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Monday, April 30, 2007

Stupid Raiders!

Previously I have said that I wouldn’t talk about sport here but sweet baby Jesus what is going on with the Patriots!?!

In this offseason they have added former Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas, former Bengals cornerback Tory James, former Dolphins running back Sammy Morris, former Dolphins wide receiver Wes Welker, former Eagles wide receiver Donte Stallworth and former Bengals wide receiver Kelley Washington.

AND now they’ve got Randy Moss. For a fourth round pick! This is nuts!

Last time the Pats got a great but temperamental player it was the Bengals’ running back Corey Dillon, and we all remember how that turned out. All trades with the Pats need to carry that weight with it.

And were the Pats the only team that wanted Randy Moss? What about the Buccaneers? What about the Giants? What about the Seahawks? What about the 49ers?

The 49ers actually traded their 4th round pick for the Seahawks Darrell Jackson. The 49ers pick was 124 and the Pats pick was 110. But trading to the 49ers (or someone like them) would be SO much smarter.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Typing quietly

A hangover coupled with a 8.30am meeting and added to another late night tonight playing in a bowling league that requires drinking gives one an accute appreciation of ANZAC day.

Lest We Forget.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Producers

I must be crazy.

It's not like I'm writing my first feature-length film script and screen-printing tshirts and bowling in a bowling league and entertaining visiting friends and working a paying job. I have now taken on all the duties of producing a 48hours film.

This is quite frankly...nuts. Don't I remember how nuts it was last year?

This year our team is smaller so it should be easier to wrangle (Ha! now I'm sounding really crazy). Jenn, who was our fearless leader last year, sent me these tips, and I figured I'd put them up for any one else who is in the same boat as me.

  • first thing .. book a camera NOW. They are hard to come by when it gets closer to the time...
  • Just be organized, as much as you can ahead of time...
  • find locations that can double as many types of film ideas,
  • get a small idea of what equipment you may need and get it ready ... a couple lights maybe, sound equipment, etc.
  • Get your crew set ..
  • You'll need a few pa's to help you out .. we had 3 and I kept them all busy,
  • get your editor, sound/boom op, dp/director, writers, grip/gaffer (couple of them is best), actor and actress at least .. book a few, you can always find a way to get them in the movie,
  • maybe someone to do your still photos (optional) .. etc ..,
  • get your post organized ... how you are going to get your stuff from your camera to the computer,and back out to tape .. and then test the system so you don't scramble with the how to on the night it's due ;)
  • Get as much stuff ahead of time, tapes, paper, grip tape, possible smoke machine, etc ..
  • keep the crew happy, fed, watered, and rested when they really need it. Do all you can to keep them as stressfree as possible, and it will run smoothly :) (hopefully!)
  • Think of all scenarios, and what you may like to have, and book it.
  • You'll have to guess (with the help of the director and writers) .. what things you want to spend the money on, in case you need them.
  • Get your computers organized .. make sure you have them and someone to run them .. Oh, and a techie guy is great for things that can go wrong!
  • ...and enjoy yourself too! It is all about fun!

These really are fantastic tips.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Terror-Filled Romp

I can now say that I was the writer on an award-winning movie and actually mean it.

Night of the Hell Hamsters won Best Director at the film festival in Sydney a little while back. Apparently it was tough competition and Paul, the director, was very humble.

But here are a couple of shots taken from that Sydney screening. Seems like we got the reactions we wanted.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Total Serenity

Your results:
You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)

Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
River (Stowaway)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Inara Serra (Companion)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
A Reaver (Cannibal)

Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.

I really didn't know who I would be in "Which Serenity character am I?" quiz. I suppose anything that would help me woo Kaylee.

Malcolm's good though because Amy thinks he's hot mainly due to his high pants