Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fun with Grammer and Psych

I've been talking to my friend JB lately about one of his projects. This project involves grammar--specifically loving it in ever sense of the word. In fact, he recently launched honkifyoulovegrammar.com

Okay...on to Psych. I recently started watching this show. I was home one day and caught a marathon. It was awesome. A great mixture of humor and mystery. Not to mention that it features the actress from Model Behavior. If you have the acting chops to share the screen with JT...you must be pretty good...GREAT! I definitely recommend watching an episode or two.

Okay...tying up loose ends...

This particular episode that I encoded in this post reminded me instantly of my friend JB, and his new project. You'll understand what I'm talking about in the first couple of minutes of the show.

Wow...what a catchy theme song. Am I right? It's been in my head all day.

Ricky Trione's New Website

Check out Ricky Trione's new website.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Georgia Aquarium

Last Saturday, Ali and I took a trip to the Georgia Aquarium to celebrate our three years together. Turns out they allow non-commercial photography and videography. Coincidentally, I had my company's high definition Sony EX-1 in my backpack... When I whipped it out, the only thing they said was "nice camera." Here is the video I made:

Aquarium from justin gaar on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Saban Fan Art

I had more free time today so I decided to create some Nick Saban art. This time I decided to stick to a medium that I am more comfortable with--digital. I don't know if you guys can tell, but I'm really excited and cannot wait for college football season.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Were you aware that gay snipers want to shoot your family so that they can destroy marriage as defined by the heart of God? Well, you should be. Get informed:

speak truth to power, so power will speak the truth.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Patton Oswalt Praises Statham

One of my friends sent me a link to Patton Oswalt's myspace page the other day because he saw an entry that I would appreciate. Apparently, Oswalt had just watched Crank and realized how awesome Jason Statham is. Check out the entry here.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Nick Saban Fan Art

I've had a great bit of down time recently. Believe it or not, I did not play NCAA football the whole time on xbox. Also, I didn't get drunk. One project that I started to help pass time and keep my creativity flowing was painting Nick Saban. As some of you know, my favorite pictures of Saban are those where he is demonstrating his passion for football. This project was difficult. I have heard that skin tone was difficult to replicate, but somehow I was still amazed at this challenge. I think this is a pretty good start...I will probably be painting another Saban soon. I think there are still some areas that I can improve. What do you think? Do you have any Saban fan art? I would be very excited to see it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Merit Badge Day

I've had so many gifts and opportunities given to me my whole life -- thrown at me even! (panties, mostly). So, I decided, it's high time I give a little back. Last Saturday, I participated in the Deerfoot Baptist Church Merit Badge Day, where I instructed approx. 20 scouts as their Cinematography merit badge counselor. We discussed terms, rules, and technique for 2/3s of the class and in the last hour we picked a story from one of the class members and shot a short movie. I have uploaded those to youtube and they are now available below:

This was an idea from one of the class members. I think it turned out well.

The video below is a true story. All of the scouts' ideas were a little too complex, or just horrendous, so we went with a story I thought would work. I witnessed this exact event at a merit badge day when I was 15.

I edited all of this on my new iMac, and I don't have After Effects yet, so all the special effects are done frame-by-frame in FCP. I wish I had a motion tracker, but I kind of like the crappy fx.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Review: Man v. Food

My wife and I have found another show that we enjoy. Man v. Food airs on the travel Channel on Wednesdays at 10 pm eastern. They also air reruns before hand. These are the shows we watch. For one, I have a hard time staying up that late. Secondly, if we do stay up that late, my wife insists that we watch Top Chef.

Man v. Food has an interesting formula. Adam Richman, the host, travels to different locations. At these locations he visits three eateries. The first two establishments are usually choose because of their fame or they represent the area's style of cuisine. At the third establishment, Richman participates in a local eating challenge. This part of the show is probably my favorite. Sometimes Richman challenges a local eating champ, teams up with a local partner, or goes solo (I like variety). At the end of each show a faux press conference is held where Richman entertains questions about the challenge.

Adam Richman seems like an atypical television host. Not because he lacks charisma (he has charisma--out the wazoo), but because he looks like a normal guy. In fact, he is normal. His qualifications for being a host is based on his restaurant experience--no he's not a famous chef--he's held every job in the restaurant industry.

I also enjoy watching Richman taste all of the varieties of food. When Richman eats his face tenses up in preparation for the violent teeth on food collision.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

College Football National Signing Day!

Today is National Signing Day! The day that many fans get to look into the future to see how their beloved teams will fare. As many of you might expect, I am freaking out! Did you notice that I posted at the end of the day? It looks like Alabama will have the number one recruiting class for two consecutive years. This adds to the excitement that I am still feeling from this past season. This news also sets the stage for the much anticipated A Day game. I don't know if I will be able to control myself if the White Squad defeats the Crimson Squad. Thank you Saban!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Best Superbowl Ad!

At least the best one this year. Statham!!!! It's right up there with this one as far as greatest of all time goes.

movie review: Death Race

Death Race takes place in the year 2012 in a United States that suffers from rampant crime and a terrible economy. The situation that the viewer is introduced caused me to feel uncomfortable—it seemed too close to home. I initially thought that the filmmakers behind this project might be trying to issue a warning to the citizens of these United States. Maybe they were trying to impact culture much like its predecessor—Death Race 2000. This movie was probably responsible for many drivers issuing point values to possible targets present in roadways.
My dreary thoughts of our country’s present economic situation were quickly forgotten once Statham found his place behind bars in Terminal Island Prison. He was immediately at work facing up threatening inmates and causing them to think twice about confronting or assailing him.
This movie had some great driving scenes (NASCAR should take notes…or not…maybe that’s how the U.S. got into this situation in the first place), explosions, and fights. Statham once again shines.