Chinese New Year/Conclude Pond Hockey Documentary

Trip Start Jun 01, 2006
Trip End Jun 30, 2006

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Monday, February 19, 2007

After the day in Nova Scotia, the guys and I drove back down the east coast on HWY 1 through Maine.  There are patches that are very beautiful, but we were a bit disappointed that the road only seems to be ocean-side in small slices at a time - with long breaks between where it is just trees everywhere.  Along the way we stopped off at the beach to take a few photos - Tom initiated a "no shirt" photo and the rest of us followed.  Problem was, we kept getting a shadow from the camera, so we had to take multiple photos and somehow still didn't get it right in the flustered freezing rush.  The drive started getting long, so we entertained ourselves by taking a whole series of photos with the fisheye lens - sticking our heads (and the camera) out the windows or sunroof.  Sounds silly - it was - but it was a childish pleasure that I haven't felt in a long while.  There is something great about being bored to gittiness on a roadtrip...all sorts of carefree types of fun occur.  Like the time I made smores inside the car with hometown friends Charlie and Bob on our roadtrip back from Seattle.  We used a lighter to heat the marshmellows (skewered on a tent stake no less), and the heat vent to soften the chocolate...utterly ridiculous to think of now, but a wonderful memory.

In Boston we caught a nice Thai dinner and went home for a bit of wine and catching up on emails/blog.  The next day we headed over to the Garden (not to be confused with Madison Square Garden of NYC) home of the Bruins and Celtics.  Once we got through the red tape of media access, Andrew stayed in the press room with the equipment while Tom and I made our way to the ice.  When we started coming through the tunnel, we saw dozens of little heads peering over the railing - they began to cheer.  A group of young hockey players were here to watch the morning skate and they mistook us for the first of the Bruins.  After a few photos of the arena, we headed to the locker room where we got a few interviews with both teams.  We only missed one interview we really wanted - Jason Blake of the NY Islanders.  Blake hadn't been playing well, so he was trying his best to avoid the press by hiding away in the training room until the team bus was about to leave.  A news crew grabbed him before we could, only getting a few questions in before he took off speed walking for his bus.  We followed behind, camera, boom mic, and all - it was a funny moment where we all felt as though we were a part of the paparazzi for the first time in our filmmaking lives.

The trip was a good one, and I think the east coast footage will really add to the documentary, espeically rounding it out to more perspectives and backgrounds.  Check out the website if you haven't already:

Back in NY I have been able to land a few days of work only as things are still quite slow here.  In the downtime I have had a chance to work on a few personal projects.  The photos in my blog about the new year have become the subject of a 4 min video I've just finished up to post on Current TV's website.  I'm having a few technical issues getting it to upload, but I'll keep you posted when you can view it.  If it gets enough "greenlights" from webviewers, it will be aired on when the time comes please do!  I also finished adapting a short story by Anton Chekhov into a script for a stop-motion animation piece I'd like to shoot on my Nikon.  To this end, I now have a remote shutter release cable to help me achieve perfectly still photos.  I have also purchased a separate device (intervalometer) that will allow me to leave the camera for hours (or days...hell - even months) and it will take photos on the interval I set up.  Perfect for time-lapse photography, of which I plan to do more.  Finally, I have started a detailed outline for a short story/novella about a philosophy professor that travels back to 1920s Hollywood, accidentally getting caught up in the Fatty Arbuckle rape/murder scandel.  The professor tries to balance this with his responsibility to a deranged mental patient he impregnated, and his newfound love for an aspiring starlet who he secretly makes his guinea pig in his philisophical inquiry into the emergence of popular culture (amitious, I know).

Probably the best news in a while - I was just called at the end of last week to work on a seven-day shoot in the Bahamas!!  If all goes well, I leave on Saturday and will be assisting a DP in shooting stock footage of the islands, beaches, boats, etc for Getty Images.  I'll try to get some good photos for my next entry.  This news has taken me to the gym more often, as I'm trying to trim a few extra pounds off before hitting the beach.
Yesterday was the Chinese New Year.  I took a walk through Chinatown and captured a few interesting photos of the event...take a look.  Let me know what you think...
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