Sunday, May 31, 2009

WTF Shuttle?

I have a Contour ShuttleXpress for my mac that I use for editing. I got a new machine awhile back and never installed new drivers as I wasn't doing much editing at the time. Decided to install them today. Can't just download the new drivers and install. That would be too easy. I go to VersionTracker to find them. Click on the download link and get taken to another page. That's fine, but the shuttle is now through a different branch of the company so I have to go to another page and find the drivers. Oh wait, I can't download them as I have to register for their fucking site first, which also involves getting an activation email and then clicking through to what I wanted again. All because they want to see their userbase. If it wasn't such a nice tool, I'd be tempted to sell it off. I might if I can find a decent competing product, as that's bullshit. I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to use your product and then sign up for your webpage. I bought the fucking thing. Just give me the drivers.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Bay

Working on finishing up the editing we started on Wednesday so we have something for the film fest next week. In a good spot. Just need one more clip to break up some monotony during a music number and then I'll grade the color and get the audio to Bill for him to play with and fix up. That'll probably be the hardest thing, as those files are usually large. It's going well though. Also, who knew that pasting an entire sequence into a new one would scale files automatically, but not the dv files for some reason, just the hd stuff. Easy enough to change. Saves some render time too, as if I initially edited them in a dv sequence, it was going to take me hours to render, which means I'm probably doing something wrong there. Good to know though.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Valle-HO!

Started work on a new figure today, painting, at any rate, as I primed two on Sunday. I must say, that I am in love with Vallejo paints. They go on smooth, cut well with water, cover well and most importantly, they cover even the blackest primer I have, which is nice as coating black over the white for a figure like GL is annoying and leaves more room for white spots showing through. I'm working on a composite Blue/Green Lantern and and primed him all black on a whim, knowing that if coverage failed, at least I can primer over some parts and the joints will still be coated black. I was pleasantly surprised to find that even when cut 2:1, the paints showed up nicely on the figure and I'm on my way to being done. If you need paints for a figure, by all means order up some of these. They have tons but basic colors are a good start and you can mix them up just fine.

Wolverine

Finally saw the movie last night. I must say, it was pretty enjoyable, certainly more so than the steaming pile of crap that was X3. No complaints about any of the acting and the effects were nice. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson was awesome, though the Deadpool character in the film isn't quite what is in the comics. I'll overlook that though as there's always the possibility of another film with him going more towards the comic book version, who's currently hanging out with pimp action Destro on my desk. Worth seeing, as it's good mindless fun and isn't too objectionable with it's adapting of the comics. Now to get the game.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Crushing on Deborah Foreman

I watched April Fool's Day last night and it's only served to reignite my crush on its star, Deborah Foreman, who you may remember from Valley Girl and Waxwork. AFD is a smart and fun slasher based in part on And Then There Were None by some Agatha Christie person. A group of friends are invited to Muffy St. John's (Foreman) party on April Fool's Day on a remote island. After a small accident involving a ferryman, they get to the house and relax and have a bunch of pranks pulled on them. Once the hilarity ends, the terror begins as someone begins offing them one by one.

It's a fun flick and keeps you guessing right until the end and performances by Amy Steel, Ken Olandt and Clayton Rohner help round out the cast. Well worth checking out if you like slasher movies and more if you love Deb Foreman, who is sublime.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Bloody Valentine - 3-D

I'm a sucker for a good slasher movie, and when I heard they were remaking one of my favorites, I was a little scared. When I heard Jensen Ackles was in it though, I feared no longer, as I was a huge fan of his from Supernatural and Devour. I missed it in the theater with the good 3-D so I had to settle for the dvd release, which unfortunately has the green/magenta glasses instead of the grey ones. So how is it?

