ABP Release: The Pattern

ABP is proud to present The Pattern, our first live-action release. It was created as my final project for an intro film class at Brown University and was shot partially on 16mm film with a Canon Scoopic and partially on mini-DV with a Canon HV40. It stars my friend Mike Johnson and features an original score by the talented Tommy Kraft.

Robert Bigham is a man fascinated by patterns. His latest obsession is an elusive serial killer the local papers have dubbed “The Gas Mask Killer”, but as Bigham begins to unravel the mystery behind the murders, the truth may be more than he can handle.

YouTube | Vimeo

ABP Update 05-17-2010

Things may have seemed quiet around here at ABP, but we’ve been as busy as ever!

Ivy Film Festival 2010

This year I was co-programming director of the Ivy Film Festival, the largest student-run student film festival in the United States.  I, co-director Zack Bornstein, and our programming staff were in charge of going through all film submissions, making the final selections for the festival, and choosing the winners. It was an incredibily rewarding experience and we had a great crop of films from talented filmmakers all over the world. For the third year in a row, the Ivy Film Festival also included a machinima segment (the Ivy Film Festival Machinima Competition) which took place online at Machinima.com. The panel of judges included Michael Nitsche (Georgia Tech machinima professor), Barbara Meier (Brown University animation professor), and award-winning machinima directors Phil “Overman” Rice and Kevin “Xanatos” Cianek. These judges determined the winner of the Jury Prize—Darren by Chat Noir Studios.

Ivy Film Festival Machinima Competition

The rest of the festival took place from April 13-18 on the campus of Brown University and included student screenings, pre-release films from Sundance, and panel discussions with industry insiders.

Among the attendees were machinima directors Piece “Shippidge” Shipp (2009 IFF Machinima Contest Audience Choice Winner) and Kate Lee and Sherwin Liu of Chat Noir Studios (2010 IFF Machinima Contest Jury Award Winner). Continue Reading »

IFF Machinima Competition 2010

I am one of the two programming directors for this year’s Ivy Film Festival, a student run student film festival (now in its 9th year) held on the campus of Brown University every April. This year marks the 3rd annual Ivy Film Festival Student Machinima Competition @ Machinima.com,  one of the few machinima competitions that caters exclusively to students. The site has recently gone live and is open for submissions.  Machinima.com is offering two fantastic prizes—$250 Audience Choice Award and $500 Jury Prize.  The submission deadline is March 21st so submit your work ASAP!

Ivy Film Festival

The competition is accepting machinima from any year, as long as it was made while the machinimator was a high school, college, or graduate student. Audience voting will whittle down the entries into a top ten. A second round of voting will determine the winner of the Audience Choice Award and a jury of machinima and media specialists will decide the winner of the Jury Prize. Both winners will be screened at the Ivy Film Festival in April.

This is a very exciting opportunity for student machinimators and I’m looking forward to seeing the submissions!

ABP’s First Film of 2010: Stop, Rewind

ABP is proud to present our latest machinima, Stop, Rewind. This sci-fi crime film stars Moviestorm machinimator Jorge Campos and professional actor Joe Thomas and features an incredible original score from our own Tommy Kraft. The story follows Howard Grant, a convicted murderer who’s given a second chance when he’s recruited as a test subject for an experimental machine.

Stop, Rewind release promo

Continue Reading »

Amorphous Blob v2.1

After the blog was launched I immediately began working on the next iteration of Amorphous Blob’s design. I applied my newfound knowledge (and WordPress v2.9’s new features) in the creation of the current theme. Here’s a quick rundown of the improvements:

New Header

The new header image promotes our upcoming movie Stop, Rewind. It has much softer colors to prevent distracting users from the content.

Increased Readability

The new layout is loosely based on the 960 grid system, resulting in a much larger content space and an increase in readability. The overall design is also much more visually appealing and consistent.

Cleaner Code

With the experience I gained with the first theme and a clearer idea of the desired features, I was able to keep the code much shorter and cleaner overall.

The site will continue to evolve as time goes on. I hope you all enjoy the new theme and have a happy Valentine’s Day.

Update: I fixed a bug that prevented IE from displaying the page.