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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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

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.

04/07/2009

Bamboleo

Filed under: Food, life, New York City — Tags: , , , , — Owen @ 1:55 pm

Friday, I spent the day in NYC and the night in Manayunk (Philly). If some more pictures show up from the night I’ll speak more on it but it was definitely a good night. The day was spent shopping, mostly downtown. The highlight of the day was finding a new spot for a great lunch. For that I’m gonna bite Stef’s Smorgasboard and try to do justice to what a real food review should be:

Me and Leighton are wandering from boutique to boutique procrastinating on making a decision about where to eat. Having decided on burritos we ask a cable repair man about a good spot to go. After giving us quick and easy directions, we ask the name of the “restaurant” for confirmation.

“Ku De Ba? Doba? Qdoba.”

If you don’t know, Qdoba is a step above Taco Bell and a step below Chipotle. The middle road in terms of fast food mexican. And what you probably don’t know is that I eat Qdoba all the time since it’s the easiest, cheapest thing to get for lunch while working at the Short Hills Mall. Not to mention Leighton is a former employee of Apple Short Hills as well and has had a bit of Qdubs himself. Are once promising location has turned into nothing more than a palatable reminder of dead end jobs.

We turned down Bleeker anyway to see what we could find and only a few blocks down we see an empty rustic restaurant that said “Mexican” and “Burritos” on the outside, which was good enough for us. I later used the internet to find out the name of the place was Bamboleo and we were on 170 Bleeker St. and Sullivan.

Inside we were able to grab a seat next to windows to people watch and as well as a 5 dollar beer. Free chips and dip. We eventually decided on a chorizo, peppers and onions appetizer and chicken burritos. When it all finally got to our table it was obvious that we had made a good decision.

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This thing was massive. Quite possibly a perfect burrito in terms of shape and size, very tightly wrapped. Just to be sure I scooped out some guacamole to eat on it’s own and it was the closest thing to Californian guacamole I’ve had since getting back. Halfway through I started throwing on Tapatio and it just put everything over the top. Obviously, it was just one dish but definitely one of the better burritos I’ve ever had and would totally recommend this place to anyone looking to try a new Mexican eatery in the village.

Bamboleo, 170 Bleeker St, New York, NY, (212) 253-8226

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OK, so I give my first attempt at a legitimate food review gets a C-. No big deal, I eat enough that I’ll get plenty of practice.

Cake

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