My son Max (8) made his first movie. Of course it’s Lego. I promised him I’d post it here.
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Today was the video shoot for the Computer History Museum‘s new upcoming exhibits. In it, I play Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit. (I’d like to clarify that I play Kilby at the time he invented the circuit, not the more well seasoned Kilby shown on his wikipedia page.)
At left, me in wardrobe, with cigar and ill-fitting glasses.
The shoot was fun. The entire thing was shot out on a green screen stage in Pleasanton, California, at the LMA Productions Studio in partnership with Impact Media. After extensive post production, the thing will have the feel of the Mad Men title sequence … all silhouettes and animation. Should look way cool.
Since they will be compositing multiple assets in the final footage, I had to repeat actions (simple stuff – writing, sketching circuits, etc) at a dressed desk, again at a green desk, all from several angles. No dialogue, and since it’ll all end up in animated silhouette, any subtle facial expression will likely not be seen… so it’s easy to understand why I got the part: I look like an old computer geek from the 50’s, and it didn’t depend on my acting chops.
There were five other guys in fifties garb as well, and a young woman playing a contemporary character using a piece of modern technology.
My understanding is that the video will premiere for IBM sometime in June of this year, and then will be playing constantly within the new exhibit for about a year starting in 2010. So if you’re in Silicon Valley next year, check it out. If not for me, then for the children.
Shooting some b-roll at the mall tonight (people shopping, sale signs, etc) for Programming The Nation and was asked by security what I was shooting. I said “my wife” (she was sitting nearby, and at that moment I was shooting her) and he said “okay, just don’t shoot around the building.” I said I would be sure I didn’t get anybody’s face in any shots (I wasn’t) but he said that wasn’t his concern… just that I don’t video the structure and design of the building itself… because of terrorism. I assume it’s because the tape could be used to figure out structural weaknesses.
Anyway, I found it interesting that he simply believed me and moved on… didn’t ask me to stop. How easy we apparently make it for terrorists.