(2 replies, posted in Creations)

Whoohoo! Finally got a chance to watch!

I like it. I like the concept, it's a nice little short with a cool thread. Also, excellent use of the setting and sound to create more material than you could film (such as the yelling voices in the woods and the fire effects).

And fun use of the puppers, too!


(667 replies, posted in Off Topic)

I'm in, depending on what I can say about whatever subject is being discussed.


(216 replies, posted in Off Topic)

That sentence melted my eyes. What the hell??


(48 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Good grief, Suzie is like 1000% more film-cultured than all of us.


(5 replies, posted in Off Topic)

That'd be fun. He cooks, I eat and rate it.


(5 replies, posted in Off Topic)

In my case, I had the advantage of knowing more about Boter's personality than he had of mine. I've seen some of his videos, and his skits, and short films, and his only exposure to me was via this forum and our efforts on Hyacinth. These last two were shared experiences, so again, I have seen more of Boter's personality than he has of mine.

All that is to say, he's consistent. The instant we met face to face, I felt like I was, indeed, talking to Boter. His online persona is about the same as he is in person. Of course, it's quite possible all this was a front (as most people put up some kind of face when hosting guests), I'm inclined to think that I got the straight Boter. Naturally, there are depths to him that must only be found by close, long-time friends, but my point is that nothing he did or said seemed false. He cared about making sure we were comfortable, and yet was comfortable enough to share his own life aspirations and quirks. He even told me about his murder shed, so you know he's not hiding much.

Hanging out with him was fun. Board games, chill movies, that sort of thing. In fact, all four of use worked really well together, such that we dominated a cooperative game that's supposed to be difficult. Communication was easy, and the task was done quickly. One reason for this, I believe, is how his relationship with Mrs Boter seems quite like mine with Mrs Writhyn, with a gender-swap. Mrs Boter and I seem both pretty laid-back, and Boter and Mrs Writhyn were more gregarious and hilarious (more on the jokes in a minute). Thus, Boter and I were already well-practiced at dealing with a person of the opposite temperament.

This meant the actual work part of the weekend (shooting film) went very smoothly. He was an able director, knew what he wanted, but was open to suggestions and responded positively to change. What little obstacles occurred during production he dealt with gracefully and in good humor. Good man. I liked him. And the footage turned out great: he knows how to light a scene, while being honest about his past shortcomings. Best kind of person.

Boter and Mrs Writhyn had too much fun with awful puns. While I sure enjoy such word games in this forum, it's different in real life, when you have to listen and you can't get away. No murder shed needed: I almost died.
But Boter was funny in other ways: he gave me a birthday card envelope written to Grimm, with a funny message inside written by Dreadnought. Ace joke.
Also, his computer room is pretty badass, his willingness to pursue freelancing dreams admirable, his house is pretty sweet, and his dogs are not nearly as annoying as I find most dogs to be. And he can cook!


(48 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Google, how do I fly a B212 helicopter?


(6 replies, posted in Creations)

Here's the correspondence, would appreciate advice:

Message from the guy:
"Hi David My name is Gareth Severn and I am a radio Presenter and voice over actor based in Cyprus. I have recently come across Hyacinth.
I wanted to ask two things really. Firstly, I am a radio presenter on a station called Ex-pat Radio that broadcasts throughout the world online and my show currently gets around 60'000 listeners on a Tuesday prime slot. I have been looking to air a sci fi drama and would love it if you would kindly give me permission to broadcast your show. If so it would also be amazing if you could voice me an introductory segment introducing yourself and the project Hyacinth.
Secondly I am also a voice over actor and if you ever have any other projects that need a cast please consider me as it would be awesome to be involved. Let me know as would love to get the first episode up on the show next week  Have a great New Year!"

My response:
"Hello! Wow, this sounds awesome! I have a number of questions, but generally, I'm completely willing! Thanks for the opportunity.

1) How will the episodes be presented? They're all slightly different lengths, so I'm curious if there would be any editing on your end? Will they be played from start to finish, or will there be breaks?

2) I'm assuming my compensation for this would be the exposure only, which I'm ok with. But since you're the presenter, do you have any suggestions for how I might re-record the info at the end of the episodes to maximise the chances of your listeners checking out my website, leaving reviews, or even donating a little?

3) Speaking of recording, what sort of things would you like me to record for the introduction? I wrote, directed, edited, composed music, and produced the series (all firsts for me), so I could say a lot about the process. Especially if some of your listeners aren't regular listeners of sci-fi audiodrama. How much of an intro are you looking for?

