Play day.

Have I mentioned that we pushed back the start of production on Trap’s High Falls movie? There are seven lead actors, and we just couldn’t quite get the scheduling for everyone worked out in time to shoot this summer.

Since we’re not shooting until 2012, we have time for a little R-and-D work. We did some of that Saturday when Trap and I rounded up most of the cast and shot a lot of test footage of them on motorcycles (did I mention High Falls is about a motorcycle road trip?). Trap is in the process of editing some of that test footage together. For now, here’s a nice GoPro frame of Kyle Holman (alum of Interplanetary and Hide and Creep) on his bike.

Kyle Holman on his bike

Also…

Apple recently released a new version of Final Cut Pro, the company’s flagship video editing software. And the professional editing crowd seems none too happy about it. In this blog post, special effects artist Ron Brinkman explains why it might be time for those pro editors to find a different app to cut their movies.

To promote their new movie, Cowboys and Aliens, director Jon Favreau interviewed star Harrison Ford.

Looks like DC is selling digital versions of some of their old comics for 99 cents each. I hope this is the start of a trend–I love cheap digital comics!

Stacey and I are going on a vacation soon. So it’s time to order more CF cards for the camera. I think I’ll try one of the expensive cards, too.

I love it when scientists get all existential. (via Ebert)

Tutorial: How to build an HTML5 video player.


Out go the lights.

The Delicate Cutters CD release concert was going well–I was having a great time, and the audience and my fellow bandmembers seemed to be doing the same.

Then, as we were about to go into the chorus of “Breathe,” the eighth song in our set, the power went out.

So it was fun while it lasted. Jason Hamric managed to snap this photo before darkness overtook the proceedings…

Delicate Cutters photo taken by Jason Hamric

Many thanks to everybody who came out to see us and/or buy a CD. I’m hoping we’ll play a free “make-up” show in Birmingham sometime soon.

If you missed the show but would like to get a CD, you can pre-order it now (and get a free T-shirt!).

Also…

Join the Ike Reilly Assassination (one of my favorite bands) as they celebrate Independence Day a little early: “Eight More Days Till the Fourth of July.”

I’ve read this Wikipedia entry about Trojan asteroids and moons a couple of times, but I still don’t quite get it.

Zacuto has put together another video camera “shootout” (including Canon DSLRs and the high-end Arri Alexa, among others).


Caveat emptor.

Local cinema buffs are excited that Tree of Life is finally playing here in Birmingham, Alabama. But this is, by all accounts, not a movie for the meek. A theater in Connecticut has gone so far as to post a warning to inform customers that the movie “does not follow a traditional, linear approach to storytelling,” and that no refunds will be offered.

Tree

Maybe it’s time for a parallel movie ratings system… “This movie is rated ‘R’ for violence and foul language and ‘VS’ because only very smart people will enjoy it.”

(via Stacey)

Watched on June 24…

The Spirit isn’t as bad as everybody says–it’s worse. I was able to watch it for twenty minutes or so before I gave up and turned it off.

Watched on June 26…

Green Hornet isn’t as bad as The Spirit. But it is so bad that Stacey and I were only willing to suffer through it for 30 minutes before turning it off.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure might be the archetypal 1980s flick. It ain’t high art, but the movie has a goofy charm that is hard to resist.


Tonight.

Don’t forget: the Delicate Cutters CD release show/party happens tonight.


Delicate Cutters CD release show.

Tomorrow night. Historic Woodrow Hall in the Woodlawn area of Birmingham, Alabama. The Delicate Cutters will be playing a show to celebrate the imminent release of Some Creatures, our second album.

(In case you don’t know, I play drums for the Cutters.)

Delicate Cutters CD release show

This should be a great event. Admission is only five bucks, the new CD will be available for sale to attendees, and the fantastic Green Seed, a local hip hop group, will open the show. Last I heard, the Green Seed will start up around 8 p.m., and the Cutters will take the stage by 9.

