Too Many Ideas - Archive for August, 2010

The A-Team

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

The trailers and the Orange advert had built up my expectation for The A-Team.  The reviews and past experience of remakes (I’m looking at you The Dukes of Hazard) had dampened my hopes. It starts out well – the origin story for the team is nice if a little light and sets up the characters […]

Sefton Park Palm House

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Britain’s Park Story on BBC4 last week included the Palm House in Sefton Park.  I took this photograph in April from the South East of the Palm House.  It was packed with children on school holidays so I’ve still not been inside but I’m going to try to get over there one day when I’m […]

Second Lighting Rig Updated

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I’ve updated the second of my old theatrical lighting rig tutorials tonight: Vue Lighting Rig: Single Spot Slightly to One Side with fresh renders and some small revisions to the text.

Leave out the (Steampunk) Kitchen Sink

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Daneofwar asked a question on Twitter in the middle of Sherlock on Sunday night… Why are fantasy ideas of settings based on the 19th century always so unoriginal? Steampunk blah blah blah goggles blah blah blah. I didn’t have time for a long answer then (too busy watching Sherlock) but I think Brian has touched […]

Liverpool Resurgent

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Liverpool Resurgent is the statue, Sir Jacob Epstein, over the entrance to the former Lewis’s Department Store (not part of the John Lewis group). Known locally as Dickie Lewis the statue of a naked man completed in 1956.

Vue Lighting Rigs

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Three years ago I ran a series of posts on my blog of different lighting rigs for use with Vue, mostly based on simple theatrical rigs.  I’m in the process of updating them with new renders and creating pages in my site for them.  The first one is now available Single Spot Overhead.  I’m also […]

Why I Write Reviews

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Why do I write what I call reviews? The short answer: Because it helps me think about my own writing. The long answer: I used to write what I’ll call proper reviews, they’d appear in Valkyrie and Ragnarok.  My review of 7th Sea produced at short notice got me the writing gig with Valkyrie so […]


Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Normally I write these things I loosely describe as reviews the same night as seeing a film or TV show. Waiting any longer risks thinking too much about the subject or forgetting a detail. That’s why I didn’t write about Sherlock last week and why I almost didn’t write about Inception that I went to […]

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