Thursday, May 28, 2009

Techno-Lust - Flip MinoHD Camcorder

Techno-Lust - Flip MinoHD Camcorder

Okay, it's cute and it's lightweight and takes HD that'll play
on your home tv
. Its USB plugs right into your computer so you
can edit and polish your movie you made with a camera that
fits in your pocket. Okay, I get it.

I'm a film guy who's worked with every big camera there is,
and Heaven help me, I have one of these.
Let me know how you like yours.

Flip MinoHD Camcorder

© 2009 Sam Longoria, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chef Luis Aguilar Represents USA at 2009 World Gourmet Summit in Tokyo

Chef Luis Aguilar Represents USA at 2009 World Gourmet Summit in Tokyo

Congratulations to Chef Luis Aguilar, The Dancing Gourmet, chosen by World Gourmet Summit, representing USA in Tokyo this fall.

What has this to do with Film Production? Chef Luis and I are Producing a movie together. Go Luis!

Chef Luis Aguilar, The Dancing Gourmet

© 2009 Sam Longoria, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Film Production - Double Feature

Film Production - Double Feature

One of my favorite movies is "The Magic Christian." Peter Sellers is Sir Guy Grand, the Richest Man In The World. Ringo Starr is his adopted son, Youngman.

Together, Peter and Ringo wreak havoc on British society, with briefcases full of cash and a rich sense of justice. They bribe others into outrageous, insane, and bizarre behavior. Just because.

Here's "The Magic Christian" trailer:

Insanely great supporting cast. Lawrence Harvey, Richard Attenborough, Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch, various Monty Python players, various Beatles, various Goons, oh it's a rich dish, in every spoonful.

Fabulous script, from Terry Southern's novel. Much is changed from Terry's book (Not set in Portland, Oregon for one thing). Wonderful, truly wonderful. A certain R. Polanski is serenaded by a lovely lady.

Even a great movie needs to be promoted, these things don't sell themselves, you know. Here's Ringo, guesting on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," from NBC in Beautiful Downtown Burbank.

Nowhere near the same league, but somewhat the same idea, this is "The Magic Christian Continued," sort of. Improv troupe stages a bizarre mirror incident on a NYC train. Reactions and reflections are great! Enjoy.

"The Magic Christian"

© 2009 Sam Longoria, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 01, 2009

Klingon Translator Celebrates 20th Anniversary


John Halvorson, a Hollywood screenwriter, started a Star Trek movies fan club in Seattle in 1979. That club died when John moved to Michigan.

In 1989, John formed another club, The Klingon Assault Group (KAG), based on the "bad guys" of the Star Trek movies franchise, the Klingon Empire. That club is still going strong, 20 years later.

The Klingon Assault Group (KAG) officially celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year at MARCON (The Midwest's Premiere Fantasy & Science Fiction Convention) May 22nd - 24th 2009 (Memorial Day Weekend) The MARCON convention will be held at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 350 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio USA.

Between 200 and 300 fans, dressed as Klingons will seize the Hyatt Regency Hotel. That makes Marcon the largest gathering of Klingons ever.

KAG is headed these days by the fearsome "Thought Admiral Kerla," who is actually Carol Nye, an Earth woman from Hamilton, Ohio.

Now, in Hollywood, John dresses up after-hours as a Klingon, named "Thought Admiral Kris," (pictured) complete with uniform, headpiece and wig, for Star Trek movies and science-fiction conventions. "It's fun," John says.

In various Star Trek movies and tv shows, Klingons are a pretty serious-minded bunch. It is official policy that Klingons don't have fun - ever. However, John Halvorson disagrees.

What do Klingons generally do for fun? "Feasting, drinking, head-butting, and fighting."

Klingons have changed over the years, and John prefers the early era Klingons, before there was peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. John says, "Playing the Antagonist is so much more fun."

Halvorson, is quite an active Klingon, too. He's not only the club's Founder, but his alter-ego is a Klingon Translator, Thought Admiral Kris, Commanding a Klingon star ship, the "IKV Dark Sun."

John will be on hand at the MARCON event, dressed as his Klingon alter ego, and Sam Longoria, a Hollywood Movie Producer, will take time off to put on his own Klingon headpiece and makeup to play Khaytel, The Klingon Promoter.

These days, Halvorson and Longoria run a Hollywood Klingon fan group, "The Imperial Trade Mission (ITM)."

The Mission has meetings in Hollywood, and is working to get Michael Dorn, the Actor who played "Worf," on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Michael Dorn played the Klingon "Worf," who grew up in Federation Space, through a number of STAR TREK movies and tv. Mr. Dorn's portrayal sparked much new interest in Klingons.

John Halvorson has two grown-up kids. What do they think of Dad's Klingon getup? "They're okay with it -- usually." laughs John.


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John Halvorson,

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Carol Nye,