The Siren

Our latest collaboration with Good Kids Production is now finally live online for your viewing pleasure.  Please enjoy this short film directed by Roxy Shih starring the talented dancer and performer Pandora. To fully enjoy this piece please watch in full HD and turn up your speakers to listen to the great compositions by Beethovenboy. Thank you to all our fans for your support during this production. We truly could not have made this film without you.


Siren from Greg Cheng on Vimeo

Graphic Tutorial – 2.5 D

If you’ve ever had to use photos in a video project, I’m sure that you’ve wanted to do more than just the Ken Burns effect. Well, in this tutorial we’ll be using Photoshop and After Effects to make your photo almost 3D. I present to you, 2.5D.

Written Instructions:
1. In Photoshop: Pick your photo and choose layers. Put subjects on different layers via cut. Reconstruct any missing people and/or backgrounds.
2. Export each layer separately, as an image file, with an alpha channel.
3. Import each file into After Effects and click levitra vardenafil tablets the 3D box check to make them so. Start arranging separate images in Z space (3rd set of numbers under your “Position” attribute.)
4. Add a null object, make it 3D, and add a camera. Set the null object as a Parent to the camera and start keyframing different positions on the null object.
5. Review/render work and you’re finished!

A Statistical Study of the Film Industry

Statistics have been used since 5th century BC (thank you wiki) as a way to analyze a mass amount of data.

Over the past few years of working in the industry, whether it be commercial or otherwise, I have noticed some statistical patterns. On this page I have documented a few for scientifical purposes. Please, if you decide to use this data as a part of your own studies, provide a credit to the source like every classy scientist should.


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Man of Steel – The Monocle

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Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: David S. Goyer
Released: June 14th, 2013
Theatre watched at: Arclight Hollywood, Hollywood

I am not a Superman fan; I don’t hate him I just think he is too…super. On top of being nearly invincible the guy can turn back time, people! Wrong order at Starbucks? Gets shit on by a bird? Does a few laps around the world and someone else is having their day ruined with a “Shitè Latte on the Fly.” However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to give Superman a chance. I love the potential of his story but I don’t feel it has been serviced properly thus far (sorry, Bryan Singer). So imagine my excitement after hearing that a reboot of the Superman story is being serviced á la The Dark Knight Trilogy and being written, produced, and composed by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, and Hans Zimmer, respectively?! Oh, Zack Snyder’s directing? Watchmen (2009) is one of my favorite superhero movies; he’s capable-I’m on board.

Itching to see it, I took time out of my work day just to run down to the Hollywood Arclight theatre to reserve a free advanced screening (the premiere actually). I donned fancy maroon skinny jeans (closest red thing I had), dorky glasses and a bowtie for a hipster Clark Kent vibe that surprisingly no one picked up on. I even bought the $5 Arclight “gourmet” mango jalapeño hot dog because I was like “You know what, it’s a special occasion-I’m going to fall in love with Superman today!” The lights dimmed, the 3D glasses went on, the movie played, and…I walked out of the theatre so silent and unemotional…I hadn’t been so disappointed by a film in a long time. I’m sorry, guys. They failed.
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Now You See Me – The Monocle

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Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Written by: Ed Solomon & Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt
Released: May 31st, 2013
Theatre watched at: AMC Burbank, Burbank

Sometimes in the sea of sameness a rock floats to the surface. It breaks the fluidic facade of the likeness that you have lately taken for granted, and so it captures your curiosity and locks your attention as you drift closer and closer to it. Finally you’ve reached it, your exodus from the usual is complete and you notice something about this rock…it’s glowing. In fact, it’s shimmering. In fact, it

isn’t a rock-it’s a diamond. You fish it out, hold it up to the sun and stare at all its glory, now wondering what other treasures this sea possesses. Sometimes in Hollywood a diamond of a film will arise that forces you to rethink what you thought could be possible with the camera. This…is NOT one of those times!
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Fast & Furious 6 – The Monocle

