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If it rains it pours but sometimes it drizzles and in Portland it does that a lot. Movies, comics, TV, music....When I like something I usually geek out about it.

I produce commercials, some narrative films and type words on occasion when inspiration strikes.

Game of Thrones - Power Rankings

The end of season 4 leaves us with seemingly no one truly in control of Westeros. If you haven’t seen the finally, I won’t give any direct spoilers but the power rankings for control may leave you with some clear hints.

Cersie Lannister

With papa out of the picture, she is poised to take on a much larger roll in administering advice in the young, inexperienced ears of Tommen. Her power will only be limited by her own inability to take the thrown. Eventually, Tommen will rule on his own, alongside Margaery Tyrell. The growing tension between Cersie and Margaery is palpable and delicious.

Daenerys Targaryen

While two of the three dragons are now captive, their power grows daily and who the hell knows where Drogon is. For all we know, he may have been the beast that aced the farmer’s daughter in the season finale. Daenerys is control of the most powerful army, giving her the most potential, but her distance from Westeros isn’t likely to change any time soon. 

King Tommen Baratheon

The King is still the king. While Tommen is only hitting puberty, he holds the title that 75% of Westeros believes in. He also has the demeanor to be a good king, just as long as he isn’t corrupted by either his mother Cersie or his soon to be wife Margaery. Prior to the end of the season, of all those with potential access to the Iron throne, we was my second choice, only behind Tyrion. Now he sits alone.  

Margaery Tyrell

What a wild ride for Miss Margaery. She is now two for two on marrying kings and then watching her husbands die. While many a weapon have been named the Widow Maker, she is the Black Widow of this world. While she cuddles up to Tommen, she may only be leading him off a cliff. We shall see. 

Stannis Baratheon

What a ballsy move by Stannis to flank the Wildlings and attack via the western shores of the North. I’ve always wondered why the Wildlings didn’t skirt east or west and bypass the wall via the sea. However, with a massive victory over King Beyond the Wall, Stannis now has another feather in his cap, protector of the North. With R’hllor (in whatever form he actually is) on his side still, Stannis will likely rise again to challenge the Lannisters for the Iron Throne. 

Peytr Baelish

Peytr has a way of getting under everyone’s skin, either as a the savior or the rat. Everyone around him on the show sees him as a great man without ever seeing his true colors, save for Sansa. Some of the early Sansa from Kings Landing, full of innocence and fanciful aspirations, is clouding her vision. I only hope she doesn’t fall in love with him. With Robin still holding the titles of the Vale, Peytr can’t connive his way much higher. 

Robin Arryn

Robin holds the Arryns where they have always been and will always likely be, behind the Bloody Gate and protected in the Vale. His family will never challenge for more power in Westeros, but it doesn’t look like any other sigil will unseat him. 

John Snow

While the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch isn’t a grand title, he holds the trust of many and is likely to become an ally of Stannis Baratheon. With the Wildlings all but vanquished, it will be interesting to see how the brothers on the Wall handle two new enemies, Winter and the White Walkers.

Melisandre

To control the ear of the rightful King of Westeros is a powerful spot in deed and Melisandre has always been adept in getting what she wants. She’s a snake charmer in a beautiful habit. Speaking the language of a god definitely helps her cause as well.  

10 Roose Bolton

The Boltons have taken the North, kicking out and really just slaughtering the Greyjoys. It’s a substantial tract of land but with Stannis now likely to head south after decapitating the Wildlings, Roose’s position is in peril.

Other Considerations

1) Tyrion - Entering the season, I would have had him in the top 10. For the last half of the season, Tyrion has been confined to a cell.  Now, he’s confined to a box. Hopefully the change of scenery will prove uplifting.

I’ll leave you with this. It’s one of my favorite BTS clips with Brienne of Tarth Actress Gwendoline Christie 

When you try to do everything yourself.

When you try to do everything yourself.

Filmmaker Veronica Rose Goes Behind the Scenes of "Polly"€ with Magisto

#ORFilm #Filmmaking A friend of mine @randolphsellars directed this book trailer. Can’t wait to see the final cut in a few weeks.

vrphotomotion:

This is a beautiful project and a super-fun app. I hope you’ll take a look. 

enochliew:

Photographs by Thom Sheridan

In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons, which resulted in two deaths, millions in lawsuits, and a devastating environmental impact.

Unreal. This reminds me of the Sony Bravia commercial where they unleashed 25,000 bouncy balls down the streets of San Francisco. However, they were on controlled streets and collected all of their balls afterwards. http://vimeo.com/14504562

(Source: viralforest.com, via schorkweek)

benjaminparslow:

Sci-fi movie poster collection 4 / the Fountain

A friend, talented artist, director and writer. Check out his stuff! 

benjaminparslow:

Sci-fi movie poster collection 4 / the Fountain

A friend, talented artist, director and writer. Check out his stuff! 

It’s amazing how long films can last on the festival circuit but I’m excited that Record, a short film I co-produced for writer / director David Lyons, is still alive and well in 2014.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2558756

We shot the movie in late 2011 out on the Oregon Coast in a little town called Barview. The short made its Oregon premier at the Portland International Film Festival this last Thursday and has one more screening this coming Tuesday the 18th at 6pm as part of a slate of shorts. https://nwfc.spotlightboxoffice.com/purchase/step4?ticketID=3972

While the location adds tons of production value, story is and always will be king. David and his friends penned one of the most beautiful short scripts I’ve ever read. When my best friend and producer on the project Dave Szamet sent me the script, I was in tears just reading it. I’ve probably seen the short at least a dozen times now and it never gets old and I still tear up.

