Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Need a 2 minute and 15 second 'pick me up'?

If this doesn't help, well then good luck to you.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Why isn't it all High Quality?

I know it looks like I posted the same video twice, or maybe Steve Garfield has required me to put his picture on my blog twice.

No, I am just showing that when you embed a video from youtube it automatically uses the lesser quality version.

Watch if you dare:

Low Quality.

But there is a way to use the higher quality video in embeds, but you must add some code.

Watch the difference:

High Quality.

To bypass this, when you get your embed code, add this snippet "&ap=%2526fmt%3D18" to the end of the two urls in the code. (Without the quote marks.)

My question is why aren't all of youtube's embedded videos high quality? Why do you have to click on the high quality link on youtube's site?

Well, youtube, what do you say to that?

Thanks to Make Magazine Blog.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Boston Media Makers" the trailer

Boston Media Makers from cohnjoyne on Vimeo.

Here's a trailer I made to help promote the Boston Media Makers (of which I am a member). Check out the video or the link for more info. Everyone is welcome.

I tried to make it look old and super 8 film-y. I shot it with the video function on my Canon point and shoot camera and edited on Apple's Final Cut Pro.

Original image

I got the music from Final Cut Studio's audio program called Soundtrack Pro. I was interested in a 70s rock/grind house type track and found something called "Phazed and Infused," which had the right sound.

To take the video edge off of the image and to make it look more like film I added both a "Gaussian Blur" and "Vignette" filter. I also sped up some of the clips to give it that jumpy, off-speed, film transfer look.

Filters added

Of course I wanted to add some scratches, dirt and grain to the image that all good super 8 footage seems to have, so I downloaded this clip from (a great source of copyright free and public domain material.) I placed a clip of the longest section of gross, noisy, white footage above the footage I shot. I then used the multiply composite mode to combine the two images. This gave me all the junk I was looking for and also washed out the image slightly.

Composite with film junk

Finally, I added an Earthquake filter to the text to make it more frantic, although I turned most of the parameters way down.

I go to Boston Media Makers because it fosters the DIY, can do attitude that the democratization of technology and on-line media provides. All it took was an inexpensive camera, somewhat expensive editing software, and trial and error to make a relatively cool looking video. I hope you come to our next meeting and can get inspired by the cool things that people are doing.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

More Insanity...

I a big fan of what Tracy Morgan is selling, although I am not sure exactly what it is he's selling.

Here's an older clip of his I had on this site.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It's not made of Vespas...

As you probably know, this video was not good enough to win a Vespa. But it was fun as hell to make.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Noise Rock - 1960's U.S. Soldiers on German TV Style

"The influential and ahead-of-their-time band The Monks play on German TV in 1965."

Visit their website.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Pipe Wrench Fight!!!

Wow, I remember those lyrics being a lot different, and less literal.

via American Copywriter

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Corporate Superheros...

... Are not your friends.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008

Baseball in Canada

Unfortunately, we're getting clobbered 11-0 right now...

UPDATE: Uh, yeah, so this post must have gotten lost in customs for a few weeks.

Friday, September 05, 2008

"He'll Zap You Any Way You Can"

"Jesus is My Friend" by the Christian Ska Band, Sonseed.

This beautiful video makes me think of the best line I heard this week:
"Jesus was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor."

via BoingBoing

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Save this Record Collection...

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

... If you have $3 million, that is.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What are two places you probably won't find me?

I got this unsolicited magazine in the mail. It is addressed to me. I don't know why.

I think I'm being set up to take the fall for some far fetched Keenan Ivory Wayans movie plot.

"He was such a nice guy, but he did get Field & Stream magazine."

Monday, August 11, 2008

R.I.P. Isaac Hayes

I'm not saying this is Isaac Hayes finest moment, but in the film Truck Turner, Mr. Hayes starred in and composed and performed the music for this tough and tumble blaxploitation flick.

