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Don't be surprised if I respond to your comment 1+ year(s) ago.

I have returned!

Sun Jan 24, 2010, 12:58 PM
  • Mood: Awestruck
Back from the trip. It was truly a life-changing experience. I have never seen so much beauty in such a short time!

It was my first time riding a train in the United States and let me tell you, it's so very different. Everything was designed so efficiently that it's hard to imagine. The showers and toilets in the full bedrooms were both together in what might be a space of 3x3 feet. Rooms were shared by two persons - our bedroom was only 6x7 feet large in total - which was the largest the train offered. Two of us in the group had roommettes which were 3x6 feet large! We all had to live in these tiny closets for a total of 6 days.

With close quarters farting was an issue.

As you can imagine, shooting was quite difficult. We used a camera that was over 2 feet long, which was just a couple inches shorter than the width of the train hallway! There were major rewrites and recomposing of shots to accommodate the small spaces. Luckily we had a 17mm lens to use for the wide shots - the 35mm lens (known to be a normal lens) became our short telephoto on the train and the 50mm became our long telephoto. The 135mm was strictly for outdoor use in the project.

As well as the space limitation, it was a challenge (and a workout) to shoot on a moving vehicle. Keeping a 30lb camera steady with your arms and over the shoulders for a better part of a day and night for 6 days can be quite grueling.

For the most part the people on the train (staff and public riders) were terrific - very friendly and excited for our project. The corridor from D.C. to Chicago wasn't the greatest. People were reserved, staff were not very accommodating, and the feel of rushing was evident. During this part of the trip we were not allowed to film on the train! In our minds at this point we're just thinking: "we're fucked." But the second leg of the trip from Chicago to Sacramento was totally different. Everyone from staff to passengers were relaxed and much more friendly. We got permission to shoot on board and everything started to fit in place. We met a fellow filmmaker and I believe a professor at Harvard. He was an interesting character and was quite valuable in the project, being the location scout (since he took this train route many times before) and a general assistant for us. We became pretty well known by the end of it all, perhaps because this was not your typical event on a train ride (there really isn't much you can do on a train besides eating, sleeping and looking out windows).

But what a window to look out from! The view was spectacular to say the least. If you have never been to The Rockies, do yourself a favor and go, especially via train. The short time between Colorado and California it was hard for me to keep working from the distractions of the awe-inspiring view outside. But of course with any production, time is not your friend and a good director must push on through...

And being the director, that was tough. This was my first time being a true director - making quick decisions, working with actors and sets, etc. I think I did an okay job but part of being a great director is managing people and distributing work. It's hard for me to order people around; it's not my thing... I did however learn something really big and that is: being a director, one must be in full confidence and control of the project. If the director loses that confidence, others will follow suit and the project crumbles. It is imperative to mask those worries, either hide them or change them, so the crew does not notice.

Anyways food. Food was only meh. The first train (DC to Chicago) the food was shit. They did not have a full kitchen; the microwave was their kitchen. We did however had all our meals covered with the rooms but shockingly without the coverage they would have charged us up to $22.50 for a lousy microwaved steak. The second train however had a fully staffed kitchen and the quality of the food went up slightly.

It's hard for me not to mention the farting again after talking about the food. See, they offered a special bison meatloaf that actually wasn't that bad. The problem was it gave everyone gas. Ron, as a big bison fan, ate it pretty much every night. He would build up gas and release it in our rooms. The worst was one of the first evenings - we all tried the bison dish not knowing it's post-gas effects...and well, it was an eventful night.

Chicago was a great city. The architecture was uniform all over the city and seeing the piece-du-resistance: Sear's Tower (now Wilis Tower) was amazing. We actually went up there on the 103rd level and saw a view much worthy than the cost of the ticket to get up there ($15). There were transparent booths located up there where one can enter in. The booths were protruding outwards so that one is surrounded by cityscape (top, bottom, left, right, and front) and being so high up from the ground, you can feel the booths (and the building itself) sway just ever so slightly from the wind. An exhilarating experience! I loved the above ground transit rails and the sounds the trains made as they weaved around town. The city however had the same vibe as D.C. for example where people are hustling and bustling around, in a rush to get somewhere (or nowhere?). It's like people there are wearing those cone thingys they put around dogs' necks - looking straight forward and ignoring everything around them. Maybe perhaps it was just the end of a work day and people are rushing to get home. Oh and everything closes at 3:30pm on a weekday....so weird!

