2011. Wow, another epic year to recap! I did lots of traveling this year, and lots of editing. A lot of things did not work out this year, maybe they were all waiting for 2012!!!! I’m looking forward to many projects finally being finished and released soon. Super grateful for all the support and inspiring people in my life. Thank you.
Below are just a few photo highlights from some of the blogs I posted throughout the year. If you want, you can read each blog by clicking the individual blog titles. And if you want to read my entire year as a single post, here it is: Thank You 2011 (please allow 5 minutes for all the text and photos to load)
2010 has been interesting. It has definitely been a transition year. Completing one chapter of my life and trying to start a new one, wrapping up projects, acknowledging that old friendships are over, associating with new people who are honest, as well as lots of travel, lots of shooting, lots of film festivals, and lots and lots of patience.
Attempting to summarize my year is difficult because I filled my year up with so many great adventures, each which deserves a mention. Here’s a few highlights:
January, I went out to Park City for Slamdance and Sundance. I met up with a bunch of great filmmakers and saw a bunch of great films. February, I ran a hugely successful crowdfunding effort for a great scifi short film, SIMILO. March I was out in Austin for the SXSW festival. While there, I saw many great documentaries and met up with many people. The rest of March and April I did a huge epic roadtrip through 27 states for my Jumping Book Tour. April/May I ran several pick-up shoots for an epic scifi project called KORE. May, I got to shoot some beautiful RED MX footage at Lightning in a Bottle. June, I was shooting in Toronto. July, I was part of the great Marko Rodin team out at the Tesla Tech conference in New Mexico. August/September I was shooting RED MX on a friend’s documentary project out at Burning Man 2010. September/October, I was in Toronto for the Toronto Film Fest and for a shoot, then out in Detroit shooting with my friend Ruairi. November, our short film, UYUNI got into a bunch more film festivals (now over 50 film festivals) and earned several more awards, and Ruairi’s teaser for BLINKY was released online! Progress continues to happen on getting my documentary As The Dust Settles finished. I never predicted the amount of patience I would need to get it finished, but I have several collaborators back on board, and together we will get the doc complete =)
I am super grateful for all the support, and all the people who continue to inspire me. I have high hopes for 2011, as several of my projects are nearly finished. Truly grateful for my parents’ continued support of my passions and dreams.
Below are just a few photo highlights from each blog I posted throughout the year. If you want, you can read each blog by clicking the individual blog titles. And if you want to read my entire year as a single post, here it is: 1127 2010 (please allow 10 minutes for all the text and photos to load)
It’s difficult enough trying to put into words some of my experiences, but cramming an entire year into one post, especially this year has been quite an ordeal…
Welcome to 1127 2009! Hope this year has been outstanding and successful for everyone. This is my 7th year sending out these 1127 emails. Each year I give a quick recap of my past 12 months. Hopefully people will keep me up to date with what they are up to. This year’s 1127 blog will follow a slightly different style than last year’s. Last year, was my first year adding photos to my 1127 blog. After posting that post, I continued to post blogs with lots of photos and descriptions of all my adventures. If I were to include everything that happened since my last 1127 post, It would be 10 times longer than my last year’s post. If you want to check out what that looks like, it’s crazy!!!
I left off on my crazy 1127 blog last year, on a plane flying to China. It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed. Do I feel that I have accomplished what I set out to accomplish in the past 12 months? This is something that I continue to think about. What is it that I accomplished? What am I comparing my accomplishments to? What makes life fulfilling? What is the goal I have this life? My goal has been: “To inspire others.” I’m sure I have inspired people this year, I’m sure I continue to inspire people. Has it been rewarding?
I did manage to fill my year up with many film shoots, many film festivals, many trips, and shot another few hundred thousand photos. I was published in many magazines, and even received an award for a short film I edited. Did I finish the things on my todo list from 2008? No. Did I finish some of them? Yes indeed!
The largest project of my life, which I started back in 2008, continues to be worked on. I hope that 2010 will be a year of finishing many of the incomplete projects I have done over that past few years. In many ways, I feel like I have been writing pages in my “book of life” so fast, but have never bothered to go back, fix the spelling errors, bind the pages, and publish the book!
I am incredibly grateful for the people who choose to surround me with their support. A huge thank you to all the people who continue to inspire me.
