Pyros TV Pilot

I’ve recently been doing some shooting for Tyson Media on a new documentary type TV show about the intensity, beauty and drama surrounding large fire work shows and the men and women behind the spectacle. It’s called Pyros and I spent a few night out on a barge in false Creek in Vancouver during the 2010 olympics shoot interviews and behind the scenes stuff of the preparation of the fire works. It was a pretty cool experience and I really had no idea how the set up worked before hand. Anyway as usual the fireworks guys were a bit unpredictable and on the first night we didn’t really get everything that we had hoped. But the second night they were there right on time, ready to roll and we got a lot of great stuff. This is the 3rd or 4th time using the Sony EX cameras and I’ve gotten quite a bit more familiar with them. They do produce great images but I also think that they are a little bit sharp for my liking. After shooting on the 7D a few weeks ago it was a pretty drastic difference. Anyway, Tyson has cut together a 4 minute pilot and it looks great. Unfortunately, until it gets pitched I can’t show to much here. Check out Mayhem TV for more info!

Introduction to Final Cut Pro and Responsibility

I just finished the first day teaching an introduction to Final Cut Pro Workshop and I’m tired. I think the class has been a success so far, which I was somewhat worried about going in. I was worried that although I have used the program for a long time on a professional basis, there would be little things I take for granted that I don’t know or can’t explain quickly. So far it seems quite the opposite. The real challenge has been my ability to explain the more intermediate features to the class in clear and concise manner. I sometimes forget how little experience some of them have with video/editing systems as well as computers in general.

Fundamentally, I think the biggest thing I can improve upon is choosing my topic staying on it. Everybody seems more interested in knowing exactly the “right” way to do something rather than making an informed decision based on the options. This is somewhat troubling. This same tendency has popped up in my consulting recently as well. I’ve very reluctant to label something as “the best” because everything has it’s pluses and minuses. Is it up to clients/students to make their own decisions after they have been given the options and facts or is that my responsibility? I don’t know really the answer but I suppose will have to comes to terms with it sooner rather than later if I wish to continue in this bissuness.

This blog post is brought to you by procrastination.

New Stuff Oh So Soon!

I know nobody reads this yet but I’m hoping that this changes for two reasons.

  1. I’ve started using my mystery-creative email as my main address and that will hopefully start bringing people here.
  2. More importantly though I have a total redesign coming very soon and along with it a real push on my part to make this site much better.I hope to so better at promoting myself and publishing all of the film articles and work flow papers that I have written and will continue to write.
With this I will be putting up my demo reel, a few of my short films that have pasted their festival expiration date, my resume and a bunch of other cool stuff.
So with said, I hope to slowly build this site up and have it be an aid to anyone out there willing to listen.


Maybe this is where I need to begin. I don’t know how I feel about blogs but I don’t know a lot about many things and some of them turn out to be great. Let’s see how this goes