New MMS site: Moving Mind Studio
Well I haven’t updated my WordPress page since April, so I figured it was about time to start using it again!
I haven’t worked on too many projects since my last update, but the ones that I have worked on have seen really good reception which is a great motivation for me to make more stuff!
First of all, this summer I was really excited about the release of Inglourious Basterds. So excited in fact that I decided to shoot what is essentially a shot-for-shot and line-for-line parody of the trailer. It was extremely flattering to see how much everybody liked it! It was featured on several of my favorite comedy sites, which to me is like a writer getting a story picked up by Rolling Stone. These sites are viewed by millions of people every day, and to get a video I created get featured on them is just mind-blowing. Here’s a list of some of the places Inglourious Toddlers was featured.
– Funny or Die (Will Ferrell’s website)
– Heeb Magazine (magazine financed by Steven Spielberg!)
– Alamo Drafthouse Theaters (it was picked up as part of the pre-show for Inglourious Basterds in several Texas theaters)
Now, if you haven’t seen the trailer for Inglourious Basterds, the video will not make sense, so I suggest you watch this first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sQhTVz5IjQ
And here is Inglourious Toddlers!
Also this summer, some friends and I participated in the 24-Hour Film Race, a competition that takes place through 20 cities in North America. The way it works is that at 10pm on the day of your city’s competition, you receive an email telling you a surprise theme and a surprise prop that you must incorporate in your video. You then have 24 hours to conceive, write, shoot and edit a 4 minute movie. The theme we got was TRUST, and the prop was TOMATO. Here’s what we came up with:
We ended up winning for :
Audience Awards (Screening + Online),
Best Direction, Best Lead Actor,
Best Acting Ensemble,
Best Original Music Score,
Best Sound Design.
And now, since we are the winners for our city, our video will go up against the winners from the 19 other cities involved. Winners should be announced soon!
Other than that, I haven’t really produced any new content, although several projects are in the works.
To end off, here’s some stats of some of my YouTube videos that have been doing well for whatever reason!
Sax Man: 201,935 views
Christian Bale calls Dora the Explorer: 125,035 views
The Dark Brick: 56,084 views
Spiderman Voice-Over: Break-In: 25,176 views
300 Voice-Over: Field Trip: 21,878 views
My top 3 videos with the most views are all projects that required little or no content produced by me, they’re just mash-ups that I made. That kind of sucks, but I guess that’s the nature of YouTube.
Anyway thanks for reading, and I’ll try to not wait 9 months before updating again!
I have to admit, when I heard about the Sound walk project, it sounded like something I really would not enjoy. I really didn’t feel like spending time walking around some old neighborhood listening to some random sounds. To my surprise, I had an awesome experience!
When Sam, Cory and I synced our iPods and started the walk, we were kind of laughing at how ridiculous this was going to be, laughing at the old Griffintown song. For me, it really got interesting when the audio tracks started pointing things out around us. When the stories of old Griffintown inhabitants were being told while we were standing right in the area where they occurred, it was a really weird feeling. I felt like I got shoved in a time machine and was seeing things nobody else could.
We must have looked insane, all three of us standing in an awkward circle listening to our iPods and slowly turning around to look at the sights the tracks were telling us to, never saying a word to each other. At a certain point a random horse ran by, which had been discussed on one of the tracks. Cool stuff.
It was awesome how the tracks synced up perfectly to where you were, like having a guided tour, except way more personal. Of course, when we stopped to pause on track 8, we realized that not all of us had been experiencing this harmony between audio and visual… Cory had his iPod on shuffle mode for most of the walk and was hearing random tracks at random spots. He swore a few times and said he would redo the walk once we left.
Some of the areas and tracks really stood out to me, and made the experience truly awesome. Here’s a list of my top 3 moments, because everybody loves lists.
3. The Church
This was the last part of the walk, and it had an awesome effect; really a good way to end it off. Sitting in the area where a church used to be was really weird and chilling. The audio was really supporting the stone outline of where the walls once stood, and the benches positioned as the pews once where was an awesome touch. The whole experience of this track was really immersive, and it made me realize the power that audio can have on people. When the track ended, Cory, Sam and I just spoke about how awesome that was.
2. The Plane Crash
I had heard about the plane crash in Griffintown, but that information got lost in my head at some point during the years, and I’m glad it did, because as soon as I heard the crash track my jaw dropped to discover I was standing in the spot of the crash I had been told about years ago. The audio for this part was particularly well-done. It was amazing to hear the stories of the people that actually lived where we were standing, and their experiences of the crash. It was chilling to hear about the explosion, and about the 14 people that died at that exact location. Giuliana, you owe me 17 000 000 000 dollars for the time machine I had to build to take this photograph.
1. The Ghost of Mary Gallagher
I thought that the set-up for this creepy tale was really well-done. Out of nowhere, the voice on the track said: “We are now approaching the scene of the crime.” That freaked me out. I had no idea what the voice was talking about. Hearing the story of the Ghost of Mary Gallagher was really cool. I’ve been to an abandoned house in Ontario that is supposedly haunted, and I got the same kind of feeling in this place as I did there. Awesome. I love horror stories. There was trash and debris everywhere, and I actually found myself looking around to see if I could maybe spot Mary’s ghost, or find her head. I didn’t find her head, but I did see a scary headless figure that popped out of nowhere.
Overall I really enjoyed this experience, and I’m glad I went. This was probably the best project of the semester, and it was really fun and educational (an improbable combination of words). I’ve been recommending this walk to everyone.
Oh yeah, we got a ticket. That sucked.
Whenever Life gets you down, Mrs. Brown
And things seem hard or tough…
And people are stupid, obnoxious, or daft…
And you feel that you’ve had quite enough…
Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the ‘Milky Way’.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide.
We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go ’round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.