Monday, February 15, 2010

When Last We Saw Are Hero...

Greetings Friends and Foes,
Apologies for being absentee the last few weeks. In all honesty, I blogged more in January than I did for the entirety of 2009, so I don’t feel so bad about it. With that out of the way...

When we last saw our hero, he was in the midst of glamour & intrigue in route to the Emmy awards... My family all made it into town through several inches of snow. It was a quick lovely weekend that ended with yet another year of not bringing home the big prize. No worries, it was all smiles as this was the first time my entire family had vacationed together since my childhood. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it this year, but here is a video with some of my escapades. Hopefully third times a charm on the Emmy Front.

The following Tuesday night I went to see Numerics for their inaugural show. Its been really fun hanging out with these guys over the past year while they prepped and released their record. They killed it at the show, and I recorded it via my Flip Camera for posterity. More collaboration between us is in the pipeline. So stay tuned for that. You can see clips from the show below.

I’ve spent the last two weekends shooting a short film called “Paperclip”. It was a good time, and for me a great relief as its the first project in a while where i didn’t bare the weight of Producing or directing. I also played a bit part in the movie after an actor flaked out. It was a really fun set, and I was amazed as they’re were several young actresses and no one went into diva mode the entire shoot. Everyone was kind and respectful, and it was fun. We shot at Currey Ingram Academy, and I swear it looks like a mix between Xaviers School For Gifted Youngsters, and the school in Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. Classy. My pedometer read over eight miles for the first day, I was hustling. I’m really not sure when/how this is releasing, but I’ll put it out there when it happens.

I have not had a free day now in weeks and I’m getting pretty tired of burning the candle at both ends. Jessica and I missed Valentines day this year, and our home could use some attention. I don’t say this to boast or seem ungrateful, as I am extremely happy with being able to do the things I love. All I want to do is just sit on the couch and watch movies and play Mario Brothers for a day. Hoping that day is soon.

While I didn’t post much on my own site, I was invited by Cinerobot Blog writer Joshua Blevins to talk about some of my favorite films of 2009. While I had not intended to do a year end list, i really liked the way he had put together lists from people and ran them as a series spanning several weeks. My entry was posted over the weekend, and I hope you will give it a look and comment accordingly. Joshua writes some great stuff, and was pretty much my movie watching buddy for my brief stint in Tulsa Oklahoma. He showed me all the great dives, and some movie houses back in the day. Its worth your time revisiting his blog weekly.

Some videos

Dave Conover, who was a founder of Wonderfest made this video years ago in tribute to one of my film making heroes Ray Harryhausen. In my mind this a great love letter to movie making, as it get past the technical savvy and to the heart of how movies make you feel. If you are not familiar with Harryhausen, its time to catch up.

The Superbowl came and went, and while I was pulling for Peyton I really didn’t care as the Cowboys weren’t playing. My vote for best commercial went to Google for”Parisian Love”. I loved the idea of telling a story about a relationship through an everyday tool like a search engine. We build the story in our mind, as we see a familiar screen in front of us play it out.

This is Dolph Lundgren, star of Masters Of The Universe and Rocky IV doing an incredibly ridiculous song & dance number to Elvis Presleys “A Little Less Conversation” During the course of 4 minutes he also does a drum solo and give a karate demonstration. These are the kind of videos the internet was made for.

This past weekend I went to the Belcourt theater in Nashville to see the 1977 Toho horror movie House (aka Hausu) directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. I had skipped the screeing they had last year, as I was under the impression it was the eighties horror film of the same name. Wow I’m glad to have seen this. It was wild. While the trailer makes it out to be a horror film, I laughed more than anything with all of the campy 70’s Toho acting, and Electric Skittles colors.

I’m sure I have left things out due to my not writing more frequently. I hope to do better with that in the next few weeks. I need to video blog a bit more too. Lots in store for the immediate future. Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes over the past few weeks. Until next time....

Cameron McCasland