Friday, August 28, 2015

Feeling a Little 80s this Morning?

While cruising the staff picts today I came across this one and it just made me smile. Very nostalgic and good use of claymation and live action.

GUNSHIP - Tech Noir from Lee Hardcastle on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spalding Gray

Every once in a while during a podcast or something, I would hear this name - Spalding Gray. And anyone who was speaking about Spalding Gray would said things like "If he were still around, he would have definitely embraced the medium of podcasting."

I had forgotten about the name for a while until, the other day, when it came up again in a recent episode of a podcast I was listening to. So I decided to do some research. In short, he was an American actor and writer who may have been best known for his monologues. I've posted the two that I've watched so far. Both originally aired on HBO; one in 1988 and the other in 1996 (directed by Steven Soderbergh).

It's difficult to know where to start. I really enjoyed these two monologues - everything from the economic/minimal set, the on and off-stage reenactments (some reminiscent of something like Drunk History), and just his style of writing in general.

All this to say, I can definitely see why people would assume Spalding Gray might have been a proponent of podcasting.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Why Do We Edit

Hey guys, nice to see you (figuratively) all again! I came across this Louis CK video and thought I'd share it with you. He is one of my favorites and does everything on that show.

Rocket Wars, Salomon, and Film + Music

I've been digging Film + Music for about a month now and, at the risk of simply reposting everything they publish, I really wanted to highlight this piece in particular.

In the article, Salomon, describes how the his passion project, Rocket Wars, began. He goes on to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of personal projects, saying...

"Often the projects you put the most thought and work into don’t hold up as well as the ones that just kind of happen.

And when asked, "I think you guys are hitting on one of the most frustrating parts of being a creative person. [Is] there’s rarely a direct link between working hard on something and it turning out well?" Salomon responds...

"I don’t have it figured out, but it seems like you need to let yourself be the product of the process. Then things tend to happen a bit more organically, rather than trying to strong-arm your way through. Just this morning someone asked me if Rocket Wars turned out how I was expecting [it to]. And the answer is no."

ROCKET WARS from Variable on Vimeo.