MET Public Domain Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka. “The MET”) has an amazing collection of artwork. As of February 7th, 2017, thousands of these artworks have been made available online in the public domain. (full press release HERE) … Continue reading →
Ever wonder who you’ve worked with in the entertainment biz? If you’re on IMdB, then the Oracle of Bacon can tell you that and much more…
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
It all begins with Kevin Bacon. The idea is that everyone on the planet is somehow only six steps away from Kevin Bacon. For example, if I know Kevin Bacon, I’m one step away. If I know someone who knows Kevin Bacon, I’m two steps away… and so on. By the time you get to six steps away, that’s a lot of people – maybe even everyone on Earth!
The Oracle of Bacon The Oracle of Bacon web site finds the shortest connection between any two people listed on IMdB. The default is Kevin Bacon and whoever you type in. As an example, my Bacon Number is 2. I’ve worked with someone who’s worked with Kevin Bacon. But the site has some other very useful tools…
Earlier this week, I saw a picture of someone who had their face and body covered in tattoos.
My reactions were many and varied. How did they find work? (they are a tattoo artist, btw) Did they get a lot of questions? Were they comfortable showing something so personal to the world? Was it painful?
Then I realized that in many ways, I have my own inner tattoos.
The most obvious one is acting. Whenever I’m in the booth or onstage, I’m displaying something very personal. Often times a lot of work and pain went into creating it. And when others find out what I do, there are always questions.
Maybe the only difference is that my tattoos are not on the outside. Just hidden beneath the surface.
I think we all have inner tattoos. And some are brave enough to get the real thing.
Hope all your uniqueness shines through 😉
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While making my last song parody video (“The Hell of Diets“), I used a special video trick to make my head float:
Since I don’t own a Green Screen, I had to come up with another way.
Okay, rewind… “Green Screen? What the heck is that, Joe?”
Glad you asked! In simple terms, the actor is shot on a set that is all one color (usually green, but sometimes blue), then in the video production, the green is replaced with any other picture or video. The effect in video software is called “Chroma Key”. I’ve used Green Screen in my animation projects, such as the “Ban Ki-moon Tune!” – here’s a peek:
No Green Screen? No Problem!
I realized that all I really needed was a way to ensure my face was lighted much brighter than the rest of the shot. Then I could use the Chroma Keyer in Sony’s Movie Studio software to remove everything else (the darker parts of the image).
Music can connect on a deep level with us. And getting a song out to the masses today seems easy, even though the competition is greater.
Back in the days of pressed vinyl, you’d need some chops, some luck, and a lot of work to get an album made. That’s why when I stumbled on some rare music years ago, I squirreled it away – not knowing when I’d use it, but just because it seemed special.
Nasa Future Visions Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released some fabulous retro travel images. Smaller versions are below, but you can download FREE ready-to-print poster sized ones here: Nasa JPL: Visions of the Future Science is cool! Enjoy, Joe
Graphic JoeActor! Part of the job of being self-employed is letting people know what you’ve accomplished. Since I normally eschew traditional marketing methods, I decided to get a bit graphic instead. Below are some iconic graphics featuring characters that I’ve … Continue reading →