I am basically going to just cut and past from the main website. Hope they don’t care too much, I am linking back. Please note – the screening tickets go VERY FAST! Please get them ahead of time, there are generally none left day/evening of the event. My team is in Group C
So, Louisville’s 48 Hour Film Festival was shot over last weekend. We started at 7:00 pm Friday night and turned in just after the deadline (technical issues) on Sunday night. We had a great time with the whole process. As with all the others I have done it was exciting, exhaust, fun and frustrating, painful and ecstatic. Yes, it really was all those things. You really do run the full range of emotional and physical stress as you try and compress what should take weeks to accomplish into all of 48 hours. Read on to see a synopses of the project.
Yep, it is getting to be that time again. Spring is turning into summer way too quickly, yet again. In just a few short weeks my “busy” season starts. This coming weekend is the start to Derby Week here in Louisville, KY. Events every day leading up to the running of the Kentucky Derby. Followed by a weekend off, then a Cabin Weekend (those who know, know) and then a weekend off and then Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading →
So I picked up a new computer/tablet. Did I need another tablet seeing as how I have an iPad? No. Did I need another computer seeing as how I have a very good MacBook Pro? No. Is it more than a cool new toy to configure and play with? Yes. It is like the red-headed stepchild of my home technology bundle. It is the only Microsoft Windows device in my house right now. And that is OK. Meet Dracolich, my Microsoft Surface Pro 2.
It will be taking the place of nothing, replacing nothing. It will be adding to my growing list of gadgets that I have for specific purposes. It has already shown itself to be quite capable and as it is a full computer, rather than a tablet running on a separate OS, I can install anything on it I would install on any other Windows computer. I realize my whole house and entertainment center is Mac OSX oriented. And that isn’t changing. I have already installed Plex on Dracolich so I can stream movies to it as well. I have most of the apps on my iPad and iPhone replicated that I would want, so the rest is to be basically Windows 8.1.
I did a short writeup of my small go case for computing, now here is the large go case for computing. This will be short, as I have not had a chance to really put it to use yet. I bought this on faith that it would fit my MBP. Everything about this case was mobility for me and being able to take my full kit with me, both my still camera kit and my video cameras (GoPro and a small Sony.) I was also able to include my whole iPad kit in TwelveSouth’s Book Book. It is probably going to be my last case. I cannot wait until my next trip to really put it to use. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a good really throw-around travel case. And It will be very TSA friendly, since everything is easily accessible and fully protected. This is typical of every Pelican case I have ever used. More info and photo after break.
Why was “The Walking Dead” not mentioned in the last post? Well, because I could not mention every zombie book or film or show in any single post. TWD is a great show, good characters and acting and is an instant cult classic. Zombies in the show are treated as an environmental antagonist, much like the cold in movies that take place in the tundra. Environmental antagonists are a character in their own right and offer up issues of their own on top of everything else the characters have to deal with.
Because of this, while there are individual scenes that are scare-worthy, the show itself is not that scary overall. And now, with all the main characters from the prison group torn asunder and left to their own devices, we get to see more character development, with zombies in the background.
I like TWD. I watch it regularly. It is not, however, my favorite adaptation of zombies in film.
I have been asked this question numerous times. If you know anything about me, you know my fascination with and revulsion of zombies. Sure, it is a movie/TV and book monster that has gained in fame over the last decade. Sure, most zombie films, shows and books are, at best, b-level. There are exceptions, but those are few and far between. But why do I like them? What makes them a “must watch/read” even when they are complete drivel? The scare the shit outta me.
Well, it has been a busy last few weeks since the renfair has ended; 48 Hour Film Festival, GenCon, Dallas work trip. Not to say this is a bad thing, being busy, but really haven’t had true down time. I think I have only had a couple full weekends off since fair ended in July. That makes me a tired person. With ORF around the corner (literally days away) I have to think hard what I am going to do with this weekend – the last one off until late October. But more on that in a few – I want to kinda run down what I have done this summer.
Yep, Summer is just around the corner. There is a LOT going on again this summer and into the fall. Leaving work out, I have 4 major events with a smattering of minor ones that will have me booked out until nearly November. Now, I have to start getting them written into my Calendar so I can keep up with them.
I am currently writing a short film titled “The Break-up.” It is a piece that I started writing back in college for a creative writing class. Originally it was just s short story that was to be 5 pages with dialog. I didn’t really ever consider it to be worthy of a screenplay and it was definitely not written as such. Hell, I had forgotten about it until recently when I found the old old paper I used for my class. After reading it again, I decided to attempt to make it into a screenplay. Now, I got a passing grade on the paper (the class was pass/fail anyway) so it really said nothing about my writing talent. We’ll see if translates to screen.