The Social Network – A Facebook Movie Showing How It Got Started

Do you ever cruise the Internet and wonder how some of the more popular sites got their start? Can you imagine yourself creating the next MySpace or Facebook? If all of this sounds interesting to you there is a new movie that is a must see, The Social Network is the unofficial biography of how the social networking giant Facebook got started. The Facebook Movie may not be a golden globe winner, but it will definitely shake up commonly held ideas about what it takes to start a business and make it successful.

What is Social Networking?

There are a few people on the planet who are still unsure why these sites are so wildly popular. Facebook and MySpace are giants on the World Wide Web, nearly everyone has one or the other and some people have both. These sites are used to connect with friend and family both near and far as well as making new “friends”. Depending on the site you use you will have some latitude in designing your profile page, MySpace allows a great deal of creativity including backgrounds and music, where Facebook is a bit more plain Jane.

What most of these social network sites do have in common is the ability for you to share your life in pictures, comments and messages to a broad number of people all around the globe. That is the draw and appeal today though in the beginning Facebook was merely used among certain colleges, beginning with Harvard.

Today, however Facebook is the way people interact, both good and bad. It is not uncommon to see an all out war on the pages of the site between two or more people. Pictures, comments and messages can become extremely revealing and ugly and it is hard to imagine just how many people are watching the drama from afar silently.

The Social Network – A Facebook Movie

The Social Network is a movie about how all of this got started. The plot and script are based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich and neither have been sanctioned by the people closest to the top at Facebook. This tale of money, genius, betrayal and sex should make for a great guilty pleasure, even if the facts are not 100% verified by the people they are about! It is very unlikely the people portrayed would be absolutely honest about their character flaws or weaknesses anyway.

There is a great cast set for The Social Network including Brenda Song and Justin Timberlake. If you have always wondered what it would take to start an extremely popular and prosperous website this is the movie for you! Of course, most of us will go see the Facebook Movie just to revel in the money, betrayal and intimate relationships but either way it should be a blast!

Top 5 Hockey Movies of All Time

There are many sports movies out there, but I enjoy hockey movies way more. Growing up I watched hockey movies and wanted to play hockey. Hockey movies practically got me into hockey. So you can say i’m a huge hockey movie fan. I’m going to list the top hockey movies that I believe are the best. Even though there are a lot of hockey movies, I’m going to list my top 5.

5.) Goon

This movie was hysterical. It’s about a bouncer who becomes a fighter in a semi-pro hockey league. He goes to a local amateur hockey game with one of his friends, who is has his own hockey talk show. He ends up fighting one of the hockey players and beats him up. Its caught on camera and teams start calling him an asking him to be part of their team. He’s never played hockey before so he can’t skate, but he sure can whoop some a**.

4.) Mystery Alaska

This is also another funny flick, with some good one-liners. The movie is about a town in Alaska, where their amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers. The town is pretty much in distraught and don’t like each other. So they have to put their problems to the side and get along because the event will be nationally televised.

3.) Slapshot 1

This is definite knee slapper. This, in my opinion, is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The movie is about a team who has a very poor reputation and very poor attendance rate. The team raises money by doing cheesy public activities, like modeling, as seen in the movie. If the mill in their town shuts down, then the team will fold. The main character knows the team is going to fail and that it could be his final hockey season. So, he tries to get his team more interested in the game so the team can get sold. He wants to keep the “goon” part of hockey in their team and entertain fans as much as they can. They recruit the “Hanson Brothers” who just cause chaos every game. A must see flick, even if you don’t like hockey.

2.) Miracle

Definitely a classic movie. This movies about the 1980 Olympic hockey game between USA vs Russia. This is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. This movie shows how everything led up to the big game and how harsh the coach of USA was on his players, but it definitely showed results. Miracle and my number one movie are a tie for first.