More details at the Cutters website. And there’s a Facebook event page, too.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by.

Also…

A great piece of writing about fandom: The Death of Geek at BadassDigest.com.

A great Futurama parody of anti-gay marriage commercials: “Vote No On Proposition Infinity.”

“Light field” cameras? Sounds interesting. Very interesting. And there’s some more info at Wikipedia.

New Cronenberg! Now with even more kinky.


Dead trees.

It’s past time for comic book publishers to get away from the traditional paper “pamphlet” format and go electronic. But, as this Wired article explains, the comic industry faces some unique obstacles on the road to digital.

Comic book cover

(Thanks to Bill Cunningham for the Wired link.)

Also…

Jon Stewart went into the belly of the beast to be the subject of this excellent interview on Fox News.

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights… it’s almost time for a new Muppet movie! (via Stacey)

Here’s an oldie/goodie: the many lives of the Batmobile. (via Stacey)

The 100 Oldest Currently Registered .COM Domains. (via Rebecca)

The Onion does it again.


On the (internet) radio.

Janet and I were on a local internet radio show (“Oh Brother” on Birmingham Mountain Radio) Thursday night. We performed a song in-studio and talked about the Delicate Cutters CD release party (which is happening Friday night–here’s the Facebook event page).

Vulcan

You can hear an archive of Thursday’s show at OhBrotherRadio.com. Janet’s and my segment starts around the 36:45 mark.

Watched on June 17…

Woody Allen makes it look so easy. Midnight in Paris is the feel-good film of the summer, and I write that without an ounce of cynicism. And Midnight in Paris is cynicism-free as well. It’s quick, light, and funny. And beautifully filmed. Don’t read anything else about it–the movie’s many surprises are a big part of the fun–just go see it as soon as possible.

Watched on June 18…

George Lucas cribbed from the Bible, the Lord of the Rings books, and his own Star Wars movies when he came up with the story for Willow. Which is fine. But somewhere between story conception and actual movie (directed by Ron Howard), the whole thing got too broad for my taste. I did like the weird evil dog monsters, though.

Broadcast News is smartly written and directed. But the acting–of Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and the especially-excellent Albert Brooks–is the real reason you should see this movie.

After seeing Willow, I thought I’d re-watch a little bit of Apollo 13, one of Ron Howard’s good movies, on Netflix. It was even better than I remembered. I stayed up till 2:30 a.m. so I could watch the whole thing.

Watched on June 19…

Killers makes Mr. and Mrs. Smith look like Citizen Kane.

Stacey was nice enough to get me the Star Trek “Original Motion Picture Collection” on Blu-ray. She’d somehow never seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, so we remedied that last night. Stacey wasn’t particularly impressed. But I say Khan is one of the great sci-fi adventure films.

Also…

I bet the guys who made the short movie Stuck are going to get some kind of Hollywood deal. If they don’t get arrested first. (via John Bonk)

I tell ya, those Criterion Collection guys know how to make nice DVD packaging.

Yes, I want a Marvel hoodie.

Having done their best to ruin email, blog comments, and Twitter, spammers have now set their sights on e-books.

Blackmail from Lucasfilm: If you want to see the two good Star Wars movies in 3D, you’ll have to support three awful ones first. (I think I’ll stick with the original cuts of Star Wars and Empire on DVD, thanks.)

Wait a minute… George Lucas will spend a bunch of money to 3D-ize shit like The Phantom Menace, but he won’t spend a little bit of money to make a Blu-ray version of the original cut of Star Wars? What an asshole. (When I say a “little bit” of money, I mean by real-world standards, not insane Hollywood standards. I think you could work from a good-quality release print and get the thing mastered and ready for Blu-ray for less than $5,000.)

ToplessRobot.com published a list of eight awful comic books created for people who don’t like comic books. It’s pretty funny. (via Stacey)