Friday, October 31, 2008


Since I won't be going out on Holloween. :(

I decided to post a Meme.
Top 10 Holloween Movie List.
List your top 10 selections and reasons for the selections.

Mine are:

1) Return of the Living Dead
Zombies, not scary at all, and funny as hell
2) Holloween III
Probably the best of the Holloween series, though it wasn't particularly related to the others.
3) It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The original 1966 version, not the modern dialog version.
4) From Dusk Till Dawn
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino pair up to make a great movie.
5) The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Not that scary, but a good story line.
6) Dracula 2000
A nice take on the Dracula tale.
7) The Lost Boys
A good fun vampire flick.
8) An American Werewolf in London
Great Pre-CGI werewolf flick
9) Split Second
Monsters and Automatic Shotguns(the only movie I've ever seen them in) - What more could you ask for
10) The Ninth Gate
A book collector and Satanic Ritual

As you can see, more on the lines of Horror or Halloween story lines, but not slasher messy. Honestly slasher flicks don't do it for me, if I want that, I'll listen to the news. It also reminds me I have several horrors to do more on:
Very violent and offensive Werewolf script.
Vampires and zombies with christian overtones.
Vampire Science flick

I'm sure there's more ideas on the list, but those are some I have some work completed on.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Do not pass go, Do not get my business.

Went to ABC after finally getting a chance to watch the first episode of Life on Mars and then it turns out that I'd have to up?grade to XP or Vista to view. Ummm.... No.

CWTV as above.

FOX wants me to install software. Umm ... No.

All of the above are with Move Networks

I've use Windows 2000 or Linux (Kubuntu). Can't support that? Then I'll watch CBS, or NBC via Hulu.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Star Wars - Luke & Leia

Reading through old entries I came across:

Kid Sis said...
I already need therapy for picturing Luke and Leia together for six years before Lucas effed with all our heads. thanks for the incest complex, george.
8/30/2005 02:49:00 PM

And I'd like to point out what I've said several times. Let's see. You've got Rebels, with American accents, and you're suprised that brother and sister are making out? Okay, so maybe it would have been more obvious what was coming if they had southern accents, still...

And if that wasn't enough to scar you, then the first book Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster in 1978 definately shows an inclination between the (as yet unknown) siblings. Bits from the book:

Moistly parted in sleep, her lips seemed to beckon to him.


Luke felt the warnth of the body next to him, lowered his gaze. Framed in the faint light from above, the Princess looked more radiant, more beautiful than ever.


At the same time, the Princess grew aware of how tightly she was clinging to him. Their proximity engendered a wash of confused emotion. It would be proper to disengage, to move away a little. Proper, but not nearly so satisfying.She was utterly drained, and the comfort she derived from leaning against him was worth any feeling of impropriety.
They stood like that for a timeless stretch. Luke slid his arm around her and she didn't resist. She didn't look yearningly up at him, either, but this was enough for him, for noew at least.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Scenes of the Seasons.

There are lots of issues with shooting outside. Also you want to schedule certain things at certain times, but that may take you from one season into the next. You can fudge a certain amount of time. This is for seasonal areas rather than those that don't significantly change throughout the year.

Late autumn - winter - early spring.
If snowless, these look almost alike, though in the early-spring, buds appear on branches, but this is only noticeable in close-ups or when you have people go frame-by-frame looking for asynchronous events. If the temperatures are below freezing, it is relatively easy to make a snow-making machine and turn the scene into winter. If you need a slushy mess for a scene, late autumn and early spring allow for you to snow it at night when it is freezing, then let the morning sun make it go all slushy.

Late spring - early summer
These look similar in green leaves. Make sure that if you want certain flowers in bloom in a scene, you know when they're going to bloom and for how long in the location you're shooting.

Late summer - early fall
You can shoot some late summer for fall with the use of foral spray dyes. Quickly add color to leaves cut a some off and leave them on the ground. Instant autumn. This I noted back when they had shot the live-action Charlotte's Web and they freaked out because the corn-field had gone yellow. Spray dye green could fix this in several hours with bunch of people out there.

Late autumn - if you're shooting anywhere besides a complete evergreen forest, it will be obvious as all the trees are colored and leaves are falling.

The other thing to remember is that the sun falls at different angles through the year. High sun in the summer and low to the horizon in the winter. Also there are color temperature differences due to those angles. If you're shooting night scenes, generally the only obvious item is the moon, which is constantly changing. Also the direction / apparent size can change from night to night. Also if you're far enough from civilization, the stars might be obvious, not to mention that you have to keep on aeroplanes and satellites if they become obvious. Try to limit the times that the sun or moon is present in a shot, and when they are, try to match the angle and color by shooting them together whenever possible. Also try to shoot them as quickly as possible. If you're actors want to crack each other up on set, these are NOT the scenes to be wasting time screwing around.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Knight Rider (the next generation)

Just Hulu'd the last episode. Better action-wise than the first, but still kind of flat; especially in regards to the military. Apparently the writers were never military. If a friend had betrayed your country and your friendship and nearly killed you intentionally, you wouldn't try to save him. You certainly wouldn't feel bad they were dead, though you might feel bad that they had gone bad. Doubly so since he had punched the woman he loved in the face and was going to dispose of her as well. Please, Dave Andron, at least consult with someone who is military. Okay, first interesting thing I've seen with the new K.I.T.T. is the object replicator. I'm still trying to figure out where they stashed the fusion generator. Don't they know how much energy that would take? Bah . . . I gave it a couple chances . . . maybe some other time, when I'm doing the insomnnia thing again.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Life ... or something like that

Mother is out of hospital. Seems not all there sometimes. Not good.

Found Jango on the webb and am listening to music again. I apparently miss music. Who'd have thunk it? Guess I need an emotional out. Music does that for me. Does it do that for everyone? I never really considered the impact of music on the rest of the universe.