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Saturday, August 11, 2012


My 12 x 12 in 2012 project (12 films in 12 months in 2012) is coming along nicely. I have made a whole bunch of films (not 12 yet) and I am well on my way to meeting my goal.

My most recent film is Resurrection Bay, an "end of love" story shot for the 2012 Balto 48 Hour Film Challenge. Resurrection Bay won both the Audience Choice Award and the Judges Choice Award.

Here is the statue (I call her Linda).

And here is the film.

We made Resurrection Bay in 28 hours. It was relaxed and focused and fun. We had 20 hours to kill so we made another film, Love & Hate.

Here it is.

I said I have made a lot of films but I have only made 4 towards my goal of 12 x 12 in 2012 (several were for pay and I don't count those because they are essentially somebody else's film).

In May I shot GABR1L for 24 Hour Film Racing's 2012 challenge. GABR1L was one of 28 movies that screened in Vancouver, BC at the end of June.

Jamie and I flew to Vancouver for the screening and had a wonderful 40 hours wandering around Canadia like it was our own private theme park. The film screening was the highlight. GABR1L didn't win but we did have a grand time.

Here are some of the other films that screened that night: 2012 24 Film Race - Vancouver Films

In March I shot a film penned by Peter Porco for the UAA Spring Break 48 Hour Film Challenge. Hot Lead, Cold Type won the Judges Prize in that contest.

7 months have passed and I have managed 4 films. I have Zombies Don't Laugh, a serial cliffhanger zombie epic, in pre-production and several shorts in the works. Stay tuned for more frozen pictures from Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain Films.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I slept...

I slept and dreampt so hard, so hard I don't remember any of the dreams but I remember that I dreamed. I awoke and went to the bathroom. I had drempt off my face. My mouth was a tiny formless slit. My nose a couple tiny holes. My eyes were tiny and colorless. My head was misshapen like a bruised lemon or an eyed potato. I couldn't remember what I looked like. My nose? I know I had one; what did it look like. My eyes? My drivers license said.. My license. I pulled it out of my wallet but my picture was gone. Slept off. Drempt off. I don't know which. The license said my eyes were blue. I looked, looked deep into my face in the mirror and could see, looking deeply into my eyes that maybe there were kinda sorta blue. I don't know. Did I sleep off my face? Was it drempt away? What is a face anyway?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Filling in the Latest Gap

Another few weeks, ok, a month skipped with no blog post. Yeah.

So what have I been doing... lets see:

Movie stuff:
I have been learning Apple's Motion program (for animation).
I put together the final cut of "Young <3 Zombies" and I added animated title sequences.
I shot exit interviews with the four designers I followed for my Object Runway documentary.

Educational stuff:
I have taught a bunch more classes at UAA.
I have spent a few more mornings at Vieve's school teaching (and learning) storytelling.

Social stuff:
Jamie and I went to see Perseverance Theatre's presentation of Blue Bear.
Jamie and I went to see Teo Castellanos and D-Project at Out North.
I was Pit Boss for casino games at a private party.

Creative stuff:

I helped paint sets for TBA Theatre's production of Three Little Pigs.
I have worked on technical and equipment issues for KONR.
Jamie and I helped our friend Loren with his snow sculpture.
I drew a skull.

Other stuff:

I punched myself in the face with a metal pipe.

I have probably done a bunch of other stuff too that I've forgotten about. I've hung out with some cool people. We've gotten back into the hot tub (now that it has warmed up).

There's a bunch of stuff on the horizon. I just need to take the time to write it all down as it happens. I'll get there... maybe.

Thursday, February 02, 2012


With the warm weather I shoveled and scraped snow and ice off the back deck steps, the landing at the bottom and on and around the hot tub. Shoveling (or most any type of manual labor) makes me contemplative. Usually those thoughts drift away. Tonight they stuck.

I am not a faithless man but I hesitate to refer to myself a Christian. I have been a Christian but I walked away from those churches because I saw hypocrisy everywhere. Who am I to judge? Nobody, but I chose not to live a disingenuous lie like some many were and still are.

I believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired work of God just as much as I believe that the texts of Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Kurt Vonnegut, Andre Dubus II, Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore are. If we're all the creation of the Creator then, gosh darn it, everything we do is ultimately divinely inspired.

I believe it is ok to do whatever you desire as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else or is consensual. I believe that we can learn from everyone we meet; from some we can learn how to live better and from others we can learn how not to live.

I believe it tolerance, yet there I'm a hypocrite; I'm fairly intolerant of the intolerant. I'm also not so keen on the ignorant but ignorance can be cured through education. Narrow-mindedness is another subset I have problems with, yet I digress.

I want to cure the ignorant and blow the minds of the narrow-minded. I want to embrace the differences that we all have because a world where we're all the same would indeed be an Orwellian nightmare. I want the world to be a better place for my children, for everybody's children, because a better world for everybody is a better world.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blogging ain't what it used to be...

I haven't blogged in over (insert math here). I do a lot and haven't taken time to blog.

New plan: blog what I've accomplished daily/weekly/monthly. We'll see how this goes.

Saturday, Jan 28th - Judged at West HS Drama, Debate and Forensics Tournament
Installed some missing bookshelf trim in the bedroom
Upgraded my microphone boom with a thumb screw and a wing nut

Thursday, Jan 26th - Object Runway 3 art fashion show (attended after helping getting
my models dressed and made-up)

Wednesday, January 25th - spent a couple hours at Vieve's school teaching storytelling through
"The Story Game".

Evenings last week - I worked on my two outfits for Object Runway

Tuesday, Jan 24th - Filmed Sarah Davies and her models for my Object Runway documentary

Monday, Jan 23rd - Filmed Thomas Higgins and his model for my Object Runway documentary

Monday and Wednesday - taught some Boundary Law at UAA

Upcoming this week: developing film projects for 12x12in2012, shooting post interviews for the Object Runway documentary, attending a few First Friday openings (including Object Runway at Anchorage International Gallery of Contemporary Art)


Monday, May 10, 2010

Bike Log - Week 1

May 2 - 8

The week I started riding. A lot. Sunday I did a test ride from home to work and back with a 19 mile round trip that took me about 2 and a half hours on my fixed gear cruiser. I repeated the loop Monday and, due to errands and other considerations, only made it from home to work on Tuesday.

Things got serious when we bought new bikes, Giant TranSends, on Thursday. My first riding with my new metallic orange bike didn't happen until Saturday when I went up to Kaladi Bros. with Jamie for morning coffee then to Out North to usher in the evening.

Statistics for week One:

Sunday - 19 miles
Monday - 19 miles
Tuesday - 9 miles
Saturday - 11 miles

Total - 58 miles

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