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Film Days

These are photos I shot with a 35mm Canon film camera back in college at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I’d estimate the year to be 1991 or 1992. I did not develop the film (it was black and white) but made 8×10 prints in the darkroom. I don’t remember what grade I got in the class, but I remember that I enjoyed going out and shooting. Thinking about it now, I’m actually surprised how long it took me to get back into photography after a long hiatus. (I blame Z2 Photo.)

Pole

I really enjoyed the environment and serenity of the darkroom. The actual waiting to see what would come out. Sometimes I think that’s missing in the digital world. Nowadays you take a shot, or 5 shots, zoom in on them on an LCD screen, see what looks good, and what doesn’t and then do all sorts of digital manipulations back at your 27″ monitor. Yeah, I do miss the simplicity of it all…

UWM Theater Department

I don’t think I’ll shoot film again, but I may make an effort to get into that film mindset from time to time when I’m shooting digital. I think it may help the image making process…

I’ll try to upload more of these as I scan them in. Keep an eye on my Flickr stream for more…

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Red One

Red One

Yeah, it’s pretty amazing…

The Red One (seen here with the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 lens mounted on it) is a digital cinema camera. It just can’t be considered a “video camera” by any means.

It’s interesting how much of what you know from photography and film seems to come into play when using it, as opposed to what you know about video, and your old fashioned video cameras.

Not that I’m much of an expert yet, as I’ve spent just a very short amount of time working with the Red One.

But I do have to agree with anyone who has used the word “amazing” to describe it.

Red One. Amazing.

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Welcome to Macintosh (Film Review)

I watched the documentary film “Welcome to Macintosh” and I liked it.

fanboi squeeee!
Photo by Alan Holding

I know… you’re like “No duh! Mr. Fanboi, of course you loved it!” but hey, I’ve got issues with Apple, and they do plenty of things I don’t like (they always have) but using computers created by Apple has been a part of my life for 30 years now… I don’t think there is a brand around I’ve been involved with for that long… well, been involved with, and haven’t grown to hate.

If you’ve been using Macs for a long time and been fascinated by Apple, or an actual fan, it’s worth watching. On the other hand, if you are a recent convert from the Windows world, and new to the Mac in just the past few years, it’s probably not for you. (But if I’m wrong, let me know…)

Welcome to Macintosh Screening
Photo courtesy of Nik Fletcher

One thing I feel wasn’t really touched on is that in the past few years Macs (and other Apple products) have become “lifestyle” items, where in the past I don’t think this was the case. The film did mention that in the mid-to-late 1990’s it was hard to be a Mac user. Damn straight it was… I was deep into it. I worked at a design firm/publishing company where we had tons of Macs, and seeing the unknown future of the Mac (and Apple!) back then was not easy. By the end of the lifecycle of Mac OS 9 (pre-OS X) I was almost ready to abandon the Mac. I was using FreeBSD as a server OS, and Windows was making in-roads and actually getting better… If the NeXT/Apple thing hadn’t happened, and Mac OS X hadn’t come along, things would have been dismal.

Looking back today, it’s easy to say that Steve Jobs and Mac OS X were the saviors of Apple… and I don’t know how much my design background plays into it, but I really do want to use beautiful, well designed things, and that’s where Apple shines, and in true Apple sense, design refers to how things work, and how they function on the inside, just as much as they refer to how things look on the outside.

So my recommendation of the film is, if you’ve used/liked/loved the Mac for 10 years or more, see it. You’ll find it fun, amusing, and informative. If you admire Apple as a brand, see it, as there’s some valuable insight into design and marketing that the Microsofts of the world will never get right. If you’re a die-hard Microsoft lover or Windows user… or hey, a Linux/open source dude… it may not interest you quite as much.

I mean… I liked it, but I guess I’m just an Apple fanboi… ;)

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Persepolis

I don’t review many films here (maybe I should!) but I recently saw Persepolis, which was adapted from a graphic novel into an full-length animated film. I really liked the style of the animation, which actually looked like a graphic novel translated to film, rather than a graphic novel make into a live-action film, which probably works fine for most superhero genre films, but probably not so much for this sort of story. (The film’s animation was done the old fashioned was, hand drawn!)

Persepolis

I also learned a lot about Iran which I hadn’t known, though honestly, my knowledge of Iran was pretty minimal, as I’ve lived in the U.S. my entire life, and well, you get a tainted view of other countries from here.

If you get a chance to see it, watch the DVD extras, as there’s some great stuff in there about the story behind, and the making of the film. I mean, if you’re into filmmaking that is…

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Balancing Act – Promo #002

Yes, I am still working on Balancing Act, my documentary about the work we do…

In this clip Davey von Bohlen talks about being a musician, and how that may change (or not change) in the future.

Davey is an old friend of mine, and probably the most (commercially) successful musician that I personally know. It was great to sit down with him and get an insight into his career thus far. Enjoy the clip!