06 March 2010

Proof of Hyphenation for the Past Two Weeks

by Tyler Weaver.  Follow me on Twitter.

It's catch-up time here at MH.  Without belaboring the point, it's time to jump into TWO WEEKS worth of Hyphenation.  Watch out for these contributors - they hyphenate everywhere they go.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tyler @ marialokken.com: The Good, The Meh, The Gah: Behind the Rant by Tyler Weaver
Happy Monday, everyone.  I hope you're slowly moving towards something resembling "awake."  If not, remember that the robot in B-movies did alright with just flailing its arms around and wandering aimlessly.

But I'm not here to talk robots (as much as I'd like to talk about robots - hmmm... new post?), I'm here to give you a link to my newest article - this time on my television reviewing - on television producer Maria Lokken's website:
The Good, the Meh, the Gah - Behind the Rant.

Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND - A Review by Michael Wendt
When Paramount announced it would be delaying the release of Shutter Island due to monetary issues, I became A) pissed because I would have to wait and B) slightly worried. They may have said it was money issues, but usually a delay means that the studio and or filmmakers are not confident in the product, and February is not usually a month studios release high quality films in.  Well, I am happy to report that quickly into Martin Scorsese's latest, all fears were put to rest.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kapowing! The Kapow Color Pop by Katie Kapow
 As a photographer working in the digital age, I'm a firm believer in the magic of Photoshop. A small twist here or there can make the difference between something good and something wow-tastique! If you haven't noticed yet, I'm also a huge fan of colour. Turning the colours in my photos from normal to surreal is a constant of my work. In this installment of Kapowing, I wanted to share a simple technique to help make the colours in your digital photos POP!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Notes on Being Blank by Tyler Weaver
 At my left was my state of mind, approx. one hour ago.  The pain of wanting to write something, and not being able to.

Then it hit me. I've seen countless posts on that annoying question "where do you get your ideas?" and I decided that I would write about not having ideas.  If this post seems more stream of consciousness (IE rambling) than normal, deal.

Busting Your Boulders by Mike Elrod
It’s an obvious thing to point out that comics and graphic novels are a silent medium. Even with the addition of sound effects within the panels all of the audio comes from inside the reader’s head. Superman’s voice, the sound of Spiderman’s web shooters, and even the SNICKT of Wolverine’s claws only exist in our minds. For me, reading a good comic is like sitting down to watch a movie. The major difference however is the lack of a soundtrack. What makes this ironic for me is that most of my ideas for characters and stories come from listening to music.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Kickstarter Effect by Gary King
Have you made -- or ever wanted to make a feature film?  How far did you (or would you) go in order to get it done?

One of the most common questions I get asked is how did I finance my feature films NEW YORK LATELY and WHAT'S UP LOVELY.   While there is not one true approach, the answer always makes me reflect on how crazy I possibly am in being a filmmaker.

Would you be willing to quit your well-paying corporate day job and move to New York City?  Would you be willing to cash out your 401K to finance your first feature film?  Would you be willing to spend over an entire year (or longer) seeing a project through from start to finish?  If your answer is "yes" to those questions, then put on this straight jacket my friend and please join me in my padded cell.

Friday, February 26, 2010

News & Views from the Festival Circuit 2010 by Frederick Marx
At my world premiere screening two weeks ago, in front of an audience of ~ 300, the first image doesn’t come on the screen for the first 7-8 seconds.  The sound is fine, there’s music, but no picture.  Finally the image appears but only for 2-3 seconds and then the whole opening title is gone – nobody’s really had a chance to read it. 

The whole context of the film – the definition of the Boddhisattva Vow – is MIA.

One Month Later: The State of Hyphenation by Tyler Weaver
Before I dive into the gritty nitty, I have to offer all of MH’s readers (the longtime-faithful - when it was simply my personal blog - and the new readers) a heartfelt thanks.  The outpouring of support and the wonderful response to MH has been astounding. It's been a massive amount of work, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It’s worth every nanosecond of time I spend staring at HTML code, wondering “what the hell does THIS do?”

