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In America, we worship commerce. We like to buy things, perhaps too many things. But, to keep Americans buying companies need to advertise. Sometimes those commercials are art. Cheap art. Low class art. But, art nonetheless. Art with its own strange image.In America, we worship commerce. We like to buy things, perhaps too many things. But,... more
With color pencil, is not always easy to get to our goal, to be loyal to the playback. That is, we succeed in drawing what we want. With the color pencil, the drawing becomes another dimension. After all the color surrounds us. Although I prefer unilaterally black and white drawing art for my favorite. With this drawing i want to prove that without much work, you get the result you wanted!
http://melafx.hubpages.com/hub/Color-Pencil-Drawing-Eye-CatWith color pencil, is not always easy to get to our goal, to be loyal to the playback.... more
This pencil drawing is about the experience and what it brings. As some dictionaries note, the experience is the knowledge acquired through practice, study or observation.
http://melafx.hubpages.com/hub/Pencil-Drawing-Experiment-OneThis pencil drawing is about the experience and what it brings. As some dictionaries... more
Pencil drawing The addiction. What addiction am i talking about? What's this glass of wine all about? Please feel free to hop by and know more about it!
http://melafx.hubpages.com/hub/Pencil-Drawing-The-AddictionPencil drawing The addiction. What addiction am i talking about? What's this... more
Where was my head, when i think in drawing a color pencil drawing? Mother Nature - Water? What is it this? Check what's behind this drawing.
http://melafx.hubpages.com/hub/Color-Pencil-Drawing-Mother-Nature-WaterWhere was my head, when i think in drawing a color pencil drawing? Mother Nature -... more
Taken in 1980. The guy at the beginning of the video is Randy Cartwright and the guy holding the camera is John Lasseter. You know he spent the next 45 minutes wondering what the fuck just happened. I love how near the end he stares off into another direction while still sketching on the paper.
Tim Burton: "Can't talk now, I'm in space..." ... Isn't he a gas!Taken in 1980. The guy at the beginning of the video is Randy Cartwright and the guy... more
Painting on Papyrus
The blue feathered ibis
is a symbol of immortality;
the crescent-shaped lotus flowers,
symbols of immortality;
even the goggle-eyed asp
who sheds his skin,
of immortality.Painting on Papyrus The blue feathered ibis is a symbol of immortality; the... more
Initially there was no notion, motive, or single-minded purpose of me going through the outright anguish of taking an approximately 173-183 mile bike ride from University of Houston to University of Austin besides the pure curiosity of being able to do so. And making it to SXSW blabbing about what I pulled off this time. Thus as the conquest of the thought progressed, a friend of mine said, “Why not do it for a cause? You don’t want to bike all that way with followers just because.” My mind in humorous essence impulsively said yes! Why was I not thinking of that? Think of how many people could benefit from this; how many people that are not being heard or helped in whatever their situation may be. The entirety of the trip could possibly change many lives. That is the hankering incentive that just moves me. I began to thresh out the many causes that I would stand up for and represent. Emphasis on many, because I could not just pick one. There is no limit to the possibilities, choices, and I want to reach out to as many people as possible. So I chose five causes that are extremely important to me and have shaped the way I viewed a full scale of things in my lifetime. Hunger/homelessness, Abuse, Creative Arts, Cancer,Cardiovascular issues. Now grant it if no one chose to follow me in the riot, I will be the loudest by myself all the way to Austin, Texas. That is a set and stone, done deal. But to be an informant, this exploration is worth the sweat. There is someone that is down on their luck right now, struggling, dying, crying, hurting, and fighting for a change. I will be holding the first annual Tour De Badness cycling fundraiser in March 2012. Which will consist of followers everywhere cycling from University of Houston to University of Texas-Austin, during the Film/Music Festival "SXSW." Tour De Badness is for five causes as I have told you. We would be more than honored for you to help us reach as many people as possible in order expand the awareness of this event, and hopefully sponsorship! We hope that you take this into consideration, and be apart of this monumental push to help hundreds, thousands, and even millions.
Thanks!Hello World, Initially there was no notion, motive, or single-minded purpose of me... more
Not exactly sure what a 'cinemagraph' is? Cinemagraphs are more than just a photo, but not quite a video. A cinemagraph is a simple .gif file with more of an artistic feel than that of a regular .gif you see out there on the internets. Cinemagraphs are beautiful works of digital art.Not exactly sure what a 'cinemagraph' is? Cinemagraphs are more than just a... more
For once I'm surprised this didn't come from Japan. I can't decide if funny or disturbing. But definitely NSFW. I died laughing when she shot out that ping pong ball. Wait until Japan sees this! It will end the world as we know it.For once I'm surprised this didn't come from Japan. I can't decide if... more
Since 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade has taken place in Edinburgh to signal the start of the Fringe Festival. The cavalcade is a parade made up from the performers of the Fringe in addition to local community groups and marching bands which includes the cast of the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The event takes place at the beginning of August annually and atracts many thousands of visitors visiting Scotland and local families and groups of friends. Despite occuring every year since it's inception, for the first time in it's history, the cavalcade did not take place in 2011 due to a lack of funding to support the event. Hopefully, the event will return in the future. Rumours have been around stating that the cavalcade may now become a two year event which would be possible with current funding available for staging the event.
