Now more than ever, I want one. I bought one of the first of the 1st gen models back in the day (it shipped to my dorm directly from the factory in China. THAT was an interesting FedEx tracking expierence) and it was stolen about two months later. The thing evevn had my name engraved on it and I still enver found it again. I never replaced it with another nano though. I bought U2 special edition iPod a little later and since then I won a 1st gen iPod touch and 2nd gen shuffle but the nano has always been pretty cool and trendy. And now it has a built in video camera. Of course it's not the greatest camera in the world but it's not the worst either. And for the price and the other features it comes with, I may jsut ahve tog et one. Is it wierd that I see this as an opporunity to start making movie again? I mean, for the first time since I was in college, I find myself planning little shorts in my daydreams again. It must be a sign, an inspiration. That being said, i want the [RED] one. Click here for a review.
9 years agok_rom
About five years ago, I was sitting in my high school's Mac lab (yes we had a Mac lab and a PC lab. The Mac was way cooler) waiting for my first class of the day to start. The class was called "Advanced Filmmaking" and there were only four students n the class, myself, Chelsea, Brandon, and a guy named Josh Green. Before I signed up for the class (which is another interesting story all together), I had already known Brandon for a few years, but Chelsea and Josh I knew only in passing. The four of us quickly became good friends through our mutual love of motion picture and spent countless hours in and out of class discussing and testing various film theories. Some of our creations even went on to win a few awards. (one of those projects is still one of my favorite filmmaking experiences) I think out of our little group though, it was Josh and I who struck up the most meaningful friendship. He was a year younger than me but we got a long great just the same. Everyday saw one of us bring something new to show the other and our talks went on forever (Josh had a particular love for horror flicks which I came to appreciate through my friendship with him). This morning I am speaking of was a special one though. Josh showed up that day with a copy of "Red vs Blue" season one (season two had just started debuting new episodes online). I was hesitant at first. I had never seen a machinima that I liked and I had never played Halo, but he popped the DVD into my eMac and we started watching. I was hooked before the first episode had faded to black. Over the coming weeks we would watch the DVD several times and covertly watch new episodes between classes as they were released (until a teacher caught on and had the site added to the "block" list). We combed over the details in the story, the style, the jokes, and the sheer brilliance of it all put together. We even talked about making our own machinima using various games but we were never able to give it a whirl. Of course, our other friends could hardly fail to notice what we were watching between classes (and that we were sometimes late to class from laughing so hard at a particular joke) and soon Josh's copy of Season was getting passed around to other people as well, and at one point it was even copied so that it seemed like half the school had a bootleg. Needless to say, discovering RvB with Josh is one of my fondest memories of high school and of my early friendship with Josh as well. Our friendship went beyond just making movies too. We hung out outside of school as well, did performing arts together. I remember Josh was a great dancer and had a terrific sense of comedic timing. Since I was a student director in both the stage and video areas of our school's performing arts program I pushed him hard to succeed there and he didn't disappoint. He even went on to take my place in both areas after I graduated.
We kept in touch after high school, not as much as I'd have liked, but I still made a point to try and see him anytime we were both in town. We always picked up right where we left off, talking about the newest movies and what we were learning. Even if we went a year between meetings, our friendship was still there, as strong as ever. He even started a successful business with another friend of mine centered around movie premier parties and journalism that I was very excited about, but could not take part in since I was away in another state for college. He left that business venture to finish his education after about a year, but his legacy in in still lives on. The last time I saw him in Person, we talked about working together again, making movies and publishing reviews and articles. I told him that I was down for anything he wanted to do, distance damned. Since I last saw him, he has graduated from college and gotten engaged to a lovely girl he'd been dating for a long time. He'd gone from the scrawny, funny kid I knew in school, to a funny, mature, young man (although still a bit scrawny). I could not have been more proud of him.
But now, it pains me to say that I'll never see Josh again. He died, seven days ago, in a very sudden and completely unexpected set of circumstances. His body was laid to rest earlier today. Josh's death has come as a great shock to everyone who knew him and I can't help but feel that a small piece of myself died as well. He was always a good friend and he's someone I'll never forget. I regret that we never got to accomplish our goals together because we thought we had so much more time ahead of us to set things in motion. I hope that I can honor his memory and at least do my part to accomplish some of those things for the both of us. I think I owe you that much Josh. Rest in Peace Good Buddy!
