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
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