Wednesday, November 28, 2018

DJI Osmo Pocket Camera

Okay here's a really neat little camera for those on the go videos.  The video is brought to you by our friends at B&H camera.  The results are stunning, and the size of the camera is even more remarkable.  You can use it with you're smart phone as well, or just alone by itself.  It's a lot less encumbered when not using your smartphone, but when you use your smartphone you have a better viewer to frame your shots with.  Either is good.

It also can take still pictures, so it makes for an excellent on the go camera for blog posts, and web based applications.  I am blown away with the quality too.  I'm sure sound isn't that great, but from what I saw for simple set-ups it sounds okay.

It's a bit pricey but at $349 it's not a bad deal if you use it for blogging purposes or you're an aspiring you-tube star.  I'm sure we'll see more of this in the future.  The clarity and the smoothness of the shots are really good.  Take a look at the video:

I have to say it looks great, and has many applications.  I am amazed at the quality.  I have just one question.  Whose going to be the first to use this gem for a feature film?

Why? You say.  Why Not?

I'm thinking this would be a great camera for shooting interviews or demo videos.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ricky Jay 1946-2018

Ricky Jay passed away at his home in Los Angeles last Saturday.  Known for his superior card skills which lead him from the stage to screen in such films as "Heist", "State of Maine", "Boogie Nights", "the Spanish Prisoner", "House of Cards" & "Magnolia".  His talent was most of all his skills with a deck of cards.

It has been reported that Jay started practicing magic tricks at age four.  Jay's interest in tricks and cons lead him to form a company with his partner Mark Weber called Deceptive Practices.  He had several Broadway shows one of them called "Ricky Jay & his 52 Assistants" directed by David Mamet.

*"Jay’s film career hit its saturation point in 1997, a year in which he appeared in Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner, played an adult movie cameraman in Boogie Nights, and popped up as a cyberterrorist in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. He reunited with Anderson for a double role in 1999’s Magnolia, appearing on screen as a game show producer and voicing the narrator, whose opening monologue plays to Jay’s talent for rattling off anecdotes of the distant past. In the aughts, he had a recurring role as a card sharp in the first season of HBO’s Deadwood, and continued his collaborations with Mamet, showing up in State and MainHeist, and Redbelt."

What I liked about Mr. Jay's performance was how natural he came across. His performances were stellar.  I always watched Ricky's performance in anything and I was convinced that he loved what he did.  He had a skill that translated well into film.  He was the guy who said it like it was.  Like his Brooklyn origins he never strayed too far away from what he knew.  His characters had history which even though not stated seemed authentic.  He was a regular on Late Night with David Letterman, and he could fascinate you with his stories and his ability to work his magic with cards.  I was saddened to hear that he had passed away because he was a true talent and a heck of a character.  His recurring character in "Deadwood" was something to behold.  When Ricky had the screen he had the screen.  I always wanted to know more about the characters he played, and that's what was Mr. Jay's talent.  Ricky made you want more as any good performer can tell you that is as good as it gets.

He will be missed and he is gone way too soon. Thanks for the performances.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Blogging in the 21st century...

I started another blog, but I don't want to abandon this blog.  They say the more you write the better you get, so I've double downed.  Being relevant in the 21st century is important.  Both on a personal level as well as on a career level.  I will not abandon this blog just because I've had so much fun doing it, and it's because of this blog I've meet and talked with some pretty awesome folks.  I will try and review more films since I like doing it, and though I'm no Roger Ebert I do enjoy it.  Being a filmmaker of sorts I find it hard to hate a film or not enjoy a film.  It either works for me or it doesn't.  I was always taught constructive criticism will make you better.  In a culture of attacking ideas and thoughts I find that counter-productive.

I have always loved and admired the "French New Wave" because of their collaboration with each other as well as their competitiveness towards each other.  They produced some radically interesting films.

I'm also closing in on my 500th published post, and I don't want to abandon that.  So here's the address to my other blog on wordpress:

Thanks for listening...


Thursday, August 02, 2018

Grass Roots Filmmaking

I've been always an admirer of people who love the cinema and make their own films independently of Hollywood.  As I grow older I really would still love to do this.  You do it for yourself, and you're friends.  If something comes of it all the better, but this short film shows the passion that the Spence brothers have for filmmaking.  Reminds me of Don Dohler and American who also had a passion in filmmaking.

Take a look and get inspired.

Movie Mavericks - The Spence Brothers from Notasuch Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

What is Project Rush? Adobe's new editor for mobile!

Check it out.  Always looking for an editing platform that is mobile.  I'm an Adobe fan.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ready Player One 2018

It's been awhile, but I finally went to see a Steven Spielberg film in the theater which I have not done since 2008.   Don't get me wrong I did see "Lincoln" and "Bridges of Spies", but on cable and at home.  Spielberg's films are masterful, and when seen on the big screen you know why he is such a consummate director.  Spielberg's visuals are breathtaking, and he knows how to tell a good story.  He has been a favorite of mine since I was a teen and saw a picture of him filming when he was a teen.  It's taken me awhile for me to get excited about a movie, and I have to confess my boys were more excited seeing this film then I was.  After all it's about gaming, and what teen doesn't game?

The movie is 40% live action, and the rest is CGI, and animation, but Spielberg blends the two so well it's hard to see where the line is drawn.  Since the movie is about a fantasy place called the Oasis, and the reality of a bleak future I think Spielberg does a fantastic job showing the different worlds.

The movie is all about pop culture of the past, and how Spielberg interweaves the two is fascinating.  My son has the book and I read a bit of it, and I have to say I like Spielberg's version better then the authors.  I'm not saying the author does a bad job, but film and books are two distinct different mediums.  Spielberg is a master at film, and what he does is create a couple of set pieces in the film that are very memorable.  The race which starts the film is exciting and breathtaking to watch, and so is the dance off at the Oasis between the two characters Parzival and Art3mis.

I did not get all the pop culture nods in the film, but I'm sure that's for me to see when I see it again.  I have a feeling that you will see something new after every time you see this movie.  My boys certainly caught a lot of the pop culture references and characters then I did, but then again they have young eyes, and are trained to react quickly because they game.

I swear the next generation will be hyper sensitive to visuals and very good at multitasking.  Their brains are being wired to think faster, and react faster, and do more then us older folk.  I don't see this as a totally bad thing, because age is always a decider in one slowing down, but Ready Player One is a movie that plays to the younger generation.

The movie though did speak to me.   Spielberg infuses the film with a deep moral compass which I can't argue with, and that is we all NEED to interact with each other on a one on one bases.  That's how we develop connections.

The main character starts out a loner with friends he truly doesn't know, but by the end he is a boy with many friends and a deep love for them.  It is their love that get's him through to the end of the contest in the film.  In essence Spielberg says imagination is good, but look to reality to create you're relationships and through those relationships you can create a better reality.

I liked the message, and that's why I have to recommend it.  The movie does have romance, adventure, and is funny at times.  But then this is a Spielberg film.  Spielberg knows his stuff, and he knows what he's doing.  Ready Player One is a fun and exciting film that people of all ages can enjoy.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War Official Trailer

The anticipation for this film is off the charts.  No matter what you think about these superhero movies Marvel does a great job at promoting it's content.