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Divorced NYC Man Suing Over Wedding Pics Speaks

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Todd Remis, Milena GrzibovskaBy JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press
January 11, 2012 (AP)

It may come across as an extreme case of nuptial nostalgia: A now-divorced man saying a photography studio should pay to recreate his wedding to make up for what he considers flawed pictures and video.

But after being branded a “groomzilla,” Todd Remis said Tuesday his now-notorious lawsuit is about holding a business to a pledge, notholding onto a broken marriage.

“It was their failure to deliver after a promise and a handshake” agreement to retouch the photos, Remis said in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “How could a business treat a customer this way?”

It was his first public response to a flurry of acidic commentary on the case in recent months.

While suits over wedding photographs aren’t unusual, what set Remis’ case apart is his mention of wanting to reconstitute the ceremony and celebration of a bygone union. He said during sworn questioning this summer that the two began divorce proceedings in 2008. The split was final in 2010, and he said he believed his ex-wife had moved back to her native Latvia.

Nonetheless, “I need to have the wedding recreated exactly as it was so that the remaining 15 percent of the wedding that was not shot can be shot” and the album and video completed “so we have memories of the wedding,” he said during his July deposition, according to a transcript. “So we would need to recreate everything to complete that.”

After his remarks about recreating the wedding appeared in a story in The New York Times in November, Remis’ quest became a punchline in quarters ranging from the legal blogosphere to the city’s tabloids. The Daily News gave him a “New York Knucklehead Award”; CNN’s Anderson Cooper included Remis on his “RidicuList.”

Remis declined through a spokeswoman to be interviewed.

Remis sued H&H Photographers in 2009, saying the venerable suburban New York studio had done a shoddy job of shooting his and Milena Grzibovska’s December 2003 wedding at a century-old hotel overlooking the Hudson River. The photographer ignored the couple’s request not to shoot in front of a mirror that ended up reflecting photographers’ lights, and the photographer and videographer left 45 minutes before the end of the reception, missing the last dance and the bouquet toss, says Remis, 44, who has worked as a stock analyst.

Grzibovska, who is in her early 30s, had come to New York in June 2002 from the University of Iceland to study how to teach English to foreign-language speakers, according to a piece that September in a Columbia University newspaper.

The couple had paid a $3,500 advance toward a $4,100 total price for the photos, part of a wedding he said cost $48,000 in all, including guests’ travel.

Still, Remis and his bride “were newly married and in love” and not looking for a fight with photographers, his statement says.

H&H co-owner Daniel Fried says he stands by the quality of the two hours of video and the hundreds of color and black-and-white photos, which were shot on film.

As for Remis’ contention that the photographers missed key pieces of the celebration by leaving early, Fried said they had provided ample coverage of the affair, including blessings that came late in the event. The hundreds of images include portraits of the couple and bridal party, images of the ceremony and pictures of the couple cutting the cake, guests dancing and other aspects of the festivities.

So where can I network with the top filmmakers tonight at In[Focus]?

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Anyone whose anyone in this industry will probably be meeting at COAST BAR AND GRILL tonight (Jan 15, 2012) for a pre-game hang before everything kicks in Monday morning. Rumor has it these are some faces you’ll see there tonight : Kenneth StillmanTravis CosselCandice Spears CosselCristina Maria ValdiviesoAmy R ReeseDave WilliamsAdam ForgioneSteve MosesAndrew SorlieJonathan ArmendarizJJ Kim, and many more. If you can’t make it I’m sure you can live vicariously through the LIVESTREAM link. Tune in tonight to watch what these people do after a few drinks.

If you are newer to this industry or you don’t recognize some of the names, then you need to be here. The education you’ll get chatting with some top dogs is priceless and it helps you network and grow as well. This kind of meetup is what great events like In[Focus] is all about.

In[Focus] 2012

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Well it has almost officially started as of Sunday Jan 15, 2012. We will keep you posted as it unfolds. Steve Moses shares this photo and says

Flying with my friend David & others to Charleston SC in the morning to a incredible meeting of hundreds of Event Filmmakers at In[Focus]. Great education..dinners..& parties!! Always ready to learn more about all aspects of this great profession!! 3rd year in a row….can’t wait !!

Don’t forget to keep visiting the LIVESTREAM page and live iphone coverage of In[Focus]. Also the recorded interviews will eventually be featured in FEATURED INTERVIEWS if you miss it.

In[Focus] is doing live streaming as well so check in there as often as possible.

Adobe confirms Creative Suite 6 (CS6) will ship in first half of 2012

Posted on by Adam Forgione in Adobe, Editing, Hottest Toys, Top Stories | 2 Comments

Adobe recants statement saying only CS5 and CS5.5 owners will get discounted upgrades, opening it to CS3 and CS4 owners too


Adobe has confirmed that Creative Suite 6 will ship in the first half of 2012 in a posting about an upgrade offer. This isn’t surprising – when Adobe released Creative Suite 5.5 in May last year, it announced it was moving from an 18-month .0 upgrade cycle to releasing .5 upgrades every year or so.

Creative Suite 6 will likely include Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, Flash Pro CS6, Dreamweaver CS6 and more. It will also include Creative Cloud, Adobe’s online project sharing service, which has still yet to launch in the UK and may include its Touch apps for tablets including Photoshop Touch, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Pronto. These are available for Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but have yet to appear on Apple’s iPad.

Adobe has given a few sneak peaks at tools that we expect to see in CS6, including a lens correction tool (above) and a showstopping image deblurring tool for Photoshop CS6, ‘liquid layouts’ for InDesign CS6, video meshes for Premiere Pro CS6 and the Monocle for Flash Pro CS6.

The confirmation was contained in an FAQ stating that an intention to offer a discounted upgrade offer to owners of CS3 and CS4 between the launch of CS6 and December 31 2012. This reverses Adobe’s position of November, when it stated that only current owners of CS5 or CS5.5 would get a discount.

By Neil Bennett, London | Friday, 13 January 2012
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