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December 9th, 2009 by

When things get in my way, I generally am not one to exclaim such woe is me laments as “When it rains, it pours,” “Great, now what?” or “Why Vishnu! Tell me why the world is against me?” Of course I am guilty of unleashing a healthy dosage of expletives and inventive adverbs while hastily making mistakes and stumbling during say, my rush to get ready while late for work or realize a can of lip balm has gone through my dryer load of clothes, but those are childish outbursts of anger directed at inanimate objects and not situations. Besides, that turd-nugget of a stool shouldn’t have gotten in my way.

Typically I’ve been known to become incredibly stubborn and fix the problem myself however I can. Especially while making a film. When a computer just up and died during the first week of editing my new film and I was flat broke, I found one I could use in it’s place. It was far away and not available at convenient times but it beat editing with pen and paper (Vertov claimed to have done this when he ran out of film, or rather, the funds for more film). When a deadline became imminently closer than I expected it, I was in the middle of trying to start color grading though a generous offer of a place in town. Unfortunately, freebies don’t tend to have schedules. Realizing I only had a few weeks, I bought a book and learned how to do it myself. I’ve built processing tanks, tripods, funky infrared remote control switches when I had to film myself, fixed cameras, and taught myself things I never thought I’d need to know (or wanted to for that matter). Once, while editing “yellow” I had to write a perl script to reverse-online my workprint to my unedited video transfer. Now, I NEVER thought my day job skills would be handy in my film moonlighting endeavors. I imagine the only thing I haven’t done yet would be to buy rolls of 70mm raw stock, spline them and perforate my own 16mm film. Speaking of which, those perforaters should run pretty cheap on eBay these days. Hmmm… (more…)

shhhh, i’m making art…

October 21st, 2009 by

Wherein, it is noted, that there is a lack of film movements for our (“our” meaning Caucasian heterosexuals-who-considers-themselves-homosexual-to-sound-inclusive-amongst-friends working professional aged 22-32) generation and, it is lamented, there is an egregious deficiency of regional film identity showcasing our hometown: I present a blogifesto for the inception and execution of a new breed in shoe gazing cinema: whispercore.

The whispercore movement. Can you hear it?

Imagine your standard indie-rom-com-local-festival-darling feature film. It’s fun, wholesome and endearing entertainment for the whole family; of people who made it. What are its most common facets? How much was it made for? How much do people talk it in? Are they talking about themselves? Do they have problems with life? Will they get laid? Did they make it for free? How much did they spend? Do people talk? Can all this justify attention, possible fame and hats with logos on them? All important topics to consider, surely. (more…)

I hate my f#@%*ing camera

May 14th, 2009 by

My Éclair Acl:

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Look at this. I mean, what the shit? I’ve been henpecked by this camera for almost 10 years now.

Sometimes I wonder why I ever got hitched to it. I guess when you get out of college you end up falling in love with the camera you are with at the time and before you know it you are sending out screening invites, double zip-locking short ends for the fridge at 3 in the morning and watching the other cameras in the neighborhood courting yours. It’s such a bittersweet and captivating moment that you tend to overlook those little imperfections and flaws that any loving parent is blind to. (more…)

Thriftin’ it With Nori McSushiroll

March 4th, 2009 by

It’s taken some time, but my house is slowly becoming a vintage furniture store. I’ve recently lost track of the couch and bed frame count and I’m pretty sure that makes me eligible to be a crazed liquidation warehouse owner. Which means I can make some crazieeeee commercials and incorporate red faced screaming and a constant state of giddiness into my daily mannerisms. Yes!

I expected moving all this stuff by bike to be a cinch and so far it has been. It takes a little longer and a few items were troublesome like ‘golden slumbers’ here, a four piece sectional:

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The guy on the far right is Aaron. This cat is amazing. He built that flatbed trailer himself and basically if someone in the biking community needs to move something and wants to avoid using a car he jumps at the chance to help. I’ve seen him at some Shift bike moves and he always has the most insane stuff piled on that trailer like full beds, frames, couches, heck I bet he could pull a pool table or my Steenbeck on that thing. That’s his friend Nick next to him; also a nice chap who just came along to watch and help. Notice how Mark and I (far left) are cushing it up with just the cushions. Yeah, that’s how we roll: by cheating. (more…)

the quest for the gold mirage

February 23rd, 2009 by

Hello all,

I hope to be posting news of our current film-in-production up here soon (we shoot in a few months) as time permits. Things are crazy busy right now but everything has been going smoothly so far and I am as excited as an 8-year old who just received the space monorail lego set. Only it’s far more substantial an excitement and I never did get that monorail.

Currently we are in pre-production: that means hours upon hours of thrifting and scouting for set decorations/props/wardrobe. One of the unique aspects of the film is our goal to make it entirely by bike. In other words, I carved “NO CARS ALLOWED” with my pocket knife on the outside of the film’s fort since day one. Which is just as well as many of us don’t even own cars to begin with.

One thing, however, is my desire to have unique bikes for two of the lead actors that reflect their characters. I have one and am building it up, but the other has proved elusive UNTIL one fateful day on craigslist I spotted a beauty: a 70s Motobecane Super Mirage. First off, I heart Motos of this era. Sure the bottom brackets are old and unusable swiss threading, the Vitus tubing is not as nice as higher end Reynolds 531s and some people like to call ’em MotoBACONS but it’s got class baby. I mean, just look at it:

moto super mirage (more…)

zzzzzz…

June 4th, 2008 by

no updates means i forgot i had a website! i also didn’t realize people actually read this silly thing. as you can tell from this photo, i have been much too busy hiking to post obits, news about the legislation or even spend a second thinking about film:

nick hiking

as i wake from a 2 year slumber, i hope to be posting some updates of future projects up here very soon…

n

bikers

October 23rd, 2007 by

please be careful. especially with vehicles who make right turns. when in doubt, just stay behind in the center of the lane and wait. i want to stop seeing biking fatalities make headline news in portland:

http://bikeportland.org/2007/10/22/victim-was-bike-gallery-employee-avid-racer/

assume anything on four wheels cannot see you.

be aggressive and stay safe.

n

antonioni

July 31st, 2007 by

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1912-2007

Here’s to making them boo at Cannes: again and again. To pushing the language and exploring emotions others feared. For being grand proof that this medium can be a great art instead of mere content.

Thank you.

n

outstanding

July 30th, 2007 by

The NY Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting are proposing rules, to go into effect as soon as next month, that would require a permit and $1 million in liability insurance for groups of 2 or more filming for more than 30 minutes and the same for groups of 5 or more using a tripod for more than 10 minutes.

The rules are partly the result of a case involving an Indian documentary-maker, Rakesh Sharma, who was detained and questions by police while filming in midtown Manhattan.

This is just plain crazy.

The NYCLU promises to sue if the rules go into effect.

More details:

http://www.pictureny.org/

n

Sound Unseen – Minneapolis, MN

July 30th, 2007 by

“yellow” is screening in this year’s Sound Unseen film festival: Sunday, August 26th at the Ritz Theater (345 13th Ave NE).