San Diego Comic Con 3

Hello again!

We are continuing our coverage of the San Diego Comic Con with this post solely dedicated to all the interesting, outlandish and sometimes pointless costumes I came across while roaming the convention center. There are quite a few photos so I’ll keep the preamble to a minimum. A fun aspect of attending SDCC is being able to see all the hard work and creativity that some people put into their costumes. There were plenty to go around and I tried to snap as many as possible. I heard about several celebs walking around in costumes, but alas, I came across none..at least that I know of.

Without further wait time.. SDCC Part 3: Cosplay!

 

Batman and Girls
Great Batman costume. I think I saw him last year. DC hires professionals to walk the aisles and I think he's one of 'em.

 

Batman Cast
The Penguin costume really intrigued me the most of this lot.

 

Boba Fett
There's always an excellent Boba Fett lurking around somewhere. I found him.

 

Captain Amercia 1
Of course, with the Captain America movie coming out that weekend, there were plenty of Captains running around that week.

 

Captain America 2
Interesting version.

 

Chainsaw
This guy just ran around scaring people. It was fun to watch.

 

Daphne
Some old school Scooby Doo for ya.

 

Dr. Girlfriend
Dr. Girlfriend from my favorite cartoon ever...The Venture Bros.

 

Gene Simmons
Gotta snap a pic when you see Gene Simmons coming at ya.

 

Harlequin
There's always a Harlequin. Her's was well done.

 

Minotaur
This guy put in some serious hours on this costume. Very cool. All the legs moved as he walked.

 

Invisible Girl
Invisible Girl. I have no idea what she's holding in her hand. She's plugging something for herself.

 

Princess Leia
She couldn't get far with all the picture taking going on. I doubt she made it in.

 

Planet of the Apes 1
This blew me away! Best I saw that weekend.

 

Planet of the Apes 2
Had to take another snap.

 

Red Skull
The Red Skull...due to Captain America coming out that weekend.

 

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch.

 

Random Superheroes 1
Several random superheroes.

 

Random Superheroes 2
Well done...well done.

 

Random Superheroes 3
I have no idea if these are characters from any particular books/shows or if they just made them up. At any rate, their costumes were worthy of a snap.

 

Tony Stark
Very good Tony Stark I saw on Preview Night. Almost looks like Stephen Malkmus.

 

Watchmen
Rorschach from Watchmen.

 

Wonder Twins
Excellent tribute to the Wonder Twins. Too funny!

 

Well, that does it for this post. We have one more coming that will encompass just the random cool things I came across and couldn’t figure out what category to put it in. So, until we meet again…

David (Cali Dingo)

San Diego Comic Con 2

Hello All,

I am back with Part 2 of our saga: Adventures in Comic Con. This time I will be sharing photos of all things related to Movies and Television. They had a lot of very interesting props from the actual T.V. and movie sets, not to mention just a few cool sculptures and whatnot that are related to television shows and movies. I obviously was unable to hit up every display, but I found a large selection during my meanderings of the convention center that I thought were quite interesting and just generally worth a click of the camera. So without further ado…So without further ado…. SDCC Volume 2: Television and Movies!

Avengers
An Avengers display. They gave out all sorts of swag related to the upcoming movie.

 

Back to Future 1
The Back To The Future car. I love these movies and it's mostly because I love this car.

 

Back to Future 2
Here's what they had inside the car. Some props used in the movies.

 

Back to Future 3
Another view of the inside. Just behind the seat you can see the glow of the flux capacitor.

 

Back to Future 4
The plutonium. It's amazing how detailed the props are in these movies. Very cool.

 

Back to Future 5
The rear of the car. Great display.

 

Star Wars
R2D2 and C3PO display. And some random guy I caught while snapping the photo.

 

Joker Outfit
The outfit Heath Ledger wore as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Once again, the eye for detail when they make these things is stunning.

 

Green Lantern 1
The lantern used in The Green Lantern.

 

Green Lantern 2
I thought it was worth a try to power up with the lantern. However, I forgot I must use the ring. Oh, well.

 

MIB Bike
A bike that is from the upcoming MIB3.

 

Night Owl Mask
Night Owl mask from the Watchmen movie.

 

Pan Am TV
Booth for the upcoming Pan Am T.V. show. I just find it interesting how Mad Men has made the jetset era a little more nostalgic for people.

 

Superman Newspaper
The newspaper announcing Superman's return in Superman Returns.

 

Watchmen Photo
I love this photo. It was used in the movie Watchmen. Very neat.

 

Well, that is it for now. Part 3 will be coming soon.

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)

 

San Diego Comic Con 1

Hello All!

