I lost my noggin in this behind the scenes video


I worked on this behind the scenes clip while flying in and out of New York last week.

Take a look! Enjoy.

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Utah man kamikaze-ys plane into own house


What’s up with all the crazies and planes lately?

A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said.

The pilot, Duane Youd, died. His wife and a child who were in the home survived despite the front part the two-story house being engulfed in flames, Payson police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval said.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in Payson, a city of about 20,000 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

A father finds connection to son through film


This blog post from a blogger struggling to find a way to bond with his son was an inspirational read:

The distance between us is exacerbated by the fact that (like many families) we haven’t spoken the same cultural language.  There’s a great passage from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity (a novel of pop-culture obsessiveness that I’ve read more than any other novel, meaning I’ve actually finished it twice).  It neatly sums up that issue:

“It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently, or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”

If that’s true, than most parents are screwed.

Which brings me to my breakthrough. Despite the morbid intro you’ve just waded through, this story has a happy ending after all.

I know that despite all the political division and cultural divides, there are so few people I still can’t get along with. People, for the most part, are empathetic beings wanting to connect with others to badly that adjusting one’s personal views doesn’t interfere with personal relationships.

That’s not across the board, but it’s fairly true. And to those people, I’m attracted.

The Fugitive is the best movie of its kind for all time


Twenty five years later, the movie The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones holds its own as one of the best movies of its genre; the character-driven action film with a large city as its backdrop for adults.

And this article is proof!

Or in the very least it gives me the confirmation bias I need.

I love this movie. I love it so much that when we used to have cable and it was on randomly, I’d sit and watch it again and again.

From the article:

“Does this guy ever quit?” one of the marshals asks toward the end of The Fugitive, and the answer is no—both for Dr. Richard Kimble and for Davis. For two hours and 10 minutes, this film does not relent. Not even for a cup of coffee (that scene was cut), not even for some shopping (cut), not even for romance (also cut). There is no hanging out here. Everything rushes. If it isn’t the actors, then it’s the camera with a Where’s Waldo? view of Chicago, the hometown of both Kimble and Davis; if it isn’t the camera, then it’s the swelling orchestral music. And the urgency is a good thing because every pause introduces a new threat—a passing cop, a skeptical doctor, a nosy guard. Even the exposition speeds by. The instigating murder itself, presented in slo-mo monochrome over the opening credits, unravels in concert with Kimble’s interrogation and his conviction, a simultaneous chronology that compresses time. As Matt Zoller Seitz wrote of The Fugitive on rogerebert.com last year, “The multilayered, at times prismatic way that it delivers information feels like an evolutionary leap forward for thrillers.”

 

 

2018 iPhone Photography award winners!


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As they say, the best camera is the one in your hand and those ones in our hands have become better and better.

From the looks of these winners, though, the best isn’t always taken with the newest iteration of the iPhone.

The above shot was taken with an iPhone 6.

Huapeng Zhao
China
2nd Place, Photographer of the Year
Eye to eye

“I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.

Location: YanTai ShanDong province, China
Shot on iPhone 6

The iPhone awards and the below tweet are GREAT reminders for all of us (like me) who drool over technology like that’s what’s keeping us (me) back from making exciting/new/interesting work: