Mar 202013
 

We are iscifi.tv, we answered the Call.  Will you?

We can dial 911 only in case of an emergency, however in the movie The Call its more than that!  No spoilers here but a great interview with  Academy Award nominated composer John Debney.
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John has composed for many movies and television shows including The Passion of the Christ,  The Hot Chick (wait for a smart-ass comment from Jeff on that one),  Liar Liar, IronMan 2 and so much more to list here.  John has never been type-cast to one genre of movie, or musical style yet comes up with the hair raising scores in The Call.  There are a few tracks I would say you best have the lights on when you have time to listen.

RunTime  24:34  You can follow John Here, and also Costa Communications.

Thanks for your support, and thanks for listening as well.     Onward to  iscifi.tv….

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Feb 042012
 

Ken Rand

Ken Rand, author, at CONduit 17 in Salt Lake C...

1946 – 2009

Ken’s work with over 100 books and short story from sci-fi to the weird to the politics from the mind of a great friend we lost in 2009 to cancer.  Even in death Ken was a teacher as he donated his body to science.   Our sit down is a comedy of errors for sure but Ken is such a great guy I wanted to share this with our fans as well.   Ken works live on even with the passing of his mortal body.  You can find his  published works here and many short stories. We hope you enjoy a truly down to earth man and fellow sci-fi geek as well.

More about ken can be found here:
http://www.sfwa.org/members/Rand/
original episode 322, from Nov/01/2007.

Rest in peace Ken!  http://www.kenrandmediaman.com/Pages/news.aspx

Jan 292012
 

Scott HeadScott L. Schwartz, the Ultimate Bad Guy?, Well listen and watch as Mr hnack and Scott chat about Scott’s success, his sister Beth, his Ex-Wife and how awesome Scott is.

This interview took place on Sunday , Sept 21, 2008 at Mountaincon IV in Layton Utah. Consider this a candid look at Scott, there may be a few curse words, but would you expect less from the Ultimate Bad guy!

Direct link to media (mp4 video) :

More about Scott :

http://www.ultimatebadguy.com/

In memorium of Beth (his sister).

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Apr 262011
 

Sony PSN (PlayStation network) and media network known as Qriocity is down, hacked, broken none the less the PSN fanboys don’t seem to be bitching much.

Image representing Sony as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

 

However the fanboys of the biggest competitor to PSN are laughing all the way to their XBL gold card. Yes PSN is free if you own a PS3 and have multi player games, however without the PSN you are forced to be in single player mode. LMAO! Mr Rodgers Land of Make Believe or PSN?

If Sony charged for PSN I think they would have fixed the issue by now, but as of April 25th they have been down hard for five days. *snicker. I’m not trying to sound fanboyish, but I have to snicker that this makes world wide news considering its is a free service. Yes you can get game add-on, music downloads and other bits from the PSN Qriocity side but its not required to play a game, again unless you want to play online.

No hacker group has come forward with bragging about the hack

To quote Sony:

Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain
PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was
 compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion
 into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:
  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

Wait Sony!, you were hacked, and you know it then you should be able to provide the data that traces where it came from. Any guesses that this is from RIPE.net IP addresses. Even worse, personal information, email address, username, passwords, credit card info may have been compromised! Holy Epic Fail!

I am a tech enthusiast, a geek, a network admin and much more. I enjoy computer games and grew up (or did I) living in Arcades. This isn’t the first time a game network went down, but sure as shit is pretty bad when the billing information should be on a separate system that is linked to a user account. No duh Sony if you store information in the datawarehouse that is in the same database tables as the customer’s login instead of pointed to the data outside the PSN system you would have less of a risk of confidential user-data from being stolen.

Sorry sony, you do make great products for the consumer but with PSN you fail big time.

Sony’s response to the outage.

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Jul 202010
 

John Debney head shotJohn Debney deserves an Academy award as he is one busy composer working on 4~5 projects at once!   With work completed on Predators, Iron Man 2, and working again with Robert Rodriguez scoring the upcoming movie Machete.  You can see that John is working on several projects in 2010 and that has always been the case.  You can see his work in action on YouTube, also samples of John work if featured on his website.  John did a live Q and A on Justin.TV June 30 2010, which you can watch here.

Because of John’s crazy scheduled and the amount of coffee (he needs to get stock in StarBucks) , we were able ask a few questions via his PR firm instead of a live on mic conversation.

Here’s what we came up with including an obscure questions about his involving in Disney’s The Strongest Man in The World (1975).

Predators soundtrack cover1. What is your inspiration to your compositions in big budget movies like Iron Man 2, Predators? The film and images within inspire my work. I’m very visually oriented so I usually draw my inspiration from the visuals and the actors and storyline.

2. When working on a project do you use traditional gear (piano, guitar, strings, etc), or all virtual instruments? I usually mock-up every piece of music virtually, then I add “live” instruments on top. I’ve played a lot of guitar on the last few projects and I really enjoy the performance aspect of working on these scores.

3. Looking at your resume on IMDB we notice that you worked on animated, children’s programs sci-fi, action, adventure. Is there such a thing as a favorite genre? I really don’t have a favorite genre. Working on a variety of different projects helps me stay fresh and clears my head. I really enjoy wearing different hats and creating different types of scores.

4. We have listened to your Iron man 2 scores and we love the heard edge you gave the movie and drove the story with your score. How were you able to accomplish such seamless music to on screen synergy? Thank you very much for the compliment! A score in a film especially an action film should propel the story. Iron Man is this really amazing cutting edge, playboy, inventor, super hip guy. In addition to the classical music elements that play throughout the score, I also incorporated al ot of guitar. I played some of the guitar and then Tom Morello who also performed on the first Iron Man score came in and added his playing to the score to further give it an edge.

