Archive for June, 2009

Blights final missing adventure? Help support “Lencho”, & Some thoughts about the week.

June 29, 2009

Greetings and salutations,

This post marks the final episode in this chapter of Blights “Missing Adventures”, I will be posting other comic strips, its just that Blight the Clown will be taking a break from the internet to work on his book. Also, check out the trailers for my friends movie, “Lencho”, he has been kicking ass on it for several months now and it should prove to be pretty fantastic. He is having a bit of a fundraiser for the movie in a few days so he can try and pay some of his crew. Details are posted in the blog.

:::THE COMIC:::

-THE MISSING ADVENTURES OF BLIGHT THE CLOWN #30-
(Click the image for a larger version)


(Click here for the comic archive)

:::THE FUND RAISER:::

-El Regreso de Lencho (The Return of Lencho)-

MONDAY JULY 6th @ 6:30

Come support the film, have fun w/1hr OPEN BAR ….. & watch the first 10 min of the film.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT

The film El Regreso de Lencho (in English it’s The Return of Lencho). It was shot on 16mm film on location in Guatemala in late 2008 (there is also an animated part to the film). It is currently in post production. It’s a Spanish language film about a character named Lencho who uses street art to organize Guatemalan youth–now targeted by the police as insurgents–to express their social justice and human rights concerns in an increasingly corrupt and violent Guatemala. It promotes graffiti art and human rights in a globalized third world.
http://elregresodelencho.com/

Tickets $20

Silent Auction of Latin American art.

Monkey Town at 58 N 3rd St 58 N 3rd St (btw. Kent & Wythe) Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a Front Dining Room and Bar, while our back dining room maintains our original configuration:
– 4 screens
– communal seating
– 6.1 surround sound

Directions to Monkey Town
From the L Train:
1. Exit at the Bedford stop (the 1st stop in Brooklyn).
2. Walk 4 blocks south on Bedford,
3. Make a right on N. 3rd St. (west)
4. Walk an additional 2 and 1/2 (west) on N 3rd. Monkey Town is halfway down the block on the left.
http://www.monkeytownhq.com

:::THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK:::

There must be something in the air, the past few weeks have been filled with celebrity death. First David Carradine and his fantastically shocking yet sudden death, then Ed Mcmahon, I guess we saw this one coming, he was old and sick, but sad none-the-less. Then Farrah Fawcett, again sad, but a very public documentary about her cancer prepaired us for it. Then Michael Jackson, I guess this is the one that got to me the most, very tragic and unexpected, just on the verge of a comeback tour, trying to get back on his feet after a very public stoning by a hypocritical society. In his case, I wonder what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty. No matter if you love or hate the guy, he had a huge impact on most anybody that grew up in the 80’s. He took music videos to a level that blew peoples minds, I can remember watching the video of the making of Thriller, it was my first glips behind the scenes into the world of filmmaking. Then he bridged the gap between video games and music with an amazing title for the Sega Genesis called Moonwalker, a game where you defeated the bad-guys by dancing! I even remember how the world came to a stop and everyone turned their televisions on at the same time to watch the premiere of his video for “Black & White”.  Michael Jackson even introduced me to one of my all time favorite artists, when Weird Al did the song “Eat It”, that changed my life forever. So it is with a sad heart that I mourn the death of a brilliant artist. Then all-of-the-sudden, I find out that the infomercial guy Billy Mays died this morning. Now, even though it is always sad when someone dies, before last week, I don’t think his death would of personally effected me in anyway, BUT I saw him on Conan O’brien, and for the first time enjoyed his non-salesman personality, he actually made a really funny segment with Conan, and I thought I might even try watching his new television series “Pitchmen”, but I guess it was not meant to be. Such an odd week. Below is a youtube video response to Michael Jackson’s death that seems appropriate to describe the hypocrisy of the public.

Michael Jackson is Dead

Thanks,
Blight the Clown
(A.K.A.) Brian A. Bernhard
Producer/Editor/Artist/Clown
Blight Productions
Website: http://www.blightproductions.com
Band: http://www.totsland.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlightTheClown1
Blog: https://blightproductions.wordpress.com

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5 Random Thoughts & Questions 6-26-09.

June 23, 2009

1. How can anyone accomplish anything if they are not willing to step outside of  their comfort zone?

2. Even with all the DIY networking & promotional tools that are are available today, it is still incredibly hard for an artist to find the right audience for his/her work.

3. Unless someone wants something from you, why does (almost) everyone seem like they want to sell you something?

4. How often do you have to smile, nod, shake hands with, pander, and pretend to care about something, or someone, that you really don’t give a shit about, during your average day?

5. Why is communication so difficult for the majority of the population on this planet?

-Brian

NEW SIDESHOW BANNER & T-SHIRT FEATURING BLIGHT, ALIVE ON THE INSIDE!

June 21, 2009

Howdy folks,

I made a new sideshow banner featuring you favorite clown Blight, “ALIVE ON THE INSIDE”, and then I put it on a T-shirt for you kids to buy! Get to it now!

CLICK THE IMAGE TO BUY THIS AWESOME T-SHIRT FOR ONLY 15 BUCKS!!!!

CLICK THE DRAWING TO BUY HIGH QUALITY PRINTS!

Thanks,
Blight the Clown
(A.K.A.) Brian A. Bernhard
Producer/Editor/Artist/Clown
Blight Productions
Website: http://www.blightproductions.com
Band: http://www.totsland.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlightTheClown1
Blog: https://blightproductions.wordpress.com

5 common video production mistakes.

June 19, 2009

1. Many producer/directors think about audio as an afterthought, (remember: good clean audio in = good clean audio out).

2. Now that people shoot on DV tape or digitally, they tend to shoot way too much footage, that bogs down the post production process (especially if you work in television and have strict deadlines).

3. People forget, when shooting any kind of narrative story, you should always have some kind of storyboard, to help communicate your ideas to the cast and crew.

4. When shooting a live event always take extra tape and battery’s, and keep a tape unwrapped and ready to go in an easily accessible pocket.

5. Even when shooting an outside night shot, its generally a good idea to bring extra lighting.

-Brian

5 reasons I am going back to school for my MFA in the Fall!

June 18, 2009

1. So I can have a piece of paper that calls me a MASTER!

2. So  I can be the creepy old guy in class.

3. So I can spend a truck load of money.

4. So I can be reminded how much my work sucks.

5. So I can be in a large crowded room of crazy artists when I have my midlife crisis.

-Brian

5 common Final Cut Pro editing mistakes

June 18, 2009

1. People forget to save the project as something before they capture video.

2. People forget to name the captured video files as they are ingesting video, leaving a bin fill of “untitled” files.

3. People mix and match video and audio file types, frame rates, and Khz in the timeline with out paying attention to what its doing to the project. Just because FCP can do it, does not mean you SHOULD do it.

4. People forget to clean up their timelines before finializing and color correcting the project.

5. People have a tendancey to drag and drop files in their timelines without paying attention to where they are on the hard drive. ALWAYS keep your files in a labeled folder!

-Brian

You must be the delivery boy!

June 17, 2009

So, on the way back to my office, after getting my lunch from the cafe down the block, I am standing in the elevator holding my bag of food. I notice the older gentleman looking at me, when I looked up, he asked, “So, who ordered food in?”

I mean, what does this say about the institution I work in? I believe it is a university, there are supposed to be people under 40 riding the elevators. Why would he automatically assume that I was a delivery boy? Is it because I do not wear a suit?

My response to his question was, “Yes, me.”

What would you of said?

-Brian

5 ideas for artistic inspiration.

June 17, 2009

1. Work in a day job that you hate so much it motivates you to do more, faster and better, so you can get the hell out.

2. People watch in public spaces such as parks, trains, malls, or just walking down the sidewalk. Most people are even more strange and awkward then most minds can even imagine.

3. Get into passionate arguments with everyone you know, eventually pushing them all away, so that you can find the center to your own personal misery, and draw from its pain.

4. Pretend you are a mad scientist, and begin to experiment with everything and everyone, and eventually something creative will come out of it.

5. Go POOP, for some random and strange reason, I get many light bulb popping ideas flashing into my brain as I drop the kids off in the pool.

-Brian

ROCKET TITS & A MAN-SHE/SHE-MAN

June 16, 2009


Tranzor Z Episode # 1, Part 1

This extremely hard to find animated series is my favorite export of Japans giant robots. There is just something special about an animated series for children that has a leading robot with a cannon that shoots from his crotch a sidekick with rocket tits, and a 2 faced Man-She/She-Man tranny for the villain. I just wish this quality production had some kind of official DVD release.

5 reasons people do not achieve their artistic goals.

June 16, 2009

1. They give up.

2. They get distracted and loose focus,

3. They begin to doubt the  value of their dreams.

4. They depend on other people or uncontrollable circumstances as a source of inspiration for their work.

5. They are to arrogant to admit there is still more to learn.