I want to write all about how the film hits every note perfectly... even the cliched ones, but the trailer says it all.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

At the new Bleacher Bar...

... Underneath the bleachers at Fenway.

Now I'll always call it 'WhiteJack'

Sad news today.

Click on the speaker to hear it. Watch the clip here.

We'll miss you, Bernie.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

To win a Vespa...

I just made a video for a contest to win a Vespa.

The contest is being run by Hollywood East, the people who want to build a film/tv studio in Plymouth, MA.

The videos with the top 20 views before July 31 get to the judging round. Only registered members views count, but only two other people have entered so far. So no pressure registering at the site. But thank you if you do.

Click on the title, Soylent Clean, to watch.

Again, thanks, spread the word, and wish me luck.

(Inspired by this and this.)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Proof BBC is better than American TV

This is a promo by the Gorillaz for the Olympics on BBC... what's NBC gonna bring?

via Stereogum.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yes, I drank one (or more)...

... but no, I wasn't.

You can get anything...

... at the Atlanta airport.

How many bibles...

... do you have to stock to achieve superstore status?


This picture depicts what happens to me when I try to mess with electronic devices... like fixing the 'send pictures' function on my phone.

Great Old Movie

I just watched The Man Who Never Was, a great old film on hulu. It is a WWII movie about a British secret plan to use a dead body to fool the Germans. It's tense and tight and well paced for a movie that was made in the 50's.

If you watch it at you can switch it to full screen (and you probably aren't getting the whole image on my blog anyway). And yes, there are commercials, but since you are watching it on a computer you can flip over to Twitter or your inbox or whatever you are supposed to be doing at your day job during the "hungry man" or "walmart" ads.

Also if you have to watch it over several sittings, hulu remembers where you left off.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It ain't over...

My damn phone won't upload pictures by email anymore for some damn reason... until I get it figured out, you can check out this site and find out how well you will fare when the end times come.


OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Sunday, June 15, 2008

So begins a journey...

... that will take me to 5 state capitals in one day. (This one I'm just driving through.)

Monday, June 02, 2008


Yes that's a straight jacket & yes he's upside-down.

I'm not sure what this all about...

... but it's happening at Castle Island in South Boston, MA.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Does it get any bettter?

FCP editing on my front porch as the Yawkey League plays baseball across the street.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008


... away on boring location shoot.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008

Do What to the People?

Inside a Boston Public School.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Window Mural...

... in the music room at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, MA.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tore up!

Outside our house today... Hopefully this will fix our sometime dodgy electricity.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

And that's a wrap...

... 12 and a half hours later.

Way behind schedule but in HD

Don't ask...


... But no camera yet, don't get me started on action.

Serious thought

Set up

Roll at noon?!?


Why did I say I would produce?


Equal exchange coffee from the 48 hr swag bag.

48 redux

Embarking on my fifth 48 hour film, I will try to post pics from my phone as the weekend progresses.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Jealous much?

Sunday dinner by Jennifer

Friday, March 28, 2008


I'm assuming this site will be taken down soon, so enjoy my mix and upload your own and then share it with your friends... but do it quickly.

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's me, but more actorly...

My cameo in the cool new web series GravityLand is finally available on the, uh, web. I was under the impression that my name would appear above the title on this episode... my lawyers are looking into it.

But seriously folks, check out this episode, then head over to the GravityLand website to check out the rest of the episodes, and to post glowing reviews of my acting abilities over there, somebody already has.

That's all for now, I have go to update my acceptance speech.

via GravityLand

Monday, March 10, 2008

Still better than Band-Aid

No comment... but don't let that stop you.

via Soul-Sides

Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Art of Crafts

My friend and talented craft-making-type-person, Milisa Simone Moses, recently left her full time job and started making awesome stuff, including the thank you gift basket below for a production company that I worked with from Portland, Maine.

photo by MSM.

They loved it. Visit her site to learn more.