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Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in Brett's LiveJournal:

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016
8:31 pm
I still have a LiveJournal?
I'm mostly posting this so that my calendar view will now include a more recent year than 2008.

So...uh...how about all of those crazy things happening in the current news of 2016. Pretty wild stuff.

Welp, this has been fun!

Current Mood: LOLTRUMP!
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
10:05 pm
Dost mine eyes deceive me?
Is it for real? Has Barack Obama legitimately and decisively won the presidency? Not that I didn't think he'd win, but I'm still somewhat in shock from the events of the past few days. Think about it: he is our first multi-racial president. 43 other lily white, European-blooded presidents over the past 219 years, and then BAM! The White House just got some color! What's so amazing to me about this is not the fact that we're going to have a black president; I believe we've been ready for that for a while. What gets me is that race was ultimately not a hindrance in this election. Was it a factor? Of course. There will always be racists who vote with their ignorance, but race did not determine the outcome of this election. Obama ran a strong campaign with clear ideas. Despite a whole lot of desperate muck flung at him from his opponent, he stayed the course, without faltering from his principals. He never resorted to name calling, and he shed most of the dirt as if made of teflon. THAT is why he won the election. Not because white people voted against him or black people voted for him. He won because he was the better candidate. His victory is historically significant. He will now be mentioned along with the likes of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. While he never suffered the way they did, he has paved the way for young, non-white Americans, and set the bar that much higher. A positive black role model has ascended to the highest elected office in the land. As a white, middle class man, I'll never truly appreciate what this means to the black community, but I can empathize, and I feel as proud and happy for my country as I ever have. We won't truly know the global significance of this victory until all traces of the Bush regime have exited the White House, but suffice it to say that we just gained some street cred with the world.

On the eve of the election, Matt and I gathered with 8 close friends in our apartment in Harlem to watch the round-the-clock news coverage, and enjoy some dinner and drinks. What better place to watch as our first black president won the election then in Harlem, one of the blackest areas of New York City? The feeling in the air was electric, and we all knew that Obama's victory was imminent, it was just a matter of when. We had the champagne chilling for that exact moment. That moment came at 11 pm, and as Jon Stewart delivered the news, we made a toast and literally ran into the streets of Harlem where we were met with throngs of elated locals who had flooded the streets. Car horns blasted, people waved signs and banners, and seemingly every able bodied native of Harlem found his or her way down into the streets. 8 blocks down on 125th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., a rally had formed around a gigantic monitor that was brought out for the occasion. Thousands of people gathered at this iconic crossroads to watch President Elect Barack Obama's speech to the nation. Governor David Paterson was on hand to deliver a speech to the masses, near the statue of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. who, incidentally, was the first black man from New York to be elected to Congress in 1945. Words do no justice in describing this moment. The bliss that was in the air was much more akin to New Year's Eve, or a big sports team victory than an election. I brought my video camera along, and I share with you the video I took from the event. It pales in comparison to what it was actually like to be there, but you at least get an idea.

Just as people who remember where they were when MLK delivered his "I have a dream" speech, I will always remember being in the center of Harlem as Obama first addressed the nation as President Elect.  I know it brought a tear to my eye, and I suspect I wasn't alone.  For the first time in a long time, it feels really good to be an American.

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
3:00 pm
I've been busy lately trying to find work. The threat of running out money looms ever present, so I've made efforts recently to try and avoid the breadline, as it were. This fear has led to productiveness, as I've both updated my voice-over demo reel, and created a long overdue acting reel for myself. I finally added the Disney on Ice spot I did last year to my reel. I should have done it a lot sooner, but better late than never. Check it:


And here's the reel:

Watch Brett Vanderbrook's Reel in Video Blogs | View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

