Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
And now for something completely different
Set Phasers to "Fun!"
The stage actually combined the "Forrest Gump" stage from last year with Jim Brown's charge during the "The Dirty Dozen."
The 2011 AZ State Sub-Gun Match would have been much more fun if my UZI worked right, but I got to play wearing shorts in the sun while those back East are under snowfall.
Jon won the Semi-Auto Division, and doing so with an AR, won an upper and lower AR kit from Sun Devil Manufacturing.
Rio Salado Sportsmen's Club did a great job giving us challenging shooting problems. Many thanks to the match sponsors, especially 5.11 Tactical, who replaced my sweat-stained 5.11 cap with a nice 9-11 Commemorative version. The Compleat List o' Sponsors:
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Here's something you don't see every day. Bob is a WWII re-enactor, model builder, and weapons buff. We knew he couldn't blame us for shifting our attention from his match performance to a low-flying B-25 "Mitchell" medium bomber.
We did a double-take at his choice of T-Shirt for today's match. Un-frikkin'-believable.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Big Bob, last year's Art Contest winner, carved the Runner-up with his GLOCK 34. Both Jon and Bob shot the regular match with pistol-caliber carbines, but brought out their handguns out of good sportsmanship. It's interesting that out of a shooting league dominated by pistoleros, including several Master Class gurus in attendance, the precision work was won by guys who brought handguns as an afterthought.
Yours Truly got an Honorable Mention with my GLOCK 19. The contest rules called for a HAPPY Jack-o-Lantern
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Hey Blogger, Wanna Review a Movie?
Could you watch and post a review of Top Shot Audition on your blog? I value your feedback and want to get more than just the three YouTube comments, the first of which was mellow-harshingly negative.
You do not have to write a positive review. You do not have to link me or the video. You do not have to even mention the title, but if you're gonna be that vague, please let me know how to recognize the post as a review of my work. A link to your post in my comments will help my readers and me find your review.
What's in it for you? If I use an excerpt of your review on the poster, I'll post a Blog Ad for your blog on my side bar and keep it there for the rest of the year! Thanx in advanx!
(Of course, in it for me besides the feedback is greater audience reach and hopefully a growing number of folks who want to see a Cowboy Blob Production. Besides the dozens who only know them as shooting match videos.)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
With two indie shoots (one a feature-length in which I had to pare down my participation), the school shoot, Cactus Match, and an annual 1-Gun match, I had to turn down a local director who wanted my help on an out-of-town shoot this month. Of course, I'd told him before that I probably wouldn't be very available until next year.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
First Car Meme
I managed to live car-less after graduating high school, USAF training, and my first 2.5-year stint in Korea. With my first stateside assignment to Fort Meade MD, I finally needed some wheels. With Dad helping me shop, I finally settled on and paid cash for this '78 Buick Regal, modeled here by Lil Bro.
It was a blast learning winter driving in PA and MD and I made a quite a few road trips home for the Holidays and even long weekends. The Big Road Trip was with my buddy Dave, when we made a summer road-trip to Virginia, where we checked out Busch Gardens, King's Dominion, Colonial Williamsburg, and every miniature golf course between them all. It was on the trip back when we discovered the Buick had a leaky radiator... as we limped off the long Bay Bridge system spewing steam.
With my next tour to Korea, I discovered I'd be stationed in Texas next, so I availed myself of the awesome deals on factory-ordered new cars and picked out my first Ford Mustang. Dad bought the Buick from me for pocket cash and used it as his work beater for years until it started falling apart and Lil Bro offered up his Ranger pick-up as he moved up to an F-150. Dad was kind of bummed that my later taste in cars differed so much from the car he helped me pick out, but the Buick was just what I really needed when I started out driving. I've driven Mustangs and Rangers ever since.
Mr. DeMille, I'm Ready for My Close-up
I had as much fun on the still photography shoot for "Top Shot Audition" as I did for the video.
Actually even more so, because under the hot movie lights I used instead of flash, we had to fortify ourselves with frosty rum drinks*. On the movie shoot, it was too early in the morning for anything other than the stunt beer, though we would enjoy some tasty Maker's Mark once the sun was well over the yard arm.
I want to get some movies posters made, if only because Jon's family and friends think they're so kick-ass.
I'll premiere TSA (unfortunate initials, huh?) at the November First Friday Shorts at the Loft.
*Very much frost, very little rum.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Going to Hell
This is so wrong-- I don't wanna be right.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Sigh... Another Movie!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Top Shot Audition
Based on a true story?
Shot on a Flip HD camera with no off-camera mics involved, it's chintzy on purpose. Two of the older shots were actually taken on an old Canon PowerShot.
Before anybody sh*ts their pants over any perceived firearms safety violations, I advise the viewer that Jon and I confirmed the unloaded state of each firearm every time it was handled (Jon practices perfect trigger discipline even with AirSoft guns).
Shows you what they know...
h/t to Bob S.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
I may have posted this before...
Saturday Night's Alright
I don't know why YouTube has everything from my absolutely favorite MTV Unplugged album except for this one, but I guess I'll have to settle for this. Get up and dance!
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Ribbed for your Pleasure
The next movie in my production queue, "Top Shot Audition," won't be ready to premiere tomorrow night at the First Friday Shorts, so I plan to show the re-edit of my Advanced Video capstone movie "Always," starring Rachel Santay. At 7 and a half minutes, it's serious gong-bait, considering the late-night Loft audience usually has a short attention span and somewhat baser taste than a
In case those of you have who've seen the original are wondering, I trimmed 30 seconds out of the range montage sequence and reordered some of the action during the shooty-stabby part. Damn, I feel like George Lucas. Stop me before I edit this again!
UPDATE: The Review Here.
I was a little disappointed that the reviewer didn't catch that Lita lost her husband Gary in a separate accident months before losing her mother to her estranged psycho step-father Rick (wonderfully played by my buddy Jon), but that's what I get for having so much exposition in dialogue and not on screen. Still, over-all a good review, so I move on.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
After I lamented the weak turnout to the school's casting call, Al showed me the casting book for a movie he wants to shoot soon. I was like, "Wow! She starred in my Advanced Video movie last year. I think she's working at Old Tucson Studios now." "Hey, he was in this year's movie!" And of course, "Linda's been in every other Pima movie ever made and about a third of the individual movies." Sure, there were lots of faces I didn't recognize, but I was amazed I knew so many of the talents of Tucson after two years in school and the occasional indie short.
I think these guys are going to keep me busy next year.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest
Got a better caption or photoshop for this pic, courtesy of my film-making buddies? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!
You need not be a blogger to win; however, if you post anonymously, it will be very difficult to recognize you again to design a Blog Ad.
Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!
Judging begins Monday Night. Or not.
BobG of Near the Salty City wins with:
"Dude, the shadow isn't that scary. Get off my lap!"
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Kel-Tec Sub-2K Review
As if I don't get enough traffic from my buddy Jon's review....
Sunday, October 02, 2011