Temp Demo

May 11, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZjyPbjJ16I

hola ET30!

Blinky’s Demo Reel

December 22, 2008

http://www.vimeo.com/2614519

Here’s My First Demo Reel. It was made by Fisher Price. Click on the link and then the button in the bottom right corner to see full screen. Please let me know what you think. I used after effects, photoshop, illustrator and a little maya. As far as plugins go theres Trapcode 3d stroke, particular, zaxwerks invigorator, corner pin, puppet tool, aurora water and many others.

Baby drinks his milk

May 30, 2008

So I was trying to see if I could put a video I made on this blog. This is my baby nephew. I was just practic’n mah aftereffects.

The Burning

May 14, 2008

Sometimes movies and TV shows can come and go very much unnoticed with their significance to emerge years later.  A show like Freaks and Geeks is mostly noticeable for the incredible success of the talent network of actors writers directors and producers centered around Judd Apatow that it spawned. Although I remember identifying with Freaks and Geeks and was sad to find out it got canceled I didn’t watch it thinking everyone was going on to bigger and better things. An older movie decidedly less memorable in its own right but perhaps even greater in the significance of the careers it launched was The Burning a 1981 slasher film starring Brian“Mark Ratner” Backer. To me Brian had one of the best parts in Fast Times at Ridgemont High although his career never really took off. Jason Alexander got his start on the Burning and if not for that start who knows if the multi-billion dollar Seinfeld syndication machine would have ever existed.  Empire #2 got its start in the form of Brad Grey. Before being known as part of the Anthony Pellicano trial Brad Grey was primarly known as part of Brillstein Grey and was one of the most successful producers in Hollywood.  From the hip Mr Show to the iconic Sopranos Grey has had a hand in an incredible range of projects. Some other highlights include Just Shoot Me, Happy Gilmour and The Departed. On The Burning he served as writer and producer. The third empire emerging from this humble project was Miramax which was founded by one of the other producers Harvey Weinstein. Since The Burning came out in 81 this was a few years before David The Gnome, another early Miramax production. The Burning was also the first movie for Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. Holly Hunters success speaks for itself with the Oscar win and and overall career ranging from Broadcast News to Thirteen. Fisher Stevens has had a solid journeyman career with memorable roles in Short Circuit and The Flamingo Kid but to me he’ll always be a legend for dating one of the all time hottest women Michelle Pfeiffer.

Blumpkin

April 24, 2008

Just wanted to beat the rush once Blumpkin mania hits after Harold and Kumar go to Guantanamo opens. I don’t think the idea of a Blumpkin is that appetizing (although I can’t knock it til i tried it) but I think just the sheer outrageousness of it and the pleasing sound of the word itself is what puts a smile to my face. I can only wish that someday I too can add to the list of great neologisms.

The best way to christen a blog is to pose a question for people to answer. I will provide guidance. I love film subgenres. I was trying to think about how many movies have a scene or scenes where there is a girl trapped by some pyscho whether it be in a cage, in a pit, in a box or a booby trapped room. Probably the most obvious is Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. Another is Kiss the Girls with Cary “Wesley” Elwes as the crazy.  

I would say some ground rules are it can’t be a kidnapping in nice digs. A girl trapped in a palace doesn’t count. A girl held hostage in a car doesn’t count. Princess Leia was basically held hostage in a hotel room on the Death Star so that doesn’t count. The more dirt on her face the better. The grimier the surroundings the better.  Being sprayed with a hose is also good. Usually the motivations are a combination of sex, power, and money.

 

Who’s Harry Crumb? – The Prettier Older Sister  

 

Black Snake Moan – Slutty White Girl

 

Kill Bill – ex girlfriend in a coffin. Technically its not kidnapping since they thought she was dead but she was still trapped and its too cool of a scene to leave out.

 

Turistas – hot granola chicks

 

Wrong Turn

 

Fargo cabin in the woods

 

 

 

 

 

Variations on a Theme

 

Joe Dirt – Silence parody

 

Misery

 

Saw II – Kid in the safe

 

Goonies – Sloth

 

Pulp Fiction – The Gimp

 

Reservoir Dogs  The Warehouse

 

Swimming With Sharks – The Boss , Scott Rudin

 

Blue Velvet

 

 

Basic torture scenes don’t make the cut which precludes Lethal Weapon, Casino Royale and the Long Kiss Goodnight since they are not really being held hostage but rather being tortured for their own sake.

 

I’ll be sure to append this list as movies pop into my head. Feel free to send me any that you think of.