I really need some more substantial recent material. The newest piece on there comes from Captain S, and that was a year and a half ago. Some of those clips are over 4 years old, as is evident by the increased fatness. Hopefully the creation of the reel will lead to work that I can add to it, so I can lose the old stuff. Onward!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
10:05 am
Lamentation of a freelancer
I'm not what you call a 9 to 5er.  I don't have an office that I go to, I don't clock in anywhere, and weekends mean as much to me as tuesday.  The downside to this, of course, is that my income is far less than what is considered desirable.  In fact, the words "unhealthy" "insane" and "sweating bullets" have all been used to describe my livelihood.  Nevertheless, I somehow manage to get by on the little jobs I can find here or there.  These jobs are generally found through a variety of means, be it through a friend or contact, or on the internet.  There are a plethora of casting services available for use over the internet; some come at a cost while others are free.  One of the old standbys is Craigslist.  Everyone has used it, we all know how it works.  Don't get me wrong, it's become a cornerstone of the internet when it comes to finding everything from jobs to free stuff in your community, and its value can hardly be measured.  But the major downside of Craigslist is that anyone and everyone can post without a screening process.  This leads to a high number of scams and ripoffs.  It's true that many of these are flagged by the Craigslist community, and deleted by administrators, but what happens when the post is technically not breaking any rules?  I'm talking about the conniving sons of bitches out there who prey on young, naive freelancers by offering work for little to no pay.  This generally affects those of us who work in creative fields.  You'd never see an ad for a plumber that said something like "I need my sink unclogged.  There's no pay involved, but if you unclog that drain really well, I'll make sure to tell all my friends about you."  When put into this light, it sounds preposterous, right?  Why then is this such common practice for jobs involving creative types?  I offer this Craigslist ad up as evidence:

Cameraperson needed (NYC)

Looking for a cameraperson (with camera) to shoot my reporter reel!

The camera also needs a stick microphone.

This is unpaid, but great experience! I can give you a copy of the reel and a recommendation (by day I am a tv producer).

Days to shoot: Saturday October 4th, Sunday October 12.
Please reply with your experience and what type of camera you have.

Let's break this down.  So, you're a TV producer.  Right off the bat that should sound alarm bells because this is a very vague professional tag.  I could be an associate producer on a cable access show and call myelf a TV producer.  If the TV producer was worth his or her salt, why on earth does he/she need to come to Craigslist for someone to shoot a reel?  Don't you...work in a TV studio?  Aren't there...cameras and paid operators everywhere?  You should have connections up the wazoo!  But for argument's sake, let's ignore that fact.  So you want someone to film your reel for you.  You don't have any equipment, you want to use theirs.  So you want their talent, their time, and their equipment...but you aren't going to pay them.  Is anyone else scratching his head?  Is this how our world works?  We're expected to give up our precious, precious time and wear down our expensive equipment on the empty promise that you'll say nice things about us to your supposed co-workers?

This is FUCKED up!

I wish this was an isolated post, that it was something that rarely ever occured, but if you sort through the "creative" and "talent" sections of Craigslist's job postings, you'll find this is the rule, not the exception.  Thankfully I have been doing this long enough, and have enough good sense to begin with, to smell this bullshit from a mile away.  But I know that there are plenty out there who don't or can't.  This "TV Producer" will likely get a response, will get that reel for free, and the poor schmuck who films it will never see a dime or get any more work from the experience.  This will happen day after day after day, and that's sad.  There are resources out there for young freelancers that are easy to obtain, and would prevent becoming the victim of this kind of manipulation, but I fear that many simply don't take advantage of them, and end up getting taken advantage of themselves.

Current Mood: Wait...WHAT?
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
1:36 am
Have you played Forumwarz yet?  You really should.  Like an RPG, but instead of soldiers, demons, and wizards, there are camwhores, trolls, and emo kids.  It's an extremely tongue in cheek game that allows YOU to pwn the internet.  It takes all basic premises and rules of RPG games, but turns them into a simulated cyber-world. 

Your job is to spam message boards and get paid for it.  You have an AIM-like service where important characters will message you with missions and tasks to complete.  The more missions you complete, the more money you accumulate, and the more experience you gain.  Everything has its own name in the game.  Money is called "flezz."  Experience points are "ego."  Rather than magic, each class has its own special ability.  Trolls have "douchebaggery."  Camewhores have "sexiness."  Emo Kids have "tears."  You can use these special abilities to launch attacks in forums you're trying to spam.  I chose the rank of troll, and some of my attacks include posting spoliers, typing annoying text, making pictures using letters and punctuation, and insulting people. 

There are many other amusing nuances of the game that closely mirror RPGs, yet keep in the context of this made up internet browser.  The game is worth checking out, and a lot of fun to play when you're putzing around on the web.  Afraid of getting addicted?  The game has a built in play limit that only allows you to "pwn" 4 forums a day.  Now it's true that if you don't play for a few days, those will accumulate, but it still provides a barrier that you must wait to bypass.  Which is great for those of us with addictive personalities.