Fucking fantastic, that's how. The 3-D is damn cool and a sight better than Freddy's Dead and adds a new element to the gore. The performances by the cast are pretty strong and it's nice to see Tom Atkins in another genre role. The plot is similar to the original. Harry Warden, a miner involved in a cave-in, goes psycho and kills people around town, eventually getting taken care of when he tries to kill teenagers having a party in the mine. Jump to years later when Tom Banniger (Ackles) comes back to town to sell the mine and the killings are starting up again. Is Tom behind the murders or is it his old friend Axel or is it Harry Warden, back from the dead? It's all answered in the end and I'm not happy with it but it's a small flaw in an otherwise entertaining movie. Well worth seeing, in 3-D or not.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Squeal

Man, there are few things cooler than a pig roasting on an open flame. I don't know why it amuses me so. Probably because at a bachelor party it's usually a stripper on the rotisserie. Either way, it was a fun time and I had tongue, which tasted a lot like pork fat, which isn't much of a surprise as it was from a pig.

Speaking of strippers, I finally got to see the rest of Zombie Strippers. Pretty bad. I mean, there's some hot stripping scenes but if it's nudity you want you're better off watching an episode of Red Shoe Diaries. They're shorter and have David Duchovny. Dying to see Zombie Diaries now since my queue is caught up on. That should be better.

Someones needs to remake Resident Evil 2. God I like that game.

Monday, May 11, 2009

One Minute to Save the World

This weekend was pretty damn fun. As you may have read on the Ginkers blog, me, Rob and Bill had an editing session where we cut a one minute sample of the film for the Film One Fest. I think it came out pretty well for the brief time we had allotted and the several hours of footage from a few different shoots we had to go through, in addition to Bill fixing my audio and supplying his own as well so we had a more professional sounding soundtrack. Like anything, I wish we had a few hours more to work on it but I'm proud of what we did and hope it does well in the fest. It was a tiring time, but a fun time. I can't wait until we can do it all again and put together the whole flick.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wolverines!

Holy crap, the Wolvering: Origins game is pretty freaking sweet. I've only played the demo so far but the copious amounts of bloodshed and cool moves and mechanics have caught me in its web. Unfortunately, I'm on a game hiatus so I'll have to wait to get that one, but I like what I see.

TosLink

I've found a solution to the missing LANC on the HV20. By using some velcro, tape, the remote and a toslink cable, I can fake it pretty well, getting some pan and zoom action without having to mess with the body of the camera. Got a bit longer a cable than I needed and mine works without the cap on the remote end, whereas the tutorial I saw still had it on. I'm glad it works regardless and look forward to using it. Might need to get a second cable for the steadicam and rig that up. We'll see how this works first.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Review: Behind the Mask-The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Started watching this flick tonight on a whim and I'm not disappointed so far. It's a film in the vein of Man Bites Dog, but instead of following a serial killer, the crew is following a slasher, or rather, a wannabe slasher who is on the cusp of breaking into an industry. You see, in this movie, the slashers you're familiar with from movies like Halloween and F13 are real, and they've inspired other people to do the same. Leslie is one of these people. As he trains for the big night, the lead interviewer starts to have qualms about what they might be party to and wonders if they shouldn't stop him before he begins.

Leslie comes off as likable and very intense when in costume. The rest of the cast is adequate as well, including a look at an older slasher/mentor who helps Leslie on his quest of glory. Robert Englund is surprisingly mellow and toned down in a role as the "Ahab", who is trying to hunt down Leslie before he can kill.

It's in an interesting film and concept and well executed, though for me I'd rather the film crew remained impassive, as in Man Bites Dog, though it has been awhile since I saw that movie so I might be a little off in remembering. Still, it's a fun take on the slash film. It does break the documentary feel in parts, for pleasing angles that just couldn't be done even with the two camera shoot they were doing. Definitely worth checking out. Especially with wine. Or liquor. Or beer.

Also, death by post hole digger. Very awesome.

Also check out Man Bites Dog. It's in French, so be prepared for subtitles. Also, French is the language of madmen, so if you ever see a guy walking down the street muttering that language and you aren't in that country, just run away. It's safer.