So I headed down to Virginia to help my best bud Chris do the Hampton Roads 48 Film Project. It was only fair as he has come up this way the last three summers for our Pittsburgh 48. With the help of his wife and some friends we made an amazing little movie that we are very proud of. We drafted horror or family film and so we mushed them together. What we ended up with is an unsettling juxtaposition between 50’s sitcoms and hot blooded murder. It’s a weird mix but I think it works. Special shout out to Jim Novak who made a huge difference in making this happen. He’s a great photographer and you should check him out
Another fantastic year of a sprint to finish filmmaking. We found ourself back to full force this year, with our favorite editor back with us. We had a large crew and exceptional cast as we made our most polished 48 films yet.
"The Cavendish Affair" is a fun spy film send-up. A hapless bystander ends up intercepting a spy's dead drop, and the chase is on.
Hiya! Life is a wild blender of whirlwinds of chaos and fragile moments of serenity. So far 2018 has been quite the rebuilding year for me. Full of recovery from the adventures of 2017, financially and practically. It has had a few painful partings and joyful reunions. Overall it’s swept over me more than being defined by me.
And that’s fine. It’s said control is an illusion. It is. Our worlds are such an interconnected series of systems that we are gated into so many of our options. We do have choice, free will, but mostly in what we control about our behavior. Our external lives are bound by geography, economics, social mores, and all other manner of expectations. I feel in 2018 I finally decided to catch a wave and ride the flow.
I wish for so much from the world, but this year I accept I cannot change much of anything other than me. I cannot fix politics, but I can stand for my own beliefs and respect others. I cannot make the trends of media follow my whims, but I can like what I want, and I have no obligation to buy in on what I don’t. I can’t change how others behave, but I can control my own behavior.
I take the time to meditate. I allow myself to stay patient in the growth I am making despite its slow pace. I accept that I can roll with the world or be rolled by it.
It’s almost Bastille Day, my halfway mark for the year. A time I reckon my place in the world. And while I expect for more proactivity for the back half of the year, I can be content in a way I haven’t been in the tranquility of just being here.
MUHBOMM - 2018.23.155 - Tao
Mac Updates His Blog on Monday, Mondays, or MUHBOMM is a weekly column highlighting one man’s view of the universe. Mac Purvis III, is a self described purveyor of amazing things and dabbles in many different mediums of expression.
Wanting to get into another zeitgeist movement in art culture, I did a #MerMay doodle. It’s a sea monster version of Ariel; I call it Scariel. Mainly I wanted to make a female version of the Amphibian Man from “The Shape of Water.” But in the end, using Ariel from Disney's “The Little Mermaid,” made the most sense to give it a cultural charge.
My ink work has been consistently improving, but it highlights my more stagnant color work. I did two passes on the coloration. A full color take that ended up far less dynamic then I wanted. It also de-emphasized the face too much. So then I did a much more subtle light color wash take. A little better but the red hair still pulled away from the importance of the face. It did however harmonized the torso better. Not sure what was best so here is all three.
We are getting close to being old pros at this. Gaff Tape & a Prayer has made eight 48 hour film projects now. And even with all our other works and contributions the 48s are still special. For us they are like holidays. A chance to dump the weight of the world for a weekend and just make something.
This year’s Halloween edition we had a blast thinking smaller and thighter. We drafted the genre choices of ghost movie or insanity/asylum. The prompt was a s follows: Character, Joe or Jodi Macintosh (writer); Prop, a Lamp; Line, “Sometimes it’s a struggle.” From there we made an effort to be a single location and be more static in our shots.
In end we made a pleasantly unsettling home invasion and murder. It was simple and clean. And for once we had time to polish it to a fabulous shine. Our audio work and post production VFX came out splendidly. And our audience agreed as we earned Best Sound Design during the judging.
I hope you enjoy,
“Between the Lines.”
