This is sort of an exploratory, thinking-out-loud post. I haven't really had a writing project since doing the [SFPC blog] almost two years ago. I moved to NYC to write more, but I've spent most of my time here freelancing, having panic attacks about how I'm going to afford to live here, and just kind of living, trying to enjoy my time here.
I'm moving away soon, and I'll have more time to write. In this post I'll ruminate on what I might write about, and how. Read More
I've always wanted to produce more writing than I do.
Since I can remember it's been a struggle to finish just about anything(writing my Amazon book was like pulling teeth every day, for about two years) and I'm wondering if there are ways to live that are more conducive to writing.
My hypothesis is that there are certain conditions that are favorable to "the writer's life". It's not so radical, I know, but that's the premise of this post.
I threw together a list of five things that usually get me writing again. Read More
It's been a year since my last post. A crazy and intense year of living in New York city.
The truth is that I've always wanted to be a writer. The problem has always been my belief that there's no way that I could ever make a living as one.
This belief is buttressed by these two questions:
* Who would pay me?
* What would I write about?
I don't have complete answers to those questions, but I don't feel like I need them to pursue writing as a career and a lifestyle. Read More
VR sickness is no secret. Although headset-makers would probably prefer that it was one.
Be that as it may, I wrote this post as a resource on VR sickness, for users and developers. Read More
For 10 years, I've made my living as freelance cameraman and video editor. For five years, I operated a small camera rental business as well. It's been tough, but I've relished the freedom to make my own choices, to live and die by them, sometimes even go broke by them, on a few occasions.
Recently, I've realized that it seems I've been going about this freelance thing all wrong. Read More
VR is a seductive medium. It has the potential allows you to be anyone that you want to be. It can put you in others’ shoes, others’ skins. It can be experiential and also very abstract — sometimes both at once. And then there are things like Google's Tiltbrush, which allows you to draw in 3D space — something akin to drawing on air itself.
Despite the myriad possibilities of the VR experience, for "content creators"(I abhor that term , there are not a lot of opportunities to make a living in the medium. Simply said, there are no business models.
For content creators, there is no money in VR. Read More
This post is about organizing information. More specifically, it's about ways to save notes, links, bookmarks, and why it's important to do so.
It's kind of a nerdy post. I mean you have to be kind of a nerd to take notes, to love taking notes, to be consumed with taking and making notes of your world for most of your waking hours. Read More
I hated virtual reality at first. Didn't like it at all. Read More
After 10 years doing video production, I've decided it's time to broaden my skills above and beyond the scope of traditional "media production".
It's a decision that I made more than a year ago, actually. I'll explain... Read More
This is the first in a series of posts exploring what exactly a creative technologist is, and what is it - exactly - that they do? I am hardly the first person to write about the creative technologist(I've found posts dating back to 2011) and their preeminence in circles where arts, tech, and marketing overlap, however, I won't let that stop me here. Writing about this seemingly vaunted position is a way for me to understand it. Read More
I recently finished my first book, Don't Do What I Did: Honest Advice about Freelancing in Film and Video.
It's basically a guide for those considering freelancing or just getting started in film and video production. I've spent the last two years working on it, off and on, and finally, after eight drafts and countless proofs, edits, tweaks, I can put it out on Amazon and call it 'done'.
Currently, it's only available digitally but I'm working on a print version and an audiobook as well.
It's available for pre-order now and will be released on August 10th. Read More
Last year I directed a documentary shoot about my friends Laura and DK. They practice rope suspension together at historical places and monuments in Dallas, Texas.
The film, Fire Mud Rope Water, follows them for a day as they plan and execute a hang at an old bridge on Dallas' Trinity riverway. Read More
Recently, I was #blessed to shoot with my good friends at See Spot Run. This is our story:
We arrived for our 7am call at the offices of Compass Datacenters - me, gaffer Juan Rocha, junior producer Amanda Presmyk, and SSR chief Jeff Ayala. Amanda had mercifully brought Starbucks and breakfast tacos, and with a few gulps of coffee in us, we loaded up our carts and hopped in the elevator. Read More
So, after two years of owning my Canon C300, I finally bought a shoulder rig that I'm happy with. It's not for lack of trying. I shoot mostly one-man-band and small crew shoots, so as much as I covet the top-of-the-line Elements Mantis handheld rig, I had to be realistic - do I need a sliding dovetail and 2 or 3 separate camera plates? Read More
This is the story of how a short film Will Schutze and I made wound up being copied in Jon Favreau's 2013 film, Chef. Read More
So I'm going to start posting sections of the book that I'm working on which is titled, Don't Do What I Did: How to Make a Career in Film and Video.
The book is written to be a handbook for those starting out or considering a career in film and video production.
What follows is a section titled, "Working for Free", which is something that I actually haven't done for a while, since I've been editing a feature-length documentary, as well as writing my first book. I'm focusing more on creating my own content, as you can very well see, but if the right opportunity came along - working on a cool, worthwhile project with good people - I'd definitely consider it. Read More
Yesterday, I attended a small informal talk given by Jim Shields, who is the creative owner of a production company called Twist and Shout, jointly-based in Dallas, TX and Leicester, England. Read More