Saturday, November 29, 2008

March 1st 2009

Tomorrow morning I'll get up at 6am and head over to Brentwood to run 10 miles, down San Vicente to the oceanside dirt trail in Santa Monica. Then the plan is to run the Napa Valley Marathon on March 1st 2009.
When I ran the Stockholm Marathon in 2003, I didn't run with headphones, or train with music for the most part either, so the no headphone rule doesn't really bother me. Qualifying time for the Boston Marathon is 3 hours 10 minutes. Don't bother doing any calculations, just know that is VERY fast.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

Filmmaking is and always has been one of the hardest endeavors a man or woman can take on as a ways to make a living. In one of the most encouraging acts I've ever seen for the sake of filmmaking, the legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog once ate his own shoe, so that he could get an audience to say the things he wanted to say to encourage his friend Errol Morris to continue and finish his film The Gates of Heaven.

"If you want to make a film, steal a camera, steal raw stock, sneak into a lab and do it." - Werner Herzog

Such a breathe of fresh air for me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oink Ink 30 Second Teaser

This is a spot that I shot for my client Oink Art LTD. They are an online art supply shop and they also produce their own ink for the underground world of tagging. Digital Shakedown lent their services as well and we were actually able to shoot on the Red One Digital Cinema camera. I haven't been able to upres the spot yet to true HD, so you're seeing a highly compressed version that is 1024x512 pixels. The real thing is four times that size.

Funny Vampire Parody

I lit and shot this for the web-comedy troupe Team Tiger Awesome. It's a response to the emasculation of vampires by the recent trend of teen-vampire novels turned tv-shows turned films. (There is an F word screamed and a girl yelling in a slightly sexual manner, just FYI).

Watch it in 720p on Youtube.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Refuse To Write...

Anymore, until I'm satisfied with the design of this blasted blog.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

2 Days, 24 Hours

At 7am I leave, heading west, bound for Los Angeles. This time I'm armed with an Ipod full of This American Life Episodes, lectures and books on tape. Nothing straightens out your mind like a long, solitary road trip. Nothing will make you go crazy faster than twelve hours of highway. It's a strange paradox.

Not A Post About Materialism

I'm not a big spender. By the time I graduated high-school, I had $14,000 in the bank, from a job where I made six dollars an hour. Don't worry, this money is gone - thank you TCU.  But the point is, I don't think we need to buy as much crap as we buy, and because I subscribe to this philosophy, I've always found it easy to save a little bit of what I make.

But, I make some exceptions. I've always said if I wasn't a filmmaker, I'd been an urban planner and if that fell through, I'd be a fashion designer. Therefore, fashion holds a special place in my heart. I don't go overboard, but I don't mind spending a little bit up front, to buy clothing I'll wear for a long time. I'll also spend money on good food. I mean, we are what we eat, so if we eat cheap crap, then, well, guess what we will eventually become - a big, cheap poo-poo.

And then the one other thing that is becoming my greatest expense, or investment, depending on how you look at it - film and editing gear. In the last few weeks I've purchased a new Macbook Pro (for the improved video card), a Wacom tablet (because it's more comfortable and feels like a magic wand), a new printer (deal with the Macbook),  and yet another Terabyte hard drive.
(The new Macbook is waiting at my apt. in L.A.)
I've also purchased my first pair of Cole Haan dress shoes, the Caldwell model, because they're timeless and dapper. I could rant on and on about the importance of timeless fashion, but instead I'll let you see for yourself. I believe they're discontinuing this model as well, which is quite sad.

Not that I'm going to wear these with jeans, but I could.
(The ever important over-the-top view)
And I've resurrected this pair of purple Adidas Oregons I bought at a vintage store in London in 2003. Because everyone needs a touch of neon every once in a while.

So that's that, a post about nothing substantial, with pictures.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Chernobyl Leads to Gogol Bordello

No, no Kyle, honest mistake, it wasn't NPR, but NPR's evil twin PRI and it's show Studio 360 that had Eugene Hütz on as a guest, telling the story of how the Chernobyl disaster led to his discovery of the power of gypsy music. Listen for his use of the word cathartic. I can't wait for the day when I can properly insert that word into a sentence.
(click on the image to go to the Studio 360 page)

But Kyle, thank you for linking to the Fresh Air interview, I can't wait to listen to it!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Coming Up Next

I grew distant from the internet for a while. For a while there, I was pouring hours of every day into Twitter, Blogspot, Youtube and Facebook and I just got burnt out. I have been dissatisfied from the very beginning with this URL, as well as with my Youtube username, and don't even get me started on my Flickr login. Yahoo - who uses Yahoo?

But as I do, I'd forgotten why I even started writing here in the first place. It wasn't so that people would read my thoughts and identify with my experience, it was just to write about my ideas, so that I wouldn't get out of practice. And if you liked something I'd written, well then bonus. So I'm going back to my roots and getting busy on my inter-web work again. Thank you for stopping by every once in a while.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Take a Stand Against Stress

No matter if I voted for McCain or Obama, my conscience was going to be nagging me, I was going to keep it to myself and I was going to be embarrassed about my decision. But then with a little encouragement from my mom and after checking Ron Paul's website and watching this video in the parking lot of the polling place, I decided to take a stand for what I believe in, and take a stand against stress.

I voted for Ron Paul for the U.S. presidency and I feel damn good about it.