So the real reason I upgraded my camera was to document this crazy great celestial convergence. I got the phot Gear I needed. I booked a flight to the closest major airport that would be under the total eclipse. And in one day was there and back again through Nashville. And boy what an awe struck moment, to see the sun disappear and hundreds of people around be stare up and see nature breaking its own rules.
Ups: Overwhelming beauty
Downs: So much air congestion as to shut down an entire ATC system and cause a almost four delay to getting home.
I finally replaced my Sony α100. I loved my DSLR and it got me through my training at the New York Institutyof Photography. But about 4 years ago the auto focus motor broke and I never found a good way to fix it or afford replacing it. But I have a great scheme that requires it so thanks to better credit here we are. It’s a new Sony α68 SLT. It fits all my old lens and I got some new kit for it too. These are some pics from my first shoot.
We had another enjoyable stress festival of making a movie in 48 hours. This year the draw was action adventure or slapstick. We took those assigned genres and just mushed them together. Then spice with the required elements; Hunter or Harper Drakely, health inspector; a die or dice as a prop; and the line “Did you read my tweet?” Add that together and we end up with our take on a bad day for a super villain... THE SAFEST GAME
We had a blast making it and are pretty proud of it. And the judges liked it too. We won four prizes for it. Best use of Character, Best use of Dialogue, Best Costuming, And Best Makeup.
So in my journey to make the best me possible I have taking up flying again. There is something magical about defying gravity. And the culture of aviators is a great place to be.
Who knew I looked good in aviators?
At the end of the Star Wars Celebration my friends and I ran around catching some other sights. We had a fun trip through Medieval Times’s feast and tournament. Also a whirlwind one day trip through Universal Studios. And on our last day we relaxed out at Disney Springs.
Ups: Harry Potter was so immersive, Hulk is an amazing coaster, Glad I got to see Disney Quest before it’s removed
Downs: Those 3D movie ride hybrids are not my cup of tea, Hit almost everything in Universal just missing Transformers, I only got to see Disney Quest as the ghost town it is right before it closes
I had a great time hanging out my annual pilgrimage to Boston. This year there was a highlight of CosPlaying as McCree from Overwatch in his American costume. My buddy was dudded up as RoadHog, and we walked the floor for the better part of an hour with a whole crew. Also when not taking in PAX playing with my shiny new Nintendo Switch. Zelda Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch sword fighting ruled the day.
Pros: Great show every time, Breath of the Wild
Cons: COLD very cold, my costume did not survive much more than 2 hours of con time
My first trip adventure of the year was to the golden land of Orlando. So I haven’t been to a Disney park since I was 6. I was surprised how many memories of the magic kingdom had stuck when I saw things through an adult’s eyes. It was also amazing to see all things I never saw. When I was there as a child it was the month MGM Studios opened (my mom cleverly seeing the opportunity to avoid crowds in the magic kingdom.) So I have never experienced Epcot (though I loved it from afar,) Hollywood Studios, not the Animal Kingdom. And I had my Best friend along the journey the whole time and his lovely wife on Magic Kingdom day. It was a blast and a treasured cache of memories.
Pros: Wow Disney is amazing, Disney Springs is so pleasant, Everest is a great coaster, Epcot and all the Worlds Fair vibes made me feel great, finally getting to ride Star Tours
Cons: Animal Kingdom was over a bit to soon maybe Avatar will expand it to a full day park, heavy rain drenched us on Magic Kingdom day, Star Wars Land wasn’t opened yet
So here it is, the grand reveal. As I built up my Inktober drawing I wanted it to build to something. I teased it in my "Secrets" drawing. If you could read a Gravity Falls cypher. But it turned out ok. I had fun time with this project.
Wow! Just Wow! We had blast working with a small team right up to the buzzer. We finished with three minutes to spare. Phew! Taking the elements of Vince Frank, Auto Mechaninc; A Paintbrush; and the line "That's one way to make your point;" we built something great. We had decided to dive deep and make a true horror film. And that we did.