Posts Tagged ‘film’

How to Film Frisco: With a Small Robinson Helicopter and a Selfie Stick

Friday, August 26th, 2016

As seen over the Financh:

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I guess you throw in a little image stabilization and a soundtrack in post and then you’ve got yourself the opening scenes of your movie…

Click here to join in on the fun, and oh what’s this, a little dis on the competition:

These “discounted” rates have an inflated price to start with and are then supposedly “discounted”, so in the end, the rate is NOT discounted at all.If you are a photographer and considering helicopters, remember, small helicopters (R22) are “nervous” and wind affected, unstable and yes a little cheaper, but “not worth it” in the words of actual clients. Your safety is worth far more. Again, don’t get fooled by inexperienced flight schools filling downtime, or the cheaper and unstable “R22”, or even a “drone”, although their plenty of salesman out there selling their so called “service” the are usually incapable of delivering the broadcast quality shot you seek.

OK fine!

So yes, this chopper is big for a Robinson, but pretty small nevertheless. Keep a look out for the big boys when you’re up there…

 

Permit Shmermit! – How to Film a Scene in Chinatown, 30 Seconds at a Time, In Between Red Traffic Signals

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

(I think this is how Coppola Daughter made Lost In Translation in Japan, one step ahead of the cops sometimes.)

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You can’t get more verite than this…

EQUINOX: Frisco’s Most Beloved Shut-Down Restaurant – Sadly, It Stopped Revolving in May 2007

Friday, June 24th, 2016

I guess people went here for Prom Night? Anyway, they’re super nostalgic for our one and only formerly revolving restaurant.

“It’s been gone since May of 2007 and still there are reviews pouring in.”

Not much has changed since it closed. Here’s an update from 2009. And here’s how it looks now:

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One supposes the scaffolding has nothing to do with getting the thing to revolve again. Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero sends workers up there to work on the famous Embarcadero Center Christmas / holiday lights sometimes. It looks like this:

And this:

But see for yourself – Time After Time was a horrible 1979 movie that you could have shot yourself. Check it out starting at 57:50. See? That was the Equinox.

(But don’t pay attention to the clumsy edits as you see the same background over and over.)

In mitigation, TAT was filmed on location, so it’s got that going for it:

Time After Time was filmed throughout San Francisco, including Cow Hollow, North Beach, the Hyatt Regency hotel, California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, the Marina District, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Richmond District, the Golden Gate Bridge, Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill, the Embarcadero Center, Chinatown, the Marina Green, the Palace of Fine Arts, Potrero Hill, and the Civic Center.

So that’s your update.

Oh, you can still go up there, but you have to pay a lot of money and be a hotel guest at the time. Or you have to make friends with a hotel guest and then pay $35 per visit.

Hey, how much would it take to get this place revolving as a restaurant again? Millions and millions prolly…

A Pickup Truck So Long It Requires an Expensive SFPD Police Escort – Life in This “World-Class” City

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

IDK, filming something, prolly.

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And the flat black paint reduces reflections, that’s what I’m going with.

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But when you film in SF, you face a lot of costs. That’s what killed Nash Bridges after a few years and that’s what also helped to kill Trauma after a few months worth of shows got aired.

Anyway, we’re no Vancouver, that’s for sure…

So the Kung Fu Panda Film Series was Merely a Plot to Sell Us Tofu? – Jack Black Sells Out to Big Soy on a Big Bus

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This sure looks like Jack Black dressed as a Panda:

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What’s next, Fred Flintstone selling cigarettes?

Local Art: “Pac Man Attacks Japanese Ornamental Carp From Above” – It’s Morte Dall’Alto for Your Colorful Koi

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Hey, remember Pixels?

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This one painting is much better than all of Pixels. Much cheaper to produce too.

Come See the 1979 “White Night Riot” Reenacted at City Hall – ABC’s “When We Rise” Miniseries to Disrupt Traffic Friday Night

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s your traffic advisory

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It’ll be just like when they shot that Milk movie…

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…except without Sean Penn

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Frisco Featured in Audi / Captain America: Civil War Commercial – But Where is This Place? – A Mystery Tunnel

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I suppose this topic is too commercial, literally, for Reddit, but I’ll try.

Where is this place? SoMA, right? I know not.

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Here it is, Audi – The Chase:

(Obviously, the tunnel itself isn’t in the 415.)

I’ll tell you, I thought this was a trailer at first, but no, it’s just an Audi ad. (The tone and the music are all wrong for a Major Motion Picture, even one Sponsored By Audi. Oh also, there are too many Audis in this Audi ad.)

Anyway, I should know where this is, but I don’t.

Ping Pong Dojo, North Beach USA – Defeat Does Not Exist in This Dojo, Does It? – NO!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

You’ve seen the movie, so why not take the next step?

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105(!) Year Old Artist Tyrus Wong to be Honored at Asian Art Museum March 9th to Kick Off CAAMFest

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Oh look, it’s Disney Legend Tyrus Wong:

“The Center for Asian American Media Celebrates The Continued Legacy of Tyrus Wong With Signing of Rediscovered Painting

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2016 – The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), is thrilled to announce a truly endearing event taking place the day before CAAMFest 2016’s Opening Night presentation of the Bay Area premiere of TYRUS.

Tyrus Wong, the 105-year-old subject of TYRUS and pioneering icon whose art has touched millions through films like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and Disney’s BAMBI, will sign an original piece of his artwork that had been unidentified for decades. The painting was rediscovered by CAAM Board Member David Lei at the Chinese United Methodist Church in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

The event, hosted by CAAM, the Asian Art Museum and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, will take place on Wednesday, March 9th, at 4:00PM in the Asian Art Museum’s Peterson Room, where San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar will present a Tyrus Wong Day proclamation in honor of the artist.

Wong will be joined by his daughter, Kim, and TYRUS director, Pamela Tom. Tom’s award-winning documentary paints a beautifully intimate portrait of Wong, eloquently exploring his childhood arrival at the Angel Island Immigration Station, the evolution of his voice and legacy and the formation of what he views as his greatest achievement, his family.

The painting will be on display at the Asian Art Museum on Thursday, March 10th, for one day only. The public is invited to view the signed piece during regular museum hours and CAAMFest’s Opening Night Gala. Learn more at www.caamfest.com/2016

Kim Wong, Pamela Tom and David Lei will be available for soundbites and photo opportunities. Press are invited to attend, and can RSVP to Larsen Associates at publicity@larsenassc.com as space is limited.

About CAAMFest:
CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), takes placeMarch 1020, 2016 in the Bay Area. CAAMFest is a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

About CAAM:
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamedia.org.”