Sacramento was very different - I actually liked it a lot. It was very clean and very quiet. People are very relaxed and worry-free. We strolled around town checking out for example Old Sacramento, a small section of the city that recently was restored to its original 'old-western' state. Our hotel was in front of the state capitol building and we met and got pictures of the Harlem Globetrotters there too!

Oh and we may get some media coverage as well in Sacramento! Ron and Co. knows a writer from a newspaper firm that wants to write a short blurb about our journey of shooting a film across the country.

So all in all, we shot over 12 hours or footage, or about 150gb of data. 50gb of the files were behind-the-scenes footage and being AVCHD, it is a bitch to edit. For the past few days my computer has been busy converting those files to something more manageable. I am looking forward to finishing this stage and starting the editing process!

Oh the title of the film will probably be: "The Son of Many." What do you all think?

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Out of town

Tue Jan 12, 2010, 7:42 AM
  • Mood: Eye Candy
I will be on a cross-country journey by train to shoot my thesis film during transit. It will be a grueling 8 day trip. Wish me luck!

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My Corporeal Half

Wed Oct 14, 2009, 9:34 AM
  • Mood: Approval
My Corporeal Half


Yes it's done! Technically it was done December 2008 but the music creation held the film release until now! If you have 10 mins to kill, do watch. Enjoy :)

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Update and Tumblr

Wed Jul 22, 2009, 9:06 AM
  • Mood: Pestered
  • Listening to: Natalie Imbruglia lol
  • Watching: Top Gear
Hey guys, sorry I have not been around. I was planning to write an entry when I was done with my current film but it is still not done yet thus this entry was written.

At the same time, I am in talks with my friend with another film. This one should be epic in scale since it will be my Final Thesis Project in grad school. This is such a difficult part of it all: thinking of the idea!

If you like you can follow me on tumblr at woobiee.tumblr.com It's basically my personal blog that's all, so things posted on there may seem quite random or not make sense to you.

I'll have another entry when the film is completed, hopefully soon.


signing out

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Still on Vimeo

Mon Jan 12, 2009, 8:47 PM
  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: Ludovico Einaudi
  • Watching: Top Chef
Greetings, I am still kinda here! I've been doing a lot of cinematographic work but unfortunately, I am not allowed to upload them here because I would violate dA's copyright music policy.

I just finished my first little project using my newly 35mm Adapter entitled "Safe Keepings". It is my take on how the act of reminiscing looks and feels - photographic in nature with a chaotic yet somewhat cohesive sequence.

If you would like to screen it or any recent work I've done, you can visit here vimeo.com/woobiee/videos

Bye!

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Now on Vimeo!

Mon Oct 13, 2008, 7:13 PM
  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: Air - La Femme d'Argent
Greetings,

That's right, I am now on Vimeo.com www.vimeo.com/woobiee

Vimeo has some really nice videos there, go check it out!

I will try to port some of my film stuff here in full 720p HD. Enjoy!

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On another note, I am currently in production of my next little short. This one contains a little bit of fun and is a little different than the others i've done in the past. Expect it up in a month or two!

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Is It just Me: in HD!

Sat Aug 16, 2008, 10:32 AM
  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: The Fratellis
After seeing "Is It Just Me" on dA, I was a little disappointed with the quality of the video and so, I have slapped together a page to present it as it should be: High Definition, accurate colors, and good sound. (This is only in the mid-range 720p and mediocre sound to keep filesize down).

Not 100% certain this will work with everyone but here is the link:
andyhsu.com/is_it_just_me_hd/

It is just under 400mb so be patient.

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Is It Just Me

Sat Aug 2, 2008, 5:55 PM
  • Mood: Approval
Yep im back with the internet. It took them forever to come and install the damn thing!

Anyways, our film "Is It Just Me" is up finally. If you are interested, do take a gander. We also got over 30 mins of other stuff related to the project that will be uploaded in the upcoming week.

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I has no internet!

Sun Jul 27, 2008, 10:19 AM
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: The Pale Pacific
I have moved into our apartment, still settling down. I STILL HAS NO INTERNETS! Help me :(

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Changes

Mon Jul 14, 2008, 5:18 PM
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: The Pale Pacific
Heys,

It's the same-o on dA; still cleaning my message box. A few of you were surprised to get return messages from me after sitting in my box for over a year. I still have a few hundred more so if you wrote to me and did not hear from me, no sweat, i'll get to you.

I am moving out this weekend to another apartment with a good friend who is quite talented in digital design; perhaps a few joint projects may surface.

U-Haul trucks are slow to drive!

