As 2013 comes to a close, it seems like a good time to sweep the dust off this site and reflect on what has been keeping me busy. Beware, many links will follow!
In the beginning of the year I tackled some freelance projects for local production companies in Virginia, while juggling work on:
and Hero Punk
In the spring, I started producing (and being a regular guest on) a podcast about movies and TV called, Not Just a Movie with hosts, Timmie Cole and Michael Trapani. We created 28 episodes from April to October and will be starting production back up in January with a completely new format. We’re very happy with the content we provided and have really grown as podcasters. In 2014, we want to take the podcast a different and even more exciting route, opening it up to a larger audience while maintaining high quality bi-monthly releases.
In the summer, work started up on the Alaska Native documentary, very close to my heart: We Breathe Again (working title). After wrapping up principal photography and doing a mix of pre-post-production and crafting promotional materials, the creative team converged in Santa Rosa, CA for a week of ‘Edit Lab.’ The trip was very successful as we were able to break down the story structure together and delve into character arcs. 2014 (if funding allows) will hopefully be the year we can finish post production and share it with the world.
In the fall/winter I moved from Harrisonburg, VA, to Jersey City, NJ. Moving is always hectic, but it has been rewarding. As a New York native, being closer to family, friends, and industry contacts again, really gives me a boost. I find the city energizing — I love being able to see independent/foreign films in theaters and the shows/museums/amazing food don’t hurt either.
This fall also marks the creation of a new company, That Studio — formerly Scruffy.TV. I have signed on as an official member of the team and look forward to working on a ton of new content in the pipeline. I’ve also picked up a somewhat lost hobby, deciding to jump back into 35mm photography. While I love the Panasonic GH2 for video, the stills always leave a lot to be desired, so instead of purchasing a new DSLR, I thought it would be fun to use a high quality format that I already own. I’m very curious to see how some of these early rolls of film turn out. It definitely requires a lot more discipline than digital and is forcing me to take time with each shot. Though 2014 might prove to be even busier with work on NJAM, That Studio, the Alaska Doc, and a new joint venture with Marsh Chamberlain among other things, I hope to get back into the habit of posting photos to this site.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy new year!