Archive for July, 2011

Ismay a very short 16mm film

Ismay was shot on my old K3 (Krasnogorsk) 16mm camera. I used Fuji 125 T and some 800 D Kodak Vision stock. Ismay was done on two 100 foot rolls. Which is about five minutes of run time. I made Ismay in October of 2002. This film is old, but I still dig it.

The music was performed by myself, Amy and Matt.

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Some More Agence France Presse links… Guns and Pow Wows

Here is a story about the rush to buy guns before the 2008 election. Cope Reynolds (not Cole) is a pretty interesting guy. I have a lot of great footage of him. It would be interesting to a follow up on him. I know he move from Farmington, NM to the Arizona border in central NM. The other story is about how the economy hit the Pow Wow circuit pretty hard.

Here is the link. The compression is pretty bad. But you’ll get the point.


Pow Wows

Mild To Wild rafting videos

Doing the video work for Mild To Wild was very fun. It was a ton of work. Here is a show reel that I made just to show off my shooting style and to get people in the mood to river running. I will post the other video’s I did for them here pretty soon.

In the spring and summer of 2010. I embarked on a journey to film promotional material for Mild To Wild Rafting, based out of Durango, Colorado. The rivers are the Upper Animas, Piedra, San Miguel and the Salt River in Arizona.

Camera: Panasonic HVX 200

Hilride and Outdoor Alliance

Here is a PSA produced by Hilride and Outdoor Alliance. This video contains whitewater footage that I did for Mild To Wild Rafting, which is based out of Durango, Colorado. I like how the footage came out. It is interesting to see how another group takes your images and uses  them into their own creation. I feel it is always fun to see what the other directors and editors do with the footage.

Agence France Presse

A few years back I got the opportunity to do some freelance work for the Agence France Presse. I have to thank my friend Erica for the great opportunity. I am definitely learning how the “news” is created verses doing narrative and documentary work. I did not study journalism in college, but rather documentary film and field biology. But I finally figured out by working with the people in DC is that I am making headline news stories that are very much in the style of NPR. Doing the news, has definitely helped my story telling ability and getting to the point. But I must say I still prefer to do longer format documentary style story telling. Here are some of the links to the stories that I’ve worked on in the past. I have new stories to pitch to the folks in DC, so stay tuned for some new material.

A new uranium boom in the US West?

Off The Beaten Slope

The acceptable face of US marijuana?

Humans linked to dust cloud damage

In the US Wild West ‘skijoring’ turns extreme sport

Here is the start and some San Juan River B-Roll

I started a blog so that the people can have other forms of seeing our work. I’m still super new at this program, so it may take some time to get it all sorted out.

Here is a video from the San Juan river back in the fall of 2010.

Lasso The Sun

With the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters fading from public consciousness, nuclear energy is inching back into vogue across the globe. Its proponents, including prominent environmentalists like Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, and Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth catalogue, market this new nuclear wave as a viable “green” product—unlike “dirty” coal and petroleum—and as a more reliable energy source than solar or wind, In short, they say, it is a local utility that can help any nation achieve energy independence while reducing CO2 emissions. The BP gulf oil spill will more than likely thrust these evaluations further into public consciousness.

In the United States, the greater Four Corners region is very rich in several energy sources: coal; natural gas; uranium; petroleum; and sun, which has made it an epicenter of energy development and production since World War II. Uranium production rose to prominence and took center stage during the Manhattan Project and its reign continued until a sustained uranium crash began in the early 1980s. Although coal and natural gas are now dominant, a vigorous renewed pursuit in uranium production has blossomed over the last two or three years. This is where our primary interest as filmmakers lies: Lasso The Sun is about the sociological, cultural, environmental, and medical impact uranium production has had— and may, once again, have—on the people and communities inhabiting the Colorado Plateau of the Southwestern United States.Lasso The Sun will focus on the “front-end” of the nuclear fuel cycle.

In brief, there are four phases to the cycle:

1. Mining of uranium ore and the milling of the ore into yellowcake;
2. Enriching yellowcake into fuel rods;
3. “Burning” the fuel in nuclear reactors; and
4. Storing the highly radioactive spent fuel.

But after reading this info, our film is going to be altered after what happened in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster.

So here is one of the old trailers. By no means is this what the final product will be for Lasso The Sun. These trailers are used to give a sketch and a vibe of what we are looking for.

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