Archive for the ‘Filmmaking’ Category

Nobody Knows Anything

Posted: 19th February 2019 by Cheap in Film, Filmmaking

From an NPR article, Are Movies Getting Better? The famous screenwriter William Goldman had a saying about the ability of the movie studios to predict what would be a critical or commercial success: “Nobody knows anything.” Waldfogel calls this “Goldman’s Law,” The methodology described in the article to arrive at its conclusion is flawed, but […]

Ultra-Wide Angle

Posted: 30th January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Firearms, Gardening, Hunting, Peppers, Photography

I finally own the so-called “Holy Trinity” of Canon zoom lenses.  I acquired my original Canon EOS camera outfit, including the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses, in 2005.  Since then, I have wanted to round out my lens collection with a 16-35mm ultra-wide angle zoom lens.  It isn’t useful for model photography, so it […]

Skyward

Posted: 6th January 2019 by Cheap in Camping, Cycling, Fiction, Filmmaking, Outdoors, Television, Travel, Writing

When I had first heard about Skyward, it seemed interesting, but I ultimately decided not to read it.  Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author who has become one of my favorites, and the description of the story was definitely interesting, but when I found out it was YA fiction, I decided to pass.  My recent […]

The End of e-Books

Posted: 18th December 2018 by Cheap in Cuisine, Fiction, Filmmaking, Television

I have been watching a fair amount of Netflix television, the sort that comes as a single season of four to eight episodes, once referred to as a miniseries.  A lot of them have been smart murder mysteries and/or political thrillers, and a lot of them have come from the UK or Australia.  Mindhunter, Secret […]

Freddy the Pig Convention

Posted: 6th October 2018 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Television

I worked on two films in August on back-to-back weekends.  I recorded sound for one and was the AD for the other.  The sound gig was frustrating, primarily because of the DP, with whom I’ve worked before, and with whom I was similarly frustrated the first time.  He has an attitude that drives me up […]

Adapting The Zero Stone to Film

Posted: 9th September 2018 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Writing

It seems to me that The Zero Stone would be easily adaptable to film.  As such, I might make an attempt to write a film script about it, although it isn’t a novel that fills me with passion.  It is a fairly straightforward story. Eet is a creature that would best be handled as CG […]

Somewhat on impulse, I picked up a Canon 77D.  I figured this would be a good camera to have around for filmmaking, without being terribly expensive.  The APS-C sized sensor is certainly more appropriate than the full-frame sensor in my 5D Mark II.  The video quality is good, and the autofocus is quite good.  That […]

Rockpile Mountain

Posted: 13th June 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Filmmaking, Hiking, Outdoors, Television

My overnight backpacking trip in the Rockpile Mountain Wilderness Area went well.  I didn’t have any equipment problems, and I didn’t forget anything important.  I did add a couple of items to my list for next time, but they aren’t serious (like handy-wipes).  I didn’t forget to bring my hammock, but I was unable to […]

Screening Film Gigs

Posted: 21st May 2018 by Cheap in Filmmaking

I am beginning to think I need to figure out how to screen film gigs.  How do I decide whether a gig is one that I want to work on or not? I had an unpleasant experience on a film in January.  The director tried to film a thirty page script in two evenings.  He […]

I am building a workbench using mortise & tenon joints.  Somehow, this is the first time I’ve attempted to do so, despite owning a mortiser and a tenonning jig for two decades.  I’m finding that they are both well suited to fairly flat tenons, one width of the chisel, or up to two if the […]