Taking some of the lighting classes during training at the new job reminded me of the little research paper/website i did in a stage lighting class at Clemson on Director of Photography, Conrad Hall. I was hoping all the links still work, and well most of them do.
Kate and I headed over to The Arclight for the first time tonight. I heard about this special screening of “How the West Was Won”. I’m not an old movie guy, or even a guy who watches westerns, but I like going to the movies, and this seemed interesting. They showed the film in it’s original 3-stip Cinerama format. It’s kind of a crazy method for large format movies. It was filmed with three sepereate cameras and then projected with three projectors on one screen.
Notice the blurring line, that is where two of the images blended together
The edges are lined up, and you get this huge picture. I guess it was kinda like the IMAX of the 1960s, but only two movies were made with the process. So, now I can say I’ve seen it. Seeing crazy stuff like this is one reason i really like LA.
So, nothing too exciting to report. Mostly just lots of training classes on tools that Sony uses. One think i can say is that this place is much bigger than Rhythm and Hues. There are so many projects going on. All of them look really exciting from what i have seen.
I can’t wait to see what will happen in the coming weeks.
The second trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is out. Download it now, and watch it over and over again.
*Note: I made the flags and the polar bear hair blow in the wind in the front view shot of the Witch’s chariot, drawn by polar bears
Wow!.. I’m excited!
Download Trailer #2 (.mov) ~52mb
Another fun day. We drove over a very foggy Golen Gate Bridge, and then up to the Muir Woods.. hopefully we got some good pictures there.. it’s very beautiful. Then we drove by Pixar Animation Studios, no chance of getting inside, but it was still fun to say I found the place.
Well, more later.. hopefully more photos.
Outside of Pixar
Today was a good day. We got moving around 9am, ate bagels at this place called David’s two doors down from the hotel. We then walked down to the cable car station at Market & Powell St. We took that all the way up to Fisherman’s Wharf, picked up our pre-paid tickets for Alcatraz (glad we did that cause they were all sold out), and left for Alcatraz at 11:45. Alcatraz is definately the big tourist location for San Francisco, but it was cool. I learned a little, and it made me want to learn more about the place. I had my first audio tour, which i found very informative. It also made me want to learn more about the real nasty people that they had there, and I want to see that “Escape from Alcatraz” movie with Clint Eastwood, which i found out is pretty accurate as to how they escaped. At least from what they know.
After some exploring, we came back to Fisherman’s Wharf, then down to Ghirardelli Square where we got some free samples, and bought some wonderful chocolate stuff.
We were getting hungry, and we read about a burger place in out Frommer’s book, so we walked down Columbus Ave. till we got Washington Square park, then a couple of blocks away to Mo’s Gourmet Burgers. Nothing too fancy, but it was good burgers and fries.
Washington Square Park
We then walked down Grant Ave. through Chinatown. It was my first, and I think Katie’s first time through a chinatown in any city, and it was pretty cool.
I really wanted to check out the Super7 store where I knew they sold all the E-ville press comics that the Pixar guys had done, so after chinatown, we got on the cable car on California Ave., over Nob Hill until it ended, katie got some Starbucks at an interesting Starbucks/Wells Fargo Bank, walked around Pacific Heights a little, then walked down to Post, and finally found Super7. It was much smaller than I imagined, but they had all the books I was looking for. I have to admit I spent more money there than I had expected.
We then walked back to back up Post, and then Gheary to our hotel, and crashed,.. and well I just woke up from a nap and decided to jot down our adventures before I forgot them… so there you go.