Friday, March 30, 2007

As the Tree Go Green Again

One of my two favorite moments in North Texas is the fall when the trees along I-30 (the expanse of highway running between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas) turn yellow and orange and red. Who knows what kind of trees these are. Who knows if they are native or invasive or planted, or how they got there, the history of this route has long been forgotten. There is a stench as you near Dallas from Fort Worth, or as you leave Dallas, depending on what kind of day you are about to have, I've been told that Native people never settled this area, and they even had a name for it that meant something like "Foul-smelling, wretched-earth." So it makes sense that the golden hues of the fall would bring such joy to my heart as I make this 45-minute, high-speed trek.

It's been raining the last few days and this land has turned green again. The leaves are once again filling the trees, and I am actually enjoying this commute. After fall's euphoria is raked away, we are left with months of barren trees, then the Spring comes and breathes new life into our landscape. Even in the summer months, the grass and leaves are often scorched by the sun, but for now, this vibrant green is even over-powering the concrete. And someone even sprayed bluebonnet seeds all over the grassy embankments that line the highways. For now, I'll forget all about the urban sprawl and I'll enjoy what nature we have actually have left, even if it is just a grassy median between the highway, I don't care, at least it's alive.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

America the Beautiful, My Word

I just went to a film screening at the first AFI Dallas Film Festival, for a documentary film called America the Beautiful by Darryl Roberts. The film centered around the burgeoning culture of beauty in America, it's influence on world culture, and the dangers it presents to young women, and it's influence on society at large. The film was one part statistics and one part heart. The film's main character Gerren, is a 6 foot tall, beautiful supermodel. As she walks confidently down the runway atop a Hollywood hotel among the rich and famous, one's eyes can't help but be drawn to her. As she makes her turn to walk away and the camera pans and zooms focusing on her curves as she strides away, you have nowhere else to look. When the filmmaker and narrator reveals that this beautiful woman is only 12 years old, you are shocked. That shock will keep your eyes and mind glued to the screen for the rest of the film.

I hope that you are able to see this film soon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I'm not saying it's art but,

The Liberation Commission is up and running. I can't say it didn't feel strange to be setting up a camera and lighting in my room at one in the morning, but I'm glad I finally did it. The next few months are going to be very exciting and I'm looking forward to sharing the experience with my friends and family in an almost tangible way. It will feel good even if my mom is the only way that follows the video blog, but if you would like to stay up to date, I will be adding an RSS feed so that new posts will be delivered to you, so that you can watch them at you leisure. I'll watch a tutorial tomorrow on how to create an RSS feed, and it should be up and running by Friday.

Here are some pictures that I took in Dallas yesterday and today:

This is the Dallas that most see.
This is the Dallas that few see.I couldn't decide which I liked better, the wide lens in the first one, or the long lens in this one. However, you can see the cross street in this one (hill and elm), if you care to chech out this beautiful church for yourself. The sun was setting and they had just done some really pretty landscaping, so I got out of my car and walked backward in the street until I got the shots I wanted. In North Dallas, I didn't feel inspired so I took a picture while sitting in traffic. Deep Ellum on the otherhand, gets my mind racing.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Liberation Commission Episode 1

This is the first of 12 Episodes, documenting the growth of our video production company, Doulbe A Pictures. This episode gives details about the fun to come. On June 7th we leave for London, where we will be for 3 weeks, shooting the pilot for our tv show The Great Commission. After we finish shooting on the 25th of June I will continue to travel, en route to my friend David's wedding in the Greek Isles. Thanks for watching!
If you prefer, you can Subscribe to this video blog on Youtube!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Oh Wonderful Trees

Look at these pictures of the most magnificent trees in the world!

In other news, I just found out how much our permits to film in London are going to cost and I am not happy about it. I am happy that we won't be getting arrested for filming. In even other news, this whole video blog idea is stressing me out. It's much easier to say that I'm going to do it, and to imagine the outcome, than to actually set up a camera, talk into it, dance in front of it, and then edit the product and broadcast it to the world. We will see I guess.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I Just Can't Wait

A clip from the new show, This American Life. The whole show won't be animated, but I'm sure glad that this story is.

The radio documentary series that has changed the way that I view storytelling, that has gripped me over and over and sucked me into the world of it's tales, will soon also be a television series on Showtime. And I can't wait.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Liberation Commission

When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.
-Jacques Yves Cousteau
I've made the decision and I'm sticking to it. I'm making a video blog. It's not that my life is so exciting that I have no right to keep it to myself, but the next few months are going to be exciting. My company, Double A Pictures is producing it's first tv pilot called The Great Commission, and we are shooting for 3 weeks in London in June, after which I will travel to the Greek Isles to attend my fraternity brother David's wedding. I will produce one of these video blogs per week and each one will be posted here and on Youtube by 5pm on each Monday. The first one will be posted on Monday the 26th of March. There is a lot going on in my life between March 20th and David's wedding on July 7th. If you are counting, that's 12 episodes, culminating in Greece on July 9th 2007. It should be fun, and I hope that it's fun to watch. Now I've just gotta find a camera.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A More Efficient Blogger

If I'm going to have this thing posted online, with all of my dark and dirties, I at least want it to be a testament of how awesome I am. So, I'm going to do a few things in the next few weeks that I've been meaning to do ever since I started posting here. Those things include learning HTML and perhaps a little CSS, posting pictures to go along with my updates, creating an About Me page, and also doing a little video blogging. I recently purchased a Macbook Pro, so I have no excuse anymore. Thanks for reading, whoever the 6 of you are that read this page. I'm going to spice things up for you I promise.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Update: Early Spring

Well, the clocks have been set forward once again for this silly thing called Day Light Saving Time. I love the extra light at the end of the day, but changing the clocks back and forth each year has just never seemed right to me. Get this though, if we didn't set the clocks forward, the sun would rise at 5am in Texas in the summer, that'd be interesting.

I haven't been writing much lately, neither here on my blog, nor on paper. I'm not feeling empty creatively by any means, I'm just dedicating too much of my life to working and sleeping. I quit my job for the last time and now I'm a completely freelance filmmaker. It feels great to say that. I'm not making as much money as I once was, but I'm getting by and I finally feel free to pursue the life I'm supposed to live. On June 7th I leave for London to film a TV show pilot, and on the 25th of June I'll start making my way over the the Greek Isles for a friend's wedding on July 7th. That's as far as I've got as far as my planning for the rest of my life goes. Things are going really well, I haven't had caffeine or alcohol in the last month and my head feels clear as well. I'm sorry for not updating more, I'd really like to make this web address a fun place to go. Here are some things I will do in the next few months:

Produce a TV show pilot.
Go to London, Ireland, Scotland, Prague, Cyprus, Athens
Perhaps go to Peru, Cusco and Machu Pichu.
Possibly hitchhike from Cancun to Mexico City.

I have my digital camera now, so I'm going to begin posting more pictures, as well as writing more stories and essays. It should be fun, so keep on reading, and I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

At Long Last Love Has Arrived

It was under the front seat of my car. I never lose anything. But seriously, thank you God.