Thursday, May 28, 2009

Becuase I Got High... Definition!

I just purchased a Panasonic HVX200 high definition video camera and am counting down the days until I get to play around with this beast! Magic Spoon Productions will never be the same...

Monday, May 25, 2009

2009 UT Commencement

I was stuck indoors yesterday afternoon due to the rain and was sitting around at my house bored when I remembered that the campus wide UT commencement was going down with Robert Rodriguez as the keynote speaker. Luckily the rains gave way so I grabbed my camera and made my way down to catch his address and the fireworks display after all the degree candidates were declared graduates. Everything is bigger in Texas!

2009 UT Commencement Tower Fireworks
2009 UT Commencement Cap
2009 UT Commencement Silhouettes

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Co-op Chronicles

From 2003-2008, I lived at the 21st Street Co-op and spent much of my time there with a videocamera in hand. You can't script the craziness that goes down in a place like that. Living with 100 people, there was always something going on worthy of documenting. For a few of those years, I was the video historian and put together end of the semester screenings for my fellow house mates from all the madness I caught on tape. Over time, my collection of co-op videos grew and for the last several months, I have been putting together a best-of-the-best collection that I like to call Co-op Chronicles.

Starting Magic Spoon Productions and putting together the website put this project on the back burner, but I'm back in the swing of things, and will hopefully have the premiere sometime in June at the 21st Street Co-op. If you want to stay in the loop about the premiere or attend, send me a message and I'll keep you up to date. I will also be selling a 2 disc DVD box set for $10 at the screening if you want to pick up your collector's edition of Co-op Chronicles- a cooperative fundraiser that will help me purchase a brand new high definition video camera. In the mean time, here's a sneek peak at what you can expect (watch in HQ):

Monday, May 11, 2009

Magic Spoon Productions Website Launch

First of all, making a website is tough and the Internet is a confusing place. After weeks of preparation, work, and accidental file over-writing, the Magic Spoon Productions website is now officially up and running! Feel free to check out the website at http://www.magicspoonproductions.com and let me know what you think! Thanks for flying with Magic Spoon Productions.

This weekend brought around another great Cinco de Mayo party at the 21st Street Co-op filled with fun, food, friends and fire! Here's a couple of photos and as always, more can be found here.Cinco de Mayo Fire Show
Travis
Around midnight, I left to ride in the Full Moon bike ride. Hundreds of cyclists took to the street and rode till sunrise. I was obviously the best looking cyclists with my glowstick covered bike! Many thanks to Jake and Sally for helping me pull it off.
Glowstick Bike

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Texas 4000 Bike Ride Time Lapse

Last year around this time, my life was pretty chaotic... between finishing up my Director duties at the 21st Street Co-op, packing up all my things after living there for 5 years, and saying goodbye to family and friends, I was preparing to embark on what would become the greatest adventure of my life thus far. As some of you reading this may know, last summer I cycled over 4,000 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska with a non-profit organizaiton called Texas 4000 for Cancer.

Realizing that this would be an unforgettable experience, I took my video camera along for the ride and came home with over 30 hours of footage from the summer. Aside from putting together a summer video for the riders (which I will be uploading soon in several parts) I rigged a tripod head to my bike handlebars and filmed a couple of minutes everyday and created this video time lapse of our 70 day journey:



I submitted this video to the 2009 Bicycle Film Festival and was pretty confident that it would be picked up and screened, but I just got notice this week that unfortunately my submission was not selected. I was pretty bummed since I was looking forward to going to New York City for the premiere in June, but so it goes. The 2009 team's Day 1 ATLAS ride is only one month away!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Victoria Noll Music Video

I don't want to give away too much, but here are a couple still frames from a stop motion music video that I am currently shooting with Victoria Noll for her song "Take Me With You."

Victoria Noll Music Video
Victoria Noll Music Video

Friday, May 1, 2009

GARY!

What's in a name? To be GARY or not to be GARY... that is the question.

My fascination with GARY goes back to 2003 and started as an inside joke with some friends of mine as we stood in line for a UT basketball game. Soon after, spotting a GARY out in the real world took on a whole new meaning and the name to this day rings hilarity, irony and comedic genius in my mind. To me, GARY is more than just a name you give your kid or pet snail, it's a state of being that runs the spectrum from mystery to predictability.

Last year, I began a Flickr group called GARY! The purpose of the group was to collect as many photos as I could with the word "Gary" spelled out somewhere in the photo. Submissions range from business establishments, signs, posters, labels etc. I posted a few of my favorite GARY photos so far but feel free to check out the group pool for over 400 more. If you're a Flicker user, join the group and keep your eyes out for GARY! Remember, if it's GARY, it's game!

GARY - EXPLORE Oct 16th 2008 #247 Gary
Joanne + Gary

Stop Gary!