Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cannot Resist


Am flipping channels while I'm importing and cutting audio from GOH, and I stumble upon AMC's playing Crocodile Dundee 1 & 2 back to back.

I really liked those movies, obviously the first one better, but the second is still pretty good.

Two things: Man, that chick is SMOKING hot in the first one. And did you know that the first CD was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay? Seriously.

(I think THAT might be pushing things...)

Okay, one more thing: Did you know that this came out in 1986 and made more money at the box office than Aliens? Yeah, THAT's a crime. The #1 money maker in 1986?

Top Gun.

For fun, and because I found it interesting, the top 10 money makers from 1986 with their amounts:

1 Top Gun Par. $176,786,701
2 Crocodile Dundee $174,803,506
3 Platoon Orion $138,530,565
4 The Karate Kid Part II $115,103,979
5 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home $109,713,132
6 Back to School $91,258,000
7 Aliens $85,160,248
8 The Golden Child $79,817,937
9 Ruthless People BV $71,624,879
10 Ferris Bueller's Day Off $70,136,369

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Songs

Just so you know, here's how you can tell if a song is a good Christmas song or not.

If at least one of the following words are NOT in the song, it is a SHITTY Christmas song:
Christmas
Snow
Bells
Santa

Though an exception can sometimes be made if you can HEAR bells if none of the words above are used. (the song "Sleigh Ride", which features NO words is a good song because it has bells)

Go ahead, try it. Got any that defy this? (and yes, if you get the impression I think religious Christmas songs suck, you are correct)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fantasy Football

Man...a little setup. Last year I won the league fantasy football for the first time since I started playing FF like 15 years ago.

This year, my team sucks. But through an incredible amount of luck--meaning, I keep playing just about the only team I could beat--I went 10 and 4 and was tied for 3rd place in the league.

Last week I went into the playoffs looking like I was gonna get killed. The point estimate had my opponent beating me by like 20 points.

I was shooting a pickup so didn't pay any attention until Sunday night. At that point I was 2 points up on the other guy and we each had 1 guy playing on Monday night.

I had Matt Forte and he had Percy Harvan. I thought I had a chance until the first drive for Minnesota went for a touchdown to one Percy Harvan. My guy Forte kept getting stuff in the runs.

Back and forth that game went, and check out the pic below to see just how close it was.



So now it's me versus the #1 team in the league for the championship. This guy's team is gonna spank me, but knowing that there's a chance I could win the league two years in a row is pretty awesome.

On the movie front, I should be editing Bounty Making supplements but I'm tired. Don't wanna. So I edited the first scene of GOH after putting all the footage into their respective scene folders.

Am going to try to go see True Grit tonight.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Kid(s) Is All Right

You know, sometimes kids are fun. Here's an unlisted video of mine I had forgotten about from a few years back(and there's our great now-dead dog Shayna).

YOUTUBE

My favorite part is that split second where he's trying to decide if he should cry or laugh.

Also of no particular import: I really wanna go see True Grit.

Monday, December 20, 2010

So a deal is out there

for Bounty. Got the contract over the weekend, but we were doing pickups so I didn't see it. Am looking it over now.

But I see this clause, that I've never seen in a contract before:

2. No Actual Sexual Conduct. Licensor represents and warrants that the Picture does not contain any depiction of “Actual” (i.e., the performer was actually engaged in the applicable act while being filmed) human sexual intercourse (including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between those of same or opposite sex), bestiality, masturbation, or sadistic or masochistic abuse (collectively, “Sexually Explicit Conduct”).

Huh. Is it just me, or that the hottest paragraph of legalese you've ever seen?

Added for Andrew:

3. Lascivious Exhibition or “Simulated” Sexually Explicit Conduct. Licensor represents and warrants that the Picture may contain depiction(s) of lascivious exhibition of a performer’s genitals or pubic area – including that which may be clothed (“Lascivious Exhibition”) and/or any “Simulated” (i.e., the applicable act is depicted in the Picture in a manner causing a reasonable viewer to believe the performers engaged in such act notwithstanding that they did not actually do so) “Sexually Explicit Conduct.” With respect to the Picture produced either by Licensor, a U.S. producer or a non-U.S. producer that has elected to certify consistent with the provisions of this subparagraph (ii)(a) (each such Producer, a “Certifying Producer”), Licensor represents and warrants that it (or such Certifying Producer) has certified or will timely certify to the U.S. Attorney General, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2257A(h), in the form required by 28 C.F.R. § 75.9, that Licensor (or such Certifying Producer) regularly and in the ordinary course of business collects and maintains individually identifiable information regarding all performers (including minor performers) employed by Licensor (or such Certifying Producer) pursuant to Federal and/or State tax, labor, and other laws, labor agreements, or otherwise pursuant to industry standard. Licensor will deliver a copy of Licensor’s certification (promptly following the execution hereof). Licensor will deliver a copy of each Certifying Producer’s certification [n accordance with the Delivery Schedule; and

(b) with respect to each performer (including minor performers) directly employed by Licensor (or by an applicable Certifying Producer), it (or the Certifying Producer) itself collects and maintains individually identifiable information for each such performer (including the performer’s name, addresses and date of birth), as necessitated by Federal and/or State tax, labor or other law, or labor or industry standards, in a manner retrievable by performer name, and Licensor will deliver copies of such information collected and maintained by Licensor (or by the Certifying Producer) upon demand; and


It goes on for two more like-paragraphs.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Today In Hell's News

So, tonight we're gonna try to shoot the outdoor fight scene from GOH that we missed. We had scheduled it for Monday, but the wind was so bad that we wouldn't have gotten any good audio, and I'm not doing any more looping than I already have to...

In the weird news section, we're going to shoot tonight's stuff with my T2i. I've talked to people who have mixed Red footage with T2i and they say it's not perfect, but it's fine if you're not integrating them into the same scene.

So as long as we shoot the whole scene with the T2, it should be okay. I double checked some T2 footage I shot with the Red footage, and it's not bad. Your average viewer isn't going to notice unless we get a theatrical release, and seriously, yeah right.

Also, knock on wood, should be some very big news regarding "Bounty" here very soon. Yes, you may be able to stop asking me when/where you can see it...when the paper is signed I'll let you know.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Audio Stuff

So...this sucks.

What I'm doing right now is one of the worst parts of movie stuff. There's easier ways to do it if you've got a dedicated sound guy, but we didn't. Competent ones are hard to get cheap, and non-competent ones don't fly with me--I'd have to go watch the level every take.

So the way I record audio is to run from the mic through my Mackie mixer(which cleans the crap out of it and boosts the signal), and then take it to some recording device. On FOC2 it was a FOSTEX hard drive/cd recorder. It was nice having it go to hard drive and then at the end hitting a button to burn a disc of that.

If your audio guy knew what he was doing, each file would have the scene number in it.

We didn't have that time or that audio guy on this flick. So instead I ran my audio from the Mackie to my dvx100B. And then pointed the camera at whatever we were shooting so I have some extra behind the scenes shit.

So then I ripped the audio/video from those 29 audio tapes(so far), and now I have to individually go through the .wav and cut out the takes, and save them under filenames like scene8 take1.wav

Time consuming. Tedious.

And I just ran across one shot I don't remember doing that much. It's scene 77b, and we get to take nineteen. Yes, NINETEEN takes of one shot.

I have no idea why we're running late. If I could channel my inner half-ass, I'm sure take seven was fine...