One of my heroes, Ray Harryhausen, died yesterday.
Here’s a link to my tribute on Cinema Arete.
God bless you, Ray…
Posted in cinema, classic cinema, classic films, Death, fantasy, film, movie, movie review, personal, Ray Bradbury, Science fiction, tagged cinema, fantasy film, film, Jason and the Argonauts, movies, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, special effects, stop motion animation, tribute on May 8, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in cinema, film, free film, Michael Bay, movie, short film, tagged "Torched", arson, cinema, comedy, film, free film, free movie, movie, Overactive Imagination Studio, Sam Burns, Schwinn bicycle, Sean Newton, short film on March 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My son Sam and his creative partner in crime Sean Newton have finally posted their short film “Torched”.
The folks who’ve seen it are universal in their praise.
Find out why…and discover two young film-makers with a very bright future.
Michael Bay, your days are numbered.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/62587166″>Torched</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/overactiveimagination”>Overactive Imagination Studios</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Posted in cinema, classic cinema, classic films, film, film reviews, movie, movie review, tagged "Mark of Zorro", cinema, Douglas Fairbanks, film, movie, movie review, Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, silent movie on February 24, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Be sure to pop over to my film blog and check out coverage of this year’s edition of Silence is Golden.
The format is a cineaste’s dream: a classic silent film is chosen for screening, with live accompanying music from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. This time around, it was Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920 adventure “Mark of Zorro”.
An evening to remember…
Posted in cinema, crime, Dark fantasy/horror, electronic music, film, film noir, free film, Horror, independent publisher, independent writer, indie writer, movie, tagged cinema, drama, experimental, film, free movie, lightning, movie, short film, storm, suspense, thriller, thunder on September 19, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in film, independent publisher, independent writer, indie writer, short film, tagged apologies, Final Cut, iMovie (Mac), iMovie sucks, iMovie vs. Final Cut, mea culpa, problems with iMovie, short film, technical problems on September 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I completed a new short film yesterday, had everything edited, the soundtrack perfectly synched and then…things went south on us.
The soundtrack, which I thought was flawless, still contained a hidden track of the original audio. I removed this annoying track umpteen times and thought I’d finally nailed it, with a big assist from Sherron. But last night, when we watched “Storm” on YouTube, that hidden track loudly announced itself yet again and we had to yank the flick from YouTube and both my blogs.
Bloody hell. iMovie is a strange, tricky program; sometimes it works like a dream and then there are the occasions when it behaves so irrationally, it’s like it has a mind of its own. I fear this could be one of the last efforts made with iMovie around here. Think it’s about time we switched to Final Cut—hopefully less annoyances, more satisfaction.
Regardless…we’ll give “Storm” a good going over today, see what we can do. I’m turning the whole thing over to my son, Sam, film-maker extraordinaire. If Sam can’t solve this, it’s time to call Stephen Hawking.
Sorry for the SNAFU and we should have the film re-posted later.
Posted in film, Science fiction, space age, free film, ambient music, cinema, space music, short film, abstract film, tagged film, short film, Stanley Kubrick, Science fiction, cinema, free movie, ambient music, abstract film, movie, space, "First Contact", aliens, space probe, "2001: A Space Odyssey", search for intelligent life, extraterrestrials, SETI on September 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I’m a lifelong fan of science fiction. A space geek and proud of it.
Here’s my latest short film, “First Contact”, and, as the title suggests, this piece is about a close encounter with a distant, alien world, evidence of advanced, intelligent life. Abstract, indisputably odd…with accompanying ambient music.
A tip of the hat to Stan Kubrick…
Posted in Books, cinema, film, free film, independent publisher, independent writer, indie writing, Literature, movie, Poetry, writer, writing, tagged '76 Ranch, free movie, Grasslands National Park, history, homesteaders, Old West, pioneers, short film, spoken word on August 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
You read the poem…then you heard the audio version…
Now ’76 Corral, the short film. Created with some help from my son, Sam.
Shot and recorded on location in Grasslands National Park (Canada).