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+ - Independent feature film released for free - "The Amateur Monster Movie" ->

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Wescotte
Wescotte writes "The Amateur Monster Movie is the first feature length film by King's Tower Productions and writer/director Kyle Richards, all filmed within an hour of Milwaukee, WI over the course of 57 days during the summers of 2009 and 2010. It was shot as a "no-budget" film and the entire cast and crew worked for free on owned or borrowed equipment. Only food, fuel, and minor prop expenses were incurred throughout the entire production. The film premiered at Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre on midnight of January 1, 2011 to a record crowd of over 700. After a few film festival appearances, highlighted by the Wisconsin Film Festival and, a cast and crew favorite, the Oshkosh Horror Film Festival, Richards decided to release the film for free online, a move intended to encourage more movies and media to do the same and allow free media access to everyone online.

The film can be streamed from Vimeo and Youtube or download via torrent at Pirate Bay, KAT, and magnet link.

PLOT SUMMARY: After a group of boy scouts are mysteriously killed by a wolf-like creature on Cadaverous Island, Walter Romero, whose best friend was among the killed, sets out to find exactly what happened. In order to reach the island, Walter teams up with Johnny Mason, neighborhood stoner, to smoke up Ashley Valinski, neighborhood hottie, and get her to take them out on her father's boat. But soon after arriving on Cadaverous Island, a horde of zombies steals their boat, leaving them stranded, and the three are forced to team up with two cops, the mayor, and a team of botanists to either kill the monsters... or be killed themselves....

More information and production stills can be found at the Facebook Page, IMDB, and the official web site

Hope you enjoy the film!"

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+ - "The Amateur Monster Movie"->

Submitted by Wescotte
Wescotte (732385) writes "As a Slashdot reader for years I wanted to share with you guys the trailer for a film I've been working on for the past year. I know it isn't your typical Slashdot news article but it's my turn to shamelessly promote something damnit! Anyway, I feel like I'm doing you a favor because there is no article to read.

It's a zero budget comedy called "The Amateur Monster Movie" and was filmed in/around Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What do you guys think?

Brief Synopsis:
"After a group of boy scouts are mysteriously killed by a wolf-like creature on Cadaverous Island, Walter Romero, whose best friend was among the killed, sets out to find exactly what happened. In order to reach the island, Walter teams up with Johnny Mason, neighborhood stoner, to smoke up Ashley Valinski, neighborhood hottie, and get her to take them out on her father's boat. But soon after arriving on Cadaverous Island, a horde of zombies steals their boat, leaving them stranded, and the three are forced to team up with two cops, the mayor, and a team of botanists to either kill the monsters... or be killed themselves..... DUN-DUN-DUN!!!""

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+ - Scaling algorithm bug in Photoshop/GIMP-> 1

Submitted by Wescotte
Wescotte (732385) writes "There is an important error in most photography scaling algorithms. All software tested have the problem: The Gimp, Adobe Photoshop, CinePaint, Nip2, ImageMagick, GQview, Eye of Gnome, Paint and Krita. Also three different operating systems were used: Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. These exceptions have subsequently been reported: the Netpbm toolkit for graphic manipulations, the developping GEGL toolkit, 32 bit encoded images in Photoshop CS3, the latest version of Image Analyzer, the image exporters in Aperture 1.5.6, the latest version of Rendera, Adobe Lightroom 1.4.1, Pixelmator for Mac OS X, Paint Shop Pro X2 and the Preview app in Mac OS X starting from version 10.6.

Photographs that have been scaled with these software have been degradated. The degradation is often faint but probably most pictures contain at least an array where the degradation is clearly visible. I suppose this happens since the first versions of these software, maybe 20 years ago."

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+ - Action against Netflix's on demand service w/ DRM->

Submitted by Wescotte
Wescotte (732385) writes "Defective by Design has created a simple printable message to be included in every film you send back to Netflix. The card essentially says you can't (or refuse to) use their video on demand service because of the required DRM. The goal being to get the attention of Netflix and have them remove DRM from their services."
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