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.


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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.



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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!

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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.

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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.

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Obama Bans "N" Word





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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.

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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.

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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.

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