If you have any interest at all in creating independent video productions, then you need to check out this new group. By independent productions, I mean anything from a simple book trailer to a full-length movie.

The Creative Commons Film Group is dedicated to using Free and Open Source tools to help visual artists achieve their dreams.  From the webpage:

“We want to bring together all the people that make movies so that they can help each other in a very helpful and friendly way.”

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I am amazed at what can be done with computer graphics and some extra time on your hands. My hats are off to the folks that did the “Death Star Over San Francisco”.

Been Busy!

July 17, 2008

This past weekend, I was visiting friends in State College, PA. We drove around a bit and I got a few pictures to share. Here’s the link to just a few of them.

We also went to see Hellboy II and it was a lot of fun. Although the first one had a bit of comedy, this one had a lot more. I’m looking forward to the DVD so I can take a closer look at some the great stuff that was going on in the background. I’d give it a big thumb’s up!

In writing news, the last round of edits are done for Guardian Dawn and it is on schedule for release on August 4th. Guardian Noon will be the next installment in the Common Ground series.

I’ve been asked for more details on Common Ground and realized it deserves more than a quick response. With that in mind, I’m writing a more detailed description and will be sharing it soon.

Currently Reading: “Turning Point” by Lisanne Norman

Actually, I’m rereading this. I first read it several years ago and recall enjoying the entire series. If you are interested in cat-people, first-contact stories and the possibilities of inter-species mating, then I would recommend it.

Quickie Reviews

January 2, 2008

I must admit to an addiction… I love to pick up those really cheap DVDs in the discount houses. About once a month, for example, I’ll stop in Wally World and dig through thier $5 bin in the back. With that in mind, I’ve started to get a pretty eclectic collection.

Here’s a brief list, along with my Not-So-Humble-Opinion rating system. Top score is five:

  • My Cousin Vinny  – Excellent comedy – 3
  • Running Man –  Good SciFi staring the Governator – 3
  • Big Trouble in Little China – CLASSIC action/comedy – 5
  • Leap of Faith – Another classic – 4
  • Fifth Element – Good SciFi – 4
  • The Girl Next Door – Sophmoric Comedy, but fun – 3
  • Independence Day – Classic SciFi – 4
  • Secretary – Mainstream BDSM and Dom/sub – 3
  • True Lies – Fun action movie – 4

I’ll be adding more to these as I go along.

Bakshi Revisited

December 19, 2007

One of my artistic heroes has been Ralph Bakshi. If you’re not familiar with his work, then you might like to read this overview:

http://killthesnark.blogspot.com/2007/07/legacy-of-ralph-bakshi.html

Some of his creations have been:

  • Fritz the Cat
  • Wizards
  • Fire and Ice (with Frank Frazatta)

These have been available on DVD and VHS, so if you enjoy animated features, you might find them a treat. Fair warning, they are best appreciated by adults. They are not your usual Saturday morning cartoons!

Thanks to my good friend, Evan for the link.

Ratatouille, the Movie

November 11, 2007

Well, I finally saw the Pixar animation, Ratatouille the other day and I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a pretty good family movie. I supposed I should get over being surprised at good films from Pixar, but it looks like they’ve found the secret to bringing CGI to life and making us laugh.

Which brings me to why I bothered to mention it here, where you’re used to seeing me rant about writing and an occasional geek moment. The answer is pure geek.

Throughout this movie, I was amazed at how well the modeled rat movements as well as the various textures of fur… wet, neat, groomed, shocked, etc. If you’re familiar with the process of 3D computer modeling of humans and animal, then you’ll know that getting the hair right is incredibly difficult. Not only do they have it right in a few closeups, but throughout the movie.

It’s worth a peek, friends.