Thursday, November 5, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Ricky Elliott!

This is Ricky's present to himself. It way outdoes my present to him: a 500 GB Harddrive so he can store projects like this:



This is why Ricky is my best friend. His dedication to detail is amazing.


Peace

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Antoine on Los Angeles Times discussing Avatar

Follow this link to read the whole article or you can just watch the video below of me talking about my reaction to the 16-minute preview with the LA Times.


Peace

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blogging

I'm going to start blogging again soon. I actually don't think what I've been doing before was really blogging, save for a few entries (i.e. Robeks vs. Jamba Juice). Blogging to me is a sort of journal, though most will try and make it seem it's something else.

The difference about a journal and blogging, though, is that with journals you are writing really personal stuff, stuff that upsets you, people you enjoy, how your day was. But in that same regard, blogs are quite similar.

I remember once way back when I used to scope out the Star Wars blogs over at StarWars.com, a user said a blog is like your own personal newspaper in the sense that you create your own articles, and I guess that's true. When I write a blog I tried to write it somewhat like a article, especially when I used to do reviews. But then blogs can also be about my own personal life, which could seem like I'm writing a journal but really your writing an article about your day, or at least, that's how I try to go about it. When I write about my day I try to pick out specific things and speak about them and hope to create discussion. At least, that's what I'm going to attempt to do from here on out.

I also would like to keep people updated on what I'm doing because really it doesn't seem like I've been doing much lately. The Devil's Company sort of died and other projects seem like they be falling through but I'm actually getting some things together that will hopefully set off a whole streamline of projects down the pipeline. We'll see though. Only time will tell.

Peace

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hayden Thomas

I still don't know how to do do shadows for anything.



Peace

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Casey Veggies's Debut Music Video

The shoot went really well, I had some fun. I had worked with Casey only once on the trailer I did for him a few months back but we had only spoken for a little bit then. This time I spent the whole day with him. He and his crew over at Peas & Carrots are really dope people.

In the morning we shot at Kenneth Hahn Park to shoot the beginning of the music video, which will be this stylized intro that is a sort of extension of what we did in the trailer. Actually, my day started out a little earlier than that. I realized in the very early morning before the shoot that I didn't have the lyrics to the song so I went to his myspace, listened to it and jotted down what I thought the lyrics were so when I got to the park the first thing I did was hand off what I wrote and Casey corrected it. I'm proud to say I got most of it right :-D!

The shoot at Kenneth Hahn went really smooth and fast. We only spent an hour shooting there and then we left to hit up Kingsbury where the majority of the video would be shot. After a quick bite I spent a good half hour looking for parking because we could only get meter parking. But then we came to realize we could have parked in the back of Kingsbury all along, that was a big waste of time. Once we finally got things settled we started shooting (sorry for the lack of photos, there may be some later on the Peas & Carrot blog).

I really like shooting and directing music videos, sometimes even moreso than shooting short films. Actually, I think what I like about music videos is that it's someone elses art that I get to make visual. I'm not sure if I find as much enjoyment in writing my own work and then directing it, rather, I like adapting other people's work and then directing it (like most directors). While this video is actually going to be somewhat simple, with other videos and can really step out creatively.

I really enjoy the song we're doing, it's got a really laid back flow and I think it's a good way to debut Casey's second mixtape and first official music video.

We're trying to go live with this video next Sunday. Whoopi should be editing but I may end up doing a bit of editing too.


I'll try to actually keep up with my blog so I can keep my readers update (I know I have a few out there :-P)

Peace

Oh also, after the shoot day was over I got my first flat tire! How fun! AAA actually came pretty quickly so it wasn't so bad. I'm slowly realizing how much money it'll be just to maintain my car. I had to fix my brakes last week ... get a tune up the other day ... and now I need a new tire. Good thing I have a summer job now :-D!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blog Readers Keep Updated Through My Twitter

I haven't posted here in a while and even when I have it hasn't been much. I blame it all on myself and my laziness, sorry. If you really want to keep updated with what I'm doing you should follow me on Twitter :-D

I think once I get my videoblogs back up I'll be able to blog more. Hopefully when things settle with The Devil's Company and other such projects as Ricky vs. SilentBat, I'll be able to get back on blogging track :-D.



Peace.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Apple Certified

I'm thinking about getting Apple certified, which means taking a test and getting a little slip of paper that says I'm awesome at all things Final Cut, which helps a lot for when I'm going out looking for jobs and all that junk. Today I bought Final Cut Pro 6: Professional Editing in Final Cut Studio 2 by Diana Weynand. I haven't read it yet but I will start to study the first chapter or so tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be too difficult to get through :-D


Also today I applied to a few jobs. Jamba Juice and Barnes and Nobles.

Peace

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Billimarie's Birthday Gift

So I stayed up all night making this for Billimarie:

Front

BackI'm also getting her something else but in case she's reading this blog I'll at least leave that as a surprise.

Peace

Can't Take It - Music Video

This is a music video I edited. I've been working on it for the pass few weeks and finally I've got the go to release.


Can't Take It from Antoine Bandele on Vimeo.



Peace

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cops! Cops! Cops!

I have been seeing a lot of cops around lately, pulling people over left, right and center. I'm just waiting for my number to be called. At first, I thought it was just because it was the end of the month blues and all the cops had to make up their monthly quota for tickets but it's been a few days into May and there are still a lot of cops around lurking and pulling people over. I've seen over a dozen people pulled over since last week and four alone in the pass day. While shooting The Devil's Company two of the crew members were pulled over (they had a broken headlight).

Oh, by the way I have a car. I forgot to post a blog about that. A '94 Nissan Maxima. I'll be sure to post something about it later.


Peace and be safe on the road!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Busy Weekend ... Busy Week

If you follow this blog you really should be following The Devil's Company Blog. I've been posting there more often than here because of filming and junk.

After filming this weekend I helped another one of my friends with her short, which includes one of my actresses (Resa Barton).

The pictures following are from the third day of shooting, which was long but quite fun. I nearly killed myself, falling asleep on the freeway ride back. I should have just crashed when they offered :(












I loves my DVX100B. I loves it so much.




Peace!

Friday, April 10, 2009

VideoBlogs

I have a huge number of VideoBlogs I want to do and a new format ... but before I can get into the new format I have to get through VideoBlogs #30-39 ... So I should be shooting all three blogs this Sunday and hopefully have them all done by Sunday as well. They will be about such:

- Movie adaptations of books
- Facebook = Vimeo > Myspace = YouTube
- Apples & Oranges/Scripts & Essays

On the last blog, the "Apples & Oranges" one ... I'll discuss the new format of the blogs and what's in store for them and how I plan to do one EVERYWEEK! Yes ... EVERYWEEK! It's completely possible too :-D!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cherrybomb Trailer



Can't wait! Rupert Grint looks amazing!

Peace!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hit Up This Link

invisiblechildren.com

Sign up for the April 25th Event.

Peace!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Everything is Connected!

I just realized a lot of the websites I get on are starting to do some ultra-interconnected with each other.

G-Mail > Blogger
G-Mail > YouTube
Facebook > Vimeo
Facebook > Netflix

It's pretty crazy. Whenever I do something on Vimeo or Netflix it updates on my Facebook. On Blogger and YouTube I can now sign up with my G-Mail account instead of my user name.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I WON THE COPYRIGHT CLAIM!

To my "And He Gets The Girl" music video! A few weeks ago my video got taken off of YouTube due to copyright claims by the Warner Music Group. Yesterday, I filed a claim that it was protected by the fair use clause of 1976 and I won! It's back on YouTube for all to see again!


I fought the YouTube law and I won!

Peace!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Advance Review - Adventureland

Last night, I went to an advance screening of the latest film from Greg Mottola (director of Superbad): Adventureland. I must say I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. I think going into a film with little or no expectations is the best way to go into anything. I’m starting to agree with Jeff Cannata that trailers somewhat ruin the movie-going experience. Some of the TV Spots nearly ruined some of the jokes in the film for me. In Adventureland a young college grad who needs to earn some moola for the summer for his next year at grad school finds work at a local amusement park where he has a bunch of, dare I say it, adventures. The film is being advertised as a comedy of sorts, even being compared to Superbad (in the case of the director) but I would not list this film so much as a “comedic movie” but more of a “coming-of-age/feel good movie.” The best part of the film was probably the performances from Jesse Eisenberg (James) and the adult cast and the weaker points came from the final moments of the film and the lackluster performance from Kristen Stewart.

First and foremost, Adventureland is very well directed with a well-written script. It’s not comedic genius or Oscar-winning but it’s a very solid script. Some of the character arcs were a bit underdeveloped, but the jokes were spot on at times, there are some definite LOL moments. It just didn’t have much to set it above anything else in its genre. Still, it was a pleasure to watch and I really enjoyed the development that did happen with some of the characters, however subtle it was. Everyone in the cast, aside from Kristen, was fantastic and spot on and I loved their performances. Bill Hader as the owner of Adventureland was fantastic. One day I wish to have a boss like him. Newcomer Jesse Eisenberg carried the film on his shoulders for me.

When I first watched Jesse Eisenberg in the opening of the film I definitely thought of Michael Cera. They both play around with the awkward humor bit (or perhaps that’s just the director, who also has credits in Arrested Development, starring Michael Cera). While they both have similar humor and comedic timing, I feel Eisenberg brings something new to his awkward humor. He wasn’t exactly anti-social or self-conscious; in fact, his character was quite cool and well rounded. Perhaps, though, that’s a bad thing because it leaves little room for the character to arc. Still though, Eisenberg did very well in the role and was extremely likeable and definitely watchable.

The only thing I’ve seen Kristen Stewart before Adventureland was in the trailer of Catch That Kid, her cameo in Jumper and most recently, of course, Twilight. Her performance in Adventureland was so very similar to her performance in Twilight, almost all the way down to the beat. She stumbles over her lines when her character is feeling uncomfortable, which worked for Bella Swan in Twilight, but not for Em Lewin in Adventureland. It was really the nuances of her performance that nagged at me because, yes I’ll get flamed for saying this but … I liked Twilight and saw it twice in theaters (burn me at the stake why don’t you). Because I saw that movie twice I was able to really pick apart the way Kristen handled her role and one of the things I enjoyed the most was her nuances like pulling up her hair out of her face and stuttering over uncomfortable lines or having a monotonous tone because, to me, that was the character of Bella I imagined from the book but in Adventureland all of those same things she did irked me so much. I really hope this doesn’t meant that she’s a bad actress and whenever she plays a character she’s just playing herself because I think I really want to like her, there is something about her. But in this film I really just didn’t feel much for her character even though I thought Em was written very well.


I really liked the relationship between the two leads (James & Em), but I felt the chemistry between Eisenberg and Stewart was lacking at some key moments and that was mostly the fault of Kristen herself. But Kristen did have some moments that made me smiling and say “awww” inside my heart, especially at [SPOILER] when they first kiss and then break apart and she shyly looks away [END SPOILER]. But all and all I don’t think I could feel the two-way relationship. All the emotion I felt was from Eisenberg’s character and the only way I felt anything for Stewart’s character is because she was given such good lines to work with but whenever she pulled the Bella-Twilight performances I was immediately aware that I was watching a performance. Also, since I’m on the subject of the relationship between the two leads, I found myself comparing the two to Josh Peck and Olivia Thirlby in The Wackness, which is a movie I enjoyed a whole lot more than this one (not to knock it or anything but The Wackness and just pure dopeness).

Another weak point of the film is how it wrapped up, especially that very last shot and last scene, which was a bit anticlimactic, for me. The ending was certainly decent and safe but it didn’t have the same balls as The Wackness did. Also the revelation that the main character has is revealed in a pretty lame way, I thought. The rest of the film was really great though, it just had a bit of a rocky ending for me.
So all and all I would recommend this film, as a rental. I don’t know how I feel about comedies and watching them in the theater. I can never see a reason why. The cinematography was decent but nothing so mind-blowing that you just have to see it on the big screen. If I hadn’t gone to an advance screening for free I would not have paid $8-$12 dollars to watch it. MY VERDIT: A GREAT RENTAL or a lazy afternoon with friends if you have an extra few bucks for a matinee.

Oh and I was pretty irked that Lisa P’s best friend Kelly was the only black person in the film and she played the part of the “sidekick” to the hot white chick. That just irked me a little bit.

PEACE!

April 21st!

Valve announced today that they'll be releasing the first DLC for Left 4 Dead (my now all time favorite video game of all time) April 21st!




Click here
to read the full blogpost on their site.

Peace!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Model Minority!

Class Project. This is the intro.

AAS 100 Model Minority - The Myth from Antoine Bandele on Vimeo.

The Devil's Company Started Today!

Yay! After two years of waiting we are finally underway with
The Devil's Company!

Peace!

Go to the full blog here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Watchmen Review ...

