Monday, April 30, 2007

Do yourself a favor

1. Scroll down to the movie, pay no attention to these frogs.
2. Do not watch/listen to the following movie at work (you won't get any work done).
3. Do not watch/listen right before bed when you don't want to hear the same hook going 'round and 'round in your head until 4 in the morning.
4. Do wait 'till almost halfway through the song for the real hook!

(You know where this stack o'frogs came from.)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

New York Enough

I Don't Think You Quite Grasp This Manliness Business

Electric guy to himself: Where's my gloves?
Grip guy: Gloves? I don't use gloves. I use my bare hands like a man! Only pussies use gloves. Are you a pussy? Be a man, ya pussy.
Electric guy: But then my skin will get all dry and crack and stuff.
Grip guy: Duh, well, yeah. That's why you have to moisturize.

--Movie set of I Am Legend

Overheard by: Another electric guy

via Overheard in New York, Apr 20, 2007

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I resolve to never swim with stingrays, party with Britney Spears

More emergency dental work. I'm having a sucky fiscal year for dentistry.

Today I'm going to see Jim Mickle's Mulberry Street at the Tribeca Film Festival.

And I'm making screener copies for the Copyright Office.

Sometimes I upload the same Cuteoverload image more than once. Sorry.

Friday, April 27, 2007


I had a root canal a few days ago.



I like that the cats line up like meerkats in this picture.

Do you like to fight zombies at night, search for survivors, supplies, and weapons during the day?

Who doesn't?

This is going to be one of the most random posts I'll do.

Right now the movie 0701 Angry Planet is awaiting feedback from a bunch of people. I'm a-gonna greenlight the thing just as soon as we get a "you'll make money" from it from Ted Chalmers.

Saw Smokin' Aces last night and... boy... it was a mess!

And that which should accompany old age,
As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have; but, in their stead,
Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath,
Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007



I just turned down a chance to go with Chance to go to the city of chance, Las Vegas, this weekend to help with Interplanetary. (That sentence just happened, I had nothing to do with it.)
I like bronze and gold stuff on film. Am I just tired of the blue from the 80's?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

There's half a million zombies in Seattle...

... he's looking for just one.

That's right. David Wellington is putting out a new serial novel online. Plague Zone. Read a new chapter every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Oh yeah!
And other than that I'm working on thinking about considering attempting to greenlight our next production. We have a Mac Roger's script at Paul Cooper's place for notes. The working title is Angry Planet. I'm open to better titles. Laura wrote the original story, Mac worked it all out and wrote out the script, and I went in and ruined the dialog and did some things to characters and destroyed Mac's ending.

Alien prison planets are what it's all about. Well, one alien prison planet. Necrosis 6. It's a tale of revenge and androids. It's Pandora Machine job number 0701.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cosmo Says You're Fat

I actually worked for a few weeks on a Kevin Klein Hamlet when I worked at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the late '80's. He got the crew Chinese food, as I recall, on the day of the last performance.
But he did Pirates of Penzance before that.
I'm sure the Queen of Mars will be amused.
And you, good reader, will want to pump the volume!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sweet Dreams

I was at the main Post Office in New York city at 11:35pm the day taxes are due.

And this is what it looked like.

A marching band played the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams". A folk singer, the "Singing CPA" performed outside. It's just a weird part of the circus which is New York life. Or, perhaps, life.

Why was I there? Because I was with Laura who refuses to send in her taxes even a couple hours early. Obviously, she's not the only one.

Monday, April 16, 2007

So, You've Seen This Movie Before

So, I'm talking to Brian McNulty, the chief editor at EI Cinema, on the telephone and he's going through Millennium Crisis doing a quality control check. He was looking for something and I said "It's right after the robot fight." And he said to me: "Oh, you've seen this movie before."
I laughed for a really long time.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Please send me your script


I've only got time to get out a burst communication through the ionosphere while the drones are patrolling above this bunker. I can't let them triangulate on my position, so I gotta make this brief.

I pulled a data-load from the Hive about 20 seconds before a short-range tactical nuke took it out. I know, it's dangerous, but I have the nanobots quarantined in stasis until I can get the whole packet to a safe machine. Some of it was human readable (or at least it was in hex which my deck could spit out in image form at me before the nuke shock) and I got the "release" codes for all the HK android teams.

