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Preview: X-men Origins: Wolverine

I’m pretty excited about this film, seeing as how much X3 truly sucked, and how good of a character Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was becoming in X2. This one pretty much ignores all the problems with 3 and continues the character down that sort of path of memories.

On a further note, I am interested in this breed of film. Lately I have had the desire to make an action film similar in scope and technique to fantasy films such as the first two X-Men, to an extent the Blade Movies, and with a twist of Ryuhei Kitamura. I just bought his Ultimate Versus 3 Disc Collectors box, btw.

Anyways, I’ll update/edit this post more later, but I was just trying out this quick post thing for now. I’m really inspired by this trailer- the movie looks a lot of fun and the action looks fantastic, and Hugh Jackman is, as always, pretty badass.

News Package: War On Parking

Much like the last video I posted in my “catching up” post, which I’ve failed to keep my word at maintaining, this next package (filmed before the Skate package) was created by myself and news production (CMAT 373 at Salisbury, TAKE IT!) partner, Bryan Babcock. As in the last project, Bryan did the reporting, while I worked as cameraman (photog in the lingo).

Bryan’s connections and sources, combined with my knack for framing, netted us a huge A (97 or 98, I believe) on this project. I’ll be posting all of these to the films page soon under one post called “News Packages,” but for now, here’s a post from Bryan’s Youtube page. Also remember to look him up on

More videos from us are to come, as well as one or two where I actually do the reporting, one where a certain local Governor is featured, and eventually one where we show how one nearby-campus beer store is still making money; OFF OF MINORS!

This has seriously been my favorite class of the semester, and its the only one I’m really going to miss. Wait till you see Bryan’s documentary profile on me, and mine on him. Those are going to be classics.

I’ve Got Some Catching Up to Do

Here are some updates on our film making, and a few other notes. First in the news:

We’ve filmed a new movie with Future Film Makers called “Be a Dude, Man”- a quirky classroom comedy about a conflict resolution student who’s desk neighbor plans to kill him as soon as class lets out! Working with nearly 15 members of the Club, this is the biggest cast I’ve ever directed, and also one of the most diverse and cooperative.

In News Production (Videos WILL be posted soon), I’ve worked with Bryan Babcock (check out his feature length Documentary “Bicycle Man”) on 4 news packages, each one receiving excellent reviews from our teacher. We’re certainly top of the class over there. Here’s one of them:

Most of the credit on that one goes to Bryan.

Personal projects such as Clarity and Line of Sight are still in production but its been a bumpy road thanks to all the work I’ve gone through for school. I’ve been writing screenplays in Dr. Moeder’s classes, and those have gone, for the most part, well, and I hope to make some of them. I’ve written two essays for Film Genre, one on Eastern Promises and one on Brokeback Mountain. These will be included in the soon-to-come Essay’s portion of the website. I also wrote an essay on the Paradigm as guided by Syd Field, which has become a helpful tool in my story structure.

I’ve seen, what…three movies in theaters this semester? I know I saw Quarantine and Max Payne (reviews NEED to come, so far behind!), but I forget whatelse I’ve sat through. Quantum of Solace and Transporter 3 come out this month, so that’s what I’ll be looking forward to.

Other than that, it was this little news story that got me pumped to write again.

From always resourceful

Action heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li are in final negotiations to play the team of mercenaries in “The Expendables” for Nu Image/Millennium Films says the trades.

In “Expendables,” the main characters are sent to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator to liberate the population. Their team is “expendable,” hired to do jobs that no one else can or will.

Sounds simple. Even sounds really dumb. But hell, SOUNDS FREAKING AMAZING!

So I’ll try and catch up. At least this time I wasn’t a full month behind.

Future Film Makers Updates Fall 08

These are just some notes from our current semester’s meetings. Pictures of Progress at the Bottom!

Thanks Kara for taking the notes!

Notes from 2 October 2008:

Here are the key points and events that have happened this meeting:

The meeting went on for 1hr25min with 12 members present! Yay for everyone who showed up! We also had a new member show up as well.

There are two events that will be happening within the club:

  • A movie viewing will be taking place in GUC next to the Starnet Lock-in this Friday at midnight. Time is scheduled to vary depending on when members arrive. Also enjoy the Lock-in which begins at 6pm.
  • Horror Movie Maddness will be taking place NEXT Friday until Halloween night! It will be in Fulton 111 at 700 pm. It’s going to be lots of fun and you’ll get to see horror movies throughout the ages!

Tuesday night is banner decorating night!! This is for Homecoming week and the theme is ::drum roll:: GULL’S JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!!! We’ve brainstormed many ideas from Sammy’s Seagulls (spoof of Charlie’s Angels) to The Birds (yay Alfred Hitchcock!!!). Any other ideas will be appreciated as well.

Thomas England will be filming with Travis Carr on Sunday at noon. Get in contact with Thomas if you want to help or have any questions/comments.

There have also been movie concepts ideas about movies that will be potentially made from creepy stalker kids to what could be really going on next door.

Also, the Bulletin Board is in need of a little help and a make over as well! Help decorate whenever you can, be creative and come with any arts supplies you may have. Get in touch with Dylan for more information. Your help will be appreciated.

Have a great week and see you next meeting!

Notes from 25 September 2008:

This is what happened in the last meeting in case you missed something OR if you were not there:

The meeting ran for 1hr45min which is pretty good for the club and also a very good turn out: fifteen people!

We are going to be closely working with NBS and SU TV for broadcasting purposes and to get recognized by others. NBS meets will possibly be at 630 in the new building in room 152 or 154. Email Katie Edwards for more information or just hit her up on facebook. Message Eric Ware for more information on SU TV as it is believed that the meeting times and day will change due to conflict in class scheduling. They are looking for ideas for TV shows such as game shows so anyone can put in their input for an idea; just talk to Eric.

Movie Ideas So Far

Noisy Neighbors
-Day Dream gag flick where a guy is sitting in his apartment hears noises from the rooms next door and imagines what they could be. Hilarity ensues.
Matt Solomon

-College student Cory Hertz is failing English, and his tyeacher says that he must pass his research assignment or he’ll fail the semester. Determined to pass, he and his friend Douglas Perry stumble upon the story of Mea Briddel, a student who disappeared right before graduation. As they dig deeper they uncover a tale that they never imagined.

It’s basically a mystery horror, and it parallels the story of Mea Briddel before her disappearance and that of Cory and Douglas’

Mike Woodard

The Stranger
-The new guy at college meets an intoxicated girl, becomes obsessed, stalks her, and uhh…yeah. You get the idea.
Rob Cogdell

On Writing
-A college student is suffering writers block goes through hell trying to finish his paper. Drugs included.
Travis Carr

Untitled Keith Mathias Project
Geoff gets a call one day from a girl he hasn’t talked to in a while (friend from back in college). They get together and spend some time together. Kind of a sad/sappy/introspective look into what people REALLY do when they graduate college, and how feelings can carry over through time. Screenplay is about half done, no revisions as of yet.
Keith Mathias

That’s all for now!

Another Max Payne Video

I know I haven’t been around to do the site justice for a while, but I’m just getting used to school again. Everything will be returning to normal shortly. In the meantime enjoy another Max Payne featurette.