Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 In Pictures Part 3 of 3 (Things)

While in Tahiti, I had the opportunity to shoot my first real underwater footage for the TV show Get Out! The apparatus used in this picture is called SNUBA. You put a huge, very heavy helmet over your head, then air is pumped in from the surface, making the helmet buoyant. It's true that your movement is somewhat restricted - you're just walking across the sea floor, but SNUBA is cool for many reasons, your hair doesn't even get wet - you can even reach your hand up into your helmet to itch your face, while fully submerged.
The last few years have been spent shooting a staggering amount of video. It's become second nature.
This is my old apartment complex in L.A. (Studio City). While I enjoy living in L.A. and there are worse places. I can't say that I really enjoyed the aesthetic of my old apartment.
Here's our living room.
In 2009, I had a gig shooting online commercials for apartments all over greater Los Angeles. While the work was less than glamorous, it was incredibly lucrative and taught me patience behind the camera.
I convinced myself that I needed to put on 20 pounds to look like a "leading man" for my movie. So I took weight gainer and worked out for an hour and a half, 6 days a week. I got ripped. I also look like I belong on the cover of a romance novel.
I needed to get out of my apartment while writing the movie, so I house sat for my friends and spent a lot of time hanging out with their Boston Terriers.
This was our file-transfer station in our RV while we were in New Zealand. We would shoot all day and then transfer the HD video files while driving to our next location. It was a lot of work.
I got to fly on the A-380 from Sydney to L.A. It's currently the biggest commercial airliner. It felt like boarding a cruise ship and flew like a Lincoln Towncar.
While in Spain visiting my brother, we saw a full marijuana plant in a trashcan. This picture is definitely worth a thousand words.
I drove back from L.A. to Texas twice last summer and spotted this weird billboard. I'm sure the owner has good intentions, although they're sadly misguided.
Grady and I visited a few Medival villages while in the Pyrennes. It's hard to believe that these villages haven't changed for a thousand years.
The Genesis camera used to shoot The Deep End. I worked on the show for a month last September.
I left out a lot. On to 2010.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

2009 In Pictures Part 2 of 3 (Places)

I actually traveled less in 2009 than I had in the last few years, although it may not look that way by these pictures. The places I was given the opportunity to visit, were spectacular.
In late February, I flew to French Polynesia to shoot a television show.
We went on a SNUBA dive on the island of Bora Bora.
The French are the main tour operators around the French Polynesian islands.
On the way to a jungle trek on the main island of Tahiti, this tree had fallen across the road. We chopped it down with a machete and then drove over it in a Land Rover Defender.
I flew to Mobile, Alabama and shot an event that a friend of mine was hosting. It was one of my first stays in the American South. I loved it more than I thought I would.
I ended up on a beautiful Wine Vineyard near Malibu, California, shooting behind the scenes on a movie.

We traveled to New Zealand to shoot our movie "More Than It Is." This little RV was a big part of our movie, as well as our transportation and lodgings.
We went to Milford Sound, on the South Island, and I saw the most beautiful sunset of my life.
We flew from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia and immediately went and saw the Opera House and harbor.
We went and saw Bondi beach on a beautiful day, even though Winter was setting in.
Clint came and joined us in Australia and we traveled to the outback and hiked around Uluru (Ayers Rock).
One of our best days in Australia was spent hiking Kings Canyon.
It rained almost every day we were in New Zealand and Australia, but we had a brilliant blue sky for our hike through Kings Canyon.

We took a Great Barrier Reef diving tour around The Whitsundays.
I'm not SCUBA certified, but I was able to dive up to 13 meters.
I flew to Spain to visit my brother and we went up into the Pyrenees mountains and saw a bunch of medieval villages.
On the way back from Spain, I stopped in NYC to visit Clint and we went to Shake Shack.
We saw some bands play in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on a beautiful afternoon.
I spent a month working on the ABC television show The Deep End, which shot in Dallas.
I directed a holiday themed rap video and we layed down the music at a studio in Dallas.
Still more to come from 2009...

Friday, December 25, 2009

2009 In Pictures Part 1 of 3 (People)

Before I begin, let me state clearly that these pictures are by no means a comprehensive representation of the last year of my life. 2009 was the best year I've experienced thus far. While I did not travel to the most countries in 2009, I still traveled very much, thus the majority of my favorite photos are from my travels. These photos are not for bragging rights, they are simply for sentimentality and hopefully, your enjoyment.
CC and I took on a 2 month workout partnership and got in the shape of our lives.For two years, I grew out my hair to give it away to Locks of Love. It was 12 inches when I went to donate it.Jessica came along to document giving away my hair.This horrible lady ruined my hair. Two years of growing it out down the drain.
I was in shock.
But I was happy to have it short again, so I bounced back.
It looked pretty good.
Reid and Jessica were two of my best friends last year.
In May, 3 of us flew to Christchurch, New Zealand to make a movie.
Cherie was my main actress.
A girl named Beth, was in New Zealand working and agreed to play a role in our movie.
Milford Sound made a great backdrop for a scene in our movie.
Jonathan, Cherie and I wrapped the movie in about 10 days.
Jonathan and I flew to Australia. We met a girl named Edith, from France and we all rode bicycles down to Bondi Beach.
Clint flew to Sydney from NYC and met Jonathan and I and we all began traveling together.
We went to the outback and visited the Uluru (Ayers Rock) monolyth.
Clint and Jonathan had heavy backpacks. Jonathan also carried about 40 pounds of film gear.
I carried my bag, my computer and a little Pelican case of audio gear.
Allison, a friend of Clint's, came and met us and we took a sailing trip around the Whitsundays and dove the Great Barrier reef.
Jonathan wins the award for my favorite cinematographer of 2009.
I flew to Barcelona and stayed with my brother Grady and his wife Berta.
Grady and I went to Tarragona and walked around on a pretty day.
Grady and I went up to The Pyrenees and went hiking with his friend Oriol.On the way back from Spain, I flew through New York and stayed with Clint (same Clint from Australia trip) for a few days, and we longboarded through Central Park.
Clint and a few other TCU buddies now living in NYC and I went to a concert at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.I drove back and forth between L.A. and Dallas 6 times in 12 months. Driving West, the sun is in your face all afternoon.
More to come...