State of the Hill 2014

If you know me at all you probably know that I'm kind of obsessed with my neighborhood, Capitol Hill.  Pretty much my entire life happens along either Pike, Pine or Broadway on the hill.  So I was excited to be the official videographer for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce's "State of the Hill" event a couple weeks ago.  The video I produced is below, and the full State of the Hill address is up on the chambers' website. 

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New Year, New Look

Happy 2014 everyone!  I finally decided that it was time to put some energy into my branding.  Rather than designing everything myself as I've done in the past, I hired my friend Tony Tran to design this logo for me.

The triangle is a play on the "play" button (a little expected, I know), but I really like how it feels both structured and organic, with the geometric lines countered with the shades of blue.  I think it's a great representation of my style.   

Matching website, and reel (my first one!) coming soon...

"Drawn to Seattle" at MOHAI

A few years ago I produced a video for the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog on Gabriel Campanario AKA Seattle Sketcher, whose sketches appear in his column for the Seattle Times. Then, a few months ago I got a call from the Museum of History and Industry, asking to use my video in an exhibit of Campanario's work. Of course I said yes. The exhibit, "Drawn to Seattle," opened on Dec 21 and runs through May 26.

The video is below, and to the left are some photos I took at the Member Reception for the exhibit. That's me shooting in the sketch on the left!

The new MOHAI is great by the way, I definitely recommend visiting if you haven't been yet (preferably before May 26!)

Japan Nov. 2012

I took a trip to Japan with my grandparents this past November and shot a bunch of video while I was there.  I decided not to take in to account the internet's lack of attention span while editing this one, so it clocks in at a whopping 10 minutes.  SHOCKING, I know... but I didn't make this one for you, internet, I made it for myself.

I start off in Tokyo, then head to the small mountain town of Agamachi where I have a couple friends, then back to Tokyo, and then finally to Kyoto.  

MUSIC

Grimes - Genesis

Stephen Swartz - Bullettrain

Air - Alone in Kyoto

Busy Busy... cakes & coffee etc.

It's been a crazy past couple of months for me, personally and professionally... hence the lack of updates here and elsewhere.  So I figured it was about time I check in again.  

that's cake... all of it.Allrecipes has been going gangbusters with the videos this year... in the past couple of months, I've produced a series of 6 "how to brew coffee" videos (here's How to Brew French Press), as well as 45 (!!) "how to decorate cake" videos (see pic at right), which are still in progress.  I also started work on "Welcome World Cuisine," an international foods web series (the pilot is below), and shot a 3 episode reality style mini-series... both of those will probably get their own posts at some point, so stay tuned. 

Storm season is also just about to get underway.  Media Day is this coming Wednesday and our first game is May 18.  So basically I'm coming out of the busiest couple months I've ever had, and heading into what's usually my 'busy season!'  here we go!! 

Office Nomads

For about the past 6 months or so I've been a member at Office Nomads, the "Capitol Hill coworking grandaddy" that happens to be about 3 blocks from my apartment.  The coworking concept is defintely not a perfect fit for a video production business, but I'm making it work, and I'm loving it here for the time being.  I suspect that as video production continues to get leaner and meaner, coworking will become a more viable option for video producers like myself.  

Anyways, the point of this post is that the folks that run Office Nomads are launching a "big initiative to clean up, revamp, upgrade, organize, structure, and just generally over-all improve the coworking wiki," and I produced this video for them to get things going.

Happy Birthday To Me

I'm the one on the rightIt's official... I'm at the point where I don't really want to be a year older any more!  My birthday was last week and I celebrated it this past weekend at Grim's with my good friend Erin (don't bother following her she doesn't tweet).  

 I took my flip camera with plans to put together a video of the party, but of course as soon as I got to the party I completely forgot about that plan until it was too late.  Oh well, it's probably for the best... it most likely would have ended up being just a bunch of people yelling into the camera anyways.