I have always been a spectator to the event and so I wanted to try and gain an opportunity to film the event on the ground. To achieve this, I approached cavalcade Director, David Todd firstly in 2008 to seek permission to shoot the event. He gladly accepted and I took along my Hi8 camera to record the event. It wasn't until the following summer that David got in contact with me again to record the event a second time of the parade to take place during August, 2009.
My aim was to create a better video of the event than the one I produced in 2008 so I decided that using multi cameras might cover the event in more detail. I've been a member of the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society since 2006 so I posted an ad at the club to see if anyone would like to help collaborate with me on the project as a Camera Operator. The response was good initially where I managed to get together a team of five to record the event.
To gain the best coverage, I put together a very rough diagram of where I wanted to position cameras. One of the members of the team, Peter Dick wanted to try out his new HDV camera at a height so he ended up filming the parade from the Crags in Holyrood Park which produced some excellent results. I particularly enjoyed the shots of the Scottish Parliament in the background and the marching bands seen from afar.
Two of the Camera Operators were positioned on the ground within the parade route which included me. When I arrived a couple of hours before the event, me and Bob Bell, another ECVS member picked up some orange high visibility vests to alert people that we were filming. I quite liked having this as it made me feel more professional. Getting close to performers during filming was a good idea where between us we managed to gain some interesting, comical shots of the performers. Bob Bell managed to capture some shots of the crowds waving and smiling which added a community feel to the video. I especially liked his sneaky shot of a woman singing Batman where she obvisouly seems oblivious to the fact that she's being filmed, only to realize that she is at the last moment.
I enjoyed one of my shots where I weaved in between the Massed Pipes and Drums which I think adds excitement to the video. Another memorable moment for me was filming the Swiss Army band which were kind enough to march in a circle around a roundabout in order for a badly placed crowd to see some action. They loved the band for giving them a photo opportunity. Being able to follow the bands behind them worked well too for giving the audience an unsual look at the performers in my opinion. Bob managed to get a shot of the pipers by using a monopod lifted high in the air which created an interesting look. I found that when filming the bands, you have to be on your feet, watching out for where they are marching to and you have to make sure you don't get hit by a drum major's mace. Another of my shots which worked well was a pan shot on the ground of Royal Air Force Pipes and Drums which added another different perspective to the video. I also found that Chinese Dragons are easy to get tangled up in when filming!
There were two other Camera Operators who filmed the event really for fun which were Ann Sutherland and Jim Close, also members of the Edinburgh Cine and Video Society. Their cameras could only film footage in the 4:3 format so I never used any of the footage from their cameras. Their footage wasn't useable anyway in comparison with the footage from the other three cameras as their positions were within the crowds and the shots weren't very glamarous.
The Post Production stage was a challenging one. The three cameras were quite different from each other, one shooting HDV and the other two SD where Bob's Canon's video quality was superior to my P2 HVX200 I managed to borrow with permission from my college lecturer from Jewel & Esk College, Gerard Lohan. When placing some of the clips on the timeline, Peter's HDV footage played back at slow motion and featured a flickering motion. After a few days of frustration, I managed to set the correct frame field options for rendering within Sony Vegas and produce a good mpeg 2 video master mixing SD with HDV. At the time of producing the video, I was using the Platinum version of Sony Vegas which doesn't support 16:9 export! Sadly, this video should have been exported as 16:9 so I've been left with a letterboxed 16:9 video unfortunately with no option to create a proper 16:9 version. It happens. Having multiple coverage made it easier to cut the marching band segments to music as I could use a high angle shot followed by footage from the ground. I used some crossfading techniques to create the illusion that the shots occurred during the same march when in reality, the footage was taken from various different parts.
The music overlaid over the community floats section of the video was composed by Kevin MacLeod from incomptech.com, well known for providing royalty free music online licensed under the creative commons license. In addition to the video quality difference between the cameras me and Bob had, the sound quality was different too where it was much more muffled on my HVX200 and the video was softer. To compensate, I had to carry out some colour correction and adjust the sound levels although for my footage, the sound recorded just wasn't high enough in comparison with Bob's onboard microphone.
Looking back the day, it was interesting to film some of the Harley Davidson motorcycles prior to the start of the parade. Maybe in the future, I could think about recording some vox pops with some of the participants and carry out an interview with the cavalcade director to add some insight into the event. I chose not to include commentary in the video so that the viewer could enjoy the music more without interruption. I'm not sure if it needs a bit commentary in some places, I think I was right to choose not to for the marching bands. The captions seemed to work well with telling the audience about the group without spoiling the music.
