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Old April 14th, 2004, 01:58 PM   #1
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Okay, I finally have a website. It's not that special, certainly not that fancy, but it is what it is. All the links and stuff seem to be working, though I am having some strange problems. Thanks to anyone who helped me get this all started. Hope you guys like it. I'll add more material later. Let me know if anyone has any problems or suggestions. Everything on there is WM9 encoded.
Relatively small file sizes for your viewing pleasure (only one over 17 megs, I believe).

http://www.joshbass.com (creative, huh?)

my short films are on the "Non-Practicing" page, and my work for hire is on the "camera work" page
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Old April 14th, 2004, 05:30 PM   #2
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Josh- That is a very clean site. A bit too clean maybe? The only problem I experienced, is with the buttons being on the right side. My old 17" monitor died, and I'm forced to use an antique 13" CTX. Max resolution is 800x600, and on some pages, the buttons are off of the screen

The videos all looked good, and I thought the intro to your reel was brilliant when you push the play button. As for the reel itself, you might want to cut the clips down, like the Sluttex was a bit long. The last part of it was fantastic, the way you cut the clips together. Very nice job
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Old April 14th, 2004, 08:38 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'm leaving the reel like is for now, as it was recommended that I used complete clips instead of a montage, which is what I used to have.

As for the buttons on the right, that's the ipowerweb template I chose. I'll go find one that has buttons on the left.
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Old April 14th, 2004, 10:14 PM   #4
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Nice stuff Josh, I enjoyed looking at all of your clips. I was in Houston yesterday....I didn't see you though. I also liked the "cleaness" of the layout. It did look new....but, it is. I'm sure it will evolve with you. Fantastic job overall, lots of funny stuff. Could you list your equipment? (cam, NLE, etc) Also, are you in school? If not, how do you get all those folks to help "realize your vision"? Hehe, thanks for sharing the site! (all respect to Keith, I wouldn't change the lay out to accomodate his current pc display specs) I smell all fishy.
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Old April 14th, 2004, 10:15 PM   #5
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Old April 15th, 2004, 01:42 AM   #6
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Actually, that thing with the buttons on the right has been twice suggested to me, as of today. I changed it, no big deal. The lame layout is due to the fact that I know little about web design, and so opted to use ipowerweb's templates. If any of you web gurus out there (who also happen to be ipowerweb users) will volunteer to hold my hand, I'll start making certain changes with your guidance, like replacing the picture of the satellite (new), badass as it is, with something else, and maybe some more drastic stuff.

As for gear, I use an XL1s with a manual 16x lens, most of the time, occasionally a .6x century optics wide angle adapter, sachtler DV4 tripod, Vegas 4, and a bunch lighting crap that I've gradually acquired.

Those who helped me realize my vision, if you mean the stuff that I didn't personally write and direct, well, that's all from a little public access show here in town called Texas Live, that fuses sketch comedy with Wild On-style event coverage. The skits were done for them. They pretty much have their own actors, writers, etc., who do it on a volunteer basis for the fun and experience. All the skits were written by actors or writers from the show, except Ponda and Sluttrex, which are mine. These people, with their collective power, have numerous connections so that we were able to shoot in bars, offices, places like that (even off the back of a flatbed tow truck), for no financial compensation.

If you mean my personal movies. . .it was just waiting till people were available and doing what I could. Peter and I took me about 5 months to finish shooting, from the time I shot the first frame til the last scene was done, simply cause that main actor has a terrible schedule, but at the time I wasn't ready to work with people I wasn't familiar with, so I stuck with him til he was available.

More stuff to come, as it becomes available. I deleted some material, and I wish I hadn't, and stored some on CD-Rs that don't seem to want to read it back to my computer. Some I simply haven't put up yet.

What a long-winded bunch of crap.

I was wondering. . .do you guys recommend putting a gear list, and my home phone number on there? I left the # off for the time being.
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Old April 15th, 2004, 02:37 AM   #7
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Josh - Brilliant clips! Love 'em . . . Website looks neat . .bit too clean for what is IN the site . . you are one very funny Bloke! - I was in London yesterday . .I didn't see you there either?!?! . . hmmm...

