Implosion Garage

This was a really great way to spend an early Saturday morning. I had the opportunity to have access to a great vantage point to be able to shoot this. We got up at 5 am, not a usual thing for Saturday, and headed downtown before the streets would be shut down around the site. We had access to the 27th floor of a building that overlooked the site. I shot four cameras for maximum coverage and the ability to shoot some slow motion as well. I chose lenses that would cover, wide, medium, and close on the parking garage. This was really cool to see in person. To be there and feel the concussion and hear the sound, loud, as you might expect, as well as see the glass panels on the building we were in shake and rattle with the concussive blasts.

Parking Garage Implosion in Dallas Tx in 2019.

Art Supplies

Making some ART ! I got a new “Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K”, name is too long, wow. I decided to test it out while doing a new art project and see what it could do, and how easy it is in practical use. Also to test out the Raw capability of the new BRAW codec / file format etc. I have to say I’m really happy with the options and capabilities of this camera, while it might not be a RED or an ARRI camera it is exceedingly capable. It does put those kinds of pro features in the hands of many more filmmakers. It is a super affordable camera that hits well above its price point.

Making some Art ! Testing out my new "BlackMagic cinema camera 4K", aka BMCC4K, either one is a mouthful. Fantastic new camera from Blackmagic Design.

James Avery Mothers Day Charm Event ..... 2019

Last year we had the opportunity to create four :15 second spots for Texas based James Avery Artisan Jewelry, celebrating mothers day. We produced the spots using stop motion animation which featured their Necklaces, Bracelets and most importantly their Charms. This year they came back to us at ATKPLN to do four more mother’s day spots! So I am are excited to share this news now. Here are a couple of the spots along with a Behind the scenes look at how we did them. These are so much fun to put together and do, stop motion is a favorite medium I like to work in. It works really well for these spots, as it is hand crafted and singular, it speaks to the artisanal quality of their jewelry, which is hand crafted by their artists.

Enjoy !

1 of four :15 second stop motion spots I shot for ATKPLN for James Avery Artisan Jewelry, Mothers Day event 2019.
2 of 4 :15 second spots I shot for ATKPLN for James Avery Artisan Jewelry, Mothers Day event.

Here is the behind the scenes for this years ( 2019 ) shoot of the James Avery Mothers Day Charm event.

Behind the scenes for the James Avery Mothers Day Charm event for 2019.

Philo's Pholly Short Version

The one you write, the one you shoot, and the one you edit.

Philo Farnsworth invents the television, the single most important communication device to date, except it doesn't quite fulfill his vision and expectations.

When I first wrote and shot Philo’s Pholly it was just for fun, and comedic in nature, just a project I wanted to do. “ how funny if the guy who invented television, upon the first real test of the tech, he gets interrupted by an ad? “ This shorter version is that vision. However like the subtitle, and many pontifications before it state, there is the film you write, the film you shoot, and the film you edit. This was very much the case with this film. It went through the production cycle as one would expect, and for the most part it got through the writing and shooting mostly in tact, I discovered during researching this that Philo Farnsworth was very disappointed with how it all went down. So that little tidbit of information hung around inside my silly little brain while prepping and shooting this piece. Then during editing this I found another film inside of this original idea. In The longer version I discovered that I wanted to add exposition to what Philo was expecting, and what he wanted for the technology. I felt like it was missing an important point so I added these extra shots that exemplified exact opposites of what he hoped and expected the technology to accomplish, which to his bitter disappointment, is what actually became of television, rather than the grand unification of information, knowledge, and a better understanding of the human condition.

I finished and released that version almost a year ago, and it did pretty well at the festivals it was in, won an award of merit, which is great, but in a way I think I never really finished the idea, so this ( shorter version ) is that. Enjoy.

Latest Short film " We're not old, just antiquated..."

Here is my latest short film, released just in time for “National Live Creative Day” written by Judy Caudle, shot and directed by me, audio voices and finished with the help of ATKPLN. Aging cameras find themselves confronted with new technology that may just hold their own fate in its hands, but can they resist it? Teaser is here from ATKPLN twitter feed.

Aging cameras find themselves confronted with new technology that may just hold their own fate in its hands, but can they resist it?

Another small update, we are an…

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Sacramento International Film Festival is happening April 27th - May 5th 2019

Update this film is now an Official Selection & Semi-finalist in the Austin Spotlight Film Festival! Happening November 14, 2018. at the Alamo Draft-house in Austin.


HooYay! Whoop! Whoop! We just won an online bronze award from the International Independent Film Awards festival. Hope we can garner some more wins from the other festivals its in.

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Lodge 26 environs

    Recently I was asked to photograph the workspace and environment of an acclaimed Creative Branding and Design firm Lodge 26, that The Die Line did an article on, in their "Inside the Studio" section. The article is a look at the space creatives work in, the environment they surround themselves with and its importance to the creative process. So have a read, and take a look at the images. They did a great job on this.


The Smirl chapel relocation project

    I just finished a new video project. I was approached from a friend who got involved as a photographer on a special project, he was to photograph, document and archive, the teardown,  the moving and relocation, and restoration of a 120 year old chapel in Heath, Texas. Most of you will recognize Rockwall, Texas. Heath is just south of there. He was to be the still Photographer of note as it were. The people who he was working for however were on the very beginning of this whole project, which was going to be a bit expensive to undertake. So they hired me, at his recommendation, to produce a short film to promote the project and help to get the word out and raise money to accomplish this task. I interviewed, shot, edited and finished two cuts for them, a six minute piece with the backstory and history of this chapel, and what it meant to the people who had called it theirs for so long. I also did a one minute cutdown piece for social media. So....

So if you so inclined, go to The Smirl Chapel Relocation Project and find out more about this project.