Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lookin' Sharp on Lookin' SHARK - 5: Unnecessary Difficulty

View on Periscope to see it uncropped.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lookin' SHARK Title Card, 80s Style

Via PhotoFunia.

Mux205: Mr. Mux Rakes Even More Leaves / Hall of Famer #4

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It's now that wonderful/terrible time of year where the excellent crispy weather is overshadowed by the ridiculous amount of leaves I rake every few days. Given that I dedicated one mux to the joys of raking (and I've reuploaded that mux to my Dropbox), I decided to somewhat mirror Mux181 by using all the same bands for Mux205. Not like I'm going to listen to these two on repeat while enjoying the joys of home ownership vis a vis property maintenance, because whoabuddy, those trees still have a ton of leaves to drop.

1. TV on the Radio - Careful You (Seeds)
2. Metric - Sick Muse (Fantasies)
3. Wilco - Outtasite (Outta Mind) (Being There)
4. Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough (I'm Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass)
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Stage Or Screen (Multi-Love)
6. TLC - No Scrubs (FanMail)
7. Miguel - What's Normal Anyway (Wildheart)
8. Prefuse 73 - Choking You (One Word Extinguisher)
9. Swervedriver - Autodidact (I Wasn't Born To Lose You)
10. Ryan Adams - How You Get That Girl (1989)
11. Battles - Tij (Mirrored)
12. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain of Salt (Endtroducing...)

TRT 51:18

In the process, I somewhat-accidentally discovered that TV on the Radio's album Seeds is now the fourth entrant in the prestigious Muxtape Hall of Fame. Such an honor is reserved for albums that have every single track featured on a mux, and "Careful You" is the twelfth and final track from Seeds to receive such prestige. The first three Hall of Famers were Post-Nothing by Japandroids, Attack On Memory by Cloud Nothings, and The 20/20 Experience Part 1 by Justin Timberlake. It seems a bit strange given that I don't recall immediately loving Seeds when it first dropped, but I can't deny the facts that it has earned its place in the Hall.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lookin' Sharp on Lookin' SHARK - 4: Dress Rehearsal

(Watch on Periscope to see the Urban Gorilla's head.)

And I'm spent for the next two months.

Music: "Uptown" by Prince.

Lookin' Sharp on Lookin' SHARK - 3: Chaos Order 1

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Lookin' Sharp on Lookin' SHARK - 2: The Tedium of Pre-Pro / Index Cards

WARNING: Really shitty audio at the start (up through 1:05 while trying to stand my phone up).

And the pitfalls of trying to type "foolishness" with my right pinky.

After dropping my phone for the third time, I took it as a sign to stop.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lookin' Sharp on Lookin' SHARK - 1: Third Time's The Charm

So I'm basically at a point where I've written pretty much all the important scenes. Just adding some more goofs, inside jokes, and the connective tissue that will hold this all together.

Oh, right, my weird process: I'm basically ripping off Thom Yorke's method for writing the lyrics to Kid A. He was having difficulty approaching it head on, so he cut up scraps of lyrics, put them in a hat, and drew them at semi-random. Given that Lookin' SHARK was born from the ashes of probably about six different dumpster fires abandoned projects (many of which had completed scripts ready to shoot), I was getting pretty tired of coming up with the film's setup when I just wanted to get into the meat. So, borrowing a page from Mr. Yorke, I've written a smattering of scenes, printed them all out separately, and then I'll randomly scatter them across my office floor and use that as the jumping-off point for the order.

At this exact cosmic moment, I have 62 separate scenes of wildly-varying length. Some are several pages, while some are scrawled on scraps of paper; there are probably over a hundred tiny mini-scenes that I'll wedge into the shooting order. And while I'm massively getting ahead of myself, I can also fuck with everything in the edit. (Here's hoping that LS isn't my first film that takes a billion years to edit based on some misguided idea to shoot shoot shoot; I put together the picture locks for Transmissions and Arc in about a month each.)

And here's something that I've been developing the last few days: I'm hoping to shoot the film in late November through December, and since it probably won't take more than a dozen or so shooting days, I'm going to shoot the film three times in its entirety; the second session is penciled in for late January and early February, and I want to shoot the last session in early spring. It definitely plays into the plot (and possibly foreshadows a shitty editing experience that I'm entirely at fault for if I'm not careful), and the real benefit is that I can see what works and what doesn't when sifting through all the footage for Trial 1. I'll probably even have a decent assembly going, and while, in theory, I could certainly put together the full thing with one run-through, I'm sure that I'll see scenes that I could do better or rejigger. Probably will also write in a bunch of what I'm calling "CT scenes," short for "connective tissue scenes." So if I need some more exposition or more goofs in a certain spot, I can do it on Trial 2 or Trial 3. There are some character differences in 2 or 3, but I'll leave that mystery for the final cut. It's a bit more involved than simply getting a haircut and swapping outfits.

