Digital Chum - Virtual fish guts and other nonsense

October, 2011:

Bohemian Rhapsody

This evening, while checking out new posts on Facebook, I came across this gem.

I see a little silhouetto of a man

Well, Lori and I thought it was hysterical, since we both fell right into the trap. Megan, who is 10, didn’t get it.

So, after Lori and I did a poorly-performed duet of the song verses in question, I went to YouTube and found a video of Queen performing Bohemian Rhapsody and had Megan listen to it. She gave me lots of weird "What the heck is THIS?" looks while the song was playing, but she then understood (as much as a 10-year-old can understand her parents’ ancient memories).

The kicker to this little story comes from one of the commenters on the YouTube video. An hour later and I’m still chuckling over it.

I hate it when people compare Freddie Mercury to God. He is good but for fuck’s sake, he is not Freddie Mercury.

Thanks, speslqueen, for that wonderful bit of cleverness!

Aluminum Journey

I just finished my latest video project today. This was probably the most effort I’ve put into anything I’ve done to date… more moving parts and shots than previous videos. I think it was also my first multi-location video as well.

Fun to shoot. Fun to edit (to a point). It changed focus from being an emotional, tiring journey to a lighthearted romp across various landscapes (the video, not my attitude toward making it). It also changed from having a somewhat serious message to… well… not.

I shot it using a Kodak Playsport and a Kodak Zi8. Editing was done using Hitfilm Ultimate. Music composed with SmartSound Sonicfire Pro. Additional sound cleanup was done using Audacity.

Underground Skyscraper

Underground Skyscraper - "Earthscraper"My weekly StumbleUpon email presented me with this link to an article about an underground skyscraper concept from a Mexican architecture group. It has everything from museums and retail space to apartments and business offices (at the bottom because “that’s where business do their best work.”)

Umbrella Corporation reference, for the win!

There are some other great pictures of the design at the link above. Intriguing, to say the least.

BadLipReading and Michele Bachmann

I saw this the other day and was stunned because of how well done it is… the substituted words match up perfectly with her mouth movements.


I’m also amused at the first comment.

It’s more coherent than she usually is.

Juice Pouch Recycling

Megan’s school is collecting used juice pouches in order to earn money for school stuff (the funds go to the PTO to pay for activities for the kids). Since the school has a closed circuit TV system and does morning announcements on it, Lori thought it would be cool to have the program announced with a “commercial” of sorts. With a go-ahead from the principal and a volunteer cast, we shot this in just over an hour.

The kids were easy to direct and did a great job.

I shot it using my Kodak Playsport and Kodak Zi8. Sound recording was done using a Tascam DR-07. Editing was done using Hitfilm Ultimate. Music clips were customized using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro.