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Posted on 2014/1/21 8:53:11

Did a little social media experiment. I made an Internet Meme, one specific to filmmakers (duh). I took a sketch of Stanley Kubrick and put a famous quote of his out there and placed a decent sized (not too big, not too small) JPG on the facebook, then started a few shares. The goal was to get people I donít know to share the picture. thus far, several people have shared it but in 48 hours, only about a dozen shares by people I donít know.

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Posted on 2014/1/19 8:46:40

Got the piece shot, but a no-go on the HD-SDI experiment. I could get 60i, but no 24P (60 interlaced fields versus 24 progressive, whole frames per second). I liked the aesthetic of 24 frames per second, a holdover from the film days because it is a perfect frame rate for capturing motion with the right amount of motion blur to look normal. I am happy with the piece, will probably have it online within a day or so because it's such a minimal amount of graphics, at least comparatively speaking.

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Posted on 2014/1/17 7:55:32

Going to record a couple greenscreen things today. The big experiment is to try to go straight from the camera HD-SDI to the hard drive via our Matrox MX02 LE box. I tried this once before and couldnít work it out in time. I want to be able to record like this because I can get 300 megabytes per second data rates with incredibly mild compression. What does that mean? Really clean, perfect greenscreen keying when you want to get that green background to be something else, you have a lot more picture and color information to work with.

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Posted on 2014/1/15 8:11:49

I find it so odd that Hollywood is remaking POINT BREAK when they already did a decade ago. It was called THE FAST & THE FURIOUS. Remakes are getting so bad that I hope that the entire traditional system fails miserably and utterly. Some new style or genre is about to break out and redefine movies as we know it. Coppola predicted it in the 1970ís that some fat girl in Ohio was going to reinvent cinema and weíll see the industry taken in by whatever this new trend is like it did in the late 60ís with the USC film school kids and again by the indies of the early 1990ís.

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Posted on 2014/1/13 8:17:52

At the last Arnold Schwarzenegger Film Festival, I was a guest lecturer and I did something on distribution. I have since shot this as a greenscreen Sonnyboo Podcast that as sat edited, sans anything in the green for several months. Last night I started to work on the prep work for this. Itís animation heavy, which is cool to do in Adobe After Effects, but also takes a lot of time. Hey, I donít need any of this free time stuff!

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Posted on 2014/1/12 11:42:47

I really have gotten better at watching movies. Committing to sitting still for 2 hours and turning my brain mostly off seems like it wouldnít take a lot of effort but it does. No clue why, just not something Iíve done a lot of lately about 3 years. I just aimlessly read articles online or research project information without ever getting much done. I need to change that.

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Posted on 2014/1/11 14:13:54

Watched 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY last night. I had endeavored to explain it to a person under 25 a week or so ago and itís impossible. It means something different to everyone who watches it. What I got from it in this latest viewing was a simple message of a very complex concept. Also, the special effects (because they were optical effects, they are not Ďvisual effectsí as it has become in the industry today to differentiate effects done IN CAMERA as opposed to digitally) are miraculously relevant for a film nearly 50 years old.

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Posted on 2014/1/9 15:07:22

I am in an inexplicable good mood. Iím not going to question it, just go with it. Iíve got some projects in the queue getting worked on today and this weekend. More content to go live in no time. Life is a moment by moment roller coaster of highs and lows. Iím pretty sure this year will be someone more epic than the year before. I have many things in line to get done and I am motivated to make more movies.

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Posted on 2014/1/6 10:12:33

So this new season (or series as it is called in the UK) of Sherlock looks to be amazing. For the past 15 years or so, the UK has been setting the best trends in television. In the 1980ís British shows seemed to come from another planet. The language and humor were indecipherable to us in the colonies. As the greatest example, the 1999 TV series SPACED written and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson and directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead/Antman), showed a trendsetting that is unparalleled.

