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Shooting for the Moment

In Film and Related on November 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Well, I just finished (a couple of hours ago) an interview shoot for a documentary assignment for my Editing class.  I think it went quite well, and the others there seem to think so, too.

The subject of my documentary is the creative process of costumers, and I had some excellent costumers to interview.  Many people here (in the Detroit area) know Dave Ivey, who has been doing costume, props, and puppets since the late 1970’s, and works (aside from his day job) on a locally syndicated show, Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In.  His older daughter, Miki, is also an accomplished costumer, having won awards at many venues.

Christian Walker is a local costumer who is noted for his ornate and beautifully embellished belly-dancing attire, and Barbara Frye is a photographer, graphic designer, and costumer who is known for her creative vision.

My crew was three of my classmates from Wayne State, who performed marvelously, and a couple of friends also stopped by to help out.

There’s a lot more to say, but it’s been a long day, so I’m off to sleeptime.

Ta.

Ave atque vale

In Think About It on November 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hail and farewell…

Earlier today, the 19th, we had to put down another one of our cats.  This is never a painless thing, and we have had quite a bit of problems emotionally because of it.

Shadow Rex Bouchard was eighteen years old, and lived with us for ten years.  When he found us, he had been on the street for two winters.  (We think he belonged to a senior citizen at one of the complexes at the end of our street, and when the senior died, he was cut loose.)  Once we took him in, he never showed any inclination to leave the house again.  He did look out any open screen door, but that was just mild curiosity, I think.

He would cry if one of us left the house for any length of time, and be right at the door when we came back.  He was a cuddler.  He always ate more than his share of cat food, possibly a hangover from when he was on the street.

We miss him already.

At the beginning of this year, we had four cats (having taken my mother’s cat when my mother died)… now we’re down to one.  This is not promising, I’d say, but we’re old enough that replacing any of them is not on the program.  We have no one to take care of a cat if something happens to us.

It’s hard.

Later.

Back From A Hiatus…

In Film and Related on November 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

…and not a hiatus hernia, either.

In the past couple of weeks we’ve picked up some DVD’s that we’ve watched… I’ll give you my opinions about them, and you can go from there.

Captain America – The First Avenger

Speaking as someone who’s familiar with the legends of the Captain from his origins back in 1941 (no, I wasn’t there… I just read back issues), I have to say that the adaptations of the original plotline are not something that I hated.  I think making Bucky Barnes a contemporary of Steve Rogers instead of a “kid mascot”, as he was in the original, didn’t work badly. We still didn’t like it when he was killed, though.

Making Johann Schmidt the leader of Hydra, instead of Baron Strucker, was perhaps a good thing… making him the first test of the Super-Soldier Serum was an interesting touch.  It put them on more of an equal footing.

The Cosmic Cube (for that is indeed what the glowing cube was) was an interesting addition.  Powering the Hydra ultimate weapons, it proved to be a formidable challenge.

Just a couple of questions… Since Howard Stark was established in the comics as Tony Stark’s father, how are they going to justify the relationship in the upcoming Avengers movie?

I miss Nick Fury leading the Howling Commandos back in World War II; Dum Dum Dugan did fine, I suppose.

Cars 2

This story was much more centered around Tow Mater, as you may have been led to suspect.  The bumbling, fumbling native of Radiator Springs used his own unique knowledge to bust up an international spy plot, and got a girlfriend at the same time.  It’s cute, but not cloyingly so.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

This one isn’t as dark as the previous installment, which, in some cases, is a blessing.  It is much more action-packed, with battles galore between the forces of Good and Evil.  As is the way of things, in battles, people die.  And I’m sure there is no spoiler here when I say that Voldemort dies as you would expect he does… badly.

Maybe my wife and I are purists, but there are a couple of niggling little things that go against what was established in the past… Snape’s memories that Harry sees in the Pensieve were removed by wand in the book, not in a vial of tears.  Same ending, but not consistent with the previous practice.  And having Neville Longbottom falling for Luna Lovegood wasn’t in the books, either, but I’m not exactly quibbling about that.  And Neville’s little comedy relief bit (“That went well…”) was excellent.

But, on with the show.

Sometime again…

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