Thursday, July 13, 2006

Super Cool Movie-Biz Site

I came across this site today. It's purpose is to educate and inform people about the film industry and the film making process. It's based on the UK side of the industry, but most of its information is good for us US'rs too. Click HERE to visit the home page.

I found an ULTRACOOL feature on it too. If you know a lot about one or two parts of film making, but are hazy on the rest of the deal, this is for you. They have a complete storyboard layout of the entire process (from concept to release). It's very detailed and very well thought-out. Check it out.

Goto this link to read about my favorite part of film making.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Must Be A Slow News Day

Why anyone wants to interview me is a mystery, but it just happened again for the second time in the last few months. In February, a newspaper from Gainesville, TX did a cover story - mostly concerning my involvement with the movie "Hoodwinked", and this time it was a paper called the North Texas Reporter doing a story concerning reaching today's youth using technology in church services.

Chana and I grew up in the North Texas region, so I suppose that's the connection. It was actually really nice to work with the people who put the articles together, and I really appreciate their interest and attention to detail.

You can read the online version of the most recent one HERE.
(Chana looks great in the picture)

In comparison, here are some examples of stories from other slow news days:

big whoop.

or perhaps this:

get it right, will ya?!?

and of course, these stories totally got overshadowed by:

now THAT'S news.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Good Music Stays With You

A good friend of mine named Greg Hyde has a band called Skyblynde. We know each other from Tulsa, but now he's based in Chicago. I got his EP (4 songs) a few months ago and wore it out. The songs are all great - kind of in the style of the Foo Fighters meets, well, lots of other cool bands.

It's refreshing to hear music that uses those 'guitar things' with strings; a rock band that's not trying to blow my mind with licks, low end or technology - just good, timeless, listenable music.

Why am I writing about it now? 'Cause after about a month of not hearing it, I put it in last night and it was as welcome to me as any of my favorite albums of old. Greg is an accomplished writer, and his songs stick with you - in a good way.

You can find it on iTunes or on cdbaby for about five bucks.

You can also visit the official band website here.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Return of the King of Superheroes

I just got back from seeing Superman Returns tonight, and I must say, with all the hype and pressure upon it to deliver the goods, it does all that and more.

Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth are excellently cast, and Kevin Spacey is perfect as Luthor. But a surprise favorite character for me, is the little boy (Tristan Lake Leabu) that plays Lois' son. He was great.

The sound was also excellent. I especially loved the flying sounds. It was very smooth, almost "transparent" sounding. The whole sound package is marvelous. I will be surprised if this movie doesn't get at least an Oscar nomination, if not the win for best sound.