Sunday, October 9, 2022

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

If you are reading on a smartphone, use landscape / hold phone sideways. 

At a recent dinner party, the little kids in the next room were watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Prime Video. When I asked what they were watching, all I heard was "Cloudy" and "Meatballs" so of course - I took a seat.

Aside from the movies' detailed story and epic voice cast (Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and James Caan) one of the biggest highlights is the lush animation and the comedic elements that seem to fill every frame. I'll come back to this.....

Last week was Propelify in Hoboken, New Jersey. This annual event is pretty amazing pulling people from NY/NJ/CT/PA for the day. When the weather is great (which it was) it is truly an amazing outdoor event, with the best backdrop in the country.

This year, we were Powered by BlueJeans Studio. Folks were walking around with a Steadicam, so we could broadcast LIVE in HDTV video and Dolby audio. I figure that over the course of the entire day, there were 5,000+ LIVE in Hoboken, 50,000+ LIVE via BlueJeans, and now, we shall have millions watching the archives soon to be hosted on

Over the past 30 days, we have hosted hybrid meetings and hybrid events at schools, corporate board rooms, art studios, football stadiums, firehouses, and coffee shops. I have used both BlueJeans and Zoom from my home office, interviewing actors, authors, athletes, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and - dogs. Yes, we had a Learning Journey visit at The Seeing Eye - where they breed and raise puppies to become Seeing Eye Dogs, train Seeing Eye Dogs to guide blind people, and instruct blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs. We also were on-site at another Learning Journey destination: located around 30 miles West of New York City. 

There is something going on in the world of meetings and events. The technology is changing at an exponential rate. The quality of the HDTV video, and the quality of the audio is now broadcast quality - it is what you would expect from a Hollywood production. What would have normally cost tens of thousands of dollars (per hour) to produce such an experience, is now available for hundreds of dollars - all in - for the entire month! 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a children's book first published in 1978. You know, before the cloud became "the cloud". And then in 2009, the movie version released with a box office of 243 million USD.  Books, becoming movies. And now movies becoming HDTV events, via multimedia, transmedia, omni-media immersive hybrid events. Personally, I am now involved in converting a book (a memoir) into a movie - and it will most likely be PoweredByBlueJeans Studio. Ah yes, I can see it now: Thomas Capone, Producer. 

Have you seen the TV commercials where Samsung and Apple are now bragging on how the entire TV commercial was filmed with a new Apple iPhone or the new Samsung phone? And the Apple commercial shows them filming an entire movie - with an iPhone? And did you see how I said filmed, when it is not film, but these days there is no "film" but everything is digital? 

Yes, we live in interesting times. Hey, why not join me for some Coffee in the Clouds? 

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