Archive for August, 2010

26
Aug
10

Published At Last……………..24 years ago

Poking around on the web today doing research on the videogame biz and stumbled across a site that contains scans of old videogame and computer magazines. Did a little poking around and found a scan of the issue of ANALOG Computing where my first magazine article was published. Click the pages to read a piece more than half my age!

Once a page opens, you can click it again to make it even bigger if you don’t want eyestrain!

15
Aug
10

Shadowy

I’m back to work on the “Gigi” film I shot in June—ostensibly for 2010’s 48 Hour Film Project but didn’t submit due to a hard drive “FAIL”—and finding it rather a challenge. The highly stylized nature of the film, coupled with the fact that it’s a rather downbeat piece, has me really stretching in terms of editorial technique and choices. The fact that everything was shot on greenscreen gives me a weird latitude to do things like splice two different takes together, or change the distance between the characters, which is liberating, but strange.

Some things change as I edit, as always. For instance, in the shot posted here, the original idea was for the characters to step forward and reveal signs behind them but that didn’t work well when I actually edited it together.  I then decided to create shadows for them, with the idea that the shadows would move and reveal the signs. That sorta worked, but the framing didn’t work, as the signs were revealed at the left and right side of the frame, making your eyes have to travel to two sides of the screen.  The latest experiment is to put the characters farther apart and have the shadows grow and converge towards the screen center, actually revealing the signs in shadow as opposed to in light. Yes, it’s counter-intuitive, but graphically interesting (I hope).

12
Aug
10

In the queue…

♪ You don't even speak French! ♪

Coming soon: My next music video for the Kinsey Sicks. Lady Gaga, look out!

11
Aug
10

Creepy…

"BP is Creepy" album cover

Jeffrey Manabat of the Kinsey Sicks asked me to make an icon/album cover for the music video “BP is Creepy” that I did for them a few weeks ago. It’s for possible use on CD baby and iTunes.  Here’s what I made.