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Just found out that I won the PC Inspiration Contest — September 6 – September 19, 2017 with this one. Sweet! I try to get an entry into most of those and this is maybe the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve won, but it’s always a thrill. Now to spend that $5.00 prize. Yeah Buddy!
April 21, 2017 marked the start of the first film project I’ve crewed on for a while. It’s was for a script I only had the quickest of glances at before Robert Filion brought me on, originally as Boom Mic operater, though I wound up spending more time on behind the scenes photography and all manner of gear hauling.
Into the Pool! Gold enough for you. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
The locations were all interesting. The cast and crew were well treated and from what I’ve seen this is going to be a very nice looking film indeed. I guess my favorite part of the process turned out once again to be turning random places into create location spaces. For instance a nice tree on a manicured lawn becomes a dreamy park picknic, or the side woods of an abandoned developement becoming a Elven forests. This time out I had a few new tools in the camera bag, BOTH of which are now a must have for capturing the magic that is the film making process. Firstly, the Ricoh Theta S 360 camera. Just pop over to Amazon and order yours right now. These things are so neat. She the attached images to experience the emersion! Next, the Karma Grip for my GoPro Hero Black. Really, just….how the heck did I ever do without this gear. Apart from the 4 hour charge time and the fact that it won’t let me use the camera battery to extend the usage time when it’s in the mount, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this amazing peice of gear. Literally from now on all of my hiking and how to videos are just going to be so much easier to watch. THANK YOU GoPro! The fine folks at BrightHouseFinancial.com were kind enough to allow me to step away from my work there for the Friday and Monday even though my contract isn’t due to be up there until May 15th. That made this little project a guilt free joy to work on. So, I got to run around the set of a cool project taking random photo and video of people who probably didn’t realize why I was constantly shoving a camera in their face. Most folks tolerate this intrusion to their extra’s chat conversations fairly well but I still felt a bit like a creepy some of the shots. Hey, I suffer for my art so others have to suffer for theirs from time to time as well right? It’s only fair. I actually found that my new iPhone 7’s camera turned out to be a great tool for taking behind the scenes snaps and even portraits. In one case one of the portait shots was printed out for a prop framed photo in the scene and it really looked great. Usually when I let folks take a peek at the results they are instantly impressed by the new “Portrait” mode. Ironically, I wasan’t even hip to it until a co-worker pointed it out to me a at lunch one day.
To boot, I got to work with one of my best friends. Yes, you know him. You love him. He’s CRAZY Todd! Additionally, some of the talent on this film really put an impression on me. The story turned out to be very compelling and as Robert W. Filion shot it, well you know it’s going to look fantastic. How’s this for an uncommon name? “Your Lips Kiss Well But They Lie Better.” Seeing a production with proper funding and enough help in the crew department was quite a treat indeed. This is not your father’s Mutantville. Some of you will get the in joke but most won’t. On the one hand it makes me wish I could fund and produce something on this level. On the other it makes me happy to be still in the game in some capcity. I don’t want or need to be King of the World cause heavy lies the crown and all. I am completely fullfilled to forege ahead being an artist at whatever level I may be at. I get to do this stuff and be a part of the process in addition to getting to write music and play it with cool people. Life is pretty cool sometimes. This was a cool weekend!
Todd drops the boom! #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
I’ve had several acts inquire about my creating a music video for them. We finally got such a project underway in the form of Two Eggs, Any Style by the Electro – Indie two piece rock group, Illicitizen yesterday, September 25. 2010 with the start of production. We shot primarily green screen and one additional location involving some graffiti and many scrambled eggs.
This shot was a lot of fun and on hand for crew we had Jeremy Mullis, Eric Cook and Todd Britt. We finally got to employee the newly constructed MVP dolly and it worked like a charm. Todd’s modifications to the original design really paid off in ease of use and I cannot wait to utilize this amazing tool on future shoots. I am really excited to see what I can do with a music video and already have a high level of confidence in the footage we’ve shot. Now to work some post magic. As we all know, post can be a real Monkey Fighter! Never fear, Johnny Brento is here.
Editor’s Note: I found this story abandoned in drafts when I wasn’t able to co-ordinate with the band to finish the video off in a further shoot. The video above is what we were left with and likely is all there will ever be since these folks have slipped off the grid like John Connor in Terminator 3! I also got a nasty comment from the bass player when I commented on this video on Facebook once, recently. I’m not sure if that was a drunk comment or whathae you, but it was deleted almost immediately. Anywho, I hope you Illicitizen’s are doing well and I hope they never catch you if you don’t want to be caught. Godbless, BB
A Very Pointed Update
Since much of my work in AEM with this current contract seems
to often involved hand written HTML lists, I thought I’d give this update in bullet points and
sub bullet points. I’ve gone with letters instead of discs strictly because I can.
