Jane’s Addiction renews the habit

It was sex, red wine and rock ’n’ roll, and I don’t need to know what went on backstage. On stage it was spectacle – loud, lewd spectacle – from Jane’s Addiction and Perry Farrell, that prowling, high-whiney-voiced showman all in black. “Tonight we all get circumcisions,” he said at one point. And indeed, that was just the tip of things.


Did we see what we thought we saw, even before the show began? A nonchalant roadie leading camera-clutching female fans across the stage, linked together by a chain? I think so.

When the lights went down – not all the lights; the seriously red ones stayed on – the house speakers were booming epic Pink Floyd music: “Welcome my son, welcome to the machine. Where have you been? It’s all right, we know where you’ve been.”

Actually, we didn’t know where these guys had been. The best we could hope for is that they had washed their hands with soap before they got here.

The stage show in support of the on-again/off-again alt-rock kingpins’ first album of new material in eight years began with a pair of ladies perched on high-hanging swings, wearing impractically long white gowns that billowed 10 feet or so below them. They swung to the first track off last year’s The Great Escape Artist, which was Underground, a thick-riffed rocker with all hands – guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney – on deck.

Mountain Song was unstoppable, muscular guitar rock. A gigantic sculpture of two nude women towered in the background.

Navarro, the pretty one in leather pants, had his shirt off for 2003’s Just Because, a Grammy-winning single that sounded like a tougher Achtung Baby-era U2. I recall that the original video for Just Because featured a buff-looking Navarro; looks like the tattooed dude kept up his health-club membership.

The audience, made up of folks easily old enough to have attended the first Farrell-founded Lollapalooza festival in 1991, were on their feet for all of the concert’s ecstatic, electric hour-and-a-half. Clearly they knew the words to 1990’s Been Caught Stealing, an ode to kleptomania that’s put on some weight over the years, and, in doing so, lost some of its funk.

There’s much sexual oomph to what Jane’s Addiction does – in its look, in its lean and upbeat locomotion, in its manly guitar solos, in its lascivious energy and in its tight, grimy rhythms. On Ted, Just Admit It…, which picked up speed as it went, Farrell sang about images that were no longer shocking and about how “sex is violent,” as vintage SM porn footage flickered on a pair of screens above him.

Bondage-happy burlesque girls in black leather on a bench up high happened. There was a guy in a rooster outfit, and a man all in white who hung himself. A mid-set slowdown happened when the band reconfigured in front of a giant stuffed trophy bear and a tasselled lamp.

On the acoustic-strummed Jane Says, the time-keeping Perkins manned the steel drum. Farrell kept slugging his Bordeaux straight from the bottle.

The night ended with a two-tune encore: Words Right Out of My Mouth, a fast-chugging Slash-y new one, and Ocean Size, from the band’s 1988 debut Nothing’s Shocking. It’s a song about large waves which crash again and again against the shore, seemingly to no effect. “I only care about what you think,” said Farrell, a pleaser, to his fans. “And that’s why I’m miserable.”

Despondent, this generous entertainer? Surely Farrell must now by know that in his own way he moves mountains. But if he can’t see the changes, rest assured, others do.

Jane’s Addiction

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Encore:

Behind the movie magic: a 4k video editing setup

Tom Lowe, a budding filmmaker, and self-proclaimed “Terrence Malick disciple,” is setting out to release his debut movie TimeScapes. The movie is a portrait on the American Southwest, and watching some of his production footage that he has posted to YouTube, one starts to realize why Terrence Malick is his hero, and then one starts to wonder why there isn’t a petition to get David Attenborough on board to narrate.

But let’s not forget that capturing these moments requires something along the lines of a Red Epic and Canon digial still cameras, as well as a helping of computer horsepower to piece it all together. In a recent video, Lowe let film and tech enthusiasts into his studio to gaze upon his desk space (spoiler: you won’t find any devices with a fruit-shaped logo in his work area).