In February, I finally returned back to LA. It had been months and months since I was last in LA. I left in October and continued traveling. I ended up going to 12 countries. The amount of media I created on that trip was crazy! terabytes and terabytes. Pleaseread the blog here.
Days after returning to LA, I found that my hillside was on fire! A pretty large brush fire had erupted very near my house. Lucky for us, the wind was blowing west! We joined many neighborhood people and watched as helicopter after helicopter full of water put out the fires.
In March, Arin flew out to LA to do a couple presentations. One was at Cal Arts for Jon Reiss’ new media class, and the other was Film Independent’sDirectors Close Up event with Sleepdealer Director, Alex Rivera. I got to shoot photos and video for Arin, and it was neat to be part of the events and be around like-minded people, thinking about ideas for the future of how we are changing the film industry and distribution.
March also marked the completion of the UYUNI project! Thanks everyone for making the REDuser.net thread the second most viewed thread in the “Shot on Red” section in the history of the forum. Here is a quick slideshow of production and post: And here is the first 2 minutes.
We then headed to the Sacramento Film Fest screening 11am on Sunday April 5th. It was fun to see the team all together. Brette Way, who plays Emma in the film, and her husband Evan (both in an awesome LA band called The Parson Red Heads) came up for the film fest.
After the fest, we headed north to Redding and hung out with Tracy Evans and her family, then up to Ashland, OR for the premiere of Wake Up You’re Sleeping! It was a sold out screening of over 200 people! Nathanial Bennett, the director, gave a great Q&A. Many people were excited to get the DVD or find out where they could see the film again.
We then headed down to Redding to hang out with team SOAR which is one of the adventure race teams I met while shooting Primal Quest in Montana. We went snow shoeing for the day in Lassen National Forest with Betty and Tom Thomas. Crazy fun!!! I also got to shoot some RED footage of the team bike riding.
We then traveled south to Alex Rich’s house. Alex is the genius musician who did the music for the SXSW video I did last year. He has several projects going, including his new project Tonight’s the Night. We then headed to Reno, NV with out hitting any deer!!! or getting cought in the snow storm, and met up with Lauren Randolph!!!!! (jumpshot photographer extraordinaire, and member of the ATDS team) We got to hang out with her for the day and shot some jumpshots. Yes this photo hit Flickr Explore!!!!!
On April 30th I got to work with Logan Kugler for a few articles he was writing for some magazines. We got to hang out with Jay Leno at his Garage. It was neat. Look for my photos in Autoweek. Big shout out to my friend and fellow photography Brad Kugler for the opportunity.
Immediately after returning from the epic 50 States in 14 Days journey all over the US, I jumped in my car, and headed to Yosemite to join Tiff and Todd and their family for a couple days up in Yosemite and the Sequoias. Seeing Half Dome again was so awesome! It’s been a while since I was last up in Yosemite. Seeing the giant Sequoias was super fun, we even got to drive through one =) Tiff shoots awesome photos.Here’s the blog.
Griffith Park!!!!!! I have wanted to do the tour of Griffith Observatory for many years. Back in 2002 they closed the doors and started a $93 million renovation and expansion project. In November 2006, they reopened with several new exhibits! It was super fun getting to enjoy the new exhibits. At night we even got to see Saturn through a telescope. Here’s Tiff’s post, and my blog.
Halves!!!! Awhile back, I started a collaboration project called Halves. The idea is that each person picks 5 things to shoot and we both shoot all 10. I finished two of the Halves projects!!!!! One with Meghan Plowman, here’s the set: Link And another one with Tracey Mellinger. Here’s the set: Link Each of these sets are awesome!!!! We hope to make some awesome prints at some point.
July? August? They flew by. Check out the blog!My friend Robert Hogg and his company, Toy Kite Software launched a crazy genius iphone game callediSamurai.If you have an iphone, it’s a pretty genius app. One of my major inspirations is a genius filmmaker named Ondi Timoner. Her latest documentary,We Live In Public,is out now!!! Lots of screenings everywhere. Since she won best documentary at this year’s Sundance, she has been touring all over the world for various film festivals. The film is now out! Check out the trailer here. I was excited to receive a copy of Issue#81 of MovieMaker Magazine. This issue has a list of the Top Ten Indie Innovators. Arin Crumley is on the list, and my photo was used as the photo page for the article. It’s a shot from our 2008 shoot at Burning Man forAs The Dust Settles.Here’s a link to the PDF. I blogged about it on the ATDS blog here.I went to RED’s REDucation Day. I got to briefly hang out with Mark from Off Hollywood & Ted from RED & Dino & Mike Cioni & Alexander from Octamas. It was neat seeing a bunch of my original RED inspirations.
