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I ISC-FI, do you?
Salt lake Geex expo and Comic Con. The massive event brought in close to 80,000 people. This record setting event was sold out each day, including the Salt Lake county Fire Marshall indicating that the Salt Palace convention center was at capacity for the event.
How? With so many convention type of event in Utah, what made this event so huge? Marketing! Dan Farr and his team including Snapp Connor , Media-One (Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News) and a slew of volunteers pull off a feat not seen in Salt Lake City. We also need to remember is was you the guest that made this happen, by snatching up VIP passes, to Sat only passes (by the way the biggest turn out for the 3 days of con).
The guests were amazing. I personally met Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars), he is such a nice gent, and actually a goofball in person. Dwight Schultz as well who played the original Mad-dog murdock in the A-Team, Lt. Barclay in Star Trek: First contact and many years on various television shows.
I even had the chance to stop by the booth for the awesome people that brought Evil Dead the musical to Las Vegas! They had to tone it down a bit for the conservative community of Salt Lake City Utah. It was just too fun over all.
Now there were guest that we didn’t have a chance to meet in person, including Stan Lee, William Shatner, David Prowse, Dirk Benedict , Richard Hatch, Kevin Sorbo, Lou Ferrigno , etc etc… The main reason was the crowd! This is the Disney world of Con’s for Utah. You can’t see everything in a single day.
Speaking of the crowd, the line to get in went around the entire block and was at least 2 hours long. That being said once inside the dealer area on the main convention floor, it was wall to wall people. I planned on chatting with more people directly but it was just too noisy. This is not a complaint, but a fact that this large event just brought more people to one location at one time. My feet are killing me, and the back of my feet didn’t like getting hit with all the strollers.
I wish I was able to attend all 3 days, so I could play out where I would be going and work the gauntlet known as the Salt Lake Comic Con crowd.
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.
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….
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:
original episode 322, from Nov/01/2007.
Rest in peace Ken! http://www.kenrandmediaman.com/Pages/news.aspx
- New Sci-Fi Short Story: ‘Springfield’ (Sample Only) (manonmona.wordpress.com)
- “You Are as Brave as Vincent van Gogh” – Donald Barthelme (1976) (bookofjoe.com)
- The contemporary short story (ask.metafilter.com)
- Book Review – Double-take Tales by Donna Brown (alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com)
Scott 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!
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Direct link to media (mp4 video) :
More about Scott :
In memorium of Beth (his sister).
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.
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:
- Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
- Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
- 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.
- PSN Down Due To “External Intrusion” Says Sony (g4tv.com)
- Sony: PSN Users’ Personal Information Obtained By “Unauthorized Person” (g4tv.com)
- Sony: Personal info compromised on PSN (news.cnet.com)
- Sony Admits Private PSN Info Has Been Stolen – All Of It (escapistmagazine.com)
- Sony says PSN ‘intrusion’ compromised personal info; hopes to have ‘some services’ back ‘within a week’ (joystiq.com)
John 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).
1. 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.
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.
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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