The footage for TimeScapes, according to Lowe, comes in at around 15TB. But rather than having a huge RAID setup to access this footage on the fly, he’s setup all his internal hard drives (I counted 14) in one area, and jacked several of them into docking stations linked into an Addonics 5-way eSATA splitter. Moving from there, I saw a Bella Editing keyboard, what looked like a Logitech Performance Mouse MX sitting on an Alienware mousepad, and not one, but two desktop PCs.

One is a custom built rig with an Nvidia 980X graphics card and RAID 5 internal setup. The other system is straight from boutique desktop builder, Origin, and it sports a more high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 GPU, as well as a RAID 5 drive set up. Lowe explains that the two PCs help to improve workflow, so he can, for instance, stabilize a shot in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on one and continue working on his timeline in the other.

4K video editing setup

So any other budding video editors out there? Sound off in the comments below detailing your own setups.


Lights, camera, Oscars!

All you need to know about this year’s ‘Best Picture’ nominations:

The
Artist

In one line Hollywood starlet struggles to adapt to talkies – then a
dog (right, with Bérénice Bejo) steals the show.

Trivia The first silent film to receive a ‘Best Picture’ nomination
since 1929. Despite having no dialogue, it is, curiously, also nominated in
the Best Original Screenplay category.

Odds Front-runner.

Hugo

In one line Travails of a French boy who lives in Montparnasse station
and watches over unique and magical goings-on, such as the Parisian railway
staff not going on strike.

Trivia Director Martin Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D, a technology
that makes him look fatter, but sadly not taller.

Odds Dark horse.

The
Descendants

In one line An emotionally distant man looks his mid-life crisis in the
eye from his priceless spot of untouched Hawaiian real-estate.

Trivia George Clooney (right) and his fictional daughters watch March
of the Penguins, which – like The Artist and Hugo – is another Academy
Award-nominated French film starring animals.

Odds Rank outsider.

The
Help

In one line Does for race relations between maid and master in the
Sixties’ Deep South what Downton Abbey does for class in entre-deux-guerres
England, though with fewer people dying of Spanish flu.

Trivia Features Sissy Spacek, previously nominated for causing
telekinetic mayhem in blood-bathed horror, Carrie.

Odds Late mover.

War
Horse

In one line With Steven Spielberg pulling the strings, the National
Theatre’s astonishingly real First World War drama about the separation of a
Devon farmhand from his beloved horse, featuring wooden puppets, is
transformed into an astonishingly wooden drama featuring real horses.

Trivia No animals were harmed in the making of this film, but
Spielberg’s reputation among critics has taken a knock.

Odds Cart horse.

Moneyball

In one line Baseball manager drafts in a geeky number-cruncher to comb
game statistics, buy up undervalued players and produce a team capable of
winning the World Series (yeah, right).

Trivia Based on the true story of low-budget Oakland Athletics’
unexpectedly successful 2002 season.

Odds Flogging a dead horse.

Extremely
Loud and Incredibly Close

In one line Francophile boy (above) sets out on a quest to find meaning
in his father’s death in the 9/11 attacks, while bored critics amuse
themselves by inventing a thousand puns based on the film’s title.

Trivia 82-year-old Max von Sydow, who plays a mute Dresden-bombing
survivor, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor despite not uttering a
word.

Odds Refused to leave the stall.

Midnight
in Paris

In one line A needy, nerdy, nervous and emotionally complicated middle-aged
man ponders his relationship with one beautiful woman while being pursued by
another, as per every other Woody Allen film – but this one involves time
travel and drafts in Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Trivia It’s the most commercially successful film of Woody Allen’s
career, grossing more than $100 million worldwide.

Odds Lame.

The
Tree of Life

In one line Epic, non-narrative (read ponderous) take on one man’s life, from
childhood through to an increasingly disillusioned adulthood, fashioned from
an impressionistic rush of images, from bubbles and butterflies to a wounded
dinosaur.

Trivia fact Weirdest of all, Mel Gibson was considered for a role.

