Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cloverfield Sounds Good

Nathan over at Seat of Your Pants gives quite the compelling review of Cloverfield.

Free Music From Kyle With Love

You get the backstory if you care for it, just click a link and enjoy the aural pleasure.

Resolution of a Sort

While on production in Mexico for the last few weeks, I was waking up every day around 6:30am. I would pop out of bed, grab a quick shower, pack my gear and be ready for the day by 7am. I wasn't getting much sleep either, maybe six hours on a good night. Yet now, back at home, in my comfortable bed, with the curtains drawn, I can't drag myself out of bed before 9am even with four alarms set. The cause of this phenomenon is routed in the routine that I've established through years of hitting the snooze button.

It stops today. I get my best work done from dawn until noon. I know that, it's time to harness it.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hello My Friend

I'm back. It turns out I'm not as technologically travel-friendly as I thought I was. My blog suffered while I was gone, partly because I didn't have much access to internet, but mostly because I was too busy and having too good of a time, swept up in the moment. The good news is that I downloaded some of the crew's pictures, real pictures, off real cameras, unlike the grainy ones I took with my laptop.

I'm back at home, in my own bed, in clean clothes, and there is internet flowing through my house. Life is good.

P.S. I have some big ideas for the photos and videos captured on my trip through Mexico, but rather than make promises, I'll just do the projects. 

The guy with the camera in the background is named Bill Garcia, he's a director of photography. He's taught me a lot of what I know about shooting video. Bill refuses to shoot what he calls "Batman Eyes." See the way my eyes look in this photo? They would make Bill cringe. I hope we can work together again soon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

My View In Yelapa

I'm being pretty quiet because it's just so beautiful here, I don't feel like I can do justice in words to what I'm seeing.

I think this trip is scrambling my brain a bit.

This morning I saw orange and black hummingbirds,  bright orange butterflies, 3 Macaws flying together and a baby humpback and it's mother. In the picture, I'm sitting in a very luxurious outdoor suite at a resort in the mountains above Yelapa, Mexico, a town where there are no cars or roads. The resort is called Verana.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The View From My Window

I'm back in Puerto Vallarta this evening, in a private house on a cliff just South of the city. We're half-way through and I can't wait to go back home, but I've got the travel bug again...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


After a 4+ hour drive south from Puerto Vallarta, past military check-points, after eating two tacos made by sweet old ladies on the side of the road, after driving through a dirty city with a the largest port on the Pacific coast of Mexico and aWal-Mart on beach-front property, we arrived at Pepe's hideaway. Gibbons held my hands sweetly at the entrance and wrapped their prehensile tails around my calves, then we walked down the cobble-stone path to our bungalows nestled into the side of the rocky cliff leading down to a pristine bay. As I looked out across the water, two hump-back whales breached across the horizon.

This is the most paradise-like place I've ever been. Pepe's Hideaway near Monzanillo, Mexico. Video to come.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Spent the Morning Zip-Lining

After receiving my wake-up call at 5:45am, I unenthusiasticly dragged my body out of bed and went down stairs to the massive breakfast spread. Have you ever had French-fried banana bread? It's pretty tasty. We took an hour drive into the jungle and I got harnessed up and did zip-lines with the girls. This HVX-200 camera is already paying off. It was sweet.

I'm having fun.

**update** - Just found out I paid $20 for the breakfast - not worth it.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Westin Is A Synonym For Amazing

I'm staying at a comped suite in the Westin, in Puerto Vallarta. Look it up if you please, but there will be a video up soon. Flying in with a bunch of 60-70 year old American vacationers, skimming over the surrounding poverty and then arriving at this massive luxury complex, when I'm used to sleeping on the floor of orphanages, it's very different. I don't want to get used to it though.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Consumerism Takes Hold of Me

By noon tomorrow I will be in Mexico working on a three week long project.