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Posted on 2014/1/5 7:29:36

Episode 17 (aka S2x04) of FRAMELINES all the way done for editing. The Sacred Editorial Dance of Completion was done to satisfy the gods of Adobe and Avid. The DVD gets handed off today for transcription. Using my handy Google Docs where I have extensive notes on what is shot, intended to be shot, and anything edited, and I have a comprehensive spreadsheet on the past, present, and future of FRAMELINES.

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Posted on 2014/1/4 7:18:52

At 41 (soon to be 42) years old, this is my Friday night: dinner = reheated pizza from lunch (not Marieís), driving in the icy cold weather for fresh cat litter, then the ultimate debate. Do I watch a movie or make a TV show? I opt for the creation of a new 30 minute episode of FRAMELINES.

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Posted on 2014/1/2 7:09:09

After three months of housing and feeding these two kittens, I finally placed them in a new home. It was gut wrenching to let them go, but I did it. I had even developed a new rule which was that they could not be separated and the lady Iíve bequeathed them to was willing to keep them together. It made my New Years Eve a pretty fallow night, even though I was surrounded by good people and a good time. How I dealt with day two was simple; I edited some of my own material.

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Posted on 2013/12/31 7:40:50

2013 is about to end. Eh, Iím getting less sentimental about time. Sometimes I like to look back at some statistics at the end of a year just to make sure I did accomplish something. What did I do in 2013? Both a lot and only a little. I set a bigger bar that was not met.

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Posted on 2013/12/29 10:03:58

Lordy do I feel better now. Still a little groggy and extra sleepy. Tomorrow will be a fun day to shoot. Greenscreen Uncle Pete and just discovering via improvisation what we get sounds like a fun day. Shooting with prime lenses and the Panasonic AF100 will yield really nice clean keys from the greenscreen. I may even try to go directly to the harddrive via HD-SDI if I have time to experiment with that and make it work before the talent arrives.

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Posted on 2013/12/27 8:00:01

Back to a 13 hour teaching day. At least I love the subject I teach; film and video. I can find inspiration in virtually any aspect of making a movie. Right now, getting into :30 Second Commercials and Music Videos represents one of the easiest modules to teach. I love me some commercials and the freedom of Music Videos to go abstract and still make sense.

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Posted on 2013/12/24 18:37:34

Still not 100% yet. The flu affects my energy level. I am more conscious than before. I can pay attention longer. Still canít move around as much and a shoot day sounds like it might kill me. Perhaps a greenscreen shoot; that doesnít sound too terrible on my system. Possibly even the long over due Uncle Peteís Play Time sequels.

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Posted on 2013/12/23 19:59:32

Getting sick sucks. I have a ton of catch up work to do, holidays to contend with, and availability of everyone dissipates like smoke in the air. My goals smashed against the wall of flu and shattered so I cannot get done this month what I set out to finish. It frustrates me, but no more than anything else. Iíve achieved a lot thus far in 2013.

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Posted on 2013/12/21 17:31:29

So Iíve gotten hit with a really bad case of influenza for over a week. Not only did this derails all of my shooting and editing plans, it has also cost me a ton of paid work. I could not teach and most definitely could not edit or do graphics work. Thatís the price of freelancing; no health insurance and no paid sick days.

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Posted on 2013/12/11 8:45:38

Things move slowly during this post Thanksgiving pre Xmas season. Everyone gets busy. Weather sucks. Our bodies still have the DNA that says to hibernate in the winter making it tough to stay motivated and active. Working on productions seems to fall to the wayside for many. Part of my plan is to get to do stuff that is smaller in scale, less people needed.

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Posted on 2013/12/10 9:05:51

Found a simple trick on some social media marketing. I donít want to double post yet I cannot keep track of all the new groups/forums I join. They added a search function so I can find out which ones have which videos. So I can increase my visibility. Both because of this alleged controversy of having yet another person obsessively posting about me, in the very same forums, and ignoring it, just to post more of the helpful and positive works seems to be greatly increasing the good responses.

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