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David Breashears Helps 3-D Movies Graduate to Adult Dramas

By cmiadmin | Oct 01, 2015 | Comments Off

Baltasar Kormákur, director of the mountain-climbing drama “Everest,” says it took a location-scouting trip halfway up Mount Everest, to a snowy base camp in Nepal, for him to appreciate that it might make sense to have his movie’s audience put on 3-D glasses.

“I had a moment standing there where the volume of the mountain was just so immense, and I was thinking: How can I possibly get this on film? How can I give people at least some of this feeling?” he recalls.

Until recently, simulating three dimensions on theater screens had been a trick primarily aimed at kids in fantasy, sci-fi, and animated movies. Think “Avatar,” “Jurassic World,”“Marvel’s Avengers.” Nobody can question the financial success of those blockbusters, but they also gave 3-D a particular kind of reputation for many filmgoers and filmmakers, as a gimmick best suited for simulating fantastical worlds that don’t really exist.

Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” in 2011, Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” in 2012, and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” in 2013 showed that 3-D could draw adults into emotional films, though those movies still depicted imagined environments.

Director and producer Baltasar Kormákur on the set of ‘Everest’
Director and producer Baltasar Kormákur on the set of ‘Everest’ PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Mr. Kormákur thought 3-D could help tell a true story about the real world, the ill-fated 1996 Everest climbing expedition. The optical effect could help convey the gargantuan scale of the highest mountain on Earth, and, in turn, heighten the emotional impact for audiences by highlighting the risks the climbers confronted. Combined with the large-screen IMAX format, the 3-D depth could serve the movie’s narrative right along with other filmmaking elements: its ambitious camera work, sound, visual effects, and performances from a cast including Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin.

“I fought pretty hard to do it,” says Mr. Kormákur, an Icelandic director whose English-language work includes action films “Contraband” and “2 Guns.” “This was [circa 2012] before ‘Gravity’ came out, and we didn’t have many adult movies playing in IMAX 3-D. It was all about superhero movies.”

Mr. Kormákur pitched the idea to producers as a subtler version of the 3-D that moviegoers associated with comic-book blockbusters: “I said it’s more like two-and-a-half-D. I’m not throwing things at people’s faces. It’s more to create volume inside the screen. I wasn’t looking for moments of surprising people, like ‘bah!’ It’s more like ‘,’ slowly. ‘This is high.’”

The emerging dramatic films for large-format screens have grown partly out of the groundbreaking IMAX documentaries once relegated to science-museum rotundas, meant to offer views of nature’s grandeur that audiences couldn’t see before. One of the top IMAX documentaries of all time, in fact, is David Breashears’ 1998 “Everest.” (The link between filmmakers and Everest stretches to film’s early days; one of the first organized Everest expeditions ever, in 1924, was financed by John Baptist Lucius Noel, a British filmmaker who made a silent documentary about it, “The Epic of Everest.”)

But filmmakers are discovering more subtle potential in 3-D, as a device for telling stories and building emotion. Later this year come Ron Howard’s seafaring drama “In the Heart of the Sea” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” both in 3-D and IMAX. Ang Lee, who directed “Life of Pi,” is in postproduction of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime walk,” a 3-D film about soldiers having to return to Iraq after being celebrated as heroes at home.

Wim Wenders has embraced 3-D for his latest small film, “Everything Will Be Fine,” which makes its North American premiere this Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters in December. It’s not about dizzying heights nor high adventure—it’s an intimate film about a traumatic car accident, starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Rachel McAdams.

Mr. Wenders, who adopted 3-D to film dance performances for his 2011 documentary about choreographer Pina Bausch, believes 3-D can get audiences closer to people, not just emphasize distance. He calls the technology an evolution in the language of film—he compares it to the advent of sound—and says it has been miscast in fantasy roles.

“It’s for capturing reality,” he says. “What I’m trying to achieve is that you’re closer to people. You’re more immersed in their lives. Overcoming a trauma is a process that happens inside people. My feeling is that 3-D can really look into people’s soul.”

Veteran mountaineer turned filmmaker David Breashears and Director Baltasar Kormakur explore the challenges of Everest

By cmiadmin | Sep 21, 2015 | Comments Off


This week, the star-studded Everest is released in Cineworld cinemas across the UK. We talk to David Breashears, the 136th person to reach the summit of Everest, and director Baltasar Kormákur about bringing this true-life tale to the big screen. 


“It is always fascinating to have a true story to work with,” is the opening gambit from director Baltasar Kormákur on his latest feature, Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and Keira Knightley.

