As a bunch of you know Stephen Lackey Zach Martin and I have been working on a documentary for the last several years. It’s finished and it’s fantastic (you can trust me I’m being completely impartial :) ). It is going to be playing at film festivals around the country, but it needs a Nashville premiere. Of course this would mean the world to Stephen and Zach and I to be able to share this with our friends and family but it would also provide an opportunity for everyone who allowed us to stick a camera in their face and follow them around to share the experience with their friends and family as well.
We’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to cover the expense of hosting the premiere. You should find a link below directly to the campaign. Contributing will get you a ticket and you can come and join the party. We are working for an early June date but we can’t confirm anything until the Kickstarter campaign is complete. Please contribute what you can and come out and party with us at the Nashville Premiere of Dramatique (that’s the name of the doc)
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Here are some shots using Kodak Portra 400 in 35mm. The shots from Centennial Park I shot at 3200 ISO and the shots from Stephen’s Christmas Party I was shooting at 1600 ISO. I pushed the development on both rolls. I think the problems with the photos are all me and not the film or how hard I was leaning on it. I think the shots from Stephen’s Christmas Party were just seriously underexposed. I was able to save some of them by cranking the exposure in Lightroom and converting them to black and white. The funny think is the straight scanned negatives remind me of crappy snapshots from the eighties. This is definitely a scenario I should have just shot digital, but I wanted to try out the Portra 400 and I wanted to give 35mm another shot. I was also using a Soligor zoom that I had not used before. I think I just introduced too many new variables. Anyway the photo’s are unique.
I’ve finally gotten round to scanning the negatives from Thanksgiving that I took with the Travelwide. The cropping is a bit funny as my scanner only scans transparencies up to around three inches wide.
Shooting pinhole is frustrating. As I write this the camera is actually setup and exposing a sheet for a 56 hour exposure. Reciprocity failure is a bitch. I have to say though the negatives from Thanksgiving are interesting, but I’m really hoping to come up with an actual lens soon.
Actually my yearly post is about six months late, oh well.
I’ve been bitten by the film bug again.
I have been trying to get some scans somewhere that I could show them off easily. I’m not a stupid person. I did manage to get some photos uploaded to Facebook, but what if some of the people I want to share the photos with don’t have a Facebook account. So how about Pinterest or Instagram, thinking about it the photos would probably not be any easier to find there unless you already have friended, linked or whatever the hell it is you do on those services.
Moot point anyway, Instagram only wants you to put up photo’s taken from your phone and Pinterest only wants you to share other peoples stuff.
That’s when I remembered I have a website, even if I never actually post anything. So now I’m going to post something.
These are photo’s I’ve taken in Centennial Park over the last couple of weeks. Early Saturday and Sunday mornings. All but a few of the black and whites were taken with my Iskra the fuzzy ones were taken with the Holga my sister got me for Christmas several years ago (thanks Amy). The black and whites were all shot on Tri X and developed in Rodinal at 1:100 dilution and stand developed for one hour. The color photos were all taken with the Iskra and Ektar 100. These were developed in Kodak Flexicolor chemicals at room temperature with extended development times. I also skipped the bleach step. Bypassing the bleach step made for some interesting negatives. The ones that had plenty of exposure turned out great the ones I took earlier when the sun was not as bright appear really grainy and flat. I think I’ll go ahead and use the bleach step next time, I can always play around with the colors in Lightroom.
The Wanderlust Travelwide came in today. I’ve got my film holders loaded and I’m just waiting for the sun to be bright enough to take some shots. F/295 is a tiny aperture, after the reciprocity failure is taken into account shooting the Travelwide pinhole is going to take a lot of light.
It’s been a month, but here are a few pics from Granville this year.
Oh yeah and Uncle Jim’s truck won second place.
See how excited he is.
What I posted something in April of last year? I assumed it was much longer ago than that.
Hey lookie it’s a pic of me that I can stand to look at!
Untrademarked Productions debuted Worm tonight at the festival. Check out the trailer. I loved it. If I’m being brutally honest there are a few problems; it’s a little wobbly in the middle, it’s a little fat, and there are some scenes that are a mite confusing. But why be brutal? I’d rather talk about what I loved about it.
I love that it was made in and around Nashville by Nashvillians (I don’t think i’m spelling that right, it makes it look like i’m saying villains from Nashville made the movie). I want to be careful here, I don’t want to come across like I’m saying that I really only enjoyed it because it’s a local movie. I really think I would have loved this film no matter who made it or where. It’s fun, smart and looks great. It even sounds great. I want the soundtrack.
I guess I should at least give you a thumbnail of the plot. The story takes place in a world where no one has dreamed in thirty years. Well at least not naturally. Fantasites are a new drug that gives back dreams to humanity, and not just any dreams, these are turbo charged nitro fueled fantasy. In this world lives Charlie, an awkward young man who lives with his father and is slowly taking over his father’s job as maintenance man at the apartment building they live in. One of the tenants is Reed, an asshole who dresses nice and has a great job and a new girlfriend June. Reed is also using fantasites and soon Charlie is too. Okay I really should expand on that some more but I’m tired and want to read some cheezy space opera so I’ll just leave you with a link to the synopsis from the festival’s site.
Woo hoo, the Nashville Film Festival has started and so has my vacation. No work for me until next Friday, Well that’s not not strictly true there are few things I want to try to get done but mostly it’s all fun and games for the next several days. I’ve already ran into most of my festival friends and met some very cool people.
So way back in 2008 I read an article about how Art Garfunkel had read a thousand books over a forty year period. I was still a bit shy of forty at the time and thought this wasn’t really all that impressive a number. Certainly nothing I would brag about. I figured over my life time I had read more like 1500-2000 books. 1500 books over thirty years is just a book a week. Of course I had no way of knowing for certain. Art had been clever enough to keep a list since 1969. You can go to his website and see the list. So I figured I would use this blog as a way to keep track of the number of books I was reading and though I would only have admitted it under duress toot my horn a bit as well. I jumped on this project with a bit more enthusiasm than I usually muster up for project like this but i did keep it up for a little while. Maybe a year.
Of course, the whole idea of making the number of books you read some sort of competition was then and still is silly. Maybe I’ve read more books over a shorter amount of time, but maybe Art actually retained what he read, whereas a big percentage of what I read is comes in through my eyes and just dribbles out of my ears. I lot of people think of reading as some uplifting experience no matter what you read, but to me reading can be as much a mindless escape as the worst three camera sitcom you can imagine. I swear some of the drivel I’ve read lately has actually made be dumber.
That’s beside the point though, the point is I’ve found a much easier way to keep track of how many books I’m reading. Goodreads. (Notice that the R is lowercase, that’s a sign or true class) Check out the widgets on the right. So far since 2010 I have definitely read 225 books, though I only seriously started keep track January of last year. So that’s 225 down and 775 to go. Another six years ought to do it.