documentaries Archives - Jeff Finley


Sons of Perdition

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I watched Sons of Perdition today. A documentary about a bunch of teens who decided to get the hell out of their polygamous town and how they adjust. Fascinating that this is actually happening in America. 4/5 stars.



Documentary on the Indie Game Development Scene

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This looks freaking awesome. I’m so excited for this.

Indie Game: The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. The film follows the dramatic journeys of video game developers as they create and release their games to the world.
The film tells the emotional story of friends Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes, as they craft their first Xbox game: “Super Meat Boy”. It follows Phil Fish, the creator of the highly-anticipated game: “FEZ”. After 4 years of working in near solitude, Phil reveals his opus to the public for the first time. And, the film tells the surprising story of one of the highest-rated video games of all time:”Braid”.
The film is about making video games, but at its core, it’s about the creative process, and exposing yourself through your work.

JF on Tyson

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Last week, I watched the new documentary Tyson by James Toback. It felt more like a 60 minutes interview, than a documentary. But that’s ok because the subject is extremely interesting. Mike does a great job of opening up and coming across as a a nieve little kid in a grown up body. I admit, the testosterone in me Read More


Harmony Korine Fans Dig “Brentumentary”

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I’m a big fan of Harmony Korine as a filmmaker. I really like his style and how he handles his subject matter and characters in his films. And die hard fans of his work are stereotypically elite film snobs. Not all, but from what I’ve seen, fans of Harmony’s movies usually have good taste in film and can quickly drop the axe on amateur or hack attempts at filmmaking. So I was expecting some harsh criticism after I had posted the video on Harmony’s official message board. I was hoping they would recognize what a special character Brent was and that they could suspend their resentment for the self promotional forum post. Most of the time, self promotional posts are quickly ridiculed, ripped apart, or ignored. And I’ve experienced them all. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got their reactions. Some of the forum’s more respected members actually liked it.

Check out their reactions here.

It appears as if Brent is making me look like a good director.


Brentumentary Released!!!!

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Brentumentary – A Day in the Life of Brent Simon
Directed by Jeff Finley · 25 minutes · 2006

The Brentumentary is finally available for the public to see! Enjoy the flick. At 25 minutes, it’s enjoyable to watch all the way through and will give you an insight into the digital brain of Brent Simon. Watch him as he spontaneously busts out World Wired West and Space Camp on his keyboard without any direction.

All of the dialogue and actions taking place are unscripted. We basically broke into Brent’s house while he was sleeping and were there to capture his awakening. And from that point we followed him around and encouraged him to do as he normally would and we would stay out of the way. We would film just about everything he did no matter how boring.

Luckily for us, Brent is never boring. There is always something to look at and every object in his messy room has a story behind it. We could have done an entire feature on Brent!

So sit back and enjoy it. If you have a friend who would enjoy it, make sure you send it to them! We must make Brent the most popular nerd in the history of the internet! We can all be proud of our geekdom!


Brentumentary Compressed!

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Yes! I was successful in compressing a full 25 minute video last night. I’ve contacted YouTube about being able to upload longer than 10 minutes and we’ll see if they oblige. Cross your fingers! But you should just be days away from taking a peek into the life of Brent Simon.


Brentumentary Slightly Delayed

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I can’t seem to get this video compressed the way I want it. I was able to render out the uncompressed version last night and I took it into work yesterday and successfully compressed it down to under 100 MB. But halfway through, some strange thing happens where the video size shrinks and you see black bars on both sides. Weird. So I am redoing it.

And another thing I noticed, is that YouTube has just started enjorcing a 10 minute limit to video uploads. Lame! So I’m not sure what I’ll do then. I was thinking about just putting the first 8-9 minutes up on youtube but having a full download available here. Or put three chunks up on YouTube. My only reason to use YouTube is it’s ability to keep track of it’s views, comments, etc. It makes it so waay more people can see it. So I think that’s what I’ll do.

So right now I’m actually re-exporting my movie as a “sorta” uncompressed video. It’s gonna be about 2 GB when it’s done. And then I’ll figure out how I’ll compress the damn thing to get it out to you guys. My computer locks up while using Sorenson Squeeze. And no program I’ve used comes close to it’s quality when it works.

Oh well, I’ll keep you posted!


Brentumentary Almost Finished

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I have a rough cut done of the Brentumentary. It clocks in around 30 min in length. And I’m not sure if I should cut it down or not. I’ve been trying to compress the damn video for two days but my computer freezes during the compression. I’m using Sorenson Squeeze. If it wasn’t for this, we would be a little closer. I’m gonna try to take it into work tomorrow and see if I can compress it there. Right now it’s over 6 gigs.


Brentumentary Photos

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Finally, the photos from the Brentumentary. It was a blast to shoot. Brent still has my hard drive with the footage on it, so I have to wait until I get it back from him so I can edit. It will be awesome. All the music will be Brent’s as well.