mikeboas / Mike Boas

I’m an animator from Rochester, NY. I drive a plastic car. Here are some podcasts that interest me. Mainly about movies, books, technology, and science.

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  1. Blood, Guts And Film Festivals

    Since graduating from Georgia State’s film program in 2009, Mike Morgan has fallen into a world of horror. Independent horror film, that is.

    Morgan worked on the crew for James Sizemore’s "The Demon’s Rook." On crew, he was obliged to play some extra parts as well, which meant he had the privilege to die twice in this Southern, gothic tale of demons, blood and guts.

    Currently, Morgan is the assistant director for Tim Reis’ upcoming horror film "Bad Blood." This time around, instead of demons, the great beast of the film is a werefrog.

    Morgan is also the founder of the local Yallywood Film Festival, which had its inaugural festival last year.

    Listen Listening…5:13 "The Demon’s Rook" just came out on DVD through Tribeca and can also be found on all sorts of streaming platforms like iTunes and Amazon. "Bad Blood" is currently in post-production so that will be on the horizon soon.

    The Yallywood Film Festival will have programming year-round. In late March or early April, date yet to be determined, there will be a local music video festival. In July, there will be a summer shorts fest, featuring films all under three minutes. Updates for those events can be found here and here.

    "24 FPS (Frames Per Second)" is a weekly segment on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes," where we hear from local, independent filmmakers.

    In these segments, they tell us about being a filmmaker in Atlanta, their projects and the how-tos of film production.

    http://wabe.org/post/blood-guts-and-film-festivals

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  2. Atlanta Designer’s ‘Micro-mentaries’ Explore Creative Process

    This week, the design-focused people of the world descend upon Modern Atlanta’s Design Expo, architecture tour and talks.

    Kimberly Binns is one of those design people, but for her, design goes beyond just space and products.

    She has a degree in interior design, but she also makes short documentaries, which she calls “micro-mentaries.” It’s called the MAKER_ series, and she creates six-minute films that highlight the creative process of Atlanta artists or artisans.

    Binns has her own creative process. As a visual artist, she was a studio apprentice at Georgia’s Museum of Contemporary Art from 2013 to 2014. She is also the outreach coordinator for the art magazine nonprofit Burnaway and is a creative partner at the production and creative development firm Temporary Visionary.

    "24 FPS (Frames Per Second)" is a weekly segment on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes," where we hear from local, independent filmmakers.

    In these segments, they tell us about being a filmmaker in Atlanta, their projects and the how-tos of film production.

    http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-designer-s-micro-mentaries-explore-creative-process

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  3. Film Screening In Atlanta Pays Homage To Six Horror Periods

    For the past 75 years, a mysterious evil has killed several generations of a family – haunting a forest on their property.

    That’s the plot of “Solitude,” a horror film by Taylor Olson and Atlanta-based Livingston Oden.

    Shot in Minnesota, the film travels through six horror time periods. It pays homage to the campy monster movies of the 1930s, the Hitchcockian psychological style of the 1960s, the supernatural horror films of the 1970s, the slasher films of the 1980s, the found footage style – think "The Blair Witch Project" – of the 1990s and modern day horror.

    Oden and Olson used shooting methods that reflected each time period. For example, in the 1930s segment, the filmmakers used wide shots, as cameras had less mobility at that time.

    For the 1980s, they shot in color with bright neon tones. For the 1990s, the filmmakers used a camera that Olson had used when he was 10 years old.

    Oden and Olson also referenced specific films. For example, in the 1970s segment, they referenced a shot from "The Exorcist III."

    “Solitude” will screen this Sunday at the Plaza Theatre at 3 p.m.

    http://wabe.org/post/film-screening-atlanta-pays-homage-six-horror-periods

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  4. Atlanta Filmmaker Experiments With Cameraless Movies

    Think of the last film you saw. Maybe you were moved by the story, the characters or the subject. You probably weren’t moved by the actual film stock.

    That’s not the case for experimental filmmaker Robbie Land. He immerses himself in what film – that is, the actual material that makes a movie – can do.

    In his recent projects, Land’s been working with cameraless filmmaking. Instead of using a camera to capture images on film, he directly manipulates the film.

    One experiment was a film called “Contrails.” In it, he took images of airplane contrails – the cloud-like lines protruding from the back of airplanes in the sky – and imposed those onto the optical audio track on the film – the line of the side of film that houses the audio which isn’t seen when projected.

    For his film “Matters of Bioluminescence,” he was inspired by dinoflagellates, small plankton that glow.

    “I always wanted to film that, but unsuccessful,” said Land.

