Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Shootin' video

So for my major video assignment this semester I am going to be shooting live footage of some bands and editing them into what should be a seminal concert film (at least for a few friends on youtube).

Tonight i've been up all night getting info, and oh my, it's a lot bigger than i thought. Since i'm filming something happening live, an element of danger has been added - one camera/recorder with the wrong format, or one mistake with the audio feed, or anything like that can completely derail what I'm doing.

But i'm seeing the pieces come together. I'm going to make this work. It's the first video prac i've felt excited about, the first one that I can see myself learning from and returning to for leisure, or even something with higher stakes.

This project goes beyond fulfilling criteria - i feel like i have a chance to document something important and to put back into something close to me. It's a chance to not only contribute, but to have a point - Something to do that's an exception from constantly seeing bands, going home and adding nothing to the mix.

This is going to be my first dabbling in live audio, in multi-camera editing, and in capturing live events.

I might be being really overdramatic here, but I'm enthused and excited and scared shitless.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Not safe for work/home/life itself!


Hoorah for our heroic police force and national press, who have spent the last 24 hours protecting us from lefty pervert Bill Henson. Henson is at the center of a whole lot of uproar among those with proper morals for his graphic depictions of half-naked adolescent forms. Which pretty much means he let the terrorists win. But Bill Henson is just the tip of the sick, twisted iceberg. Here's some other things that need to be taken away, for the benefit of the children.

Blind Faith
Long before Eric Clapton started exploiting his audiences with overpriced arena shows and boring babyboomer music, he was exploiting pre-teen girls with his circle-jerk of perversion Blind Faith. A "supergroup" featuring members of Cream and Traffic, their (thankfully) only album featured an eleven-year-old topless girl on the cover. The cover's photographer, Bob Seidermann, described his intention as to show "the beginning of the transition from girl to woman... that temporal point, that singular flare of radiant innocence". Which is basically a self-indulgent way of saying "i wish they'd left that hole in the fence behind the schoolyard"

Miley Cyrus

A hero to preteen girls around the world, the daughter of Billy Ray "Achey Breaky Heart" Cyrus recently expressed her deep embarrassment about having her bare back exposed for the world to see in a photo shoot by Vanity Fair's Annie Leibovitz (see, women can be perverted too!). This apology came after an uproar from the mainstream media, who are at the forefront of the fight against the sexualisation of children - which is why they only plastered the picture across every news outlet in the western world because they knew that parents had to be warned about who their child's hero really is.

Little Boy Fountains

I heard that R. Kelly has a bunch of these installed at his mansion. 'Nuff said.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Get the cool... get the cool shoe shine!



My bus home from the city is right outside the QVB, and at the entrance there's a shoe shining stand.

Is it just me, or is there something really medieval about sitting on a high chair while somebody is on their knees, polishing your shoes.
I'm not sure i could get it done without feeling like an asshole.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

WTF?


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cute book shop boy.

While rummaging through www.viceland.com I saw this and thought he was super cute.
For some reason I just can't stop looking at the photo..

Watch This Band!



Songs, a 4-piece from Sydney.

I've had my eye on these guys for a couple of months now based on their awesome song "Keeping It Clean", as well as the more recent addition of "KC's In Trouble".

But last night i finally saw them live, and it blows those songs out of the water. When they said they recorded their "straighter" songs for the EP, they weren't lying - their live set is much more varied, bringing in a whole range of influences from across the indie spectrum. They debuted a new song which was the highlight of the set, and played really well together. Be sure to catch them, it seems like destiny that they'll get way, way more popular. Their EP is out now in "selected" record stores, and an album is forthcoming on Popfrenzy Records.

Myspace

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Damn 'Ye, we'd be sorry to diss you...


...even your superficial raps are super-official!

I'm officially totally burnt out. Sorry for the lack of posts lately.

HOW TO: Look like a total douche.

The steps to attain a douche attitude and look:

#1: Watch videoclips of Kanye West and practice his dance moves
#2: Perfect Kanye's individual vocals so much so that when you ring up your friends and sing 'Good Life' they will actually believe that it is Kanye on the other end of the phone.
#3: Rehearse all of Kanye's lyrics so you know them off by heart, making particular attention to change your pronunciation of "with you" to "witchu".
#4: Realise that you have to look like Kanye too so you check out his fashion sense and replicate it so well that you will look like him.
#5: Find some girl in the street to be your "black Kate Moss", so that when you listen to 'Stronger' for the 100000th time you can look at her and wink.
#6: Like icecream with a cherry on top for the perfect finish..you can't be Kanye without getting a pair of his trademark douche glasses and sporting them on your face like the douche you are.



Those shades are totally impractical, they defeat the purpose of protecting you from the sun, then don't even look cool..but i guess they do protect you from people who try to poke you in the eye. If you buy them for a laugh then I guess I can cross you off my hate list, but really..they are the epitome of lame.
Adam, I know you'll hate me for bagging Kanye but it was obvious that it would be brought up at some stage.
Toodles!

Friday, May 9, 2008

FEMININE OBSESSIONS.

Ok, i have found some new obsessions. More like obsessions for my sight as I get excited everytime my eyes feast on such exquisite, feminine or inspiring objects that I have encountered lately. These include:

PETER PAN COLLARS.

They are amazingly cute and I just read a tutorial on how to make one. Firstly I need to buy some patterns and learn how to make a top/blouse in a beautiful vintage fabric that will accompany the collar. And I need to learn how to sew with my sewing machine properly..brushing up my sewing skills since I made satin boxers shorts in Design & Technology (Year 8 or 9).


BLOUSES.

Lovely and feminine, I like blouses with simple but adorable collars such as the Peter Pan Collar, but I also love blouses with cascading ruffles that gather at the sternum. Mainly these sorts of blouses will be black on its own or black and white preferrably. There is a beautiful black blouse with cute ruffles in Ben Sherman right now (I only noticed it after staring and drooling at Dappled modelling Ben Sherman clothing on very large mounted posters in the Paddington Store). I can't seem to find a picture of it but this blouse is close enough..except for the fact that it is yellow!


OLD CAMERAS.

I'm not talking disposable crappy portable cameras...I'm talking oldschool SLRs, Holga or Diana+ lomography cameras (which can be bought new but they have that old sentiment and charm to them when you get your photos printed with amazing saturation!) and polaroids.


PUSSY CAT BOWS & BERETS.
Yes yes yes yes yes :]