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The big screen from the past taking on an 8mm cast.

September 14, 2016 Leave a comment

sewickley-theaterSo, the predictions of the big screen being gone due to the lcd bigs screens blowing them away seems to be much less of a valid vision in modern times.

The pic on the left is a new theater in a small community (Sewickley) being built from scratch containing a community room (for about 145), a 160 seat theater, and a 90 seat theater. along with that many communities like Lawrenceville, and Zelienople, etc have remodeled old theaters, or old buildings refitting them for theaters realizing that dinner and a movie in your own community is still better than dinner with a two hour wait at a corporate restaurant, moving to park again, and a thirty minute line for the movie, along with waiting in traffic to get our of the theater parking lot.

In other words spending a whole days with friends, dinner, and a movie is still loved a bit more than jockeying your car around to get to the dinner and a movie – spending most of the time complaining with your friends how long it took.

So, this is cool. With losing many traditions for families and friends, seeing one brought back (other than sports, drinking, sports, drinking, sports, drinking) is great. Even movie directors and film geeks are following suite in their own way … with a what was though to be dying along with the local theaters, the Kodak Super 8 film camera.

How so?

super_8_lcd_white_v1Well Kodak, thought to be a dying company is catering to the wishes of a current batch of film makers and directors that want to shoot with the inspiration of 8mm film, just like their mentors from the past did. Sort of like current artists producing vinyl, because they came to the senses and realized digital takes away from natural sound(unless you have a small super-computer the size that most medium level governments can’t afford). The pic to the left is (c) Kodak and a shot of their new hybrid super 8mm camera. You get a digital copy of the film from the film after it is developed. If you still shoot still film, you understand as a photographer that light passed through actual film differently than an lcd and images on paper differently than a paper producing more natural shading and color tones. The way an image is projected onto a screen is also affected by this. Surprisingly, even the newest of film makers have to be given credit for realizing this.

cluelesstrophyBut a clueless award has to be given to the movie industry as a whole to forced small theaters to invest 60k or more in refitting completely to digital …

 

but kudos to those theaters that decided to keep some of their old analog projection gearswbkudos2 in place – and even one or two new theaters are rebuilding and placing some of the older projection equipment to accommodate film makers truly wanting to use and project on film.

If you have a local theater reopening or remodeling, please support it … most of the films they most likely chose will be much better than the ones the corporate clones show (and most likely make it to Netflix free within a month anyway).

A couple of theaters to check out:

Support your local theater, and keep your family memories on film!

Add any local theaters you know of via the comments!

-SWB

 

Out Of A Coma

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

We’re back …. or at least out of a coma.

Slightly after our little stint of “help” from the folks at Sophisticated Pittsburgh on upping our number of blog writers, they in fact lost many of theirs.  In other words people got real jobs, go married, or just disappeared of the face of the earth at SP.  As a result, we are coming back to our original self.

So, about our original self. The blog experimentally started in 2005, and was moved to .mac via the Apple iWeb.  We started writing around the time that PittGirl, CafeWitness, and others started and gained one of the top growing blog rankings ending up with 2000 readers per day, across 15 countries while on the .mac site.

That actually scared us, considering the amount of vomit we spewed out in those days along with the other rant blogs.  I’m not sure we’ll be as harsh these days, but we’ll try.

BTW – while we were hosting on .mac, Apple kindly asked us to move our site due to their product not being originally made for the amount of throughput we were getting.

So, around Spring of 2008 we moved to WordPress.

The Weasel is back, and we will be blowing word chunks as far as possible.

Cheers

-SWB

Art All Night 2011 – the wait is over!!!

The Wait Is Over!!!
This is our traditional call out for this time of year.

Yes, it’s getting close, and time to start thinking about Art All Night (click on the logo to go to AAN’s website).

Why? … and for those of you that are new to Pittsburgh, you ask, “umm, OK, why??”