Odds Glue factory.

THE DESIGNERS

Who ought to be wearing what?

It’s a big night for the world’s fashion industry – because those beautiful
people on the red carpet aren’t going to dress themselves, are they?

Forget about the films, the Oscars is one long parade of glamorous gowns,
glittering jewels and – perhaps best of all – hilarious fashion faux-pas
that will be leapt upon by squads of fashion police watching every hemline,
catty remarks at the ready. Get it wrong on the red carpet, and Hollywood
vilifies you for evermore. Who can forget Celine Dion’s back-to-front white
suit, Gwyneth Paltrow turning up in a translucent bustier and taffeta skirt
by Alexander McQueen, or Demi Moore’s cycling shorts and bustier ensemble,
an effort from 1989 that – eek! – she ran up herself.

Few will ever wear a dress as ghastly as Björk’s 2001 swan-themed catastrophe,
but will the stars play it safe this year, go for the craziest couture, or
take a risk with the current vogue for vintage? These are the designers
whose collections are most in demand.

Giorgio Armani

The Italian’s maestro’s classic elegance is made for a night at the Oscars.

Perfect for Angelina Jolie (left).

Why She needs to play it ultra-safe. Who wouldn’t err on the side of caution
after the Elvira shocker by Versace that she wore in 2006?

Elie Saab

The Lebanese designer specialises in princessy beaded gowns in a palette of
sweet shop colours. Just add glass slippers.

Perfect for Bérénice Bejo (The Artist).

Why Because the star of a fairy-tale story needs fairy-tale style.

Zac Posen

For colourful, floor-length gowns that are anything but basic, and just a
little bit daring.

Perfect for Shailene Woodley (The Descendants).

Why To announce that the youthful 20 year-old is the new Hollywood darling.

Givenchy Couture

Cheeky contemporary looks designed for all-out wow.

Perfect for Rooney Mara (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; above).

Why Only the star of this goth gore-fest could carry off such daring designs.

THE GOODY BAGS

Haven’t you heard, the era of conspicuous consumption is over? Today’s
celebrities are responsible, environmentally aware folk, in touch with their
own feelings as well as the mood on the street. Absolutely not the types
ostentatiously to scoop up bagfuls of Apple gadgets and expensive watches
and run screaming in delight to the limo. No, these days, goody bags to take
home are out – but ”gifting suites’’ to drop in to are in. Every A-lister
in town will be invited to various hotels and, in the privacy of the
conference facilities, pick out some gifts. Last year, gauche fripperies –
trips to Monte Carlo, Tiffany crystal-studded cat collars – were all
the rage.

But times have changed. This year’s gift list includes a luxury elephant
safari in Botswana worth $15,000, as well as a hand-sanitiser in a $135
gold-and-crystal jelly sleeve. Choose carefully as the IRS classes such
giveaways as taxable income.

THE PEOPLE

A “Who’s that…?” guide to the celebrities who’ll be gracing the red carpet

Billy Crystal

Host of the ceremony, a role he’s performed eight times before. Now as famous
for handing out statuettes as watching Meg Ryan fake an orgasm. On the
night, he’s nice about everyone, which is boring, but it’s the main reason
they keep asking him back.

Meryl Streep

The one-time front-runner for Best Actress – for her performance as Margaret
Thatcher in The Iron Lady – is now tipped to be pipped by Viola Davis (The
Help), right. Watch out for her losing a heel, a trick she perfected at the
recent Baftas. From shoo-in to shoe off.

George Clooney

A debonair, sophisticated and talented Cary Grant de nos jours, which is not
bad for a man whose big break was a role in Return of the Killer Tomatoes.

Michael Fassbender

Irish actor whose turn as a sex addict in Shame has been cruelly overlooked by
the Academy. Maybe a slavish, uncontrollable desire to get young women naked
is not considered acting in Hollywood.

