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Robin from Fisheye Placebo looking melancholic in the city night. I wanted her eyes to resemble the fisheye lens of her camera. Many people think photography objectively captures reality, but that couldn’t further from the truth. A photographer can only capture the reality he/she chooses to see through. The types of lenses used, what’s included vs excluded in the photo, camera settings, and countless other things can alter the feeling a photo gives off, and thus reinterpreting the reality seen through the lens.

In other news, I’ve finally picked out my team of 3D artists to help me speed up my comic production. We’re still in some testing stages but I’ll be announcing the new team soon with sample artworks! So excited!

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Sweet ride! Kim, you didn’t tell us Duncan had a limo!
(Heh heh… you where wondering when he’d show up again, huh?)

Seeing how much Rythian disliked how much it rains in Server, she bought him the black umbrella. The umbrella used to have the words “spoopy” written in comic sans across the top of it. Luckily for Rythian, it could be peeled off but he appreciated the gift regardless.

Slightly different style for this page. It’s meant to be something reminiscent of shots taken from a wide lens camera. It is so you can get to absorb what is happening in (and between!) each panel a little more. Also, I enjoy making simple rain effects on these pages, trust me, there was no rain in any of the original photos used to create those backgrounds.

Muhammad Ali and trainer Bundini Brown during the Ali-Frazier Fight Of The Century, photographed by Frank Sinatra for Life Magazine, March 19, 1971.

At the Garden, Norman Mailer sat near the ring. He wrote Life magazine’s main article on the fight. Ringside tickets were sold out by the time Frank Sinatra tried to buy one. Desperate, he asked the Life editors to give him one of the magazine’s highly coveted press tickets. They struck a deal: He could have a pass if he shot photographs for them.

Not many days before the fight, Sinatra had appeared in the office of the Garden’s staff photographer, George Kalinsky, and said, “I hear you’re the greatest photographer. I want you to teach me all you know about photography in five minutes.” Over a three-hour lunch, Kalinksy taught him some basics and advised him to “make sure you feel the atmosphere.”

Sinatra was at ringside early the night of the fight, ready with a wide-angle lens on his camera. The credits on the cover of Life the next week were unmatched, before or since: Norman Mailer and Frank Sinatra.

– from The Burglary by Betty Medsger

30 Rock 30 Rock 30 Rock

I went on a tour through NBC Studios today with some members of the Film Club at my school and we got to see the SNL set while the actors were rehearsing. *Spoiler alert* They were doing a “Stranger Things” sketch and Lin Manuel-Miranda and Sasheer Zamata saw us looking through the glass and waved. I also saw Keenan, Leslie, Beck, and Kate McKinnon (who was playing Eleven and looked damn funny).

Twenty One Pilot’s gear was set up on the music stage (which looks a lot smaller in real life, along with the rest of the studio cuz they be usin that wide-angle camera lens) and we saw some more of it on another floor of 30 Rock. Didn’t see Tyler or Josh though, so that was kind of a bummer, but the whole thing was super fun. Everyone should do it if they get the chance.

So, long story short, there may or may not be a “Stranger Things” skit tonight. That’s all.

ABS - CBN studio tour + It’s Showtime experience

I’ve decided to begin a new series called “ THE ITCHY FEET” Since I’ve been all over the place lately. I’d like to bring you with me on my daily shenanigans from my food ventures to my spontaneous Day out Gala mode. 

I’ve wrote about my previous experience on Family feud which I’ve queued on my long list of Not - so - Good experience. last July 4, 2016 - Monday we had a reservation at It’s showtime and by this time we were with our parents, so one thing for sure we will never get famished again. 

