Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Macbook Pro

My Macbook Pro has arrived :-D well...it arrived yesterday, i dont think i have ever spent so much time constantly sat at a computer screen before, which actually gives me no excuse for not writing a blog post earlier. ah well i was doing other stuff.

Now that i am more or less sorted out with this computer after installing a load of shit and changing settings here and there, i have some time to sit back and reflect on what this baby can do.

I got Final Cut Studio Pro which is insane, took about 2 hours to install the whole whammy and i have no idea how to use the damn thing, i guess i could read the instruction manual (s) to get some idea how to use it, but my god they are sooo long. and to give you an idea on the length, here is a list of page numbers in each book

  • DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual - 683 Pages
  • Soundtrack Pro User Manual - 311 Pages
  • Motion Getting Started - 168 Pages
  • Final Cut Pro 5 Getting Started - 212 Pages
  • Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 1 - 334 Pages
  • Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 2 - 452 Pages
  • Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 3 - 564 Pages
  • Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 4 - 517 Pages

i guess i can never, ever again say i have nothing to read. times like these i wish i could read like Johnny 5 from short circuit.

Aswell as final cut studio i got Aperature which is a pretty sweet Photography program which i need to get my head around. i reckon it will inspire me to go out with my camera more often.

Now about the machine, this thing is so fast, previously i have been using a 20" iMac with 1.8GHz G5 with 1GB of RAM, this macbook pro has a 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo processor with 2GB of RAM and the performance jump is tremendous. as a test i decided to encode 2 similar sized videos into the H.264 format, one on the imac and one on the macbook pro. on the imac it took 3 hours to encode whereas on the macbook pro, using the same settings it took just under 1 hour. that is a performance jump i am chuffed to bits about. especially since i am leaving to uni on sunday to do a film production course.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

Today I was asked if I wanted to goto the cinema to see Little Miss Sunshine, at the time I had no recollection of ever hearing about the film. I decided to say yes and see how it went. Though, before heading off I read the synopsis for the film on IMDb and didn't fancy it.

I have now just returned from the cinema after seeing Little Miss Sunshine and I must say wow, I was really impressed with this film and I am happy that I went. After watching for only minutes I realised I had seen the trailer online months ago and was really excited about seeing it, now I know why I felt like that back then.

Olive is a little girl with a dream: winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so burdened with their own quirks, neuroses, and problems that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Olive's father Richard is a flop as a motivational speaker, and is barely on speaking terms with her mother. Her uncle Frank, a renowned Proust scholar, has attempted suicide following an unsuccessful romance with a male graduate student. Her brother Dwayne, a fanatical follower of Nietzsche, has taken a vow of silence, which allows him to escape somewhat from the family whose very presence torments him. And Olive's grandfather is a ne'er-do-well with a drug habit, but at least he enthusiastically coaches Olive in her contest talent routine. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in far off California.

Plot Summary for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Firstly, the performances were sensational. Steve Carell as the troubled uncle provided some comic relief as well as any funny guy actor can. However Carell's character is not a comic one, and I am impressed that Carell has made a successful jump into a serious dramatic role which brings back memories of Jim Carrey's dramatic roles, and the best of luck to Carell in future projects. I was also really impressed with Paul Dano, playing the son filled with teen angst, Dwayne. Dwayne has taken a vow of silence and Dano plays such a great role considering his character has very little dialogue.

Overall I found the film to be heart-warming and compelling, leaving you with a great feeling as you leave the screening. I really would recommend this film to anyone as I doubt they would be disappointed.

Pics from London, June 2006

I went to London with my friends, Adam, Lee and Ben in June this year to see Angels & Aiwaves play live at the Brixton Academy. While there I took the opportunity to take photos of several landmarks around London. I would like to go back again sometime on a purely photographic visit. I have been to London several times so have a fairly good idea of where to go and where the landmarks are, so I think if I was to go there by myself I could take photos very efficiently. I have selected a few of the best shots to post here, and here they are:

I havent been on a shoot for a while, in fact I think the trip to London was the last landscape shoot I did. When I go on another some time, I will post some shots.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Media and Film Meal

I have just gotten back from Newcastle from where I had a meal and drinks with students and lecturers from film and media at South Tyneside College where I have attended for the past three years. The lecturers included Ben Moore who is a total legend and i had for media and film classes for all of the 3 years I was at STC, Sue Barnard (who'll always be Gosney to me :-) lol) who I had for Film Studies in my 2nd and 3rd years, Keith Hussein who I had for Media and Film in my 2nd and 3rd years and Martin Charlton who I had for Film in my 2nd year. They were all great and I'm gonna miss them all as I head off to Uni.