Jessica Chastain

Flavour of the month. Nominated for The Help (left), but if required can
accept on behalf of The Debt, Tree of Life, Texas Killing Fields, Take
Shelter and Coriolanus.

…AND ONE THAT WON’T

Uggie the Dog

An appearance by the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier – the real star of The
Artist – would greatly enliven the Oscars, but is unlikely, as he has been
retired from showbiz with a mystery nerve illness.

THE BLUB-OMETER

Who’s likely to cry when receiving their statuette ?

Meryl Streep

The lady’s not for weeping – she’s won twice before. Dry as a bone. 1/5

Gary Oldman

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Blubber? Not likely. 2/5

Michelle Williams

An audience with Michelle is not complete without her fighting back tears. Put
the plumber on stand-by. 3/5

Glenn Close

Major waterworks if she finally takes home an award. 4/5

Glenn Close

But nothing compared to the wailing if she doesn’t. Flood warning 5/5

THE HOST’S JOKES

Billy Crystal likes to be liked, so he’s expected to pick targets who can’t
talk back – such as the French-speaking stars of The Artist, and animal
‘actors’ – Uggie the Jack Russell terrier, Cosmo the canine star of
Beginners, Joey the War Horse. On the other hand, Miss Piggy, who will be
dressed in specially commissioned designer robes to present an award with
Kermit (see below), will definitely talk back. And karate chop.

Crystal likes to make an entrance. In past ceremonies, he has arrived on stage
on a horse, on a giant Oscar statuette, on a mock-up of the Titanic, and
dressed as Hannibal Lecter. This year he’s odds on to come on as the Iron
Lady. Whether he’ll announce that Hollywood is dispatching a Task Force to
the Falklands is unclear – as is whether Sean Penn can be conscripted.

THE SPEECHES

Key words to listen out for during the thank-yous

It’s always the same. The demure star from whom you want to hear more says a
polite “Thanks” and leaves the stage. The most vacuous airhead has to be
prised from the rostrum.

Studies of recent Oscar acceptance speeches suggest a clear trend away from
thanking God, towards thanking one’s spouse. Similarly, actors today are
more likely to talk about their “film”, not their “movie” (too gung-ho
American). And the crew are more likely than ever to get an honourable
mention, especially those without-whoms who helped an actor prepare
physically for a role. Natalie Portman name-checked her ballet tutor for
Black Swan, Christian Bale the fitness instructor who helped him thin down
for The Fighter.

The words most mentioned last year were “wonderful”, “amazing”, “incredible”
and “great”, which it surely was for “parents” the “crew”, the “cast”, the
“team” and “the family” (it’s a Sicilian thing).

But, like God, there’s little mention these days for another key player – the
“agent”. Unless you’re Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein, who always gets a nod
from the podium. Excepting three years ago, when Kate Winslet was roundly
criticised for failing to pay tribute to the mogul.

…AND INTRODUCING THE BEST-DRESSED IN SHOW

One starlet will take particular pride in her designer gown, following her
recent and rather unlikely transformation into a fashion muse. Step forward
Miss Piggy, tour de force of the Muppets, who will be dressed by Zac Posen
for Hollywood’s most glamorous night.

Posen, who has previously dressed Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts, has created
what may be the fashion spectacle of the evening.

The porcine actress told The Sunday Telegraph: “Moi will wear a très fabulous
dress. It’s designed to make George, Brad and Kermie drool all over me.”

Miss Piggy’s new-found interest in fashion follows her star role in the latest
Muppet film, in which she plays the “plus-size” fashion editor of French
Vogue. Her character wears Chanel tweed and sports a bob hairstyle similar
to that of Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue.

Miss Piggy will attend the ceremony with her partner, Kermit the Frog. The
couple, nominated in the best song category, will also join the stellar list
of presenters including Halle Berry, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie to
present an award. Kermit will be dressed by the American label Brooks
Brothers.