Let’s List It Out!
- Commuting an hour to and from work for a new contract for the next 2.5 months
- It’s been great so far.
- Great team of people
- Great Facility
- Adobe Experience Manager is Awesome
- Accumulating gear and knowledge for a planned hike on the Appalachian Trail starting in May
- Got my boots purchased from REI
- Waiting on their March 18th “Returns Sale” day to get the rest
- Planning a test hike in the Uwharies in a few weekends
- Seriously considering a Flip Flop approach starting in Harper’s Ferry, WV so I can hike as long as I’m between contracts this summer without running out of time in the North.
- Working with An Inodnesian Artist to Create Mother of Vampires Graphic Novel
- Character Sketches in the likeness of the actors are in
- Page 1 of the massive story that starts with the happenings of my film, “Take That,” is under way. I’ve given feedback and asked for a few changes and the process is working well
- I’ve found a Candian comics guy who’s helping with reformatting my film script to a graphic novel format.
- Counting the days until my first official Genesis 3 product is released at Daz3D.com
- Spending time with Liam in the Gyms with kind of a two pronged goal of losing weight and spending time with my boy.
- He’s almost 18. If not now, then WHEN?
- Trying to get to Trapdoor Recording Studio in Monroe an evening per week and every other weekend to work on finishing the new album.
- This place is strictly no frills and essentially a home studio setup
- The engineer is good and very easy to work with
- Early results are very promising
…..apparently. Took Nancee to Nawab in Winston Salem. Ate a bit too much to follow that up with hot tea and Truffles next door at Angelina’s Tea, by follow it up we did.
Tea Barristra (under his breath as he doesn’t look up and continues to play Warcraft: We don’t have pots.
So, let me get this straight, I am looking at 2 shelves of tea pots and you don’t have one.
Translation = He doesn’t want to step away from his video game. It took another round of requests to talk him out of two cups of tea.
So, being in the first week of a new contract, this week is the normal drill Lots of personal introductions, meetings and support calls trying to get access to the various systems I’ll need to do my work. I now have my laptop and am slowly get various credentials. On the upside, the people have met so far has been nice generally knowledgeable folks I generally look forward to working with. The building and entire complex really, are nicer than any other I’ve worked at.
The commute won’t be quite the nightmare that I imagined because they are letting me stagger my schedule a bit to avoid rush hours. I now generally arrive by 9:25 am and depart between 5:30 and 6. This knocks my morning commute down to as little as 53 minutes on some days. It’s a bit longer to get home In the evening with a 58 minute drive. Later, when I’m fully into the work flow, I may do the long day approach and hit a couple of 8.5 hour days through the week, then leave a bit early on Friday. I think this might knock down my home ride a good overall.
I generally try to use the commute to plan things, practice Spanish with my audible book or just listen to the new album I’m working on to further refine ideas. Speaking of the new album, I’ll be in the studio with a variety of friends for the next 2 Saturdays. I’d really like to get all of the recording done within the new 4 months. We’ll see.
It’s a little strange to have to go to bed at a certain time and I’ve yet to get my exercise routine going on this new schedule, but I certainly will.
Another big change from being between contracts is that my art time is cut down to virtually one 3 or 4 hour session per week. During that time I have to devote most of it to my edit of Flight of The Falcons. Shooting a documentary is definitely the fun part. Editing one, not so much.
We’ve been gone no through a bit of a cold snap here in North Carolina. We even closed the store this Saturday. I don’t think that has happened more than a time or two in our ten year history.
The roads really aren’t too bad but the temperature has stayed down around freezing which is a little bit colder than our winters in recent years. If the forecast is to believed, it’ll be back up to 70 at the end of the week.
On the 3D art front, on a whim, I took advantage of some year end sales at Daz3D. One of the things I picked up a toon shape for the Genesis 3 figure. It’s lead to a bit of a cartoon slant on my renders. It’s been good fun to shift away from the more serious looking style.
The work on the Pfeiffer Documentary continues, I’m sure not as quickly as we’d all like.
I’ve accepted a new contract just 3 weeks after wrapping my last role creating just about the perfect Christmas vacation. It’s content development again and this time using Adobe Experience Manager. I’ll disclose more once the ink is dry, but I will say that this is an excellent Fortune 500 company I’ve wanted to work with for some time.
I feel my decision to start code school in the evenings is already proving a good one. Even though I’ll back amongst the gainfully employed and commuting several hours per day, I am really hungry for learning again. I feel determine to eventually move into the front end design workspace.
So far it’s a promising start to 2017!