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ART

A persistence of memory trailer

I made this for fun, as a way to document my work for the “A Persistence of Memory” show.

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Joie de Vivre

Sole of the City 10k, tattoo convention, late night with the devil

What a fantastic day in Baltimore! First thing in the morning, we ran a 10K race through downtown. It was bright and cold. Then, we walked over to the convention center and explored the tattoo convention with my daughter. Lots to look at. It was fun.

This guy has been at most races I’ve done – he runs and juggles. Even during half marathons! I suspect he juggles in his sleep, too.
Us running to the finish line

Finally, we ended our 25 thousand step day with a movie: Late Night with the Devil. It is gloriously set as 1970’s late night TV, and I enjoyed the whole thing. The intro has a recap of late 60’s to early 70’s America, done with a solid 1970’s voice over. It sets the story up in a satisfying way. The filmmakers suggest that what we are going to watch is the original footage coupled with behind the scenes camera work from the Halloween 1977 show.

The premise is that an ailing late night variety show attempts a risky bit of programming on live TV. That was a big draw in the 1970’s.

I made a mental note in the beginning to watch the cuts between the live TV cameras and the backstage, commercial break footage. And I lost track when hell broke lose, which tells me they did a nice job.

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Animation

Professional Development

This was a kind of screen test for my bug guys. I drew it in Procreate (rotoscoped) and put the audio together.

Fun.

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Animation

Born in Baltimore, 2023

The Lunatics was screened at the Born in Baltimore festival. All the work was very strong this year, and several of the award winning films had intense, social justice themes that hit hard. The Lunatics brought up the end with some comic relief.

We are fortunate to have such a wonderful festival here.

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Opinion

Give me Sanctuary

We had an anniversary data. We went to Clavel for the first time, after hearing so much hype about it, and it did not disappoint. We got there right as they opened and there was a line formed around the building.

We had the ceviche with shrimp and sea bass – delicious.

The queso is served bubbling hot in an iron skillet, and has onions and jalapeƱo. This is my favorite fancy queso so far.

Honestly, the cevechie and queso was enough, but I’m glad we sampled to tacos. It was all delicious, and I love the space. I love cucumber as a garnish.

After that, we walked down to the Charles theater, and watched Sanctuary. This was the first time I’ve ever sat in a theater to watch a film that I have:

  1. No previous indication as to what I’m going to see
  2. Never heard of the film I’m going to watch

That experience alone was fun. And, I think Sanctuary was even more fun.

It’s a dark comedy a wealthy heir and his longtime employee. They struggle for control over their relationship in this twisty duet. The entire film takes place in a hotel suite (with a couple of scenes in the hallway and elevator). It was filmed in just 18 days, and could be a wonderful play. I like the NYT review, and the only thing that I haven’t read in other reviews so far is that I believe the writers understood their subjects in a way that adds a lot depth to the story.

I found myself leaning forward in my seat in the theater, and I’m very happy with the ending. It reminded me strongly of 1982’s Deathtrap (Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon) – not so much because of plot inventions, although Sanctuary certainly delivers a windy road – but maybe more because of the intimate setting and emotional content.

I haven’t seen Christopher Abbott in anything yet, and honestly didn’t recognize Margaret Qualley until I googled her. She was in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as seen here with my man Brad Pitt. As an aside, I saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Senator Theater when it came out. It’s my favorite Quentin Tarantino film, and I recommend reading the companion novel by the same title. The book isn’t an exact retelling of the movie, strictly speaking, but more like bonus scenes and deep cuts. It explains a lot about the characters, and has a ton of Hollywood folklore, which makes it really fun.

Anyway, Abbott and Qualley really bring Sanctuary home.

We ended the evening out by wandering into Tapas Teatro for their flourless chocolate cake – a delight unto itself, my friends.

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Film

EROS

I used Bing’s AI image creator to make all the images in this video.

A lot of these images were created that first weekend that I started exploring generative AI. DALL-E try to maintain very strict rules about what image prompts they will accept, and I was locked out for bit. Words like “bare,” “fishnets,” and “blonde” were forbidden.

I’m also intrigued by the weirdness of the images. It clearly doesn’t yet understand hands, teeth, feet, and many human interactions. I wanted to document some of this while it’s still wonky.

I definitely see several use cases for this, and I generated enough material over the weekend for 3 other short films.