Miss Piggy added: “After success as an actress, singer, diva, supermodel, moi
decided to try being a fashion muse. No sooner did I start musing than the
most talented and amazing designers clamoured to fill moi’s closet. With a
body like moi’s, I can make any outfit work.”

Oscar Night Red Carpet Fashion Announcements

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Janet McTeer and “China’s Leading Lady,” Li Bingbing, will both wear individually-customized, American alligator and exotic leather, haute couture, diamond pave, LANA MARKS Brand Cleopatra Clutches during their camera-clicking Red Carpet walks at the 84th Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120226/CL59772 )

Based in Palm Beach, FL, Lana J. Marks has been a fashion fixture on Oscar’s Red Carpet for more than a decade. She is one of the world’s most-prestigious designers of elegant, exquisite and expensive handbags and accessories, according to many top fashion magazine editors. LANA MARKS Brand haute couture Collections are commissioned and worn by princesses, U.S. presidential first ladies and Hollywood celebrities.

CAST OF CLEOPATRA CLUTCH CELEBRITIES

Cleopatra Clutches are valued as high as $400,000.00. They are the most sought-after Oscar Night haute couture handbags; worn by Academy Award-Winning actresses, nominees, presenters and motion picture icons. Cleopatra Clutch Celebrities have included Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Winslet.

In 2007, Mirren won the “Best Actress Award” for her role as “Queen Elizabeth II.” As she stepped-up to the microphone for her acceptance speech, Mirren held the Cleopatra Clutch in her hand for the world to see and proclaimed, “Here I am…with my purse.”

LANA MARKS’ Cleopatra Clutch design was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s starring role in the 1963 epic motion picture, “Cleopatra.”

OSCAR FIRST: TWO CLEOPATRA CLUTCHES ON RED CARPET

This is the first time Lana J. Marks has provided two Cleopatra Clutches to actresses attending the Academy Awards Ceremony.

As in the case of McTeer, Marks typically provides a custom Cleopatra Clutch to a nominee or presenter. However, this year, she is furnishing a second Cleopatra Clutch to Li Bingbing; because she is the first Chinese actress to be invited to the Oscar Ceremonies; and because Marks is expanding her enterprise in China. Marks opened her first China boutique in Beijing 18 months ago. Marks will open a second boutique in China’s capital city on March 10, 2012 and her first Shanghai boutique on March 11, 2012.

JANET MCTEER, OSCAR NOMINATED BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
In the film “Albert Nobbs,” British actress Janet McTeer stars opposite Glenn Close as a cross-dressing lesbian in 1890s Ireland. Close has been nominated for the Academy’s Best Actress Award. This is McTeer’s second Oscar nomination. She is a two-time Tony Award Winner.

LI BINGBING: “CHINA’S LEADING LADY”
Li Bingbing is the most-famous actress in China. She recently starred in the critically-acclaimed Chinese-made motion picture, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.” Li Bingbing co-produced the movie with Wendy Murdoch, the wife of global media mogul Rupert Murdoch. She is considered the most-influential movie-maker in Asia.

Lana J. Marks was first introduced to Li Bingbing and Wendy Murdoch in October 2011 at China’s Shanghai Film Festival.

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Zacuto Offering EVF Spring Saver Bundle Specials

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwire – Feb 22, 2012) – Zacuto is offering special product deals on some of their most popular camera rigs from February 20th through April 1st. Customers looking to purchase Zacuto Slingshot, Stinger, Recoil or Scorpion rigs can take advantage of these deals and get an EVF Pro for only $650 by purchasing these kits though Zacuto or any authorized Zacuto reseller worldwide.

“The Recoil creates great balance for a C300, Epic or Scarlet and with the three DSLR kits there’s something for everyone,” says Zacuto Sales Associate Rachel Kenton. “The Slingshot is fast and simple and the Scorpion and Stinger will make carrying your camera around all day a breeze. With these huge savings on our essential EVF you can afford to splurge for the kit you really want!”

