hanging christmas tree lights around treehouse deck & looked at flat 10'x10' section of house. YOU GUYS! A BACKYARD TREEHOUSE MOVIE THEATER!
— Eric C. Snowdeal III (@snowdeal) August 24, 2013
there was space for about an 11 foot screen. and as if by magic the “throwing distance” from the deck to the house is such that the it’s the perfect distance to project onto the space. so obviously this was something that HAD TO HAPPEN! SOON!
i quickly procured a projector and decided to test it out by playing star wars episode IV. i was just testing and i didn’t think it was going to look great without putting up a screen so i wasn’t even intending to watch the whole movie. but it looked so awesome we decided to sit outside and watch our first movie in the trees!
while you can see the lines of the siding, after a few minutes of watching you quickly didn’t notice them. that said, i have plans to build a screen which will make the experience even more excellent! it’s hard to see on the photos but resolution of the image is a.maz.ing! i hooked up the insanely affordable and great sounding cyber acoustics computer speakers we have in the house which made it even more like being in a theater, EXCEPT WE’RE IN THE TREES!
watching movies on the treehouse deck is, without a doubt, going to be a regular thing.
at the end of 2013 films are no longer being distributed, well, on film. and it costs about $70,000 per screen to convert to digital projectors. the starlight website says they are going to start a fundraising campaign soon, but it seems a bit late in the game. next weekend is their last showing for the season and if they don’t raise the money they won’t open next year.
i hope they raise the money and we’ll certainly kick in some to help because it’s a whole lot of fun to lay on the ground on a blanket and catch a movie!
i thought the movie was funny and cute, but odin said he’s seen better
like a lot of kids his age odin loves lego and while he hasn’t seen the star wars movies, he somehow seems to know a lot about them and really likes the millennium falcon, so he was super excited to have gotten the lego ship as a gift for christmas from his grandparents.
while it isn’t the 5,000 piece star wars ultimate collector’s millennium falcon ( which can be had for $3,000! ), it’s still a large 1,500 piece set and i thought it would take him a few days to put it together.
as usual, i underestimated him. it took about 4 hours
in honor of putting together the grand ship, we decided to right a wrong and watched episode IV: a new hope so, you know, he could see the inside of the ship in the movie ( he loved the movie ).
ah, who amongst us of a certain age doesn’t have find spot in their heart for the muppets?
it ended up being a very cute, goofy movie. not perfect, but recommended.
although there were lots of meta, insidery jokes odin really enjoyed the movie even though he hasn’t watched much of the original tv show or any of the other movies. i heard loads of laughter from folks of all ages through the whole movie.
except for the fact that rowlf first made his appearance as a muppet in 1963 when tom was still in high school and well before he recorded his first demo album. so it’s entirely possible that tom waits is actually channeling rolf!
here’s rowlf covering “warm beer and cold women” off of nighthawks at the diner.
on the 25th anniversary of ferris bueller’s day off ( seriously, it’s not on netflix instant?! ) i present two different visions for a sequel. the first the first 12 pages of ‘ferris bueller’ sequel script where he’s made a small fortune with his personal motivation program and the comedy short ferris bueller’s last day off. anyone think either is funny? bueller? bueller?
update: as of february 1st 2013 it’s now on netflix instant!
some scenes from filming “The Joys of Ridesharing” movie which is a fun video encouraging folks to use the the rideshare van at work. you’ve already seen a scene from me “playing” the part of the “lonely guy” riding in his gigantic car all by himself trying to catch up on his reading.
and now, in an internet exclusive ( take that TMZ! ), here are a few images of us filming the narration scenes which will humorously tie together all the footage. the scenes were filmed in and around driftless books in the forgotten works warehouse to give it a masterpiece theatre vibe.
it was a whole lotta fun helping put this together with macon luhning and mister koppa. as you might imagine it took us more than a few takes to make it through some of the surreal scenes.
there’s always some interesting reading in general metaphysics. you can tell when i’m standing around getting a little bored while mike and macon are rehearsing dialogue.
more standing around pondering interesting scenes between the scenes at the forgotten works warehouse.
macon and mister koppa making comedy gold.
just finished with my “lay on the floor and roll mister koppa into the scene on a ladder” duties and notice the more things change the more they stay the same ( published in 1968 ).
the “tricycle and elevator” scene where mister koppa descends in the elevator, flings open the door and somberly states, “driving by yourself can make you lonely. make you sad.” this was the hardest scene to film and keep it together. there are a lot of outtakes that end with one of bursting into uncontrollable laughter. my sole job was to stand off to the side and help mike open the elevator door while sitting on the tricycle.
rumor has it that if you view the finished movie you can see my disembodied hand flinging up the door.
it’s not every day you can get a shot of a man on a tricycle in an antique elevator, so i savor the moment.
spontaneous scene set-up.
spot the secret message in this scene?
mister koppa opening the scene with “my mother, my self an electric fire accompanied by me playing a sappily sad piano tune in the background.
the final scene with more than a few allusions to mister rogers’ neighborhood.
of course, there’s a perfectly reasonable reason as to why i found myself in such a predicament.
we were filming a little video encouraging folks to use the the rideshare van at work. in this scene i’m “playing” the part of the “lonely guy” riding in his gigantic car all by himself trying to catch up on his reading. so happy that i can finally scratch that off my bucket list.
i took a few more pictures of some of the rest of the scenes being filmed. i’m sure you’ll see them sooner or later.
bonus points if you can guess the soundtrack during this scene.
there’s not much to report today, as eric is slept soundly through much of his 33rd day and the nurses more or less sensitively told us and his other visitors that we shouldn’t disturb him too much – which, of course, means no lights and hence, no pictures. he had very few alarms, although his ‘oooohs’ from his cpap machine are still cranked up to 30-40%, as he still doesn’t seem to be able to cruise along on room air.
speaking of cpap ( continuous positive airway pressure, a type of respiratory aid – for the many of you who haven’t been following along from the beginning ), i thought i might try to capture what the experience is like from eric’s perspective. you might think that he’s bothered by bells and alarms and clanging all day long, but at least as long as he’s on cpap, i suspect that all he can hear is the very loud white noise produced by the air rushing through his mask. so i stuck the ibook mic near his head and recorded a minute of the sounds of cpap and overlayed it on one of the few shots that i was able to get today. if he looks like he’s wincing a little and trying to cover his hears, now you know why.
if you listen closely you can hear the muffled sounds of nurses talking while standing at the bed next to his, which is about 6 feet away. turn the volume up and put on some headphones to get the full effect, while trying to imagine enduring the sounds 24 hours a day.