Archive for August, 2010

Rollin’ 3, Take 2

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Rollin’ 3 – 48 Hour Film Project from Mach Kobayashi on Vimeo.

I already did a post on this a couple years ago, but the video was pulled from YouTube so I just put it up on Vimeo.

Back in 2008, a few friends and I participated in a 48-hour film festival where we had to make a movie in two days using the given list of “ingredients” (a plunger, a line of dialog repeated 3 times, and a case of mistaken identity). Our idea was to create a fake trailer for a fictional movie “Rollin’ 3”, the epic third movie in a series about the dramatic world of roller boogie. I was the Assistant Director. I also played “Johnny The Human Dynamo” and drew the “Skate!” tattoo of a giant roller skating skull on one of the actors’ back using a sharpie. That was fun. Possibly toxic, though…

The Flashlight

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Do you have an iPhone 4? The one with that awesome LED light in the back? You know what you need? An app that turns that thing on. Oh yeah. My friend wrote one that’s on sale for $0.99. “But Mach, why would I pay money when there are so many free flashlight apps out there?” Good question.

Well, for one thing, this app has a cool image on it that makes it look like you’re seeing inside your iPhone and when you turn it on, it looks like it’s illuminating it from the other side. Also, would you believe it makes toast? No? Well, that’s because it doesn’t. But it will make your friends chuckle when you show it to them. And that’s worth a buck, right? So check out The Flashlight on iTunes.

Edit: Updated with new screenshots!

Eyes of a Dragonfly

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

We were out for a walk around our neighborhood when I spotted something on the ground, a dead dragonfly. It was a little sad but it was also very beautiful. I’d never seen one up close before. The colors were brilliant. But the most beautiful part were its eyes. They were huge and iridescent.

The colors of the eyes were spectacular, like the rest of its body. But it also felt like I could see beyond the surface of the eyes and actually see inside of them. I tried taking a few pictures to get a sense of that but none of them had the same effect. Then it hit me, I needed to do a stereo image to get the depth effect. So click on the image and try looking at it with your eyes crossed. Hopefully, you’ll get a sense of what I mean.