Hard to focus on my day job in times like these. So I made this.
Posts that include videos.
Life has a funny way of happening without you if you stare at your phone too much.
Occupy the Wind
Haven’t posted in a while, so here’s an oldie but goodie:
October 1, 2011 – the Occupy Wall Street march to the Brooklyn Bridge. As marchers on the road level were trapped and then arrested by the police, many of us on the walkway above took videos of the arrests. And then the police showed up and forced us off the walkway. As I was filming this, I heard a familiar tune and musician GioSafari walked into my shot. So I kept rolling and stayed with him. Serendipity ensued, resulting in this documentary music video.
Spring Planting with Snow Crow
Nothing was going to stop my plan of planting lettuce and carrots on the first full day of Spring in Princeton NJ. All I needed was a snow shovel and a little help from a snowy friend.
Playing around in my new basement animation studio … preparing to do both stop-motion animation (such as “claymation”) … and drawn animation … and hybrids of each. Two quick tests:
These efforts harken back to my early teens when I first fell in love with making movies, especially animation. Professionally, I’ve done lots of software-based animation, mostly infographics of various sorts. But I haven’t done any animation of this sort in many years. So don’t be surprised if my new efforts are somewhat juvenile in quality (and content). But I’m loving the hands-on hand-made aspects.
Here’s my animation stand, cobbled together from various parts, both ancient and modern. Camera is a Panasonic GH3 controlled remotely using an iPad app:
Business Owners for Raising the Minimum Wage
Smart business owners understand that you get what you pay for. Made this ad with my partners at Telequest, Inc. pro bono for the Main Street Alliance (part of NJ Citizen Action) in the fall of 2013. The ballot measure to raise the minimum wage passed overwhelmingly.
Mountain Biking Mercer County Park
No fancy riding, just some nice trails.
In 2008, I made an ad as a volunteer for the Obama campaign, using a truck as a metaphor for the country and where it was going. During the campaign, candidate Obama used a similar metaphor, so I updated the ad with his comment.
The original version of the ad was called Truckers for Obama.
We’re the Deciders!
I made this ad for a contest “Obama in 30 Seconds”, held by MoveOn.org in early 2008. It’s a riff on Bush’s claim that “I’m the decider”: Here, an audience member responds to Obama’s line that our nation is of, by, and for the people by shouting out “We’re the deciders!” … and Obama picks up on it.