If you do head over, my name is Brettypoo.  Friend me!
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
12:33 pm
Be careful what you wish for...

For some time now I've been saying I want to give up bartending, that it eats up too much of my time (albeit puts bread on my table,) and makes it too hard to focus on the real reason I'm in New York City.  Well, that's no longer an issue because yesterday I got fired.

I didn't get fired for being late, or stealing money, or drinking on the job.  No, I got fired because they (and I quote exactly) "Want to go in a new direction."  When I asked for clarification for this innocuous, ambiguous reason, I was told "sales aren't good enough during the day."   The owners, who are rarely if ever there, fired me completely on the basis of numbers during the slowest time in the restaurant business year.  t's so arbitrary, because my shift ends at the same time another bartender's starts, and a lot of time I have to transfer some of my checks to him, since everyone I have been taking care of at the bar doesn't get up and leave when my shift ends.  This makes his numbers look better, and mine look worse.  Plus, I only work 3 out of the 7 days during the week.  Funny enough, they fired the head bartender not even a month ago because sales were down at night, and they "wanted to go in a new direction."

So let me get this straight.  Sales are down during the day.  Sales are down during the night.  Doesn't that mean...sales are just down?  Maybe it's not your bartenders.  Maybe it's the recession.  Or the fact that it's winter.  They hired a new bartender for the night shift, and it hasn't seemed to make much of a difference, because just last week they implemented late night specials to try and bolster business.

It's my nature to take things personally.  It's a character flaw that I recognize.  This will bother me for a while, even though there wasn't anything I could have done to prevent it.  I'm a good bartender.  I take care of people without ever being nasty or inattentive.  The owner himself admitted I know more about beer than he does.  It simply came down to a number in a book.  I'm relieved to be released from the chain around my ankle, but at the same time, I'm pissed at the manner in which the split occurred.  I didn't burn any bridges, I left in a civil fashion, but I will likely never set foot in any of their establishments again.

Current Mood: pissed off
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
11:17 pm
Funny Games trailer
I finally saw the trailer to Funny Games tonight, the film I did stand-in work on last year.  I actually don't think the trailer is very good, although I could see why a movie as fucked up as Funny Games would be difficult to sum up into a 2 minute sound bite.  Anyway, check out the vid.  I stood in for the shorter blond guy (no, not the little kid,) played by Brady Corbet.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
3:08 am
A little plug
I know I don't find my way around this site as much as I did say, in college.  But I do value its function of reaching a lot of people I don't get to talk to much all at once.  So give me just a few paragraphs of your time.

As most of you probably know, I'm part of a production company called PBC Productions.  We started a little over a year ago, and are still going strong today.  As a matter of fact, so strong that none of us sleep much anymore.  We spend virtually every waking moment working on videos, promotion, new ideas, etc.  Lately, we've been preparing big time for MAGFest, which is a video game convention in the DC area.  We have a LOT in the works for this con including the complete Captain S season 1 DVD, Captain S soundtrack completely re-mastered, a new t-shirt featuring NES and the Game Genie.  Somehow the planets have aligned, and everything we promised we'd be bringing...we're bringing.  The DVD looks amazing and is being printed now.  I'm listening to the completed soundtrack, which is also being printed, and the t-shirts will be ready by new year's eve.

So here is my little plug.  Please, check us out.  If you haven't ever been to the site, or if you just haven't been since we finished Captain S in May, take a trip back to pbc-productions.com.  We release a new video EVERY single week, without fail.  We're on the brink of finally making a little bank on the blood, sweat, and tears that we've poured into this operation over the past year, and we need all the support we can get.  Subscribe to us on iTunes and youtube, friend us on myspace, join our messageboard.  Thanks for your support guys!




Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
12:51 am
You know what I hate almost as much as the Dallas Cowboys? (besides the Yankees and the Flyers. By the way...GO INDIANS!!!!!!!) The biased fucking ESPN announcers who still had nothing but positive things to say about them after that atrocious game. 6 turnovers! 2 INTs for touchdowns! 103 yard kickoff return for a touchdown!

