Keen Parallax Shooting

Today was first day shooting for Keen Parallax, the production I am working with Brian for my Film Maker Meetup group. This is our first production and I hope we can get this shot quickly we can edit it and post it up somewhere. The ultimate goal for this Trailer film is to get funding for a full shoot. We will see.

Brian insisted shooting in HD so I am using my little Canon camera. The camera shoots very clear HD video but it lacks some adjustments the pro or prosumer cameras have. I will have to be creative to get some shots.

Brian is a writer but he is not as prepared as a director and I hope we can get this organized better so we can do more efficiently. The scenes we did were three indoor scenes involving the young and old Drew characters. We also did an outdoor scene.

In the evening we did a old Drew and a young girl scene in an alley. Despite a police stopping by to inquire and cold weather, everyone pitched in and got the scenes finished.

There is another shooting next Sunday.

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OnJuly 5, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by

The Fall Risk at San Gregorio General Store

After the Meetup lunch, I drove over the hill to the coast. At the San Gregorio general store, my friend Matt and Jeff launched their new band, The Fall Risk. Matt and Jeff have played together as Twain and Pehrson a long time ago. Jeff went to find Box Set, which was very popular locally for a while with another Jeff.

Recently, they decided to get together and start a new band, with their friends Mark and Eddie as drummer and bass player, respectively. Then Jeff Ballard, another friend, joined in playing harmonica. It’s just a lovefest then these guys get together.

Well, despite not having much time to practice, they sounded great. The sound and harmony was tight, albeit a few mistakes here and there. The energy was very high and everyone who showed up enjoyed the music.

They mostly played old Twain and Pehrson music and Box Set music. During the music, someone casting talent for local Comcast cable show wanted to meet the band. I introduced him to Jeff and hopefully they connect up and arrange for a session on TV. I think they will continue to play around the bay and I hope they succeed at what they love to do.

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OnJune 20, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by

Who’s Got Your Back?

My friend Jeff called me about this free seminar that was offered in San Francisco. It was a book tour by Keith Ferrazzi and his latest book is called Who’s Got Your Back? The book is about building a network of special friends using some of the techniques he developed. It was a half business and half self help type of book.

After starting almost 45 minutes late, he spent about 2 hours giving examples from his book. I didn’t buy the book but looked through the pamphlet he gave to everyone and listened to him during the talk. I found it to be a bit light on substance. I believe that I am a good networker and have some good relationships with people close to me. I don’t know if I need this book to make it that much better. I am not saying that the book is useless, I am sure it’s a revelation for some people. I am saying for my experience, it’s not something that is revolutionary.

It was a sleek presentation, sponsored by University of Phoenix, where I have taught in the past. I think this person is one of the lecturer there and they decided to sponsor him. We got some interesting things to talk about and had an interesting dinner at a local Thai noodle place. There we met a young couple from Belgium traveling around the West Coast. It’s always interesting see how Europeans see the world news. We had some interesting discussions while eating.

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OnJune 18, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by