Here's episode 2 of 3 of Days with Me. If you are not in the video, know anyone in the video, or don't skate, don't watch this. This is Thursdays with Duy Nguyen. Starring Blake and Francis with a special appearance by Goose.
So for the past two weeks I have been busy working on production with VCU Cinema's Persistence of Everything as the 2nd AC. Written and directed by Michael Bryant after receiving a research grant, we started production on Saturday at 5:15AM and wrapped on Tuesday at around 4:30PM. Aside from having our teacher Rob Tregenza there, we also had LA cinematographer, Andrew Gianetta come out and help us. Andrew was Rob's former student and has worked on many films. Charlie Harris also joined us helping with the crane and ATV shots. HE's worked on films such as Dumb and Dumber and Final Destination 3D.
Set in 90s Bosnia, The Persistence of Everything is a Post Modern film about a boy who is able to see into the afterlife. Shot with an Arriflex BL3 30mm camera, this has been VCU's biggest production to date. It was a great experience for everyone involved and taught us more than a classroom ever could. For four long days, we all felt what it's like to really be filmmakers.
So TWKs have gotten some "air time", if you can even call it that, on WVCW, VCU's independent radio station. Bill and myself started last Wednesday at 10PM streaming world wide. Tune in at http://wvcw.org/listen.m3u every Wednesday night starting at around 10PM. Or don't. You won't miss out on much except for our voices.
Who watches Watchmen? Well I did. But I didn't enjoy it that's for sure. And before you say anything to me, no I did not read the book. But why should I have to read the book to enjoy the movie? Why can't I go to the theatre, sit and watch a good movie? I'm not saying the movie was horrible. I guess it was kind of entertaining. Things looked cool. I saw boobs. Heck, I even saw dick. More dick than boobs. But I'm not complaining about that. My cinema friend said the cinematography was amazing. I thought it was just too textbook. And maybe it was just too textbook because it the shots came directly from the panels in the comic. When it comes down to it, if you take away what Watchmen has in its graphics, you end up with a three hour long movie with no name superheroes and no name actors that give no name performances. Story was okay, I guess...
Here's the first of a current three part series called Days with Duy where I run around with a camera and be annoying. Unfortunately Vimeo only let's me upload one HD video a week so the rest will be coming on the next two Mondays and make sure you watch it in HD here!
Well here it is. I officially got my hands on the new camera yesterday, well I guess two days ago since it's 1 AM. I've taken a few shots with it and the big display makes the pictures look a lot better. With the autofocus motor, I can now work with my lenses better. I've taken two old ones from a film camera lying around the house so now I have a 20-70mm as well as a 70-200mm. But of course, there is video. My brother took the family out to dinner to celebrate his new job and probably to show off his new car. I took this opportunity to shoot some video. Above is the end result. Edited quickly in iMovie, I'm happy with the results. You can watch it in HD here.
I guess the good folks at Crumpler took note of my new camera and decided to send me one of their 5 Million Dollar Bags. Which is great because my old one was getting a little dated. I love this bag because it's small and easy to use. It's not a backpack camera bag so you don't have to set it on the ground every time you need to switch lenses. Just wrap it around your shoulder and your good to go. It's got enough space for what I need; a camera and three accessories. Mix and match with flashes and lenses. Of course there are smaller pockets for other things, however there's no tripod holder thing. HINT HINT. COUGH GIVE ME A BRAZILLION DOLLAR BAG END COUGH.
For the first time in three years, VCU classes have been delayed due to inclement weather. Shortly later, classes were canceled all together. Just in time for Spring Break. In other news, I just bought myself that Nikon D90 I've been talking about on and off. Also just in time for Spring Break. So be ready for some vimeo videos. Gosh I feel like BobbyHundreds.