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First Year Lessons: The DIVA Case

Chatter and laughter next door is growing steadily louder.  An office party is about to start. Noise coming through the walls will bleed onto the microphones will pick up when we roll the interview. We have to move to a different room in this office.  I carry my gear, including our Kino Flow DIVA, down a hall and set-up the shot again in another empty room.

“Do you have everything?” The client asks me.  I confirm so.  Lights.  Camera.  Microphone.  The list checks out, and the door to the first location locks behind us.  But after the interview, I discover that the DIVA case is inside the first set.  Locked away, and no one has a key! Video production has its challenges. Things may be beyond your control on set. You can prepare yourself for some of them…Consequently though, you can bring the challenges with you…

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Cosmic Coincidences: Nimoy & Bennett

Leonard Nimoy’s passing sadly coincides with the death of Harve Bennett two days earlier. It is cosmic in how Bennett and Nimoy were both the producers and creative captains of the Star Trek Holy Trilogy in the 1980s. Together rescuing a forgotten TV show from obscurity. Their direction and collaborations made possible what is today’s Trek fandom.
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Boyhood: Best Picture

An unusually bustling independent theatre in Hamilton’s west-end serves as the perfect venue for this year-end screening.  It’s such a delight to finally catch the experiment that is Boyhood on the big screen. Director Richard Linklater’s latest feature is literally 12 years in the making.

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Autumn Photography: Hamilton is Home

Enjoying the final stretch of warm weather before snow, I find myself walking to the end of the road.  Overlooking the escarpment, I see the city stretch out before me.  The cooler weather of this season means the air is crisp and clear.  I can plainly see Toronto from across Lake Ontario.  I set up the tripod and try to capture an image with a message in my mind: Hamilton is home.  Read On…

Autumn Photography: Orange Moon

Vibrant colours this season take me outside on long photo walks.  Today I want to capture the moon through branches.  Walks during any season are unquestionably more beautiful with a camera in hand. But Autumn Photography a particular pleasure. Walks are rich with opportunities to frame where ever you go. Therefore, it is really only your imagination that limits you.

Since I have an objective, I find what I’m looking for quickly by exploring a park near my home.  Read On…

Travelogue: America in 90 Hours

It’s Thursday and I get off the plane at 3pm in Las Vegas. I’m meeting my brother who is driving a tour van full of gear and merchandise for a musician.  The band flew home for an unexpected booking, leaving my brother to drive home alone and be back by Monday.  I’m here to help and we set out to cross America in 90 hours.
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Cosmos: Then and Now

Tonight’s premier of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey has me on the couch watching Sunday evening TV for the first time since I don’t know when. I remember The Simpsons, King of the Hill and X-Files Sunday nights on Fox fondly. Those have long since gone off the air or have become stale. I’m an adult now and therefore updating the ritual. The popcorn is popping as I sip my bubbling beer. It’s time to learn some science! Read On…

Setting Clocks & Magic Hour

We’re setting our clocks forward one hour tonight. For many it means that this cold winter will soon be a memory.  But the extra hour of evening light is much more valuable to our humble team for a different reason: Magic Hour is earlier!
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Winter Photography: Freezing Rain

My humble opinion of the frigid winter months is noticeably negative.  I dislike cold weather so I stay inside for the most part. Ultimately, I want to hibernate. But since taking up photography, I’m beginning to see there’s an upside to the season.
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Symmetry: The Palindrome of Pictures

Palindromes in language are strings of letters or phases that can have the same meaning read forward or backwards.  ‘Step on no pets,’ the word ‘kayak’ and the name ‘Hannah’ for example. They are a challenge to write but never before have I seen one done with video.

A graphic designer in Paris shares this short film as his graduate project. “Symmetry” is an impressive piece. It ends as it begins. The movie would play the same if, after you saw it once – you played it back in reverse.
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