Please excuse my ignorance, I'm completely new to all this. Thanks for reaching out to me! I'm glad you enjoyed the show!"

I looked up the website for the guy and he's on there. Seems pretty legit.


(6 replies, posted in Creations)



(2,110 replies, posted in Off Topic)

I'm interested

Edit: Damn


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

Well, it's on twitter now. @TheMRSHyacinth

And it was live-tweeted (quite entertainingly) by a person I don't know!


(53 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

(also, how about that Ryan vs Dorkman moment in the throne room? Yay!)


(53 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

Oh and when Luke completely subverted the grandiosity of the scene from TFA's end by tossing the saber...that was sooooooo good.


(53 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

Saw it. I liked it more than 7.
I agree that the plot felt messy, the first half being hard to focus through. The casino planet sequence was hard because, frankly, it felt like they were trying to make a thing about animal abuse while people were dying in the fleet. I get that it was thematically a point about the kids rather than the animals (kids theme was cool BTW), but it felt weird.
And was anybody else wondering why the long-distance shots at the fleeing cruiser were flying in an arc?

The second half was mostly awesome and the several character twists and turns did keep me pretty tense. Overall, I liked it, and aside from the plot messiness I really liked the different vibes from previous movies. Plus, it fixed a couple of problems I had with 7 by hanging a lantern retroactively in a sensible way.

Good themes, good character stuff, Hamill killed it with his performance, and finally, like others have said,

Why bother with weapons when you can throw a ship at your enemies? Why didn't they empty one of the earlier ships before it ran out of fuel and jump it into the enemy fleet??? But lordy, lordy, lordy, that shot sequence was almost the coolest thing I've ever seen. And everything was silent during! So goooood!

And Teague owes me $20 wink


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

Thanks drax!

The sound effect you're referring to, is it the three-beep incoming transmission effect?


DarthPraxus wrote:

Ugh, fuck you for

"The Parting Glass" at the end there.
Fuck you.

I think that's a compliment, so... You're welcome wink


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

I would love to have known what I was doing regarding compression and balancing audio. I basically wrestled and googled until I had some sense of where things ought to be, and then kind of achieved that. tongue The imbalance that's left is the best I was able to do at my current level of "skill". Fair points.
And no, High-Explosives didn't get three'd. Come to think of it, if Blue had said it during her monologue that woulda been a great time for it.

Your last sentence sounds helpful but I don't think I quite understand it. Can you elaborate?

Regardless, thanks for checking it out! smile


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

Tom, since you're the first reviewer here who went in blind, quick question: how did the tension work for you? Obviously, there are a lot of tense moments:

The missile launches, Grimm's helmet cracking, Argus' suit threatening to break, the tether breaking, the shuttle crash-landing.......yadayadayada

so I don't need a review for every one, but overall,
How'd they work for ya?


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

Yay! The first "this isn't working for me" feedback! I was getting worried, for a second tongue

Re: Teague's impression of 6 and 7
I think I can see where you're coming from on the scenes getting "actier and actier" I think. There are several reasons for it and only one of them (people trying to act like things are OK in order not to break down) is intentional. I can understand that being hard to get around.
Ultimately, I'm afraid it may be lack of experience that keeps me from seeing where you're coming from on Grimm being one-note, especially since he also has a "rad arc." I'll admit I don't see how those two things can co-exist.
Unless of course you mean performance-wise, in which case I can't argue one way or the other. Personal bias and all that. I don't cringe when I listen to it, and I'm pretty happy with that, but I don't think I'm unimpeachably good.

While I totally understand feeling bad for these opinions, don't feel bad! Sure, I'm a little bummed that it wasn't a home-run on every front for you, but that's just cause I'd love everyone to love it. Which is obviously a ridiculous desire. So, thanks for sharing! I'll definitely keep an eye on this sort of thing if I do any projects like this in the future. STOP FEELING BAD tongue

If anyone else agrees, pls say so. Trust me when I say this: anything less than "blue and finch were amazing!" will not likely be passed on to my sister and wife. There's really no need for that, so don't feel bad if they weren't working for you. I won't tell them big_smile
And as always, if Con or Grimm didn't work for you (or the writing, editing, whatever), feel free to eviscerate me. I'm pretty good with such feedback smile


(2,110 replies, posted in Off Topic)

I kinda liked that he looked like he'd been hit with a bat a few times. I dunno. Just liked that he doesn't look like your typical choice.


