Saturday, October 20, 2007

Not Tapeworm, but close. . .

Maynard James Keenan's solo project. I've been waiting for YEARS for it. And it the album finally comes out October 30th. . . fucking go check it out, and fucking support. . . It's cool to see somebody like Maynard pick up the flag for indie folks. . . to give us hope, I guess. If anyone can be wicked successful with it, it's him. Also go check out John Crosby is fucking amazing. . . and another indie guy.

anyway, today is another Sunday. . . we had a full day of shooting today (13 hours worth). . . we ended the day with tired actors, and a 16mm camera that had developed a taste for 56$ per roll* (stock and processing) Tri-X Reversal Film. . . so. . . we wrapped early.

We start shooting again on Monday. . . I have to be on set at 10am, I think. Maybe. Who knows. I'm fucking burned out. At leastone of the two projects we shot today went well. .

I've been reading THE SANDMAN comics by Neil Gaiman. Fucking awesome. I've definitely lost sleep.

What else?

Next week, I'm shooting a music video for class. . .and I'm using a song by Dylan and Limewax. It's gonna be intense. Guy. Chair. Handcuffs. 2 girls in bondage gear. Half a gallon of fake blood. Can't wait.

Speaking of fake blood, I edited the footage from my last shoot. . . it was definitely a center of discussion in my class. People REALLY liked it. . . unfortunately, it expose the way I had hoped, and some of the focus was a little off. . . but that's what you get when you shot 16mm with lots of preparation, and no practical experience. If there was only a way to make digital look like Tri-X, I'd be set. I could shoot DAYS worth of dv tapes, and still not pay as much as I would for 2 hours of 16mm.

. . . and I'm thinking about buying a Mac.

Ouch. It hurts to type that. I can't believe I just did. Did I mention that there's new tracks up on the Puscifer website?

Ok, to justify what I said above, (and trust me, I DEEPLY feel that it needs justification. . .) I've been giving this ALOT of thought, and I've come up with 3 things to justify my want for a Macbook Pro.

1. It's thin, light and pretty.
2. It's pretty powerful.
3. Final Cut Fucking Pro.

I can edit more footage in FCP in an hour than I could in my BELOVED Cinelerra in 5. . .

Ok, maybe that's hyperbole, but FCP is easy, and elegant. Cinelerra is a wonderfully, lovingly crafted broadsword, but FCP is a fucking lightsaber, and who doesn't want to be Luke FUCKING Skywalker (or Plo Koon, in all his piss-yellow, big alien foreheaded glory).

And, it has a really nice text engine. And some really cool feature.

and I can put it on a resume.


Started writing some treatments this week for a couple of different projects, hopefully I can develope them into screenplays. . . one is about a crazy guy that lives alone in Brooklyn, and his finding love. . . and being MIND-RAPED by The Spectre of Death when a mistake at the pharmacy leaves him with less than the number of pills he should have for his perscriptions. ..

and one is about an young man, and an old man, in a cemetary. Both are . . . Grim Reapers, for lack of a better term, but one is far grimmer than the other.

MJK? Has he come up in conversation yet.

i should go pass the fuck out. it's been a long fucking day.


*100 Ft/30m/3minutes

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Today is Sunday.
We wrapped shooting 4 shorts around 11:00pm last night. I'll post mine online sometime this week. The academy has been going really well, and my roommates are friggin' awesome. I've been here a week, and nobody believes it, especially the guys in my section. We feel like we've been there for a month, at least. We've all learned alot so far (I'm getting to be a fuckin' pro with a digital light meter and a Prokit), and I've learned more about technical filmmaking in 6 days than I've ever thought possible. fuck yeah.

Go see Bladerunner: The Final Cut if it's showing in your area. If not, travel to an area where it's showing, and go see Bladerunner: The Final Cut.

Do it nao.

An Open Letter from Mike

Hey, everybody.

I just wanted to announce that I am currently taking a sabbatical from Aspect Radio for a year to attend The New York Film Academy in Manhattan, NY. It is a very difficult school, and I feel that I wouldn't be able to fully live up to my position at AR while I'm here, so I'm taking a break for the year, and can't wait to return with fresh ideas, new skills, and amazing stories to tell you all.

I want to thank everyone for making these past two years so incredible: some of the most amazing times of my life have been working alongside all of you, and getting to know you all. There's too many people to thank. You've all helped make me who I am today, and that's not something easily put into words.

I'd like to stay in touch with everyone as much as possible while I'm at The Academy, so I'm going to keep my e-mail open. Feel free to contact me at any time, for personal stuff. As far as for Aspect Radio related stuff, feel free to send all of your inquiries to Daniel Sevelt, our Executive Producer, at You should all send him an e-mail, introducing yourself if you don't know him yet, and just to say 'Hi!' if you do already.

I look forward to working with all of you in the future, and I can't wait to see you all again. Again, Thank You very much for everything, and go forth and do great things.

See you all next year.

~Mike Mazzotta,

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

NYC Day 1

I moved into my apartment in Brooklyn today. Fun is! (I hate moving.)

Tomorrow I start class. . . w00t! Not so w00t is the fact that I have to be up at 7 tomorrow (PWNED) which means I should probably go to sleep sometime soon. . .

ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz. . .