... her review is almost exactly what mine is ...
Her review starts at 3:50


The only differences were that I DID like the new ending, even more than the one in the graphic novel. Also she didn't mention the fights scenes but have to say I did not like them. They were not awesome if you think of them in the context of Watchmen. The only superhero is Dr. Manhattan. The rest are normal people who train themselves to be awesome. Those fight scenes were highly choreographed and fake. That was possibly one of the worst elements of the film. Fight scenes like those belong in Spider-Man or X-Men ... comic movies like that with superhuman characters. The most realistic fighting came from Rorchach but everyone else was way too heightened.

Peace!

I'll probably do a more extensive review of Watchmen later if I feel like it.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I don't blog ...

... unless I'm really excited or really pissed about something. Or I find something generally interested in something. Thus far ... for the pass few weeks no such thing has excited me ... so that's the reason for so few blogs.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

One Day

One day I would love to make a film entirely of photographs like this ... (although this does less of showing the beauty of still images and makes it look like they shot at 10 fps or something)

Notte Sento (English subtitles) from napdan on Vimeo.

Peace

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Azden SGM 1X & Audio-Technica 25' XLR Cable!

I'm getting really semi-pro with my equipment now. First I got my DVX100B and then a Manfrotto tripod. Yesterday I just made a purchase for a Azden SGM (Shotgun Mic) for my camera along with a 25 ft XLR cable for booming situations. My order should be in at around Tuesday of next week. I'll be sure to take photographs and do some test.

Speaking of test. My Final Cut Pro 6 is spazzing out again. I was trying to do a upscaled HD test with my DVX100B with a 2.35:1 mask but Final Cut won't let me turn it on. I think it's the editing Gods telling me I need to purchase my own copy ... but I really don't have the money. One day I will, of course, but right now I just can't.

Peace

Friday, February 27, 2009

I've Got The Devil on the Brain

Big meeting with the cast and crew tomorrow. I made this in preparation for tomorrow so I could further explain what I was looking for in this particular fight scene. I think I went a little overboard. The character in the script has to fight naked and I decided to try and showcase this by fighting in boxers, which I soon realized was not necessary at all.


Peace

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Half Blood Prince Footage

This will be my favorite one. I don't care how much I'm hyping it in my mind. Unlike most, I liked Order of the Phoenix, which was directed by the same director as this one and Deathly Hallows Pt. I & II.



Peace

Best Dinner I Ever Made



What are those little brown strips!? Beef-less Strips from Trader Joe's! They made this Pita Sandwich what it was!

Peace

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Offered Weed For First Time

So a week ago I was offered weed for the first time at a film shoot for my buddy Damian. It was quite funny. It went something like this:

INT. DAMIAN'S COUSIN'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

ANTOINE, innocent and unassuming, reads a HOW-TO COMIC BOOK, across from RACHEL, beautiful actress, jabbing away at her phone.

A YOUNG POT HEAD, shuffles out of the bathroom in looks over to Antoine with a maniacal smile.

YOUNG POT HEAD
You want to smoke some weed?

Antoine looks up from the book, somewhat confused.

ANTOINE
What?

YOUNG POT HEAD
You want to blaze?

Antoine clutches the comic book.

ANTOINE
Nah ...

ANTOINE (V.O.)
... I don't smoke weed.

YOUNG POT HEAD
Ah, can't do that on the job, huh?

ANTOINE
Yeah, somethin' like that ...

YOUNG POT HEAD
Aight ...

The young pot head trots away with a slight limp. Antoine catches the distinctive smell on her.

He turns to Rachel.

ANTOINE
You know, that's the first
time I've ever been offered
weed in my life.

RACHEL
Really?

ANTOINE
Yup.

Antoine goes back to his book; Rachel, to her phone.

So that's pretty much how all that happened.

Peace

Catch Up Starst Now: My Thoughts on Oscar Shorts (Live Action and Animation)

Expect a slew of blogs to come in the next two hours, starting from the last one I just posted till now. They will be short and concise as possible just so I can catch up.

A few weeks back I watched the Oscar Nominated Shorts (Live Action & Animation), which cost me a butt-load because I took my brother along and he's broke.

(Very minor spoilers ahead)

ANIMATION SHORTS

LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES
This was possibly my favorite of the whole animation bunch. A great cautionary tale without being on the nose and preachy. Beautifully hand-drawn animation, to boot.

LAVATORY - LOVESTORY
This is the first one we all saw. It was cute and I lol'd while watching it but it didn't completely capture me as much as I wanted it to.

