EXPERIMENTING WITH VIDEO

This is a photo post

So I decided to do some messing around with my DSLR camera and Windows Live Movie Maker. Problem is that my Sony a230 DSLR doesn’t shoot video. Instead I took two HDR photographs of the same subject, but adjusted the depth of field in each one so that there was a different focal point. Identical merging and post-processing resulted in strikingly similar images which were only separated by the varying focuses (focusees? focusi? what is the plural there?).

film post

After importing the two shots into Windows Live Movie Maker it was a simple case of creating a nice transition between the two still images, by fading one into the other we have created the impression that a film camera is adjusting its focus. Mega!

Here is the resulting video:

The question is, what to do with this newly acquired force power? Well, I have two ideas.

ONE: The Tarentino Homage

Recreate THIS SCENE FROM PULP FICTION replacing the actors with wooden puppet men. I like this idea because the puppets would look cool in little wigs.

TWO: Fight, Fight, Fight!

Do a fight scene like THIS ONE FROM FACE/OFF with stills of the wooden guys smacking each other around to some mellowed out tunage. POSSIBLY THIS.

Stay tuned for full coverage of all developments.

HANGING OVER

So I watched The Hangover Part II today. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it’s meant to be a comedy. An hour and a half and I didn’t laugh once. Maybe I’m wrong and it’s some kind of drama, only without the drama. Or an adventure film without the adventure… you get the idea.

The Hangover Part II Posters

Have you ever seen those dreary US sitcoms that contain plenty of sit but no com? That’s what this film was like. Completely inoffensive (despite trying VERY hard), the kind of thing you watch simply because it’s on, not because you have any desire to actually engage with the plot or characters. This is fine when watching a TV show, but a feature length film that you’ve shelled out you’re hard-earned for? I expect better. Sort it out film maker dudes.

And don’t get me started about the “whacky” bearded guy…

PAUL

I recently watched Paul. The latest comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Different director this time (if memory serves correctly Edgar Wright was off doing Scott Pilgrim). I thought the film lacked a bit of panache, some of the quirkiness that personified Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz was missing. The eponymous CGI alien was decent enough, but he reminded me of that episode in The Simpsons where Homer voices Poochie the Dog. A tad desperate.

Still any film which can cram in as many Star Wars references as this one is always going to be a winner in my book. The geek shall inherit the Earth. Amen to that. It’s completely throwaway, but sometimes that’s just what I’m looking for.