Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tokyo Travel Video

I'm not getting back into this full-time just yet, but in the midst of many other video editing projects, I decided to finish out this travel video that I shot in Tokyo two years ago. It's actually the very last video in my "Around The World In 30 Days" series, although I'm skipping about 7 videos by posting this one.

My camera battery died at the end of filming this video, just as I was delivering my grand speech, wrapping up my entire experience, backpacking around the globe. Alas, the is it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Change Is In The Fall Air

The slow decent into Fall each year is something that has always fascinated me. I spent my formative years in North Texas, where Fall is something a little more subtle than other Mid-West parts of the country, but it tends to be the one time of year when the weather outside is quite temperate until one day, the cold gray clouds roll in and settle for the rest of Winter.

I could go on about the weather forever, but I'll just stop right here and save you some unnecessary reading (I just wrote another paragraph here and then deleted it, don't worry, you won't miss it).

For the last 3 years I've been nearly transient. I'll take you through a quick walk of my "adult" life thus far:

2001 - December 2004 : The College Years, marked by a summer spent interning in L.A., a summer study-abroad to London and backpacking trip, and a summer study-abroad in Spain and a more extensive backpacking trip.

2005 - 2006 : Assistant Editing in Dallas, my first and last real job.

2007 - 2010 : Freelance Video Shooter, Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Production Company Owner, and full-time Traveler.

I'm now 27 and the time is coming for me to set down some roots. While yes, my family lives in DFW and that will always be "home" for me, it's just not where I want to live. My plan for the last few months has been to get my resources together and move to Austin in early 2011 to establish my production company. After three years spent traveling the world, I've realized something very important: There is no Shangri-La. And this is coming from a person who's traveled to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a place that is actually called the last Shangri-La.

I became somewhat obsessed with proper urban development in college, after living in London and taking high-speed trains across Europe while backpacking. I came back home to Dallas-Fort Worth and became rather displeased with the city infrastructure (or complete lack of one). So for the last few years, as I've meandered my way around the globe a few times, visiting somewhere around 45 countries and 6 continents in the process, I've been on the lookout for the perfect place to live and work. I really loved Sydney, Australia, but then I heard about their "cut the tall poppies" mentality and that somewhat shattered my idea of Utopia once again. I'd love to live in London, but it's cold and dark half the year. I'd love to live in L.A. but it's smoggy and overcrowded and congested. I'd love to live in New York City, but it's expensive and compacted. You see my point.

Austin offers decent weather, a decent city infrastructure, a plethora of small businesses, a creative environment and some natural beauty. It's a pretty good in-between city for this point in my life. S0 I think I'm going to give it a shot. In the future, I'd like to live in London, Paris and New York City for a while as well as spend some extended time in Australia and New Zealand. This world is far too amazing, too diverse and too beautiful for me to stay put too long.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Resurecting My Writing

Over a year ago, I traveled to New Zealand and shot a film. It's been a long road, with a few patches of nothing getting done, and the film is finally, almost ready to be shown. I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't start any more major projects until the film was completed. I'm not one to focus all of my attention on a single project and as a result, it's hard for me to finish anything.

But the film is almost done.

I've been writing on this blog for five years. The last year has been the slowest year for writing out of all of them. I've been reluctant to post anything because I've felt guilty to not be working on my film, I've worried that the people I make videos for would read my writing and think me crazy or immature, and I think I've just been burnt out in general.

I'm feeling a lot better now and I'm itching to get my writing back into shape. So I'm going to start writing here again, lot's and lot's of text, fewer pictures and video, more stories.

Thanks for sticking with me.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Video Shoot For Green River Ordinance

This week I'm in Dallas directing a couple videos for the band Green River Ordinance, who are recording an EP of cover songs (really great songs). We're going with a natural lighting setup with lots of dirty frames and lens flares. I'm having a ball. The talented photographer Sara Kerens came to set today and took some pictures and has already posted them on her blog. Click this link or click on the picture below to go to her blog and see them nice and BIG.Photo by Sara Kerens