Friday, June 24, 2011

Book: Everything Is Wrong With Me

Everything Is Wrong With Me

I just finished reading this book by Jason Mulgrew cover to cover over the course of two weeks. The last few days, people would have noticed a smile on my face while I am reading this, because it is that funny. It was one of those books I picked up from the discount table for inspiration. I was right. His narrative is vivid and engaging and it does feel like you are hanging on his every word. If you are an aspiring writer, you will like it. If you just want a good read, you will like this.

The above link is his blog. He says he is not a writer, but having read this book, I can safely say I am curious about what else he has shared there.

Now go get this book.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Music: New Challenge, How Will the Ocarina Sound

I mentioned on Twitter that I was going to the National Aboriginal Day event at Yonge-Dundas Square today. I had not plan on buying anything from the vendors until whistle sounds and bird calls caught my attention. At this one booth, a man was selling these clay flutes. I found out they are Ocarinas. They come in all sizes. This little one sounds like a like the tin whistle. I will learn to play this too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Penny Whistle Tabs for Inner Light

Earlier I posted on Youtube my rendition of Star Trek The Next Generation's Inner Light. This is my own tin penny whistle tabs for that song. I based it on the actual sheet music. Using the fingering charts for the tin whistle, I worked out the tabs that sounded close to the notes. Try it out for yourself.

By the way, I do the same thing if there are songs I want to learn to play on harmonica.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Set Design: Wizard of Oz Projection Assembly

Imagine each of the signs dropping into frame with a bounce. After a day of staring at the build tools in Keynote, that little trick would appeal to any critic. The best news is, I don't expect I'll need to put in a full day of work after today. I can still prep a lot of the photo-editing from home. (Thanks to web-apps.) I am just waiting for final image selections. Aside from that, there will be timing adjustments and colour changes.

To my delight, the text you use in Keynote animates. Depending on which build you use, you can either affect the letter, word, paragraph or the entire selection as an object. (I think that feature is also in PowerPoint.) Next time, I will definitely share a sample QT video of this scene.

I won't have to work on this until July, so it will be a while. I will be trying to propose more alternatives for the animated sequences. I am confident, I can create more elements.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Set Design: Wizard of Oz Opening Title Sequence

Finished going through the script. Beginning to assemble the projections today. Going to try variations of title transition. Fade in was the initial choice. Will try to slide it from the bottom next. With it being a text box, a jpeg of a black rectangle should be able to cover that bottom edge quite well. Hope to have much of slides in place by next weekend.

I should note that The Wizard of Oz music is licensed media. So the original audio for this video is disabled by YouTube.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Set Design: Wizard of Oz Cyclone Test

I made this video to show the potential of a still image can have over video to convey the movement of a twister for The Wizard of Oz background. Combine it with sound and lighting, it would be even more effective. To sell the idea to the production, I have added wind sound effects.

The feedback has been positive. I do hope we use this method. Still have to determine the duration of the cycle. Gotta compare my notes with the rest of production.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Caricature "I Am Spock"

Updated image
I got whimsical and did a drawing today. The thing that inspired this caricature was a "Fringe" fan fiction I wrote. I Am Spock It's been a while since I drew anything, and was quite happy with this composition. I had trouble with Charlie's expression, but I think it was his legs I really needed to capture. OK. Enough fun for now. Back to writing.