Monthly Archives: October 2008

David Fincher’s New Film…

Nope, not Benjamin Button. David Fincher is one of my favorite directors. He is the guy that brought us Zodiac, Fight Club, and Se7en. He has now directed an awesome Nike commercial. “Fate” tells the life-long journey of pro football players LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Polamalu as their destinies collide in an NFL football game.

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Based on a concept by Wieden & Kennedy, the portland-based advertising agency behind some of Nike’s best campaigns (including Bo Knows, Spike Lee’s Mars Blackmon Air Jordan ads, Charles Barkley’s I Am Not a Role Model ad), the Bruce CVampbell Old Spice “Experience is Everything” ads, and Coke’s The Coke Side of Life campaign. Filmed by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Sleepy Hallow, Ali, Great Expectations, Children of Men), edited by Angus Wall (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Thumbsucker, Panic Room, and the creator iof the title sequences for Carnivale, Rome, and Big Love), and scored to a remix of Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold” from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

A fantastic but unexpected commercial. The spot feels more like the work of Michael Mann or Peter Berg. When I think Fincher, I think smooth yet edgy, but as far as I can remember, Fincher rarely makes use of handheld camerawork (maybe in Se7en).

Phlogging Day 10: Basement Studio Shoot…

Well, look what we did here. We got some drywall up, and turned the basement into a photo studio. Nick brought some lights courtesy of SLCC, and we set up shop. Here is a few, enjoy the full thing after the break.

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Phlogging Day 9: Basement Update

Well, another day down. A little more work done in the dungeon. Err, basement. Nick and Josh came down this evening, and we got all of the ceiling panels in the family room done. Yee Haw. Ty (no known blog…) is coming over tomorrow, and we should be able to get the ceiling done in the bedroom, and hopefully all of the walls done. We are going to get this basement done if it kills us, or we will die trying!

As a side note, the center of the picture you can see where the plasma is going to go. If you are wondering what to get me for Christmas, gift cards to Costco are totally awesome. Any dollar amount works. I might be working at the blood bank selling plasma to get a plasma.

That makes sense right?

Phlogging Day 8: Self Portrait

I have a confession, today was a lousy day to take pictures. Let me recap:

8:00 AM While passing cows, with fog coming off the ground, and the rising sun, I decided to take a bunch of pictures that could easily pass for an Ansel Adams knockoff. Instead, they just turned out like garbage. 

9:00 AM Got to Dr. Silcox’s office, began installation of a bunch of new hardware in my mouth. 

10:30 AM Left the office, in pain. 

11:30 AM Met Tom, towed the car home. (Alternator went out last night.)

12:00 PM Lunch, very confident about morning pictures. Can’t wait to get in front of the computer for awesome phlogging goodness. 

1:30 PM Down at the Stanley’s now, working. 

3:30 PM At Home Depot, poof, $80.00 gone.

4:00 PM At Sport Clips, where have you been all of my life? It is like a Man Spa. For $15 bucks, I got a haircut, shampoo, steamed towel on my face for five minutes, then a back massage. All of this while being surrounded by ESPN on at least 15 televisions. Wow, awesome.

5:00 PM Home now. Warm breadsticks from Little Ceasers. Yum.

5:20 PM Time to fix the car. 

5:40 PM Alternator is out, ready to roll down to Lehi to get the new one.

6:30 PM Back with the new one, putting it in. 

6:45 PM Broke the last piece, now in a panic. Spent more money then I would care to admit, and now I might have to buy it again. 

7:00 PM At the Checkers in Saratoga Springs, they are willing to trade the part in on warrenty. 

7:02 PM Called the Lehi store, (where I got the part) headed there to pull the broke part off of the one that I turned in.

7:13 PM Got the new part, headed home.

7:45 PM New part in, test drive taken, all is well. How awesome is that.

8:27 PM Sit down to watch the debate, and start phlogging post-processing. 

8:44 PM Ticked at the caliber of the pictures, maybe some pictures of the moon?

9:02 PM Done cursing the moon. How do people do that?

9:30 PM Played with a goofy picture of myself that I took earlier. Guess it will have to do.

9:58 PM Posting Phlogging Day 8, commited to do better tomorrow.

Some of the field pictures can be found here, here, and here.