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Sunday, October 26, 2008

"It Doesn't Work"

Another story from the returns desk at work. I dressed up as a girl for this one.

I apologize for the epically failed split screen - I should not have left my white balance on the camera set on auto, hence it changed when I changed costumes.

Oh wells.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Room

My brother Harry scored the title of "Film Of The Year" at his high school's Student Film Screening & Awards Night for his surrealist piece "The Room". It's suitably twisted and I'm really proud of him. :)

He also co-won the Audience's Choice award for a mockumentary he co-wrote and co-directed with two other talented student filmmakers.

For good measure, I thought I'd also post "The Last Stand Of Ezekiel" - a spaghetti western shot and directed by Nelson DeMartini that I thought was quite impressive as well. Harry got a "script consultant" credit for his bizarrely excessive knowledge of spaghetti westerns. ;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I thought I'd start a series entitled "Adventures In Retail" which brief anecdotes of stupid things people say and do while in the process of transacting with a department store.

Here's my first entry.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My New Camera

On Friday, I bowed to demand that I take my videomaking a little more seriously and dropped a pretty penny (as opposed to a slapper of a penny) on a Sony HVR-Z1P. I've previously blogged about it. It's the most expensive item I've ever bought myself.

Some people buy cars, some people buy houses, some people buy trips overseas.

Me? I bought a camera.

When I asked a handful of different people I know who use them (filmmakers, actors, video producers, etc.) it was the model that came up the most often as highly recommended. It's a significant jump up from the Panasonic consumer grade camera I'd been using before - significantly higher resolution (hi-def 1080i v my old one's 720x576), 16:9 widescreen, audio control levels, focus and zoom dials, iris adjustment - basically a LOT more control over the image than I used to. Emily speculated that if I'd shot Pass It On on this kind of camera it would have done better in Tropfest. I don't know about that, but it is a more heavy duty camera.

I shot the Corrs Christmas party video with it on Saturday - risky since I hadn't had too much of a play around with it - but it worked quite well. It was a fun day. :)

The resolution when I captured the footage to computer is impressively clear. There's still a few tricks I need to work out with it though...

I wanted to test it out and see what it would be like for posting video blogs/songs to YouTube - particularly the mike. I did a test video of me singing Unsubscribed - a song I'd written and recorded but not shot a video yet - to test it out. Not entirely happy with it (mostly due to my shitty performance) but it's an experiment. When I get around to doing the real video, I'll delete this one.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Nailin' Palin

Sarah Palin in college with a funny shirt. No wait, it's a pun. It's not as funny. But there is a point.

I don't think I can remember a time when a political candidate has had "sex appeal" used as a positive descriptor. And yet, here we are.

Hustler is fast tracking a porn titled "Nailin' Palin" to be released before the election to capitalize on the mood. See the report at the Huffington Post with further details links.

Just what we need - a probing and incisive cinematical insight at an important political time in the United States.

Fast tracked to coincide with the election. Just like Oliver Stone's W.

Well... not exactly like W.

One is hoping W. features no graphic Bush-Cheney-Rumsfield gay love three way. While Condy operates the camera.

Then again... Stone DID make Alexander...

Anyway, since the two hallmarks of Governor Palin that satirists are drawing on are ... well, take your pick, but let's just go with 1) her sex appeal as a MILF and 2) her lack of foreign policy experience.

So I thought I would highlight three funny comediennes playing up the "political sex symbol" angle of the potential Vice-President. Or President.


Contestant number #1 - Tina Fey.

Because, seriously, who else at SNL was going to play her? ... well, Kristen Wiig maybe. Tina's nailed the impression but do you think it's actually sexy? I know she's got some people crushing on her. She may not be Scarlett or Jessica or Natalie, but she's got boys (and girls) who think she be a sexy mama.

Dear god. If those Tina Fey crushes combine with Sarah Palin crushes, and then they collide over the Eastern Seaboard, combining with a front coming in from the north.

... My god. It'll be the Perfect Sexy Lady With Glasses Storm.


#2 - LisaNova.

The wacky YouTube funny lady could have easily just flaunted her D-cupped cleavage, like she seems to do with almost all of her other characters. But she's yet to do with that with Sarah Palin, and I think that's a good choice. Bespectacled, pursed lips and business suit attired. She doesn't do the voice as well as Tina, but it's definitely better than I could do. It's a solid character for Lisa and she looks quite a gosh darn bit like Sarah.


#3 - Amber Lee Ettinger aka Obama Girl.

Definitely the youngest of the three competitors, her take on Sarah Palin is not nearly as subtle as Tina or Lisa, with her in a bikini or removing her underwear to put on eBay. She's not so much going for subtlety or satire. She's just putting the sexuality out there.

But, hey, it's Barely Political - really, what were you expecting?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals

I love Andy Samberg. Hot Rod - like Anchorman, A Night At The Roxbury or Kung Pow: Enter The Fist - is one of those so-stupid-it's-funny-but-it's-supposed-to-be movies.

This was on last week's SNL. Excellent stuff.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Crime After Crime

YouTube user pennycake has posted an audience's view of one of my favourite pieces of the Law Revue this year - Crime After Crime. Artie and Ev are the crooks, Georgie and Donnie are the cops. A beautifully funny little ballet. I grinned. :)