During my travels in Iceland for the Transatlantic Talent Lab, our group had an excursion at the famous Blue Lagoon. It's a geothermal spa that is southwest of the capital city. It features vibrant blue water, wonderful natural scenery and it is all outdoors.  After everyone survived the rumored (and true) "Shower Police," a good time was enjoyed by all.

I knew I wanted to try a video portrait at some point in Iceland and while taking in the scenery at the Blue Lagoon, I figured there would be a great opportunity to do so. I was able to do two of them, but I think one turned out better than the other. As I do more video portraits, I am realizing that actors make the best subjects. They love the camera and it really comes though in the final product.

So I present the video portrait of Michael B. Fresco, a wonderfully talented German actor and all around good dude. Also, cheers to my Polish friend 
Nikodem for letting me do a video portrait of him as well. His can be found HERE.
I returned last week from Iceland, where I attended the Trasatlantic Talent Lab at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. It was an incredible experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

I met so many talented, beautiful and unique people from all across North America and Europe. In addition, I made many new friends and had a ton of adventures.

In sharing time with fellow filmmakers, I came to realize that while
we all come from different places, we all share a desire to tell stories and express ourselves to the world.

I would like to thank our hosts from RIFF and wish the best of luck to my new filmmaking brothers and sisters. I would also like to thank my GoFundMe sponsors for their support. Below are pictures I took from my trip. Enjoy!
A few days ago, I got the news that two of my spec scripts got 'Second Rounder' status at this year's Austin Film Festival Teleplay and Screenplay competition. 'Second Rounder' status represents the top 15% of all the scripts they receive. Even though I didn't get semi-finalist status, I feel it is a big accomplishment as I 'Second Rounded' twice in two different categories. This shows a diversity in ability and a tenacity in my writing discipline. The 'Second Rounder' status was given to me for the following scripts in these categories:

Teleplay One-Hour Spec:

Arrow: Oliver's a Deadman
Teleplay Sitcom Spec:
Brooklyn Nine Nine: Chicken?

For more information on all the 'Second Rounders' and 'Semi-Finalists' Click HERE to go to the Austin Film Festivals website. I wish congratulations to all the 'Second Rounders' and good luck to all the 'Semi-Finalists.'
I have been selected to participate in the 2014 Transatlantic Talent Lab at the Reykjavik International Film Fest in Iceland. It is a unique opportunity for me to sharpen my directing and producing skills and meet some of the world's top filmmaking talent. The main focus of the lab is to help emerging filmmakers transition from making shorts into making features. I am very excited to visit Iceland. I have been a fan of Bjork since I was a teenager and I always wanted to see the landscape of her countless music videos. It always looked like such a magical and beautiful place on television.

This was a bit of an unexpected expense, so I am having a fundraiser to help me on my travels. You can find out more HERE
I was taking pictures this week and snapped this one of the famous Griffith Observatory. It was quite far away and my telephoto lens isn't the greatest, so I was pleased to get this clear shot around sunset. I have yet to go there, but hope to soon.
Tonight, my short film "The Red Dress" will be screening at Mears Park in Downtown Saint Paul as part of the 'Music in Mears' series. The weekly summer series features some of the best music and art in the state, and draws hundreds of people at each event. It's an honor to have a screening in my home city of Saint Paul. Over the past few years, Mears Park has become the new hotspot of the Twin Cities. It has drawn in high-profile restaurants, lush gardens, and a lightrail station. I hope some of my friends and family can report back to about the screening as I will be unable to attend.
Over the weekend, "The Red Dress" snagged its first two awards. They were from the L.A. Neo Noir II Film Festival. The awards were 'Best Actor' for Nathan Tymoshuk and 'Best Actress' for Ladonna Craelius. We are very proud of them both. The awards have been added to the project's website HERE.
I cruised over to the LA Neo Noir II Film Fest's website and saw this cool graphic promoting the event. My short film "The Red Dress" will screen tomorrow at the festival. I wish good luck to all my fellow filmmakers and artists this weekend at both the LA Neo Noir II Film Fest and the Gen Con Film Fest in Indianapolis.
Today marks the beginning of Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN. It's the world's largest gaming convention expecting over 60,000 people this year. Over the years, it has morphed into something much bigger than just gaming, similar to Comic Con which has grown beyond comic books.

It's a day for celebration as my short film "Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man" will be screening at the con during their annual film festival. It will be the world premiere for the film as well. I am so proud of all the cast and crew of the film for this great achievement.

Furthermore, we received word late last week, that due to to the strength of our promo/trailer, the film will be shown in the main room as well. That means we will get two showings for the price of one. Truly exciting news.

A huge thank you to the wonderful and talented Cindi Rice for believing in our film and project.

Whether we win anything or not, we consider the extra screening a huge win, as we need as many eyes on the Geeky Pheebs project as we can get.

We have spruced up the Geeky Pheebs website as Ruth Tjornhom and I continue to build Phoebe's story world.

Sadly, due to a scheduling conflict, we well not be attending the con, but we wish for a successful event and good luck to our fellow filmmakers including Elliot Diviney who will be screening his feature film Potpourri at the convention. 
I so rarely get to use my DSLR these days. I have been spending so much time to my writing efforts that my passion for photography has fallen a bit by the wayside. I do have an Instagram account and use my mobile phone's camera, but it's a poor substitute for the real deal. On Monday night of this week, I saw the 'super moon' in the sky. I rushed out to take a picture of it, but by the time I got all set up, it was a little too late.
Monday night.
Last night I decided to plan ahead. I got the camera all ready, and waited. And waited. Then waited some more. The moon never came. So I called it a night and went inside. While I was waiting, I enjoyed the blueness of the sky, so I snapped a few pictures for fun. Blue is my favorite color, so I couldn't resist. When I was reviewing the images later, I liked how this one turned out.
Tuesday night.
It was good feeling to have exercised my photography muscle the past two nights. With results like this, I may do it more often. I've never really done landscapes, but I'd like to get more practice.