Recently, I had a surprise visit from my friends Arika and Alan. They were on a day trip from Santa Barbara. We were going to meet up for dinner at one of the countless Korean BBQ places in the city.

They stopped by and I proposed that we do a quick video portrait. The sun was setting so we had to act fast. I like to think on my feet so I worked quickly to try to get set up.

The sun set a little faster than anticipated but we forged ahead. I was interested in doing a video portrait with one, a couple and two, non-actors.  

I almost wasn’t going to post this, but I didn’t want it to go to waste. Even though it didn’t turn out 100% the way I’d like, I figure it is a learning process and with each one I do the better they will become.

Also, the city skyline was enough not to just let this sit on a hard drive.  

 
 
Last summer I got an email from Red Queen Productions in Canada. They had seen some of my roller derby work online and wanted to know if they could license some of my footage for a documentary they were producing for a Canadian TV channel.  It was then untitled but now is called "Derby Crazy Love."

They had finished production but were looking for some high-def footage for a montage sequence. I told them that I would love to contribute. We took care of all the paperwork, I delivered the footage they wanted (a benefit of keeping all your archives) and I really forgot about it. They let me know it would take a while for post production. A couple weeks ago, I saw this trailer posted on the wall of the Babe City Rollers Facebook page.

I watched the trailer and was surprised to find my footage during the first six seconds! I was excited to say the least. I'm not sure what happened, but it looks like they may be getting theatrical release or may be hitting the festival circuit. Congrats to Red Queen Productions and good luck with the release. It is always good to see roller derby get more coverage in media.

 
 
A couple years back, I had an idea. It was to capture poets and rappers performing material at various places in the Twin Cities. I was really just looking for a new way to express myself using the camera.

I had done music videos, but I wanted to try to do something that was a little more raw and unpolished.


I called up my friend Adam Napoli-Rangel A.K.A See More Perspective and wanted to see if he'd like to be my test subject. I had seen him perform before on stage and thought he would be a great voice to capture. I had managed to get him to agree and on a hot summer day, we went to a Minneapolis park.

Adam preformed like a champ and after about 45 minutes we wrapped.

I brought the footage into the editing room and quickly started to try to assemble it. That was until other projects stated stacking up. Soon it was buried and filed in the "to-do" pile. Recently, I came  across the project while digging through the "to-do" pile and thought it'd be nice to finish it even though the intended series didn't pan out.

I have to give Adam props for being so patient with me as he waited for me to finish this. He gets a gold star in my book. Presented below is the finished product: See More Perspective performs "Pyramids."

Also, make sure to check out his music HERE. He is a great artist with though provoking and smart lyrics. He also has a YouTube Channel you can subscribe to HERE.
 
 
A few months back, I came across what is called a video portrait. I was fascinated  by the concept and wanted to try it out. I had recently been reacquainted with my actress friend Tristin Lee Rupp from Minnesota at her birthday party in the Valley.

We had briefly chatted at the party and made plans to meet up for coffee to catchup properly. Realizing that coffee was a boring for a couple of young talented artists, I suggested that we meetup and try to do a video portrait. We met in the Griffith Park area and tried a few locations and takes before settling on the location I eventually went with.

After this, my battery died and we called it a day. I forgot all about until I was cleaning up my card. Always liking to finish what I start, I did some post, added music and finalized the project. After I completed it, I once again became interested in the concept. I hope to try more of these in the future.

What happens at around the :45 mark was an unintended but delightful surprise. I must say, sometimes I just get lucky. Props to Tristin for holding her composure. Also, congrats to Tristin for her guest star spot on the CBS show "Criminal Minds."
 

Blew it.

06/24/2014

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I recently remembered this clip from back in December 2013. It was during the time I was documenting Stone Arch Glass Studio artist Derek Z making a huge glass Lava Lamp for a customer. It took him nearly two hours to blow this piece on the lathe. Near the end, when he was about to put it in the kiln, he had to quickly remove it from his holding. He wasn't quick enough, In an instant, the piece snapped and shattered.

He was pretty cool about it, stating "That's glass for ya." Breaking stuff just comes with the territory when you are a glassblower.
 
 
As I work on a project for the Saint Paul, MN based dance troupe Los Alegres Bailidores I was amazed to find this gem. Sometimes I get so caught up doing my job that I forget to watch what I am capturing. I was really amazed by Wendy's dancing skill as I took the time to actually watch her performance in the editing room. She is truly a master of her craft. Bravo!

Also, I was proud of myself as I shot this all handheld. My Kung-Fu is strong. Enjoy!
 
 
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This week I was surprised to stumble upon my video from 2010 on the ECDX Facebook page. The posted it in the lead up to ECDX 2014 this weekend. It was a good feeling to find my work still highly regarded so many years later. 

It brought up so many memories of when I was just beginning my journey in roller derby. I had traveled in June of 2010 with my good friends Wijadi and Ger across the country from Saint Paul, MN to Philly, PA to capture some national roller derby action for the first time.

I came back with a mess of footage, some new friends, and a bit of a broken heart. When I started to look through the footage, I plucked some of my favorite shots and put together a short video expecting nothing to ever come of it.

I posted it on my own personal Facebook page and it soon caused an earthquake in the sport of roller derby. No one had ever seen the sport shot and delivered the way I did it. I soon began getting emails and messages from all over the world thanking me for my work to which I replied "Thank you."

This video cemented my relationship with roller derby forever and I will never forget the kindness of the Philly Roller Girls for allowing me to show the derby world what I could do.

Sadly, due to current WFTDA rules, I am locked out of taking any video like this ever again at a WFTDA sanctioned event as their contract with Blaze Media prohibits independent video producers. Oh well...

To watch this video, visit HERE.

 
 
PicturePhoto by Marc Campos, stalkerazzi.f8@gmail.com
I spent last weekend (June 5-9) in classy San Diego to direct the webcast of 'Battle on the Bank VII' for the Los Angeles & San Diego Derby Dolls.

I had a fun time capturing the excitement of banked track roller derby and everything went off without a hitch (okay there were a couple, but had nothing to do with us. Promise.). The days were long and it really taxed my mind as I had to manage multiple cameras, a switcher, announcing talent and replay. I think I have a new threshold for mental toughness.

Overall, it feels good to play a part in capturing the early days in a sport that will only grow more and more popular as time passes. Those junior derby games were amazing. Plus, I got to meet a bunch of really cool people to add to my ever expanding roller derby network.  To watch the archived bouts from 'Battle on the Bank VII' please visit the San Diego Derby Dolls YouTube channel HERE