I finally got to seeBURDEN!!!!!!!!!!!I have been a huge fan of this project for many many years. My friend Michael Lynch directed it out in Chicago, Here’s a blog with a bunch of photos from the premiere !!! Link I also got to attend the DVXUSER screening, which was at the Downtown Indie Theatre this year. Zak did an awesome job running it. Some really great work. I also got to see Javier again! It was like a mini FHTA reunion!!!! Jackie was out in LA for part of August, so we went to the beach for a day! It was nice seeing her.
Late in August, my friend Terry Jones finally launched FluidDB. Crazy excited to see where this project will go!!!A while ago, Ozan,Macgregor, and I shot a spec ad for the Aston Martin Vantage. Big thanks to Ted Prescott!!!RED998 and RED506 at it again!!!! Here’s the spec ad: http://vimeo.com/6255317 Macgregor also finished a nice montage of what we shot on RED998 while in India in December. It’s an epic video postcard! Here’s my Flickr set.
Anyone follow the LA fires? It seemed like my house was surrounded.
I did manage to find some of the people who worked with me on the documentary we did last year. It was nice seeing them.
I can’t wait to process some of the footage I shot on RED998 this year. Here’s my flickr set. It was crazy crazy dusty and windy this year. Here’s an average mid-day moment.
And lastly, I did end up finding Larry Harvey. I even got to say thank you to him eye-to-eye.
Macgregor finished the FX for this short teaser for the crazy epic short, KOR3,we plan on shooting hopefully in 2010. This footage we shot on RED998 while in China in December 2008.
Right after arriving back from Burning Man, I got to be part of a really great short film directed by Ruairi Robinson (Academy Award nominee in 2002). Ruairi has been a huge inspiration of mine for many years. He has done many successful short films and commercials. I sawThe Silent City,and I said, wow. genius! So I was grateful and excited to be able to work with him. Macgregor flew in to be the cinematographer on the project, and Nathan Garofalos flew in to be the 2nd AC. I ended up being the 2nd AD and on set still photographer. I dealt with everyone’s paper work and made sure everything on set was running smoothly. It was a fun-filled week with an awesome cast and crew! Check out the blog here.
Can’t wait to work with Ruairi again. One of the producers was Nick Ryan. He did an awesome film calledA Lonely Skyand has also been one of my inspirations. We shot on a few RED cameras, the main one with ELITE anamorphic lenses, and RED998 with some Canon lenses for some cut-aways.
Right after I returned all the gear from Ruairi’s shoot, Ozan flew in from Vancouver. A few days later, on Sept 30th, Macgregor, Ozan, RED998, and I took off for a crazy road trip adventure! Neither Macgregor or Ozan had seen the sites of California. And even though I had just been on a crazy neat trip up to Yosemite, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with them on a few projects. Day 1 of the trip took us out past the Salton Sea, to Imperial Sand Dunes. Check out the trip blog.
We then met up with Ayz Waraich and his team. We shot for a day on a project he was working on with a few actors. For parts of the day we had 20mph winds. Fun times were had!
We shot in the SF area for a couple days and briefly met up with Aaron Marshall. Aaron did the music forUYUNI!!!He is also a genius filmmaker. We then headed up to Marin County. Such a beautiful place!!! Then we headed down to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The Redwood trees are so beautiful and green!
Along the long drive back to LA, we stopped in Bakersfield area to shoot near the old oil fields there. Our last stop on the crazy adventure before Ozan and Macgregor flew out, was shooting on the beach in the Malibu/Point Dume area… at Sunset of course!
My friends over at Panacea have put together probably one of the most important collections ever. Free energy technology is real and has been real for a very long time. I have been doing extensive research in this field ever since I read Atlas Shrugged. There are countless people who have developed all sorts of inventions that use the energy that we have at our finger tips. Can you imagine if we gathered some of the greatest inventors and offered them some of the funds that we just spent in the middle east? Check out the YouTube playlist Part 1and Part 2 playlist.
