Sunday, August 31, 2008

Comcast, why hast thou forsaken me?

I have seen the light. It is a light that shines in the time of intense boredom, offering salvation to those that would embrace it. It is a light that is actually quite dark, bloody, and offers a program called "Labor Day of the Dead". Yes, this light is Monsters HD, and it is available only through Cablevision. So far.

It's a pretty fucking awesome channel that my buddy Al showed me. All horror movies, all the time. I was watching Without Warning (Jack Palance and Martin Landau--it's like someone else loved the combo in Alone in the Dark) which is about an alien that throws little bloodsucking aliens at people. He's a hunter, so the movie kinda predates Predator and features the same actor playing the alien, because he's ungodly tall. Like a giant. It was some good cheese. Then they showed Waxwork. Wax-fucking-work. It's awesome. Zach Galligan. David Warner. Deborah Foreman. Mmmm. I had a crush on her growing up. True story.

And that was only 4 hours of programming. Tomorrow they're showing three blind dead films. Three! That's 300% more than I've ever seen on. Of course I own them but who wouldn't like to be able to see them on a regular basis. I'm sure Cassie would. They're all good fun. I gotta write to Comcast about this. I need this channel like I need, well, a horror channel. Why not, they have everything else on there, so why not a good one?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Don't Let Us Get Stupid, Alright?

Man, if you want to hear something that is painfully beautiful, please check out Jill Sobule's cover of Warren Zevon's "Don't Let Us Get Sick". I have no idea why the song moves me so, but man, it's just sheer bliss in a bottle. I was looking for the version that Madeleine Martin sang in Californication but found this instead and I'm glad I did. Get it on iTunes.

Also: I am the greatest Soul Calibur 4 player that ever lived. Ok, not really, but I did get a few wins against my brother because I spam Ivy moves. Dig it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Comic Book Fun

If anyone knows of a good program to organize comics for the Mac, let me know. I've been using filemaker pro, which basically means I have to type everything in by hand and I'm so backlogged that it's taking a hella long time. I could use an easier method, like selecting a range or something. An autofill would be nice too. Maybe I'm just dreaming an impossible dream of not having to reap the rewards of not cataloging comics for about a year. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Soul Calibur 4

I got this game about two weeks ago and man is it addictive. I love fighters and I love me some Soul Calibur ever since 2 on the cube with Link as my main man. Now it's even better on the 360 with some hella good looking characters and fighting action. What's even better though is the Create a Soul option. This lets you create your own character in a sort of dress-up for men situation where you can make them into whatever you desire. It's a little rough, but I've gotten a good Power Girl, Huntress, Black Canary, Beastmaster, Drizzt, Elric, Worsel, Choker, Mixmaster, G, Faith, Parallax, Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner and more. Yeah, a lot of the characters that aren't fantasy to begin with have to be created roughly with medieval weapons and armor, but it's amazing how close you can get to whatever you want. Check it out. Seriously. You'll spend more time creating than fighting at this rate.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Steadicam


I've talked about it, but now here it is, the finished product. It didn't take that long to make and you can make one too with the right components.
  • 1 - 12" or slightly longer PVC pipe with a 1" diameter.
  • 1 - 1" diameter PVC cap.
  • 1 - 1" diameter PVC t-fitting.
  • A monopod (I got mine for 10$ at Radioshack. A great deal but you can use whatever one you have.
  • A 2.5lb weight (or whatever weight will offset your camera.
  • Foam sheet
  • Electrical tape.
  • 1" screws.
It's also suggested that you get a tripod head for it. If your monopod has a pan/tilt head or has a quick release plate, that's awesome. Mine didn't but some friends were getting rid of their old tripod so I got the head. No quick release on it but it makes it more stable and easier for some different shots.

All together, you'll probably spend about 20$ on the project, which is a far sight better than the 150$ that the lowest steadicam option is available for. There's another one I might make which uses the monopod but has a ball head with weights so it actually works a little more like a Merlin. It's a worthwhile project if you want to improve your shots or add some nice walking footage to your film. It's light enough to travel and the monopod extending gives you some balance for some static shots as well.

I can't take full credit for this. I found the plans online. The Kypod Steady is the one that I used as the basis for my project. Search vimeo and youtube and you'll find plans for others too. If I can make one, you can too. Trust me.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Olympics

Ahh, the summer olympics. A time when a young man's fancy turns towards....things and the nightly news makes you work an hour extra because you can't go on during the middle of events. That was probably the worst part about the station, getting delayed like that because of a sporting event. It happened with the olympics and it happened once with the XFL. Then Lorne Michaels laid the smack down on it and it stayed within it's running time because it was a show, not a sporting event. Anyway. Go America.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Steadicam Test Footage

I had some time to finish the steadicam this weekend and even got to shoot some test footage. More to come as I practice the walk and all that jazz.