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. Let’s Talk Native 10-18-15 part 2

    Let’s Talk Native with John Kane. With guest filmmaker Adrian Esposito.

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  2. Let’s Talk Native 10-18-15 part 1

    Let’s Talk Native with John Kane. With guest filmmaker Adrian Esposito.

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  4. IFH 001: Actor Robert Forster

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  5. ‘Bleeps And Blops’ No More: Video Game Music’s Evolution

    The arcade sound that accompanied the earliest video games more than three decades ago is as antiquated as “Pac-Man.”

    While Atari, a video game pioneer, has released an updated version of its classic 1980s joystick, the soundtracks packaged with today’s hottest gaming products have no throwback quality to them at all. They are utterly contemporary.

    As “City Lights” contributor Scott Stewart explained, the music has evolved with the games themselves – getting more sophisticated in theme and in conveying a sense of drama that goes beyond the predominant action and adventure genres.

    The music has gone “from bleeps and bloops to full-blown cinematic soundtracks,” Stewart said, reflecting a video game industry that has presented lucrative new opportunities for composers.

    Stewart and “City Lights” producer Erin Wright discussed some of the most notable video game music, from “Pac-Man” and “Tetris” in the 1980s to the “Assassin’s Creed” series and “Angry Birds.”

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.”

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  10. 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.

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