CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO is a feature length documentary chronicling the lives of four mortal men and women who work as characters on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. This deeply personal view into their daily routine reveals the hardships, and triumphs, that these characters endure in pursuit of becoming famous. The Hulk sold his supernintendo for a bus ticket to LA, Wonder Woman was the homecoming queen, Batman struggles with his anger, and Superman is consumed with the character he portrays. The Walk of Fame may be right beneath their feet, but their path to Stardom is a long, hard climb. Explore the fascination, obsession, and allure of fame, through the eyes of some very unique people struggling to make it in Tinseltown.
Documentaries are such a mixed bag. They require a good balance between an interesting subject and quirky characters. If you veer too far off one path, you risk losing the audience. Seeing this trailer reminded how much I like the work of documentary duo Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger. Hoping to find a new film I had not heard about, it seems the pair have not made a documentary film since 2004’s Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. The Paradise Lost films are the ones that introduced them to a wide audience, but for a great look into another person’s life, I’d highly recommend Brother’s Keeper.
FriendFeed is a pretty cool new service (currently Beta testing) that allows you to create a page or feed consisting of many of the services you use. Check out my FriendFeed to see an example. That’s basically all the sites I use, consolidated into one page that anyone can view. At the bottom of that page is an ATOM Feed Link that lets you subscribe to a feed of that page, effectively updating you anytime I use one of those services.
They also have a widget you can embed on a web page. I tried posting that here, but the formatting isn’t quite ready. Long URLs or post titles break outside the box. Similarly, the ATOM feed is pretty unformatted and doesn’t read that well. These are both things I hope will get improved in the beta process.
One last cool feature is you can create “Imaginary Friends.” This lets you group feeds and services from your friends under one feed, even if they aren’t using the service. So, I can create a friend feed and have all that person’s content in one place.
Evidently, a German film company has been working on a film version of The Red Baron. The story doesn’t sound all that promising (see below), but the effects look amazing. The above footage is a VFX compilation and it makes me want to see this thing on the big screen.
George Lucas has always stated that the inspiration for the space battles in the Star Wars films came from his memories of the bi-plane dogfights from the films he saw as a child. Watching the Red Baron footage, it looks like the influence has come full circle. It reminded me very much of the Star Wars space battles. The way the bi-planes are going every direction and once, the blimps looming larger than anything else in the sky. Again, very cool. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.
Baron Manfred von Richthofen (SchweighÃƒÂ¶fer) is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with the nurse KÃƒÂ¤te (Headey), Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means. Caught between his disgust for the war, and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again.
Wow! That’s about all I can say. How cool would it be to work on that project and actually see that thing fly. A group of friends have built a 21-ft. replica of an X-Wing Fighter and plan to launch it on October 10. It’s powered by 4 solid fuel rockets and has 3 radio deployed parachutes to ensure a safe landing, so the group can launch the rocket again and again.