I have a few things to edit this weekend. How much of it I get to versus watching a movie marathon of some kind remains to be seen. I could watch the epic MILLENIUM TRILOGY, extended cut style and lose 9 hours. It might be a mini-Marvel Marathon with THOR-AVENGERS-THOR DARK WORLD. Or perhaps a genre film mashup of CABIN IN THE WOODS with a side order of BEASTMASTER and THE ROCKETEER. Work or enter a near vegetative state...too hard to guess.
Finished another Sonnyboo Podcast, this one might cause some controversy. It isnít THAT controversial, but because people (like myself) think they are right on a very subjective concept, it will probably stir some pots. My intent was not to cause a stink, but I have a great deal of passion for my point of view and I expressed it in this podcast.
Got my 2nd post to trend on REDDIT. Same image I used on FACEBOOK (exact, as in it is a link to the Facebook post). Itís a positive message about making movies from Kubrick himself, one I have believed in from before I ever heard it. Apparently, 90% of people agree with it.
Feeling a bit more balance in life. Getting work done for myself in the midst of paid film/video work means a lot. Carving out time to watch movies or long form TV (not much different cinematically these days) too means Iím doing something right. Tack on domestic improvements, the semi-annual cleaning, and your faithful narrator has improved his disposition. If only my health would stay on boardÖ.
Shot a new tech tip, a new Sonnyboo Podcast, and another segment of FRAMELINES, plus closed captioning on 2 more episodes, almost ready to deliver. All this excluding my paid work and teaching 3 classes this week. Oh, and I also finalized a new MOFA-FRAMELINES roundtable segment, uploaded now, controversy and all.
I wish people would stop TALKING about support and actually SHOW it. Go to each others screenings. Hit the "like" button, the "♥" on Vimeo, or the Thumbs up on Youtube. Say something nice about someone's getting into a festival or winning an award. These simple, quick demonstrations of support have a tangible effect. Thereís nothing more full of shit than saying ďI donít have timeĒ because we all know the incredible amount of time it takes to click the mouse or the inconvenience of having a smartphone that can also be used anywhere anytime.
I finished and released the new Sonnyboo Podcast and this one is hitting pretty well. Over 250 views in less than 24 hours makes me feel good. Even more so, the reaction to hit has been phenomenal. Well, that is outside of my own film community. Film forums in NYC, LA, Chicago, Florida, even in the UK - plenty to talk about, discussion started. Central Ohio? Crickets.
Starting compiling new episodes of FRAMELINES from what we have completed and edited, deviating from the structure I endeavored to maintain. I adhered to the 5 segments with dedication. At this point, I just want new episodes finished and delivered for broadcast. We have some great material that might not ever see the light of day otherwise.
I canít keep up with all these ups and downs. Iím trying to do my thing, off in my own world. Life has curve balls that derail efforts to just make things, create moving images that somehow mean more than their individual components. I have something to say with movies. Not everyone cares, in fact most people probably donít. Iím not making them for other people, only me.
Iím about to watch a great and hardly seen movie called SMILLAíS SENSE OF SNOW with Julia Ormand, Gabriel Byrne, and Richard Harris from 1996. Given how popular GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO hit, this northern icy European mystery starring a wiley female lead will hit the spot. My brain needs some movie time. Feed the monster.
Did my seminar yesterday at the Worthington High School. I went with a new demonstration, which might wind up becoming a new video. Showing that in the 21st Century, something like a boom mic in the shot or crew member shadow doesnít mean you have to trash the take anymore. Now we still donít want to adopt the policy of ďWeíll fix it in postĒ, but that is becoming far more the norm every day.
Working on the next podcast release. It was shot over 4 months ago, the main edit was done 3.5 months ago, and Iím just now getting to the part where I do graphics and finalize it. I turned the ďWhat is Feature Length?Ē podcast out in a week from the shoot. This one Iíve sat on because the animation is a lot more complex.
So Friday Iím doing a 20 minute presentation for a high school filmmaking class. Iíve decided to do something on how editing has changed with Non Linear, computer based editing. Itís about how options expand with out of the box thinking
This arctic superstorm kinda sucks. Not a lot can get done when youíre huddling in blankets for warmth, teeth chattering. Not a lot of people want to go out and do shoots when the risk is wrecking your car on icy roads. Life in the midwest affects movie making.
Today is my birthday. 42 years old. I donít have any idea how I feel about that. I am not spending a lot of time thinking about rotations around the Earth and place no particular significance on the arbitrary marking of time. For reasons that elude any kind of rational thought, I have been in such a positive mood the last few weeks and it only seems to be increasing. What is odd to notate is that this is in the face of many personal hurdles, much turmoil that prevents me from doing the shoots I so desperately want to return to, and yet the jubilation continues.
So I finished and released and then marketed the latest Sonnyboo Podcast video on the various definitions of ďfeature lengthĒ. It has sparked much debate, mostly because it has so few agreed upon standards. Itís odd to me to put out a video describing the many union, film festival, governing bodies for awards, etc. all meticulously researched, and be told that I am wrong, that some wannabe online decided that itís 83 minutes and I should accept their answer or that they had a professor who told them it was 91 minutes, so that carries more weight than the Academy Awards. The internet is a strange place where narcissism and lack of social skills coalesce into a stew of the lowest forms of communication.
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.
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.
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.
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.