Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marital Bliss

Hi everyone! I'm producing a short film. Check out our Kickstarter page, get involved, and tell your friends!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/910434414/marital-bliss

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

uncanny valley

"The theory holds that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers" (wikipeda).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Reductio ad absurdum

Yes world, I'm building my vocabulary. Today's phrase is "Reductio ad absurdum" -- thank you wikipedia.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Moses goes 6K


Contributing my time and money to The American Cinematheque has been one of the most positive and educational experiences of my adult life.

Last night, the Egyptian Theatre celebrated its 88th birthday. Along with cake and coffee, they screened Cecil B. DeMille's production of "The Ten Commandments" (1956) in glorious 6K digital projection. A huge feat for Paramount Pictures. I give kudos to the Egyptian for configuring the equipment necessary to show the film.

Ronald F. Smith, Paramount Pictures vp of restoration, commenced the screening with a historical and techy explanation. Essentially, they weren't trying to "enhance" the film; they wanted it to look like film. Like film as it was meant to be seen. Beautiful. Vibrant.

Which describes it exactly. Beautiful. Vibrant. The closest thing to heaven on screen. This is what it must have been like for Moses to see the burning bush.

As soon as Cecil came walking on stage, I was immediately impressed with the picture quality. Definitely a first for me to see an old film at the Egyptian without any jittery film playback.

Highlight of my evening was the presence of Mrs. Lydia Heston and son Fraser Heston.

Charlton Heston is -- bottom line -- a great orator. Supplemented by his strong, domineering presence. No one captivates my attention as much as this man. He is greatly missed.

Monday, October 11, 2010

TOO EXPENSIVE FOR SUCH THIS KIND...

TOO EXPENSIVE FOR SUCH THIS KIND...

TOO EXPENSIVE FOR SUCH THIS KIND...

TOO EXPENSIVE FOR SUCH THIS KIND...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Disney Animation Docs

So last night, while everyone waited in line to see "Inception" at midnight, I was at the New Beverly Cinema enjoying two great documentaries about Disney Animation: "Waking Sleeping Beauty" and "Frank and Ollie."

Thank you Nate Bell.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hume Lake - Day 22: Snow!

Okay, so maybe just flurries, but still. There are signs of more snow on the way. According to natives, it's coming sooner than usual.

Today is kinda slow, and I'm trying to relax. I slept for about 10 hours, but I didn't feel well rested when waking up. I had a strange dream I was a baron, a duke, a Mr. Darcy-character. I had just inherited property with a huge mansion surrounded by wetlands. Apparently, I had just accidentally killed the love of my life, Ann. Her sisters were seeking vengeance against me, but I kept trying to explain it was an accident. I was out in the marshes, and I noticed the mansion was on fire. I was gonna make my escape, but I decided to quickly rush back to the mansion and save my mother. When I got there, my mother didn't realize the girls were trying to kill me. I said something like,"I don't care if it all burns to the ground. I have no attachment to these materials."

Anyways, I'm greatly anticipating the coming week's adventures.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hume Lake - Day 21 - 4AM, Dark is the Night, a Broken Car, and a New Backpack

Nathan and I drove down to Fresno this morning for REI's "Garage Sale." We left Hume at 4AM, and about 5AM, the car over-heated. Surprised we were, because the outside temperature was easily 50 degrees F.

The moon shone brightly
through a lattice of clouds
Nathan released the cap
A geyser flowed from the radiator
After pouring new fluid,
the car ran again

We safely arrived at REI around 7AM. We were among the first 30 people in line! People ahead of us brought a couch, were sleeping on air mattresses, or lying directly on the cold cement in their warm sleeping bags.

About 7:30AM, REI staff handed out numbered tickets. Nathan, two friends from Hume, and myself went to the nearby Starbucks and played Speed Scrabble.

8:30-ishAM, we went back to the line. When our numbers were called, we rushed inside to the back of the store. Hundreds of items on sale, hundreds of people in a flurry! Then, that's when I saw it...