Archive for February, 2008

Phrase Express

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I was using a text replacement program called “Texter” and a program called “Ditto” that let me paste from a list of things I’d copied recently instead of just pasting the last thing copied. I had some problems with Texter causing issues so I ditched it. Today I found “Phrase Express” which replaces Texter and Ditto and does a whole hell of a lot more! You can use it to easily insert text, auto-correct, launch programs and web pages, paste from a list of recently copied things, execute macros and a whole lot more.
For example, every time I send out a letter to submit for cast or crew, instead of manually typing the same thing every time I can now just type “cast@” or “crew@” and it inserts my entire cover letter. Or I can type “sig@” to insert my signature. The hotkeys or keywords are completely configurable by you. I put the “@” symbol on my keywords just so I don’t accidentally cause an insert without meaning to. If I wanted to I could also make a hotkey if I wanted to such as ctrl-alt-S for my signature, or windowskey+s, or any combination of ctrl-alt-shift-windows+any key.
Check out the website for a much better explanation of all the features. I’m totally digging it so far.

“The Princess Bride” is in the finals!

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Thanks to all of you who have been supporting our “Sweded”, “Be Kind, Rewind” style remake of “The Princess Bride.”
We are officially in the final fifteen and will find out the winner Thursday night! You all rule!

In my continiung streak of luck…

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Remember that bad-ass commercial I got paid loads of money for? Well it appears I may be getting residuals for it too. I received another check in the mail for it today (much tinier but still not insignificant). @008 is going to be my year!
Our “Sweded” version of The Princess Bride is receiving rave reviews (hopefully we’ll win the grand prize of a totally bad-ass Dell computer or the second prize of a Dell laptop), we’ve got another short film in another contest (hopefully to win a 58″ plasma HD TV), and I just booked a 4 day Production Assistant job. Let’s keep this train a-rollin’!

Rallying Cry

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So I already posted about our film, “The Princess Bride” in my last post. Now I calling everyone to arms! I try not to call in favors like this too often so hopefully it carries some weight.
When you click on the link above, you will see a place whee you can rate the film 1-10 stars, but you can’t rate the film without having an account on filmmakingfrenzy.com. To anyone who can be bothered, we beg you to take the few seconds to make an account, verify your account, log in, rate our movie (hopefully 10 stars but I won’t ask anyone to go against their own judgment) and leave us a nice comment. I totally understand if you can’t be bothered but it can’t hurt to put out the rallying cry!

“Be Kind Rewind” Film Making Frenzy

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In the spirit of the new movie, “Be Kind, Rewind” starring Jack Black and Mos Def, The Alamo Drafthouse and Filmmakingfrenzy.com are holding a contest to make a 5 minute “Sweded” version of a Hollywood movie.
We chose to make “The Princess Bride”. Larry and I also starred in our friend, James Pound’s remake of “Back to the Future II”
Sadly there was one other remake of the Princess Bride which had some of the exact same ideas we had, but luckily I think our two versions are vastly different. Go check them out and vote for us!

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