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Best Matron of Honor Toast Ever – Another One Bites The Dust

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:49am
Check out the video below of the awesome Matron of Honor Toast that Gabrielle sang at her sister Jordan’s wedding reception. Gabrielle contacted me prior to the wedding and indicated that she wanted to sing her upcoming toast. So, I worked with her to obtain a karaoke version of Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust and Gabrielle wrote some clever […]

Jordan and Matthew’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 1:58am
On Friday October 24, 2014 we were at The Terrace Room which is located inside of The Butler Days Inn in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Jordan and Matthew. Jordan and Matt were married at 4:30 pm at Camp Lutherlyn in Butler. Guests began arriving at The Terrace Room at 6:00 […]

Stella and Eric’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:36pm
On Saturday October 18, 2014 we were at The Terrace Room which is located inside of the Days Inn in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Stella and Eric. Stella and Eric were married at 3:30 pm at St. Michael’s Church in Butler PA. Guests began arriving at The Terrace Room at […]

Lucy and Gene’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:55am
On Saturday October 11, 2014 we were at Five Fillies Farm in New Wilmington Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Lucy and Gene. Lucy and Gene were married at 3:30 pm at the United Methodist Church in Ellwood City PA. Guests began arriving at Five Fillies Farm at 5:00 pm as they enjoyed […]

Brandi and Justin’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:39am
On Friday October 10, 2014 we were at The White Barn in Prospect Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Brandi and Justin. Brandi and Justin were married at 3:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellwood City. Guest began arriving at The White Barn at 4:30 pm where they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers […]

Universal’s Shared Monster Universe

Xaotik Designs - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:00am

  Universal has stated that they want to make a “Shared Universe” for their monsters.  This could be a good thing, or a very bad thing.  I really hope that they do not try to make some kind of Avengers style team up movie.  I think we remember the last time a movie like that […]

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Amanda and Curtis’ Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:20pm
On Sunday October 05, 2014 we were back at our favorite banquet hall, The White Barn in Prospect Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding ceremony and wedding reception for Amanda and Curtis. Amanda and Curtis were married in front of the pond, at the rear of The White Barn. Guests began arriving at The White Barn at […]

Stephanie and Rob’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:05am
On Saturday October 04, 2014 we were at The Fez in Hopewell Township, Aliquippa Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Stephanie and Rob. Stephanie and Rob booked our Deluxe Entertainment Package which includes up-lighting. The couple chose a golden amber color to be displayed during cocktails and dinner and they opted to have the up-lights […]

Kara and Corry’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:10am
On Friday October 03, 2014 we were at Succop Conservancy in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding ceremony and wedding reception for Kara and Corry. Kara and Corry were originally planning on getting married in front of the MarCraig House at Succop Conservancy. However due the uncooperative weather, a last minute decision was made to […]

One Fish Films Launches Pre-Orders of Matt Croyle’s Potential Inertia

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:36am

(OIL CITY, PA) – One Fish Films has made pre-orders available for the upcoming release of the feature film ‘POTENTIAL INERTA’ written and directed by its creative director Matt Croyle.

‘Potential Inertia’, and its award-nominated screenplay, tells the story of Declan Holmes, a graduating college senior who experiences loss he is not quite ready for, in a time of transition and in need of support from those who care about him the most. This coming-of-age tale is Croyle’s feature directorial debut.

Pre-orders for the film can be purchased at: http://potentialinertia.weebly.com for a discounted price of $9.99 if you buy the film before the upcoming release date.

The film stars Matthew King, and will be widely released on digital VOD in late 2014.

For more information about the film, please visit its official facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/potentialinertia


Can you tell the difference

Xaotik Designs - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 9:00am

A 911 call was made from a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio. The caller stated that a man had a rifle, and was pointing it at people and kids. Police responded, and when they confronted him, they fired upon him quickly when they say he started to raise the rifle he was carrying. Afterwards, it was […]

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Elycia and Howard’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 5:22pm
On Saturday September 20, 2014 we were at the Butler Vagabond Center in Lyndora Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Elycia and Howard. Elycia and Howard were married at 2:30 pm at the Saxonburg Presbyterian Church in Saxonburg PA. Guests began arriving at the Vagabond Center at 5:00 pm where they enjoyed cocktails […]

Michael Sheen on Speakeasy

My Brilliant Mistakes - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:01pm

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.

Watch on YouTube here.

Five Things To NOT Do Making Your First Film – By Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:45pm

Matt Croyle – Writer/Director of ‘Potential Inertia’

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.


Jamie and Jimmy’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:26am
On Saturday September 13, 2014 we were at the Butler Vagabonds Center in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Jamie and Jimmy. Jamie and Jimmy were married at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Church in Cabot PA. Guests began arriving at the Butler Vagabonds Center at 2:30 pm where they enjoyed cocktails and […]

“A Life Less Ordinary” or (I Am Not You) – by Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:25pm

This is an essay. This is an essay about being ordinary. This is an essay about being ordinary in a world where you are supposed to be ordinary — a world that teaches you to follow the status quo, to follow expectations derived from centuries of people telling other people what to do — and when and how to do it. This is your life.

Social norms are not written down. You tend to follow them, but they’re not written down. How has this happened? To quote Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Take a moment and clear your head. Clear your head of everything that surrounds your daily life: your family, your job, your bills, your mortgage — everything outside of your own body that externally defines you. Push it out of your mind. Is it gone? Now, look at yourself without those things. Who are you? Who are you without those external forces in your life? Do you know? Do you recognize yourself at all? A better question: Do you even want to recognize yourself without those things?

