Tagged ‘Film‘


So one thing that many may know, some may not, I started making Machine Based Cinema (Machinima) about 10+ years ago.  Actually, probably more like 13 years ago but just because I wanted to experiment.  It turned into a hobby of mine where I was actually able to make some money to fund this expensive hobby.

The last couple of years opportunity and changes in the market have made it unrealistic to make that a full time gig.  As much as I would love making Video Game movies, technology limitations for creating them has been very limited.  I’m not sure why exactly because it literally is an untapped market.


Be that as it may, there was one game which I would have LOVED to have been able to create in.  Skyrim from Bethesda Softworks.  Without giving to much away, I am working on something.  I conducted some tests to literally check function over feasibility within the game engine.  I can say that some of the Mod communities creations have been pretty amazing.  If you can’t rely on a game studio to create the options for you, well you can bet your ass some gamer will.  Some of the brightest most intelligent people I have ever met.  That’s PC guys, not Mac guys and surely not console bunnies.  Sorry if you were just offended there but I hate playing anything online via console because of the kiddy play.  Therefore I don’t but I digress…

After reviewing some mods, I decided to run a test and what a grand test it was.  If you are a film maker, what you see you will understand.  If you are a gamer, you probably will to.  If you are just a fan of games, you may or may not get it.  If you play console only and have no creativity, you will not understand.  That said, enjoy….

Short Movie

I just did this yesterday…  This is only MY opinion, however I’m usually right.  So, for what it’s worth, hope you enjoy it.

Watch it HERE!

Don’t even ‘think’ about it…

Rokinon – First Impressions

So I purchased two Rokinon Lenses for my setup. I sold off my fixed lens camera and got another 60D and two lenses, more memory etc. I purchased both the 85mm Rokinon 1.4 and the 35mm 1.4 lenses. My first impressions are simply, WOW!

First, the 85mm. NOTE: these ARE manual lenses.

The picture is beautiful. I was amazed at how sharp and how paper thin the DOF was when using this lens. Because they are manual, the 85mm below anything 2.8 aperature requires a steady eye and quick micro adjustments on the focus ring in order to get a shot that is not blurry. That is just the way it is. I would confidently, without a doubt recommend this lens to the videographer using DLSR without hesitation. Keeping in mind that your focus pulls and framing are going to have to be done on your feet because there is no zooming beyond the physical which by default provides a much more professional look if you have a rookie behind the camera. So if you are a video guy, this is a MUST have lens in your bag. If you are a photographer mostly, I would suggest something like a Sigma 50mm 1.4 or the Canon version. I recommend the Sigma but both are really nice.

The 35mm…

Rokinon 35mm

This lens is absolutely beautiful and feels so sweet.. 2 issues.. One, mine broke on day two of filming. The aperature ring rotates but the interal gearing mechanism failed. Two, what I was able to shoot however came out beautiful. I have replacement on the way, (Amazon Rules) but what I was able to note with this lens are as follows:
For Videographers ONLY. If you think for a second you’ll be able to focus in on any object at 1.4 or even, sadly, 2.8, you’re in for one heck of a disappointment. This lens is absolutely, without a doubt, throw me down and kick the dog NOT for photographers. Unless I’m just missing something.

The 35mm on a smaller, cropped sensor camera, it was more like a 50mm lens but I was very happy with the range the crop gave me as far as field of vision. Some of the shots I got here around the house, the lens felt great, smooth with a beautiful look. For a price tag of $499, if you are really into photography over video, I would pass on this lens. But if you are doing anything independent film and want a look that is just amazing in low light, this lens is for you. I’ll let you know if that aperature ring was a fluke in the single unit or if they are inherent in the build quality. Only time will tell and I’ll scrap it if I get another broken one.

Posting a video with the 85mm. I think you’ll like it. 😉

Harry Potter VS Transformers

The last couple of weeks, I had the fortune to get out to see 2 films.  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” and “Transformers 3 – Dark Side of the Moon”.

The reason I wanted to just do a quick review, is because I think for anyone that reads this site, you pretty much know that I am a serious film goer and I don’t enjoy crap.  So if your a person who loved “The Phantom Menace”, there’s nothing here of interest for you, move along.  For those that do enjoy a good movie, and I’m really not trying to just pick apart either, some of what I say may resonate.  Let’s get started.  (Spoilers to Follow – Look away now)

So we got to see both HP and T3 within a 3 day span.  I enjoyed both movies, but one clearly fell short.  Can you guess which one if you’ve also seen both?

Harry Potter.  Let’s just jump right in.  The film carried itself very well in my opinion and much of the VFX was just phenomenal.  This was the first of the 2 movies that we saw.  Why did it fall short?

They had a 10 year storyline and in the end, it seemed very apparent to me that they lost focus to generate a great ending.  I would even say, the ending fell VERY SHORT of what they built upon in the film.  Each arch presented more of an excitement for me and when I was expecting that final arch, Harry Vs. Tom, it just dropped off the cliff for me.  I was not wowed, and I was not impressed.  I’m not saying at all that I could have done any better, let’s be clear.  But what I would have loved to have seen was that story arch peak to a point that drew you up to the final battle, and to me, it just happened.  I thought it was going to really begin when Nevell took out the sword and Harry turned out still alive.  But it was like, “Here you go Voldamort – Now we’re going to kick your ass!” but then they all ran away…  Is it just me?

And the final part when Harry and Tom did finally duel, they again were alone in a courtyard with no witnesses..  I felt that after 10 years of this poor kid having to face these demons on his own, they really should have brought everyone together in the end.  I could go so deep on the story here, but I think that would only be a waste of time because I’m not a writer and probably wouldn’t do the film justice.  And perhaps that’s what the writer intended, I don’t know.  Would I spend $12 to see it again?  Probably not.  But I’ll probably rent it again on HD Streaming or something when available to see if I was sleeping behind the wheel.

Compare this to T3..

Let me just say, no one does it like Micheal Bay.  He is definitely one of my favorite directors when he can curb his 13 year old humor (Which is hard to deal with at times) but he clearly listened to his audience complaints about the 2nd film and I thought he did a brilliant job.  The story was for the most part, well crafted and the delivery of the action was really really pumping and seamless (for the most part).

I thought the CG was incredible and some of the stunts performed in the film (3D) were just jawdropping.  I don’t know of another director who could pull off what MB did.  Was it perfect?  No.  I think the only perfect films are the likes of “Jaws”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”..  pacing, music, dialogue, story, they are just brilliant and I consider them perfect classics.  This was clearly the best of the 3 films, but I was surprised to see the Rotten Tomato scoring for both.  Actually, based on my my last write up, not very surprised, but didn’t expect the tomato ratings to be reversed from what I just watched.

Anyway, the point being, if you have the chance to see either, I would say both are good movies but Transformers 3 clearly wins.  And you really should go see it in 3d before it’s out of theaters.

Just my 2 cents..  I needed to vent.