Away and back again

So far to go so much to see.
I’m back from the road. And still not working much. The painter Chuck Close is quoted variously as “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and go to work.” Need to show up. Need to work.

Some of what I did see though was quite inspired.

Being the old man I am, film to me is still the medium for ‘moving pictures’. (Never mind the acetate gets digitized for editing & then lasered back out as negative to make release prints.) So to see some young videographers building their chops with green screen, ‘mood’ lighting, and a mind blowing music montage I say ‘Bring it on’.

I went to a video “Filmfest” coordinated by Nate Seymour and Allistair Johnson. And when they hone their tastes they could make a run at Sundance. I can’t mention every piece I saw (cause I just don’t remeber all of them) and mean no slight to any of the other participants.

A fantasy adventure by Andrew Boyd was the effects showpiece, imaginative miniatures and all.

I was literally stunned by the depth of historical knowledge displayed in Dani Alcorn’s montage. Illustrating Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ could easily have been commonplace, but not here. Each image was its own tap to the forehead, punch in the chest, kick to the cajones. Well done lady you nearly brought me to tears.

Now if Melanie, my contact, will answer up I’ll give a mention to the camera and lights for Psycho Circus.

Keep your pencil sharp and camcorder charged, till next time.

UPDATE:
The filming and lighting for Psycho Circus was done by Alexis Hermosa, Stuart Shinn, Tom McCudden, Graham Clark, and Drew Barker.
-Melanie


Short revisit

I don’t intend to go back and edit previous posts, but my 28 Apr. post had generated a bit of traffic, so I’ll comment on that. It seems the MC spin machine is running full bore now. Google news throws up a headline about her every time I check it.

My intention when I started that post was to defend the artistry of Annie’s work. Then when I realized it was something out of the MC spin machine I lost interest. Looking at what is coming out I see the machine knows nothing about PR except ‘keep her name in their face’.

Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice MC: “Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.” Elbert Hubbard.

I’m out of town some next week. More disruption, but maybe the change of scenery will inspire me.