The Slingshot, Stinger and Scorpion rigs were developed to work with DSLR cameras while the Recoil rig was specifically designed to function with the Canon C300, RED Scarlet and RED Epic cameras. Because these are in line kits, they require an EVF mounted to the side for optimal performance. All kits are built with interchangeable Zacuto products and come with a lifetime guarantee.

The Z-Finder EVF Pro is a complete electronic viewfinder with 2.5x optics, anti-fog shields and a diopter. This compact monitor boasts 800×480 resolution, a 3.2″ display, custom image scaling, focus assist, exposure assist, an HDMI loop through and much more. This electronic viewfinder not only works with DSLR cameras but is also compatible with any camera that utilizes an HDMI output. With high quality production standards, upgradable software and extreme durability, the EVF Pro is guaranteed to be the only monitoring system you will ever need. The EVF Pro normally retails for $1000 and is compatible with all Z-Finder models.

Please contact your local authorized Zacuto reseller or visit www.zacuto.com to take advantage of these specials and order yours today.

ABOUT ZACUTO
Zacuto, located in Chicago, Illinois, is known for their “Made in the USA” brand of high quality, originally-designed camera accessories. Their camera rental house division builds custom camera packages and delivers nationwide. Zacuto produces original programming and recently won a 2011 Emmy Award (Regional Chapter) for their webisodic program FilmFellas and a 2010 Emmy Award (Regional Chapter) for The Great Camera Shootout 2010. For more information, visit http://www.zacuto.com or follow @Zacuto on Twitter.

Zacuto Offering EVF Spring Saver Bundle Specials – SYS










CHICAGO, IL — (Marketwire) — 02/22/12 — Zacuto is offering special product deals on some of their most popular camera rigs from February 20th through April 1st. Customers looking to purchase Zacuto Slingshot, Stinger, Recoil or Scorpion rigs can take advantage of these deals and get an EVF Pro for only $650 by purchasing these kits though Zacuto or any authorized Zacuto reseller worldwide.

“The Recoil creates great balance for a C300, Epic or Scarlet and with the three DSLR kits there’s something for everyone,” says Zacuto Sales Associate Rachel Kenton. “The Slingshot is fast and simple and the Scorpion and Stinger will make carrying your camera around all day a breeze. With these huge savings on our essential EVF you can afford to splurge for the kit you really want!”

The Slingshot, Stinger and Scorpion rigs were developed to work with DSLR cameras while the Recoil rig was specifically designed to function with the Canon C300, RED Scarlet and RED Epic cameras. Because these are in line kits, they require an EVF mounted to the side for optimal performance. All kits are built with interchangeable Zacuto products and come with a lifetime guarantee.

The Z-Finder EVF Pro is a complete electronic viewfinder with 2.5x optics, anti-fog shields and a diopter. This compact monitor boasts 800×480 resolution, a 3.2″ display, custom image scaling, focus assist, exposure assist, an HDMI loop through and much more. This electronic viewfinder not only works with DSLR cameras but is also compatible with any camera that utilizes an HDMI output. With high quality production standards, upgradable software and extreme durability, the EVF Pro is guaranteed to be the only monitoring system you will ever need. The EVF Pro normally retails for $1000 and is compatible with all Z-Finder models.

Please contact your local authorized Zacuto reseller or visit www.zacuto.com to take advantage of these specials and order yours today.

ABOUT ZACUTO
Zacuto, located in Chicago, Illinois, is known for their “Made in the USA” brand of high quality, originally-designed camera accessories. Their camera rental house division builds custom camera packages and delivers nationwide. Zacuto produces original programming and recently won a 2011 Emmy Award (Regional Chapter) for their webisodic program FilmFellas and a 2010 Emmy Award (Regional Chapter) for The Great Camera Shootout 2010. For more information, visit http://www.zacuto.com or follow @Zacuto on Twitter.

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Exclusive: Filmmaker Greg Beville Talks Blackstar Canyon

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Dread Center and yours truly caught up with filmmaker Greg Beville this week to get the lowdown on Blackstar Canyon, an indie horror feature currently in pre-production which he wrote and will direct. Read on for the first details.

