There are many places with great sunsets, but I think Key West is near the top of the list. Here’s a time-lapse of the sunset from Mallory Square.
I obviously need to buy a tripod for my phone, but the result without it isn’t unwatchable.
The Sunday Film Series is back. It apologizes for its absence, but asks your indulgence because the time away was unavoidable.
In this edition, you’ll note that I have a new tool to use in creating the films for the series – time-lapse. Lapses are pretty much the story of my life. It just seemed a natural fit to build that into the films. Despite the new technique, be assured that I’ll still shoot all my films using only my phone.
A recent trip to see some great friends gave me a chance to focus my directorial talents on US Airways. I tried to direct the action in this film, but the actors seemed to follow a script written by someone else. Perhaps that is for the best. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago, I posted a video of my concept of the ultimate lawn mower. It was not only self-propelled, but it was also self-motivated. Unfortunately, manufacturers haven’t beaten a path to my door. I’d say that was their loss, but really, it is my loss too. I was the one mowing again yesterday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »
Filmed near my office, today’s film involves a cast of thousands. The entire cast is made up of extras. Take that, actors!
The intersection portrays, well, a busy intersection.
After I shot this film, I went back to my office. Someone said they saw me standing on the hill looking like I was shooting a video. I told him that I was shooting an artistic depiction of the area we worked in. He laughed, and said “where do you come up with this stuff?” Sometimes the truth is enough, isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s film is highly significant. The significance isn’t that I created it using the largest, heaviest props I’ve ever worked with. Well, the size of the props is part of why this is a big deal, but it isn’t the most significant thing about it.
The really big deal about this film is that I manipulated all the props with my mind.
I have such a headache today from doing that. Sometimes an artist like me must pay a high cost for our craft. Read the rest of this entry »
It was a quiet morning. Nothing special about it. I grabbed a bagel at my usual spot, then found some place to pull over and eat it.
Little did I know that someone else had designs on my pretzel bagel…
Let’s start by looking at the video of the landing:
The video starts with the capsule heading off on its return to Earth. Every trip has to start somewhere, this one starts fairly high up and heads south.
Next, we see the capsule descending on a parachute. This is a really welcome sight. I’m sure the astronauts and their families welcome it more than I do.
Periodically, I will do something to liven things up around the office. This trick is one of my favorites. I’ve had success with it though the years and I’m going to walk you through it step by step.
We are going to use a musical greeting card to rig up a desk. When it works (and this has always worked for me), opening a desk drawer triggers the card’s sound mechanism. Positioning the card correctly will enable gravity to shut the card off when the drawer closes.
The effect is magnified by the fact that there is very little chance the trick will be detected before it does it job. Everything looks normal…and then the desk starts singing.
The first step is to get a musical greeting card. Look for one that operates with a tab attached to the front of the card, like this one:
Cut the card, removing most of the front and back. Doing so makes the card more compact and easy to conceal. Leave a long strip extending from the tab. Be very careful around the sound device in the back of the card. The wires are fine and easy to cut.
When you cut the card, save the scraps and the envelope. You’ll use those later.
When you’ve finished cutting, the card should look like this:
Make a chain of rubber bands and tape them to the front of the card. The rubber bands will connect to the back of a drawer and the drawer’s motion will activate the card. Using rubber bands provides enough slack to keep the drawer from pulling the card apart or dislodging it once it is in place.
Correctly assembled, your card should now look like this:
When you cut up the card, you’ll have scraps left over. Save them. When you put your device on your victim’s desk, take the card scraps and put them in a trash can next to the desk of someone who is not in on the joke. Your victim will go looking for who is responsible for pranking him. By deflecting attention to someone who had nothing to do with it, you get the benefit of playing a prank on two people at the same time.
Your homework is to go get a musical greeting card. In the next post, I’ll show you how to set your device up on a desk and provide a video of how it works.
Speaking of video, here’s one that I created to explain what we’ve discussed so far: