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Writer, photographer, graphic artist and technologist. I focus my creative efforts on celebrating the American virtues of self-reliance, individual initiative, volunteerism, tolerance and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

Movie Review: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ – ‘Alien’ and a Ticket for a Tat

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If you were at the NuArt Theater in Los Angeles on May 15 or 16, you could have gotten a ticket for a tat. If that tattoo was based on the work of H.R. Giger, that is, and you wanted to see the premiere of 'Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World.' H.R. Giger was a relatively obscure surrealist artist until 1979 when the world saw his design work in Ridley Scott’s 'Alien'. From that moment, the world of science fiction and horror, rock music album covers, punk and goth culture, and tattoos and fetish art was changed forever. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Pound of Flesh’ Premiere with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Princes, and Vine Stars

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like most action films, the stakes get higher and the problems multiply as the heroes get closer to their goal. But the challenges in 'Pound of Flesh' are not only physical, but moral. The ultimate obstacle is not physical at all. Read More »

NAB 2015: Fundraising for Your Web Project

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At the NAB show in Las Vegas, video professionals with time in the crowdsource funding trenches shared what they’ve learned. Read More »

NAB 2015: A Producer’s Guide to Story, Budget, Strategy and Brand with Amy DeLouise

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At this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, the annual Las Vegas conclave of television, radio, internet and supporting industries, video expert Amy DeLouise set an aggressive goal for her presentation titled: "A Producer's Guide to Everything That Matters." Read More »

Movie Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger – Zombie’s Father in ‘Maggie’

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My brain’s cynicism synapse snapped when I heard that a new Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie was opening at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Read More »

NAB 2015: Blogger Melanie Nelson Gets Down to Self-Editing Basics

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At the NAB Show 2015, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, surrounded by every video camera made, virtual sets, lighting equipment, online streaming hardware and software platforms, they didn't forget that it all begins with writing. Read More »

NAB 2015: Drone-ing On and On – The Pizza has Landed

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Drones were everywhere at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas this year. No, not male honeybees or parasitic loafers, but unmanned aircraft remotely or programmatically controlled. More specifically, drones with cameras attached. Read More »

NAB 2015: Pep Rally with Jerry Lewis, a Former Senator, and Mr. Dodgers

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Peter Guber concluded, "For broadcasters this is not the end. It is not even the end of the beginning. It is the beginning of the beginning." Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging’ by Blain Brown

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If you'd like to be a cinematographer, camera assistant, or postproduction artist, or just understand the nitty gritty of modern video production, this is the book for you. Blain Brown, who has worked in the film industry as a cinematographer, producer, director and screenwriter for 25 years, brings his entertainment and technical expertise to a subject which is critical for your success. Read More »

Learning to be Funny at Flappers University – and with Up-and-Coming Standup Comic Gail Moss

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Can you learn to be funny? That’s what the folks at Flappers University believe, and having spent a day at their “Intro to Comedy Intensive” class, I’m inclined to agree. Read More »