10 years agok_rom
I must say, I was very impressed. Three minutes into the movie I already felt that I'd gotten my money's worth from the not so cheap IMAX ticket I purchased online last night. The movie was, there's no other way to put it, bold. And that's not a clever Star Trek joke either. This film carried with it things that other trek films have not, and also what many other films in general do not, intensity, uncertainty, a real sense of danger. Nothing and no one is safe. Any preconceived notion one might have about the Star trek universe, throw them out the window, they don't live here. This is the 11th film in a franchise that also includes four live action television shows, one animated show, hundreds of novels, and, no doubt, thousands of bad jokes. After watching this movie, you'll see none of that comes anywhere close to the door that has just been opened. Mr. Abrams, Mr. Pine, Mr. Quinto, Mr. Nimoy, and everyone else who had a hand in this film, bravo. You've made Star Trek into a respectable name once again.
10 years agok_rom
Taken from Kittiegirl92:
The first five (5) people to respond to this journal will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. What you get is what you get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It'll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. It might or might not be edible. I may even create something totally unbelievable and surprise you at work!! Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange or quirky, but I promise not to embarrass you in public ... well, no more so than usual. I also reserve the right to do something fairly predictable and boring, but with, you know, thought and love.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your note.
IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward. In other words, you gotta make something for other people, too. It's like a chain letter only better. Call it a pyramid scheme if you want. It's a pyramid of crafty goodness!
10 years agok_rom
(X) Skipped school
(X) Watched someone die
( ) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
( ) Been to Florida
(X) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
( ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
( ) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
( ) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain-naked
( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( ) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
(X) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a shooting star and made a wish
(X) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
(X) Been on a cruise
( ) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horseback riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(X) Been to Disneyworld
( ) Truly believe in the power of prayer
( ) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
(X) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying (???)
( ) Been water-skiing
(X) Been snow-skiing/boarding
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(X) Been to a National Football League game
(X) Played in the snow
( ) Gone skinny dipping
10 years agok_rom
...where you go to work naked and everyone notices before you do? I did not have that dream. However, a few nights ago I did have a dream that was kinda the opposite. I went to work and two of my female employees were naked, and couldn't be more happy about it. It was weird. And now that image pops into my head every time I talk to one of them.
10 years agok_rom
I can still vividly remember the summer of 2005. I know it wasn't that long ago, but it was a big one for me. For one, it was the summer that I first moved away for college. I said goodbye to Colorado and started living my life in other parts of the country. It was my last summer as a true Colorado resident. it was a very emotional time, needless to say.
The other big thing I remember from that summer, is all the time I spent at the Cinemark on Powers, still my favorite movie theater in the whole country. I must have seen every movie they showed that summer at least once. What a great place, 17 screens, a true Multiplex. I even have my favorite screens in that theater. the top three are screens #1, #17 and #2. Screens #1 and #17 are two of the largest, with the highest seating capacity of all the screens there, and both fully equipped for digital sound and projection if it's needed.. If you are going to a midnight first showing, chances are you're going to be at one of those. Screen #2 is the absolute best. #2 is an IMAX screen. The only IMAX in my town and one of the few in the whole state, and it shows feature length movies. It was, in fact, the first IMAX I had ever seen a feature length film on. And it was in that summer of 2005. If you know your recent movie history well, then you know the film I'm talking about. It had a VERY successful sequel premier this summer that is up for a nice handful of Oscars along with numerous other awards. The original even pulled in some nice awards and nominations, not to mention a nice gross $$$ as well. I'm, of course, talking about Batman Begins. I waited in line to be in the very first IMAX showing at midnight to see that movie as was so blown away, I saw it a total of six times that summer, all on that same IMAX screen, and once or twice at another movie theater. The mixture of great storytelling, visual, sound, and the IMAX experience made it one of my favorite movies of all time. I just loved how an older idea was taken in such a new way, while still staying true to the core of the original story and characters. For me, it was what filmmaking (and comics) should be. Telling stories that are not only exciting, culturally relevant, and intelligent, but also (in this case) being brave to take material created by someone else and doing it justice in a way that would make that original creator proud. And if done right, you can move on to make a sequel or two that stand on their own two feet, not ride the hype of the prequel. Batman Begins did it right.
Lately, I've been watching trailers for new movie coming out in a few months and they give me the same kind of feelings I got watching those Batman Begins trailers. I could be very wrong, they could be just really good trailers for a very crappy movie, but you never know. If you haven't, take a moment now to go to this site and check out the trailers for the new Star Trek movie. Now, I will come clean, I've always been a Star Trek fan. But I will be the first to admit that it has become very much a cultural joke over the years here in the USA. But these trailers give me hope that not only will this newest installment of the now 43 year old franchise not suck, it may actually be launched into a new era of cultural relevance in a way other than the butt of a bad joke. Like i said, I could be totally wrong. Maybe my lack of television since October has messed up my judgment on these things. But what do you think?
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