Saturday, March 23, 2013

How Hollywood still sees computers

Here's a cute article on how Hollywood is still using old film cliche's when it comes to technology.
Via Tom Sito- Evil geniuses, evil machines taking over the world. The real threat comes from our own laziness.
http://www.denofgeek.com/games/24877/the-things-the-movies-think-computers-do

This is the guts of my old Compaq. I still don't have the energy to take it the recyclers. Had two old Macs go out on me at the Guild computer lab this winter. Need to have a wake for them as well.

They sure got the mileage out of those Burroughs B-205's; Lost in Space, Batman, Time Tunnel. Speaking of time tunnels-

http://www.angelfire.com/scifi/B205/

http://www.starringthecomputer.com/computer.html?c=45


Monday, March 11, 2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

Blockbuster still has a video store..?

Is it a ghost? A real Blockbuster video store still open. It's on Buena Vista and Burbank Blvd. in Burbank.


I'll have to stop in soon.

Dreamworks Layoff update

The bean counters and the critics get their kicks in...
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/behind-dreamworks-animation-layoffs-costs-are-out-control-79541?page=0,0

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Animation Guild sends Pizza Planet truck to Rhythm & Hues

No more free grub for the remaining R&H artists working overtime. Cutbacks and stuff. The Animation Guild brought the pizza! (But they didn't use the Pizza Planet truck.)

Some devoted fans re-created the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story. Sorry, I didn't get their names.
This was next to the Marriott at the 2012 CTN Expo in Burbank. (The Pizza Planet truck copyright Pixar/Disney)

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/cheese-tomatoes-and-all-fixings.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/animation-guild-picks-up-lunch-425759

Monday, March 04, 2013

Best visual effects Oscar acceptance speech cut short or too long?

Underbidding, the big fish eat the little fish, "we'll do anything to get into the movies"... Maybe I'm resorting to some hysterics in this headline, just to get Google hits. Still the VFX workers could not get the chance to organize, until it was too late. Now R&H is reforming itself just to work overseas?!

 http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/rhythm-hues-facility-to-open-in-taiwan-by-late-march-report/

Still, I'm using the green box to stand with the workers.

http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2013/02/25/rhythm-hues-gets-oscars-shout-out/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/25/oscars-protest-life-of-pi

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Camera Craft closing it's doors in North Hollywood

After 50 years of business, Camera Craft is closing it's doors in North Hollywood. Nancy, the owner, says the building will be preserved. She said it will be converted to some kind of cafe/bakery. The store was originally a private home that was moved to that crazy corner of Vineland, Lankershim and Camarillo . I picked up some spare parts along with some odds and ends on their last day of business today. Someday, I'll build my own shooting stand.

Long live Camera Craft, we hardly knew ye! Long live film!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-1-camera-craft-sales-and-rentals-co-north-hollywood

http://cameracraftnh.com/

VFX Work leaving Canada

And if R&H's troubles weren't enough-

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/28/bc-film-jobs-special-effects-overseas_n_2785756.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathryndc/4603093826/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/friedmud/5484155085/

(Photos copyright of each flickr user)

Blog Stats Down

Well. the excitement around the industry layoffs seems to have cooled off, especially with the Oscars being over. R&H got only one brief blip on the corporate media radar. It's March, and Easter and Spring Break aren't here yet. Time to pause and reflect for a moment.

http://crafterminds.com/2012/03/my-blog-stats-are-falling-what-do-i-do/

Plus, it looks like most of my visitors are spambots. I've been using Google Analytics: Nearly all my traffic is new visitors, and my returning visitor count is very low. Looks like people get what they need, and then move on.