I had experienced several hauntings. Doors creaking closed. Strange vibrations. Chills. I began to lose sleep. Why do ghosts torment the weary? I’d leave the music playing and the kitchen lights on in order to fall asleep. Out of sick curiosity, I set up the video camera and aimed it at the kitchen. One night I captured this. The ghost did not waste much time. Of course I used the video to fool around with different visual styles in post. This was the result.
aka… A Hipster Haunting. aka… Paranormal Craptivity.
Two dudes forge a quick friendship in an otherwise dudeless work environment.
Meyer and I had to do a presentation for work that revolved around the necessary steps it takes to create a web series. We decided to have fun with it. This video is the very special sneak peek of our faux show. See if you can spot the sponsor integration! We judiciously went into work on a Saturday armed with an issue of Maxim and several changes of clothes. Cafaro helped out on camera. Fun Fact: We recorded the theme song on my iPhone.
I don’t know why I didn’t post this months ago. It’s just been sitting in my drafts folder. So I’m posting now.
Nearly a year ago now, I did two additional “color explorations” of the Dull Objects piece. These came out of some tests I was doing while trying to figure out what the final video was going to look like. I figured I’d share these with you in lieu of any new video content I have.
In the first one, I used a sweeping posterized color tint. I had originally wanted to do something with color, but ultimately landed on an over-saturated look. This was my first test.
This second one is my Wild Card! A contrasted, liquified, yellow. Think real life anime. Bearded fantasy. It only works well on some of the shots, and I was too lazy to make it look really great the whole way through.
Lastly, here’s a version using a technique for faking depth of field. It is subtly different that the main video, but out of the 4 versions, I think I prefer this one the best.
Here’s the basic gist: Star Wars: A New Hope has been split into 15 second segments and posted on the internet. Fans were to “claim” scenes and re-create them any way you like, as long as it was creative. Once all scenes had been re-done, the highest rated ones as voted on by fans would be put back together and walla! Star Wars.
I really liked the concept- make a collaborative fan film with hundreds of other people. The website was cleverly put together and intuitively organized. In the end, it was just about having fun.
My friend Bryan and I decided we wanted to take part, so we claimed scene 315. Luke, Han, and Chewie have just sprung Leia from her holding cell and they’ve jumped down the garbage shoot to escape. We got my other friend Khendra to play Leia and shot it in my bathtub. I thought rubber duckies would make a good visual so I bought a bunch of them to fill out the tub. (Wish I bought more.)
The project is now over and our scene was selected to be in the final cut of the film. Which is totally exciting. (You can watch the entire movie, clip by clip, here) I’m fully aware that it’s because Khendra looks great in a bikini and had nothing to do with the rubber duckies. I can’t wait to attend the NY screening. It should be quite ridiculous. Every 15 seconds a different group of people will be cheering for their scene. They’re working out a few legal loose ends, but I hear George digs the concept.
Here’s my favorite part though. Casey Pugh, the brains behind this whole operation, just won a Creative Arts Emmy for the entire concept! Kudos to him for a great idea and his tireless work and for allowing me to contribute to an Emmy winning project. Naturally, I’ve been going around claiming to be an Emmy winner myself. Why not? Good times.
So I realize I haven’t posted any Miabi Movies lately. I’ve gotten quite busy at work and at play and have been neglecting all of this new stop motion stuff I’ve been promising. Here’s another video I created as a test. Again, there was absolutely no plan going into this. If you can detect a plot, you win my love. I was making it up as I went along. Which proves that I’m willing to post crap, just so you have some content to look at. It’s stupid and not even sure it show’s progress. But the music is nice!
A mad scientist tries to reanimate a copper coil and takes what he’s learned to reanimate Corey, his clay friend.
2010 (0:26) – I was playing around with some new stop motion software over the weekend and created this tragic tale about a duck. Since I was just testing out the software and have no idea how to create stop motion movies, I was pretty much making it up as I went along. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it. Hopefully I’ll create something far more interesting in the coming weeks. Until then.. Duck Motion.
a collection of random thoughts and ideas about the future with some comedy zested in for taste.