Fast & Furious 6 - Monocle Movie Review
Directed by: Justin Lin
Written by: Chris Morgan
Released: May 24th, 2013
Theatre watched at: Edwards Cinemas Spectrum, Irvine

Deep story? No! Intelligent dialogue? Nu uh! Physics?! F*CK IT! This is Fast and Furious, baby! I’m talking fast cars, kick ass woman, testosterone like it’s a family sized dish at Buca di Beppo, with a dollop of beautiful scenery and incredible stunts! This is the frat boy of the action genre-he isn’t the smartest, but he knows how to party. Now I’ve been getting some flack from those who don’t share the same enthusiasm for the series, and I get it; it’s very easy to take a movie like this and mix it in with the rest of the “dumb” summer blockbusters, and how could you not, the producers sell it as such. However, if you give this franchise a chance to let it do what it sets out to do, you’ll find that even the dumb trail can pass by moments of inventiveness, craftsmanship, and fun…and if you don’t care, honestly, just stop reading now-this is a fan review for a movie made for the fans.
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Arrested Development at UC Irvine

Arrested Development at UC Irvine

Ever heard of a Zotgasm? I don’t think I have before last night, but I think many UC Irvine students and alumni may have all just experienced one if they are fans of

the reincarnated hit show Arrested Development. With its long awaited fourth season release on Netflix early Sunday Morning May 26th, 2013 at 12:00am, Arrested Development brought back the comical genius along with UC Irvine as one of its plot locations. By now many of us may be questioning, how much filming of Arrested Development was at UC Irvine? In this article, we’ll show off a handful of photos from Arrested Development featuring UC Irvine.


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DSLR to RED: Smoothing the Transition

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So you’ve mastered the 5dMKii, which brought life to your video career or hobby. Now you’re ready to take it to the next level with RED Digital Cinema. The Scarlet and Epic will be the key to your next set of glory days, as RED’s flagship model the RED One has become more of a $4k doorstop. Let’s try to smooth the transition from DSLR to RED.

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Star Trek Into Darkness – The Monocle
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Written by: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Released: May 16th, 2013
Theatre watched at: AMC Universal City Walk, Los Angeles

Alright, I’m going to start this one off fairly oddly only because there apparently exists a stagnant thought in the cosmos that has just now reached my consciousness, but hang with me for a second! Would it not be the most amazing thing…if the third installment to the new “Star Trek” franchise were to include Neil deGrasse Tyson as some sort of “Yoda” character type to grace the Trek fictional universe with wise and ordinarily incomprehensible quantum banter that would ultimately force the crew of the Enterprise to reshape their laws of intergalactic travel both physically and mentally?! Think about that! Picture a frustrated Captain Kirk having the most mind-blowing conversation with a Trek’d-out Neil deGrasse Tyson with all of his commanding, silly gesticulations and eloquent speech pattern–just epic. Anyways, I diGrasse (you see what I did there).

We are here to discuss the sequel to the highly acclaimed, both with critics and Trekkies alike, Star Trek (2009), the J.J. Abrams film that did not technically reboot the franchise, but rather slung the course of the previous 10 movies into an alternate reality (brilliant creative move there J.J.). Star Trek Into Darkness carries on within this continuity and pits the crew of the Enterprise against one of their own Starfleet agents, the mysterious yet dangerous John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). After Harrison detonates a bomb within a secret subterranean Starfleet sector as well as ambushing an emergency Starfleet meeting with a small gunship killing a number of high ranking officers, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew must chase after this rogue agent and capture him in order to have him answer for his crimes…but not until of course he reveals the true nature of his actions.
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On directing Ink

The Red Digital Cinema Camera on the set of Ink

I wasn’t really sure anymore if I still wanted to direct films.  It’s strange to say this as I’ve always been someone who knew exactly what I wanted to do –  be a film director.  My friends spent their high school and college years figuring out what they wanted to do as a career.  I spent that time figuring out how to get into the film industry.  When the opportunity arrived, I moved to Hollywood to pursue what I knew in my heart I had always wanted.
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