Sunday, October 09, 2005

Movies, Doom and Sets

After a long time, I got to get up late on a weekend... couldn't do that the past few weeks because of the paper presentation, a party and some stupid extra classes at college (don't know why I attended them). It was almost lunch time, so I went out with a couple of friends for lunch at Ohri's. Man that place is cool! If I had my cam and the place was empty, I would have probably filled up a good chunk of my 512MB card.

I watched Wes Craven's Red Eye today — good movie. I'm too lazy to tell you what it's about, but I'll tell you that the story isn't anything original... it's a little predictable too. However, it was well made and well paced, so I was entertained. Speaking of movies, I also watched The Intrepreter recently. I expected it to be good, but it turned out to be an average movie.

Ismaele released the first episode of his Italian DooM project, The Lost Colony a week ago. The WAD is a compilation of 8 maps by the all-Italian team of Toranaga, Buzzbomber and Ismaele himself. I just played through them briefly today and it was a lot of fun. Buzzbomber's maps have a clean, well-planned design. Ismaele's maps are also very detailed (and hard too), however it does get slightly room-door-room-ish at times. I also don't think the death traps were such a good idea. Toranaga's maps have lots of ammo, but they could use a little more detail. Can't comment about the gameplay in these maps since I didn't play them properly. Anyway overall, it's worth downloading and playing, so go get it if you haven't already.

There's a new photo up on my gallery, and there'll be another one uploaded in a day or two where I experiment some more with lighting. This time I got some strong orangish-red lighting by tying a light pink cloth over a torch. Was very tricky getting that soft diffused light, so I'm happy with the result. Now I know (or at least I think) you'll want to see the set I used for the shot, so here it is (more convenient this way instead of sending out individual mails isn't it?) —

6 comments:

Ismaele said...

Thanks for your comments on "Italian Doom - Episode 1: The Lost Colony", Varun. :) All the "Italian Team" thank you. ;)

Varun said...

You're welcome :)

Karthik Abhiram said...

For some reason I was able to access your blog today at office... nice to read your post & nice photo!

Karthik Abhiram said...

Posting this comment from Chennai airport.  I know it's unrelated to your post, but anyway...

Anonymous said...

Hi Varun,

I found this small article with Top 10 tips for taking very good photographs and thought that you might be interested....
http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=317&pq-locale=en_US

ps: Your photos don't have many "human" subjects in them...they seem more abstract should I say....

- A friend of Karthik!! ( do post a comment of what you think about how you liked the link!)

Varun said...

A friend of Karthik eh? :)

Thanks for the link (and for commenting)! I had seen that page a long time ago, but never bothered to read it fully... yesterday I did :) Nice article, although there's this quote by Ansel Adams -- "There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

And yeah, very few pics on my gallery have people in it... I can never get people to pose for me.