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1  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 15, 2017, 03:41 pm
I do visual effects with a small, six-person company which is a branch of a larger edit and sound facility (about 30 employees). 99% of the time, I'm working on commercials. Sometimes this involves compositing things from green screen shoots, or doing beauty retouching, removing unlicensed logos from billboards or clothes, or updating a product shot with new packaging if the company has changed their label design but wants to use the same commercial. Basically anything you could do in Photoshop, I do in a program called Flame, on moving footage.

Most of that work isn't terribly exciting, but the methods are meditative, require some problem solving, and that can be satisfying. And every once in awhile I get to work on an interesting [mildly NSFW] music video or an Oscar-winning film which is pretty cool.

I started this career eight years ago getting coffee for clients and managing a tape library. Nine months after that I became an assistant, and I've officially been a lead artist for two years now. All of my coworkers are awesome and my boss has a good sense of the importance of work-life balance (even if clients don't, sometimes) so it's a good gig.
2  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: July 25, 2016, 02:02 pm
Vulture did a solid A-Z of references too: http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/stranger-things-film-reference-glossary.html

I loved the kid actors, especially Eleven, and the aesthetic was executed pretty much flawlessly (though I wish they had used practical effects- the CG pulled me out of it, even though it was decent for a tv budget). If you're enjoying the atmosphere, it's totally still fun to watch. Just don't hold your breath for it to resolve with any kind of coherent logic!
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: July 25, 2016, 09:24 am
Super charming and fun and silly. I thought Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones were both a bit underwritten but brought a lot to what they were given. The pace didn't leave much room for character moments to breathe, but that is a pretty minor complaint. Kate MacKinnon is a dreamboat. I was more affected than I expected to be just by seeing women on-screen, being competent and supportive of each other, in functional clothes, and making jokes. By MacKinnon's big action scene towards the end I honestly was tearing up a bit. So refreshing.

Stranger Things
I loved the 80s style/homage and it made me want to dig out the Stephen King books I re-read obsessively as a tween, and the cliffhanger endings successfully manipulated me into binge-watching the entire series. By the end, though,
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In an interview with The Duffer Bros, they talk about how films like Stand By Me or E.T. really hit home when they were kids because they were reminded of their own friends and family. But rather than create a story inspired by real friendships, with all the little quirks and details that bring those to life, they created a story inspired by stories inspired by real friendships. The quirks are all recycled from film tropes; no character ever does or says anything that is outside of the specific types that they've resurrected from these existing films. Ultimately disappointing.
4  Forum / Food / Re: WHat is Kwinawa? on: July 23, 2016, 09:01 am
Why didn't I know David Lynch made cooking videos? Why isn't this a series??
5  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anonymous Facebook Status Thingies on: July 10, 2016, 01:00 pm
Racists think we're all as dumb as they are.

"everyone's behavior is the root of the problem for everything", is that REALLY the insightful message you're trying to get across?
6  Forum / Linkies / Re: Long Reads- Journalism, Essays, Fiction on: June 24, 2016, 02:30 pm
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

You guys, the prison-industrial complex in America is, and has been for a long time, irrevocably fucked. No person, innocent or guilty, deserves to be treated this way. And no employee of the prison should have to condition themselves to dehumanize other human beings this way. It's a cancer.
7  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: June 12, 2016, 01:23 pm
This weekend I binged all of Netflix's The Characters. Each episode stars a relatively-unknown comedian in a series of loosely-joined, filmic sketches. The content is completely up to the comedian and their collaborators, so the episodes vary a bit in quality, but when it's good, it reaches a pinnacle of gorgeous, absurd, genius.

In order of pure enjoyability, Natasha Rothwell, Kate Berlant, John Early, Paul W. Downs, and Tim Robinson were all pretty great. Lauren Lapkus is talented, but her episode was more misses than hits for me, and I turned off Henry Zebrowski's episode after about five minutes that included some pretty unacceptable brownface. Finally, the Dr. Brown episode is more experimental short film than a comedy sketch, but for that, it verges on brilliant.

The AV Club reviews/comments were pretty wildly divided between "this is great" and "this is completely unwatchable"; have any of you guys checked this out yet?
8  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: March 01, 2016, 10:11 am

This struck me as an especially odd way to draw a map. Why not just use a map? This makes it seem like New York isn't anywhere near the Atlantic Ocean, Louisiana borders Oklahoma, Idaho is on the west coast... just a weird choice.
9  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Twitter on: February 09, 2016, 08:24 pm
Welp, that's Kanye off the Knowles-Carter Christmas card list.
10  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Kanye West Thread on: January 26, 2016, 03:44 pm
11  Forum / Linkies / Re: POLITICAL ADs on: January 15, 2016, 01:21 pm
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC6H-8hktFE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC6H-8hktFE</a>
Right to Rise is Jeb Bush's superPAC, btw.
12  Forum / General Discussion / Re: NEW YORK PEOPLE on: November 02, 2015, 07:32 pm
You should absolutely visit the Museum of the Moving Image while you're here! No snow leopards, I'm afraid, but consistently awesome special exhibits and a varied, interesting permanent collection.
13  Forum / General Discussion / Re: I got married on: October 27, 2015, 10:37 am
Congratulations you crazy kids! That last picture of you two is just adorable.
14  Forum / General Discussion / Re: NEW YORK PEOPLE on: October 27, 2015, 10:36 am
I'm leaving town for Christmas but will be back by Jan 1st, let's hang out!!
15  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Kanye West Thread on: August 31, 2015, 11:51 am
WOW Taylor Swift is condescending.
16  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anonymous Facebook Status Thingies on: August 20, 2015, 09:30 am

A lot of fictional cartoons and lullabies for children derive from stories of death and evil dramatic as it sounds, why so?

whoa messed up if true
17  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anonymous Facebook Status Thingies on: August 12, 2015, 04:24 pm
I came across one of my old high school science teachers on fb and he's worse as a person than he was a teacher (and he was a very bad teacher):

Cool! Cool person molding the minds of our nation's youth.
18  Forum / AV Club / Re: What book(s) are you reading right fucking now on: August 07, 2015, 12:17 pm
Ooh I just finished Beloved a couple weeks ago. So good. Morrison gets right to the heart of what freedom means to a person, what it means to have it taken away. She punctures the myth of "nice" slaveowners really effectively, too. It should be required high school reading.
19  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: August 02, 2015, 09:26 am
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDbqcMfUdlI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDbqcMfUdlI</a>

These six brothers have been kept in their Lower East Side apartment by their parents for their entire lives- getting outside a couple times a year, max. Their perceptions of the outside world are shaped almost completely by films- their dad has a collection of thousands. They make their own versions of their favorites, Be Kind Rewind style, meticulously transcribing the scripts by hand and typing them up with a typewriter, making elaborate costumes and props out of what's on hand. It's great, and really moving, because in spite of their restricted, emotionally volatile upbringing, the kids are charming, funny, introspective, and thoughtful. Just really lovable and sympathetic as documentary subjects; the filmmakers were given a lot of access and made an excellent film out of it.
20  Forum / AV Club / Re: MOTHERFUCKING MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on: July 03, 2015, 07:32 pm
I finally FINALLY got to see this and I loved it so much. Tonally it felt a little bit like Snowpiercer, with this really heightened reality and comic book sensibility, buuut everywhere that Snowpiercer fell kind of short or got muddled, Fury Road just nailed it. So much characterization in so few lines of dialogue, everyone was awesome and human for such an overblown, ridiculous setting; I loved it and want to watch it again immediately.
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