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For Sale / Video gear for sale.
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:08:38 PM »
Tungsten lights.
Good quality. Ironhorse - 4 settings from 300 w to 1200 w with heavy duty stand or can be on floor. This is a serious light. Great light for video. plus will throw one 250w tungsten light with clamp and alternate floor base and some globes/filaments. Ideal for VFX206 assignments. $60

Video camera:
Canon HV40 HDV tape based video camera. Produced great 1080 footage. This camera has a lot of manual controls such as for aperture and audio, zebra bars - semi professional. Has a cosmetic dint on the exterior - works perfectly. New is about $1300. Special deal for animators $650. Will throw in a seinheisser video mic. Be quick - will put on ebay if there is no response here.

For Sale / Textbooks for sale
« on: February 24, 2012, 03:56:38 PM »
Introducing Maya 2011 Dariush Derakhshani  $20

Good solid book on 3d modelling with Maya. I found it very useful for second semester in first year.

Practices of Looking, Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright $35
VIS101 textbook

Screeenplay, Foundations of Screenwriting, by Syd Field $15
Textbook for LIT220

Contact me if you are interested.  0466 278 146

I have some video and audio gear for sale soon and will post regarding it shortly.

Movies / Terrence Malick
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:59:39 PM »
Well the director I have been watching this week has been Terrence Malick, another wirter director. I saw Days of Heaven a few weeks ago and this week I saw the THin Red Line and New World. All have won awards for Cinematography. He uses some interesting techniques such as shooting a lot of footage of the natural world and then integrating it into the editing process. He also uses an interesting voice over technique which is different to any other use I have seen of it. He also tackles interesting themes. In New World, concepts of truth and allegiance to partner, tribe etc and in The Thin Red Line, the nature of life and death, spirituality, good and evil. The most philosophical war movie I have seen with a good cast. Trademark of these films is beautiful photography that is often shot in natural light at interesting times of day. I feel that these type of films will add depth to my animation and visual story telling skills.

Movies / Tarkovsky
« on: March 17, 2011, 11:20:13 AM »
I have been watching Tarkovsky films lately and I am happy to rave about this Russian director to anyone who will listen. Some of his films: Solaris, Stalker, Andrei Rublyov
He structures his films with interesting juxtapositions and allows the story to be told non linearly and visually. Amazing cinematography. He has written a classic about directing called Sculpting in Time - a really interesting read if you want to find a different way of telling a story to the conventional understandings. His way of making films allows for more than a simple story to be told - that allows for glimpses of the inner workings of the characters and to reveal metaphysical and philosophical concerns.

Movies / Ramayana
« on: December 22, 2010, 08:12:38 AM »
Mazzy Here is the link to Sita sings the blues which is one version of the Ramayana I was talking about.

I am still looking for the full animation in English of a version of the whole story which is a japanese indian coproduction.

But here is a bit in Hindi

The first part is a bit incomprehensible, but the later parts have plenty of action.

The story is basically the demon king Ravana kidnaps Sita the wife of Rama. Rama comes to the rescue with his brother and an army of monkeys and bears.


Mac / New Mac options
« on: December 15, 2010, 08:50:17 AM »
Yesterday my faithful laptop fell. About two and a half years old, this macbook pro has been going more or less 24 hours a day for a long time now so it is no surprise. Not sure if it is dead or just wounded. This is a kind of eulogy. It is my seventh mac. It is the first time I have ever had a major crash like this, really.

Hopefully I will be able to recover the script for my planned third year animation project which is about the only thing I hadn't backed up.

I pushed it beyond the call of duty and it just kept going, lots of video and rendering and so on.

So, whether the laptop recovers or not, I think the time has come to get some kind of desktop. I am planning on a mac, but I am open to suggestions. My thought so far is a souped up Imac with an i7, lots of ram and maybe the solid state drive. The solid state drive has the additional advantage of giving an extra hard drive for an imac, which is the only option for it as I understand it. Cost is an issue of course, and the extra drive may not make the cut.

I made some comparisons with the bottom of the range macpro, and I figure, to get a monitor and ram and so on it will be an extra couple of thousand compared to the imac, and that is just the bottom of the range. Not sure whether the extra industrial strength is worth it, particularly if I get apple's three year warranty for the imac.

I don't really know where to start for mac PC comparisons. I am looking for a solid reliable machine that will make it through the ordeal I intend for it over the next three or so years.

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