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Pusan West Film Fest

Last weekend the Pusan West FF occured at Chapman University in Orange, CA. I’ll be brief… it was awesome.

Some pictures I took

Some pictures I took

Best,

Reviews:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/iwnow/archives/pusan_west_to_launch_at_cas_chapman_university/
http://www.sparkoc.com/event/detail/440505071
http://www.ask.com/web?q=Pusan%20West%20Reviews&o=101483&l=dis

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Secret Project Post #1

For those of you who know me, I try to do at least one ‘filmmaking’ project per summer since I graduated.  Two years ago, I was “On the Lot” and last year I created the “New Media Recruitment initiative for Chapman University.”

This summer I’ve been working on the ‘secret project’ which I’ll post a trailer for hopefully in a few weeks.  I just finished capturing footage from this summer’s shoot.

::more to come::

-dm

Did you ever play “Fate?”

Here’s a link to a “choose your fate” youtube webesode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlZPJChPu8Q

-dm

Film Studies – Career of the Future?

As the entire world moves more and more toward moving images, is a career in film studies the way of the future?  The internet is taking over for newspapers and magazines, and advertisements on hand held/mobile devices are certainty right around the corner.  The visual language seems to be the voice of the future – what say you?

http://www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/filmstudies.htm

-David May

Christopher Nolan’s Joker – Greatest Villain in Cinema History?

Last night I saw the midnight screening of the Dark Knight at the new GardenWalk in Anaheim; it was sensational. I’m sure there will be review after review praising this film and I’m sure I’ll agree with what is said. I’m not going to write about the film in general. The question I’d like to raise is this: is Christopher Nolan’s Joker the greatest villain in Cinema History? Let’s go through and check:

Darth Vader – is now just a winy teenager. Even without the destruction of the Darth Vader character via the new 3 Star Wars episodes this Joker would give him a run for his money.

the Terminator – Unfortunately he’s only been a villain 33.4% of the time (he’s the hero of the 2nd and 3rd film). He falls behind the Nolan’s Joker as well.

Silas Lynch – from The Birth of a Nation, 1915. While he is worth mentioning, he falls behind the Joker as well – he’s not near as disturbing as the Joker, nor is he as evil.

the Wicked Witch of the West – she’s been made into the misunderstood good guy by “Wicked.”

Phyllis Dietrichson – in Double Indemnity, 1944. It’s true she’s crafty and can’t be trusted but compared to the Joker she’s like Mother Teresa. She causes nowhere near the level of destruction, and by comparison, she is not feared. The Joker strikes terror into th hearts of an entire city.

Henry F. Potter – from It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946. Just nowhere near the same level – I think you’d all agree.

Mrs. Iselin – from Manchurian Candidate, 1962. She’s on the list because she’s twisted and devious – the Joker has her beat in both categories.

CatwomanBatman Returns, 1992. Catwoman is probably the most comparable person on the list simply because she too comes from the Batman universe. The Joker will leave you disturbed and rattled. Catwoman is more of a typical superhero villain – almost playful. Joker wins, hands down.

Out of all the villains I can think of, the only one who truly rivals Nolan’s Joker is Hannibal Lecter. It’s a very close call but there are a few things to consider: think about the amount of havoc the Joker brought upon the city. Think about the volume of people who were terrified of him. Think about his motives. The most frightening thing about the Joker is that he really does not have any motives – he’s just a “dog barking at cars.” He loves doing what he does. Though it’s a close call, I believe the Joker wins again.

Heath Ledger was perfect and I’m not exaggerating. It’s fair to say (while we are on the Hannibal subject) that he gave an “Anthony Hopkins” worthy performance – he’ll go down in history.

So that’s my point – I think a strong case could be made for the Nolan Joker to be the greatest villain of all time. What say you?

-David May

Famecast Profile

Apparently I’m in the mood to join new websites latley – –

I’ve been writing music since high school and I’ve never really taken it too seriously.  When I’m in the right mood, or when I have some free time sometimes I’ll feel like writing one.  I’ve decided I like writing music and I’m going to try to take it a bit more seriously.  There are some spec movie scores, some techno stuff, and some songs with lyrics.

I’ve had a page with myspace music for a while but am not totally satisfied with the way it’s set up.  A friend of mine, Justin Lutsky, is on famecast.com and I recently created a profile.

CLICK HERE to navigate to my page.

Let me know what you think.  I’m really looking to learn – the page is more for my education than public edification.  I’m still learning how to write music and would love some feedback.

