Suggested by Marche The arena is a 15 x 80 feet alley,you start 10 feet from Kick-Ass. Scenario 1: You can have any weapon you would be able reach in your house. Scenario 2: You fight him empty handed. What... Read More »
I watch a select few series on YouTube: There’s a world of interesting stuff, but only so many hours in a lifetime, and one must choose carefully.
One series that I adore and watch without fail as soon as each new episode is posted is Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins. These are interviews, over drinks, by actor/comedian Tompkins with a range of people – mostly actors but also comedians, writers, and performers of many kinds. There are thoughtful and funny interviews, never confrontational but always having some unexpected element.
Many of the interviews I’ve enjoyed most were with actors I didn’t know at all, people who have played roles in series that I don’t watch, for example. This week’s interview is with Michael Sheen, who played David Frost in the play and then film adaptation of Frost/Nixon, Tony Blair in The Queen, and a variety of other roles on stage, on TV, and in film (Twilight, Tron, Midnight in Paris). He currently has the lead role of William H. Masters in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. These are big roles, and I’ve never seen a single one them.
But this interview is delightful not for the behind the scenes views of these roles, but because Michael Sheen turns out to be a brilliant storyteller of his own experiences, which are themselves funny (or sound so when he recounts them). I could watch him be interviewed all day.
Brought to you by Cole Here we have Link (Legend of Zelda) and Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII) facing off against Lion-O (1985 Thundercats) in a 3 round battle. Round 1: Link is allowed his Master Sword, Julian Shield, and... Read More »
Suggested by itcheyness South Korea decides that it wants Japan to renounce its claims to the Liancourt Rocks and declares war on Japan to get the to comply. Japan and South Korea will fight until one side decides that its... Read More »
Here we are at the Pirates game. It was a great game!! Thanks Lori!!
Here is the final play of the game...
If you don't see the video above click the following link to watch it directly via flickr.
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust Beautiful animation accompanies this re-imagined classic as D embarks to rescue a captured young woman. Can he save her before the Vampire Lord whom has claimed her turns her or worse? Can he beat this new... Read More »
If you can't see the video click the following link to watch it directly on flickr:
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!
Suggested by Nomad This fight marks the official debut for Zaheer (Legend of Korra) on FactPile. Zaheer will be pitted against Delsin Rowe from Infamous: Second Son. Match location is the capital of Naboo, Theed. Who would win? Related Posts:... Read More »
Brought to you by Kaladin Stormblessed Here we have Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, etc) versus Tolkien’s Legendarium (Lord of the Rings). No direct interference from gods (In other words, no Shards, no Illuvatar, and no Valar). Splinters... Read More »
As I near completion of my first feature film, I’ve learned quite a few things about what not to do while making one. If you’re considering making a movie, here are five important things you must never do.
1. DO NOT SHOOT WITHOUT A FINISHED SCRIPT
While ad-libbing scenes can be a fun and creative way to create scenes with actors, and while there have been some great flicks made by simply having a treatment or outline, this is not how you want to make your first film. Chances are the actors you can afford to cast are not the wonderfully trained ad-libbers they think they are. The more structured — your first filmmaking experience is — the better.
Also, shoot the script. Shoot what is written on the page. Anything else can be done in pickups or re-shoots. The bulk of the performances on your first film will be shaped entirely in the editing room.
2. DO NOT HIRE PEOPLE FOR YOUR FILM THAT CAN’T COMMIT THE TIME TO DO IT
When you are making your first film people will have a tendency to view it as some sort of hobby or extracurricular activity — even those folks you ask to come aboard, to be part of it. Until they see some progress, or a rough cut, most won’t see it as a serious endeavor. Do NOT bring people into your project that aren’t going to be available on days you need them. That family day at the amusement park should have to wait until you get the shots you need. The actress who can’t find a babysitter needs to find one, and show the fuck up when she’s called to set.
3. DO NOT USE ON-CAMERA AUDIO
Audio is the most important part of your first feature, because chances are it’s not going to be a cinematic masterpiece. It’s going to be a stepping stone. Clean, external, audio will make your production stand out next to the kid shooting his on the camcorder. According to one of the board members at SXSW, clean audio makes a huge difference in whether or not a film is chosen to screen there, regardless of what it looks like. In other words: Your movie can look like crap, but as long as it has clean audio, that people can hear, and isn’t distracting, your movie is already better than one that looks amazing except for the fact that people can’t hear anything.
4. DO NOT ALWAYS RELY ON EXISTING LIGHT
This is a given, especially with DSLR technology. Some cameras are great in low light, but sometimes you have to light the shit out of things in order to get that clean digital look. This can always be adjusted in post by adjusting gamma, brightness, and contrast. Light, light, light.
5. DO NOT KILL YOURSELF
Making movies is a very difficult thing to do. Your first flick should be super-fun and engaging, but do not beat yourself up over things you can’t control. Making movies is fun. And if it becomes not fun, then you should probably find something else to do with your time. Relax. Enjoy the process. Good luck.
Copyright © 2014 Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.
Suggested by Amm0vamp1r3 Starkiller, The Jedi of the force unleashed series (Star Wars) up against The Vampire Lord of the the Legacy of Kain series. Both warriors are known for their ability to control people with their particular brand of... Read More »
Suggested by croc911 Blackwatch (Prototype) faces off against the Nazis (Wolfenstein the new order ) Battle over the conquest of earth. Everything allowed. Who wins? Related Posts: Helghast Trooper Vs Blackwatch Trooper Blackwatch Vs Covenant Raiden & Sam Vs Alex... Read More »