Archive for May, 2008

Re-Editing…

I believe I’ve re-edited this footage 3 times already. See, the original performance had music that I just didn’t have the license to sell in hard copy form. So every time I get it in my head to share the play, I wind up cutting the old music – and learning a bit more about editing.

For now, here’s a bit of the opening sequence to the upcoming Three Shots Fired Point Blank: The Special Edition DVD. “Adult Content” will be posted to YouTube later.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Movies about Food

Sometimes, you have to experiment with new equipment and work out all of the logistics before you find yourself thrust into using them. This, I have realized, is actually the core reason behind the virtually unwatchable student films that have been mercilessly mocked, well, everywhere.

So here’s Shaolin Boogaloo’s student film. A tale calculated to drive you hungry!


PBM – Take Two from Glen Williams on Vimeo.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Laughin’ It Up at the Bazaar

I remember my brother giving me a copy of Another Fine Myth to read when I was young. At the time, I believe it was the first comedy fantasy that I had ever read. I was hooked on the Myth books for a long time, and even picked up one of those massive paperback anthologies of the first few novels a year or two ago.

I also remember trying to write a book like the Myth novels when I was a kid, but the work itself is probably better left forgotten…

Robert Asprin, 1946-2008

On May 22, 2008, Bob passed away quietly in his home in New Orleans, LA. He had been in good spirits and working on several new projects, and was set to be the Guest of Honor at a major science fiction convention that very weekend.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

…Strummin’ on the Ol’ Banjo

It’s time for another installment of my soon-to-be-award-winning series (that I in no way stole from Stephen Colbert), “Who’s Honoring Me Now?”

This time around, it’s the WILDsound Summer One Page Screenplay Contest, that has selected my work – “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah” – as one of 30 finalists! On June 13, they’ll announce the top ten. Those ten will then go on to be read at WILDsound’s June screenplay event.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Free(as in speech)dom!

As an artist whose music appears on Napster, you would think that somebody, somewhere, would have mentioned this to me. (Link via boing boing) Somebody, like, say, the company I pay to put my music on Napster. The same one that recently notified me that I may, in fact, have had my royalties collected without permission by SoundExchange, and that it was a good thing.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Napster Inc. begins selling MP3s Tuesday, a move the online music service hopes will lure iPod users and turn around Napster’s sliding fortunes.

The company is the latest to make the switch to the unrestricted file format, which makes it music tracks compatible with virtually any music player or other device.

Of course, I think it’s a great thing that Napster now sells my tracks DRM-free. I think DRM-free is the only way to go in digital downloads.

Still, don’cha think it would have been nice to be, y’know, notified?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Why Casting is Hard

There are all sorts of answers to this question. You have to find a person who fits the part, you have to learn to settle for something that isn’t quite what you imagined, you might get an actor who has an approach you hadn’t consider, yadda yadda…

Of course, when you’re shooting a film with a budget of roughly enough to buy everybody a Slurpee, casting is made difficult by the fact that this is the company your casting call will usually keep.

In our film, “DECLARED!” People at a bachelor party time travel to 1776, to Liberty hall, to the signing of thwe Declareation of Indipendence. The party people let a slinky down the steps of Libertyu hall, thus scaring the Declareation signers. The document is never signed, we never get our independence and Estonia takes over America in the 1800’s. The people at the bachelor party ahve to go back to 1776 again and fix things right.

There may be stunts involved for the actors, and some nudity, we don’t know yert. Salary ism a also an issue, we’ll let you klnow.

Oy.

I feel I should point out three things – and the spelling isn’t one of them, because that hardly needs pointing out.

  1. Who brings a Slinky™ to a bachelor party?
  2. Thomas Effing Jefferson is going to get scared by a Slinky™?
  3. Either you’re going to have nudity or you aren’t. If you’re going to post looking for actors, you should definitely know “yert” what the case is going to be.
  4. I place no confidence in someone who says “There may be stunts involved for the actors” to look after my safety. This is the kind of person who says, “We decided at the last minute it’d be really cool for you to leap out of the third story window to get away – but don’t worry, we put the mattress from Joe’s apartment down to break your fall.”

I know that’s actually four points, but given the typos of the ad I think I’m justified.

The only problem? I can’t help but admit that I would totally buy this movie from EZTakes.

Monday, May 19th, 2008

And so we meet again…

I’m registered with a website that publishes my music to different digital distribution sites. Today I got an e-mail from them in partnership with, well, I’m just going to have to assume Satan.

It’s the law: If your music sells over non-terrestrial radio (Internet radio stations, XM/Sirius webcasters, Internet Radio and digital cable/satellite television music services like Music Choice and Muzak), you are owed money, and they have to pay. The money is held for you at a government-sanctioned non-profit company called SoundExchange (find them at www.soundexchange.com). But you can’t get your money if you don’t register with them!

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve written about SoundExchange before. Once about how they helped to kill webcasting, and once about how they collect money for artists who don’t even like them—and get to keep the money collected for artists who don’t register with them.

And now one of the people I depend on to distribute my music is sending out messages on their behalf. Yay.

And I love how SoundExchange has gone from being an non-incorporated subsidiary of the RIAA to being a “government-sanctioned non-profit company.” Hey! Maybe that means they’re playing fair, now. Let me check that e-mail again…

Time is of the essence—if recording artists or their heirs do not come forward and register with SoundExchange soon, they may forfeit their rights to all or a portion of their royalties.

YES. Consistency can be gloriously painful.

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Innovation. It’s a good thing.

I liked what I saw of Portal. It was goofy and fun and really cool once I got my hands on a controller.

Everything I heard about Mass Effect told me that it was a game I would want to play if I ever got the chance.

And, of course, BioShock looks really cool, too.

Oo! Let’s not forget GTA IV.

But what it finally took to get me to put an Xbox on my wishlist was to see this preview:

We hear a lot about innovation in graphics, innovation in hardware, and the occasional peep about (gasp!) innovations in gameplay. But sometimes it takes an innovation in user experience, too. I remember the first time I ever turned on my PS2 to play God of War—and within minutes was pulling off the most badass moves I had ever done in a videogame. The boss of the prologue level is the Hydra, fer cryin’ out loud.

When a game can make your experience thrilling to watch – and even more thrilling to know that you executed it, even if all you did was press a button or two – then you have an innovation in gamer experience. And the parkour action in this preview has me dying to take the game for a spin.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Awwwwww!

This video is great. I love how every time the camera goes past, the kittens look at it, as if to say, “Um, excuse me? What is that thing?”

Vimeo doesn’t let you embed in HD, but it’s in HD at their website.


Kittens in HD from FX Films on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Politics Break!

Just taking a moment out from worrying about the next President to enjoy a kitten, instead.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008