It has been seven days since Sasha was born. She is still alive and breathing, and I count that as a success. Though some challenges are different from what I expected, overall it has actually been easier than I had thought.
As the boxes and boxes of baby stuff continued to overwhelm the limited space in our condo over the past month or so before Sasha was born, it dawned on us that it wasn’t going to just be the two of us plus a tiny little baby. The reality of the situation was that we had a new roommate moving in and we needed to make space for a whole person’s worth of stuff and we were going to have to get rid of and rearrange a bunch of our own stuff to make room for the baby. Cupboards were cleared, books and DVDs given away, and the craps table (around which my friends spent hours throwing dice many years ago) was converted into a crap table (AKA diaper changing station). Continue reading →
(Posted @ 2:12am) The first 24 hours. As dawn broke over the city, I nearly cried as I realized it was her first sunrise. Sleep deprivation and overwhelming emotions swirl around causing a mad mix of anxiety and elation. Insecurities and instincts, both the previously known and the unknown kick in. I have no idea what I am doing and yet some things just happen so naturally. Continue reading →
(Posted @ 1:09 am) Sitting on the DASH bus carrying an empty baby car seat is not exactly how I imagined the rush to the hospital to go down. The plan was to wait until contractions were 4 minutes apart before I drove her to the hospital. Enter from the main entrance, or from 6th street through the ER if it was after 6:30pm. Leave the car at the door on the way up to the eighth floor. None of that happened. Continue reading →
Ooops… it’s been exactly another year since the last time I’ve done the stuff I’ve worked on update… or posted anything else on this website. I really need to be better about this haha. A lot more stuff has happened in the past year, including… yes… we are expecting out first child very soon!!
Oooops… It’s been almost two years since my last update.
Quite a lot has gone on since then, including getting married! I’ve also expanded a bit into fashion photography, among other things, and I’ve gotten really into running… I’ll be running in the Los Angeles Marathon this coming weekend!
But for now I’ll just update with a “stuff I worked on” update. Here is a selection of things I’ve worked on over the past two years, in roughly reverse chronological order:
Congrats to the all the cast and crew of Innocent Blood (formerly Innocence Blood) a film I worked on a while back as key grip / dolly grip which is going to Cannes! It’s not an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival but it is screening as part of Le Marché du Film, the festival’s film market.
The film is being represented by Striped Entertainment and it will be screening this Friday at 11:30 AM at Main Building Palais-Stand Lérins S6, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Check it out!
On December 26, 2005 I purchased a 1989 Toyota Corolla DX wagon from my good friend and former San Diego roommate, Cami. I was attending film school at the time and I needed something a little roomier than my Mazda Miata to carry equipment for film school projects. I remember laughing inside a few times thinking about how I was loading $100,000+ worth of equipment into this little old car. It already had well over 200,000 miles on the clock and I honestly only needed and expected it to last me a year or so to get me through film school. In the end it completely surprised me by continuing to run and run and run and I just couldn’t justify getting rid of a perfectly good car. I ended up keeping it for 7 and a half years and in all that time the only time it had ever left me stranded was in 2010 when the original (!!) radiator finally sprang a leak.
That is until the morning of February 22, 2013 when the transmission suddenly failed while I was driving southbound on I-5 just before the Fourth Street exit. The old and faithful Corolla which had lasted me this long with a bare minimum of maintenance had finally had the catastrophic failure that would have me contemplating whether it had truly reached the end of the road.
I worked on this music video a couple of months ago and the video just dropped today:
I was the key grip on the second day of the two day shoot for this video. Dwight Stone was the key grip on the first day and I used his rigging gear to do the car rigs for the shots with the camera mounted on the outside of the car looking in:
Front Side We shot in the parking lot of Hollywood Park racetrack and casino in Inglewood.
Back Side 60x20 solid rag behind the green screen. Box truss frame. The sand bags are pretty much just for decoration.
Is the lens on the camera or the camera on the lens?
All credit for this 60’x20′ green screen rig goes to Key Grip Dwight Stone. He came up with the concept and design and led the execution of the thing. He drove the gradall… while flying the 60’x20′. The rest of us on the grip crew were really mostly only there to turn some wrenches and tie some knots.
I was told that this whole getup was for the intro sequence for the TV show “Fairly Legal” but I checked out the first few episodes of the new season and as it turns out, this show doesn’t have an intro sequence. : |
UPDATE: Season 2 Episode 4 has an intro sequence!!
Freakishly tall palm trees! I believe these trees were planted in the 1940's. I don't think they really thought they would grow this tall. Also that's a Red Epic-M on the hood of a car with questionable brakes. Koreatown, Los Angeles.
K-Town I know it's a racist and sexist thing to say but I gotta say it made me nervous hanging the camera so precariously close to so many Korean women drivers!! Meanwhile, the 2nd AC (and owner of the Jeep) nervously looks on from the chase vehicle. Ah, low budget filmmaking!
Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Me and my rig and the gaffer rigging lights in the car. The hilarious thing about the "safety cable" on the camera is that the door would fall off the car before the rig fell off the door. But even if somehow the camera fell off the rig, the camera would dent the crap out of the car. Then again, the camera is worth a lot more than the car, lol. 4 Aces Motel, Palmdale, California.
L-R: Director, DP, 1st AC, camera owner The one day the owner of the camera decided to show up to the shoot it happened to be the day I was hanging it on the end of a car lol.
These are some of the car rigs I did as key grip on the feature film Innocence Blood. The hostess tray rig is by Modern Studio Equipment, rented from good old Wooden Nickel Lighting. Wooden Nickel also rents the Matthew’s hostess tray but I prefer Modern’s design for being quicker and easier to work with.
The suction cup and 5/8″ rigging was rented from Dwight Stone a.k.a. “GripNerd” and it’s mostly made up of stuff he got from Modern Studio Equipment. That name sound familiar? Yeah. They’re awesome.