5. When working in the studio with a live orchestra what does it feel like to hear your music come to life? It is the most exciting part of what I do. Hearing the music played for the first time is still one of the single most fulfilling moments on a film. Crafting a performance is wonderful, especially if you’re given the chance to work with such brilliant musicians as those in L.A. and London for example.

6. You acted in the 1975 Disney movie: The Strongest Man in the World , Would you like to be on screen again? How funny! Well yes I did a number of commercials and such in my younger days. It very well might be fun to say a few lines on camera again!

7. Can you share how all the pieces come together, electronic, live, to final cut? I usually start by viewing the film once or twice. Then, themes start to come into my head and I start to write at the keyboard. It’s really trial and error for me. Sometimes it takes a number of attempts before I discover the tone and direction to take with a score.

8. What has been the largest Orchestra you have worked with live? I believe that the largest orchestra I’ve worked with to date has been about 110 players.

9. Predators is just around the corner.  How has that been to develop another awesome score (from the previews thus far we have seen)? I loved the Predator movies and I wanted to create an original score but at the same time pay homage to Alan Silvestri’s brilliant original Predator score. It was a great experience and the first time I got to work with Nimrod Antal who is a brilliant director. The producer Robert Rodriguez and I had worked together in the past and he was the one who referred me to Nimrod. I am also currently working on music for Robert’s newest film Machete.

10. Any upcoming projects that you can talk about? (Sin City 2, Sin City 3, the double)?? I’m helping my friend Robert Rodriguez on “Machete” right now. The film is just so much fun! Robert has a way of getting all the best actors in Hollywood to work with him. This film is a throw back to some of Robert’s earlier films and it is quite the fun ride. After that is a wonderful thriller called “The Double.” It’s one of the better scripts I’ve read in a long time and I’m looking forward to getting started on it.

Jun 152010
 

Ghostbusters of Salt Lake took on a Jedi master, ok some coold guys from the Ghostbuster and a Jedi costumer at Conduit XX.  This was filmed on Sat May 29 2010 in Salt Lake City.

Run time about 5 mins. its just a short and fun video of the GB and Jedi hamming it up.

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Jun 152010
 

Conduit XX – Wasatch Paranormal segment with Tom Carr and the folks that like to bring you into the realm of the haunted, the unknown and the history of some of Utah’s oldest building as well.  Not only is there history to be learned but keep an open mind and you may see or hear things that indicate something from the other side may lurk the halls and rooms of these building.

I think I frightened Russell Cook as he was being sarcastic until the camera went on.  LOL

For more information visit Wasatch Paranormal

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Jun 142010
 

Will the real Klingon lunch lady please stand up, please stand up please stand up?….  Ok enough of that Jaleta Clegg, you have heard of

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Utah Space Camp

her in a previous episode on iscifi.tv  Well Jaleta is not only a book author,  a mother and a geek, she works with Space Camp Utah.lunch lady

She told me that she is called the Klingon lunch lady, for some of the weird names that come up with for lunch.  Mystery meat anyone?  how about Warrigul with Bahgol (ya I looked that up on wikipedia, like I speak kling on).  .  Just EEEW.  Jaleta brings a sense of humor in this segment, and is also a fan of homestar runner yet the staff at Utah space camp tell her to stop playing the music too loud!

Enjoy this latest episode:

Compare the sinister Jaleta photo with my findings of a Klingon female, notice anything similar  with the pictures above?

Utah Space Camp

Jaleta’s home pagehomestar runner

originally filmed on 03-May-2010  at Conduit XX: Space pirates of conduit.  Live from the convention floor.

<-  my homey  homestarrunner!  he runs fast, has no arms and has a speech impediment.

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Jun 142010
 

Jaleta Clegg is a local author from Utah.  Her most recent work Nexus point contains ship, explosion and the feudal age (in laymen terms, the dark ages).

excerpt from her book:

When Captain Dace crash lands on a primitive planet, she finds herself on the run from villagers who are sure she’s a demon and the Patrol, who’s sure she’s a smuggler. Accused of piracy, facing death or worse at the hands of those who should be rescuing her, she must find not only some way to survive but also escape. Unfortunately, the world has other plans….

Jaleta  (jay let ah) is not only candid and a geek, she is a great asset  to the written word.

More information can be found here:

http://home.earthlink.net/~jaletac/

http://www.nexuspoint.info/

and just to prove it,  here is a pre-interview pic of Jaleta !

Geek!

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May 132010
 

Episode 410 we talk with John Kera the producer of a movie Omega1 which is in pre-production.

Omega 1

Omega 1

John is also a CEO of a  film production and distribution company that focuses on independent films with well-developed concepts. Currently called http://whirlwindpics.com/ . During our conversation John tell us that his company name will be changing to avoid any legal issue and to better market him as a movie producer.  You know what they say its all in a name (grin).  You can find out more about this movie and John on Facebook

News for tonight Microsoft application in the cloud (via web for the neebies out there) when Office 2010 release today prompts Microsoft to allow you to edit and create documents and spreadsheets without anything to install aside from having a browser.  this feature will be slated some time in June 2010.   Also Iron Man2 is kicking ass in the box office and isnt worried that the release of Robin Hood will do much hard to the money making monster.  Did Thor do something to the economy as we are seeing more movies that we have ever before but complain about the price of gas at the pump!

Episode sponsored by IndieNation.FM, The LumpCast (indiesoup), The Guys Podcast

direct link to media file if you have problems listening: http://www.archive.org/details/Iscifi.tvOmega1JohnKera#iscifi.tv