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

Re: Finch's death: Yeah, my plan was to make at least one case where death comes out of nowhere, but I actually mixed the sound of a thousand breaking bones into the background. I wasn't able to get it very clear though hmm I think it's because there's already so much going on in the mix that the crack is lost a little.
So yeah, Finch breaks her neck, and it's definitely there if you're listening for it. But if a little accidental ambiguity works for you,
I'm ok with that!


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

I haven't felt like the feedback was too short at all smile Enjoying Teague's highlight reel and boter's tears and your essay, saniss! And of course I'm passing on the reaction to my wife and sister too!


(33 replies, posted in VFX)

Makes me think of the red-channel offset Mike mentions a couple times on DiF. I really like hearing about little tricks like that, even if I have almost no idea what is being said and I'll never need it because I'm not in VFX


(30 replies, posted in Creations)

That could be featured, man. That's really nifty-lookin'


(628 replies, posted in Creations)

This is gorgeous! Also it looks like it might kill me.


(40 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Second chance:
I moved out to CT in '09, at age 19, because I'd been dis-satisfied with the way my friendships were turning out in TN, where I'd lived for over a decade.
Joined a church, made some friends, everything was hunky-dory.
Particular 2 friends were a young couple just a few years older than me. They were awesome, basically gave me an open-door invitation to hang out with them, which was great for this young, single guy who loves quality time spent with people.
Couple of years go by, some weird friendship things start happening again. Nothing I'm able to articulate at the time, just a sense of barriers being put up. Not so much by the young couple (Dan and Joanna, btw), just by others.
So I thought I was cool with them.
Then, one evening, I was over at their house for a bible study with some other friends. We were studying James, if I'm not mistaken. Long story short, I leaned on their wooden table (one of those things with a single central column as opposed to multiple legs, but a big one) and it collapsed. Complete accident.
I said sorry, looked at it and saw that it had a previous weak spot, and that was that.

After the study, everyone went out for coffee. But Joanna seemed...peeved. And I noticed this only near the end of the hangout. Everyone else eventually left, and Dan, Joanna, and I were walking to our respective cars, when I said, "Are you still mad about the table?"

Joanna rounded on me, and proceeded to give me a talking-to like I'd never gotten:
"No it's not that the table broke, it's that your apology was half-assed and you gave an excuse saying the table was weak instead of apologizing for real. Then you didn't offer to help repair it or pay for repairs. I wouldn't have cared if you'd been legitimately sorry. But that table was a hand-made gift from my parents for our wedding which I told you about, and you didn't seem to care (this was very true)."
Then she proceeded to tell me five or six ways that I'd been dismissive of her and Dan's feelings on multiple occasions, not taking seriously the time they were giving me, cancelling on workouts with Dan even though he took time off work on those days to coach me...
There were quite a few things, all of which were absolutely fair, and NONE of which I was aware of. I was that self-focused. Here I thought I was all about friendship and stuff, but I'd never put myself in their shoes or tried to have empathy. It just didn't register.

After this, I was stunned. I swear, God kept telling me to shut my mouth even though my (natural) tendency was to be defensive. This is one of the very few times that I would say I have "heard" God. And He was telling me to shut the hell up and listen, because she was right and I had been a jerk.

So finally I choked out "Can we go to the car?" I needed a few seconds to think, and also there were a couple of random people sitting at the outdoor tables near us that probably heard everything (which, in retrospect, was probably really weird for them).

When we got to their car, I broke down and apologized. REALLY apologized. Not just about the table (because it wasn't about that, really), but about everything. Asked for help for maybe the first real time in my life. I'd been SUCH an asshole.

All this backstory to lead up to this:
Dan and Joanna both hugged me for a long time, said I was like their little brother, that they hadn't wanted to drop all that on me at once, but they couldn't take it anymore. Prayed with me, and promised to keep spending time with me and forgave me.
I ended up fixing the table myself, and I did a hell of a job smile They never brought up past issues again, just made sure to let me know if they felt like I was lacking empathy in the moment. And over the next few months, I learned to be a much more considerate person.
My friendships with other people got a lot better as a result. And I continue to work on being sure to think how others are feeling.

That was one of the best/worst nights of my life, and I'm glad it happened. So I guess it answers a few of those questions, actually, but whatever. I'll just say it answered the first smile

Forget existential dread: what's the most existentially exciting thing that's ever occurred to you?
Most ironic thing that's ever happened to you?
What is something you did that you once deeply regretted, but now are glad you did?
Moment from your life you've revisited a million times, and why.

EDIT: Geez this was long.