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Meet Bodie, filmmaker & storyteller
September 29, 2015
Bodie is an award winning writer and director of
and other projects that have aired on MTVu, Logo, and the Sundance Channel, and has collaborated with
for his debut album Water on Mars. Currently Bodie’s video work can be seen as part of the Los Angeles Public Library’s exhibit, “
To Live and Dine in L.A.
” exploring food culture and issues of food justice in and around L.A.
We want to know how you use Google Docs, too, so share your own examples at
with the hashtag #mygoogledocs. -Ed.
1. Hey Bodie! Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I see myself as a jack-of-all-trades film/media maker/storyteller/… . Although my background is firmly rooted in traditional forms of storytelling--like theatre and film--I’m fortunate that over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to expand my knowledge of all things new-media related.
Currently I’m an assistant professor of cinematic practice at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts’ division of
Media Arts + Practice
. I teach documentary film production, web design,
, and everything in between. The incredible group of faculty, staff, and students in our department are exploring all types of media (interactive, immersive, web-based, etc.) and how it can be used to critically engage with the issues most pressing to our culture and society. It’s an exciting place to be and, even though I’m a professor, I feel like I learn more than my students every day!
With my newfound awareness of the possibilities inherent to these emergent modes of storytelling, I’m now collaborating with many artists and designers to develop stories that will harness these technologies. This doesn’t mean I’ve completely turned my back on narrative feature films (in fact, I’m in various stages of the writing process for three), but because every project can take such a long time to gestate, I’m a firm believer of casting as wide a net as possible to keep the artistic practice in tip-top shape.
2. How does Google Docs fit into your filmmaking and teaching?
Google Docs is integral to all that I do; I use it to keep track of any ideas I have for future projects, my artistic partners and I use all of the Docs tools for our collaborations, and I use it in my classes as a space in which my students can ideate for group projects.
Re-reading that paragraph I find it amusing because I don’t think I have ever thought of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations as artistic tools, but the way Google has designed them (and continually improved them) they’ve truly become a key part of my creative process.
3. What are 3 tips you’d give for filmmakers who use/would consider using Google Docs?
Try to think outside of the box - I’ve adapted Sheets to a 3x5” index card technique I learned at UCLA as a way to map out my screenplays, Slides has become a good pre-visualization tool for my video shoots, and Docs can be adapted to use for almost any idea!
Sync to your devices - I use the entire suite on my phone, laptop, and desktop at school. The mobility it allows is incredible and saves me from having to make multiple copies of documents for each device.
Collaborate - the fullest potential of Google Docs is only revealed once you use it to work with others.
Google Keep: save your thoughts from wherever—including iPhones
September 24, 2015
Forget fumbling with sticky notes or trying to recall that last item on your to-do list. When you’re trying to capture a moment or remember a task,
can help. And starting today, the things you love about Keep on the web and Android are now available on iOS:
Find what you need, quickly
by searching and filtering your notes by color and type like images, audio and text. You can also add labels to help you organize your thoughts.
Set time or location-based reminders
so you won’t forget to swing by the dry cleaners or miss an item on your shopping list.
Do more, together
by sharing your notes so you can divvy up the packing list and watch as the items get checked off in real time.
Give the new
Keep app for iOS
a try (it's rolling out today) and capture what’s on your mind!
Posted by Genevieve Cuevas, Software Engineer
Google Docs and Classroom: your school year sidekicks
September 2, 2015
School’s in! As you settle into your classes and start to juggle soccer practice, club meetings and homework, we’re here to help. We’ve been spending the summer “break” creating new tools to help you save time, collaborate with classmates and create your best work—all for free.
Schoolwork, minus the work
Writing papers is now a lot easier with the
Docs for Android
. You can search Google without leaving Docs, and once you find the quotes, facts or images you’re looking for, you can add them to your document with just a couple taps. That means less time switching between apps, and more time perfecting your thesis statement.
, you can record ideas or even compose an entire essay without touching your keyboard. To get started, activate Voice typing in the Tools menu when you're using
in Chrome. Then, when you’re on the go, just tap the microphone button on your phone’s keyboard and speak your mind. Voice typing is available in more than 40 languages, so we can help with your French homework, too. Voilà!
Do more, together
We’ve made it easier for you to tell what was added or deleted in
—and who made the changes. Now when you’ve left a document and you come back to it later, you can just click “
See new changes
” to pick up right where your classmates left off.
Forms helps you get a lot of information easily and in one place—so when you want to vote on your class field trip or collect T-shirt sizes for your team, you don’t have to sort through dozens of emails. With the
, you can survey with style—choose one of the colorful new themes or customize your form with your own photo or logo, and we’ll choose the right color palette to match. Easily insert images, GIFs or videos and pick from a
selection of question formats
. Then send out your survey and watch as the responses roll in!
Your best work, your best you
Creating presentations, crafting newsletters and managing your team’s budget is hard enough without having to worry about making everything look good. With the new collection of
templates in Docs
, you can focus on your content while we make sure it gets the expert polish it deserves. Choose from a wide variety of reports, portfolios, resumes and other pre-made
designed to make your work that much better, and your life that much easier.
Explore in Sheets
, you can now spend less time trying to decipher your data, and more time making a point.
creates charts and insights automatically, so you can visualize trends and understand your data in seconds on the web or on your
. It’s like having an expert analyst right by your side.
Mission control, for teachers and students
A year ago, we launched
to save teachers and students time and make it easier to keep classwork organized. Today we’re launching a
Share to Classroom Chrome extension
to make it easy for teachers to share a website with the entire class at the same time—no matter what kind of laptop students have. Now the whole class can head to a web page together, without losing precious minutes and focus to typos.
Rock this school year with Google Docs and Classroom. Your first assignment? Try these new features, which are rolling out today.
Posted by Ritcha Ranjan, Product Manager
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