A couple days later I got to meet up with Rob Hindle. He is the genius filmmaker behindThe Lone Filmmaker series. For many years he has been making a feature film by himself. I showed him a couple teasers for As The Dust Settles that I was working on, and we talked about filmmaking.
Late in October was the launch of Workbook Project’sRADAR Season 2!! Oct 30 was the RED announcement, for the new cameras Scarlet and Epic. We had over 12,000 people on REDuser for the announcement. Crazy excited about the new cameras.
For several days in the beginning of November, I got to shoot some BTS stills for my friend Ayz’s sci-fi short,The Devine River.It was awesome being on set, and having solely the focus of shooting great BTS stills. Normally I’m multi-tasking, or producing or running around as an AD. So it was neat to be able to shoot for him. The film should turn out really nicely. They shot on RED with some anamorphic lenses. I also got to meet Karen Abad, who was also helping out with the shoot. She’s a fellowProject Pedalfan and supporter.
The month of November continued. After countless hours of importing/labeling/organizing/yelling at miniDV tapes, and countless terabytes of copying/indexing/formatting, night after night after night, I end up heading to bed just catching our nearest star rising over the horizon. The sunrises are epically beautiful.
For the last couple weeks I have been dealing with a lot of media manage type stuff. I also have been working on a project, getting several thousand slides sorted and mailed out to ScanCafe and DigMyPics. These photos are from the 60′s and 70′s mostly, so getting them scanned and organized is important. I am finding some truly beautiful moments captured by my mom and dad.
During the months of October and November I shared a ton of things on my facebook wall. I shared links to things that inspired me, I asked questions and got feedback, I also shared some things that people should be aware of. I have not been very vocal with all the information I have. Maybe I will decide to be more vocal at some point. But really what needs to happen, is that people need to wake up. There are things that have happened in our country and on our planet that have been kept secret for many many decades. Recently, with the power and freedom of the internet, people have decided to go public by becoming whistleblowers, people have decided to speak out about things. Please do research. All information is now available online. Find out the truth.
Oct 9:Nassim Haramein is genius!. well done my friend! if you want to understand everything. Here is a simple video explaining everything and the pdf. Unified Field theory! Bam!
Oct 15: I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love me. thank you for all your energy and support. You are not the costumes you wear. you are not your fears. you are not your body. you are not what others think. relax. Remember. The DNA in your 100 trillion cells in your body, if stretched end to end, will wrap around planet Earth 5 million times….!!
Oct 27: Ali rockin’ her US tour for her new album!!!!!Live video from Alabama!!!www.afinefrenzy.com Seriously getting close… another few days of crazy confusing copies and back ups… then Day 1 of editing begins! I dare you to be you. Remember to treat each life experience as a gain, it will always benefit you better. I was talking to some of my plants today… They brought up some neat ideas I had not thought of in a while. Plants don’t need to understand english. They understand our emotions. Love plants! or for the short version of one of the key parts. So beautiful! the clusters of galaxies are so epic. Hubble’s universe.
Nov 1: We are now in the month of November! I’ve never been more excited in my entire life.Nov 4: when we become young enough to understand, there will no longer be any questions. Nov 5: so… can someone please write a super neat script using some of the things on this wonderful list!!!! love it!!!! Or maybe a series of shorts!!! Here’s page 5.Nov 6: some of the greatest stars of my life: My mom, grandma, and aunt.
Nov 9: On Flickr, I recently hit 110,000 view counts on my stream! and someone bought me an extra year of Flickr Pro!!!! thank you!!! Nov 13: be careful who you listen to. Just because before, you may have believed the lies of certain people, doesn’t mean that you can’t do some research for yourself and learn what the truth really is. Be fearless, it’s magic.
Nov 23: So,the emails were leaked. Nothing new, the lies have been told for years and years. Instead of trying to figure out who will make more money, can we focus on some solutions now?I’m increasingly interested in nothing. The fullness and completeness of nothing… simple. clean. unattached. Nov 24: Each of us assigns the meaning to things we focus on. What we focus on is what we feel.
“The list has countless things on it…… but this morning at around 3 am I became enlightened. It’s a feeling I have never had. and I feel that it will never go away. I will be finishing my current slate of actions and I will be moving on to another place and time.”