We went for a meal at an Italian restaurant on the Newcastle Quayside, can't remember it's name now (whoops), but it was fairly nice. Then went to 'The Long Bar' at the central station area where we finished off the nite.

I had a great time, just wish there was bars or clubs serving past 11 on a tuesday nite, but alas it is not to be. Got to see a few faces I hadn't seen since college finished in June...ish, and there was talk of a similar event taking place around Christmas time when people (including me) will be home from university and be able to participate in drunken frivolity :-) here's to looking forward to that.

Guitar Hero II

  • Nirvana; "Heart-Shaped Box"
  • Primus (original recording); "John the Fisherman"
  • Stone Temple Pilots; "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart"
  • Anthrax; "Madhouse"
  • Motley Crue; "Shout at the Devil"
  • The Police; "Message in a Bottle"
  • The Pretenders; "Tattooed Love Boys"
  • Spinal Tap; "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"
  • Heart; "Crazy on You"
  • Allman Brothers Band; "Jessica"
  • Lynyrd Skynrd; "Freebird"
  • Avenged Sevenfold; "Beast and the Harlot"
  • Dick Dale; "Misirlou"
  • Lamb of God; "Laid to Rest"
  • Alice in Chains; "Them Bones"
  • Reverend Horton Heat; "Psychobilly Freakout"
  • Black Sabbath; "War Pigs"
  • KISS; "Strutter"
  • Butthole Surfers; "Who Was in My Room Last Night?"
  • Van Halen; "You Really Got Me"
  • Guns N' Roses; "Sweet Child O'Mine"
  • The Rolling Stones; "Can You Hear Me Knocking?"
  • Rush; "YYZ"

Guitar Hero 2 Songlist Revealed news from 1UP.com

I loved Guitar Hero and can't wait for GH2, im particularly looking forward to playing Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil, Dick Dale - Misirlou, and Van Halen - You Really Got Me.

Ian Huntley

Soham murderer Ian Huntley is being treated in hospital for a suspected overdose after being found unconscious in his cell at Wakefield Prison.

BBC NEWS | England | Soham killer found after overdose

I hope this guy lives out the rest of his life in total misery, what a disgusting bloke, hopefully Charles Bronson will knock him out or something.

Madden 07

The top 10 best-selling games from last week looked eerily like a football score: Madden 7, others 3. The 07 edition of Electronic Arts' annual football game nabbed the top seven slots in its first week in release. The platforms represented were, from first to seventh, the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2 (Hall of Fame Edition), Xbox 360 (Hall of Fame Edition), PlayStation Portable, and GameCube. The only console versions of Madden NFL 07 not to make the top 10 were the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions.

US console charts: August 21-27 - Xbox 360 News at GameSpot

Looks like Madden is pretty popular in the US, they all wanna play FOOTBAALLLL!!!! looking forward to getting my hands on it for 360

Xbox 360

My xbox 360 died recently, and it was sent off today for repair/replacement. This was my second box aswel since my first also died. i think the machine is great but hell they die too often, i hardly used this second box :-(

I have Dead Rising and Madden NFL 07 on pre-order so i hope i get it back before they come out.

Southland Tales

Southland Tales is the forthcoming film from Richard Kelly, director of the cult film 'Donnie Darko', however the whole story is not in the film itself.

Southland Tales is split into 6 seperate episodes, the final 3 are told in the film, and the first three are told in 3 seperate graphic novels. I bought and read the first novel, and i really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading books 2 and 3 and ultimately watching the film.

Early reaction to the film has been decidedly mixed, with some critics damning Kelly's follow-up to the enormously successful Donnie Darko.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Darko director's follow-up falters

I'm worried that the film is going to suffer from the critical panning it has recieved since it was first shown at cannes, i just hope we get a kick-ass director's cut on dvd without anythin removed due to studio and critical pressure.

I mean how bad can a film with Sarah Michelle Gellar playing a prostitute be? It's gonna be awesome :-)

A little about me

Hello, I'm Andrew but call me Browny, I'll be using this blog to post my thoughts and reactions to anything, whether it is a film, sports match, or my life, if i feel i can post it, i will.

I am a from a town called South Shields in the north-east of England, not too far from Newcastle or Sunderland. I'll be moving to Stafford on the 17th of September to attend Staffordshire University to study Film Production Technology (BSc) and i cannot wait.

I am interested in a few sports including Football (soccer to Americans), Basketball and American Football among others.

I support:

  • Newcastle United FC (Soccer)
  • New York Knicks (NBA Basketball)
  • New York Giants (NFL Football)

I love film and am aiming to persue a career in film-making when i finish my degree, some of my favourite film-makers are Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick and Danny Boyle with some of my favourite films including but not limited to:

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Aliens
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • 28 Days Later
  • Lost In Translation