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"Superman Returns", Other Views  by Nolan B. Canova
...And Justice for All....Tampa Bay Muse  by William Moriaty
"The Devil Wears Prada"  by Mike Smith
Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cine Gear 2006, and up coming VSDA in Vegas  by Mark Terry
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My Middle Toe Is Longer Than Yours

Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cine Gear 2006, and up coming VSDA in Vegas

Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Last week I went to the Beverly Cinema to watch Creature From the Black Lagoon in 3-D. Usually when people talk about Hollywood movies that were shot in Florida they mention Punisher, Ocean's 11, Edward Sissorhands, or even Monster. However, a big portion of Creature was shot in Florida well over 50 years ago.

I had a great time watching the movie. I wish the movie was in polarized 3-D vs being in the red and blue 3-D. Once of my eyes is stronger than the other so its hard for me to get the full effect of the old 3-D.

I also learned a valuable lesson when it comes to 3-D movies. NEVER sit in the front row. The further back the better the image will pop off the screen. Remember that if you get the chance to go see Monster House or Superman Returns in 3-D.

After seeing the film last week I researched it on IMDb.com. A shocking thing that I noticed is that Universal is planning to shoot a remake this summer. The scary thing that I saw on IMDb (and I hope its an error) is that the budget of the remake is 750k and is going to be directed by Breck Eisner. Yes, you are reading this right, Michael Eisner's son.

The original movie over 50 years ago had a nice budget (for back then) of 1.3 million. If anyone from that production reads this column all I can say is please don't bastardize this movie. I know there is a chance of a CGI creature too (well maybe not with that kind of money) and it just makes me sick to think about it.

Cine Gear 2006
I had the privilege recently to work at Cine Gear 2006 in Los Angeles. Cine Gear is for current and new industry related equipment. The company I work for, Filmotechnic International, was there with our Russian Arm and new Rainbow Arm mount. Check out the site. If I can just somehow convince them to let me use the gear on my movie I can have a car chase that could look as clean as some Michael Bay movies.

VSDA Home Entertainment (Video Distribution Convention)
On Monday, July 10th I will be traveling out to Las Vegas with my mom and sister. The reason for going is to go to VSDA which is a video distribution convention. Check out their site. I will be meeting a producing partner out there to take a stroll of the convention on Tuesday the 11th.

VSDA is for domestic home video distribution. I look at it as a huge gathering place for distributors, whole sellers, and reps that I could possibly show my movie too to generate some interest.

Two years ago I got a chance to go to the American Film Market (AFM) and get a taste what that was all about. This time last year I was out in Vegas during VSDA but a certain supposed investor diverted my attention away from this convention. God what a waste of time!

Early sign up is around $150 where sign up on the day of is around $250 and this is for the entire convention. AFM for one day 2 years ago was around $250 is I am not mistaken.

I have been calling anyone I can to set up meeting or meet and greets to show them the opening scene of "Live Evil." My goal is to hopefully establish as many face to face relationships as I can so that way I have some starting point for when this film is done.

Next week I will have no article again since I will be at the convention. When I return I will post my thoughts and see if this whole convention was worth it or not.

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