Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas card

Simon folded this stellated icosahedron out of many little pieces of notebook paper with his cousins and Aunt Brenda.

Simon and his stellated icosahedron 

This years Christmas card was a challenge because I wanted to do a cinemagram but also wanted to be able to mail it the old fashioned way. The the iphone 3gs did not have enough resolution for a really good print so we reshot with the 5D.

Simon and his oj

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Moving Pictures

The first time that I watched La Jetée by Chris Marker I didn't realize that it was entirely still images (and not 24 of them per second).  This gave me the confidence to use an old Nikon SLR to shoot one of my first short films, Planet Trash.  In both these films, the still image becomes an asset to the story because it gives us feeling of a lost memory or nostalgia.

The spooky picture above uses video and stills together.  I did it for the perfume business  I intend to do more of these.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Good Mentor

Bill Gilbert (1944-2012) groomed others for greatness. I don't know that I always lived up to that; but it was nice to have a mentor with such expectations. He did this for countless grips, gaffers, electricians, cinematographers and film-makers. It grew his business and the film industry as a whole.
Here we are on the set of a western picture with his wife Nancy.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tomas Update

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Its been several years since we finished "Body of War". Tomas Young who the film follows, looks like this today. He may be smiling but his message is dark. Since the movie, an aneurysm (related to his injury) has caused partial paralysis in his hands and his speech is now garbled. Donahue wanted to show that the costs of war are even greater than what the film shows. This epilogue will not be on the DVD. That was cost-prohibitive since the DVD is already out. This will show at future film festivals during the Q&A and hopefully on youtube too.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Why I like my Job

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I use this technique when I do hard hitting interviews (not really). Actress Julane Havens was pretending to feed a fussy baby.