Soon, I hopefully will finish several projects. I want to get the Room 27 DVDavailable online. I also have some awesome BTS video to edit for Wake Up You’re Sleeping!andUYUNI.I also need to finish the greatest participatory documentary ever made:As The Dust Settles.
Anyone gonna be out at Sundance in January?
This is the annual 1127 email/blog I always post on November 27th, but due to the universe presenting non-stop opportunities, that took me all over the world, I have been unable to get the email out until now.
Welcome to 1127 2008!
Wow. Hope this year has been happy and successful for everyone. I have been sending out these emails for 6 years now. Every year, I try to stay in touch with everyone, by sending out an email updating people on what I’ve been up to, in hopes that others will keep me up to date with what they are up to.
So in November of 2007, I went to the The Winnies. It was put on by Bonny,Lan, and Vu Bui, and a lot of online new media friends were there. I ended up winning the Adventurous Spirit award, so that was pretty neat! I made an awesome picturevideo of the event.
In December, we got the spec ad for Nike posted and I went skiing with my family up in Mammoth. It was some great skiing. While there, my Grandma passed away in her sleep. She was an accomplished painter and artist, and always an inspiration to me.
In January, I got to be a production assistant on the feature film, Eagle Eye starring Shia LeBebouf. It was a really interesting experience, all the PAs on set for the days I was there, got to make sure the streets were clear and safe so we could film giant car crashes.
As a Ron Paul supporter, I continued sharing his ideas, and in January we got the opportunity to go around the neighborhood and talk to people house by house. The small group of friends I was with, ended up spreading the message of freedom and the reminder to vote in the February elections, to 120 homes. Then late in January I drove out to Park City for Sundance, and met up with a bunch of friends. I saw many films including Phoebe in Wonderland starring Elle Fanning and Sleepwalking which used a song in the film and credits by my friend Ali from A Fine Frenzy.
After Sundance, I drove out to the SLC area to go skiing up at Brighton with a friend. It was really cold, but there was tons of snow. I ended up back in LA, and got to shoot some behind the scenes shots for an AFI film that my friend, Michael McGuire was producing.
In February, I drove north to San Francisco, where a bunch of my photos were part of a huge collaborative photo project that the Art House Co-op runs, called A Million Little Pictures. It was awesome to be part of it, and I was one of the few featured photographers at the art show. While in SF I also got to go photowalking with Thomas Hawk!!!
Later on in March, to meet the submission deadline for From Here to Awesome, I got twotrailers up for two films I was part of. One was the short I produced that we shot using 16,000 still photos called Louder Than Words. I also was the editor of the short comedy film Ted Prescott directed called America’s Phoneless.
In April, I got to drive out to Las Vegas for the annual NAB conference.Sidenote- When people get their RED cameras, normally people will shoot photos of the unboxing so others can share the passion and excitement. Some people have even shot video of the unboxing, but no one had ever done a live unboxing. So I set up the web camera, and from the hotel I broadcasted the unboxing of RED camera number 998, which had finally arrived days before NAB.
While at NAB, at a special REDuser party, Erik Widding showcased his Birger mount for the RED camera, that lets you switch out the standard PL mount for a Canon EOS mount. I was super excited about this, as all my still photography Canon lenses could be used with the RED camera then. It was truly awesome to see, but we would have to wait a few more months to actually beta test it. After NAB, I drove out to the dust flats in Utah to do a test shoot with fellow filmmakers Macgregor and Ozan. We shot on 2 RED cameras and tested out a new set of Zeiss high speed prime lenses.
Later in April, Arin and Susan had the cable television release of their film, Four Eyed Monsters, and the DVD was finally made available for people to buy. They did an exclusive deal at Borders stores. I decided to help them with their west coast tour of the film, and so in May, drove to Seattle. We ended up doing a west coast tour to various friends of the film and in Portland shot a video with Gingerbread Patriots who had music in some of the episodes. We ended up arriving back in LA in time for the huge Google/YouTube event where Arin got to join the panel with other successful YouTube filmmakers.
