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Posted on 2016/7/5 16:22:27

Since last I updated, I have been both busy and bored. Shooting all over the state, editing for a few different companies, and when not doing any of that, working on my own stuff. Still no narrative filmmaking on the immediate horizon, just things that occupy my mind and easy to do, like the latest Sonnyboo Podcast, and redoing more greenscreen of the past year or so. Aside from that, I have been enjoying some movie time, chilling with the cats, and swimming like a shark.

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Posted on 2016/6/21 17:17:33

Got four more greenscreen items shot in 4K. Using the Blackmagic Ursa Mini for a bit. Two places I freelance for now use this camera. The Ursa Mini does some pretty nice images. It requires a decent amount of color grading to get any kind of look out of it. There isn’t really a great “out of the box” image. Many people prefer this control in post. I have no strong feeling either way.

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Posted on 2016/6/18 18:21:38

In my last blog, I made mention that I was tinkering a little with a new greenscreen keying technique. Since that time, I have re-rerendered and remastered over 20 videos from the past 2-3 years. I voraciously attacked these old edits, mostly because I meticulously keep all my raw footage on external drives, drives in the plural because I have at least one offsite backup.

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Posted on 2016/6/15 11:52:53

I had a vendor table and did some panels at last weekend’s HORROR HOTEL convention/film festival. Worked right up until I left, and went right back to work as soon as I got back home. Today was supposed to be my first day of relaxation and it turned into another work day. I like working. I also like to chill every now and then.

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Posted on 2016/6/4 10:26:24

These Framelines Interactive Tutorial started as a fluke. I had raw footage and just threw it out there. Now we’re doing several more for the next year. The original project started from raw footage of what became the basis of FRAMELINES, shot in 2007. I went and shot a new GREENSCREEN intro for this to make it all official and formal.

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Posted on 2016/6/2 20:19:55

So I had a near panic. On one of my sidelined projects, the Movie Cliché series, I had outlined and shot the greenscreen portion for over 30 of these and only produced around 10 of them. The greenscreen host segments were mostly edited, but the hard part, the examples, were not even shot yet for the rest. I put it aside because I did not feel I was getting the examples right. So the lackluster response unmotivated me. Still, the Movie Cliché project still might come to life later if I could lick the problem I had as both a writer and director.

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Posted on 2016/5/22 9:53:26

Tomorrow night we screen the 3 short films from local filmmakers and some clips from FRAMELINES at the Gateway Film Center. did a story on it and interviewed me. The only thing of mine screening is the promo and tech tip for the Interactive Project. I want this to be about the other filmmakers since they are the ones getting celebrated.

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Posted on 2016/5/15 8:05:42

Life remains a mysterious swirl of good and bad, happy and sad, with a side order of inspirational. Had one of my parties this past Friday. Good times, ended earlier than the usual sun-up overstays, but I liked that. I don’t want to be up all night like that anymore. I value my rest as I get older.

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Posted on 2016/5/8 16:53:56

Progress. Some progress. Even a little bit makes a difference. Auditions yesterday went well. I saw some really great talent and it shows that Columbus has a ton of good actors. I won’t lie to myself, in that I am a little nervous to get back in the saddle. Not so nervous that I won’t make the movie.

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Posted on 2016/5/1 9:55:21

Gotten back on track with a few things. Health issues have abated, at least mostly. I just lost a day or two entirely to the trance of creation. The world just disappeared as I worked on two new books coming out in the next couple weeks. First is the FRAMELINES book on film tips, using some articles and other material. The next one was taking three of my nearly two decade old screenplays and putting them out as a book.

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Posted on 2016/4/24 17:03:19

The death of Prince has me distraught. From 1982, the first time I heard 1999, I was hooked. It was the 1992-1996 period that was particularly interesting to me, as I was a musician at the time and Prince was getting into some really interesting phases. I was at Kevin Smith’s gig at Kent State when he told the Prince story - you can even see my on the other mic for the next question after that. What I learned most though was that doing art because you love it is more important than money. Most celebrity deaths don’t get to me, Prince’s death does.

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Posted on 2016/4/18 7:57:43

Well that escalated quickly. My shoot has just gotten way more complex in a good way. From some heavy weight casting to key players, things just real and mighty quick. This has caused a delay in shooting as in we were supposed to start next Monday but one week is not enough time. Normally a delay scares me but in this case I was terrified I would not be able to do what I need to do in the time allowed.

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Posted on 2016/4/11 10:12:11

Got so many balls in the air right now. This old dog learns new tricks. Trying to form new patterns, new habits. So far, so good. Working out at the gym every other day or so, especially when I don’t feel like it. Same with going out, like to a concert. I hadn’t been to the Newport in about 20 years, and it was great to see a band when that was the last thing I felt like doing at the moment. Now, with editing. When I don’t feel like it, I start cutting on scenes or segments of what is in the queue, even if only for 20 minutes, getting a little bit done all the time.

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Posted on 2016/4/6 19:17:41

Got to another Sonnyboo Podcast last night. I don’t have a lot left in the old queue of stuff shot and not edited. Been trying to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Whenever we get on the greenscreen, I try to shoot a bunch of things so I have stuff shot and ready to get cut when things slow down or when the mood strikes me. This last one was tacked on to the shoot for the two FRAMELINES Interactive Editing Tutorials from a few months ago.

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Posted on 2016/4/1 4:17:17

Done deal. Shoot dates are set for my next short film. I will be starting casting in a short while, and I will do rehearsals before the shoot, as I always do for films (not necessarily the FRAMELINES sample scenes, which I really should anyways).

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Posted on 2016/3/29 20:47:10

Today, a huge amount of progress was made towards getting my next film made. Locations selected, producers “hired”, and dates were set for shooting. My goal to keep the aims higher will be met. This will be my crown jewel achievement as a director. I’m calling it now.

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Posted on 2016/3/26 10:02:21

I am not a graphic artist. I have no formal training, and I do not believe I am very good at graphic design or art direction. Sometimes, I stumble on something I like. I have two books on my desk, both at home and at the office, which are collections of the BLUE NOTE RECORDS album covers. The design aesthetics are so amazing and simple. The color choices, the framing, and even the negative space (I don’t know fully if I am using that term correctly).

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Posted on 2016/3/23 10:40:43

The old adage about time going by faster as you get older remains quite true. I barely remember the first quarter of 2016, and quite frankly, I barely remember 2015. I am failing to get this short film off the ground although, things might proceed quickly starting next week after a meeting or two with some key people. I haven’t entirely lost my mojo, as promotions are working well.

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Posted on 2016/3/8 21:07:33

When last I wrote on Ye Olde Blog, the Framelines Interactive Tutorial had just been released and my words said that the hope was it might find it’s mark with someone, somewhere. Well, that didn’t take long. NOFILMSCHOOL.COM made a post and a tweet, and the stats just went a boomin’

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Posted on 2016/3/1 21:01:26

I officially released the Framelines Interactive Tutorial. In the first 24 hours, it has had a pretty good response. One of the editors of a TV series I greatly respect said, and I quote “You guys did something really generous shooting this and giving it away for free. The footage looks great in 4K and doesn’t look cheap like most free footage” and that was nice.

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