Thanks!

-David May

Quarterlife.com portfolio

I created a new profile on quarterlife.com – typically I’m against joining every single social network that comes along, but for some reason I really liked this one! It’s geared toward artists and provides a great place to post photography, videos, writing, music and so on.

http://www.quarterlife.com/yamdivad

-dm

Our “interactive short film” is now posted!

A few months ago, I mentioned my most recent project “Fate” which is an interactive short film. I’m excited to announce that “Fate” is now live at www.davidmay.tv. If you have trouble with that version of the site for some reason, there is another version of the same short posted from www.davidmay.net.

Here’s how it works.
The video will play and at the end of the clip you’ll be presented with a few options.  Just below the video window, there will be letters corresponding to the choices in the video.  Just click on A), B), or C) depending on what choice you’d like to make.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN

-dm

The Future of the Film Industry

So I’ve had these wacky theories about where the Film and Television industry is going, and I was talking with a friend about this topic and he had some of the same wacky theories.  That made me realize that I should put my predictions in writing; in fact, I should have done this 4 years ago.

1) TV and the Internet will become one thing.  The better the compression, and the faster the connection speed, soon in place of going to ABC’s (for example) TV channel, you’ll just go to their website.  Software like Windows Media Center and others are already conditioning people to watch TV and Movies on their computer.  It’s possible to connect your computer to your TV and watch sitting on your couch just like normal.  This isn’t really a new thing; ever since DVD’s came out people have been warming up to the idea of watching Movies on the computer.

2) Movies will go the way of Theatre.   The film industry makes less money every, but films cost more to make every year.  Directors, writers, actors, everyone wants to make more and more and more, but again, the profit seems to be shrinking.  I think that the Internet is what is stealing the audience, and I think it’s the future.  As a result, movies will turn into special occasions – much like the Theatre has.  Frankly, I’ve noticed myself going to less and less movies every year, and when I do it’s more about the experience of “going to the movies” than it is about the film itself.

3) Independent filmmakers will rise.  We are in an age of FREE international distribution (the Internet) and the cost of filmmaking for independents coming down significantly.  Affordable software and new equipment like the “Red” are making it more possible for folks with not much money to tell incredible stories.

4) Lots of people… perhaps everyone will have a TV show (on their website).  Not long ago some folks predicted that everyone would have their own personal webpages and many people laughed at that – wondering what the point would be.  But here you are reading one of my web pages – my blog.  Not to mention myspace, facebook, youtube – the list goes on and on.  This is very near, I think.  Look at myspace TV.

5) Hollywood will “go big.”  With the rise of independent films with solid characters, unique ideas, and good stories, Hollywood will retaliate with the biggest budget stuff they can muster.  Expensive copyrights (more remakes), enormous special effects, and expensive celebrities.  Celebrities include directors, actors… really anyone Hollywood has conditioned us to want to spend money to see.

6) One of two things will happen to the independents.  They will be bought up by Hollywood, and seduced to transform into a “Hollywood Celebrity” like I mentioned a while ago.  The other possibility, is that the independents could succeed.

Anyway, I’m sure these ideas are not that new anymore.  I’ve been spouting this propaganda for about 4 years now and I wanted to finally get it in writing.

-dm

David May’s “On the Lot” expierence

I’ve been asked by some friends to blog about “On the Lot.”

For those of you who are not familiar with OTL, I’ll offer a quick explanation. Basically, it was a show produced by Steven Spielberg, Mark Burnett, and David Goffin that was intended to be sort of like the “American Idol” for filmmakers; the search for the next “great American Filmmaker.” The show was on Fox on the summer of 2007 and I was one of the contestants.

Naturally, there are lots of things that I really just can’t blog about; I’ve been sworn to secrecy. What I can say is that it was definitely an adventure that I won’t soon forget. I started the application process in October of 2006 by submitting a short film that I created at Chapman University entitled “Fetch.” While at the Denver Starz International Film Festival with my most recent short, “Itsy Bitsy” I received a phone call from the “On the Lot” staff. I was very excited. After that, I followed their instructions until they lead me “On the Lot.”

That’s the long and the short of it, anyway. Feel free to ask me questions if you like, and the questions that I can answer, I will.

-dm

David May - On the Lot

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http://www.tvsa.co.za/actorprofile.asp?actorID=7171
http://www.fansofrealitytv.com/forums/lot/64606-david-may.html
http://www.thelot.com/
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