But here's the thing - the sat comm is going to be up over the horizon in fifteen minutes, and I can't access that without the key which is in your computer. I don't know how the nanos got into your machine and read all the data, and I don't know why they've chosen you over anyone else, but unless you get me the entire script as you have it on your drive immediately, the human race will be wiped out by sometime T-minus 43r.

Please Mac, just send it. My life, all our lives... depend on it. They depend on you. The fate of mankind rests in your hands. Send me whatever you have right away and we can stop them!

Overheard in New York

Hobo to entire platform: You've seen cripple fights. You've seen hobo boxing. Now prepare yourselves for rich white assholes pushing to get on the train. [Train pulls in.] Briefcases may be used as shields. Good luck, folks.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

More shriving

I'm getting over the amazing level of tiredness I was overcome by when I finally delivered the last of Millennium Crisis.
Here are some pre-pro sketches for Brian Schiavo's Shriven. There will be some story conferences this weekend.
I have no idea how we're gonna shoot those teeth. Motion-track and animate a 3-d model of teeth on top of a live action plate? Whew!

Friday, April 13, 2007

More Dinosaurs for Everyone.

Go ahead and visit the original page so that it's big enough to read. Yeah go ahead. Do it. I'm making you do it!

Headphone review.

Here's an edited version of a letter I sent regarding the two headphones I listen to most. The Sennheisers I use to mix on when I have to, the Ultrasone's I use for exercising:

The iPod's amplifier is actually a fairly nice sounding one. I took an iPod and played "Carry That Weight" by the Beatles -- first on the Sennheiser 580's and then on the Ultrasone HFI-15G's.

Oddly, at first listen, the Sennheisers sounded more "veiled" to me than the Ultratones. And the bass seemed "tighter" on the Ultratones.

Now, these Ultrasones actually sit right on top of the ear, which I don't like for long-term listening. But boy, they do sound pretty good. My iPod drives both with plenty of room to spare

I'm going to listen to the Sennheisers again.

Now this is hardly a scientific test. But yes, the Sennheisers are a bit darker. But in a way they feel more accurate. Paul's voice has a bit less "rasp" to it. But the top of the horns is smoother. I think that for my earlier listen I didn't have them right over my ears properly.

The music seems "bigger" with the Sennheisers. But the Ultratones have a nice top end. The low end on the Ultrasones is a bit "boxy". Ultimately I think that the Sennheisers are less "hyped" on the top end. They feel smoother and I feel that they'd be less fatiguing. Wow, I spelled "fatiguing" right the first try.

I'm listening now to a bit of Beethoven's 7th. The strings are very sweet on the Sennheisers. I'm listening to the pianissamo section. On the Ultrasones the music does feel a bit more "open" on the top in the p section. Sometimes I'm liking that more than the Sennheisers. But sometimes I'm thinking that it's "hype" more than actually sounding better. Ahh... interesting. I do feel like the high end compresses and gets... I dunno... yukky I suppose, on the Ultrasones when we go into a mf section. The Sennheisers don't do that, they remain "pure" even as we get louder.

So although the Ultrasone HFI-15G's certainly sound pretty good, their low end ain't as nice as the Sennheiser 580's. Unfortunately I couldn't do a true A/B with my new Blue Sky Mediadesk system. But the Sennheisers feel a bit more like the Blue Sky than the Ultrasone's do.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Friday, April 06, 2007

Neu Kontrakt

Many important things this week: I saw 300, I saw Grindhouse, I signed the contract for our North American Home video deal for Millennium Crisis.

For some reason, lawyers seem to use the shorthand "K" to refer to contracts. I guess they're bad spellers. In any case, we signed with Pop Cinema.

Now we're on the same label as Dinosaur Girls on Bikini Planet! Or no, that's not it...

This is our second sale with Millennium Crisis. Hopefully we'll get lots more! Halcyon is taking the movie to the Cannes Film Market in May...

Thursday, April 05, 2007

300 Apocalypses

Saw both 300 and Apocalypto. And I have nothing political to say about either one.

This bunny, however, would make an excellent keyboard cleaner.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Pending a QC check, I've finished the 5.1 mixes of Millennium Crisis. I just have to arrange them in a Final Cut Pro timeline.
I think I need a salad. Or a grilled-cheese sandwich.