A good story can sell your film without a the glitz and glam or Hollywood talent, but make sure the story is as good as it can be before filming. Writing the script and rewrites are the cheapest part of filmmaking. Utilize it. Record went through seven or eight drafts before David Lyons felt it was strong enough. 

Filming 2 hours from Portland has its drawbacks, as we had to make almost daily trips back to town for supplies, but the scenery couldn’t have been better. The house was perfect. We shot digitally on an Arri Alexa kitted out by Panavision. DP Polly Morgan is part of their young filmmakers program and we were able to get the entire package donated to the production, which probably saved us between $6k-$10k.

After we had locked out location, I began establishing some connections in the community, as we were going to need authentic set dressing and a boat. I was able to connect our very talented production designer, Anne Costa, with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum’s director Gary Albright. They couldn’t have been more helpful, donating some amazing set dressings and connecting us with local fishing guide, that helped us with our boat needs. As it turned out, Gary and his wife, lived three houses down from our picture house in Barview, and had us over for wine and cheese a couple nights during production. They really welcomed us into the community, which in and of itself is a huge lift for indie filmmakers.

I’m hoping to host a private screening down the coast this spring for all of those that helped the production and for others who just would like to join.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  

shittyrigs:

"Motion time-lapse rig. For creating perfect sunset time-lapses: stick a GoPro on an egg timer. Who needs level horizons?”
Submitted by Angel Sharp

Pretty much the cheapest, best solution for this. I may copy.

shittyrigs:

"Motion time-lapse rig. For creating perfect sunset time-lapses: 
stick a GoPro on an egg timer. 
Who needs level horizons?”

Submitted by Angel Sharp

Pretty much the cheapest, best solution for this. I may copy.

David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a comedic tale of seduction, lies and hair styles, is one of my favorite movies of 2013. Every moment is defined. Every character is owned. Every shot is well planned.
The plot is fairly simple. Con man gets caught by feds. Feds leverage con man to get more con men. But, this movie isn’t about the plot. This movie is about the characters and how they each uniquely deal with their own stress and Russell guides his stellar cast with an excellent hand.
Bale, Cooper, Adams, Renner & Lawrence all live solidly in their outlandish characters, buying in completely. Russell gives each character time to develop their own arch within the greater whole, which makes the whole all the more entertaining.
This was the movie that Scorcese should have made with The Wolf of Wall Street but fell short. He placed too much emphasis on one character in a plot that uses money, power and drugs like Michael Bay uses giant robots, saturated color and explosions. In a comedy, which WoWS certainly is an absurdist one, one character is hard to rely on for three hours. Russell gives us five well developed characters in a span of just over two hours.
There is great cinematography in American Hustle too, which contributed greatly to the overall style of the film. The art direction, wardrobe and hair styles all played a big part of who each character was and the locations they lived in. Entire scenes were dedicated to Bale and Cooper’s ridiculous hair styles.
American Hustle is a cut above most comedies this year and 4.5 out of 5 for me. The shoe fits for Critic’s Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble (Potential 2 in a row),  and Bale will likely be a dark horse for Best Actor Oscar behind Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave. Likely a few supporting nods coming in this one too. 

David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a comedic tale of seduction, lies and hair styles, is one of my favorite movies of 2013. Every moment is defined. Every character is owned. Every shot is well planned.

The plot is fairly simple. Con man gets caught by feds. Feds leverage con man to get more con men. But, this movie isn’t about the plot. This movie is about the characters and how they each uniquely deal with their own stress and Russell guides his stellar cast with an excellent hand.

Bale, Cooper, Adams, Renner & Lawrence all live solidly in their outlandish characters, buying in completely. Russell gives each character time to develop their own arch within the greater whole, which makes the whole all the more entertaining.

This was the movie that Scorcese should have made with The Wolf of Wall Street but fell short. He placed too much emphasis on one character in a plot that uses money, power and drugs like Michael Bay uses giant robots, saturated color and explosions. In a comedy, which WoWS certainly is an absurdist one, one character is hard to rely on for three hours. Russell gives us five well developed characters in a span of just over two hours.

There is great cinematography in American Hustle too, which contributed greatly to the overall style of the film. The art direction, wardrobe and hair styles all played a big part of who each character was and the locations they lived in. Entire scenes were dedicated to Bale and Cooper’s ridiculous hair styles.

American Hustle is a cut above most comedies this year and 4.5 out of 5 for me. The shoe fits for Critic’s Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble (Potential 2 in a row),  and Bale will likely be a dark horse for Best Actor Oscar behind Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave. Likely a few supporting nods coming in this one too. 

:30 spot that I produced with Lyon Films for the Alienware X51 has now reached close to 1.1 million views.

Couple Production Notes

The interior of the APC was built on a soundstage at Zarr Studios in Portland, where I have my production office with Devon Lyon. The interior of the apartment was also in studio in the front office, which doubled pretty well. All of the traveling and gun battle shots were on location at an abandoned paper mill in Oregon City, about 20 minutes south of Portland.

The spot was completed in two consecutive production days with roughly a week-long build on the APC interior.

The ad agency we worked with on this project, Quango, completed all of the post production work in house.

A :60 spot was also finished to incorporate more of of the footage from the paper mill, as there were a ton of kick ass locations and shots. Here is a link to that clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9E_PktK2V4&feature=share&list=UUQmE9qgzRd2eGqJ1Z2ACl5A