Art All Night, through it’s persistence has really become the official announcement to the start of the Spring/Summer art season in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.  You know spring is coming when you start hearing the volunteer calls for Art All night.  You know spring is here when you start seeing those Art All Night “calls for artists”.  You know one of the main qualities that defines this city is now in full bloom when the first person walks into Art All Night … an sees the defining artistic creativity of the residents of our city.  There is nothing better during this time of year to show you a visual definition of “Pittsburgh”.  Art All Night has become a staple of the area holding it’s artists together every year.  Click Here to read the rest of the article on Sophisticated Pittsburgh.

Changes To SWB

January 24, 2011 2 comments

Our New Owners

Yup, we being taken over.

This is for the good.  After being inactive for a while, another site has inquired about taking over Screaming Weasel.  There will be changes, it will retain some of  the sarcasm, but will lose some of the “rantiness”  and negativity that it had when it started around 2005-2006 and rant blogs were the fad – although we will gripe a little through it,  and SWB will be the occasional guest writer.

We think you’ll like it … and what it will present about Pittsburgh.

If you want to check out our new owners, Click Here

Here is their future WordPress Blog (Click Here)

Please welcome Karyon Nightly (sophisticatedpgh) as  the new main writer.

-SWB

Art All Night 2010

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Captured logo from the Art All Night site – click on it to go there. It’s not here yet, but it’s getting close to the time to start thinking about Pittsburgh and Lawrenceville’s biggest and best art event.

That’s right ….. Art All Night.

They also added a ton of online stuff, so you can check out Art All Night all year long.

This year it is scheduled for April 24-th to 25th ad some place in Lawrenceville. Maybe SWB will take the time this year and submit something in. We were thinking about submitting an actual Screaming Weasel last year, but we figured that the only ways we could get that to work consistently over the whole weekend would have ended up turning Art All Night into a full blown PETA protest.

Having that said, it’s time to get your artwork ready, consider volunteering (it has become a huge event), and prepare yourself mentally for the best art showing in the ‘Burgh!

-SWB

PS – Since you’ve probably used your imagination a little now with our mention of submitting an actual screaming weasel … let us assure you there will be no harm to any animals in the production of our artwork.

BTW – Art All Night is now under SWB Recommends!

Pittsburgh Roads still bad (storm of 2010)

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Quickie post here:

The roads around Pittsburgh are still REALLY bad, I know this because it took my wife from 7am to 11am to get from the Sewickley area to CMU in Oakland.  This drive normally takes 40 minutes max, but since Forbes was a complete sheet of ice it took 4 hours. Getting to the city was fine, but once you are off the exits trying to get in to the city, it is bad and most likely grid locked in some areas.

Here is the issue: There is some much snow, they just have no where to go with it, so at some level plowing is useless.

Click Here for a link to WPXI and some good updates on conditions, services back available, etc.

-SWB

Donations for Haiti

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Just in case someone comes across SWB (considering I haven’t had time to post in a while), where is a good link for donating to the BRESMA Orphanage in Haiti. They will need it:

That’s Church has been keeping some updates on the orphans, etc … Click Here to go there.

Now, Haiti is a very volatile are right now, so donations are needed just to be able to get supplies in. You are looking at an area that had a 6.1 aftershock just below the surface of the earth. This compares to an earthquake of a much higher rating that happens lower in the earth as they normally do – so Haiti’s aftershocks can be quite more damaging

then let’s say one in California. The earthquakes in Haiti are also moving differently than in other spots on the planet, making things even worse.

I have also heard people mumbling “why would you live in such a dangerous are?” This sentiment comes from seeing people that have money rebuilding back in harms way in places like California. That doesn’t even remotely apply in a place like Haiti … where you are so poor that having a pair of shoes can
compare to having a Porshe in the U.S.

So, a request from us at SWB – skip your Latte’s for a week and donate to the orphanage – you have no idea how much you may buy them. Considering that Jamie and Ali McMutrie give a huge portion of their lives to these kids … you can give a few up a few latte’s. Right now I’m out off work and I’ll donate at least a little bit – so I’m not asking anyone to do any more than I am.

-SWB