Thursday, July 30, 2009

Build a better...

I don't think I've ever once actually played a game of Mousetrap. All the fun was in the Rube Goldberg-esque machinations it took to bring the cage down on that little plastic rodent. I still think this is endlessly cool and would not mind having one in my backyard for dealing with intruders.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's an Art Form

Who (or what) is an Inker? In the most mechanical sense an Inker is a person in illustration, most often in comics, who takes drawings that have been layed out (by another person called a Penciller) and gets them ready for reproduction.

In comics, the Inker is often under-appreciated. Kevin Smith wrote a whole conversation about how inkers are "tracers" in Chasing Amy. Smith later recanted when he began working with professional comics artists.

Here's a lot more about comics inking, an excerpt from the DC Comics Guide to Inking Comic, by Klaus Janson:

What do comics have to do with the short film above? Maybe nothing.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Resurrection - Act 2

For the first act of this production, click here.

I cannot get over how eclectic this production is.

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Part 15

Part 16

Part 17

Part 18

Part 19

Part 20

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Resurrection - Act 1

Back in the 90s I was a pretty big Indigo Girls fan and also a fan of the music from Andrew Lloyd Weber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. So when the two came together on CD it seemed like it might be a perfect fit. Strangely, I didn't enjoy the CD so much. However watching this footage from the 1995 production really kicks ass in the way that the CD never did. I'm presenting Act 1 from this performance, at least as much as I could find on YouTube.

I'll be posting Act 2 at some point in the future. Look out for it!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

End of Act 1
Part 10

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Silent Razor + Bonus

My pal Otis Johnson directed The Silent Razor.


Bonus: Stolen from my pal Otis Johnson's Facebook:


What a difference two days make!

This weekend I'll be working with Brown Chicken Brown Cow Productions on a short film for the 48 Hour Film Project. We find out which genre we'll be shooting on Friday and have until Sunday evening to write, shoot, edit and turn in our film. It's going to be crazy!

Producer Shelly Lloyd-James is a Visual Effects Coordinator who has worked on some of the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight and is currently working on the new Twilight film. Joon Chang has directed another film for 48 called The Belgian Pretzel and another called Meeting Miss Fortune for the 24 Hour Film Project. Both of those films are viewable here. He's coming down from Seattle to direct our film this weekend. We have a lot of talented folks involved in the project! I'm one of them.

Our film will be premiering next week at:

Regency Fairfax Theatres
7907 Beverly Blvd.
Tuesday July 14th, 7:30 and 9:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here!

Let's fill some seats, people.