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Funny Facts

Monday, June 1. 2009 08:04
I recently watched the new Star Track movie at the cinema. Strangely the actress of the young Neyota Uhura seemed to quite familiar to me, but I wan't able to remember precisely where I have seen her before. The fun fact was, that after watching Steven Spielbergs "The Terminal" this weekend I had a real good laugther. In that film she plays a Star Trek fan that loves klingons and loves to go to Trekky conventions.

Anyway :-) After looking her up on IMDB it plays out she also plays a role as Neyriti in the new upcoming film "Avatar". One film you should not miss !
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Great day at the Zoo

Saturday, March 21. 2009 20:15
What a great weekend at the zoo. We went to the Amneville zoo again and this time took some heavy video and photo equipment wih us :-) It was all in all a great time and a lot of fun. Currently I am about to transfer and edit the footage taken there. Current status is:

  • Footage transfer from tape to drive: [==========] done

  • Naming and vista of footage [=========-] 90%

  • Scene categories [====------] 40%

  • Cutting and Editing [=---------] 10%

  • Post production / CG [----------] 0%

  • Music composition and Sound editing [----------] 0%

  • Composition [----------] 0%

Happy editing ;-)
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Saturday, January 24. 2009 22:43
The antics of a dog who confuses his day job as the canine superhero in a TV action series with his real-life skills is plenty high-concept. But in Bolt - a blithe, digitally animated doggy comedy as zippy as its name - the fanciful premise only paws the surface of what's going on as we look at the big screen.

The basic story bears the distinctive DNA of the Disney family of dramas. Bolt’s a spunky white shepherd voiced by John Travolta. He lives all the time on a Hollywood soundstage that he thinks is the whole wide world ( reminds me ot "Truman Show" ) until he's accidentally separated from his ''person'' and TV costar, Penny ( voiced by Miley Cyrus ), and shipped in a cargo crate to New York City. Of course, imaginary superpowers don't count for much in such a sleepless city of caffeinated, mortal go-getters. But never mind. The dog sticks to his belief in his canine invincibility - and in the constancy of his person, wherever she is. Bolt remains loyal even when hassled by Mittens, a skinny, wiseacre New York alley cat who couldn't have found a more perfect mouthpiece than the one supplied by Susie Essman, the sharp-tongued comedian who berated Larry David so bawdily on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Naturally, Essman plays PG-feisty rather than foulmouthed here. But she projects just the right hiss of mischief. When Bolt believes that Styrofoam packing material is his kryptonite ( a mystery element that weakens him ) Mittens cleverly endorses the lie.

Well, what with one thing and another, Mittens joins Bolt's cross-country trip to get back to Penny and the city of valet parking. And along the duo's hitchhiking route, they meet up in an RV park with Rhino (Mark Walton), a hamster who, giddy pop culture addict that he is, recognizes Bolt as his favorite TV celebrity. Rhino throws himself into the mission (rolls himself, actually, in his Plexiglas exercise ball) with the gallant geek bravado that is the mark of a superfan. Soon, the three amigos are off, off on a classic obstacle-strewn, personal-growth adventure involving funny mishaps, demonstrations of individual heroism, scary scrapes (that, even at their scariest, carry the assurance that things will turn out all right), episodes of losing hope, examples of regaining determination, instances of heartwarming reunion ( oops, did I give something away? ), and moments involving other funny talking wildlife that make cameo appearances. The New York pigeons are particular pips; maybe they're related to the flock that helped Amy Adams' Giselle in Enchanted? chuckles

That's the blueprint. But Bolt impresses on more levels than just the basic - and in our wised-up, self-reflexive pop culture universe, audiences are primed to play along with the movie's sophisticated meta references to Hollywood culture, New York culture, TV culture, and even doggy culture: Look! It's a joke about Finding Nemo, about Hollywood agents, about pitching screenplay ideas! ( The bright script is by Dan Fogelman and Chris Williams, the sleek direction by Disney pros Williams and Byron Howard. ) In our 21st-century familiarity with the results, we don't give the intricate technobeauty of digital 3-D animation a second thought, taking for granted the subtleties of dimension, perspective, texture, and motion that can be achieved ( with the right software of course ); on a regular old night at the movies, we don't blink twice at seeing the most gorgeous visual shifts and adjustments, delicate and thoughtful as an old master's brushstrokes. There's a stunning throwaway moment when Rhino the hamster rolls in his stupid plastic ball in front of his new compatriots, and the faces of dog and cat, seen through the plastic, are distorted as they would be in real life — yet we pay no attention to the army of animation artists marshaled just for that one passing sequence.

Bolt breaks no great new stylistic ground - and yet it's a sturdy beauty. The cartoon chase scenes are of secondary importance - and yet they're wittier and more exciting than anything in Quantum of Solace. Sweet as sugar yet in anyway fortellable - thats Bolt! See it - it's worth it.
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Monday, October 13. 2008 11:25
I went to see Krabat in the local cinema last week. Having read the book almost over 10 years ago and only vaguely remembering the details of the story I was curious about that film. Especially when noting that this was a german film production. Which, by the way - you wouldn't have notived, weren't it for the almost boring starting title, that displayed all legal Information about who gave money to support that film in the making in the beginning... Plain white text centered on black background. The rest of the film was stunningly well done.

It is not at all cheesy or goofy. I found the screenplay well written, the acting was impressive, and the plot that keeps you engaged. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a change of pace from American fantasy flicks. A real good story and film all in all. Camera and all technicalities were perfectly played and created.

The basic story takes place at the end of the 30 years war in Germany. It focuses on a young orphan named Krabat. I won't give any more details, except to say that it's an interesting twist on the idea of magic. In a nutshell - the film is not what is in the book, but it is a wonderful and greatly done dark movie, you should see.
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New gadget

Wednesday, July 30. 2008 09:07
Got myself a new little gadget on amazon. A neat little bluetooth to autio adapter. Supporting bluetooth 1.2 and A2DP for high quality this little zig bee is equipped with all you could wish for. Extremely easy and precise control and functionality via the backlit dot matrix display and well descriped functions this adapter only needed about half an hour for full recharge and lasted over 8 hours with continous music streaming via bt.

And the best of all... it only costs less then 20Euro including shipping and all.

My two cents: Thumbs up for this truely cool gadget for only a few bucks.
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