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.

Post Olympic Denial

August 28, 2008

Now that the games have come to an end I’d like to congratulate China on a fantastic performance both in competition and their incredible opening ceremony which I hope becomes a stoner classic like Fantasia or the Dark Side of the Rainbow. Sure they outraged honest Americans when they piped in some fire works and had attractive Chinese girls lip syncing to girls with bad teeth. But hello? It’s a MADE FOR TV event. We did the same exact thing in SLC 2002 with the fireworks and if Americans can’t remember any instances of lip syncing here in America they should be shot for being ignorant.

OK, enough with placating Ma and Pa Kettle from the good ol’ US of A with this ridiculous medal tables for the Olympics. Sure the US has won a bunch of Silver and Bronze medals which are nice accomplishments. At the end of the day however  China has won far more gold medals than the US and should be placed at the top of the medal table like they do in other countries which list countries in order of Gold medals. I think every American should feel insulted that the media believes that we can’t see through this bullshit. If the Olympics were one giant track, swim, wrestling meet ect everybody knows you would get the equivalent of 3 points for Gold, 2 points, Silver, and 1 point for Bronze while the US still would finish ahead of everyone but China we would get our butts kicked for the “meet” for 1st place and China would win the meet. Maybe we can find baby pictures of Chinese gymnasts in their cribs holding up newspapers from 1995 and close the gap a little. When you list the All Time Super Bowl records who ranks higher the Giants who have four appearances with 3 wins and 1 loss or the Buffalo Bills who also have four appearances but no wins? What about the Atlanta Braves who have tons of division championships and League Pennants but only one title to show for it? Do you think the Chinese would take three of our Bronze medals for one of their Golds?  Hey at least we didn’t lose in Basketball this time around. Go USA!

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.

Deep Fat

April 26, 2008

I bought an electric deep fryer tonight for 24.99 from the Wal-Mart in Panorama City. I’ve been meaning to get one for so long. I’m glad I’m doing things instead of just talking about them. I christened it with a batch of fries from a single large russet potato I had lying around.  They turned out pretty good. Sometimes I feel like a vegetarian junk food scientist trying to make the best pizza, fries, and chicken fried seitan. Do to my close proximity to Vallarta supermarket (the Mexican store) I’m planning on picking up some  masa harina, balling it up with some water and salt and frying some homestyle corn chips. I don’t know to much about growing tomatoes but if I can figure out how to grow some on the patio I’m going to made a buttload of salsa. Some concepts I am really digging right now are population density which makes public transportation more efficient and makes walking and cycling a more feasible option. I used to like big houses when I was a kid but now I’m for smaller home sizes and I think high rises are a better idea than suburban spawl. I am for community gardens and against big useless lawns and riding mowers unless the lawns can pretty much grow on their own without wasting to much water. I’d rather see low water yards maybe with rockscapes and neighborhood playfields

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.

Snack of the Day

April 14, 2008

Here’s my snack of the day:

Steam about 8 oz of Edamame for 8 minutes.

While your steaming mix 2 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar (i use red wine or balsamic) in a soup bowl

mix in a tablespoon of curry powder and a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Once the edamame is done steaming drain it and then pour it into the bowl.

Toss the edamame and then give a fairly heavy sprinkle of sea salt.

If you’ve never eaten Edamame don’t eat the pods just scrape them with your teeth to pop the beans in your mouth and get some of the curry flavor.