Sequential Tart's Read This or Die
February 1st, 2011
The Saga of Rex is the subject of this month's Read This of Die column at Sequential Tart. Click here to read.
Sensology at Festivals
January 28th, 2011
In 2011, Sensology will have a US theatrical release. It will also play in quite a few international film festivals. So if you want to catch the film on the big screen, as well as seeing other cool short films, you might want to check out some of these venues (I'll announce more in the upcoming weeks).
The first two festivals to screen Sensology are the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival and The 13th Annual Spokane International Film Festival. Click on the links for the full list of films and schedule.
The Saga of Rex Reviewed @ Booklist On Line
January 23rd, 2011
The Quest for a New HD Master for Prelude to Eden
January 16th, 2011
Last April, I mentioned that I had managed to get the original Helical-Scan Data Cartridges for my 1995 short film, Prelude to Eden.
Soon after that, I picked up an old exabyte drive from eBay, compatible with the tape format. Then, my quest continued as I tried locating a computer with a compatible SCSI connection so that I could operate the drive. After some reseach, I was able to put all the elements together. Unfortunately, my hopes of retrieving the high resolution files were gradually dashed as several tech specialists tried their best to extract the data but could only get gibberish. Looks like the tapes had past their expiry date. What a bummer!
Now, my last resort, in order to get a digital 1080P version of the film, is to go back to the original film elements.
A few days ago, I went to my storage unit and opened two big boxes sealed since 1995, containing all that good stuff (Negative, Inter-Positive, Inter-Negative, Timed IP, Timed IN, Timed Release Print, Release Prints, Mag Tracks, etc). I couldn't believe how much crap was in those boxes! About 25 rolls of films. All that for a three and a half minute short film! I'm so glad I've gone all digital and I don't have to deal with this film stuff anymore.
Anyhow, I did some research and found a lab in Seattle that specializes in 35mm/digital conversion. Looks like my quest to get a HD version of Prelude to Eden might be getting close to an end.
The Black Rabbit of Inle
December 31st, 2010
Working on ITSP continues to be one of the highlights of my career, but it has left me very little time for side projects.
One of the few projects I accepted to take on a few months ago, was the creation of an art piece for a group show titled INLE, which is set to take place on March 12, 2011. INLE is a tribute to "The Black Rabbit of Inle" from Richard Adams' masterpiece, "Watership Down", which happens to be one of my all-time favorite novels.
With the enormous amount of work to do on ITSP, I was starting to wonder if I'd actually get a chance to do the piece. Fortunately, I got inspired and took advantage of the holiday break to cobble something together.
INLE will open on March 12, 2011 at Gallery 1988: Los Angeles, located at 7020 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038.