When I heard Jay Synder and his wife Michal Lura Friedman were moving to Inwood I was excited. I love the neighborhood. When I heard Michal was pregnant with twins I was more excited. Michal and Jay had been trying for some time and Inwood is a great place for families. Last Friday, tragically, after giving birth to healthy twins Michal passed away due to c-section complications. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t had them in my thoughts.
Jay and Michal are audiobook narrators. Jay is a co-worker of mine. He recently offered his time and space on the last film I shot. A website has been set up to aid people who wish to offer Jay and his twins help. If you can, please head over to TheSnyderTwins.com and help out. As much as I dwell on it, I will never be able to truly grasp what Jay’s going through.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Patrice O’Neal. I’ve seen him live. I’ve seen all the specials. He’s the best thing about O&A. His set during the O&A Traveling Virus tour (toughest audience ever) is one of the best sets ever. Upon hearing of his heart attack last month I prepared for the worst.
Patrice O’Neal passed away today at the age of 41.
I kind of regret wasting my tickets to see him this year but maybe it was for the better. He’s not the best comic but his unique observations are what people love. I’m shocked.
A habitable planet is discovered fairly close to Earth.
As you know me, I had to suspend quite a bit of belief to watch this film as I believe this could never happen. There are no other human habitable planets out there. Regardless, this film touched on some interesting concepts and played out some interesting scenarios. If it weren’t for the director’s poor decision to man the camera himself I’d only fault the quality of acting.
This movie was shot on the popular Sony EX3 camera. This is a not a filmic camera. It was popular around 2005 when cinematographers would put 35mm adapters on it to obtain somewhat of a filmic look. Due to the amount of post production effects in Another Earth, the film Monsters would be a perfect comparison of how good your EX3 can look on the big screen. Philip Bloom also has some great examples of how well this combination can look. The fact that this was shot at 30fps didn’t really help either.
Overall you have bad acting, a low budget look, and an interesting story. If you can make it to the end despite these things, this will be worth it.
One shortcoming of the iPhone is that if you want the iPhone you’re pretty limited on hardware options. You’re either getting an iPhone 4S, 4, 3Gs, etc. This is an arguable limitation because peripheral manufacturers can produce accessories for the iPhone without incompatibility worries. There are all kinds of mounts, lens adapters, casings, attachments, etc. You won’t see this to the same degree on an Android phone.
Here we have the TASCAM iM2 Stereo Microphone attachment. It’s good because it’s small, can rotate 180 degrees, and most importantly has it’s own pre-amp. Now, I already own the H4N ZOOM field recorder. Why would I need this? Size. I have snuck the H4N into comedy clubs, concerts, lectures, etc, but the TASCAM is quite a bit smaller and would make things much easier. And how can you beat $79?!?
Touching The Void
Directed by KEVIN MACDONALD $19.95
I watch way too many movies like this.
Touching The Void is a documentary about the famous story of two young climbers who face death while on the Andes. Simple. It’s told through reenactments and interviews. While this very easily could have been a TV special (already exists) the reenactments weren’t annoying. They were shot well and cinematic enough to supplement the vivid storytelling during the interviews. This isn’t a TV special. I’d watch it again.
Thomas Suarez is a 6th grader who has apps in the iOS App Store. This is an interesting telling of the times. Thomas isn’t your normal code nerd. His apps aren’t difficult to code. Yet this 6th grader has apps in the App Store.
I coded in school in a few different basic languages from the 4th grade on, as I’m sure Thomas did. Many of my friends did too – both now and then. What’s interesting is the accessibility Thomas has to the world. Even if I coded a killer application/game back then, there’s no way I’d be able to get it around the world for under $100. Thomas Suarez did that on more than one occasion. His Earth Fortune app simply randomizes your fortune for the day and dictates it to you by changing the color of an Earth picture. This kind of project is something all 6th graders have the capacity to complete and probably should. 2007 marked the beginning of the rapid increase in mobile app development. We can now include our children in this wave.