You are a person. You are an individual. You came into this world with very little information, with no character, without knowledge, without hope. The mind of an infant cannot process what hope is. It’s only after you’ve been nurtured that you gain a sense of it. And while you’ve been nurtured into a full-fledged human being by your surroundings, you still grew with a sense of wonderment and self. Do you remember seven, eight years old? Perhaps specific instances, a few flashes, but do you remember how you thought, how you felt about the world, how you felt about yourself? Have you forgotten who you are?

First things first. I am NOT you. Do NOT judge me for not being you. I CHOOSE to not be you. I’m not saying there is no merit in being you. You are awesome. I’m just different.

I’m searching for something. I’m searching for something more than just the everyday motions we go through: Get up. Take shower. Go to work. Do “job”. Come home. Hang with kids. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Life needs to be more than that to me. For some it’s fine, even admirable, but my mind is not content with that. I am not “better” than anyone else, but ordinary lives are forgotten. I don’t want to be forgotten.

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself with some extraordinary task? When was the last time you expressed yourself in a way that truly shows the world who you are and why you deserve to be remembered? I think the everyday motions we put ourselves through has numbed us to the point of complacency in thought and expression, and I think it is up to us to find a way to bring a passionate expression of who we truly are into the world.

I’ve recently started living “on my own” for the first real time in my life. Earlier in my “adulthood”  living “on my own” would consist of a significant other. This is the first time I’ve been truly on my own. So, I’ve enlisted a couple of roommates — not your normal household setup for someone in their late thirties — to help on the start of this venture, and we’ll see what happens. I have started my life four times: Birth, my divorce, the split of my son’s mother, and my last fiance. With the recent death of my father, and with my mother not having long to go, it’s fitting that this journey may, again, take a new beginning. This new beginning won’t be a normal one. I will do it with the reckless passion I’ve always had for life and its pleasures, its heartaches, and its overrated expectations.

For those of you who question who you are, what you want and need — I urge you to close your eyes, strip everything away from your life as you know it, and look at yourself. Who are you? Who were you? Who do you want to be? Do you know?

 

Copyright (C) 2014. Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


“A Life Less Ordinary” or (I Am Not You) – by Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:25pm

This is an essay. This is an essay about being ordinary. This is an essay about being ordinary in a world where you are supposed to be ordinary — a world that teaches you to follow the status quo, to follow expectations derived from centuries of people telling other people what to do — and when and how to do it. This is your life.

Social norms are not written down. You tend to follow them, but they’re not written down. How has this happened? To quote Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Take a moment and clear your head. Clear your head of everything that surrounds your daily life: your family, your job, your bills, your mortgage — everything outside of your own body that externally defines you. Push it out of your mind. Is it gone? Now, look at yourself without those things. Who are you? Who are you without those external forces in your life? Do you know? Do you recognize yourself at all? A better question: Do you even want to recognize yourself without those things?

You are a person. You are an individual. You came into this world with very little information, with no character, without knowledge, without hope. The mind of an infant cannot process what hope is. It’s only after you’ve been nurtured that you gain a sense of it. And while you’ve been nurtured into a full-fledged human being by your surroundings, you still grew with a sense of wonderment and self. Do you remember seven, eight years old? Perhaps specific instances, a few flashes, but do you remember how you thought, how you felt about the world, how you felt about yourself? Have you forgotten who you are?

First things first. I am NOT you. Do NOT judge me for not being you. I CHOOSE to not be you. I’m not saying there is no merit in being you. You are awesome. I’m just different.

I’m searching for something. I’m searching for something more than just the everyday motions we go through: Get up. Take shower. Go to work. Do “job”. Come home. Hang with kids. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Life needs to be more than that to me. For some it’s fine, even admirable, but my mind is not content with that. I am not “better” than anyone else, but ordinary lives are forgotten. I don’t want to be forgotten.

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself with some extraordinary task? When was the last time you expressed yourself in a way that truly shows the world who you are and why you deserve to be remembered? I think the everyday motions we put ourselves through has numbed us to the point of complacency in thought and expression, and I think it is up to us to find a way to bring a passionate expression of who we truly are into the world.

I’ve recently started living “on my own” for the first real time in my life. Earlier in my “adulthood”  living “on my own” would consist of a significant other. This is the first time I’ve been truly on my own. So, I’ve enlisted a couple of roommates — not your normal household setup for someone in their late thirties — to help on the start of this venture, and we’ll see what happens. I have started my life four times: Birth, my divorce, the split of my son’s mother, and my last fiance. With the recent death of my father, and with my mother not having long to go, it’s fitting that this journey may, again, take a new beginning. This new beginning won’t be a normal one. I will do it with the reckless passion I’ve always had for life and its pleasures, its heartaches, and its overrated expectations.

For those of you who question who you are, what you want and need — I urge you to close your eyes, strip everything away from your life as you know it, and look at yourself. Who are you? Who were you? Who do you want to be? Do you know?

 

Copyright (C) 2014. Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


Why you shouldn’t call yourself a pagan

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am

Too many times, I hear people referring to themselves as “pagan” when the discussion of religion comes up.  You really need to stop doing this, let me tell you why. Firstly, you should know where the word comes from.  We can trace its origins way back to the Roman Empire.  Just a few centuries after […]

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Ray Rice in Elevator Action

Xaotik Designs - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am

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Liberty Gun Works: Bi-Directional Triggers

Xaotik Designs - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:00am

Any firearm that fires more than one bullet when you pull the trigger is considered a “Machine Gun” under US law.  It doesn’t matter if it fires in bursts, if its full auto, or even if it fires out of multiple barrels.  People are always looking for different ways to get around this restriction and […]

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