Sunday, June 22, 2008

Shoot, No Shoot

Well, the shoot today was cancelled because of the threat of rain, which it did in spades down here. I haven't seen it pour down that long in quite a while. It was either cancel or get ourselves and all of our equipment wet, which I know I wasn't prepared to do. We should be able to get together soon and knock some stuff out.

I've got a new microphone for my camera too. The onboard wasn't fantastic but the new one is. It's got some nice settings and is a great shotgun mic for the price. I was looking forward to trying it out today. Ah well.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Arisia


I finally finished Arisia. No, not the planet, but the Green Lantern. If you're familiar with the character, you might notice that this costume is a little different. That's because it's based upon a drawing I came across while searching for a decent image of her instead of the current outfit. I think this fits her a little better. While I'm a huge fan of skin showing, it didn't seem right for Arisia, who is supposed to be a teenager anyways (unless you count the recton that just happened in the GL books). This is a little more fitting for space combat and kicks a little more ass. It's basically a Marvel Girl repaint, save for a little sanding and the addition of a ring and ears.. I was going to make the current costume but I think that would have required a lot more effort on my part. She's the latest addition to my "Girls of the Green Lantern Corps" section of customs, with more to come.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Ginkers: RFH Festival Trailer

Well, it took the better part of a day and a half, but Rob, Bill and I got the trailer together in time last week for the Rumson/Fair Haven Film Festival. It was well received and Rob gave me the green light to post it online for all to see. Here it is and I hope it gives you another taste of Ginkers and gets you psyched for the finished film.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Change is good. Solid bill are better.

I'm working on a site overhaul that will be coming soon, I hope. I have the template I want. I just need to tweak it with a few images and then apply it to the entire site. That'll take the longest. Fortunately, the site is going to be lighter on a section or so. I'm ditching the Reviews, as I do that in the blog. Same with the news. If I have news, it's going to be in the blog. I'm giving each of my creative sections their own menu item though. It's just easier for everyone to get to that way and then you don't have to see the same old comic every time you click on the link because it's updated so sporadically. Just a heads up.

Review: Diary of the Dead

We live in fortunate times. We only had to wait a few years between films this century for George Romero's next zombie film, Diary of the Dead. How does it compare to Land of the Dead, which was a fairly well received entry into the "Dead" series? Read on.

First of all, I apologize for the delay in seeing this movie. It was only playing in northern Jersey and I never got a chance to go up there. Then the movie came out on dvd and I completely forgot and when I did buy it, I didn't get a chance to watch it until this weekend. On the bright side, me and the baby made a day of it and enjoyed it very much. I have photos of her with the dvd case whilst wearing a Misfits onesie I might be allowed to post later. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Coming in a much lower budget and without any real name actors, Diary of the Dead takes a look at the living dead outbreak through the eyes of a documentary filmmaker. We start out with the director and his crew filming a horror movie. When they take a break, they hear on the news that all hell is breaking loose with the dead coming back to life. They hightail it onto the road and start heading home. It doesn't take long before they find their first zombie and the crew finds themselves documenting the zombies and humanity at each other's throats. They encounter looters, survivors, military men gone bad and of course, zombies--filming all the while.

Done completely in documentary style with one camera at first and then a second as they progress, the film captures what you might expect a zombie outbreak to be if done in a more realistic style. Unlike the year's earlier documentarian effort, Cloverfield, Diary of the Dead manages to keep the action in frame and crystal clear, capturing every gory moment. The acting is done well, with several standouts such as the drunken film professor accompanying them on their endeavor.

You care for the crew for the most part but you end up hating the director, who stays behind the camera for most of the movie. He'd rather film than help, stuck behind the viewfinder and unable to act, as if he's only watching the movie instead of living it. Therein lies the commentary that Romero injects. Where the previous movies dealt with themes such as people fighting each other rather than the horror around them, consumerism, social apathy, greed and the like, this time around it's documentaries and the youtube generation, who capture and post every minute of their lives online, promoting a voyeuristic obsession with the lives of strangers. This is subtley done for the most part but there are a few scenes where it hits you over the head like a shovel killing a zombie.

While the movie lacks the majority of the action sequences of Romero's previous films, it's certainly a worthwhile effort and well worth seeing for zombie afficianados for its grisly and up close and personal scenes of death by the undead. And acid. And a scythe. Seriously, it's pretty fucking cool. Watch it now. Cassandra says watch it too.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Review: King of Kong - A Fistful of Quarters

Welcome to June and with it, a new movie review. To be honest, I've never been a fan of documentaries. I didn't hate them, I just didn't watch them unless they were about horror movies I loved like Document of the Dead. King of Kong was recommended to me by Rob of Rucksack Films and I'm glad I watched it, for it is awesome.

If you were a child of the 80s or have a passing knowledge of video games, you've heard of Donkey Kong. If you're into the culture, you know that it's a big deal to get a high score in a video game, particularly one that nobody else has come close to getting. I'm more in tune with the competitive gaming scene with fighting games but I recognize the beauty of a high score, particularly with DK, since it used to madden me as a youth. Well, King of Kong looks at the high score record holder, Billy Mitchell, and the man who seeks to usurp him, Steve Weibe. What follows is a sordid tale of back room politics and barrel jumping as Steve tries to win the title and Billy tries to keep him down.

The documentary does a good job of portraying its subjects in certain lights. You dislike Billy and the Twin Galaxies crew for the most part, though Walter Day--professional referee is pretyt likeable. You also feel for Steve, who just wants his high score validated and his own skills as he seeks to beat the score and by proxy, Billy himself. It's an engaging hour and a half with many ups and downs but it keeps you moving and takes you into a world you might not be familiar with. I know I, for one, didn't know that there was a Donkey Kong kill screen or what one was (it's when the game ends because the system just can't handle anymore levels and you die). I also didn't know that there was a Mappy champion or a Ladybug one either, go figure.

It's well worth checking out and plays like a drama more than a documentary and you'll find yourself cheering along with Steve as he seeks to become the King of Kong.