Misc

Happy Father’s Day

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I just want to wish everyone a very happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers past, present, and future. Whether they are fathers, step-fathers, or father figures. And as is tradition my Creepshow post from the segment “Father’s Day”.

Misc

Happy Father’s Day

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Sending all my best to fathers everywhere, past, present, and future, especially my own. Have a great day everyone! And of course I can’t help but think of the great story from ‘Creepshow‘. Be sure to get your dad a cake or else … he’ll get his own.  

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day Three

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What is one of your favorite films from the 1930’s? DODSWORTH (1936) D: William Wyler While there are so many other great films from this decade to choose from I always like to take the opportunity to recommend William Wyler’s ‘Dodsworth’ because it’s one of those hidden gems. Walter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth who retires so he and his wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton) can travel and see the world. They start to struggle with where their life is and where it might be going and this leads to some very honest outlooks on life making the film so endearing and heartfelt. It’s one of those movies you are surprised you never heard of before you see it. Turner Classic Movies plays it from time to time and if you see it’s on be sure to catch it. You will thank me that you did. The more I see it the […]

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day Two

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What is one of your favorite film epics? BEN-HUR (1959) D: William Wyler This has always been one of my favorite epics on many levels. The story of Judah Ben-Hur which goes through the story of Rome in the time of Jesus Christ with the Jesus aspects sort of a side story until the third act which also makes it one of the best Biblical epics as well. On a scale like very few (if any) films ever made it can be almost jaw dropping the mere scope of the film. Plus it was shot in MGM Camera 65 which gives it an aspect ratio of 2.76:1 (your standard widescreen film is 2.40:1). Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture the film works on several levels least of which is the fact that despite its very long running time (222 minutes) it is never boring. Plus it has one […]

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day One

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What is one of your favorite films from the 1920’s? METROPOLIS (1927). D: Fritz Lang There are films that are almost so incredible they sort of defy words. On its own ‘Metropolis’ is a wonderful science fiction film with imagery that is stunning and powerful even 86 years later. When you take into account when the film was made, especially compared to other films during the same period, and the incredible scope of the film plus putting the time in which the film was made into consideration from a filmmaking standpoint, it is almost hard not to watch the film with your eyes wide and your mouth open. The complexity of the film is rich and its set pieces and iconic images have been burned into our brains before having seen it because they have become a part of film history having been used (or offshoots and homages of them) […]

Filmmaking

Day Old Fizzy Water

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Here is a little test video I did with my Sony FS700 camera. Coming off of Panasonic cameras for so many years (HVX200 and HPX170) it’s taking some getting used to with where all of the buttons are and all of the options. So tests like these help me a lot. I had a bottle of carbonated water which had lost some of its fizz but still had some bubbles which I figured would work well visually. I shot part of it in normal speed and part of it in slow motion at 240 frames per second. How can you not shoot water in slow motion? I also kept re-pouring the water and was drying the glass out with the same paper towel so by the third to last shot (which was about the last thing I shot) you can see bits of it swirling around the glass looking like […]

Geek

Movie Of The Day – The Avengers

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‘The Avengers‘ just came out on video and it is a really fun movie. What I really like that Marvel did was create the single movie versions for the main characters having portions of their respective stories also having elements which come into play in this film. That alone is a big gamble because what if the other films didn’t do well? Luckily they did and we get this film. However you don’t have to have seen the other films to understand this one. It helps flesh things out and to familiarize yourself with the characters but not essential. I admit I am not overly knowledgeable of the comic books to a certain degree which only speaks more about the film because someone not coming with the knowledge is able to enjoy the film and not sit there lost. Needless to say a sequel is already in the works from […]