Monday, June 15, 2009

inní mér syngur vitleysingur

this song has been feeding my icelandic craving for now; it will be amazing if we can see a sigur ros concert in iceland but just being there and listening to their music will be enough.

njóta (enjoy)

how the west was won

joey, phil, and i went out shooting on sunday. it was a great time. we shot a .22 pistol and rifle and then a .357. behind us a storm was advancing towards us but we endured some rain before we left. lets just say if there ever was a zombie attack or a need of an uprising we are the guys you want fighting alongside with. joey had flashbacks from WWII while Phil remembered the West and who knows what i remembered. God's thunder and lightning was more magnificent and powerful than any of our weapons so we packed up and headed home.

Friday, June 12, 2009

the hardest thing to do in sports is repeat...especially when marian hossa is cursed

I'm looking through you, where did you go
I thought I knew you, what did I know
You don't look different, but you have changed
I'm looking through you, you're not the same

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

hacky sacky fools

we play a lot of hacky sack at work, mainly during lunch and sometimes after work. it is something i never saw myself getting into but it is a funny game; we constantly laugh at each other cause we look goofy. we are pretty good and our record for continuous hits is 56 with 4 people. we constantly try and beat our record, we break into sweats more often than breaking records.

getting ready to stall it on my forehead.

stalled it on my forehead, my signature move.

Monday, June 8, 2009

more bike ride pics

joey and i like to ride around 8:30 and 9p.m. to catch the sunset and ride around the countryside. been some awesome sunsets and all i have is my camera phone right now so here are some pics.

more pics from a ride with joey and phil. i got daring and am learning how to ride with no hands, basically every little kid can do this but i'm a grown adult just learning. i get super excited when i do it too!

props to props

(yes the picture is mirrored, i don't have a digital camera at the moment cause i sold it to get a new one)

sunday went to the egyptian theatre downtown boise to watch the "best of i48". learned a lot from that one screening; i48 isn't really a legitimate film festival but more of a hodgepodge film festival where numerous awards are thought of and handed out to the teams to make the masses feel good about their "films". granted there were some good videos, but for the most part they were pretty hard to watch.

you probably sense some upseted-ness (maybe a word, most likely not), but glad i partook in this experience and would do it again next year. we won best use of prop (we used dice); an award nonetheless. it seemed like no team won multiple awards like you would see at the academy awards but one team won best picture while another won best cinematography and another won best screenplay. the one that won best picture deserved it; it looked good and it had a decent story but at least we could have gotten a second place but since we used the props so well in our film we won best props making us basically ineligible to take another award.

i will be the first to admit that our film lacked substance and story structure but i was really pulling for the best cinematography award cause i felt like ours looked the best out of any video there. o-well, we roll with the punches and i hope to be getting my new GH1 dslr camera this month so i can start shooting my own shorts.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

just another nampa evening

went biking out to lake lowell with joey and phil. one of the most beautiful nights i've seen here in nampa in a long time. it was a good 10 mile bike ride and we chilled at the lake for a bit. these guys are great and i am so blessed to have them here for the summer. hope you enjoy some cell phone pics...

dice pics

here are some pics from i48. we haven't heard anything yet about if we won any awards. i'll keep you posted.

Monday, June 1, 2009


this past weekend my work participated in i48 which is Idaho 48 hour film festival; at 6p.m. on friday we got a packet with our genre (action/crime), prop (dice), character (gene/jean parker, musician), and dialogue ("see if it makes sense, when you read it aloud"). we brainstormed for a handful of hours friday night and finally came to a consensus that we were going to do a kidnapping/torture/serial killer short. we obtained a sweet location to shoot in for the main scenes and a group went out to shoot a scene that evening.

friday evening shoot:
my friend joey and i went back to nampa to sleep so we could be ready for working all day saturday, so we weren't at this shoot. basically our stand-in actor (not our main actor) was chasing a girl on the street and was supposed to grab her, but they tangled up in eachother's feet and ben, the stand-in, smashed his knee and tore his tdl and blacked-out. so that wasn't a strong start for us....

saturday shoot:
loaded gear at 9 a.m. and started setting up lights and set dressing by 9:20ish. i was dp (cinematographer) and 1st ad (1st assistant director); so i setup all the lights and helped setup camera shots. i am very proud of my lighting and can see my skill enhancing and being more comfortable with it. my friend joey helped setup lights for me and he ran audio; it was nice having him there since we were the only ones to have been on real film crews before. we shot a bar scene, torture scene, and a parking garage scene all before 6 p.m. i was very surprised with how well our team/crew got along and cooperated. i went home to watch the Wings game and i was going to go back to edit, but they had enough people.

went in at 9:30ish a.m. to fine tune edit, add sfx, and add a sound bed. we finished the film by 5:45 and had to turn it in by 6:07p.m. so after we turned it in i went home to relax and watch yet another Red Wings victory!

here's a low-res video of it. i'm going to put a higher quality one up by the end of this week, we aren't supposed to be posting it places, so don't get me in trouble.