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2015-04-30 (0 comments)

New TimeFest advertisement...

After a week of work, here's the ad for the upcoming 'NOLA TimeFest III'

I shot this on my trusty (but now cranky) old Sony FX-1 camera, in my aunt Joyce's neighborhood in Baton Rouge, near where the owner of the Delorean time machine prop lives (we've booked him and his car for the Fest.) The idea behind this is a whim I dreamed up over a year ago when we were contemplating staging TimeFest II in Esplanade Mall - we were thinking of shooting this in the adjacent parking lot, recreating part of the beginning of Back to the Future. Here, we've recreated part of the BTTF trailer instead, but given it a twist!

One thing I forgot to do on location was to provide myself a chroma screen to composite out the interior of Paul Patacek's TARDIS, so for a couple shots I had to rotoscope (sloppily) out the inside so that you could see the control room instead of the wooden walls and plastic windows. Just 60 frames or so, but it took me about a half hour to do each brief shot.

The spinning TARDIS at the end is not CGI, for I suck at CG; but we needed something to match Paul's full size model and he leant me the Character Options plastic replica, complete with flashing light on top. After fastening blue tissue paper to cover the speaker and battery cover on the back, I mounted this on a record player in front of a greenscreen and filmed it. Came out better than anticipated!

The music at the end is C.O.G.'s live version of the theme, excerpted from a show we did last August at Southport Hall.

2015-04-23 (0 comments)

C.O.G. presents the Supervillain Symposium!

2014-12-17 (0 comments)

What is the band up to now?

For our little end of the year sabbatical, we've been taking a little break from gigging and instead concentrating on recording - trying to get some new tunes worked on, but also trying to get recordings of all the songs by other artists we've covered over the years.

Checking the live show logs, we've logged a LOT of covers over the course of the last 18 years or so, with about 20 of them having been played by the current lineup - but most of them have never been properly recorded (exceptions: 'Doctor Who', 'Blinded Me With Science', 'Magic Dance', 'Green Slime') Time to change that! First one up was 'Major Tom', the new one we have picked up for our new Nurse Shark. We recorded this last week and I spliced it together with some nice looking live footage from a couple months ago...

Next one up will be the theme from Buckaroo Banzai... we just started recording that at rehearsal last night...

2014-11-08 (0 comments)


2014-10-20 (0 comments)


For the Consortium of Genius, there's a little opening spot tonight at Southport Hall with the Protomen and our friends from Dallas, Urizen...  we're going on early, at 7pm for a quick half hour slot.  Then next Wednesday (the 29th) we'll be playing House of Shock haunted house one last time, with a big all-ages show that hopefully includes a lot of old favorites!  That should start around 8pm.

For Confabulation of Gentry, we're going to debut our new lineup with our brand new trumpet player and bass player headlining a show on November 29th at Banks St. Bar, but before that we are gunning for an opening slot with touring steampunk act Frenchy & the Punk... location TBA.

Meanwhile, the robots of Circuits or Gears have successfully launched their opening salvo against the human race, and the results are visible in this video, for a 'song' that they debuted last Friday on The Fump.  Enjoy!

Oh yeah, one last thing... I finally have cataloged all my projects HERE.  Easier to keep track of, with the shortest URL I was able to afford, LOL!

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