Saturday, December 8, 2012

This is a video piece I made for the start of ImprovBoston’s hit showcase show, My Dark Love: An improvised Teen Gothic Romance. MDL was a vicious satire of Stephanie Meyer’s steamy abstinence epic, Twilight. I wanted to prepare the audience for the mockery; let them know that this wasn’t an homage to Twilight as much as a hilarious, brutal evisceration.

This video is intended to access our collective consciousness: our concepts of vampires, werewolves and love. It reminds us of everything we imagine when we think of those things and how film shapes our understanding of love, death, and the paranormal while you play the “name-that-movie” game. By showing every part of vampire and werewolf lore and romantic images, I am showing everything that Twilight leaves out or changes for the worse.

You’d do better to watch any of the films in this short than watch Twilight.

Nostoi

I haven’t been posting so much lately. Been busy with work, teaching, hobbies, and graduate school applications. I’ll post the results of one of those hobbies this afternoon. And then back to regularly scheduled tumbling.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Concept sketches for Deep Space Nine (Terok Nor)

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Essential Deep Space Nine

Today we take high quality serialized television drama for granted with shows like Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Lost, Fringe, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, and so on. Fifteen years ago if you wanted a televised drama with an on-going story, stakes, consequences, and character arcs you had few choices. Among them was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Now I’m not saying that DS9, the second Star Trek spin-off, was original in this respect. It had influences from other shows like Twin Peaks, Hill Street Blues, The Prisoner, Babylon 5, and so on. What DS9 did was to mix that story-arc format and dark tone with the previously episodic and family-friendly Star Trek universe. What the writers, actors, and directors created was a show that alternated between epic and personal, comic and tragic, brilliant and stupid.

DS9 is the best Star Trek series. Period. Yeah. I said it. Better than the original. In fact, it ruins Gene Roddenberry’s whole utopian vision of humanity’s future in the best way possible. It’s Star Trek with risks and consequences populated by fallible “human” characters who grow and change.

But, like any 26-episode per season series, there is a lot of crap and the show doesn’t really take off until the third season. In an effort to make it more palatable to a modern audience I boiled each season down to 8-15 essential episodes. This puts the show in line with contemporary cable dramas. Unfortunately this leaves some real gems out so I included those as bonuses if you want to explore the universe further. I also gave the must-watch episodes asterisks. If nothing else, check those out.

If you like Star Trek and sic-fi, even just a little, watch this show. This condensed episode list can guide you through all the best DS9 has to offer. It’s all on Netflix Instant.

Also Ronald Moore, the Battlestar Galactica show runner, and some others were core members of the DS9 writing staff. You can clearly see the pedigree when you watch DS9. 

The Next Generation Episodes you can watch before DS9:

The Wounded (S4E12)

Ensign Ro  (S5E3)

Chain of Command 1+2 (S6E10-11)

Deep Space Nine

S1:

Emissary *

Past Prologue

Captive Pursuit

Dax

The Nagus

Vortex

Battle Lines

Duet **

In the Hands of the Prophets

Bonus: Move Along Home

***

TNG Primer for Season 2:

Journey’s End (S7E20)

S2:

The Homecoming

The Circle

The Siege

Cardassians

Rules of Acquisition

Necessary Evil

The Maquis 1+2

The Wire *

Blood Oath

The Collaborator

Tribunal

The Jem Hadar

Ferengi: Profit and Loss

Bonus: Whispers

Mirror:  Crossover

***

TNG Primer for Season 3

Preemptive Strike (S7E24)

S3:

The Search 1+2

Second Skin

The Abandoned

Civil Defense

Defiant *

Life Support

Heart Of Stone

Destiny

Distant Voices

Improbable Cause *

The Die Is Cast **

Shakaar

The Adversary

Ferengi: House of Quark*, Prophet Motive

Bonus: Past Tense 1+2, Equilibrium

Mirror: Through The Looking Glass

***

S4:

The Way of the Warrior **

The Visitor *

Hippocratic Oath

Indiscretion

Our Man Bashir

Homefront

Paradise Lost *

Crossfire

Return to Grace

Accession

Rules of Engagement

For the Cause

To The Death

Broken Link

Bonus: Hard Time, The Quickening, Rejoined

Ferengi: Little Green Men*, Body Parts, Bar Association

Worf: The Sword of the Kahless, Sons of Mogh

Mirror: Shattered Mirror

***

S5:

Apocalypse Rising 

The Ship

Looking for Par’Mach in all the Wrong Places

Nor the Battle to the Strong

Trials and Tribbleations **

Things Past

Rapture

For the Uniform

In Purgatory’s Shadow *

By Infernos Light *

Soldiers of the Empire

Blaze of Glory *

In the Cards

Call to Arms *

Bonus: Ties of Blood and Water, The Assignment, Doctor Bashir I Presume

Ferengi: Business As Usual, The Ascent

***

S6:

A Time To Stand *

Rocks and Shoals

Sons and Daughters

Behind the Lines

Favor the Bold

Sacrifice of Angels *

You Are Cordially Invited

The Magnificent Ferengi *

Waltz 

Far Beyond the Stars **

Inquisition 

In The Pale Moonlight ***

The Reckoning

Valiant

Tears of the Prophets *

Mirror: Resurrection

Bonus: Statistical Probabilities, His Way

Ferengi: Who Mourns For Morn *

***

S7:

Image In The Sand

Shadows and Symbols

Afterimage

Take Me Out To The Holosuite *

Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

The Siege of AR 558

Covenant

Chimera

It’s Only a Paper Moon *

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges *

Penumbra

Till Death Do Us Part

Strange Bedfellows

The Changing Face of Evil

When it Rains

Tacking Into The Wind **

Extreme Measures

The Dogs of War

What You Leave Behind **

Mirror/Ferengi: The Emperor’s New Cloak *

Bonus: Chrysalis, Field of Fire

Worf: Once More Unto the Breach

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Today at work I ran into this picture car from Grown Ups 2. Custom airbrush Star Wars van.

Today at work I ran into this picture car from Grown Ups 2. Custom airbrush Star Wars van.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A prop I created for the documentary “Mystery of Matter” about the creation of the  Periodic Table of Elements. In the early 18th century Humphry Davy inhaled various gases he created from a silk bag. In this way he discovered nitrous oxide: laughing gas.

For a reconstruction of this I had to create a silk bag that would hold air that an actor could actually inhale. Silk, it turns out, doesn’t really hold any gas, so I lined the silk bag with an non-latex anesthesia bag which provided a great shape and not unpleasant taste.

More photos of this shoot here on my portfolio

Monday, September 17, 2012
guendanabani:

Back to the future III

guendanabani:

Back to the future III

pli1018:

New York City car park form 1920. They definitely had a vertical obsession back then.

pli1018:

New York City car park form 1920. They definitely had a vertical obsession back then.