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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Playstation 4, The Maysles Brothers Online and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire November 15, 2013 at 11:27AM

PlayStation 4 launches, The Maysles Brothers films at Fandor and more tech news for filmmakers and film fans.
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Still from "Islands" on Fandor

1. Comcast: Comcast Corp wants to get into the streaming movie and TV business. Reuters reports that the cable operator is planning to sell movies and TV shows for download and streaming through the company's set-top boxes and its Xfinity TV website, as early as next year. Comcast already offers movies on demand.

2. PlayStation 4: Sony's PlayStation 4, which launched at midnight this morning, ushers in a new generation of home video game consoles. launched during a series of midnight events Friday, ushering in a new generation of home video game consoles. In fact, it's not just a game console, it's more of an entertainment console, giving users access to TV and video with apps such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

3. The Maysles Brothers: Yesterday, we wrote about how "Meet Marlon Brando," the documentary by Albert Maysles and David Maysles, will be available for the first time since its 1965 theatrical release on Fandor, beginning today. You can also watch these docs directed by The Maysles Brothers (some in collaboration with Christo and Jeanne-Claude) on Fandor: "Psychiatry in Russia," "The Gates," "Christo in Paris," "Christo's Valley Curtain," among others. Read Fandor co-founder Jonathan Marlow's interview with Albert Maysles here.

4. Oldboy Tumblr:  Leading up to the November 27th release of "Oldboy," Spike Lee's adaptation of the 2003 Korean film by Park Chan-wook, Film District has published part 1 of "Devil's Eyes," a graphic novel inspired by "Oldboy" on the film's Tumblr. It's Tumblr featuring a graphic novel inspired by a film inspired by a film inspired by a graphic novel. Got that?

5. Cross-Continent Video: Sure, you've seen countless Rube Goldberg videos on YouTube, but "Insane Domino Tricks!" is a cross-continental collaboration that involves some slick editing tricks. Users "Hevesh5" and "Milliondollarboy" collaborated on the project, with the first half of the patterns created in the U.S. and the second half completed in Germany.

With some impressive editing, it appears to be an endless shot of dominoes falling in beautiful patterns. On their YouTube page, the creators explain that they spent over 3 months creating this "awesome domino trick screen link," which features between 20,000-25,000 dominoes total. "Each clip is separate then edited together to make it look like one long setup….This was a collab video so it was impossible to do one take, not to mention how much floor space and dominoes would be needed." Check it out below:


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