Know what I saw tonight? I saw one of the only undefeated teams left in the NFL barely score a last-second, one-point, come-from-behind victory against the 32nd ranked defense in the league. The Cowboys aren't even in the same UNIVERSE as the Patriots or the Colts and they're going down next week.


Current Mood: pissed off
Friday, October 5th, 2007
12:50 am
2 days at the House of Brews and I can already tell this place is going to be a godsend. The money is good, the customers are fun, and I get to basically just pour beer all day. Oh, and I was totally wrong with the number of beers we have. We have almost 30 just on tap, plus another 60 some odd kinds in bottles bringing the total number of beers to just under 100. I love it. We're encouraged to try the beers out so we can describe them to people, and since beer is already something I feel fairly well versed in, talking beer with people has been a lot of fun. Seriously, though, it's pretty dead between 11-4, so if you work in midtown or have the day free, please stop in and keep me company. We have pretty decent bar food there and obviously a tremendous selection of beer. Plus we have 7 TVs with every sports package under the sun. 46th and 9th. Stop by!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
12:10 pm
First of all, thanks to everyone who gave me music suggestions. I'll do my best to try out all of them and see if I can't update my playlist.

Been pretty busy lately. I just got a new bartending gig uptown. Yes, I officially left Harbour Lights, and I will now be working behind the sticks at the House of Brews on 46th St. near 9th Ave. And it's actually a bar, not a restaurant with a bar. They serve food, but their specialty is beer. They have over 30 different kinds in house. My first shift is tomorrow from 11-7. My buddy Mike helped me get the job. I helped him get a job at Harbour Lights last year, and when he left last month to go to the House of Brews, I told him to put in a good word for me. He did, and I got an interview with the manager about 2 weeks ago. They tried me out last week and a few days later I got a call saying I had the job. I'll more than likely be working 11-7, mon-wed, fri, and sat to start, so if you're in midtown, stop in for a beer!

PBC has been kept occupied with our own material (filler fridays, Puppet Rampage doc, etc.) as well as work for some other people. Through a contact Chad made, we were hired to film a pilot for a cooking show. It was very low budget, but it has one of the contestants from Top Chef as the co-host. I really make it a point not to watch reality TV, but for those who indulge in it, his name is Cliff. He's a big, muscular black guy who was on last season I believe. If it rings a bell, he was actually voted off the show not because of his cooking, but because he tried to shave the head of one of the other contestants after he lost a bet. It was a pretty quick job because they had already filmed it once and were unhappy with the results they produced, so they hired us to come in with our camera and try and do a more professional job. I enjoyed watching what they did. It had a very "Dinner and a Movie" feel where the show is just as much about the banter between the hosts as it is about cooking. Best part was we got to eat the food when they finished and it was fuckin' delicious. Pan seared mahi-mahi and poached halibut with apple relish served with a spinach salad topped with blue cheese, olive oil, cider vinegar, maple syrup, and toasted walnuts.

I came to Buffalo this past weekend to see the Bills game with Matt, as well as visit with my family. My niece is now almost 5 months old and has gotten much bigger and exponentially more adorable. I unfortunately forgot my camera, but Matt has the iPhone and took a bunch of pics for me. Photos I will now share with you!

Skylar!Collapse )

The trip was a lot of fun, albeit way too short. I always feel like I'm running around like crazy to try and see everyone when I'm home, and I always only succeed in seeing a few people. My mother really wants me to come home for Thanksgiving because my entire extended family will be in town, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it with this new job. C'est la vie.

Current Mood: rejuvenated
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
11:41 pm
I realized lately that my knowledge of good music is painfully lacking. The playlist in my iTunes is brimming with safe, top 40 fare that is mostly going on a decade old. It's sort of like a time capsule.

Look everyone! We've booted up Brett's computer and discovered the years 1996-2002! Don't stand too close, you might cause Creed to get back together.

I'm not exactly sure why, but sometime in college I basically gave up on my music collection. I can't stand listening to the radio, and I just haven't put the effort into searching for fresh sounds. So this is my plea. Respond to this post. Give me stuff to listen to. Your favorite songs, your favorite bands. Links would be great. It could be new, old, indy, from a major label, I don't care. I need to aerate my stale collection of tunes.


Current Mood: I can almost touch my nose
Friday, August 10th, 2007
11:54 pm
Dear friends,

Please to be taking note. Brett has moved. His new address is:

18-16 Astoria Park S.
Astoria, NY 11102

Send me new postcards and letters! and maybe cash?