I'm a pretty thrifty person, I'm not likely to spend money needlessly, but every time I go off on one of these jobs I go on a shopping spree the day before I leave, it's how I've acquired most of the nice things I have. Today I bought these items:

A gray vintage t-shirt from the era of the early 80's with a blue, a yellow, and a red paint splash across it, and a pocket on the breast - $28

A green vintage t-shirt with a white "recycle sign" on the front - $28

Green Northface cargo shorts - $35

1 black Speedo - $28 (The only underwear I need :)
From Walgreens - 1 soap tray, Burt's Bees face wash, some kind of hair mousse, Mediterranean style trail mix, 3 packs of Spearmint gum, 1 travel size conditioner

When I tried on the gray shirt my sister and mom instantly started yelling at me. It looked like it was from a thrift store and because it came from Urban Outfitters, they could tell it was an overpriced fake. I'm letting my sister take that one back. I have to admit it was a pretty geeky shirt, but that's sort of what I'm in-to. I guess I didn't do too bad for a 3 week trip. The recycle shirt was too expensive, stupidly expensive come to think of it, but I like it.

Oh and remember that design I made that I thought was so clever?
(Spotted at Whole Earth Provision in Dallas)Beat to the punch.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Made Me Lose My S***

P.S. David Lynch cusses angrily in this, so turn your volume down, or don't watch it if you don't like to hear the F-bomb.This from a guy who shot his last film on a cam-corder.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Dr. Ron Paul - The Right To Medical Care

Thrillingly Brilliant

Kyle, over at the Foggiest has done it again (Music Mondays are back!),
The Thrilling! The Suspenseful! The Thrillingly Suspenseful!!:

The point here is thus - I was again amazed, and at the same time very happy. Mr. Greenwood seems to have done his homework. In my mind he has taken all the best parts of classic film score work and mutated them into one tense, thrilling masterwork. So let's get started and I'll show you the wonders of where he might have come from...

Five Days Until Mexico

The list of tasks that need to be accomplished before I leave for a 3 week job in Mexico on Tuesday is quite long and daunting, but it is achievable.

Leaving the company I'd worked with since graduating from college wasn't a hard decision. Working freelance seemed like the logical decision at the time, and having an immediate job as a cameraman on an exciting and exotic project out of the country made the transition much easier. But then a month later I returned home and then didn't work for a few weeks, moved back into my parent's house and began looking for work. Once again it was easy to find, but I was faced with new uncertainties, unsteady pay, no insurance, no W2's, higher taxes, shakier credit, etc. But those days of uncertainty have led to a partnership with a fellow ambitious filmmaker, a company of our own and many adventurous projects that allow us to continue to work both collaboratively and independently, traveling half the year, vacationing a quarter of the year and working mundanely in the time that remains.

Before I leave on Tuesday, to make it feel like I'm not escaping, I need to finish up two epic projects for clients, collect the money that has been owed to me for two months, write and edit a small project that is close to my heart, pack, and prepare myself mentally for the grueling work of following a bunch of models around as they frolic and play in the Mexican sun.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Kenya On The Brink

Driving through the streets of Nairobi in July, I stared at the fortified walls and barbed wire surrounding the homes and buildings. Walking through the downtown streets I became very comfortable with the presence of armed military men lazily carrying assault rifles on their backs. The country seemed at peace and I couldn't really understand, through my American lens, why there was such paranoia amongst the people there.

Word through the press is that violence is spreading throughout the country over the results of last week's presidential election. All of my friends there are of the Kikuyu tribe, they are the majority and have a firm hold on the politics and business in Kenya. When I was with them in July they assured me that relations were peaceful between the 40 tribes that live in Kenya. This has turned out not to be true.

It amazes me that in the year 2008, that tribal identities still exist in the world. I'm praying that my friends will not be part of this violence.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Dear Google

Q: How many people have lived on the earth?

A: About 100 billion.

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 (broken link), #6, #7 (The Almighty Wiki)

Search: "Graph of world population growth":

Could It Be True

In my lifetime thus far, I have not supported a U.S. president, or a U.S. presidential candidate. Ron Paul may change that. Watch this little video and listen to what Ron Paul has to say: