No More Cake

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

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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

03/26/2010

Slip on Summer

Filed under: Advertisments, culture, Fashion, life, Pictures, Video — Tags: , , , , , — Owen @ 2:32 pm

Coming early next month, these will be my next purchase and will be beautifully destroyed by the time the Sun dips below the hemisphere for the winter.

Both > Red > Blue

Owen

03/12/2010

What’s Poppin?

Filed under: life, music — Tags: , , , , , — Owen @ 3:53 pm

I’m poppin.

Camron – Boss of All Bosses 2 (Into)

No pictures from Hoboken St. Patricks day, but it was quite a fun mess. Kind of glad it’s only once a year.

Working on a new music video at the moment. Jumping into the Motion Graphics pool headfirst.

More soon.

Owen

02/19/2010

Making It In America (Most Likely)

A few days ago I got the opportunity to watch the new HBO show, How to Make it in America starring Bryan Greenberg and produced by the same people who did Entourage. Despite the marketing (which I didn’t see much of), it was expected to be the new Entourage based in NY instead of LA, following a graphic designer instead of an actor.

Alot of the reason I had any desire to tune in was because one of my favorite artists, Kid Cudi, has a role in it. The Cudder talked a whole lot of shit on his old Twitter account about him being a budding acting talent before he broke into music, so that had to be verified.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the list of other cast members flash across the screen as the opening credits played. Although I had no idea who Greenberg’s co-star Victor Rasuk was, I was excited to see the names of Luis Guzman, Shannyn Sossamon, and Eddie Kaye Thomas. And Rasuk ended up being pretty good.

I’m not going to layout everything that happened in the first episode because if you want to watch it, HBO has posted the entire first episode on YouTube, so click the picture below.

The reason its up on youtube is probably because HBO feels that this isn’t an instant hit… and they’re right. Just based off the inevitable comparison to Entourage, it’s flaws are apparent. The writing doesn’t sparkle with the same outrageous one-liners, the story is about the dirty work and not the glossy results, and the main character isn’t a millionaire playboy living a fantasy life of cars, parties and endless girls.

It’s for all these reasons that I will continue to watch. Let’s be real, nothing ever really happens on Entourage. Vince gets laid, Ari yells a lot, E tries to stay calm, Drama has issues and Turtle smokes weed. If it wasn’t for the dialogue and the titties it would be one of the dumber shows on television. I’m pretty sure every scene from every episode in which something important happens could be packed into a 1 hour special.

As an aspiring member of the NYC creative community, I can relate more to this than I anything I’ve ever seen on Entourage. It will be intriguing to see the portrayal of similar things that I am going through. The hero isn’t an emotionless sex vessel but a maturing character dealing with his internal struggles over his friends, love life and chosen profession. Issues that just about everybody goes through at some point.

And TV has enough quotable series, it’s always good to watch one that can be carried by substance over sex jokes. It looks like the season only has a run of about 8 episodes, so I’ll be watching through the season finale and if there seems to be some growth from now until then, I’ll be tuning into season 2.

Owen

PS aka Oh yeah

On the subject of Cudi, there really isn’t anything. He’s on screen for maybe 90 secs and does nothing but give daps, do a little dance and drink out the bottle. Pretty disappointing, it would cool to see him play some part in the growth of the hero but at this point he’s as useless as house phone.

02/08/2010

Still Getting Graded

When we made Johnny’s Leaving, we knew that we were going to need a colorist. I had been messing around with Apple Color at work but wasn’t completely sure how to use it. All I knew was that I really wanted to figure it out and this project was a perfect opportunity to do so.

After unsuccessfully looking for someone with any experience at all that was willing to work for us. I made the arrangements with Kali (director) and Paul (executive producer) to borrow a monitor and machine and perform the corrections myself. Having screened the film a few times now and speaking with colorists that have been able to take a look at it, I can safely say that it was one of the most satisyfing learning experiences I’ve had in my life.

Here’s a short reel showcasing some of the color grades performed on the film.

I used the Apple Color program to perform these grades. While it is definitely a powerful program, I really want to get my hands on an AVID Symphony system one day. It was a lot of fun learning and performing these corrections and I look forward to the opportunities to do more work in the future.

Owen

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