Thursday, December 18, 2014

"The Interview" (The First Time I Did it.)

All this talk of Sony's "The Interview" reminded me of my directorial debut, the Festival Film I made back in 2000 also entitled "The Interview." Shot in beautiful 16 mm Black and White!
Here it is:

Later,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dog Suicide? Is It Possible?


There is a Bridge in Scotland you might want to know about:
 From Dangerous Minds

Here is a Video from Strange Mysteries:


And one from  Stranger Than Fiction:

Later,
Paul Parducci
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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Is the Hollywood Sign Haunted? The Tragic Story of Peg Entwistle.

Hollywood sign as it looks today




Peg Entwistle was an aspiring actress who lept to her death from the sign in 1932.
There are many who maintain that her ghost lingers.
Catch up on Peg:
From Seeks Ghost
From Findadeath
From OnThisDay
From Prairie Ghosts

Peg Entwistle

Hollywood sign as it looked in 1932
Here's a Video from 1989 which includes an eye witness account:

Later,
Paul Parducci

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Real "Black Friday"


Before being irrevocably linked to Post-Thanksgiving shopping, "Black Friday" referred to Jay Gould's attempt to corner the Loose Gold Market in 1869.

These Three links should get you up to speed before you head out to that concrete box.


From History.com

The New York Times

1800's History



 Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, November 24, 2014

Is Gettysburg Haunted? This Post is a Good Place to Start.

Is the a Ghost?

It is not difficult to find true believers regarding the reality of Ghosts at the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Overview From Prairie Ghosts
 Photos from Ghosting Gettysburg

Some Proposed Video Evidence:








Visiting?
From Penn Live The Top Ten Ghost Heavy Spots at Gettysburg
Something strange from Roadtrippers.
Happy Haunt Hunting-
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Lilyhammer: Guns , Snow and The Weekend Ahead.

I'm a big fan of this show.
Steven Van Zandt is terrific as Frank Tagliano. 
So I'm excited that Season Three starts today (Nov 21st) on Netflix. At least that's what the Billboard said on LaBrea-
Of course that means the whole season appears magically on my Roku all at once.
I love the new order of things!
I know what I'm doing this weekend!
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Strange Drowning of Elisa Lam

video 
Enhanced Security Cam Footage of Elisa Lam's final moments


It's been almost two years since the  body of Elisa Lam was discovered in the rooftop water tank of a Los Angeles hotel that had seen better days.

The Story is shocking:
A young Canadian woman tragically dead-
A hotel with a serial killer and suicide-laden history-
The consumption of human remains-
A malfunctioning elevator-
Apparent strange behavior-
There has been much speculation online, much of it focused on the possibility of her being murdered by a ghost or some kind of malevolent force.
from Ghost Diaries.
 and Art Bell
Vigilant Citizen

Others focus on the genuine and down-to-earth Human tragedy.



Elisa Lam just before her death.

More:
From the LA Times
And USA Today.

We'll probably never know the specifics of what happened. But what we do know is that  this young woman's life was cut tragically short. And her family has suffered a loss from which they will never fully recover.
Rest In Peace Elisa.
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Exactly is Kabbalah? Start Here.


 Out here in Los Angeles, spiritual adventuring is a way of life. And Kabbalah is one of the most popular destinations.
So I thought it was time to Blog about it.
I think this post will give you a practical three step start-


1) Steve Ernest's  Solid  Clear,Time-Saving Basic Overview (Thank's Steve!)




1A) Diagram
Kabballah Tree of Life

2) Documentary Secrets of Kabbalah:




3) ZOHAR Online

Okay then-
Later,
Paul Parducci

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On Luck


What is luck?

Definition from Merriam-Webster

We have a complicated relationship with this term as evidenced by this exchange between the Ubersuccessful Howard Schultz of Starbucks and Oprah of (The Oprah Universe):



Oprah's stance on luck is well-known (She doesn't believe in it)  here is a discussion from Yahoo

I myself belief in Luck. I have been lucky many times in my life. I enjoy  being a working actor and Filmmaker but I am keenly aware of the happy accidents that have put me in the right place at the right time over and over again.
Now I won't deny that I am engaged always in a continuous process to improve my skills. I also work daily at advancing my projects and interests with massive (and what I perceive to be) intelligent actions. But I know many people who do the same and have not been able to crack this town.
In short I am a Lucky Guy!

From Practical Ethics

Here is an excellent piece on "Luck" from Professor Michael Mauboussin on HuffingtonPOST

Another thing to consider- Am I Lucky because I think I am. Has this thought turned into a core belief? Is it embedded so deeply in my psyche that I cause lucky occurrences to happen? (ala The Placebo Effect)
The word itself (meaning the visual interplay of the letters) seems to have a certain kind of happy quality. Or maybe that's just a a programmed cultural response I carry. Anyway...
Let's try something:
I am going to attempt to spread "Luck" This is a lucky digital talisman I have made feel free to take it and see if maybe Good Fortune can be spread.
"Luck" from Paul Parducci

Later,
The Very Lucky,
Paul Parducci

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

James Whale's "Frankenstein" Original Trailer (1931)

German Expressionism was the dominant influence on the look of this James Whale Horror classic which starred Boris Karloff in the role that would forever define his career.
Here is the Original Trailer from 1931 via Re-Release by  Joseph Harris and Jack Broder's  Real Art Pictures.



Probably the fullest overview of this film is from the TCM site here.

Later,
Paul Parducci

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

LA NOIRE Update- Paul Parducci aka "Walter Tyler" Living in the Other Place.

Paul Parducci as "Walter Tyler" in LA Noire
A while back I blogged about this very cool Video Game I did called LA Noire.
This is the original post.

The image capture for this project was intense.
This is me in this alternate universe. (It's strange because this too is some kind of existence in another place.)
Later,
Paul Parducci


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Dream of Green Lantern

This comes up from time to time. Yes I was hired to voice "G'hu" on "Green Lantern." 
 I say Voice because like many of the Lantern Characters the Visual was CG.
I was excited, my brother Jim who is a major Comics Industry guy was excited. But alas...
my character never made it to the final cut. I did have a great time working on it however. 
 Here I am on set with GL's amazing director Martin Campbell. (In case you don't know Martin directed "Casino Royale" one of my all time favorite Bond films.)
Later,
Paul Parducci
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Here's what Gh'u looks like-

Friday, October 03, 2014

Blog Released Film "Geometry" Continues to Seep Into the Interverse.

Thanks for the continued support of my
 little creepy, crawly, viewer controlled feature length portion of Cinema.
Here is a screen shot:

Jocelyn Saenz as Susan Trent in Paul Parducci's Geometry

The film in it's entirety can be found for ever and for always HERE.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Abandoned Subway Tunnels and Secrets of the Deep and Dark


There is something inherently fascinating about traveling underground...
Without the comfort of daylight and underneath a vast thick crust of earth and rock it gives this Blogger that lonely mist in the bones feeling.
How about you?


Cincinnati has an Abandoned Subway.


 Very Cool New York Subway URBEX Documentary
  UNDERCITY:




From Urban Ghosts

Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, August 25, 2014

Is That All there Is?


 In last nights episode of  "The Leftovers."
Recap here.

 Kevin Sr. advises Kevin Jr. to stop seeking more...
Telling him and I'm paraphrasing-"This is it so cut the crap."
This yearning, this buzz of existential discontent  spikes I think for most of us from time to time.

From James Wood at the  New Yorker: Is That All There Is?

And of course Peggy Lee:



Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, August 11, 2014