Some interesting facts about the day; Bob Bell had an interesting discussion with a retired police officer he used to work with and he also spoke with a woman from the states which made for some interesting conversation. I was also offered some cheese from a member of the crowd which was delicious. There were a few other crews about on the day where I spoke to some of the photographers although even today, I'm unsure of who they were working for.
Let me know your own thoughts and opinions after viewing the video and post your comments here. If you have any suggestions for future projects too then don't be afraid to tell me them.
Article written by Alan Andrew Taylor, © 2011 Willow Creek Pictures
You are free to distribute this article under creative commons 3.0 attribution non commercially through other social media links, just ensure that you give me a credit.http://www.youtube.com/user/WillowCreekPictures Since 1947, the Edinburgh Festival... more
This appetiser reminds us their is no feast for the mind like the Battle of Ideas festival. Challenging new ideas blend with historical insights at this ‘free speech allowed’ weekend. This is a must for anyone interested in cutting edge thinking. With 75 debates and 350 speakers, a huge range of contemporary issues are covered. Mixed with snippets of debate, this programme features vox pops filmed by WORLDbytes volunteers at last year’s Battle of Ideas festival and their excitement is infectious. As one attendee tells us: “it covers issues most politicians won’t touch.” The full programme of debates and tickets for this year’s event on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October 2011 are available now; just visit the Battle of Ideas website.This appetiser reminds us their is no feast for the mind like the Battle of Ideas... more
This is the 6th Album of 001 Records Netlabel. Born in Madrid (Spain) Chuzausen (aka Alberto Vazquez), lives and grows up in Vigo from 3 years old. This energetic musician still working for more than 12 years composing music trackers (Impulse Tracker, Scream Tracker …). He is currently a member of the German Net Label “Rump Funk Records”, has collaborated with the seal Vigo “Parafuso”. Also as a musician and sound engineer in various audiovisual projects. This album shares music styles as Game-music, Breakbeat, Electronica and an interesting point of view about Drum and Bass. Read the rest of this entry » http://www.freeturbine.com/index.php/free-albums/C/39-chuzausen/45-profit-0This is the 6th Album of 001 Records Netlabel. Born in Madrid (Spain) Chuzausen (aka... more
INTHESHIT - 'Kings of the grindcore jungle' free CD : aggressive, direct, to the point, and never draggingThe only real complaint that anyone rational could have about this set was that it was too short. Short sets are a fact of life in the DIY world, especially on five-band shows in a city that has a (stupidly early) had curfew, but this was really on the bleeding edge even of that, probably because Alex (Nachzehrer, 26 Beers) had been pulled in on drums on really short notice and hadn't gotten time to learn any more than what was played. However, since Intheshit is a grind band, and a really pure one at that, we got a good number of songs (being, true to form, fast and short) and a decent amount of material all told. From that point of view, this was what a grind set should be: aggressive, direct, to the point, and never dragging. From another view, this was about 50-75% of what a grind set should be, since it seemed like they only played for about 10 minutes when 15 or 20 of this style would still have felt as fresh and as raw. http://www.freeturbine.com/index.php/free-albums/I/36-intheshit/42-kings-of-the-grindcore-jungleThe only real complaint that anyone rational could have about this set was that it was... more
Drag your white skull beyond blind seas
that tumble dazed to your mono-eyed magic.
Go tell Neptune when the night is through.
Charm him, too, with your waxing and waning...Drag your white skull beyond blind seas that tumble dazed to your mono-eyed magic.... more
So as I drove west into the sunset through central Ohio on I-80 that first December following my move, I realized suddenly I was breathing more deeply. It was December and we were on the Interstate, but my lungs insisted on more oxygen, so I opened the car window. I could breathe. For the first time in six months, there was nothing to break the vast expanse of sky and the land had flattened. It wasn’t Iowa yet, but that air, the sky, offered the promise of it.So as I drove west into the sunset through central Ohio on I-80 that first December... more
What happens when you cross a searing photoessay documenting homelessness in Tokyo with poetry like this?
"My flesh is parched and broken from the cigarette I put out in my palm. It was curious to’ve done such a thing, I know; but for agony, alleys are best. To scream in, to sit in, and chew the bubble-gum bits before gangrene sets in.
This, then, is concrete, polished with dust. A banquet of oil and rubber beneath my shoes. Fitting food for my king of the feast, who can afford to die slowly as cancer’s camp ground yet cannot afford an ashtray."What happens when you cross a searing photoessay documenting homelessness in Tokyo... more
The latest from the Scholars & Rogues Poetry Journal. This one is fun, with some great advice for living...The latest from the Scholars & Rogues Poetry Journal. This one is fun, with some... more