Personal Posts

Information Tech and “The Black Shakes”

Yesterday, a friend noticed my not-very-smart phone, and asked me if I was going to “go to the iPhone or Android.” I explained that I had been an early adopter of the iPhone, and had stopped using it, because I…

RIP American Freedom

Note: This is, ostensibly, my professional blog. However, when I feel very strongly about something, I’m going to speak out. This is one of those times.   I voted for President Obama, and I have defended his decisions to friends…

Vampires, Zombies and Us

We were seduced by the sleek passion of vampires, and have awakened to find that we are their zombie slaves. The vampires feed on our time, our money, energy. They have grand-sounding names like Uncle Sam and Corporate America. They…

Originality, Authenticity and Art

Generally, to say that a creative work is “original” is praise of the highest order, while to describe it as “unoriginal” is tantamount to calling it worthless. I believe that this attitude neglects one essential ingredient: authenticity.

Cigar Box iPod Speaker Dock (Mark I)

When I was a kid, I was very interested in science and engineering – especially robotics – and I wanted to be an inventor. I pursued this fantasy until my dad told me that there was a lot of math…

Is Film School Worth It? A 12-Year Perspective

Twelve years ago this month, I graduated from the Film/Video program at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Since then, I have worked as everything from a cable wrangler on televised college basketball games to the owner of my…

“Economic Armageddon” Video

Every once in a while, I get a few days to put together a video for myself. This was one of those times. I created all the illustrations from scratch (including the drawings of Uncle Sam and the American Worker),…

The Importance of Audio

Photography and video have a lot in common. Image composition, lighting aesthetics and the shot-based production process apply to both fields. Of course, there are a number of technical differences – lighting instruments, camera support equipment and postproduction workflow to…