Monday, July 27, 2009

Forbidden Planetoid - The Video Outtake!

Luckily, I managed to find the time to make this very short (33 seconds!) video "outtake" for my contest entry (see previous blog entry for the poster submission!)

It's nothing brilliant, but it completes my entry... nothing worse than coming up short in a contest when you don't have to!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Forbidden Planetoid - The Poster

This coming Friday I fly off to Australia for little over a week. I'll be visiting my parents, primarily, as well as other family members and some friends. When I come back, it's full steam ahead with 'The Haunter Of The Dark'. But in the meantime, I couldn't help but make up a quick entry into Reallusion's latest Movie Tribute Contest (click the poster to take a closer look!)

At this point in time, I do not have the optional video entry to match the poster, but if I find some time in the next few days, I'll see what I can come up with. If not, then this is it...

That's it for now! See you soon!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Terrible Old Man Goes To Bitfilm 2009

On a whim several months ago, I decided to enter my film 'The Terrible Old Man' into the 2009 Bitfilm festival/contest. I then completely forgot about it! :)

Well today, to my surprise and delight, I received word that it had been nominated for a Bitfilm Award (under machinima, of course)!

Now all I have to do is ship them a nice, hires copy of the flick so that they can show it at their cinemas (I believe the festival takes place in at least two locations).

I think the whole thing goes into the horrible "internet vote" thing to determine the winner, which I think is the worst way to judge anything, but that's life. At least someone thought it was worthy of the nomination, so I'm happy!

So anyway, at the risk of bragging, this is my second time to get into the festival. The first was 'Final Night' (another horror film... hmmm)... was that last year? I can't remember. Must have been 2 years ago. Maybe 3 years...

Anyone else put a film in? And have you heard back yet?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Honest reviews... where art thou?

I know that over the years that I've been part of TMO and now TMU, there has been a LOT of discussion about reviews and review techniques. Well, it looks like it's time again...

Might be just me, but I seem to be witnessing a trend of praise with little in the way of actual critique. Basically, you put up a movie and receive nothing but love. (I see the same thing in the Reallusion forums, too).

Me, I think that's shallow. And not helpful at all. Not that I'm innocent of the charges, but hey... I ain't perfect. But at least I can admit to it.

Anyway, how about we start giving people honest feedback on movies. It used to be the norm over on TMO (once upon a time).

Are YOU up to the challenge? Dare to be honest... with EVERYONE.


(For some light reading of the complete opposite of a "praise-a-thon", try this link to a review of several versions of 'The Terrible Old Man', including both mine and Slarner's. Click Me - WARNING: This is NOT an example of what I would like to see! But it is the opposite of our current trend.)