With the help of Mike, Matt, Steph, and Hex, I was able to completely pack up, move out of the old place and into the new place in just about 8 hours. I had every intention of being packed in time for the move, but unfortunately we didn't get back from Willard until almost 1 in the morning on sunday night thanks to a line of traffic that stretched from Westchester county all the way to the New York/PA line. The new pad is in a great location, right across from Astoria Park. My bedroom is smaller, but the apartment is bigger. I have 2 roomies named Omar and David who both seem pretty cool. Haven't gotten to really know them that well yet, but we seem to be on the same page.

For those who don't know, the reason I had to move had solely to do with my douchewaffle ex-landlord. Because of the way he dragged his feet on fixing the apartment, Adam called 311 (NYC information) and reported the damage we had. The health department came out, made a list of what needed work, and sent a letter to Dennis telling him to fix it. Instead of just re-painting the walls and maybe patching a few holes, Dennis sent us a letter saying he had no choice but to renovate the apartment, and we had to be out in a month. The timing was awful, because it fell right around the time Chad and I were heading out to Minnesota. When I returned, I had about 10 days to search, pack, and move. When I found the new place, I told him I would be out by Monday the 6th, to which he agreed. Then, all of the sudden, on the day of the move, he starts talking about how I owe him 100 dollars for a partial month of rent. In pleasant terms, I basically told him to go fuck himself. Unfortunately, I had to go back a day later to pick up my ceiling fan, to which I got another earful about how the apartment was a mess and he had to hire Mexicans to clean the place. Without getting angry, I let him say his piece, gave him his keys back, and got the fuck out of there. Good riddance.

So the new place seems great, I'm excited to be moving on, now please watch the video that I have spent the last 2 days holed up in my room editing:

Current Mood: New apartment..weeeee!
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
11:02 pm
Puppet Power
Back from a CRAZY puppet-filled weekend. This past week was the 17th annual Puppeteer Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in Waterford, CT. Z was there to partake in the conference and perform in the shows at the end of the week. Chad and I came up on Thursday to film the performances, as well as get some footage of goings-on for a promotional video for the O'Neill. We had no idea how incredibly exhausting it would be, but the experience was quite amazing. All in all, Chad and I went through 19 DV tapes on 2 cameras in 3 days. We were lucky enough to have access to a second camera, one that turned out to be the Panasonic DVX-100, an older model of the camera we have, so the footage will thankfully look pretty uniform.

I met some very big people in the puppet community. I met the legendary "Wavy," who you would know as the creator of characters such as Olmec from Legends of the Hidden Temple, Boney the Dinosaur from Weinerville, and Stick Sitckley all of Nickelodeon fame. I met Marty Robinson, who is both Snufalufagus and Telly Monster on Sesame Street. I had lunch bought for me by Heather Henson, daughter to the late, great Jim Henson and then ate with Heather and her mother, Jane Henson. I didn't get a chance to meet them, but I saw Jim Rose and Phil Huber, 2 of the puppet community's most influential artists. Jim is the son of Margo and Rufus Rose, who were 2 of the pioneers of American puppetry and Phil is one of the country's most renowned marionettists. I also got to hang out with the incomparable Mark Gale, a friend of Z's who is just an extremely funny and entertaining guy, and one of the finest drinking partners you'll ever find.

As tired as I am, I feel lucky to have been there and seen this spectacle. On friday and saturday night, I was able to see the performances that the puppeteers had been workshopping and rehearsing all week, and what we saw was quite amazing. It does no good to try and describe what we saw, and thankfully we have it all on tape from several angles on both nights, and the shows will eventually be available to view online at which point I will share the link. They ran the gamut, though. We saw table-top puppets, marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets, mask work, video presentations, all different styles and genres. And then every night was ended with a trip to the pub, which was conveniently located right on the campus grounds. Let me tell you, puppeteers can drink. They were in there every single night. In fact, last night, after the pub closed, we all migrated to the beach where the drinking continued until the sun came up. We didn't get back to Mark's apartment until about 6 in the morning.

So despite the lack of the sleep (and showers,) this was a pretty unforgettable weekend. The weather was gorgeous, we were right on the ocean, and I was in the presence of some of the true masters of this craft, evidence of how truly tightly knit the puppet community is. I'm truly looking forward to the National Puppeteer Convention next month, where I'm promised a caliber of performance that will likely top even that of the O'Neill Conference.