“We plan on shooting mid-summer 2012 in Newhall, California, on the Red EPIC,” said Beville of the status of Blackstar Canyon, which is set to star Brian Krause, Tiny Lister, Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Belinda Balaski (The Howling). “The cinematographer will be Ricardo Gale (Touching Home),” Beville continued, “and Ty Mitchell (“Andy” in John Carpenter’s The Fog) will serve as camera operator.”

Having previously scripted the upcoming feature The Night Watch for Electric Cobalt Entertainment – the production house behind Blackstar Canyon – Beville described the latter as “a cross between Darabont’s The Mist and Repo Man, where hillbilly werewolves meet Hindu mythology. My intent is to deliver a character-driven, R-rated drama that just happens to be a horror film with monsters in it.” (See the film’s full synopsis below.)

Beville’s script is based on true events that have occurred in the eponymous canyon and adjacent city, Silverado Canyon. In March of 2004 Beville went to the “haunted area” as a skeptic with the intent to shoot a demo reel for MTV, which at the time was casting a “ghost hunter” for a supernatural investigation series. Setting out to debunk the multitude of occult rumors (which included sightings of burnt midget creatures, strange bonfire rituals and disfigured ranchers) which emanated from the area, Beville quickly became a believer after having a shotgun held to his nose by a one-eyed rancher within minutes of exploring an abandoned farm.

Ryan Banfield has been tapped to provide the flick’s creatures and gore, and for the soundtrack Beville has already acquired tracks from actor Chris Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) and his band The Young Rapscallions, as well as songs from Stellar Corpses, The Electric Prunes, Psychotic Aztecs, Water District and A Toast for Consequence.

Exclusive: Filmmaker Greg Beville Talks Blackstar Canyon

Additionally, Electric Cobalt Entertainment plans for a full-color 64-page graphic novel to be released in conjunction with the Blackstar Canyon film, which will serve as a follow-up to Tales From Blackstar, the black and white prequel comic penciled and inked by storyboard artist Josh Alves, which will be given away by the producers at the upcoming Monsterpalooza, running April 13-15 at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA.

Synopsis:
Blackstar Canyon is located in eastern Orange County, California, near the Santa Ana mountain range. During 1831–1875 hundreds of Native Americans were slaughtered by white landowners to make room for larger ranches. With the removal of the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe members, the new settlers prospered with silver and coals mining for a brief time until the deposits were used up completely.

In modern times the largely abandoned mining site is the source of many occult rumors.

This shadowy valley was also the destination for two young couples from Laguna Beach High during Spring Break 2006. Their goal was to spend the night in Blackstar Canyon and see who would survive the urban legend dangers that haunt the area. Tyler and Alissa soon learned the secret the remaining townsfolk were protecting in the center of the mineshafts of Blackstar Canyon.

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Smile for the drone: Coming to police stations near you soon

In 90 short days and counting down, it will be smile for the camera flying overhead, American citizens. Perhaps you should buy a baseball cap now to help in hiding your features from eye in the sky drones before buying a hat also becomes another ridiculous “suspicious” potential terrorist activity for SAR databases? Is that taking it too far when drones are capable of almost constant surveillance? The ACLU warned surveillance drones are coming to a police department near you. When the EFF, ALCU and EPIC all sound a red alert warning about Big Brother’s prying eyes, if you care about your privacy then it would be wise to heed it.

Those bug-sized spies called Micro Aerial Vehicles, or MAVs, are the next generation of drones as enivisioned by the Air Force in 2008. “The MAVs could be as tiny as bumblebees and capable of flying undetected into buildings, where they could photograph, record, and even attack insurgents and terrorists. U.S. military engineers are trying to design flying robots disguised as insects that could one day spy on enemies and conduct dangerous missions without risking lives.”

