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February 2010 Archives - paul andrew skidmore
Feb 21

parabolos team member william cavataio has done some great work for us on the Sleepwalking website!  an interim page is up that has some more information on it than the previous teaser page.  check out the interim page and consider donating!  we’re still a few hundred shy of our proposed budget.  every little bit helps.  thanks in advance!


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Feb 20

man… what a week…

i’m really drained, but the good kind.  i will sleep like a baby tonight!  a baby that sleeps well… through the night for 8 hours or more… and then wakes up without crying and can fix french toast for itself.

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Feb 20

new incarnation of the Sleepwalking webpage going up sometime tonight.  this is a major step for us, as it will be the first time the film webpage will feature verbs.*  i can’t wait to really spend some time on the website after production is over.  i think it’s going to be really cool.

but feel free to go ahead and check out the site now.  it’ll give me something to look at when i refresh my Google analytics dashboard tomorrow.  also, be sure and click on the button that says “Donate” and do WHATEVER IT TELLS YOU.  thanks.

one last thing!  if you’re an iPhone owner, add sleepwalking.parabolos.com to your home screen… we made a little custom button for it.  we did the same for the parabolos website as well.

* – i’m aware “donate” is a verb.  that was more a Steve Martin** reference than anything else.
** – Steve Martin the stand-up comedian, not the Final Cut Suite Trainer as featured on rippletraining.com, though that Steve Martin is also amazing at what he does.

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Feb 14

from WIRED:

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

have faith in failure.  especially when it comes to building a team or the creative process, value mistakes, embrace them.  i always encourage young filmmakers to fail as often as possible in the beginning.  much better to fail on a 5-minute class project than on a $20,000 short after you graduate.  what many try to dismiss as useless or a waste of time may actually be the very thing that makes you a better filmmaker… better than you are now, maybe better than those filmmakers you already admire.

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Feb 13

sleepwalking.parabolos.com

parabolos is well into pre-production on Sleepwalking, a 20-minute short film that serves in many ways as a great test run for a lot of the processes we’ve been developing for a while.  we’re working out the kinks in protocol, advertising, communication… and we’re one of the few groups of people i know actually using google wave.  it’s still in beta, but has become a great tool for us.  i really hope google and apple can keep their relationship amicable.  that would make me a happy little filmmaker.

you can click on the link above for a teaser site.  featured near the bottom is the paypal Donate button; if you’d like to contribute to our film production, we’d gladly thank you!  i’ll posting every now and then over the next few weeks with updates about the production, and we’ll have a full website for the film up and running before too long.


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Feb 07

you may be asking yourself the same question.  i mean, not about yourself, but about me.  so it would be a different question, as it would be in 2nd person, and not come off as either philosophical or crazy.  but the essence of our two questions would be quite similar.

what was i talking about?

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Feb 03

over the next few weeks, i’ll be doing a series on parabolos portable production.  the past few films i’ve worked on have allowed me to realize the possibility of modern technology to really revolutionize the way parabolos (my film production company) does film production.  the change is huge whether i’m approaching it as a director, a producer, or a 1st AD.

with the proliferation of smartphones, laptops, new devices like netbooks & the iPad, and ever expanding, ever faster Internet connections, film production has the potential to be more simple, streamlined, economical, and portable than ever.  while many filmmakers are already harnessing this power on their own, i’ve had some great trial-by-fire experience and developed some workflows that others may find useful.  i am sharing them here as i feel that, while content must be secured and kept secret as a precious, intimate commodity, process must be shared if we are going to advance the artform and develop it artistically.

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