Current Mood: Shower, s'il vous plait
Monday, June 18th, 2007
4:17 pm
Douche Waffle, I Choose YOU!
Back from Virginia, sleep deprived and full of stories. After not sleeping wednesday night, Chad and I took the 8-hour bus ride to Richmond Virginia, where we met Rez. Work began almost immediately, as we had to unpack all of the TVs, systems, and games for the game room. By thursday night, the room was ready to rock. We didn't have quite as many systems as we had hoped, but there was a fair amount of video game goodness.

Friday was crazy. We arrived at the game room a little after 8 am to have it ready by 9. And at 9 am sharp, that room was bopping. I had no idea that games would be so popular at an anime convention. Actually, as I learned, anime cons seem to be more about Japanese culture in general than just simply anime. Because we were short staffed, Chad, Rez, and I manned the game room by ourselves from 9 am until 1:30 am with little reprieve. Thankfully, there were no real incidents, and the day ran pretty smoothly. Really, the only drawback was a handful of whiny teenagers who were pissed we wouldn't let them bring in their own games/systems to play, or that we had Naruto 2, but how could we POSSIBLY not have Naruto 4? Stupid, petty shit like that. We hooked up a TV at the main table and played Captain S episodes all weekend. A few recognized us and talked to us. The funniest story about that was the kid who came up and told us he knew us from screwattack, and came back several times throughout the weekend. At one point on saturday he asks me "So, are you in the show?" Chad and I (dressed in the Captain S costume, mind you) looked at each other, dumbfounded, and Chad said "No, he's just cos playing."

Saturday was the best day of the con. More people arrived, alleviating the need for Chad, Rez, and I to always be there. Chad and I took this opportunity to make a Filler Friday for this week by dressing me up as Captain S, and interviewing cos players at the con. My lack of anime knowledge will either help or hinder the video, but I guess you will all be the judge. Saturday night was our showing of Captain S, and I was pretty happy with the results. The turnout was OK. Chad thinks it was as many as Magfest 5, I think it was a little less, but regardless the reaction was the key part, and they were a great audience. We only had an hour, so we showed episodes 6-10 since they're our strongest. We quickly summed up Episodes 1-5 and then ran the rest of the season. The crowd ate it up, many of whom had never seen the show. I left feeling pretty good about it. The night was capped off by a little party in our room.

Overall, the weekend was just a good time. We got to see our friends, got to expose Captain S to some new people, and we even sold a few t-shirts and posters. And we invented Douche Waffle, a pokemon sure to be banned from every tournament. Ever.

Check out PBC Productions, blogged on destructoid.com!

Current Mood: AMA kicked. my. ass.
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
2:09 am
Off I head tomorrow to Richmond, Virginia with Chad for AMA. Definitely not into anime, but looking forward to seeing some of the guys, hocking t-shirts and posters, and showing Captain S on saturday and sunday. We leave in the early, early morning tomorrow...er, today. Yeah, seeing as it's after 2 right now, I don't foresee sleep being an option tonight. But that's OK, an 8 hour bus ride will cure that.

I've been learning my way around Final Cut the last week or so. With Devon gone for 2 weeks, and Chad working hard on our Gamer Documentary series, we need someone to edit the Captain S/Angry Video Game Nerd crossover episode that's being premiered next month. I volunteered to take the reins on that. I borrowed Devon's Mac mini and have a very rough cut of the episode finished. All hail the motion tab! Woot! It seems I'll even be doing some of the special effects, since Chad walked me through some green screening basics. As we speak, I'm exporting my rough cut to serve up to the lions. By lions, I mean Chad and Z. Roar.

PBC News: Today, the first part of our gamer doc was featured on veoh.com. For those not familiar with veoh, it's like youtube, but better. Their format is closer to that of Tivo. You find videos you like, you subscribe, and whenever that channel/show adds a new video, you can have it automatically downloaded using the veoh player. Plus the compression is better on veoh than youtube. We've also archived the entire first season of Captain S on blip.tv, another video site that's better (but not more popular) than youtube. Part 2 of our doc will be released tomorrow at midnight. Check out Part 1:

Also, the PBC website is being revamped a little by Z. We're going for more of a blog feel without using wordpress. Check that out as well: http://www.pbc-productions.com.

