Movies & Films

COSPLAY SAVES THE WORLD!

COSPLAY SAVES THE WORLD!

I've read and collected comic books my entire life.  I pretty much learned to read when I was a tiny person by trying to figure out words in the balloons on comic pages.  There is a special place in my heart for characters like Green Lantern and Green Arrow and Airwave and Iron Man and many, many, many more.  So many.

When the Hippo phoned me up asking if I would photograph some local cosplayers for a cover story I practically jumped through the phone with an excited YES!  The paper scheduled four cosplayers to come by the studio one evening so we could make some images that would be featured on the cover as well as serve as the main story for that issue.

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"I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."

"I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."

I LOVE the 1978 movie Alien.  The atmosphere, the design, the cast, the ambience, the pacing - everything is just darn perfect.  Toy company NECA has been making figures based on the movie Alien and it's franchise, and I've been picking some up, making some dioramas here at the studio and making some more "cinematic" photographs using the toys.  I wanted to share a little about how I'm making them and share some of them here on the blog.

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HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY, RED RIVER THEATRES!!!

I LOVE the gang at Red River Theatres.  Seven years ago (!!!) they let this bearded fat dude show a mini-film with muppets to propose to his wife. And it went a little crazy afterwards, and every step of the way everyone up there has been close to my heart. I can never thank them enough for everything they did.

This year marks their 10th Birthday! I couldn't make it up to their birthday festivities, but Muppet Sid wanted to let them know that there isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't think about them.

Happy Birthday, RRT.  We love you all. I hope you are around for a long, long, long time, exposing people to quality independent cinema.

<3

LOGAN

LOGAN

Six years ago my buddy Matt Smigiel got together and did a Wolverine-inspired photography shoot.  I'm a big comic-book fan and I had a ton of fun with Matt that day, and I knew someday I'd like to get around to doing another one.

Well, after a lot of procrastinating and seeing the "Noir" version of the latest Wolverine movie "Logan" I dusted off the claws and got Matt to come down to Nashua for another day of *snikt!"-ing claws and saying "bub" a lot.

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Your friendly staff at Red River Theatres.

Your friendly staff at Red River Theatres.

I'm so happy to be working with the great people at Red River Theatres in Concord NH.  I've been hoping to work with them for a long time.  They were the awesome people who let me propose to Sara with my Muppet Proposal film.  Since then I've been trying to get my foot in the door.  And, recently, I've been working with them and I absolutely love it.  For all kinds of reasons.

We took some head shots for the employees of Red River for their new website.

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Obsessive Compulsive: My Amelie Collection from around the World

Amelie dvd/blu-ray Worldwide Collection
(L to R: Kimchi blu-ray box set, Japanese Tin edition box set, European Cookie Tin edition box set, French Canadian edition box set)

 

I can't explain why people collect certain things. Some people collect comics, some stamps, some coins, some collect video games, or art, or cameras (and I must admit, I love my collections of video games and movies and toys and art and cameras and all those other things I obsess over).

One of my favorite movies is "Amelie" by director Jean Pierre Junet. He also directed "Delicatessen" and "The City of Lost Children", which I love, but when Amelie came out in 2001, it was a love that I can't explain. Every moment of that film I simply have immense love for. I saw it many times in the theater. I brought friends to see it. It just affected me in some strange way.  The movie is a valentine to movies.  It remains one of my favorite films.

For some reason, I became very obsessive with collecting the movie when it came out on DVD. There are certain movies I'll buy on multiple formats when they come out (vhs to Laserdisc to DVD to blu-ray; the common "upgrade"), but the second I discovered that there were "deluxe" editions of Amelie released all over the world, I simply had to collect them.

Since 2001 I've slowly collected every deluxe edition of Amelie that has been released; from a European Cookie Tin edition, to a French-Canadian release, to the elusive Japanese tin edition, and, just today, a Chinese blu-ray edition just arrived to add to my collection.  I love them because they come with all kinds of neat things; postcards from the traveling gnome, skipping stones, posters, mini-figures, etc.  It is a plethora of Amelie-related stuff.  I love it.

 

So I took some photos of the small collection and documented the contents inside.  You can see all of them on my Flickr set.

Part of me hates being so materialistic about things; movies and comics and toys and music and photo gear - it's a sinkhole and it's endless.  Yet, another part of me loves *stuff*, and if these collections bring me joy and don't cause any pain or trouble, then so much the better.