The real Facebook movie….and Paranormal Activity. You know…I like when movies look good…quality-wise. But I don’t mind when movies, like this, put emphasis on content. It’s when movies fall somewhere in-between that I don’t like them….e.g. 300. I don’t know why I pointed that one out from the millions of others.
While working on audiobooks in 2007, I worked on a book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. When your job is to edit audiobooks it’s a given that one works on more bad books than good. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this one. It’s the story of a 12 year-old thief, Hugo, who lives hidden in a busy train station in Paris during the 1930′s. It involves gadgets, history, secrets, and film. The film aspect of it involves the famous Georges Méliès. I’m sure this played a role in Martin Scorsese picking up this book for his next film.
While working on the audiobook I had the opportunity to do some sound design for it. Because the paper version of the book contained some amazing hand-drawn art pieces, the publisher didn’t want these to get lost in the audio version. The book starts off with a series of ten or so images that show Hugo making his way through the crowded Parisian station. Have a listen below. The sound design comes in after the “brief introduction.”
I’m very curious to see how Scorsese interprets this book. There are some very interesting choices in how it was cast including the great Emily Mortimer of Paris, je t’aime, Transsiberian, Harry Brown, and of course Jack’s lover on “30 Rock“. Another interesting cast here is Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali G and Borat fame. I can’t wait to see this.
Also, if you haven’t seen the classic French movie “The 400 Blows“, it’s the story of a young French boy living in Paris who turns to petty theft. I’m sure this had an influence on the creation of Hugo Cabret and if it did, that’s more the reason to read the book and watch this movie. According to IMDB the release date is December 9th, 2011.
Ten years ago I started watching movies. I mean actually WATCHING movies. Maybe it was because I started college around that time. Maybe it was because in college I would hear “You haven’t seen Star Wars?” or “Never seen Godfather?!?“.
Unfortunately, I only started watching movies. I didn’t buy them. I would download them or rip them from people’s DVD’s. This presented a problem. How could I watch my digital movies, stored on my computer, on my television? Burning them to DVD was a lengthy option at the time as DVD players didn’t yet have the ability to play files which meant I had to author DVDs. Viewing movies on my CRT monitor is okay but not great as far as furniture placement in the crib. Sometimes I would literally move my couch around the room depending on what I was doing.
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The solution I came up with at the time was to run a long video cable from my computer to one of my television’s inputs and use my TV as a third monitor. This was great but presented two issues. First, my computer had to be on in order to watch a movie and that’s not good for my electric bill. Second, my television had to be on and on that selected input upon boot-up of the computer in order to be recognized as a secondary monitor. One good thing about this setup was that my speakers for my computer are better than my television’s. I played with Boxee, TVersity, PS3 Media Server, and countless numbers of software based media players. Until now, PS3 Media Server, has been the most stable solution.
Earlier this year I purchased a Pioneer Plasma Elite television. For quite some time I have wanted a Pioneer Plasma but it wasn’t until news hit that they were discontinued that I finally sprung for the purchase. I now have the Pioneer two rooms away from my main media source. How could I get my movies to this plasma screen? Should I build a HTPC? What should I do?
I have followed Popcorn Hour through all it’s incarnations along with many other networked media players. I’m a big fan of the Popcorn Hour series but never jumped at it due to numerous bugs and video format issues. Then the PopBox was announced from the makers of the Popcorn series, Syabas. The UI looked great and the apps sounded great (including Netflix) and most importantly the price was right. I pre-ordered.
The PopBox is a set-top box that connects to your home network, wireless or wired, and streams your movies, music, and photos from any shared drives (you can also connect external drives if you want). There are 4 PCs and 1 mac in my household hooked up to the network and it can see them all. After using the box for a few months, one thing I like about it is that I don’t need to store anything on the box itself or copy anything. It just sees it all from both Mac and PC. One feature I liked about all the old software media players was the ability to sync up with online databases like IMDB. The PopBox does that for all the movie information including cover art. This feature doesn’t work as well as it should. You may have to manually link up certain movies to IMDB. Luckily for Syabas, a user created a program called PopEye which easily handles your PopBox database and allows for customization. I’m obsessive-compulsive about my file-naming conventions and I can say I still needed the PopEye.
Overall, I’m only about 60% happy with the box. The UI is slower than my PS3′s. If the PopBox has a problem with a file it needs to be restarted. Certain high-data-rate 1080p movies occasionally playback jerky (could be my network). Many of the apps I was looking forward to have been held back from release (e.g. Netflix). Syabas has been updating the firmware to address certain issues but the unit, as it stands now, isn’t stable. I cannot recommend it. Although it takes minutes to scroll through hundreds of movies, the PS3 is more stable as a media player right now in all categories; movies, music, and photographs. There are so many set-top boxes being released this year but the Popbox seems to be the best. I hope they get their act together.
Well…of all the boxes that came out since the PopBox the Sony Netbox SMP-N100 looks great and sports a UI similar to the XMB on the PS3. I will be strongly considering this box based on their reputation.
You’d be hard-pressed to find me watching a reality show other than one starring Les Stroud but lately I’ve been watching Scrappers while eating dinner. I heard about the show and how it takes place in Brooklyn South by Avenue U so it peaked my interest. I caught the premier the other day and was hooked.
The show is hilarious. Peace to ZEPS, Dama Nilz, and everyone else who put me on to that area of Brooklyn.
When people proposition me with work and include name-dropping it immediately turns me off. Even if you name-dropped my favorite most respected idol in the world, it wouldn’t be relevant to anything at hand.
“Dropped names are like toupees: Badly done, they are obvious and show poor taste.”
Name-dropping doesn’t only include names of people you’ve worked with but it also includes projects. Name-dropping bleeds insecurity. This isn’t new. And don’t name-drop for other people. Let them be. Let you be. Stand behind your own name.
I’ve met a shit-load of people. Have you ever seen me in a picture with one of them?
Also, that video above is a pretty common situation but what I love is all the RED 4k bashing. First of all RED 4K isn’t true 4K. Second, RED doesn’t look good. And third, resolution is overrated. The more resolution the less accurate everything is. There’s a limit.
Fairly recently I was the assistant director on The Sunnyside Murders. It’s a short film that was shot in Queens that involves murders. I had too much fun working on this. You may watch it below:
Also, head over to the director’s blog about the film for more insight and information at The Sound Villains
Here’s a plot summary straight from the Vimeo description:
“The story of a woman at the crossroads of her life. Part dancer, part drug-dealer, Stephanie reaches a turning point after she is robbed of the money she owes a New York City drug boss. Confronted by her impending doom, she descends from day into night, as she juggles a client, a stranger, and her best friend, on the way to an inevitable showdown between her, the drug boss, and the mysterious thief threatening to derail her life.”