Archive for March, 2013

A Dramatic Dialogue Between Two Completely Different People

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

So, this is the second video that I’ve been planning on making for a while but was particularly challenging to execute. if you’ve seen the video, hopefully it’s clear why that would be (mostly because of what I had to do in between takes). That said, it was a lot of fun, although a little terrifying to actually start the “right” part.

The other motivation for this is that I really do like doing dialogue, but it’s hard to find other people to work with. So I do the split screen stuff. I have contemplated just doing it with cuts instead of split screen as it would make it so much easier with the timing. (I find it very hard to act in response to something pre-recorded or imagined in my head.) But I thought this idea worked better if you could see “both” people at the same time.

Temporary Bachelorhood and Tips on How to Look Young

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Tracy and Dyson are out of town visiting the in-laws, which means I have seemingly inordinate amounts of free time. So naturally, I had to make this silly video.

I had the idea for this one a while ago, but it’s hard to make videos like this when there’s a kid around the house because it takes me so long to do. Even though the video is only a minute and a half, it took about three hours to put together what with the writing, setting up, rehearsing, filming, and editing.

With the wife and kid out of town, I feel like it’s a rare opportunity to get a bunch of stuff done that would be hard to do otherwise. So I’ve got a bunch of projects planned. On the other hand, I think maybe I ought to just relax and enjoy the rest. So I’m not sure how much I’ll actually get done. After all, that new season of Archer on Netflix isn’t going to watch itself.

Turning Stale Bread Into Fresh Bread

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


  • 1/2 stale baguette leftover from a party you had last weekend


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C)
  2. slice chisel stale baguette into pieces
  3. soak in water
  4. dry for 10 minutes
  5. bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven
  6. realize that you now have bite-sized culinary abominations that somehow combine the textures of watery gruel and old shoe
  7. go to the store and buy fresh bread

The Collapse of the Visual Effects Industry

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

I made this silly video about the Oscars but it actually does reference a serious issue. In the last few months, several major visual effects companies hit big problems:

  1. Digital Domain (Titanic, Transformers Dark Side of the Moon) went bankrupt
  2. Pixomondo (Hugo) went bankrupt
  3. Dreamworks Animation (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) laid of 25% of its workers
  4. Rhythm and Hues (Life of Pi) went bankrupt

It’s a complicated problem and you can read more about it in this article on io9. But the upshot is that these are trying times for the industry that I work in.