I’m Jumping Jack Flash. 1 Oct 2009.

Leatherman I’m not really Jack Flash, but for some reason this snap reminded me of the photo of Mick Jagger’s cut hand in the seventies. And I do like the song. Warhol might have done a print of Jagger’s stitched hand…. We have been constantly adjusting car camera mounts over the last three days to get positioning and exposure correct. We will more than likely budget for some helicopter shots – so all of the car research will be “somewhat” transferrable. So all the while I’m digging around for a screwdriver or allen head wrench to relocate the mounts or the cameras that are attached. After having lost both screwdriver and allen head wrenches – it was recommended that a version of the “Leatherman-All-Purpose-Tool” might be an advantageous purchase. The model that seemed best equipped was “the Cruncher”. So it arrives today and after having cut it from it’s plastic display casing – I was ready to give it a whirl. So I open it up and… it was like having a pissed-off cat in a burlap bag that had been on a centrifuge for 2 hours while drinking Scotch on the rocks – the first thing it does is pinch me a good one and then it proceeds to slice at my fingers (see above). (The thumb was lost, that’s not trick photography). It also unscrewed my belt buckle, sawed a leg off of a small wooden table and cut, from my edit, about three minutes of run-time before I wrestled it shut and back in it’s case. This is definitely an outdoor tool.

You have been warned.

Queremos paz. We are here to join the Rebels. 30 Sept 2009.

I woke up a few mornings ago totally sickened by what art has become of late. As Basquiat tagged: “THE WHOLE LIVERY LINE BOW LIKE THIS WITH THE BIG MONEY ALL CRUSHED INTO THESE FEET.” Art has become a proper whore’s circus. When Beuy’s said: “Everyone is an artist.” I don’t think he meant it literally (sorry literalistas & rock stars); especially the shallow, fake stuff that you see foisted everywhere today. But I thought why even make art if it’s the bastion of whores, poseurs and phillistines?

If everyone could buy and wear a pair of eyeglasses and call themselves an artist, then… Oh?? They’ve done it? Shit. Anyway.

After brooding over it – I just decided who cares? Mingers, all. Fuck it. Carry on.

Atlanta. 25 Sept 2009.

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If you are one of the 14% of our population that doesn’t have the ability to interpret things in any manner other than literally – avoid the two bottom photos. They will just give you fits. Not good for ze literalistas!!! I’d ridden Vespas once before in Seville. Some French friends were in town and we went out with their friends from the Spanish ISP Telephonica Movie Star. Driving through Seville at night on Vespas was one of le premier ways to see the city and it’s churches at night. Beautiful. No other way to put it.

Remember. Frame. Focus. Capture.

Sleep tight…

Je m’appelle… Pinochet. 22 Sept 2009.

Pinochet2Pinochet1HW House1Dog? Dictator? You decide… This is one of my fishing buddies from the Big Wood river in Ketchum, ID. He appeared out of nowhere. He barked. He swam. He got an assist on a 13″ trout. He told bust-a-gut jokes. You know how boring casting can get, right? The bottom snap is the front door to Mssr Hemmingways’ house in Idaho- it is just around the corner from our house. It is here, in which Ernie decided to snuff it and cancel all subscriptions. To everything. Real or imagined.

Larry Madaras. Feature Film Editor. 4 Sept 2009.

Hey Ed,

The technique of showing an action oriented clip from near the end of a movie at the beginning has a long history. Sometimes it’s planned, often it isn’t and is implemented to pump a movie that isn’t working.

The basic idea is to increase “the jeopardy” that the audience feels for the bulk of the movie. Often when a movie is a thriller, and not action oriented its a good way to “raise the stakes” of the movie right from the start. That way even if the film is a little slow, the audience still feels tension for the main character because they know something is coming that he doesn’t. Similar to the way that Hitchcock would reveal plot elements to the audience that the main character wouldn’t know.

It’s funny. I wrote that paragraph yesterday and didn’t finish the email. Last night I watched “The Machinist” with Christian Bale and they did exactly what you were talking about, LOL…

As for your other observation, it could have been written in the script, or more likely was a suggestion from Art department, LOL. They’re often good at increasing the connections within a movie with suggestions like that. I’ll admit I didn’t pick it up, but then again I only watched it once, LOL. Nice catch by you.

Sometimes in movies we will leave in things knowing that only a small percent of the audience will pick it up. The interesting thing is different people pick up different clues, symbolisms, or foreshadowing. It’s one of the good things about seeing a movie with a group of people because everyone has a “I knew that” moment thats different from everyone else’s.

Of course sometimes we leave it in just because we like it, LOL,


vaughan+studio featured on UK Finalcutters Website. 30 Aug 2009.

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A number of ©Digital Heaven plugs were used in the editing of “chasing KEINO”. Not the least of which being the ©DH Subtitles plug. I was only advised of it after having re-subtitled “KEINO” for the third time. I highly recommend it – after having torn all of the hair from my head after the second re-subtitling… Hat’s off to Martin Baker, Managing Director, Digital Heaven (www.digital-heaven.co.uk).