First European HD DVD Title is Open Source

Well, this should get the Slashdot folks on our side 🙂 Andrew pinged me this morning about the Elephants Dream HD DVD release in Europe. The name was familiar to me, but I didn’t know why… had it won an Oscar(R) or something? No, it’s because Elephants Dream is the world’s first “open source” movie…

More Interlaced / Progressive Info

Seems not everyone believes me when I say that for filmed content (24fps), 30i gives the same end result as 30p. Well, check out the latest review of the Samsung BD-P1000 player for a bit of a hint. The review very clearly states (and you can confirm for yourself if you search the web) that…


Dead Man’s Chest

Just a quickie tonight — I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest last night. Brilliant movie! It’s a little slow to start, but it soon picks up with pretty much more of the same fun and adventure from the first one. The soundtrack is again brilliant, this time with Hans…


You MUST see this film!

If you only see one movie this Valentine’s Day weekend, you must see Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. This incredible film from Thailand is an exhilarating chase / stunt / fight movie about a poor kid from a remote village who must travel to Bangkok to recover a stolen Buddha’s head. Imagine a pre-Hollywood Jackie Chan…


How many hours does it take to film a lightbulb?

A lot. As you may know, I like to work on independent films as a hobby. I am currently working on another project as an Assistant Director, but I’ll leave out details of that project until it’s done. Anyway, this blog post is not about my weekend hobby, but about shooting a video for work….


Romance in Movies

So today is “Let’s-Make-All-The-Single-People-Feel-Bad-About-Themselves Day,” but I’m not about to get upset over a simple chemical imbalance (courtesy of Slashdot). An interesting thought: People get upset about violence in film and how it supposedly affects children and makes them think that violence is the answer to all problems. But what about sappy romantic films affecting…


Gandalf is Dracula!

Many of you probably know that Sir Ian McKellen played both Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-Men. But did you also know he plays Dracula in the Pet Shop Boys’ 1988 music video Heart? I didn’t, at least until I listened to the commentary on the new Pop Art DVD….


Making Movies

[This post is for “Da G-Playa” — you know who you are ;-)] There are two types of people in this world — those who know what you mean when you say “Azeeeez!”, and those who don’t. I’m currently working on my third independent film. (I say “my” but it’s not like I’ve written or…