OKTAPODI
This was the shortest one of the shorts, rounding out to a simple two minutes, and that was for the better. It had a quick laughs and quick beats and a great ending.

PRESTO
This wonderful short by Pixar probably had the best comedic timing but I felt it went on for too long. It was too clever. Great joke after great gag after great quip but I needed a break. Maybe there was just too much slapstick.

THIS WAY UP
A lot of people are really eatin' this one up. I liked it but it wasn't fantastic for me and I'm not sure why. It was fun and entertaining though.

Note: They even showed some of the honorable mention, which were all good but I could see how they didn't get nominated. My brother's favorite was one of these though but I felt it was a really preaching cautionary tale, unlike La Maison En Petits Cubes which didn't beat its message over my head at all.

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

AUF DER STRECKE (ON THE LINE)
I love this short so much but it's ending annoys me very much. I'm so glad that this got nominated! I first saw it at the Student Academy Awards, which is like the Oscars for student films, and it was certainly the best (it won for best foreign student film). Besides its ending the constant fade out and fade ins annoyed me as well but it's a great tale about guilt. MUST SEE!

MANON ON ASPHALT
This was my favorite by far! Great great great! It's about a young woman who dies and recounts all the things she has done and hasn't done and how her death would affect her friends and family. So great!

NEW BOY
The weakest of the bunch. Not bad, but not great. I'm not even sure how this got nominated. It's entirely mediocre.

THE PIG
The funniest of the bunch but I felt bored by it at times and I don't feel the ending with the blind patient was explored enough but maybe it didn't need to be.

SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND)
I didn't find this to be that special, although I hear critics are eating it up like candy. It's okay, it's good, but it really isn't all that great and while I didn't expect the ending I found it very predictable. Plus, this World War II story has been told before. Everything about the Jews during WWII was done best in Schindler's List. I didn't feel I needed this film anymore.

I definitely enjoyed this and I will be going next year. I love living in Los Angeles. This was only in select theaters and if I lived in the Midwest somewhere I would never have gotten the chance to see some very beautiful films, both animated and not.

The animations were definitely better than the live action but I loved them all.

Peace!

Obama Bans "N" Word





Peace!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Whoopi vs. SilentBat II: The Dark Aura Stone (Part I)

We had to put it in parts to at least get SOMETHING out to you guys. So here it is! Part I! Expect Part II in the next two weeks or so and Part III shortly after and Part IV much later. You won't be seeing the movie in its entirety all uninterrupted until another month and a half or so ...


Whoopi vs. SilentBat II: The Dark Aura Stone (Part I) from Whoopi vs. SilentBat on Vimeo.

Peace

BE SURE TO PASS THIS AROUND!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Update: Busy but getting back on track!

So I've been doing a lot over the past week or two. I barely had anytime to fit in this little bit of a blog. Essentially, what I'll be displaying is what you can expect from this blog over the next week or so to cover what I missed:

- I still have to discuss what I thought of the Oscar shorts (both Live Action & Animated).
- I still need to do the Facebook = Vimeo > MySpace = YouTube blog/videoblog.
- I'm going to discuss what's going on with my Lightsaber Choreography Competition Entry
- I'm going to talk about my experience at a friend's shoot called: Car Ride with Claire.
- Be sure to look to thedevilscompany.blogspot.com for updated on The Devil's Company (Prologue). If there is huge news I'll post it here but most news about that film will be up on its blog.
- I'm going to be doing a few videoblogs. One being the one I mentioned above and one about film adaptations of books. Something I was thinking about for college teachers, a video audition of sorts. The Wiz vs. The Wizard of Oz
- I was offered weed for the first time. My reasons against drugs and alcohol.
- My experience at the ACE Awards
- Some other stuff I can't think of.

Peace

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

School = Less Blogs :(



I'm working on a few fun projects right now. I should have something out next weekend. Maybe two. Some things I can show you. Some I cannot.

Peace

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

YouTube + And He Gets The Girl + My Video = Almost off YouTube!?

I think it's inevitable. My "And He Gets The Girl" music video might be taken off of YouTube soon. Almost all the other videos have been taken off except for two and the newer ones. Now I'm on the top of the list with the most views. Eek! But I think I know why mine is still on YouTube. When the copyright owners look for things with their music they only listen for the first ten or twenty seconds. I don't think the music comes in until thirty seconds in (UPDATE: it starts at 0:44). I have my opening title and the opening sequence.



Peace :(

Let's pray it won't get taken down :(