Mar 17 2009

Stephen Colbert, Greenscreens, ILM

[This is oooold, but I just discovered it in my drafts and realized I never published it…]

ILM compositors have never met a greenscreen they didn’t like. And when Stephen Colbert appeared in front of one while making tons of Star Wars references, a group of ILMers thought it would be fun to do something with that footage. So they roughed out some ideas, pitched them to the company and it was a go. Their effort paid off. Not only was their work featured on The Colbert Report, but those bastards friends of mine got to fly to New York and meet Stephen Colbert himself. They said he’s very tall and very, very loud. Needless to say I was ridiculously jealous.

Here’s the episode that got things started (btw, this is my home district and I absolutely adore Lynn Woolsey) (link to Comedy Central):
The Beginning

And here is ILM’s submission along with the guest appearance by George Lucas (links to Comedy Central):
The Finalists
The Winner
The Lightsaber Duel

Later and more recently (during the 2008 Presidential Election), Stephen issued another greenscreen challenge, this time asking viewers to use footage of McCain to make him More Exciting. While there were no official entries from ILM, one ILMer did submit two bits that made it onto the Colbert Report: John Knoll. (Yes, that John Knoll.)

Anyway, here are his McCain Challenge submissions (links to youtube):
Blue Suede Shoes
Oscar Acceptance Speech

I love that one of the comments about these vids on that youtube channel is: “you have some l33t chroma-key skills!” Yes… yes he does.


Feb 2 2009

25 Random Things About Me

From Facebook. Yeah, I actually took the time to do this. Actual list is after the jump…

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you (OR because I’ve ALREADY enjoyed reading your random facts!). You don’t have to feel obliged to complete the 25 Random Things, just know I thought of you!

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.) Continue reading


Nov 29 2008

Gobbledy Guck

Happy Thanksgiving!

I tried a little experiment this year. I gave up my fave garlicky mashed tators for a root veggie stew (turnips, celery root, butternut squash, wild rice, cranberries) rolled up in crispy, flakey, lightly browned filo dough. Sounds delicious, no?

OOPS! Filo dough needs to thaw for eight freaking hours. OOPS! Filo dough needs come to room temperature for two hours after thawing. OOPS! It’s hypersensitive to overcooking. OOPS! I forgot to put the turkey day spices in the root veggie stew until near the end. That all added up to a fairly tastey if strong stew concoction inside a completely inedible rubber shell of filo. Sigh…

As for the rest of the meal it was lovely. Let’s see if this activates the salivary glands of you omnivores:

Mycoprotein veggie Quorn loaf in lieu of turkey. Mmmm… No, seriously. It was really good. I think I liked it as much as Tofurkey except that Tofurkey gives you more leftovers. I also made a tasty fruit stuffing with pecans, cranberries, apricots and toasted wheat bread. Last but not least, I made some gravy which I’m going to add to my year-round cooking. It’s crazy tasty and would go awesomely with smoked tempeh. Oh! And of course, I finished up dinner with store-bought vegan Apple Streusal Crunch pie and some Boulder Vanilla ice cream.

Anyhow, that’s my story. The meal literally took me from 3pm from prep to 8pm eatin’ time due mainly to being a one-man job and having only one oven to work with.

The rest of my weekend has been very mellow. I can’t believe tomorrow is Sunday already. I can’t wait for Christmas break to visit friends and family! My brain has already switched off at work; don’t tell the boss. Cheers all and Happy Thanksgiving! The full recipes I used are after the jump… Continue reading


Jul 18 2008

Joss much?

As much as possible: Buffy, Angel, Firefly… and now… Dr. Horrible! Thank you Mr Whedon!