Yer wana set me up with a website . . ?

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Old April 15th, 2004, 02:43 AM   #8
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Dudes. . .and dudettes. . .I really don't know what to do about the "look" of the site. Rather not pay anyone to design it, and therefore I have to work with the templates that ipowerweb has given me. Like I said, if someone wants to guide me, once I figure out what I want to do, I'd appreciate it. But, it's the content that's important anyway.

Right now, I'm glad you all like the material and can view the clips without significant problems. Good enough for me.
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Old April 15th, 2004, 02:49 AM   #9
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Got that right Josh!

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Old April 15th, 2004, 09:45 AM   #10
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James- As for the layout, I doubt many people are web-surfing with an ancient monitor like this one, so the layout shouldn't be a concern for most. I'm not used to seeing the buttons on the right, and I merely stated the results I had. Other than having to scroll to the right to find the buttons on one or two pages, I liked the site.

Josh- Don't worry about any of my comments, as I did enjoy everything you had up. I'm still working on a real reel for myself. Keep doing what works for you.
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Old April 15th, 2004, 10:49 AM   #11
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Josh

If you have free time this weekend, I recommend boning up on HTML code. It's really pretty easy -- back in 1996-ish I learned the basics of coding from reading a webpage tutorial and looking at the source code of pages I liked (in Internet Explorer, got to View -> Source).

A quick Google search will turn up numerous sites with free tutorials on HTML. One site that is good for information on all types of design is Webmonkey: http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/...g/html_basics/

another one I found, but have never used (it was simply the first Google hit) is http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/

It may seem daunting, but if you've got a weekend to learn the basics, you can go into that template and tweak/play with it and see what happens. You find yourself catching on very quickly. It's really not too hard. And even though I've played with coding for a few years, I tend to keep things very simple, as on my website. (So don't come looking to me for incredible web design! :D )

I like what I watched of your video, but even as a Windows user I must say that I do wish they were available in Quicktime as well :D (sly reference to my recent reply to your previous thread about websites and encoding).


Keith said --> "I doubt many people are web-surfing with an ancient monitor like this one, so the layout shouldn't be a concern for most."

Keith and James --

Conventional Wisdom used to say (within the past 2 years, at least) that a designer should create a website so that it can be viewed well at 800x600 resolution (meaning buttons can be seen w/out scrolling, etc.) Now that LCD monitors are more prevalent, this belief may have recently changed, but I still know many PC users (especially at the University I work at) who are running 800x600 resolution on their monitors. One, in fact, is an otherwise incredibly intelligent fellow who didn't even know he could increase the rez on his monitor. Personally, I'd recommend optimizing your site for viewing by the lowest common denominator (800x600) if possible (although some modern sites eschew this idea and design for whatever the heck they feel like! But even then you will often see disclaimers that say something like "Best viewed at 1024x768" as a courtesy)
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Old April 15th, 2004, 11:24 AM   #12
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I'll take a look at those sites. Does anyone know how to optimize for 800 x 600?
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Old April 15th, 2004, 11:33 AM   #13
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The easiest way is to right-click on your desktop, choose "Properties," click on the "Settings" tab, and set the "Screen Area" slider to 800x600. Click "Apply," etc. Then look at your webpage and see where things fall. Make adjustments as necessary.

Usually you just have to bring things in a little from the right and from the bottom. Alternatively, once you get a handle on the code, you may be able to center the buttons across the top of the page, which will look fine at any resolution.
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Old April 15th, 2004, 11:44 AM   #14
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Josh,

Funny stuff. I live in Houston, and never see you either.

And no, don't put a home number on the web.

Ever

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Old April 15th, 2004, 12:11 PM   #15
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John has made some very valid points, which mirror my own experiences. When I started doing web design, pages were usually designed to fit a 13"-14" monitor, running at 640x480. Only a few were up to 800x600. Those were the days of 14.4 modems, so sites needed to load quick too. My sites will usually fit on a single 1.44 floppy disk, minus any video.

And as mentioned, WebMonkey is a great place to learn the elements of html, and a site I visited frequently.
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