Later in May, I left with my dad for Israel to help the Association for Peace and Understanding. Traveling around Israel was amazing, there is so much history and culture, and many religions all getting along. We explored Old Jerusalem, saw the ancient fortress of Masada, saw the Sea of Galilee, stayed at a kibbutz, and visited Tel Aviv. I also got to float on the Dead Sea and went kayaking down the Jordan river on my birthday. The trip was incredible. I left Tel Aviv and flew to NYC to shoot a friends’ wedding. It was a really awesome wedding with so many great people, it was fantastic. Congrats Gabi and Nathan Reid!
In June, I got a ride down to South Carolina to meet up with fellow filmmakers and friends Roger Ingraham and Arin Crumley to shoot a documentary while traveling up the east coast, after many days of filming, we ended up at the Kushi Institute in Becket, MA. I shot a bunch of photos for them. It was really relaxing and beautiful, although we nearly got struck by lightning. From there, we visited Red Fire Farm where we picked strawberries, moved hay, and had a bonfire.
I then flew to Montana for Primal Quest 2008, where I was one of the lead photographers for the event. For ten days I got to chase racers as they competed in several skill sections including: mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, trail running, and water boarding. It was a crazy couple weeks spent out in the beautiful Big Sky area of Montana. Mike Kloser and team Nike ended up winning! Photo Link.
After saying goodbye to many of my new adventure racing friends, I headed west to go water skiing on a lake for Fourth of July. I got to visit friends out in Montana, Washington, Oregon, and ended up at the Burning Man office July 8th. There I met with Communications Manager for Burning Man, Andie Grace. She liked our proposal we had submitted months earlier and approved my documentary project for Burning Man. I posted a great blog recapping all my travels over the summer: Link
Days after I returned to LA, both of the projects that I had submitted to From Here To Awesome won!!!! So both were picked to be part of the top 10 shorts. All the films launched at a huge filmmaker event in LA called DIY DAYS. I was also in Filmmaker Magazine for the Summer 2008 Issue. Here are the photos from DIY DAYS LA.
In August, Viola and her family from Italy came out to California to visit, I had a blast hanging out with them for a couple days. I then headed up to San Francisco for the DIY DAYS SF event. Which was sponsored by Current TV. It was an awesome event with many great speakers. The DVD, which I helped shoot, which has all the panels from DIY DAYS LA is now for sale.
So after a couple weeks of conference calls, Skype chats, getting people committed, and preparing for the huge collaborative documentary, a great team of 25 people was created. I booked many airline tickets, got the RED cameras ready, got some great advice about sound from the guys at Coffey, researched ways to protect all the gear from the elements out at Black Rock City, and ended up with 16 people at my house. All of us were ready to head out to Burning Man to meet up with the others.
On Aug 24th we headed out to Burning Man, which became the most epic two weeks ever. So for 12 days, we filmed with several HD cameras, a few still cameras, and 3 RED cameras, one with the beta Birger mount =), all together capturing 450 hours of material. I ended up shooting 7000 behind the scenes photos of the production. Burning Man is a place like no other. For two weeks about 50,000 people gather in the desert to express their ideas following ten basic principles. Many people build giant art projects. For many years I have been inspired by the photos from the event, always wanting to shoot a project out there. I am so honored to have gotten the opportunity to work with such an awesome team of people, so thank you, and thanks to Andie and the Burning Man staff and thanks to RED, Birger, Element Technica. Stay updated on the progress of the film at www.asthedustsettles.com
After finally returning to LA, Arin, Nathan, and I resized, copied, and renamed a ton of media on many hard drives. I also got to shoot behind the scenes stills for a TV show pilot that was shot with several RED cameras called Oregon Files. Should be an awesome project…
In October, I flew out to Washington, DC for the pre-wedding party for Amy and Erik Widding, then headed north to NYC to shoot some footage with our As The Dust Settles team.
We then flew on to Ireland and London, where As The Dust Settles got to be part of the London Film Festival by being part of Power to the Pixel. We were part of the Project Forum launch, with 3 other films. The Project Forum is a new marketplace for cross-media projects. Arin Crumley was also one of the featured speakers. Here is his video from his talk about collaboration. Arin and Lance were also part of a talk about audience. All my photos from Power to the Pixel Link
Later in October, we were in Filmmaker Magazine page 106. Then Jackie and I took the Chunnel into France to shoot at Mont Saint-Michel and visit friends along northern France. Then to Switzerland to hang with Tobias Straka and the team from Octamas. We then headed to Torino, Italy where we met up with Viola and her family who live there. She is a really amazing kid, I look forward to shooting a film with her some day.
