Sunday, November 30, 2008

Magnum Theft

Had a dream last night. Tom Selleck concocted a hokey plan to steal my money. I only remember vague pieces of it, but it went like this:

I guess I was friends with Tom. We were walking. A helicopter came down and someone shot a harpoon out and hit Tom in the shoulder. They pulled him into the sky.

Someone else came and tried to take my cash. I think I shot them.

Then someone ELSE showed up in a stormtrooper outfit(yeah, from Star Wars). I shot at him, but it bounced off. I was pissed.

I'm not sure what happened, but this guy takes off the helmet and it's Tom underneath. I tell him that I'm going to shoot him in the head if he tries anything else.

Then I was driving on some road and I don't know how I knew but it was Sunday. And the theft part of the dream was over.

I'm not sure why Tom Selleck needs my money. Or even what the dream means. It was a little weird though.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Blind

I told you about how our 8 year old dog was diagnosed with diabetes? Well, just about overnight she went blind.

You can see a cloudy whiteness to her eyes, but we hadn't really thought much of it. Come to find out that about 80% of dogs diagnosed with diabetes go blind.

In daytime I'd guess she's about 75% blind. At night, she's totally blind. She doesn't seem to care--she's so used to our yard and house that she can navigate by sense.

But it's very sad--watching her at night after I pull up, she stands there and waits for a voice. Otherwise, she has no idea who's there.

And if you hold a treat out for her, she has to find it with her nose.

The whole diabetes thing sucks. She has to go outside to pee like every hour.

I'm looking around for another American Eskimo puppy; I figure it will buoy her and my wife's spirits, and help ease things when the diabetes finally takes her.

Friday, November 21, 2008

F Book

It's weird. Lotta people told me to join F book(you know what I'm saying--it's like the main competition of M-Space).

So I made a company site--which I was advised to. But to do that you have to make a regular profile first. Okay, did that.

Then something weird occurs. People from my high school start hitting me up with friend requests. These are people whose names look familiar, and their faces only slightly more so.

A couple who I knew well. So I'm now "meeting" all of these people again. It's a very weird thing.

As if I don't spend enough time on the freakin' internet already...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Editing Conundrum

There are two, really.

The first: How do you come up with a good scene when everything went wrong, you may have missed a shot or not gotten what you thought you were getting(if you weren't shooting the stuff yourself), and now you have to edit it together and make it work.

The second: The opposite really. You've got all the right shots for a scene, and you've got multiple GREAT shots. Which do you use? One's never gonna see the light of day. How bad does that suck?

The third: You've edited a scene together multiple ways. You're pretty happy with it. BUT...is it the best it could be? Maybe there's an order you haven't tried--if you only put THAT clip in front of THIS clip and then moved this OTHER clip to the end...

The choices are limitless...not always a good thing...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

S&S

I don't know what triggered it, but I had a very weird notion today. I want to make a Sword & Sorcery movie.

Between the ages of 8-25 I would pretty much salivate over any movie/book about the days of high adventure. I read tons of fantasy books--most you wouldn't have heard of, but let's just call them all Conan.

So when there were movies like Conan, and Beastmaster, and Sword & The Sorceror...man, those were good times. (Not to mention the Sinbad movies, Excalibur, and a host more)

And while I still like to read the occasional fantasy novels, nothing really passes today for good sword and sorcery. (Yes, I'm looking at you Kull, Scorpion King, Pathfinder). I think Willow might be the last S&S movie I liked.

Then today...again, not sure what triggered it, but I thought: Man, I'd love to make a good Sword & Sorcery movie.

I just don't know how I'd do it with no money. But if I ever do it...you know exactly when I thought about it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

11 Scenes Rough Cut

That's about 1/8th of the whole movie. And it's 11 scenes=9.5 minutes.

Did I mention that this movie cooks? I mean, ain't NOBODY gonna be bored during this movie. I think it's gonna clock in around 75 minutes. Maybe 80 if I do a long credit sequence.

But there are some really strange editing problems. My computer on occasion reboots itself mysteriously. I believe it's a glitch in the video driver--see, this is what I get for having a separate video card...

Then, there's all the weird formats I'm working with. (We shot with 3 cameras--all hi-def, but one that is different than the others. Different frame sizes, different imported format...this is causing some BIG headaches when I need to add any kind of effect to the footage...)

So I'm gonna ignore any effect stuff until the end. Then I'll have an enormous pile to go through.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hate him I hate him I hate him

That douchebag actor. I'm viewing footage and he's just terrible. He's overacting and he can't get a fucking line right. He's the kind of actor that thinks no line of dialogue sounds right until he's changed it.

For instance. Another actor spouts this long line of scientific gibberish that ends with, "I fucked up." The douchebag actor's line is, "Did you understand a thing he said up until the fucked up part?"

The douchebag actor makes the line: "Did you understand anything he said until the I-fucked-up part..cause I didn't."

The "cause I didn't" is so redundant--so unnecessary, especially if he did the line correctly.

Anyway--we do the line a couple of times. I keep telling him to do the line the way it is in the script. He keeps insisting he is. I give him the line the exact way I hear it in my head--a line reading, which some actors find insulting.

He says okay, got it. Then goes ahead and does the line the exact same way he's been doing it.

Did I mention I was working on the movie poster, and that his name will not be on it? (which it would have been had he not been such a huge tool...)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

House

Just saw a commercial for a horror movie I haven't heard a WORD about. (And I read all the mags from Fango to Rue Morgue to all the horror web sites...)

It has Jim Caviezel in it, and it looks like every movie I've been ranting about: Innocent people find themselves stuck at a house and are then attacked by the owners in vicious ways.

BOR-RING.

But the weird part is the name. The movie is called "House".

And I'm sure you're saying what I'm saying...if you're gonna make a House movie without William Katt, we have got a big problem.

For those of you who were gonna make a Hugh Laurie joke--minus 10 points for you.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Election

Yeah, so Obama won. Can we all move on now?

For the record, I'm glad. The 'publicans needed to be punished, and the idiot milf McCan't chose as a running mate was too much to stomach.

In flick news, I've discovered we seem to be missing a few shots. It's possible that one of the cards didn't get downloaded before it got erased. I am typing this in a much calmer tone than I'm thinking it.

New netflick movies arrived: Stuck, Son of Rambow, and Hitman.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Hallow'een


Trying to get back to normal life. Am editing and logging footage. Caught some movies while I was logging.

Strangers--pretty mediocre. Watch Ils(French for Them) rather than this. Same movie really. I could have shot this movie without Speedman and Liv Tyler for like 100K.

Inside--Lotta gore. Kind of disgusting really. Me and the pregnancy stuff don't go together.

Death Sentence--fun new version of Death Wish, but with Kevin Bacon. Not half bad.

Went out tonight with the wife and her brother. Hit a bar. A lot of you won't be surprised by my costume, seen above. I'll tell you, if you want to get laid fast, wear a uniform. I could have banged twelve chicks tonight. I scared a lot of Mexicans, without even going to their apartments.

Came back and the Fly 2 is on. Don't know why but I have a soft spot for this movie. I know it's not good, but I enjoy it anyway.

Still feel like I missed most of Halloween though.