Shortening 17 years

Taking the idea from this post, I list here an unordered selection of nontrivial facts regarding the last 17 years of my life (1994-2011).

  • Screwed up at least four relationships;
  • got a MsC degree;
  • established three companies;
  • visited four continents (yes, me too); :)
  • became father;
  • wrote and directed a short film

…and I still listen to Drake too much.

Simple hints for novice directors

I’m not a real film director but life is strange and I have written, produced and directed a very short film – we’re still editing it, I’ll keep you informed about its next step. :)

There is a lot of good advice on the Internet: let me add here a few naive hints. :)

  • I had just one day to shoot so I previously wrote a detailed script and created many tables that group takes (with their length and the like) in scenes, scenes in sets etc.: it won’t be enough but it helps. Of course, during the day, I changed things – and their order – a few times but a film is a project, right? Your film crew is like a team (twelve people in my case) and I’m an engineer in real life so being a producer/director is not that far from being a project manager. :) I supposed that eleven hours would have been enough: I was wrong. It took fifteen hours, and you can’t stop the sun, of course. :) But we completed what I had planned: imagine what would have happened without a good schedule.
  • Even a simple make-up requires more than half an hour for an actress and a few minutes less for an actor: that’s a lot of time that you have to count in your time table. The setting up of the camera and the sound take time too but these are easy to understand.
  • Special effects: that’s post production, of course, but try to keep the number of VFXs as low as possible.
  • Find a good cinematographer: he helped me more than what I’d have expected from a DOP… being smart, fast and creative is essential. :) Your two arms are, first, the DOP and, later, the Editor. :)
  • The story is the core but a good camera, lights, location and many other things can make the difference: they are not cheap but if you want to try to be admitted to some festival around the world, even if you are not a real producer, I’m sorry but you have to spend a bit of money. :)

Then, don’t forget a few rules taken from a previous post. :)

36 hours

  • four flights;
  • an interview for a TV channel;
  • a speech during a street protest;
  • another interview, in English, for a Swiss German newspaper;
  • one more video interview for a web channel;
  • a talk in a conference;
  • a bunch of new friends and an incredible ghost town, among other things. :)

Pentedattilo

Filminute 2011 critics

Filminute is the International One-Minute Film Festival and for its 2011 edition, I’ve got a deal with them: writing twentyfive “short but tweet” sized reviews, one for each candidate.

I’ve watched all of them: the quality clearly increased since the previous edition. It has been hard to choose a candidate to vote for… and I suppose it’d be even harder to join them next year. :)

My rules to find my candidate are:

  1. Be humble: don’t try to do things your budget can’t afford.
  2. Be original: don’t use third-party works; plot/sound/music/dialogues/whatever must be yours.
  3. Be impressive: writing, directing and editing are the core of Filminute.
  4. (optional) Show me a bit of love: violence is not surprising anymore.

These are the reviews:

  • Adventure Girls III. It’s a great candidate but a lot of blood is not easy to get and, due to Sailor Moon, it failed my 2nd rule.
  • Aftermathematics. Perhaps it’s me but I didn’t get it and I didn’t like it either. The last take is too long too.
  • At the Opera. That one made me cry. Its music has a problem with my 2nd rule but I can close an eye. Two puns, sorry. :)
  • Bunny vs. The sweet iron cat. Did they really use Times New Roman? I’m too old for these 3D animations or the like. :)
  • Cara o Sello. The girls are pretty but the first take is too dark and the noise of the coin doesn’t follow its twisting.
  • Chit Chat: the more I watch it, the more I like it and that’s even true for its yin-yang brunette. :)
  • Dans l’ombre: frankly, I didn’t understand the reason of this French “hommage” to M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder.
  • Dot in the line is a funny short: there are joggers in the background at its 48th second… additional turtles there? :)
  • Evil weed: that’s what violence is… inseparable from civilization as we know it; we can even imagine it in plants.
  • Family portrait is the long take I like most: no dialogues, no music, just the saturated air of a daily horror. Great.
  • Foolproof has the best title and credits design. The light on the man is so different and the voice is a little too fast.
  • Garbage: after the well-known trunk shot, at its 38th second we have something closer to a… dumpster shot, indeed! :)
  • Grassy Knoll Edge: two dudes on a riverside are brainstorming about movies… until “pet porn” comes to their mind. Deal! :)
  • Hamburgz: a surreal story with a very interesting way of telling it. The music literally drives this filminute. Bravo. :)
  • Honfoglalas: I liked a couple of takes of the cars and their wheels but, unfortunately, that’s it.
  • Level 13. A monster lives in a UK multi-floor parking deck: is it a long-term drawback of a wrong-side driving country? :)
  • Loop has tricks of all kind: many of us think it’s the beast to beat. That’s for sure a Top 5 candidate.
  • Masks and mirrors is definitely a candidate that showed me some love, as I was asking for: we have a great Dad here.
  • Naufrago: a seashore wave puts on the sand a bottle of wine and a castaway with a corkscrew finds it. What a lucky day! :)
  • Never thought has an original location and I felt like him many times. Though its usage is against my 2nd rule, Bach rocks. :)
  • No man’s land has the greatest monologue of this edition and one of the best sound editing. The noise of a fly is a classy touch.
  • Oblivion has 30 takes if I’m not wrong. I still can’t find any mistakes and I should learn from its mid-part editing.
  • Rêverie. Very good idea. The smile of the girl at the 37th second is worth the filminute. I liked the little Ronaldinho too. :)
  • The days before that. I think they used old tapes… being sly as foxes. :) That is a good idea but it failed my 2nd rule.
  • The Fallen. Hat off. Its quality is something in between real movies and TV prods. Isn’t it closer to a trailer than a filminute?

My top 5 candidates, in alphabetic order, are:

  • Hamburgz
  • Loop
  • Masks & Mirrors
  • Oblivion
  • Rêverie

It has been very hard to choose my winner: I used a single round-robin tournament within my top eight favourite films and while waiting for the official winner, I can announce that my winner is Rêverie. Congratulations to Jaro Minne. :)

On Yeti Tracks

A summer ruled by blue mood is not the right thing to turn me into a hungry reader so “On Yeti Tracks” is the only short novel I can write a few lines about. What I liked most of this pleasant typical Chatwin story, with his unique mix of searching and telling, was the beginning: from Sydney, he called his wife up in Boston, asking her “to meet me in Nepal”. Who of us could have such a call? And who has a wife ready to accept it?

Esegesi endomorfa

Il titolo del post dovrebbe essere ironico. :)

Uscito dall’Associazione Rientrodolce, per il suo Congresso telematico 2011 ho registrato il mio intervento in forma di audiovideo/screecast, nel quale discuto un mio post con alcune critiche a vari aspetti del pensiero di Zerzan e all’anarco-primitivismo in generale, rispetto a quanto appreso negli anni di studio in Rientrodolce.

Questo è il video su YouTube: chi ha l’occhio fine, noterà che lo screencast è stato registrato su Mac OS X; sono consapevole che Stallman potrebbe levarmi il saluto ma quella era la macchina disponibile al momento.

Perassi - RD2011

Closing the top posts list

After a few years of monthly updates, I stopped publishing the top posts list of this blog because it has been almost stable for many months so the following is the last one.

  1. Top ten Italian songs of all times
  2. Inserting raw HTML code in MediaWiki
  3. jQuery tabs and cookies
  4. Using AWK to remove file extensions
  5. A Dilbert Plugin for DokuWiki
  6. aggr
  7. Customising wp-comments-post.php
  8. Bright dawn
  9. Huawei E176 and Ubuntu
  10. Azure