Just a little over a month ago, on January 25, I re-launched Multi-Hyphenate as the contributor-driven blog you see today; a creative-driven Huffington Post (minus the massive traffic - so far - and the increasingly sensationalistic headlines), for want of a better comparison.  I had no idea if it would work, as there’s really no precedent for something like MH in the creative world today - creative people from all artistic crafts and disciplines who actually DO creative things and control every aspect of their work from concept to distribution passing on their experiences and opinions to others.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kevin Smith's COP OUT - A Review by Michael Wendt
I have been a fan of Kevin Smith ever since I was encouraged to rent Mallrats back in high school. The frank dialogue made my dad and I laugh so hard we had to rent it more than once.  Smith is a filmmaker that has gone out of his way to be interactive with not only his fans but his detractors as well.  I have seen him speak on several occasions (even got to ask him questions!), bought his books, and am a faithful listener of his Smodcasts. However, after viewing his latest film (first as director for hire and first he didn't write), Cop Out , I reluctantly have to report that I found it to be just so-so. 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Untamed Wilds of Internet Video by Tyler Weaver   
The Internet has opened up countless avenues of distribution, demolished the wall between content creator and consumer, and turned every functional, DIY filmmaker into an entrepreneur.

Digital filmmaking has taken that which was once a cost-prohibitive form of storytelling expression and put it into the hands of anyone with a credit card or the quaint, yet popular bits of paper with dead guys on them.

Theatrical release has now become just but one option for the up & coming filmmaker; it has, in fact, become more akin to the amusement park than “cinema” in the traditional sense.

We have entered an age not of having, but of accessing.   DVD, Blu-Ray, all of those physical, tangible items of library-oriented film aficionados are dying a slow, utilitarian death, dealt by the hands of those that for so long, were in the position to control their content, distribution, and influence.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Muses & Monsters by Dolores Dagenais
Last night a huge vociferous wind sprang up along the coast, battering the clap board of the house and sheering off the metal shipyard that resides opposite with a nails on chalkboard screech associated with cats in heat or sea monsters, a leviathan of wind noise. I could hear the surf pounding the shore a block away and the salt air was leaking through the cracks in my old Victorian’s walls, burning my nasal passages with every weary breath.  

Needless to say sleep was playing coy, but although I could blame the wind and rain’s general noise level for my three hours of sleep, it wouldn’t be entirely true.  It is true that the wind knocking on the shingles was what woke me a 2am but it wasn’in fact what kept me awake. That particular assignment was snapped up by a stomach gripping realization that today is the first of March and we are now officially two months off of the release of my fifth and most complex album.
#makingcomics by Anthony Schiavino
Over the course of the last few days I’ve started something on Twitter that other people are doing called #makingcomics. It boils down to tips of the trade - or rather how I do things - in the process of making comics. I’ve been a designer for well over ten years (probably closer to 15) and an Art Director - be it my day job or my personal projects.  Being an indie creator you have to bear the load of multiple jobs. In my case I’m a writer, colorist, letterer, designer, and production person as well as editor, finding the creative people I work with.

In that time I’ve worked with some of the best people but I’ve also worked with my fair share of creators where it just didn’t work out. It’s not because they’re bad people by any means (even if they’ll feel a particular way about you after the fact). Like anything,  people gel or they don’t.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Commercial Conflict by Lee Bishop 
So here we are living in the world Tyler describes so well, everything going a mile a second, the future is here before we've taken a breath of the present, and people like us are trying to do everything we feel inspired to do.  God bless America.  Media is at our fingertips for the making.

And yet I've just recently had my TV turned off.  What's that all about?  My internal conflict over commercialism is coming ever more to the surface, because it's become part of my own life and career. And can I call it a career if I'm leaning towards a lack of intentional commercial involvement?

Friday, March 5, 2010

More Ruminations from the Festival Front Lines by Frederick Marx 
It’s a bit of a shock for me to experience the festival circuit now after a long layoff of some 15 years.  Whether it’s the recession or simply the New Economy, many festivals seem hard pressed just to get by.  Traveling with Hoop Dreams back when, I used to expect that festivals would fly me in and put me up.  Nowadays that is far from a given.  Maybe it’s just impossible to find airline sponsors.  With half the airlines in or just coming out of Chapter 11 no doubt they are very reluctant to become festival partners and offer free flights.  Still, it’s only reasonable for filmmakers to expect something from festivals in return for screening of their films.  If it’s not a flight and a hotel room then there should be a rental fee paid.  Something…   

Until next week...

Tyler Weaver is a filmmaker, writer, contributor to the pulptone.com website, and is the founder and EIC of Multi-Hyphenate... which you're reading right now.  He's currently making new things and yaks about that and more on Twitter under the creative guise of @tylerweaver.




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