Stephen A. Masker

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Paranormal Activity: The Truth

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2009 at 3:30 AM

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Was Paranormal Activity a true representation of factual events recorded on a personal camcorder?

The answer is no, and the proof is all here:

Firstly, just go to whitepages.com and type in: Oren Peli. Owner of Solana Films, Peli – a software programmer – directed Paranormal Activity and first appears on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) in 1998 while producing NFL Xtreme for the Sony Playstation video game console which was produced by 989 Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA).  Peli is currently filming Area 51 (rumored to cast Susan Lanier-Bramlett) to be released sometime in 2010.

Secondly, acknowledge the location in-which the movie was filmed. Does it resemble the photograph below? It should.. It’s Peli’s house. The same house Paranormal Activity was filmed in, inside of which actors Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat encountered their supposed ‘demon’. The address is 13236 Bavarian Drive, San Diego, California, 92129. Reference Google Maps for other satellite images, including the overhead which clearly shows the pool in the backyard used in the filming of the movie:

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Thirdly: Lets acknowledge that  Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat are both really actors.

Actress Katie Featherson actually appeared in a 2006 film, Mutation, written and directed by Brad Sykes. In the film, Featherson plays the role of ‘Melissa’. Find her public Facebook fan page, here.

Actor Micah Sloat, however, has no previous acting experience recorded by IMDB, although you can find his public Facebook fan page, here.

Fourthly: Who else helped produce this movie?

Associate Producers Toni Taylor (Peli’s then girl-friend) and Amir Zbeda, personal friend of Peli’s and ’98 NFL Xtreme programmer. It’s all coming together now.

So in conclusion I hope that I’ve successfully debunked any doubts concerning this movie’s factuality, but it does make for a great scary movie. If you haven’t seen it already, I hope you enjoy it. For those of you who have seen it, hopefully this blog will help you sleep easier at night.

Paranormal Activity Website

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University of North Texas | Equal Rights Protestors Take Action

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2009 at 3:23 AM

The following description is borrowed from former NT Daily Photographer Charlie McRae, contributing during the demonstration. All photographs in this blog were taken by myself.

GLAD, Queer Liberaction and other organizations gathered in a non-designated free-speech area on Wednesday, October 14th outside Wooten Hall on the University of North Texas campus in Denton, Texas, protesting the recent vote by the Student Government Association to disallow same-sex couples from running for homecoming court.

They then marched into the building, up the stairs, and into the actual room where the SGA meeting was about to begin, and began chanting and protesting and making their cause known. The SGA members decided to created an “executive session” meaning that only SGA members could be in attendance, at an otherwise normally open meeting. Police officers were brought in to escort people out. After some threatening, everyone left of their own free will.

Outside Wooten Hall, gay rights activits protest the Studen Government Association meeting in room 314 on Wednesday October 14th.Criminal Justice senior Charles Grand of the International Socialist Organization addresses the protestors outside Wooten Hall on Wednesday October 14th.

Outside Wooten Hall, gay rights activits protest the Studen Government Association meeting in room 314 on Wednesday October 14th.Criminal Justice senior Charles Grand of the International Socialist Organization addresses the protestors outside Wooten Hall on Wednesday October 14th.

Criminal Justice senior Charles Grand of the International Socialist Organization addresses the protestors outside Wooten Hall on Wednesday October 14th.

Criminal Justice senior Charles Grand of the International Socialist Organization addresses the protestors outside Wooten Hall on Wednesday October 14th.

Queer Liberaction member Rick Vanderslice addresses the protestors gathered outside Wooten Hall on Wednesday, October 14th.

Queer Liberaction member Rick Vanderslice addresses the protestors gathered outside Wooten Hall on Wednesday, October 14th.

A UNT student and member of the International Socialist Organization storms into the SGA meeting on Wednesday October 14th in Wooten Hall.

A UNT student and member of the International Socialist Organization storms into the SGA meeting on Wednesday October 14th in Wooten Hall.

Just before reaching the SGA meeting, protestors received an applause from onlookers as they marched forward chanting and waving signs.

Just before reaching the SGA meeting, protestors received an applause from onlookers as they marched forward chanting and waving signs.

(From left) SGA freshman intern Sean Smallwood, a psychology major, watches as members from several campus groups enter Wednesday's SGA meeting to protest the student senate's decision to disallow same-sex couples from running for the homecoming court. Smallwood sits beside fellow SGA freshman interns Michael Chapman, a political science major, and Jonathan Cortina, a radio, television and film major.

(From left) SGA freshman intern Sean Smallwood, a psychology major, watches as members from several campus groups enter Wednesday's SGA meeting to protest the student senate's decision to disallow same-sex couples from running for the homecoming court. Smallwood sits beside fellow SGA freshman interns Michael Chapman, a political science major, and Jonathan Cortina, a radio, television and film major.

Also, be sure to follow the progress of this story here, and view Charlie McRae’s video of the protestors storming Wooten Hall below:

Service With A Smile – Cart Girl | A Motorized Pilgrimage Across A Texas Golf Range

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

A Day-In-The-Life of Lauren Kendrick

by stephen masker

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UNT student Lauren Kendrick leans forward as she shivers in the Tour 18 service cart during her job as both server and clubhouse bartender on the golf course. Sitting patiently, Kendrick waits for two golfers – one wearing shorts – to finish their round.

Grabbing a Miller Lite beer from its icy crate, Kendrick is shocked as her customer in shorts requests a second beer for himself. The time is 11:30 am.
Grabbing a Miller Lite beer from its icy crate, Kendrick is shocked as her customer in shorts requests a second beer for himself. The time is 11:30 am.
Providing service with a smile, Kendrick hands over one of the two requested Miller Lite's as the customer's seemingly disapproving lady-friend stands with her arms folded in the background.
Providing service with a smile, Kendrick hands over one of the two requested Miller Lite’s as the customer’s seemingly disapproving lady-friend stands with her arms folded in the background.
Back at the Tour 18 clubhouse, Kendrick pens the amount of product she sold after greeting players around the golf course.
Back at the Tour 18 clubhouse, Kendrick pens the amount of product she sold after greeting players around the golf course.
Emptying her service cart, Kendrick moves the unsold products from their ice chests and place them in a black bin to be stored away later.
Emptying her service cart, Kendrick moves the unsold products from their ice chests and place them in a black bin to be stored away later.
Focusing on her task, Kendrick counts the cold drinks as she removes them from a small black bin and places them inside a refrigerated unit.
Focusing on her task, Kendrick counts the cold drinks as she removes them from a small black bin and places them inside a refrigerated unit.
Recording her inventory counts, Kendrick numbers the remaining beverages as she tracks them across her cart inventory sheet.
Recording her inventory counts, Kendrick numbers the remaining beverages as she tracks them across her cart inventory sheet.
Serving a customer before she leaves work, Kendrick prepares a drink at the otherwise vacant clubhouse bar.
Serving a customer before she leaves work, Kendrick prepares a drink at the otherwise vacant clubhouse bar.

My Self-Critique:

Most of the environment I was photographing in experienced consistent overcast, and had the assignment not been mandatory in black and white I would have presented the images in this way as color did little to add any visual stimulation to the story. Because most of Kendrick’s work was seldom interactive, given the weather circumstances and absence of golfers, my focus was to get close and push to capture what small interaction I could.