Archive for January, 2010

The Twitter.

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

You tend to miss things when you aren’t on the The Twitter or The Facebook . . . I guess over 1 million people found out about this before I did.

Shit My Dad Says.

Soul Stealer.

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Somehow I ate a total of three hamburgers throughout the day and evening yesterday — In order to provide some context; I haven’t eaten “one” hamburger in a hell of a long time. I’m still confused how it all happened — I also took some pictures . . . Here is one.

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Stick a Wolf.

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I’m not kidding. I have watched this three times . . . and am not ruling out a fourth viewing.

Enjoy your weekend.

Photoblogjammin. Guest Post Edition.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Photoblogjammin with Joseph Manafo. Considering I hate his guts, Joseph and I have managed to become good friends over the last number of years. He is sweet, good natured, and owns a healthy sense of humour. With a penchant for Cardigans and Greaser Culture his look is always crisp and clean. Hang out with him for a minute (a literal 60 seconds) and you will be a fan for life.

Joseph makes his own Photoblogjammin contribution. Enjoy:

Stuff I Notice. The very best part of owning a cell phone that takes photographs is the opportunity to capture random, impromptu, otherwise lost moments. The following represents a snapshot of some of the better moments I’ve spent with my cellular device:

1. My neighbour cut down one of his trees. The birds got pissed and took it out on my car. No joke. He told me later that the tree was always full of sleeping birds at night. Guess where they moved to?

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No Football.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

This is another reason why I don’t watch Football.

According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.

In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there’s barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays.

So what do the networks do with the other 174 minutes in a typical broadcast? Not surprisingly, commercials take up about an hour. As many as 75 minutes, or about 60% of the total air time, excluding commercials, is spent on shots of players huddling, standing at the line of scrimmage or just generally milling about between snaps.

11 Minutes. Lame. View the full article here.

Via Kottke

Honest Eds.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Honest-Eds

This may be a lot of to fit into one sentence. However, as a fellow who carves out his living in the digital typography trade, and as one who knows the joy and sorrow involved in proper kerning, leading, and chasing the perfectly set type, I have a tremendous soft spot in my heart for the slowly disappearing art of sign painting by hand.

You don’t see it very often anymore, which makes finding it a special treat. Although, if you need your fix. Go to Honest Ed’s. It remains the mecca for hand painted signs. The last time I was there — which was also the first time, and I used to be a Toronto resident, shameful — I couldn’t get enough of it.

The fact that Honest Ed’s is still employing sign painters and has yet to sell its soul to Helvetica (best) or Comic Sans (worst), stands as a reminder that some people continue to value the slower, handmade crafts. Amazing.

Get the full story here.

Movie Making. Part Two.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

In the event I didn’t make it clear in Part One. These edits are rough. That was the order of the day. There was such little time to get these online . . . So they have a certain rough and ready quality to them.

Pretty much every day of shooting called for blue skies and sunshine . . . the time of year we were out west, those two things were quite likely to happen. Often. When average temperatures should have been around 25 degrees (Celsius), They hovered at 12 degrees. With rain. Lots of rain.

This is Silas. He has worked in the film industry in Vancouver, and the television industry in Ecuador. One day he told stories of how many dogs he had unintentionally killed in the streets of the Ecuador. To put it mildly. He was a character.

He also said the same phrase over and over again. Noticing this, I had planned to film him saying the same thing over the course of the day and then edit that footage together. In less than 2 hours, I was overwhelmed and I stopped filming him. The edit which follows is the result.

There is not a single instance in this which is staged.

Thanks, Internet.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I don’t know how these things work, but the internet just keeps bringing forth that which is funny.

Credit is due to Chris Vyn for unearthing these gems.

Look Around You.

Look Around You.

Just Look Around You.

Downtime.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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While waiting for a web-based problem to fix itself at the studio (It didn’t fix itself) I had some downtime to look at a new site from Austin based design studio, PTMK. They certainly have their stuff dialed! A nice variety of projects all featuring a clean consistent style.

Check out more work after the jump.
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Movie Making. Part One.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

A couple of years ago, I was invited out west to join a small (super small) film crew who was making an independent feature length movie over a 14–16 day period. A little over two weeks to make a film is ambitious to say the least.

With the previously mentioned small crew comprised of film school grads, professional DIY’ers, stage and screen actors, and the most unpredictable scenarios involving horrible weather, bears, and a real medical emergency atop a mountain — whilst shooting a scene about a fake medical emergency — things can get silly awfully quick.

The film remains in production limbo, I think everyone involved is hoping it will get done. If you knew the amount of time, energy and money that goes into an effort like this, you would be pulling for Writer/Director/Producer/Location Scout/Driver, Paul King to get this done as well.

So where did I fit into to all of this? I was hired to hang out on set, shoot production stills and capture behind the scenes footage. In addition to that, I was charged with keeping up a production blog, which I ended up contributing both written entries and more video blog-type-of-stuff. That blog has since disappeared from the internet, but the videos are still out there in various forms.

I thought it would be fun to post them up this week.

It is also appropriate to mention the workflow I employed out there. On set, I used cameras. Surprise.

The fun started when we got back to the hostel we were staying in. Four of us shared a room. Three crew members and one precious actor. There were two sets of bunk beds, with enough room for a chair in between them. After a full day of shooting, I would come back, eat dinner, then sit in the chair in between the bunk beds with an ANCIENT Sony Vaio laptop. I would go over my notes from the day and come up with some words to write for the blog.

After that, I would edit photos using Photoshop 7, it had been a long time since I had used that version, but it wasn’t a big deal. Then, I would capture video and edit clips together using Sony Vegas. What the heck is Sony Vegas? I guess some people use it, but back then, I had never laid eyes on it. Nor have I since.

Actually, the first edit (posted below) was edited on a Macbook using Final Cut, which is what I thought I would be using for the duration of the shoot, but it didn’t work out that way.

I’m certainly not complaining. It is so easy to get spoiled with gear, or to completely covet the gear you don’t have, but the reality is, you make do with what you have. Simple.

Anyway, here is the first edit. Look for the rest to show up this week.