Sunday, August 22, 2010

L.A. For The Weekend

Freelance work has taken me to the San Francisco Bay Area for the last month. It's been great work and well-paid. However, it's been solitary. I've been stationed mostly in suburbs, so I haven't even been able to really spend time with the few people I know in the region. I was given the option to stay in hotels over the weekends, but instead, I opted to drive six hours back to Los Angeles each Friday night, to hang out with my best friend Ben and our L.A. family over the weekend. After church today, I'll be packing my things once again and driving my rental car 8 hours North to Reno, Nevada for my last shoot-day on Monday. From there I'll fly back to DFW for a few days to spend some quality time with loved ones and then I'll be flying back to L.A. for another 3 week gig.

The lifestyle of a freelance video maker (camera operator, director, editor) is a tough one. Nobody tells a young hopeful filmmaker how hard it will be to maintain close relationships should they actually achieve their dreams. One of my goals is to lovingly pass this knowledge along to the new guard.

All that is to say that all of this work is a huge blessing. And I miss you when I'm on the road.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Haven't Forgotten About You

I've been working for the last few weeks. Every day. Every dang day.

This is a good thing. This means money, and fulfillment (although not in that order). It also means fun, because I like what I do (specifically camera work and directing in this case). I have a three day break coming up, for which I'll fly back to DFW and RELAX. Then I'll fly BACK to L.A. to rush into another job, this time working as a camera operator on a cooking show (10 shoot days over a 14 day period).

Possible Travel Plans:
I'm kicking around the idea of going to Iceland for a week, the first week of October. It's the low season (tourism-wise) and the airfare is very cheap.

Drop me a line. How are you doing?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Knight To D7 - Short Film Trailer

Written by Angelo Restaino, Directed by Nathan Scoggins, Starring BRETT MACK, ANGELO SALVATORE RESTAINO, MEG CIONNI, HECTOR ELIZONDO and JACK√ČE.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Want To Go To Iceland

I love the far North and the far South (speaking in terms of hemispheres) in the summertime. Scotland, Minnesota, and the South Island of New Zealand are some of my favorite places in the world to be in the summer months (Tasmania and Patagonia are on my list next!). The days are long and cool and the tough, dark Winter weeds out the weaklings, leaving strong people with rich character. This year, I can't stop thinking about Iceland. I've already missed my Summer window I'm afraid, but right now, I'm in the middle of a long stretch of freelance work, meaning that I'm going to have a little extra money this Fall. I looked at plane tickets and found that the cheapest airfare to Iceland is from late September to mid-Fall. In July, the days are 22 hours long. In January, the days are only 4 hours long. In October though, the days are 9 hours long, still leaving plenty of time to take in the scenery.

I'm very seriously looking into flying to Iceland for a week, to shoot some video, meet some locals and get to know the culture a little bit. Maybe Iceland's recent ad-campaign is working on me subconsciously?

Check out a few photo sets from street/blogger, fashion/photographer Yvan Rodic: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Let's Get Some Shoes

What do you think? Which are you favorites?