Later in November, we headed to Madrid, Spain to meet up with Macgregor and the team who I shot with on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2007. We were there doing final color correction and sound mixing for the final version of the film UYUNI. While in Spain, Jackie, Macgregor, Bianca, and I headed to the south of Spain to visit Granada. It was beautiful!
While I was in Europe traveling around, so was Ali with her band A Fine Frenzy. She was playing a show in Zurich, Switzerland, so I quickly booked a flight and filmed her show at the Kaufleuten with 2 REDs
I then headed back to Madrid, where Macgregor, Zac, Pedro, and I talked about doing a trip out to Asia to shoot some tests and location scout for a film project.
And here it is November 27th 2008. I’m leaving in a few hours for Shanghai, China!!! I will be traveling for several more weeks, as the trip will take us to China, Thailand, and India. After that?
And finally, I just found out that the feature film I produced, Wake Up You’re Sleeping, which was directed by my friend, Nathaniel Bennett, will be premiering at the Sacramento and Ashland film festivals in April! So if you are around those cities, let me know.
Wow…. it’s finally 1127 2007. Hope everyone had a pleasant
Thanksgiving this year.
I have been sending out these emails for 5 years now. Every year, I
try to stay in touch with everyone, by sending out an email updating
people on what I’ve been up to, in hopes that others will keep me up
to date with whatthey are up to.
So jump back to the end of last year’s email. I spent the end of 2006
in Vail, CO. Love it there. So much snow!
In January, I went out to Sundance to meet up with a bunch of
people. While there, I teamed up with Arin and Susan, the creators
of the film “Four Eyed Monsters.” They were doing a Sundance
Channel video blog, A bunch of my photos from Sundance made it
into one of the videos on the official Sundance Channel youtube
While at Sundance, I got to see Alison perform as part of the
Sundance music program. She performed songs from her new
album “One Cell in the Sea.” (which got released on July 17, 2007
on Virgin Records!!!!!) www.afinefrenzy.com
After returning home from Park City, and the SIA tradeshow in
Vegas, I shot photos and video for a week, while on tour with The
Hanks. They were promoting their new album, “Your New
Every year, the Cornell Club of Los Angeles has a film festival
showcasing great films. We were honored to have Room 27 be
part of the event, February 21st.
Later in February, was the Independent Spirit Awards. As a
member of Film Independent, I got to vote for Four Eyed Monsters
for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography and for
the John Cassavetes Award. They ended up not winning, but it was
really great to see them out here in LA.
In March, to help a friend in need, I traveled for several weeks
through Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and down California.
While up in Idaho, we met up with my friend, Ryan Tidrick who had a
showcase of his films and photography. www.ryantidrick.com/
In April, my dad and I were out in Vegas with good friend Mike
Lynch, attending NAB again. It’s always a crazy event with so many
companies launching new software or new cameras. Of course
RED had their awesome booth there. visit www.RED.com
Back in Los Angeles in May, while reading a great blog called Mashable, I found out about a really great opportunity this summer.
Very last minute, I miraculously got an audition on May 18th to be
part of the Windows Live Spaces Eco Trip. The next day, I found out
that I was hired as the team manager and would be leaving in 10
But before heading up to Seattle for the start of the trip, I attended
the launch party for Project Pedal. a really inspiring project where
they documented a guy ride his bicycle across America all summer.
And on May 28th, I ran the annual Descanso Gardens 10K. This
was my 20th year running in the Descano Days race on Memorial
Day. Yep it’s true. Here’s a video, wait for it to load.
So, for the rest of May, all of June, and the first week of July, I along
with 3 other people, made our way across America by bicycle and
train. We kept a blog along the way, posting videos, photos, and
blogs about our journey. On 07-07-07 we made it to New York City
where Live Earth was. At Live Earth, I was able to shoot photos of
artists like Kanye West, Ludacris, and Bon Jovi etc. Check out our
summer blog at www.SpacesEcoTrip.com and the Live Earth site
After the Eco Trip had ended, I spent a few weeks in New York City
hanging out with Arin and Susan, and visited my extended family,
many whom I had never met before. Thanks for such an awesome
time guys. Miss you all very much.
