Thursday, October 21, 2010

4 Photos from NY Comic Con


This photo is only somewhat posed. I was on my way to the bathroom, and saw someone dressed as Rorschach leaning on the railing and looking over the balcony at the convention-goers below. This struck me as a very in-character posture for Rorschach.

I asked him if I could take his picture. He agreed, turned to face me, and struck an upright superhero pose.

I took that picture, and then asked him if I could take another with him leaning on the railing just as he was.

Boba Fett playing an accordion in front of the Javitz Center.

It's not every day that you can write a caption like that, and it describe something that really happened.

My brother Mike, as a Starfleet officer preparing to cross Eleventh Avenue.

I have to hand it to my brother Mike for organizing the whole outing. It's quite surprising that I haven't gone to it before, and I'll certainly be back next year.

It would be a little too geek-in-the-closet for me to post these photos without including one of myself-

so here is a photo of me, dressed as a Starfleet officer, eating a hot dog.

photo by Mike Nguyen

I didn't take nearly as many photos as I should have, so best place to check out other photos from the convention, including some pretty impressive costumes, is New York Comic Con's public flickr group.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

'Second Glance' plays at NewFilmmakers New York

Last Wednesday, we had the pleasure of seeing our short film Second Glance play as part of the NewFilmmakers New York fall program at the Anthology Film Archives.

Second Glance had originated as one of a series of short plays and monologues that Joe had written, some of which Laura had been performing at monologue nights in New York and New Jersey. In the fall of last year, Ethan, Tod, Laura and I got together a small crew of friends and family, and filmed a number of these pieces in Central Park. We found that one in particular, about a chance encounter between a man and a woman, stood very well on its own, and we developed it as a short film and submitted it to various festivals.

This was the first time that we got to see Second Glance on the big screen. I was crossing my fingers, because while I knew Laura and Tod's performances were great all on their own, my brain was preoccupied thinking that any tiny technical picture or sound aberration would be magnified a thousand fold in the larger environment (I could only assume that the improvised editing bay of my living room, pictured below, had been much more forgiving):

Fortunately, it held up very well. On the visual end, we had gotten some very rich color and sharp picture out of our Canon HF200 camera. In terms of sound, the dialogue portions had been recorded off-set in a professional environment, and the background park sounds had been recorded separately as well (albeit on my iPhone). Put together, we were very happy with the results, and also enjoyed the chance to watch the other independent shorts that had been included in the evening's program.

In addition to last week's screening, Second Glance will also play at the Zero Film Festival in November (dates and times TBD). For more info about Second Glance, including the trailer and a behind the scenes video, visit

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Five Photos (III)


If you look past the hot dog cart and into the street, you'll notice someone taking a picture of the museum. I just now realized that I'm probably in his picture, too.


From North of Times Square


My friend Julian Rozzell, Jr. performed in a production of T.S. Eliot's 'Murder in the Cathedral' at St. Joseph's Church in Brooklyn.

This is from after the show had come down. Julian is heading back up the aisle to grab something that he had left.


I'm not usually a Sam Adams fan, but have found myself liking Octoberfest this year.


I was at the museum to check out an exhibit featuring photos by Leon Levinstein. He had done a great deal of street photography in New York from 1950 - 1980, and seeing some of that work has gotten me more interested in taking pictures of people.


These five photos are pulled from a larger batch of photos that I just recently uploaded to Flickr. The above are the ones that I thought fit the blog format best, but if you'd like to check out the rest, you can do so by clicking here.