This dramatic true-life survival tale follows the doomed 1996 expedition led by veteran mountaineer Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), who ran a commercial company that took climbers up the perilous journey to the summit of Mount Everest, only to be hit by a sudden snow storm.

Aiming to stick to the facts and honour those who lost their lives on the mountain, Kormákur wanted to make an “authentic film”. He said, “I wanted to make [the characters] real, to let them play out their mistakes, while letting audiences judge the action and events for themselves.”

To craft the story, Kormákur drew on the years of experience of climber David Breashears, who was the 136th person to reach the summit of Everest, and who was on the mountain in 1996.   One of the key elements of Everest is how it pulls the audience into the mind-set of the men and women who climbed the mountain. Breashears recalls how he came on board the project: “The film’s producer, Tim Bevan at Working Title, got in contact with me at the development stage. They wanted to know what the mountain experience was all about from beginning to end. They wanted to know every detail, from buying your equipment back home, to what you talk about at night up on the mountain.” Breashears knew many of the people who are featured in the film, including Scott Fisher (played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the film), with whom he first climbed when he was 18, and Rob Hall who he saw at Basecamp in 1996.

As well as having Breashears’ valuable advice, Kormákur also had access to a recording of a phone call that Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) made to his wife, Jan (Kiera Knightley) that hadn’t been heard for 18 years when he was 18000ft up the mountain. All this research and archive material was used by Kormákur to “humanise” the characters, a point that the direct felt incredibly strongly about, explaining that the last thing that he wanted to do was “make a film that was an obituary, I wanted to make a real human drama.” This was also true of his selection of cast, where he wanted to find actors that “completely capture the essence of the characters that they are playing.”


This sentiment was echoed by Breashears, who felt that, “Tim Bevan and Kormákur set the tone of this movie from the start, stating that they were always going to make this film as authentic as possible and rely on the strength of the story, knowing that it didn’t need embellishment.

Crafting a visually epic film like Everest brought with it many challenges, including having to film on the foothills of the Nepal at 16000ft. Kormákur recalls the shoot: “There were challenges, but I like a challenge. What I learned was that after a while of having to deal with altitude sickness and working in freezing conditions, accompanied by avalanche warnings every day, was that we became like those climbers on the mountain. The entire crew were in it together at the mercy of nature. Every day, we would step out of the door and ask, “What is the mountain going to do to us today?”  Ultimately, Kormákur realised that the situation was like banging your head against a wall, “You aren’t going to break the wall; you are going to break your head. So in that sense you can get frustrated you can be ready to shift your plans.”

When asked if Breashears had any hopes for what audiences would take away from Everest, he stated, “I hope that Everest will show people what climbing the mountain is. For me, climbing the mountain isn’t about standing on the summit; it about friendships, relationships, human frailty and human aspirations. This film shows the good in people – we all set out on quests, and we are by our very natures dreamers, and sometimes our dreams can get us into situations that are way over our heads, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop.”

Everest is released in Cineworld Cinemas and available in IMAX and 3D across the UK on 18th September 2015.

What Does it Take to Succeed? | Robyn Benincasa

By cmiadmin | Sep 03, 2015 | Comments Off

What Does it Take to Succeed? | Adversity Management

By Robyn Benincasa


Four training steps to succeed in adversity management personally and professionally. 

  1. Train your brain to be Ruled by the Hope of Success versus the Fear of Failure. Observe your inner thoughts: are you thinking about what it takes to "not lose" or what it takes to "succeed"? Focusing on what it takes to succeed versus not lose creates great innovation, a positive attitude, and more definitive results.
  2. Take one setback you've had in your life and write down 3 ways you can use that setback as a springboard forward--for yourself or for someone else. It's Not About the Setback, it's About  the Comeback! How can you use that setback to take it up a notch and do something great? Do it!
  3. Think of a change in your business/life that has been dominating your thoughts. Write down 2 positive and/or proactive things you can do today to rise to the challenge (or help a teammate through it), and write down 2 ways that your business/life is going to be better on the other side of that change. "Change is the only thing that stays the same. It's how we respond to those changes that dictates our long term success" ~Chief Alan Brunacini
  4. Don't let the perfectionist in you hinder progress this week/month! Do one thing each day/week that you've been putting off because you don't have the time to do it right. :). It doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be done.



Mike Walsh | Embracing #InstaFood

By cmiadmin | Aug 25, 2015 | Comments Off

Futurist Mike Walsh: Food Producers Must Embrace Innovation to Succeed with Next Generation

by IFT

The most successful food producers and manufacturers in the next decade will be the ones who harness the rapid advancements in science and technology to meet the demands of the first fully digital generation as they become adults, according to a July 13 keynote address by futurist Mike Walsh at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago.

