watched a movie and you liked the idea behind it, but the writing was so bad you had to give it up? It proves the fact that good screenwriters are as important as good actors and directors.
CreativeScreenWriting.com went live in 1994. During the 90s, it was a printed magazine, publishing about 25,000 copies six times a year. Now it's only available online, catering for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. We talked to John Davis, the magazine's editor, about the site:
In both Hollywood and the industry that covers it, there has always been a focus on directors and actors. But screenwriters are every bit as important!
Martin Heck is a time-lapse artist and cinematographer based in Southern Germany. He started making time-lapse films in 2009 with a basic point-and-shoot camera. Soon enough he realized he's not going to get far with the time-lapses unless he uses better technology, so Martin bought himself a DSLR, but never stopped searching for better and more effective ways to show beautiful landscapes on video.
With growing expectations to quality and composition motion-control gear became quickly a main focus of my work. I started developing and building sliders and jibs to create more dynamic shots than it was possible before.
Tech is always a driving factor behind my work. With sensor-technology quickly evolving, new lens-designs and new post-production techniques I currently specialize in ultra high-resolution visuals in 4K and 8K resolution.
Hello, old friend. It's good to see you again. I've missed our adventures that grow without end.
We've all at some point in our life experienced the pleasure of returning to an old hobby that made us so happy once. It's like rediscovering yourself again, remembering the person you used to be and choosing to keep and cherish the pieces you liked.
This is the feeling DreamRide 2 evokes. It makes you want to get up, get on your bike and go riding, or give that old hobby of yours another go.
In the video, sponsored by Diamondback Bicycles, produced by Juicy Studios, Mike Hopkins, a professional freeride mountain biker from Rossland, British Columbia takes us on an adventure that doesn't seem to have an end.
Liesel Kershoff is a South African landscape and time-lapse photographer. She's based in Caledon, in the Western Cape in South Africa. When she was a child she used to walk down to the Bath River and enjoyed sunsets with her cat and her dog.
I have always had a close relationship with nature and was certain that I would become a wildlife photographer one day.
After graduating from high school, she decided to travel the world. At one point, she worked at a flower farm in Israel and keept travelling and in her spare time. After a while on the road, she decided to start a fruit and vegetable shop with her sister back home.
It wasn't until her husband bought her her first SLR camera (film) that she decided she wants to be a photographer. She enrolled in a home course and found her calling.
Rogerio Silva, a commercials, music videos and short films director, based in Cambridge, used to design award-winning video games. He worked on ENSLAVED and wrote and directed the Devil May Cry expansion Vergil's Downfall. After a decade of involvement with video games, he decided to move on and become a filmmaker. In film he found his true calling:
I always felt a need to say or express something, and now I know that film is the language I'm meant to use. Whether it's a short film with dancers or actors, it doesn't matter.
The main topic of Silva's dance films are the ups and downs of relationships expressed through the art of dance. As our video of the week, we've chosen Abaddon - a CGI meets dance poem of love and destruction.
Marta Prokopová, born in 1991, is a video artist currently based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava at the Film and Television Faculty with a Master's Degree.
During her studies at the Academy, Marta made several animated films, which were presented at International film festivals all over Europe. In 2016 her film Mila Fog won the Award for the best Slovak film at Fest Anča IFF and National Film Prize / JÁN FAJNOR´S PRIZE at Igric festival.
White Forest, the video we've choosen to feature this week, became an introduction into the life of Mila Fog, "a fox who tries to escape stereotype and everyday repetition by means of thoughts. She tries to find an awakening and internal freedom by focusing on the details of the forest." Marta says the character came to be in the fourth year of her studies, when they got an assignment to make a horror film. Mila Fog then became Marta's Master's Degree Film.
Mathieu Le Lay is a French cinematographer, based in Annecy, France. His passion for cinema and nature led him to study at IFFCAM, the French wildlife film school. He then graduated in wildlife conservation at Salford University in the UK and since 2008 he's been expressing his fascination for the relationship between man and the wild nature by filming documentaries, for which he has won 18 awards so far.
Le Lay's documentaries testify of his passion for nature and mysterious atmospheres surrounding. He connects the vast big world of wildlife with humans, by creating a contrast between the big force of nature and the smaller but very persistent, presence of humans. He seeks out ruthless, but beautiful circumstances and places to film his videos to show the great might of Mother Nature and still point to her precious gifts to the mankind, freedom being the most important of them all.
Film with natural sounds and music give another emotional dimension and this very emotion is what I want to share.
We had a great time at WCEU 2017 in Paris last week! We learned so much from the people we've met, especially at the Contribution Day which was a big success, and then attended great talks by WordPress experts and just enjoyed the amazing atmosphere at Les Docks Paris. If you were one of the volunteers, thank you for a job well done!
Harriet is "just like a fairy godmother, except her magical power is helping others have better sex rather than turning a pumpkin into a car. source: askmen
According to some, Harriet, a 21-year old British girl, originally from Vietnam, is the very definition of a 21st-century porn star. But she describes herself as a “a self-confessed nerd from London, England with an obsession with tech, porn, film, pop culture, sex and relationships.”
Foliovision has a very special bond with Canada. After all, Alec, our Creative Director was born in Vancouver and some of our favourite clients are Torontonians. July 1st, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary since the colonies of New Brunswick, Canada and Nova Scotia formed Canada and naturally, we want to celebrate the big birthday too. Fortunately, there are numbers of opportunities to do so even here across the pond in Bratislava.
We were invited by the Office of the Embassy of Canada to Slovakia to attend a screening of the film "It's Only the End of the World" by the Canadian director Xavier Dolan as a part of the Month of Francophonie in Bratislava and a part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
Xavier Dolan, the French-Canadian movie director, is only 28 years old and he already has six feature films in his portfolio. He won the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes last year for the movie we went to see, "It's Only the End of the World".
We're all big film buffs here at FV and we regularly organize movie nights combined with birthday celebrations, so this was a perfect opportunity to see a good movie and celebrate the birthdays of two of our favourite Foliovision ladies - the best coordinator/office manager Anicka and our project manager/programmer-to-be Naty.