Short Films – The short (10:41) first episode of the series “Sage Alexander: The Dark Realm” was released July 14 on the TigerBeat TV YouTube channel. This six-episode video series is based on the Young Adult “Sage Alexander” series of books written by Steve Copling. I haven’t read any of the books in the series myself, but a granddaughter has and says it was very good. That seems to be a common consensus as the book is rated 5/5 on Amazon and nearly as well on Goodreads for both books in the series. The synopsis for the video series:
All of Sage Alexander’s training with his guardian angel Leah has lead to this moment, but is he actually ready to enter the Dark Realm on his own? Meanwhile, five more young warriors-in-training discover a portal into the Dark Realm… 200 years earlier. Will this truly be one last adventure?
The video series certainly looks promising. The few special effects shown in the first episode are reasonable. In addition to this just looking like a good story, I have the added incentive for it to be successful and picked up as a series – I know one of the young actors, Ashlea Rae.
Short Films – WWII – This very short (3:35) and sad short film set in World War II is very different. It was published to YouTube in November of 2017 by Prosaic Pictures. They have produced several short films set in WWII.
Short Films – WWII – WWII Timeline – I have come across many short films, but this is the first set during World War II. This short (13:14) film is named “Unintended” and you will see why as you watch it. It was published to YouTube in December of 2011 by Ben Hector.
It is not the best film and the special effects are minimal. It does have an interesting story though and it is fairly well acted.
I came across this short (3:57) tribute to the Firefly series and movie done by FX studio Zoic who did some of the special effects for the series in 2002. Shiny!
Sadly I don’t think we will see any more of the Firefly universe on either the big or small screen.
Trailers – I just saw this trailer today and it looks like the movie may be good. Hard to tell what the actual movie will be like from this short trailer though. The synopsis (from IMDB):
A small group of town residents have to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.
The movie is being released this July. I look forward to seeing it sometime.
When looking for someplace within walking distance of my hotel I came across the Sony Archives. The small museum is located at 6-6-39 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. The archive collection is managed by Sony, is free and is open to the public, but it does require a reservation ( +81 (0) 3-5448-4455 ).
Sony was founded in the wake of world War II in the fall of 1946. The Sony Archives is not large. You can easily browse through it in about an hour. Many products are on display, including the prototype electric rice cooker that was their first product.
If you are interested in more history of Sony, the Podcast Tech Stuff had a series of three episodes (November 2, 9, & 16 of 2017) that give a good background story. You can find them on the iTunes site.
I would not recommend going out of your way to visit the Archives, but if you are in the area and have a little free time it is an interesting walk through elecronics history.
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Most who visit Las Vegas just see the lights of the city. Las Vegas and neighboring Henderson are part of a desert valley. While the area is very developed with the 600 square mile basin now home to more than 2 million, it is a very arid desert.
This is a look around part of Henderson and down into the valley where the skyline of Las Vegas can be seen.
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I am trying something a little different and have created a short video. I hope to make a few more of these on my travels. This one shows a home in a Henderson, NV neighborhood that has various dinosaur figures on the front yard and roof. Not something you see every day.
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Trailers – The second season of Westworld begins next week. I enjoyed season 1 and look forward to this season as well.
Trailers – The trailer for the Han Solo stand-alone movie due in theaters this May is out. This looks like it will be another great story. The synopsis per IMDB:
During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
I’m looking forward to this next installment to the Star Wars universe.