“If you really want to understand the future, you have to start with the people who are going to live in it,” said Walsh, author of The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas and CEO of the consultancy firm Tomorrow. “And the most disruptive group of future food consumers, I believe, are people who are currently celebrating their eighth birthday. If you can understand how an eight year old thinks, you’re a long way toward really understanding a transformative change in consumer behavior. ”

Walsh said that age group is of particular interest because they were born in 2007—the same year the iPhone was introduced. They are the first generation to be connected from birth, so they are growing up with a much different outlook on shopping, cooking and eating than other generations. They will expect products that are customized, readily available and—as already apparently on Instagram—look good enough to be photographed and shared on social media.

“When you think about an eight year old, how they will be making judgments about food, about food brands, eating and dining, it’s all going to be very connected to their experience on that smartphone,” he said. “Look at the way the next generation forms their views on food today. Look at Instagram—there is some extent to which the next generation doesn’t want to eat a meal unless they are going to take a picture of it.”

Walsh said the challenge for the entire food industry is to be prepared to meet the demands of these tech-savvy, on-demand consumers while still producing enough food for a population expected to grow to about 9 billion by 2050. He said that will elevate the discussion already taking place about whether to genetically modify plants and livestock to meet the population’s food needs.

“As a futurist, one of the things that really fascinates me is that intersection point where science and technology head-butts the realities of everyday human experience,” Walsh said. “As food scientists and technologists, this is something you encounter every day, because for all of the developments that you come up with, at the end you’re still talking about food.”

6 World Cup Lessons Applicable to Every Customer Relationship

By cmiadmin | Aug 18, 2015 | Comments Off

By Lior Arussy

Watching the World Cup unfold before our eyes in the last month has been exciting. As a customer strategy professional, I could not help but be jealous of the emotional loyalty fans demonstrated toward their favorite teams. If companies were able to generate such loyalty from their customers, their growth and profitability problems would evaporate overnight.

There are several lessons we can learn from the games and especially the Final between Germany and Argentina. This nerve-racking match brought the best teams in the world into the ultimate battle for the title of world champion. The tears in the eyes of Messi and his Argentinean team made it very clear that no. 2 was not an option. Rather it was an excuse for not becoming champions.

Here are some things to consider when your goal is to be no. 1:

Lesson 1 – You’re only as good as your next win

Both teams played their best games prior to reaching the Final but the amazing results they achieved in the previous matches were merely stepping-stones. As soon as the games were over, those accomplishments were taken for granted by the fans, who quickly shifted their attention to anticipating the next game. Where would the next win come from?

You’re only as good as your next act of customer delight. The past brought you here but will not take you any further. “What’s next?” is the ultimate question we all must ask ourselves – every day, in each and every customer interaction.

Lesson 2 – Team over starters, every time

The German team is known for its “well-oiled machine” that plays an integrated game with no starter more important than the other players. The team scored the most goals overall during the World Cup (7-1 against Brazil, still unimaginable) and ultimately won the title of champions. Argentina with its amazing star could not beat the great German team.

It’s time to break down the silos and lessen the dependency on the single heroes. You either have one hero-like team or nothing. Break the silos and develop a superior line-up. The days of the individual rainmaker are gone.

Lesson 3 – Every player matters

While Germany had veteran stars, it was Mario Gotze, a 22-year-old who subbed into the game, that scored the redeeming, title-winning shot. He did what many of his older, more experience teammates failed to do.

Talent is everywhere in your organization. Nurture it. Engage every employee and empower each one to score the winning goal.

Lesson 4 – You’re playing against the clock

No one has the patience to wait anymore. Time is now a product feature. You need to perform at your best in a limited timeframe. Who knows, Argentina may have scored had there been more time on the clock. But there wasn’t.

The same concept applies to your customers. Your timeframe to score is ever shrinking. Time is not working for you. Act fast.

Lesson 5 – Efforts don’t matter, results do

Argentina played well. They did try. But “trying” is simply an excuse for not scoring. No one rewards excuses. Get results or get eliminated. Such is the way of all World Cup games.

The same is true in business, efforts and meetings and PowerPoint decks will never substitute an amazing moment of customer delight. Either you drive results or your efforts do not matter.

Lesson 6 – Focus everyone on the measure that matters

In soccer, you measure various actions such as assists and fouls but only goals matter. Every player knows it and no one is excused from this single focus.