Keeping busy juggling two web sites for clients, and onto my third - got a meeting with the client on hump day (Wednesday).

CSS pwns me, I suck at it.

The "Is It Just Me" project is wrapping up. The final length is just over five minutes however, supplement "fun stuff" in total comes to just under 40 minutes! After the premiere party (end of july?), it will all go up online.

I bought my first lego set after a decade or so years - its the Boeing 787 dreamliner. I may splurge and get the Eiffel Tower set.

Artscape is this week! (It's Baltimore's annual celebratory event for art). The grad. students are showing a few things there. Be there or I will destroy you.

I spend almost $70 a week on petrol!

The Image Research Center has asked me to work for them....though I would love to, I do not think I have the time, particularly working full time at the design firm now, freelance website work on the side, and school in the fall. Perhaps the university can take some hours away from the design firm and put them in the IRC.

Putting in anti-sway bars without a lift is a pain in the ass especially the rear fuckin' bar!

Hmm, I think I wrote too much, sorry. Just disregard what I wrote and leave a message - you can lie and say you read it :)

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Greetings...back with some goodies!

Fri May 9, 2008, 6:38 PM
  • Mood: Distressed
  • Listening to: Pandora.com
  • Drinking: tea
Ok so I was out for a collaboration project, shooting a short film for longer than specified (month instead of week).

How did it go? Hmm well we did experience loads of problems from all over the spectrum. Twas our first time shooting in HD and so, that was a total different animal compared to SD. The ending was completely changed due to personnel issues; luckily we had a backup plan. Had a few tape failures....i forgot to pack the tapes and alas, we had to reshoot footage for the ones we lost :(

Ill hold off on the story and concept of it but here are screengrabs. The title is "Is It Just Me?"

Is It Just Me? - Screengrab 01 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 02 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 03 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 04 by woobiee
Is It Just Me? - Screengrab 05 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 06 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 07 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 08 by woobiee
Is It Just Me? - Screengrab 09 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 10 by woobieeIs It Just Me? - Screengrab 11 by woobiee

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Out shooting for the week

Mon Mar 17, 2008, 9:15 PM
  • Mood: Rant
  • Listening to: Mona
  • Drinking: cola
Early mornings, late nights and long days. Yes its that time again. I shall be out for a week or two shooting so I will not be here. Wish me luck!!
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March 23 Update:

Well, I came back earlier than I thought. Though still shooting, the big 'on location' shoot is done. We experienced LOADS of problems!

We arrived on Thursday at the beach, being welcomed by 30mph winds and coldness! Our tent actually took off and flew a bit. Luckily we got it grounded.

Our child talent arrived Friday, however she was uncooperative; I had a feeling from the beginning because of the cold weather. Ultimately we had to go to plan-C....yup, there is no plan-B :)

Rushing to get the shots in before the sun went down, we got most of the shots on tape, including the all important one-take shot of the actor walking into the ocean. However, a big however here! a tape crapped on us and lost 30% of good footage. Again, rushing to get it shot before the sun went down, we nailed the shots in. A problem was the actors wardrobe was already wet from the first take. We all hurried and dried as best we could over the camp file and shot it. Unfortunately, you can sort of see the water line on the outfit on print. We hope to resolve this in post...very very nervous about that!

At the very end of the day, the winds died down. Doesn't that suck?!

Positive note, got some really cool photo images. Will post them up later.

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New Toys

Thu Mar 6, 2008, 11:05 PM
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Garden State Soundtrack
  • Watching: 1965+ films
  • Drinking: coke
Canon XH-A1 HDV 1080i cam w/ Canon's 0.8x wide angle lens. This baby is fun to play with.

Just in time for our production shooting in the up coming weeks.

We are storyboarding like crazy, trying to keep on schedule :(

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First Featured Film Chat

Fri Feb 8, 2008, 2:19 PM
  • Mood: Tender
  • Listening to: The Decemberists
  • Watching: 1965+ films
  • Eating: Home-made Chili
  • Drinking: beer
featured chat stamp by deviantFilms

Hello all! Hope you all can join the first DeviantFilms' featured film chat! Katie and myself will be in attendance for Revolve Around Me as well as other featured film artists.

Date: Sunday 2nd March
Time: 10pm GMT 2pm PST 5pm EST
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Happy early Valentine's Day!
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  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Listening to: Flyleaf
  • Watching: Lots of films
  • Eating: Chipotle
  • Drinking: Nestea
news.deviantart.com/article/40…

I am very thankful for being interviewed by The Film Team on dA, specifically :icono-uaglione: for 'Revolve Around Me'.