    Whenever he wanted to film, the dinoflagellates wouldn’t glow, but then if he was out kayaking without his camera, of course, the dinoflagellates would be glowing.

    Instead, Land collected fireflies and foxfire mushrooms, a fungus found in the North Georgia Mountains that glows. Again, though, he encountered some problems.

    “I didn’t want to pluck [the mushrooms] from their environment,” he said. He ended up growing mushrooms on logs in his shower. “I wanted to make it pure, but it just wasn’t happenings.”

    For both the fireflies and the mushrooms, he used light-sensitive film to capture their bioluminescence.

    He left the fireflies in a jar overnight with the film and then released them the next day. “These fireflies became the filmmakers,” Land said.

    “The work is a lot about the process,” he said. For him, the actual making of the film is more important than the end-product.

    That’s why a lot of his films are classified as “finished but still in progress.”

    Even though the film’s already been printed, Land is still trying to find a way to put the dinoflagellates into “Matters of Bioluminescence.”

    http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-filmmaker-experiments-cameraless-movies

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  5. Atlanta Filmmaker Tells A Vampire Story Without The Vampires

    While zombies might be surpassing them as the most popular supernatural beings, vampires are still quite trendy.

    In 2008, HBO debuted the spicy, Southern vampire show “True Blood,” closely followed by the teen-geared show “The Vampire Diaries.” In 2013, Jim Jarmusch released his independent vampire film "Only Lovers Left Alive." Then, vampire maven Anne Rice, who wrote about vampires before they were cool, released her 11th book in "The Vampire Chronicles" last year. All of this happened alongside the overwhelming “Twilight” franchise taking international audiences by storm.

    The blood-suckers have also made their way to Atlanta. Local filmmaker Bret Wood made his own vampire movie.

    “The Unwanted” is based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella “Carmilla,”a Victorian Gothic story about a young girl who falls prey to a female vampire named Carmilla.

    Wood’s story is based in modern day and set in a small town. "We jokingly refer to it a Southern Gothic-Lesbian-Vampire movie," Wood said.

    Carmilla is looking for her mother. While in the town, she forms a romantic relationship with Laura, whose overprotective father, Tony, abhors the relationship. Because Laura cuts herself and because of the family’s cyclical past, Tony is convinced that Carmilla is a vampire.

    But in the world of “The Unwanted,” vampires do not exist.

    “I’m fascinated by the Salem Witch trials and how people were executed for being witches.” Wood said. “But witches don’t exist to the degree that they are riding on brooms … That stuff couldn’t of happened and yet people were executed for those crimes. And so I carried that into the vampire world.”

    “The Unwanted” is available on DVD July 14.

    24 FPS (Frames Per Second)" is a weekly segment on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes," where we hear from local, independent filmmakers.

    In these segments, they tell us about being a filmmaker in Atlanta, their projects and the how-tos of film production.

    http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-filmmaker-tells-vampire-story-without-vampires

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  6. Steampunk Web Series Turns Atlanta Into Victorian London

    Sometimes, they frolic through Little Five Points, or once a year, you might seem them picnicking at Oakland Cemetery or stomping through Dragon Con. They are the Atlanta-area steampunks, dressed in Victorian-era garments mixed with elements of sci-fi and fantasy.

    Influenced by writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, the steampunk genre derives its name from 19th century steam-powered machinery. Steampunk appears in books, in fashion, in art, in television series and in movies. There are steampunk conventions, and steampunk is a popular cosplay style.

    In Atlanta, Dave Di Pietro created two episodes of a steampunk Web series that he hopes to turn into a full feature film. The idea for the film, however, has its origins in an advertising campaign.

    Di Pietro works at Museum Replicas, which makes steampunk merchandise. He specializes in off-beat promotions, so he decided to create some characters to advertise their goods.

    The campaign soon morphed into a whole steampunk universe. Di Pietro formerly worked at Paramount Pictures, so with that film experience in tow, he created "Archangel from the Winter’s End Chronicles." It follows the adventures of the Archangel, a vigilante in 1890s London, who fights a world-wide menace called the Legion.

    While set in London, everything was shot in Atlanta. A London market scene, for example, is really Pullman Yard, and the entrance to the underground lair of the Archangel’s resistance fighters is a tombstone in Oakland Cemetery.

    The two Web episodes of "Archangel" will air on PBA’s program "Atlanta Shorts" this Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 a.m.

    "24 FPS (Frames Per Second)" is a weekly segment on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes," where we hear from local, independent filmmakers.

    In these segments, they tell us about being a filmmaker in Atlanta, their projects and the how-tos of film production.

    http://wabe.org/post/steampunk-web-series-turns-atlanta-victorian-london

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  7. Filmmaker James Sizemore on how to make a demon costume.

