No More Cake

08/30/2010

Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

Filed under: Comedy, Film, Movies — Tags: , , — Owen @ 1:15 pm

***************SPOILER ALERT****************

I saw Inception at it’s midnight opening and it was the best thing I had seen all summer, maybe all summer. I really want to go see it again but I haven’t had the time.

Luckily, it provided The Internet ample material for consistent entertainmet until I get to get back to the theater.

I would take out 500k in student loans to major in extraction.

Owen

07/28/2010

Work Force

After 2 years of being a graduate and 1 year of being completely unemployed (not including internship(s)), I will finally be joining the workforce.

After sending out hundreds of resumés, countless emails, following dozens of networking leads. I got a call from Final Frame Post with the words, “We want you to come work for Final Frame.”

It’s still a little hard to believe, especially considering that immediately after the phone call I was doing pro bono work on an MTV show. And that I’m typing this at my other internship at Sixteen19 in midtown. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in and I don’t know if it will for a while.

The position is for  Night Techician. It’s a new position at a small but growing company. I can’t be too much more descriptive because it was hard for them to even describe what I’ll be doing; I will probably be doing different things every night. The company seems like they’re ahead of the curve, they’re flourishing using primarily Final Cut and they’re the only company in NY other than CBS to own a DigitalVision.

Honestly, this I needed this more than a lot of people know. My mom was recently the victim of corporate cutbacks, which made my dad the only person with a viable income for a family of four. Plus, my sister is still in school and I eat a lot of food. I could feel the fianancial noose tightening around the golden goose, particularly when we stopped springing for Heinz ketchup. I don’t mess with Hunt’s because that sauce ain’t baller to me.

If it wasn’t for the nighttime hours it would basically be a dream job. I should be able to learn a ton of stuff and get my hands on a lot of the technologies that go into finish films and tv shows. Assuming I don’t suck, I should be able to move up to being an online editor/colorist. They make a bunch of money, work with the top producers and directors and see all the right and wrong things on a production; in case there is a desire to become a producer or director.

The late shift might be a blessing in disguise though, as it could expediate a move into NYC. NJ Transit trains don’t run late enough to rely on, Path trains only come as close to my home as Downtown Newark and I don’t own a car. The best solution will be to become a NY resident as soon as possible and if I had normal hours, I would likely hang out in NJ longer than I will in this situation.

It’s all new and happening pretty fast. I honestly don’t know what I’ll have to say about the job, life and my choices in 6 months. But yesterday, I wasn’t sure what I would be doing in 6 weeks and now it seems like I’ll be fine.

And I’ll be dippin’ fries in Heinz all day son!

Owen

06/13/2010

I Might Need a Tumblr

Filed under: Art, Comedy, life, Pictures, Uncategorized, Video — Tags: , , — Owen @ 8:21 pm

To put the random things that I make…

and the amazingly random things I find online. Some you may have seen. Hopefully not all them.

(more…)

04/16/2010

Thievery

I saw this somewhere online last night and I have to say that it definitely resonates with me. I didn’t know a lot about Jim Jarmusch before this but I’m definitely interested now.

I don’t know why but I’ve always felt something very similar to this. Observing culture, media and society bombards you with duplicates, clones and replicas. They just go by names like remake, remix and retelling. Or if they’re smart, the reteller just calls it inspiration.

There’s a reason why history repeats itself.

To no ones fault, it is incredibly hard to create something wholly original when the creator can only base their work off what he’s learned/seen/experienced in his life. If anyone has ever had similar feelings about similar experiences then it is no longer completely “original”.

On the hand, while it may not be original, it can still be authentic. And to me, authenticity far outweighs originality. Obviously, don’t completely rip someone’s work, but if you see something that moves you some how than it isn’t wrong to emulate it in your own vision.

I think I’m going to make this my first tattoo.

And no, I have not missed the irony.

Owen

04/08/2010

Pixels

Filed under: Art, New York City, Video — Tags: , , , , , , , — Owen @ 1:32 pm

This video has been blowing up over the Internet today. I finally got to watch it and it’s pretty incredible. I don’t think the techniques are new but they are really well done. It’s by Patrick Jean of One More Production. Their site has a ton of other really cool videos to check out as well.

Pixel Invasion

This is the kind of stuff I want to do with my life.

Owen

04/06/2010

15 Mics

This is the latest music video I finished.

The song is 15 Mics and the artist is my friend Vinny aka Verbal Phantom.

So far it’s garnered very positive reviews, which I’m pretty happy about considering it’s the first project I’ve finished since teaching myself Adobe After Effects. All the editing and animation was done by me with the illustrations being done by Kali.

I plan on doing more and more stuff with After Effects in the near future but I think this is a decent start.

Would love any feedback.

Owen

04/02/2010

Wait, What?

Filed under: Art, music — Tags: , , , , , , — Owen @ 10:59 am

I’m a huge fan of mash-up music. Especially rap over anything electronic. For me it takes often boring, monotonous drum beats and injects it with synthetic syncopated energy while still leaving the focus of the lyrics. Honestly, most of the time it doesn’t work out, with the sounds overtaking the song and sonically drowning the rest of the music.

That doesn’t stop me from going on voracious searches for the newest, most dynamic and musically intersting remixes, fixes and mash-ups on the internet. When I saw a friend’s Facebook link to a mash-up ALBUM of The XX and Notorious B.I.G., my brain spazzed out a little bit and I couldn’t click fast enough to listen to The Notorious XX.

Click the cover for download links, videos and more.

Wait, What? is the artist who blended probably the best rapper of all time with the new ambient-electronic act. The two sounds are polar opposites on the musical spectrum. It’s a must listen just because you can’t even begin to create a preconception.

In the end, it leaves me ambivalent. To me the idea is such an incredible idea that it created an expectation that any music would be hard pressed to live up to. It’s not life-changing but select songs will garner numerous repeats. And those selects may change depending on your mood.

My selections are below but my advice is to listen to the album a few times and make your own.

Owen

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