Umm other news, my next film has progressed somewhat; we are still conceptualizing the whole thing. Actually, we went scouting for locations the other day to get more ideas, specifically the National Portrait Museum in DC. It may sound very boring, but the building itself was magnificent. Out of all the museums ive been in DC, this is my favorite one.

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Come revolve around me...

Fri Dec 21, 2007, 1:28 PM
  • Mood: Caring
  • Listening to: The Decemberists
  • Watching: Lots of films
  • Eating: Chipotle
  • Drinking: Izze Grapefruit


Wow you guys are awesome! I do not know who to thank as I do not know how the DD submissions work but THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

Anyways, this project was quite satisfying to do. I've always loved doing short movies when I was a kid and while I was trained as an animator, there was always a buried part of me that wanted to resurface. And so just when college was about to end, I wanted to change to something different. Animation, 3D etc was becoming stale, perfect and clean. I wanted to do something raw, dirty and traditional and though my previous film "Recompose" was the first of this change, the change was not dramatic enough; it was still pretty clean and smooth.

Entering grad school, I wanted to go forward with this - I guess you call it film making but I do not know. And so comes Revolve Around Me.

It was kinda a rush job actually - see, we had been told we were required to submit to this gallery exhibition 3-4 weeks prior to the show date; and well, a month is not really a very long time, especially for production work. For the people who helped me with this project, I thank you!

I have only wished I have seen The Ring prior to making this - so to minimize the cliches that many viewers have expressed. From this drawback, I will be taking a film history course next semester, to acknowledge other film maker's works and hopefully develop my personal style.

What is next? Well I am currently developing my next short - i am going deep with this one and if this pulls through, it will make Revolve a kids movie...i hope lol.

And of course, I will respond to all your comments in my message box eventually. It will take time!

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Clean up

Mon Jul 2, 2007, 6:36 PM
  • Mood: Humor
  • Listening to: 311
  • Drinking: beer
Clean up time! I am thinking to write a journal entry every month (lets see if I can do that).

Lots of messages and deviations to flush out. Expect something in the next couple days if you've posted anything in the last couple months.

Do not have much time or the drive to do any photoshooting. If you are local and want to shoot, hit me up.

Cheers!

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Tagged

Tue Jun 5, 2007, 5:27 PM
  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: The Album Leaf
  • Drinking: coffee
Grab the book nearest to you, turns to page 18, and find line 4
"...our own companies rather than importers that did...." The Complete Book of BMW - Tony Lewin

- Stretch your left arm out as far as you can
ok

- What is the last thing you watched on TV?
modern marvels on the history channel

- Without looking, guess what time it is:
8:00pm

- Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
8:15pm

- With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
small external fan for the comp, two external harddrives

- When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
a few hours ago, coming back from work

- Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
jounichi-kun journal

- What are you wearing?
narrow striped sisley dress shirt, rock and republic jeans

- Did you dream last night?
sure

- When did you last laugh?
today at work

- What are on the walls you are in?
my bmore panorama, car posters, contemplation poster and sunburn poster

- Seen anything weird lately?
sure

- What do you think of this quiz?
it keeps me busy

- What is the last film you saw?
disturbia for free

- If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
aston martin v8 vantage

- Tell me something about you that I don't know!!
i eat like a fat kid but im really thin

- If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
the way money works. money should not be the driving force in our lives...

- Do you like to dance?
meh

- George Bush:
should stab himself

- Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Mia

- Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Ian

- Would you ever consider living abroad?
sure


- What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
want to do it again?

- Tag six people who must also do this in THEIR journal:
meh....i wont torture anyone; whoever wants to do it do it.

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Im still here!

Wed Mar 21, 2007, 2:26 PM
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Indie Rock on SomaFM
I was in a place where sheep danced with the stars in space and hamburgers consisted of Meat Patty+Bread+Meat Patty.

Ok im like bored at work right now.

Im just busy thats all. Working full time as the Special Projects Manager at work. Just got accepted to the MFA program here on campus; gonna get my masters degree w00t!

Im attempting to clean my message box but yeah its gonna take time. Its out of control; its growing weeds!

Are there any of my deviations that you would like have available as prints? If so do tell. I want to have all of them to be made as prints but I will see which ones are more 'liked' first.

And lastly, YOU...stay happy is all.

-Andy

PS: NEW PRINTS! :: Mini by woobiee & Velocity by woobiee & Movin' by woobiee

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