Sizzle – snip – pop!

Sometimes you shouldn’t give in to the most enticing course of action in life. And sometimes you should.

Be enticed by this music video from DB Cheng, shot in San Jose in a local club.

Jenn Grinels came ready to melt the ice in the drinks at this full out performance

I was proud to assist the production team for this work. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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Superhero, Spy, For Life!

In the summer of 2007, San Jose hosted its first ever 48 Hour Film Project. A number of highly entertaining films were made that year, but this one from the Smith Brothers topped them all.

They drew “Spy” for their genre and they were asked to include the line “I feel a little embarrassed.”

The judges loved this, the audience loved it, and we had to admit that it was an excellent start for San Jose.

Ohhhhh, I’m sooooooo scared!

One of the trickiest genres to draw in the 48 Hour Film Project is horror.  It’s easy to get many of the devices of horror right, but to make a watchable and interesting film created in just a weekend is quite a feat.  And of course the audience has see it all, so how could you possibly get it all put together with your non-existent budget, your non-existent schedule, and without having planned for making a horror film in advance (since you don’t know that this will be your genre)?

Well, this team from Minneapolis got all the details right, and we were amazed. So, apparently were the judges because this became the City Winner in a town where nearly 100 teams competed! We hope you enjoy The Grave Review.

We never did think that much of critics anyway.

The team that created this (from Token Media) shows some of its other content at: http://www.token.com/

Take a look and see what you think.

How Lucky Can You Get?

We really enjoyed the series of music videos for kids from Eric Herman. His “Elephant Song” is notorious for having built a fan base over time (5 million views over the years) and the animation by wife Roseanne and their daughter is fun and clever.  This song is one of our favorites.  We’ll feature some of the others at another time, but for now, get ready to get really lucky!

I was already pretty sure that you are not supposed to watch your lucky socks, but it’s good to have the confirmed.

One shot please!

I didn’t really get this one the first time through. I was lost in the inquiry of the story. Just WHAT are these people doing?

When I looked again, I could see the genius emerge like a crab from beneath a protective rock. The sheer lifting strength it took to get this story to us amazes me today. See if you can follow this frenetic pace and grasp the accomplishment that is rushing past you!

When I watch this, I am encouraged to swing for the fence!

Trust us, this is worth your 4 minutes