Other than future flying drone spies the size of a fly, capable of making every moment a “smile you’re on candid camera,” UAV tracking privacy concerns include mission creep since domestic drone surveillance may make it easier for law enforcement to track citizens than previous warrantless GPS tracking. In an earlier report [PDF], the ACLU predicted the development of advanced surveillance technology in drones to include, high-powered zoom lenses, night vision, see-through walls imaging, video analytics to identify “suspicious” movement patterns, and distributed video drones that can look at an entire city and stay up in the air for two weeks at a time. EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch warned that drones are being used to spy on citizens. “Drones give the government and other unmanned aircraft operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive data on Americans’ movements and activities.”

Drones can collect huge amounts of data; some are equipped with gigapixel cameras that can “track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet.” Don’t scoff, take a look at such “crowd captures” and zoom in for serious detail. Some drones need no runway for taking off or landing, can fly more than 12 hours without refueling, and “monitor up to 65 enemies of the State simultaneously.” Other drones are equipped with “live-feed video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar” which the EFF said hopefully the “courts will find the ability of drones to monitor our activities constantly, both in public and-through the use of heat sensors or other technology-inside our homes, goes too far.”

The Atlantic asked, “If a drone with a zoom lens happens to be cruising by your 100-acre farm and spots you smoking a joint on it, were you in plain sight?” Discovery reported, “The first step comes in 90 days when police, firefighters and other civilian first-response agencies can start flying UAVs weighing no more than 4.4 pounds, provided they meet still-to-be-determined requirements, such as having an operator on the ground within line-of-sight of the drone and flying it at least 400 feet above ground…. By May 2013, the next class of drones, those weighing less than 55 pounds, can fly the nation’s skies, according to provisions of the FAA bill passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last week. The deadline for full integration of drones into U.S. airspace is Sept. 30, 2015.”  

Are those drones over Boise? Yes.” The flip-side of eye in the sky spying on citizens is drone journalism which might become bigger since an estimated “30,000 non-military UAVs” will be “buzzing across American skies by 2020.” The ACLU wrote, “The bottom line is: domestic drones are potentially extremely powerful surveillance tools, and that power – like all government power – needs to be subject to checks and balances.”

The ALCU has joined with EPIC “to petition the FAA to ‘address the threat to privacy and civil liberties involved in the integration of drones in the national airspace.’ You should sign, too. Let’s make it clear that Americans are deeply concerned that drones not become a common feature of our skies until strong privacy protections are in place to ensure they do not become tools for routine aerial surveillance of American life.”

The “imminent threat to the privacy of every United States citizen,” EPIC petitioned [PDF], includes Google using drones to supplement Street View images in other countries, “paparazzi drones” in Hollywood, private detectives tracking targets, and criminals and creeps “may use drones for purposes of stalking and harassment.” The petition further states:

The consequences of increased government surveillance through the use of drones are even more troubling. The ability to link facial recognition capabilities on drone cameras to the FBI’s Next Generation Identification database, the largest collection of biometric data in the world, increases the First Amendment risks for would–be political dissidents. In addition, the use of drones implicates significant Fourth Amendment interests and common law privacy rights. With special capabilities and enhanced equipment, drones are able to conduct far-­more detailed surveillance, obtaining high-resolution picture and video, peering inside high-­level windows, and through solid barriers, such fences, trees, and even walls.

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but drones will decimate your privacy. You have until midnight tonight to sign the petition. Unless you’d rather kiss away more of your privacy and civil liberties as you “smile for the camera” flying overhead, citizens, since it’s coming soon to a police station near you?

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 Would have to agree with you here kocchdog, my last two shoots recently have been with an Alexa and the native colour rendition is stunning. Aids your workflow too as it records onto 422 ready for FCP straight out of the cards – crazy!

I actually quite liked this footage, the colours were good and i guess you can forgive the guys if some of the shots are a bit soft, shooting mountain biking on 4k and expecting sharpness throughout is a big ask. Different story if you’re on set using primes – no excuses for softness