Before we head out, we had a quick breakfast at one of our favorite eatery. we had to ingest something since we knew that there will be no food to be consumed inside the studio because It’s prohibited. we arrived at passed 9:00 a.m and Tita Ruth was waiting for us at the entrance, we were dropped in front of Mcdo while my Dad was scanning for a perfect slot to park the car. Unfortunately, there’s a cut off and we had to run inside ABS to register, Tita Ruth, Mom, my sibs, Tita anne with her kids head off right away to registration office. after we signed up on the application Tita Ruth went back again to the entrance to fetch my Dad since we only have less than 5 Minutes left to register else my Dad will be cut off. 

we were asked to go inside a mini conference room to tackle about the do’s and don’t’s during the studio tour. Rikki (the tour mentor) gave us a pink evaluation paper which we have to submit by the end of the tour. she also let us watch a short presentation about the history of ABS. 

*I actually thought that the reservation will only include Showtime, nothing else, but looks like we signed up for a tour as well* 

so Rikki let us roam around in different sets, she spilled few information about what kind of material they’re using and how much a set would cost. below are the information she shared:

  • all sets were built with black wall and a magic cloth that will resist sound, they used it to avoid hearing the noise of other shows from the other side.
  • the most expensive set they’ve set up is One versus One hundred. she said ABS had to buy their own chopper helicopter just for the show. 
  • The next one would be, all sets are portable, they rehash most of it. 

During the tour, Rikki asked for entertainment, Tita Ruth was the only one who’s willing to volunteer to sing in front of everyone, after that. Rikki asked for More and my parents pushed my little brother to the shameless lime light haha he sang Give me love by Ed. 

The next destination was at the props area. a place where everything that is used in TV shows are perfectly preserved. on the other side of the room you will see this huge wardrobe. these costumes are Mostly used in ASAP and other shows. they are perfectly sorted. 

Our last stop was at Dolphy Theatre, It’s not that huge, It’s actually comparable to the size of realto, this is where a short wake of Wenn Deramas and Dolphy happened. (according to Rikki) 

Unlike on what we experience during Family Feud taping, where we stayed at the audience entrance without a proper ventilation and food, on this Holding area they treated us so well. there’s free food and we are centralized. you can also consume food while you’re waiting for the time.  

after few minutes of waiting we’re ushered by Rikki on the hallway, where we can view the actual monitoring of shows. we stayed there for like 20 minutes before the actual entrance in the studio. 

The moment we get inside the studio, we didn’t get to choose on where to seat, however we’re happy on where we are assigned. there’s a big distinction between the shoot of Family feud and the live casting of showtime. we are not forced to clap and do certain things. the floor director just remind us to enjoy and  just  show genuine happiness. He reminds us that we are part of the showtime family. 

while singing the showtime theme song we can’t contain our happiness. I filmed a short clip on my phone and will release it soon. It funny because my parents had multiple exposure on tv haha. by good fortune on that day the showtime family is complete! 

I’ll be honest here, this is the most annoying thing that I’ve ever seen on a daily. I always skip their prod. watching them live didn’t change anything towards how I feel about this boy group. 

During commercial break we’re instructed to do few necessities on the show. like when should we raise our score cards or what should we say during the opening of another segment. that’s it. 

Of course, you know this segment this is actually my favorite among all. It’s funny on  how they examine each Competitor and tried to even interrogate them to spill what’s their real occupation.

I remember my bet was contender number 3! 

after all the entertainment, prior to tawag ng tanghalan sa showtime,Mariel and Karylle had to read their spiel, there’s this Lady standing beside the camera man holding few manila papers where the script was written. the hosts are going to read it in front of the camera. that’s how it’s done.

they’re actually seated in front of us, so yes guys I had a short exposure too haha

during the break, while all the staff are busy setting up for tawag ng Tanghalan, the Judges are also preparing foer the last segment. 

during the introduction of the contenders 

The last segment!!! 

Fast Fact:

  • the tour cost 185 pesos only, includes free drink and food. 
  • the actors are way different in real life, they’re more serious and not that jolly ( somehow I could say It’s all scripted. )
  • they used wide angle camera lens that why the set looks big on TV but it looks really small in real life. 
  • centralized area 
  • you’ll never have the chance to get a single photo of the actors since after the show they’ll run backstage right away.