Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sidewalk Scramble film and had the crazy notion of driving all the way to the Gulf Coast to get a shot on the beach at sunrise. It's also the date when crazy Harold Camping told everyone the rapture was going to happen. Since we only had one shot at this shot (and only 48 hours total to complete the whole film), we were relieved when Camping proved to be a wackjob. God never showed so we were able to finish the film on time. And after we drove all the way back to Birmingham, bleary-eyed and exhausted from staying awake all night, we arrived smack dab in the middle of Doo Dah Day. There were dogs everywhere, dressed in all manner of doggie costumes, which took forever to navigate around in order to get back to our cars to finally go home and get some sleep. It was like we had escaped the real rapture and found ourselves in the middle of some bizarre doggie version where all dogs go to heaven and get to wear funny hats on the way. So this year, I think I will forgo the beach trip and look into finding a dog that might need a place to stay until the real rapture occurs. Who knows, maybe if I get one, I can take them to the beach next year.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I worked on this, I know what I'm talking about. But, on those rare occasions when they do get it right, when you find a film or TV show where all the moving parts are working in unison, it gives me hope that it's not impossible. That if you keep your eye on the details, and surround yourself with other talented artists who can keep an eye on them too, something genuinely moving and worthwhile can be created. Of course, I say this now. I said the same thing about Lost at the end of it's third season and look what happened to that one (A light in a cave? Really, Lindelof? A LIGHT IN A FRAKING CAVE? REALLY????? Sigh. Sorry, I'm still a little bitter). Anyhow, I hope Breaking Bad keeps up the amazing work on both sides of the camera and avoids the pitfalls that have sometimes befallen past shows when they try to land the plane (coughLostcough). But for now, I am glued to the screen for the rest of the ride Breaking Bad is taking me on. I'll also be taking lots of notes along the way. And if my film plans don't work out, the show will probably have taught me how to make meth by then, so I've got that to fall back on. Who says TV isn't educational?
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The answer is William Hootkins (Who?). An American character actor who played Red Six (affectionately known as Porkins) in Star Wars, Major Eaton (one of the Army Intelligence officerswho gives Indy his marching orders) in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Lt. Eckhardt (the fat, corrupt police officer who gets shot by Jack Nicholson right before he becomes the Joker) in Batman. He one of the those guys who most people have seen before in small roles in big movies, but never give a second thought to. But those happen to be three movies I have seen dozens (and in the case of Star Wars, hundreds) of times, so after a while those esoteric details kind of crystallize in my brain. I remember realizing one day that the same guy showed up in all three of those films. It was like a lightbulb went off in my head. It made me realize that I know way too much about this sort of stuff. No offense to Mr. Hootkins, but I have a feeling my knowing this fact about his choice of roles in films probably pushed out an important fact I once learned but had to lose in favor of this piece of fluff filling the space. I used to know Algebra, Physics, and other science facts. I used to know the names of Roman rulers and Prussian poets. Now all I can remember is that William Hootkins played Porkins in Star Wars and gets blown up right after Biggs Darklighter tells him to eject. Come to think of it, how do I know that Biggs' last name is Darklighter when it is never once mentioned in the film? Or that he is played by Garrick Hagon? See what I mean? Useless! Hopefully I will get to host trivia again and I can put some of the rest of this useless information to good use. And maybe if I start sharing some of it, it will be replaced with better, more useful information. Like how to defuse a bomb, or save the rainforests, or design a longer lasting lightbulb. But, considering that I know that the weird guy in Robocop who says "I'll buy that for a dollar" is named Bixby Snyder, I doubt it.