Monday, February 28, 2011
It looks great and it happens to be a student housing, I think for SUNY Cortland. It is about 20-30 min from IC. Further down the same road there are other "gothic" examples. I think one of them goes back to 1880 or so. Once in Google Maps at street level you can actually "drive" using your arrow keys until you find those other locations just North of the one I am linking to. How's that for virtual location scouting?
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
I built this background today for our GDK from about 5 different pictures by clipping out buildings, expanding skies, adding the river and foreground buildings. This is going to be the background for our green screen shot when the CEO is looking out his office window. I added clouds and also a few layers and blurs to make the image look like its through glass. I'm going to work on animating the smoke some more and adding a flock of birds.
but Charlie Sheens ongoing antics have finally gotten his show dropped. CBS has put a foot down and 2 and a Half Men is now on hold. Took them long enough. Too bad the show's hilarious.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We also NEED a location for our doorknob film. Just a plain room with 2 doors. Maybe we'll look into the realtors websites, that's a good idea.
For those of you scouting for locations, it occurred to me that one of the best resources would be a local realtor. True, you do not want to rent a location, however they know all the available spaces for rent or for sale and they can give you the contact information to get a permit. They also know each other well and some specialize in residential, or business or industrial etc. So take some time to explore that option. I suggest you do a face to face as opposed to simply give them a call.
You can also search the rental listings yourself. Here is one of many resources: LINK
Monday, February 21, 2011
On a more productive note, Arturo mentioned how I was shipping up fake weapons from home. These would be airsoft guns which make great props for anyone who has a story that calls for guns. Basically for any weapon pistol or rifle ever created there is an airsoft gun that is almost identical, especially in video which doesn't communicate how heavy the weapon is or how it feels. Airsoft guns can be picked up at a Dick's sporting goods store, Walmart of the internet if you are looking for a more specific model. Just google cheap airsoft guns and you could find plenty of good deals that could fit a pistol or rifle that your script may call for.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I am a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick films, the photography in his movies is absolutely amazing. I know he got his start in still photography and it influenced many of his film projects. In my opinion it's a good idea for people interested in filmmaking to study photography (even just casually) the practice can help you set up effective storytelling shots. One good example of Kubrick photography is his 1957 film Paths of Glory.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
*photos are stills from "Sid & Nancy" and the "Blue Orchid" music video by The White Stripes.
Bad news (because well let's just get it over with)
"Brothers" featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Natalie Portman, was probably the worst war movie I've ever seen.
First off, the trailer is extremely deceiving. Secondly, the 8 year olds performance was 10x better than Maguires. The little girl flips out at the table because her dad is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, and I was more moved by her 10 second outburst than I was by Tobey Maguire screaming and tearing apart the entire kitchen. Do not waste your time with this film. In addition to the awful acting, the plot was terrible. There was no clear ending and everything the trailer built up the movie to be was a let down. Definitely not worth it.
Andddddd the good news. "Mr. Sunshine" is a new series on tv, featuring Matthew Perry as an executive working for a sports arena. It's actually pretty funny if anyone's looking for a decent new comedy. There's only been one episode so far, but I'd give it a chance. Plus, who can say no to Matthew Perry?
This post is really about the Tron movies, the original Tron movie, and Tron: Legacy. The original one was a movie that not only blew people away, it became a cult movement. Nerds all over the world fell in love with the idea of Tron, and the insane world the directors created. It was just something not seen in movies during that era. The light suits, the light bikes, the fact that human actors were in a game like world, was just a technological advancement.
Then comes Tron: Legacy, the sequel made years after the original, and a movie that still amazed people. The difference between the first movie and second movie is huge, and the way they light the movie is completely different. While the first one tried to have the bright lights in the dark atmosphere, the new movie does a wonderful job of showing the contrasts in lights. Obviously technology has gotten so much better, and you are able to do more with your movie, but the general look and feel of the second movie just feels better.
Everyone should definitely watch both movies, i recommend you watch the first movie first.
Then you can see the real difference.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Here are some more examples of tilt-shift photography. I think it's pretty cool.
To the right is a scene where the police officers find the dead bodies in the bedroom. The mother and father are lying in bed and appear to be sleeping. but after checking their pulse the officers realize they are dead.
And if anyone needs help screenwriting or someone to look over their script I'd be happy to. I have a lot of screenwriting experience.
Dito, a writer in L.A., goes home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence when his mother calls to say his father's ill. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out.
The film features Shia LaBouf, Robert Downey Jr, Channing Tatum. I know Channing Tatum isn't the worlds best actor, but this is the one film I actually don't mind him in If you can get past the fact that he's cast in this movie I definitely recommend it.
WARNING: The movie is crazy depressing. Don't watch it if you're upset in any way.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
L.A. Noire Youtube Link
(If you skip to about 1:35 there is a cool side-by-side comparison)
Time to really dig in and read the section on storyboarding on our class ebook:
Directing the Story; Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques, by Francis Glebas.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Also dont forget about the new Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, coming out in 2012. Just signed actors Tom Hardy from Inception, Anne Hathaway from Princess Diaries...lol, and Joseph Gordon Levitt from 500 days of Summer.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Hi! My name is Jenna and I am in a group with Kelly and Leah.
We open with cutaways of different people at different locations watching the biggest news story in history. President Obama’s daughter has died due to severely hitting her head on the doorknob in her room. He has declared that all doorknobs be replaced with child friendly door hinges. These doorknobs are soft, squishy and will not hurt someone if they bump into it. The International Locksmith Association will go door by door across the U.S. changing the locks until the project is complete. We then focus on a group of college kids waiting for the locksmith association who will be arriving soon. The group waits together as the locks in their homes are changed. Once the locksmiths are finished with the job they yell up that they are leaving. The kids try and get out of their rooms but the doorknobs are too soft to open and they discover they are trapped. At this point a news story comes on saying that everyone in the country is stuck because the new doorknobs won’t turn. The end.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
So chances are you guys may have seen this. I discovered it a really long time ago. But I think its pretty funny how true this video is. There's at least one element of this video that's in Oscar winning movies/movies in general. What do you guys think this says about movies today?
Peace and one love... and bee.tee.dubs. this is the TRAILER FOR RUBBER!!!