It took me quite a while to compile all the photos I took during my visit to the San Diego Comic Con and piece together the best (or better ones at least) to share on the Cali Dingo Blog. But, I did it! And…by slowly rolling over each photo it allowed me a chance to relive my great experience down in San Diego. I not only spent time at the convention itself, but I (and my lovely wife) took time to indulge in the beautiful city of San Diego itself. Boy, what a great time and what great weather! I want to move down there, that much I’ve decided. Now just need to find the logistics to make it work. 😛

At any rate, there were waaaay to many photos for one blog post. So, I broke up all the photos into selected categories and will be posting those categories over the course of the next few or more days. This categorizing is very untypical of a non-A Type personality such as myself. So a comment or two to acknowledge it was worth it, would make Cali Dingo smile. 😀

So without further ado…. SDCC Volume 1: The Overall Environment, Superhero Monster Trucks & The Sole Celeb I Found.

Shuttle Ride
Shuttle Ride to the Convention Center

 

Arriving
Local Hotels & Businesses Change Their Decor For SDCC.

 

Line
The Line To Get Our Badge.

 

Outside After
Outside It's a Mad House. I Couldn't Find Myself.

 

Badge
Got The Badge. I'm a Pro! Thanks, DC Comics!

 

ThunderCats Bag
I Was Hoping I'd Get This Bag. I Was A Major Fan As A Kid.

 

Welcome Sign
The Welcome Sign.

 

Building
Local Businesses Revamp Their Decor. Pretty Cool Sight.

 

South Park Balloons
South Park Balloons. Nice.

 

Building
More Revamped Buildings.

 

Wolverine Car
Wolverine Monster Truck.

 

SpiderMan Car
SpiderMan Monster Truck

 

Iron Man Car
Iron Man Monster Truck.

 

Captain America Car 1
Captain America Monster Truck.

 

Captain America Car 2
Captain America Monster Truck.

 

Sergio Aragones
Sergio Aragones from MAD Magazine. The Only Celeb I Came Across. LOL.

Well, that’s it for Volume 1. I’ll be back again with Costumes, Movie Props and more!

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)

San Diego, Here I Come!


California Dingo will be taking a journey to sunny San Diego to enjoy some Comic-Con. I’ll be putting up tons of photos, info and reviews on not only the booths/panels, but also just the general goings-on at SDCC. It is a very, very lively place with a large number of crazy characters (literally) running all over the place. So, I’ll have the camera in-hand, ready to snap off a roll whenever I witness something unique or just plain weird (which could be every 30 seconds). Next post will be from San Diego. Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)

Jingle All The Way!

Here is a sample of my latest project.

This is a backing theme jingle that will play behind voice overs for an instructional video. Completely made in Garageband, which is a program I’ve long been a skeptic of in regards to it’s usefulness in professional settings. However, I think I’ve come to change my opinion. It is a wonderful program for creating simple jingles and I could see using it in conjunction with Pro Tools (or any major DAW) on a larger project. By no means do I see Garageband replacing Pro Tools as a primary go-to DAW. But, for this particular project? Garageband fit the bill to a “T”.

My approach:

I found (upon several hours of digging through the midi loop library) a simplistic latin beat that I felt would not be too problematic in restructuring. I went about replacing the rythmn and the majority of the percussion instruments that came with the midi loop. The only percussion I left was the high hat and ride cymbal. Man, I love midi. 🙂

Now for a bass line to hum us along. Hmmm. Well, this is going to back a voice-over giving instructions, so we need a tone and bassline that won’t interfere with the narrator (which is me, by the way). So I started searching for the correct tone first. Stand up bass to the rescue! Why stand up? It has nice round tone you can’t get with a standard electric or picked bass line. Remember, I’m using midi here. Had I been able to record it myself using my standard electric bass, I would have been able to get what I wanted after hours of setting up mics, testing levels, readjusting levels, etc. So, the bass line I found was pretty exact to what I felt would work, with just a few miniscule changes I put here and there to the walking bassline the midi loop presented to me. Again… man, I love midi!

Now for the money-maker. A simple melody. I knew that I would not find a melody that was going to fit right over the top with all the necessities I demanded. So, I elected to create it all myself using the computer keyboard (yes, you read that correctly). Again..man, I love midi!! 🙂 I put on the rythmn that I created and looped it until I figured out a simple woodwind melody. I knew I wanted a woodwind instrument to carry the tune. Woodwinds generally have a tone that can be soothing to a listener when used in these situations. They don’t tend to fight the voice actor for your attention. In this case, I was hearing in my head a flute that would carry the melody. Fortunately, I was spot on when selecting the flute as the melody maker. Nice airy tone, easy to the ears and not about to step on my voice-over. I did a few practice runs with the rythmn section, quickly found a nice melody run and recorded.

The last bit is the fun part…mixing. In this instance, the mixing is small potatoes. There were only 5 tracks. I adjusted some levels and panned the flute and some of the percussion elements in different areas of the sound field to give room for the narrator. Oila! Finished. This was a very fun project to work on.

I feel it could not only work as a backing track to narration, but I could see it as a menu jingle or pause game jingle for a game on the iPad or the like. 🙂

Enjoy!

Backing Track To Voice Over

Until next time!

David (Cali Dingo)