Oh right, forgot to mention (or did I?) that I'm pulling a Transmissions and doing every single thing for this film myself. So that's all crew duties, plus one human role and at least three separate voices for AIs. (This sounds super controlling of me, but while Transmission had some other humans do voices, I want LS to be 100% me. For Transmissions I did every single shot, though, and for LS I'll probably need someone to simply guard the camera for the superwide shots where the camera is over 100 feet away from me as I, for example, run through the park in a gorilla suit.) For the two Brother/Steve And Derek Show fans still reading, I'm reprising the characters of Steve and Derek, so expect at least one inside joke about that. And while Transmissions was, honestly, extremely difficult and exhausting to helm solo (my best guess of the number of times I wanted to quit is close to the number of electrons in the known universe), I obviously learned what is and isn't more difficult with a one-man film crew compared to a traditional setup. It will be far more difficult logistically, but I don't need as much tight control as I did for Transmissions, so everything will be a little looser and mentally easier.

I'm also going to - and I know this sounds crazy - try to have some fun when I make this. Transmissions was pretty much a toil all the way through for a variety of reasons, and I only had a laugh when happy accidents improved a take. Arc was fun in spots (definitely not during the winter exteriors), but I was ultimately overwhelmed with keeping the entire thing running while juggling far too many roles, like being my own assistant director.

So back to writing some CT scenes, scribbling some random goofs, and actually writing up a budget. It's basically the cost for a new tripod, an editing hard drive, and a new tie. I'm probably not even going to bother with festivals for this, since it's basically an exercise to get back into filmmaking to prep for an ensemble cast that does not feature me for a more-ambitious Film 4. It's about as ridiculous as the manic Schizopolis, which bombed at Cannes, and I need to get this goofiness out of my system before returning to hopefully-less-confusing superserious stuff. I also won't have to waste all that money for festival programmers to yawn through this film before rejecting it. So yeah, this will probably live and die on YouTube, lest it turns out superawesome and Netflix comes with an offer.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mux204: October 2016

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Redid this one a billion times like 203, so another frankenmux; also, this randomly has a lot of female vocalists. Had so much trouble that 205 is already fully sequenced, though that's a bit of a special case.

1. Car Seat Headrest - Fill In The Blank (Teens of Denial)
2. The Kills - Getting Down (Midnight Boom)
3. Bloc Party - Positive Tension (Silent Alarm)
4. Dirty Projectors - About To Die (Swing Lo Magellan)
5. Shearwater - Black Eyes (Golden Archipelago)
6. Purity Ring - Stranger Than Earth (Another Eternity)
7. Taylor Swift - How You Get The Girl (1989)
8. Phantogram - All Dried Up (Eyelid Movies)
9. Preoccupations - Degraded (Preoccupations)
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Warrior (Show Your Bones)
11. Liars - Annual Moon Words (WIXIW)
12. The Faces - Ooh La La (Ooh La La)

TRT 43:45

Rookies: The Faces, Preoccupations

2016 music: Car Seat Headrest, Preoccupations

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mux203: Mr. Mux, A Rock, And A Hard Place

Before I even say anything, I have to admit a fault in my otherwise-faultless professionalism: It seems that there's a problem with every single file of "What I Like About You" on P2P. Let's just pretend the massive, listening-wrecking blip at 7:03 isn't there and that the track itself doesn't sound so crispy.

Otherwise: Download or stream.

1. LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (LCD Soundsystem)
2. The Romantics - What I Like About You (The Romantics)
3. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Give Me A Chance (Acme)
4. Sheer Mag - Nobody's Baby (Sheer Mag III)
5. Ty Segall - Caesar (Melted)
6. TV on the Radio - I Was A Lover (Return To Cookie Mountain)
7. Outkast - Hey Ya! (The Love Below)
8. Radiohead - Glass Eyes (A Moon Shaped Pool)
9. DJ Shadow - High Noon (Preemptive Strike)
10. M83 - Kim & Jessie (Saturdays = Youth)
11. Prince - Uptown (Dirty Mind)
12. Hot Chip - Motion Sickness (In Our Heads)

TRT 49:09

Rookies: Outkast, The Romantics, Sheer Mag

2016 music: Radiohead, Sheer Mag

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mux202: September 2016

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1. Beach Slang - Punks In A Disco Bar (A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings)
2. Muncie Girls - I Don't Want To Talk About It (From Caplan To Belize)
3. Silversun Pickups - Well Thought Out Twinkles (Carnavas)
4. Car Seat Headrest - 1937 State Park (Teens of Denial)
5. Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend (Love You To Death)
6. Junior Boys - Teach Me How To Fight (Last Exit)
7. The Avalanches - Subways (Wildflower)
8. Pinegrove - Then Again (Cardinal)
9. The Kills - Days of Why And How (Ash & Ice)
10. Nothing - Curse of the Sun (Tired of Tomorrow)
11. Dinosaur Jr. - Be A Part (Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not)
12. Caribou - Sun (Swim)

TRT 47:39

Rookies: Muncie Girls, Nothing, Pinegrove, Silversun Pickups

2016 music: The Avalanches, Beach Slang, Car Seat Headrest, Dinosaur Jr., The Kills, Muncie Girls, Nothing, Pinegrove, Tegan and Sara