Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Bear is Loose

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Monday, July 14, 2014

See What I Did There?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gunblogger Points

This is how you get them.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RIP, Maya

Of course, the Narcissist-in-Chief had to get his own mug in the picture.

Remember, you can't spell "NINCOMPOOP" without the N-in-C.

h/t Twitchy

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Steampunk Postal Match

Monday, April 28, 2014

Video Star!

1 of 3 OFFICIAL WINNERS of the TMBG "Am I Awake?" music video contest! From TMBGs new compilation album Idlewild! Judge John Hodgman speaks:

"Alex Italics, for the video I call "Don't Say 'Grassy Knoll,' say 'Grassy YES.'" The amount of talent that has been poured into this--from all the actors to the all the costumes to the set design and the video design, not to mention the elderly newsman tear deployment--makes it as hypnotic as the Zapruder film."

I'm in there somewhere.


Sunday, April 06, 2014

A Little Color

Lisa the Biker Chick, before she broke her arm and leg.  Now she's twice as Metal!

Candace, Lisa's Evil Minion.

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Do You Like Movies About Gladiators?

My Buddy Frank.  Photo & Shop by Me.

Shooting soon! Copy/Credit/Catering only.

Characters: Generally Caucasian/Mediterranean except for Exotics.  Costumes provided for all but crowd extras.

VERITAS:  Age 20s, well-built gladiator protagonist debunking the Spartacus myth, shortness a plus, stage-fighting expertise with gladius welcome

LYDIA: Age 20s, wife of Veritas, one line, appears in arena audience.

LADY FELIS CONCOLOR CORNELIUS: Age 50s, Senator’s wife, seducer of gladiators. Likes to show a little skin.

MILO:  Age 20/30s:  Gladiator referee   

[UNNAMED EXOTIC] Age 20/30s, well-built gladiator opponent, height a plus, stage-fighting expertise with sword welcome

Featured Extras:

[THE ON-DECK CIRCLE] Well-built gladiators (4) in a cell — Age 20/30s  Long hair or Shaved heads welcome

CAESAR:  Age 50/60s Regal bearing. Present in arena Royal Box.

SENATOR CORNELIUS: Age 50/60s present in arena audience.

ROYAL BOX CANDY:  Age 20/30s females (2-3)

ROMAN SOLDIERS:  Age 20/30s males (2) guarding Royal Box

Crowd extras:  All ages.  Males in togas, females in Roman/Greek dresses.  No green or purple.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Clothes Whores

"Clothes Whores" got an unofficial Honorable Mention at the Almost Famous Film Festival; Unofficial because they offered it to us -- another Tucson HM team bowed out of the showing because the Phoenix show time was 5pm. Well, DUH, we couldn't make that either on a Thursday night.

Instead, I premiered it at the local First Friday Shorts, where by applause ranking we came in Second behind a college homosex flick supported by the director's whole fraternity.  I didn't mind too much missing out on the Money prize... I enjoyed the audience's reaction and heard a good portion of the audience cheering for our film. 

The bedroom shown is actually my office/guest room (you can see my name on some of the plaques).  Rather than girlie it up or sanitize it, I thought it would be funnier if left as is, sword collection and all.

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I was Bored Today

Technically, not a Red Shirt....

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The McBride Shoot

 On my third movie shot at Gammons GulchGarrett Moldrem (center) of Made of Love Films directed.  He also shot McBride's "sequel," the local-award-winning Blackwood.

As the Behind-the-Scenes videographer, I still stepped in and played boom operator, grip, and even acted in a scene.

Bill Couch is a local staple in the industry.  He plays the bartender in this prequel and a bar patron in Blackwood.  I told him he must have been fired for watering down the drinks.  "Hey, that's how the bar makes a profit...."

I'd been FaceBook friends with David Hight for a few years before I first met him at the McBride script reading.  He carries the exposition load in this movie as the town sheriff Rupert Jones.  

Nick Murray (center) is a Pima Film classmate of mine.  He was DP on the 2009 Pima films Arizona Chainsaw Massacre and Apprehension.  He was happy to be on the camera crew, but I railroaded him into the funeral scene, because I was too fat for the one spare pair of pants left in wardrobe and I knew his skinny butt could fit in them.  The director wanted me in the scene, but since it wasn't on the call sheet, I left my costume at home and dressed for comfort on the set.  My character would have been in the back row at the funeral anyways, thus first out of the church and not in the scene.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Shooting in Great Outdoors

While the Frozen East suffered through snow and ice this weekend, we merely got rain Saturday and it dried up enough Sunday to go out and make some photographs.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In the Shooting Gallery: Shooting Video not Guns

Photo by David Wing
This weekend, I'm leading Team Cowboy Blob in the 10th Annual Almost Famous Film Festival 48-Hour Film Festival.  I'm no greenhorn in this rodeo, but this is my first ride as sole Producer.  I've got two returning crew and recruited two more I met during the shooting of "Dead Meat."  I look forward to working with my cast, so far consisting of two talented lady friends/actresses with whom I've worked previously.

The weekend after that, I'll be crew and minor cast for "McBride," the prequel to Gerry Gilbert's award-winning Western short "Blackwood."  We're shooting out at Gammon's Gulch again, so I'm sure it'll look great.

After that, gotta try to finish the Binker Movie "Ready When You Are, CB."

Beyond that, I've got three shorts in the queue to produce before I even think of writing another one... unless they don't get done by summer.  I ALWAYS use the summer road trip drive to brainstorm a script for the Pima College Advance Cinematography class.  That and the summer Binker Movie.

Last year's 72-Hour "One Script Challenge" Movie here.

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