In organizations, the KPI’s are so complex that people forget the real measure that matters. It’s time to unify everyone around a single, clear measure and align everyone to achieve the ultimate goal within their specific role and position. Just as in soccer, a unified corporate team, clearly focused on a single goal, will get results.

These lessons, always true, are amplified during the World Cup Final where the stakes are high and every action matters. Thinking about it in the context of working with customers, the stakes have always been high and every action has always mattered. Competing for customers’ hearts every day is our World Cup. The lessons above should be a clear roadmap to our championship, one game at a time.


Strativity makes Inc. Magazines Top List for 3rd year

By cmiadmin | Aug 18, 2015 | Comments Off

Strativity Group Inc. To Appear On the Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today ranked leading Customer Experience firm, Strativity Group Inc. on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“Appearing on the list for the 3rd straight year is a testament to the value we deliver to clients seeking experts in customer experience transformation,” said Strativity President, Lior Arussy. “Our unparalleled growth in customer experience research and consulting places Strativity as the undisputed leader in this emerging and exciting space.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

"The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident."

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show “The Profit,” Robert Herjavec, one of the main "sharks" on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky, and Co-Founder of JJ Ramberg.

Strativity Group – Passion, Expertise and Execution

The people at Strativity are united by passion and guided by a proprietary integrated methodology to unleash exceptional performance with employees and customers. With experience at leading organizations such as Bain, Deloitte, EY, Ipsos, Bulgari and HP, Strativity brings world-class experience combined with a focus on measurable results.

We measure success by a single word: Execution.

Strativity has had the privilege of working with exceptional brands such as Mercedes-Benz, MasterCard, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Walmart, New York Times, FedEx, Clinton Foundation, American Management Association, SAP, Wyeth, Honeywell and Johnson & Johnson.

With over 160 completed projects in 21 countries impacting over 250 million customers and 400,000 employees, Strativity is ready to face your challenge.

Learn more about Strativity's leader Lior Arussy Here


Connecting to the World in a Digital Age

By cmiadmin | Aug 18, 2015 | Comments Off

Why author and app startup boss Yossi Ghinsberg sleeps in a tent —wherever he's living

by Cromwell Schubarth Senior Technology Reporter Silicon Valley Business Journal

Yossi Ghinsberg was already famous long before he pitched the Blinq mobile app that his startup, Headbox Inc., developed at 500 Startups late last year.

That’s because a book he wrote about getting lost and nearly dying in the Bolivian jungle became a best-seller that in turn became a Discovery Channel docudrama and is reportedly now in the early stages of becoming a movie.

We caught up with Ghinsberg a few months after he was featured in The Pitch in February. Our conversation was edited for length.

Is it true that you always try to live in a tent, no matter where your home is?

Yes, yes. Although right now, I would call it a beach shack. It’s kind of like a fisherman’s hut. But for years, everywhere I lived, whether it’s Los Angeles or Sydney, Australia, and five years in Israel, I lived in a tent that was always pitched as part of my house. If it was an apartment, I would build it on the roof of the apartment building. If it was a house, I would build it outside. But my tents weren’t about roughing it. They were very lush and luxurious. I built them in a very beautiful way.

Why do you do that?

It was about living in a temporary dwelling with walls that are very thin that let you hear the elements. It was symbolic for me because I belong to the world. I’m a nomad and a traveler. The tent symbolizes all that, the impermanence of life, the respect for life, and also the joy to be really in communion with nature. When you step outside the tent, you step on the earth. You build a fire, and you sit by the fire with friends.

How does your wife feel about this?

My wife, luckily, is like me. So for her, it is a delight as well. But I want to stress that this is not about camping out. It’s about a certain notion and a symbol that attracts me. I really enjoy it. There’s no sacrifice there. It’s pure joy.

Are you living in Silicon Valley now?

I have been living in the Valley since we joined the 500 Startups acceleration program. I was in Mountain View, then moved to Palo Alto, and then to Menlo Park. For five months, the entire company living and working out of a nice house in Mountain View. It was like we had a hackathon for five months. It was five guys, fully dedicated. Once we finished that, I took the development and engineering part of the company back to Tel Aviv. I came back here to do the business, and the networking, and the investment, and the rest of it. I’m building a presence here, which I will maintain myself. I’m not relocating my family yet, but down the road I will relocate my family.

When was the last time you went 100 percent offline?

Only when my battery dies.

I mean intentionally.

That is a very painful question. I changed the name of my species. I don’t call myself a human being, anymore. I have become a human doing. I’m constantly building a lot of things, so I haven’t been a lot offline, you know? I don’t recall having even a rest day, you know? I have wife and four kids that in the last seven months I hardly have seen. It’s not the best lifestyle.

Is there anything that you’re never without?

Yeah. My mobile device. I’m never without it. My Kindle, too.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

If there’s ice cream in the house, I wake up in the middle of the night and I go down and I eat it all. It’s not a sweet tooth. I don’t eat any candy, or chocolate, or cake, you know? But if there’s a good ice cream, I just cannot sleep until it’s done.


Learn More about Yossi Here

How To Win Success Series

By cmiadmin | Aug 18, 2015 | Comments Off


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Three Lessons that can be Simply Magic for Small Business

By cmiadmin | Aug 11, 2015 | Comments Off
by Cara Waters - Smart Company

Vinh Giang is a magician and entrepreneur who founded the online business Encyclopedia of Magic, which now has 48,000 users.

Giang was the keynote speaker at the launch of Victoria’s small business festival yesterday.

He told the audience how he came up with the idea for Encyclopedia of Magic while still at university and had difficulty telling his parents, who were Vietnamese refugees, of his plans.

He recalls telling his parents he wanted to quit uni and start an online business selling magic.

Giang recalls thinking: “I’ve just told my dad I want to become Harry Potter.”

However, Giang’s parents agreed to give him $100,000 to start the business.

“Please jump as high as you possibly can, as long as I’m alive I’ll always be your net,” Giang’s dad told him.

“So I tested the theory,” Giang said.

Giang says his dad also told him that in your life you should never put yourself on a pedestal, “put the lessons on the pedestal”.

These are the three lessons that Giang says have completely changed his life:


1. Perspective

“People always ask me ‘Vinh, what is magic?’.  Magic is just a problem that you cannot solve, ” Giang says.

“So often in my life… the reason I couldn’t solve it was I saw things from only one perspective.”

Giang says many magical tricks are all about perspective.

For small businesses Giang says networking can give you a different perspective that completely changes your business.

“So many times we get stuck in a silo mentality, but collaboration is power,” he says.


2. Influence

“My mentor once told me if you really want to reach your full potential, you cannot afford to have one negative person in your life,” Giang says.

“You are the direct reflection of the top five people you spend time with.

“If you ever wonder who you are, pick the top five people [you spend time with} and put them in front of you.”

If you don’t have a skill and you want it, Giang says you need to find someone who has it and bring them into your top five.

“Nobody says no to a free lunch,” he says.

Giang put this to the test after deciding he wanted author and entrepreneur Matthew Michalewicz as a mentor.

He wanted to get his attention and decided to do this by buying 1000 of Michalewicz’s books.

It worked.

“He has opened up the entire world to me,” Giang says.

“I’m moving to the US next year. It’s incredible how he’s been able to influence my life.”


3. Beliefs

Giang says when he is trying to work on particularly difficult magic tricks he has to believe they will work.

“I was foolish enough to believe it was possible so I tried, because I tried I found a way,” he says.

“The simple lesson here is that your beliefs affect your actions.”

Giang says if you believe in your soul something is possible, then you can take the first step, and once you take the first step the second step becomes clear.

“Far too often we look at a challenge, it looks impossible, we give up and don’t even try,” he says.

Giang believed in himself while starting his business. After months spent building his site on the first day there were only 82 people on the website, which was built for traffic from thousands.

“It crushed my soul,” said Giang.

Instead of giving up Giang changed his business model by creating multiple different websites to see which one was the one most users were likely to sign up to.

“That is my business today,” he says.

“Adversity is the greatest competitive advantage in life. When things get hard it is the training to be great.”


Article on Yossi Ghinsberg's Amazon Survival Story

By cmiadmin | Jul 23, 2015 | Comments Off

Looking for romance in the jungle

YossiAs a young 22-year old man just out of the military service in the Israeli Navy, Yossi was idealistic and naïve. “I wanted to be like the heroes of the books I read. That’s why I wanted to go to the jungle. I wasn’t interested in the adrenaline rush of danger, I was more interested in the romance,” he explains.

His ventures took him to Bolivia, where he met a Swiss explorer called Markus Stamm. “It happened almost like a novel,” Yossi says, explaining that he met Marcus on an outing at a lake. “There was also Karl Ruprechter, an overwhelming Austrian who was overwhelming. He was knowledgeable about jungle adventures and told me about this incredible journey he was going to undertake through the rainforest to discover a hidden clan. I was hooked,” he says.

Read the full story on Metrognome here.

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