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.

Danimation

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:

Animation stand

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.