1.) The Mighty Ducks

These are the movies that got me into hockey. The movie is about a hot shot lawyer, who is haunted by his game winning shootout goal that he didn’t score in the championship and they lost. After being arrested for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee team, who needs major major improvements. He accepts the job and takes the team to the championship. In the championship game, he has to coach against his old coach, who he played for when he lost the game.

Outdoor Movies: Finding The Right Equipment Provider So You Can Have a Successful Movie Event

Outdoor movie events on inflatable movie screens re-create the experience of the old drive-in movie. With today’s new technology of inflatable movie screens and portable high-powered projectors, an open air cinema event can be hosted at any outdoor venue. Movie night events are becoming popular for organizations such as schools, churches, businesses and cities. Finding the right equipment provider to produce your movie night event is essential so that your organization produces an event that it is well received by your audience and is stress free to organize.

Before you hire an audio/visual company for your movie night event, you need to know that there are two kinds of companies that produce outdoor movie events:

1.) The first kind of company that produces events are: DJ, Bounce House rental companies, and people who think it showing flicks outdoors is fun as a side businesses to their actual full-time employment.

  • Typically these kind of outdoor movie providers carry no insurance, or say they have insurance, but it does not cover outdoor movie event productions.
  • These kind of companies typically hire people with NO particular skill set to work their outdoor movie events.
  • Equipment from these kind of providers are inexpensive, usually is not commercial grade (but rather equipment meant for personal use) or that is under-powered for an outdoor movie setting. Their equipment is really ment for indoor movie events.

2.) The second type of company that produces outdoor movie events are full-time businesses that specialize only in outdoor cinema productions.

  • Professional companies that produce movie events outdoors will use theatrical grade screen surfaces, professional grade video and audio sound systems. Cinema production companies equipment include HD digital projectors and high-definition sound systems.
  • Employees of professional cinema companies typically have background in working with stage and audio-visual equipment and often work in the film industry.
  • Full time outdoor cinema productions companies will carry General Liability Insurance for exactly what they do which is outdoor movie events.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR HIRING A COMPANY TO PRODUCE YOUR MOVIE EVENT OUTDOORS.

Ask the following questions to the company you are looking to hire:

Do you carry insurance and how much insurance do you carry?

Request a copy of the provider’s insurance and call the insurance agency listed on the paper. Find out if the business is covered for outdoor movie events or is the provider list as something else.

How do I obtain a movie license?

Beware of a companies that tell you do NOT need a movie license for outdoor movie events in public. These providers are asking you to break copyright laws. Via copyright laws all outdoor movie showings require a public performance license to be purchased, except for events shown in your backyard for personal use.

What brand of screen do you use?

Currently there are only three professional manufacturers of inflatable movie screens: AIRSCREEN, Open Air Cinema and EPIC. If a provider can not name their equipment then they do not know a lot about what they are doing. The brand of screen that is being used will both effect the presentation of your movie and safety of your event.

What type of screen surface are you using?

Professional grade screen surfaces will use theatrical grade surfaces, just like in the movie theater. Quality of the screen is measured in gain. Screen surfaces should be highly reflective so to produce a bright and colorful picture image. Big-box store and inexpensive screens will have a cloth or plastic surface that is see-through and not very reflective which will produce a dull or poor image quality.

What type of sound and projection are you using?

Most companies will claim they are using state-of-the-art audio or video, but when was it state-of-the-art? Equipment that was top quality 5 years ago, is not top quality today.

Do you maintaining your projectors? Are you changing the projector bulbs regularly?

Bulbs that are not changed in projectors will get dull over time and effect the image quality at your show.

How do you measure your screen size?

Is one companies 50′ inflatable screen the same as another companies 35′ inflatable screen? Do they measure the screen surface or frame? Are they measuring their inflatable movie screen on the diagonal, width or height? These are important questions to ask when comparing screen systems.

Can you provide references for the last 3 events you produced?

Professional outdoor movie providers should be able to provide references of the last three shows that they produce, not just a select list of references that may be old. Also ask to see pictures of actual events that company has produced.