2:40 am. What to do to keep myself occupied for the next 3 hours...

Current Mood: groggy
Friday, May 25th, 2007
11:45 pm
Long over-due "I am an uncle" post
Yeah, I probably should have done this after the baby was born 3 weeks ago, but livejournal is usually the first website to get neglected when I'm busy.

So hey! Yeah, I'm an uncle now. My niece was born on May 4th. Her name is Skylar Ann Freas. She was 6 lbs 10 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. She's adorable, with a nice round I-was-obviously-not-delivered-from-the-vagina head. Without further ado, what everyone wants to see now anyway, photos.

More cuteness withinCollapse )

It feels strange to be an uncle, but in a way it doesn't feel like anything at all. I know this baby is my niece, but I'm not sure that will entirely sink in for a while. In any event, I like babies. I don't want one, but I like to hold them and make noises at them. Maybe some day I will want to have one. But not now. Right now I want to make silly videos and get paid for it. Speaking of which, our Filler Friday this week, Fellowship of the Donut, was the 56th highest rated comedy video of the day on youtube, and 93rd most discussed. Movin' on up!

Current Mood: Uncle Who?
Monday, April 9th, 2007
4:38 am
Captain S: the Podcast!
Captain S is now podcasting and listed on iTunes.  If you have an iTunes account, do us a huge favor and subscribe.  If you don't have iTunes, download it and subscribe.  The more subscriptions and downloads we get, the higher we go in the rankings and the more exposure we get.  Open iTunes, search for Captain S in the iTunes store, it should be the very first search result if you spelled it correctly.

**EDIT: Click this link to automatically open iTunes and go to our page.

Just a reminder: you do NOT need to own an iPod to use iTunes or to view our podcasts.  The video will play right in iTunes.

To download iTunes, visit: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
1:01 am
How do I <3 Hena? Let me count the e-mail responses...
Tonight, because it's what we do, murdersoul and I started scheming. She was complaining about an ugly girl on OKCupid who was getting responses from guys.  I explained to her that girls on the internet are at a buffet.  They can pick and choose and take their time, sorting through all of the available options.  Guys on the internet are like dogs, waiting outside of a butcher shop, hoping to get thrown a scrap.  If and when it happens, they're not stopping to see whether or not it's filet mignon.  To prove my point, we decided to create a fake Craig's List ad in the Casual Encounters Section.  The results...were not surprising, yet utterly hilarious.

This is the original ad, although I know they get deleted after a week, so here it is for posterity's sake.  I wrote the entry with Hena giving me permission to use "the ugliest pic of her I could find."

Now, I really thought this would get flagged immediately.  It's RIDICULOUS.  But no.  Over 110 responses later, I'm convinced the male populous is doomed.  Some of the e-mails were stupid.  Some actually almost sounded endearing.  Many contained unnecessary shots of male genatalia.  Here are some of our favorite responses:

These go on and on and on, and I still have 50 e-mails I haven't read yet...and they just keep coming.

In conclusion, we give you...Cap'n Crunch

Current Mood: Srsly. I <3 Hena.
Friday, March 30th, 2007
12:58 am
Captain S: Episode 7
Hey everyone, the 7th episode of Captain S is up and running as of midnight. Check it out!

The NEW Adventures of Captain S: Episode 7 - For the Kid in S All

This week's episode picks up where episode 6 left off, right after Chad's defeat at the hands of NES. It features great artwork by our friend 8-bit Maximo, wonderful voice acting by Caron Lanouette, a Rocky-esque training montage set to an AWESOME Glenn Case track, and lots of little kids. Don't miss this one, kiddies, it's pretty freakin' sweet.

And for those of you who see these posts, and STILL haven't checked it out, let me give you a hand. I have embedded the first 6 episodes, in order. YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE LIVEJOURNAL, PEOPLE! Each one lasts no longer than 13 minutes, and they get better with each installment.

Episode 1: A Hero For All of S
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Episode 2: S, S; He's Our Man!
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Episode 3: All's Fair in Love and Sega
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Episode 4: She Blinded Me With Sega
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Episode 5: When Push Comes to Shove-It
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Episode 6: Nigel Strikes Back
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Current Mood: A+, sucka! A+!!!
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