In late July, I left New York in time to visit my grandma in Florida for
a few days. It was really great to see her again. She is such an
incredibly inspiring person. I miss her.
After I returned to LA for a day, I participated in the Santa Monica
photowalk and got to meet inspiring photographer Thomas Hawk.
Here’s the photos from the day
In August, we left for Hawaii. For several weeks we traveled through
four different islands. I really loved going hiking, snorkeling, scuba
diving, and of course the incredibly beautiful sunsets. Photos
So, in September, after finally returning home from summer, we had
the annual welcome back party with Kellyn and Nikki. It’s always fun
to hear stories and see photos after summer. Thanks to everyone
who attended. Here’s a great video that my friend Lan Bui did.
Also in September, I got to shoot photos for Alison, who performed
for two nights at the House of Blues Hollywood. She had been
touring all summer promoting her new album out on Virgin Records. www.AFineFrenzy.com
Then in mid-September, I got the call from Macgregor. Macgregor
is an incredibly talented DP/Director from Spain. I have followed his
work for quite some time. We talked about options, and ideas, and
working on a short film project. And two days later, the crew flew in
from Spain and we were shooting out on the Salt Flats in Utah.
What was so special about this project, was that only 3 weeks prior,
the first 25 RED cameras were released, and we got to shoot on
RED #19!!! The experience was amazing, so thank you to our great
cast and crew, and a big thank you to Macgregor, Zach, and Blair.
Our thread on the forum has nearly 40,000 views www.REDuser.net
The photos from the Salt Flats are incredible. Thanks Ayz for the
In October, right after returning from Utah, we headed out to
Catalina Island to visit Camp Cherry Valley for some snorkeling and
kayaking. I was on staff there all summer in 1999. This was the first
time I had been back there in many years.
Later in October, I volunteered at the GOOD Magazine 1 year
anniversary party. I ended up shooting photos for the event, which
was tons of fun. Here’s a video version of all the photos I took. And if
you are not subscribing to GOOD magazine, you should: www.goodmagazine.com/register
For the last couple weeks, I have been interning at the sister
company of GOOD, Reason Pictures. They have some really great
projects lined up. I also have been editing a short film directed by
Ted Prescott called, “America’s Phoneless.” Stay tuned for more
In other news, On November 14, REDCINE was released for Mac
and PC!!!!! This is the software that allows people to view and
export the footage from the RED cameras.
Of course there are probably a million things that I have missed, like
all the Venturing Crew 355 trips and adventures this year, and all
the things that I have photographed, like the Delphi Haunted House.
What’s next? “The Winnies” are November 30th! www.youarethewinner.org Let me know if you will be out in Park City
for Sundance 2008. And I’m super excited for February, as I will
take delivery of RED #998.
This year has been amazing. In December 2004, while
part of the Pasadena City College soccer team, we won
the South Coast Conference. After finishing classes at
PCC, I traveled back to Whistler for skiing. During
January, I was on a west coast tour for an indie-rock
band named, Darci Cash. I then battled thru Feb, March
and April producing the DVD for the film I produced,
“Room 27″ Check www.Room27.com for the film’s trailer.
After a very successful DVD release party, the film has
gotten tons of great feedback. It was a finalist in
the BAFTA Student Awards, and a semi-finalist in the
In September, after completing several other film
projects, I traveled to Alaska with my family. And
since mid October, I have been shooting a documentary
about Darci Cash. We have been on a nationwide US
tour. I’ll be gone thru the end of the year, returning
to LA after traveling through NY, DC, FL, TX and AZ.
Check out www.darcicash.com for news.
This year has been nothing short of crazy.
It started in December of 2003, when I traveled to Europe with my
family for Xmas. While there, I shot docementary footage in Austria,
Russia, Switzerland, and France. Since then, I have finished the final
color correction and High Def mastering for the film I produced, “Room27.”
We have put up a site for the film, www.Room27.com This July I started
playing soccer for Pasadena City College. I eventually got on the team
and played a few games, jersey #18. Our season was nothing short
of great, as we won the South Coast Conference. We then went on to
win our first game in the playoffs. But just this last Tuesday, we lost
to Cerritos. So soccer is done for this semester, and I have about
3 weeks of classes left for the term.