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One of my more recent (web) TV show obsessions is House of Cards.  I was always really intrigued by how they displayed text messages on-screen, and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate that kind of thing into a project.  Allrecipes came to me shortly after with a need for a promo video for their Menu Planner web-app... so I worked up this concept, and there was my chance to do it. 

Big thanks to Jen Chiu, who will no-doubt be a famous food show host soon (you should watch her web series Roll with Jen here... it's great)  also Aaron Gapanoff who did all the graphics, Erik Dinnel (DP), Stuart Kenney (Art Department), and Tim Brennecke (PA). 

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AuthorDavid Albright
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This was definitely a big year of change at the Storm, my sixth season producing all their video content.  But as always it went by in a flash and now it's over!  Here are my three favorite videos from the season.  

#3 - Community Practice at the Nisqually Youth Center

Usually these event recap videos don't get anywhere near my top videos of the year list… but this one was different.  There was so much excitement in the gym that everyone there was instantly in a good mood, and it was cool to see so much excitement about the WNBA from the Native American community... more on that below.

#2 - #stormselfie

Not much to say about this one… it was just fun.  

#1 - Eye on the Storm: An Incredible Journey

This series got it's own post at the start of the season, so read that for some background.  But this episode, "An Incredible Journey," was my favorite for a couple reasons.  First was Karen Bryant.  The Storm is about so many more things than just basketball and that's mostly attributable to Karen Bryant, so I was really glad I could help her tell her story as she wrapped up her final season with the team.  

And second… Shonni Shimmel.  I mentioned earlier how the Native American community was excited about the WNBA this season, but HOLY CRAP… I didn't realize just how excited until this game.  I haven't felt that much energy in the arena since the 2010 championship run. 

All episodes are viewable here (there's also one more coming).  What was your favorite episode Storm Crazies?  Let me know on twitter

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AuthorDavid Albright
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I'm really excited about this Storm season, not only because it's my SIXTH (!!!) season with the team, but also because we're producing a behind-the-scenes documentary series Eye on the Storm, and it's been a ton of fun to produce. 

In the past my work for the Storm has been mostly entertainment and event focused, but this season we're going all-in on the basketball story.  There's a place for the silly skits (and we're still doing a few), but the story of the team, and especially the players, is really what the fans are there to see, so I'm excited to be able to focus on that this season. 

New episodes will air during our broadcast halftimes, and of course on stormbasketball.com and the Storm's youtube channel.  Here's a playlist of all episodes to-date.

Oh, and then there was this...

I didn't prompt her to say that, she brought it up on her own I swear!  She was referring to the Intro Video on opening night.

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AuthorDavid Albright

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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I'm testing out a Dropcam today for possible use in a client project.  So if you've ever dreamed of spying on me while I work, today is your lucky day!

UPDATE 12:45 -- this is creeping me out a little.  Not sure how long I'll be leaving this on!

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I haven't touched a PC in years, so I haven't ever really had to worry about viruses and things like that.  But a couple months ago, my browser was highjacked by something that kept redirecting me to a site called LinkBucks, which is just a page with a bunch of spammy links that pays referrers every time they send someone there.  The worst part of it was, I'd google the issue, and then this virus (or whatever it was, I'm not sure it was a virus I guess) would block all virus scanning sites, and even support forums that described how to solve the problem!

I was happy to find and support another one-man business on the hill, Computer Love, who  helped me out through some of this.

I was happy to find and support another one-man business on the hill, Computer Love, who  helped me out through some of this.

It sounds like this is something a lot of other people are experiencing, so I figured I'd share how I've dealt with the problem.  Without getting in to too much detail -- all you have to do to get rid of the re-direct is clear your browser cache, re-set your browser to default settings, and reset your ROUTER to factory settings.  None of the virus scans ever found anything, because the virus lives in the router (apparently they can do that?!) so that's why you have to reset the router to factory settings.  

One more note: if this problem is happening on one computer, don't connect any others to the wifi network until you've reset it!  Otherwise they'll get it too.  I made that mistake before I realized the router was the issue.  

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It was a really exciting and optimistic time when Mike McGinn was elected as the Mayor of Seattle in 2009, with his election following shortly after Obama's swearing in (remember how excited we were about that one?!).

His urbanist positions on density, bike improvements and transit are exactly what we need in Seattle and are what a majority of Seattleites say they support.  So I have never understood why, even in liberal Seattle, so many people become anti-density, anti-bike and anti-transit when it comes time for real-world implementation.  I thought that McGinn's take on this would be interesting to hear, as someone who more than anyone else right now, personifies urbanism in Seattle.

So, yesterday I asked Dominic Holden, the smart and telegenic (a rare combo for journalists in Seattle) News Editor at The Stranger, to interview him on this topic at my studio.  It's still up for debate what form this project will take, because it all came together really quickly (I didn't think he'd say yes when I asked for an interview!).  So stay tuned for updates and let me know if you have any suggestions for relevant articles, interviews, people, ideas, etc that I should be aware of.

Below is a behind the scenes look at the shoot, in the form of a pop-up video.

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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...

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