    The films use practical effects. Sizemore has painted and experimented with clay for most of his life, but he is self-taught in makeup and mask-making. He develops all of the details of the monsters from tentacles and claws to horns and pointed fingernails. Making a mask, and an entire monster body suit for that matter, is a lengthy process

    http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-filmmaker-james-sizemore-builds-world-monsters

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  8. Atlanta Filmmaker James Sizemore Builds A World Of Monsters

    As the film industry booms, it’s almost normal to see synthetic zombies walking down Atlanta streets, fake fur werewolves scampering through fields or goat demons partaking in a witch’s ceremony.

    The latter is the case for James Sizemore’s most recent short film, "Goat Witch," which takes place in a monster world that he and his fellow writers at Black Rider Productions have been developing for over 10 years. The world straddles the human realm and an underworld called the Dark Womb, where monsters, gods and demons lurk. The tension in his films usually comes from a human tapping into the Dark Womb or a demon tapping into the human realm, which brings about some sort of evil.

    Also set in this monster world, Sizemore’s first film, "The Demon’s Rook," went on the horror film festival circuit in 2013 and 2014 with great success. His upcoming project, "Black Wolf," will introduce more characters from the Womb.

    Unlike the good-evil dichotomy in most horror films, Sizemore’s characters aren’t strictly evil or strictly good. For example, one character from "The Demon’s Rook," Dimwos, kills a human boy’s family, but of course, it’s for the sake of the entire cosmos.

    The films use practical effects. Sizemore has painted and experimented with clay for most of his life, but he is self-taught in makeup and mask-making. He develops all of the details of the monsters from tentacles and claws to horns and pointed fingernails. Making a mask, and an entire monster body suit for that matter, is a lengthy process:

    Though he has deferred most of the gore effects to his filmmaking team, Sizemore experimented with fake blood and guts in his earlier pieces. One of his favorite effects is the skin rips.

    "There’s just something about seeing someone’s skin stretched and pulled like taffy and loads of blood shooting out," he says.

    On his affinity for monsters, he says it’s a healthy and fun form of self-expression: "There’s a great big monster inside all of us, lots of monsters actually."

    "24 FPS (Frames Per Second)" is a weekly segment on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes," where we hear from local, independent filmmakers.

    In these segments, they tell us about being a filmmaker in Atlanta, their projects and the how-tos of film production.

    http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-filmmaker-james-sizemore-builds-world-monsters

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  9. Atlanta Filmmaker Mike Malloy Makes Sure The Tough Guy Survives

    In Westerns and crime movies, the tough guy is essential. He’s gritty; he’s intimidating, and he’s a fighter. He rarely smiles, and he never cries.

    Atlanta-based filmmaker Mike Malloy is a tough-guy expert.

    At 19, he got a contract to write a book about tough guy Lee Van Cleef. He’s been a tough guy in a couple of movies and has written screenplays featuring tough guys. He co-wrote the upcoming film “Django Lives!”

    A former film journalist, he covered a wide swath of cinema and tough guys.

    He also made a documentary about the tough guys in 1970s Italian crime movies. The documentary, “Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s,” features interviews with Italian and American actors who were in these films.

    “Italians were really fad-oriented. They didn’t have TV until the late ’70s, so they went to the movies four or five times a week,” Malloy said. “They produced more films than Hollywood ever did.”

    The Italian filmmakers drew from films from around the world, appropriating characters and pulling excerpts from scripts.

    Like Spaghetti Westerns, production on these Eurocrime films was rapid.

    “They didn’t use live sound. It [was] quicker to dub everything later,” Malloy said.

    Sets were also dangerous.

    “Actors, even big, big worldwide leading men were asked to perform their own daring stunts,” Malloy said.

    He explained the insanity of some of the stunts for actors like John Saxon. “The same year he co-starred with Bruce Lee in ‘Enter the Dragon,’ he was also over in Italy crouching for his life behind a car fender as they shot up the car with real bullets because it was just quicker and easier to use live ammo.”

    For more on crime, tough guys and Malloy’s projects, tune into the interview above.

    http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-filmmaker-makes-sure-tough-guy-survives

    —Huffduffed by mikeboas

  10. Obama Visits Marc Maron’s Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom : It’s All Politics : NPR

    Several months ago, the White House contacted the comedian to see if he’d be interested in having the president as his guest. "I just didn’t think that it would ever happen," Maron says.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/06/22/416481081/obama-visits-marc-marons-garage-cats-annoyed-they-were-shut-in-bedroom

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