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(Original article appears on at Athentikos.com)

I should start right off by saying, no, Becoming Fools did not get into the Sundance Film Festival… well, not as an official selection that is. The long story short is, Canon, the world renown camera maker, contacted us through their marketing firm and had seen some of the work I had done with one of their cameras. They especially noticed that I had used the camera exclusively while shooting Becoming Fools back in 2012. They asked permission to possibly use some clips from the film in some of their marketing campaigns. We agreed, even signed a disclosure statement, but then did not hear of what came of the footage, whether it was used or not.

However, we just got word recently that they did use the clips and that footage is featured in their demo reel which is being showcased at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is already underway and will continue till January 26th.

So if you’re attending the festival, work your way to any of the Canon exhibits and catch the showreel in action. If you’re not attending the festival, don’t worry, we have a video of the footage here.

We are thrilled and honored to have the Becoming Fools right up there with films by directors and cinematographers of the likes of Ron Howard, Scott Waugh, Shane Hurlbut ASC, Steven Poster ASC, and Anthony Dod Mantle ASC, just to name a few. If those names do not sound familiar look any of them up at http://imdb.com and you will see the long, extensive and impressive work these filmmakers have done… Becoming Fools is in good company!

Join us in sharing the excitement of this news by sharing this post! And feel free to comment on how many times you see footage from the film. Hint: There’s 4!

Deliver The Story
: The Canon Showreel at PhotoPlus 2013 from Canon Pro on Vimeo.

Fundraising sucks! There, I said it, I got it out of the way! As I write this I’m feeling pretty defeated. I just got off of a team meeting via video chat and although I’m usually the one that has to rally the troops, tonight I felt very un-inspirational. I didn’t have the ra-ra speech at the end to tell the team keep their head up, “we’ll get the money!” Or, “don’t worry, we have plenty of time!” I just didn’t have it in me. Not because I’ve lost all hope. We’re not even half way done yet so throwing in the towel is a little pre-mature, I’m in touch enough to realize that. No, I just didn’t have it in me TONIGHT! I’m tired, I want to stop for just a moment and gain some perspective.

What’s the perspective?

Maybe it’s that people really still do believe in a great story. Maybe it’s that people love a comeback story as well and people are waiting to see what happens. Well, whatever the perspective, it need not change what we’re trying to do!
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I had the pleasure of teaming up with the team of Production Minds to help put together an article that went into the World of Shorts magazine published by Daazo. The title of it is “A Playground for Creativity: How shorts challenge the minds of filmmakers.” WOSH (short for World of Shorts) is a magazine that gets distributed to many of the top film festivals in Europe. This particular edition was for the Cannes 2013 film festival that opened May 15th. Needless to say I was honored to be a part of it and love the content of the article. Here are some excerpts:
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The Cheesecake Diet

January 22, 2013 — 2 Comments

I’ve recently started to notice as a creative, how much time I actually spend creating. I feel like 90% of my time is allocated to admin, research, meetings, organizing, family, eating, sleeping and by no means is this the order or preference or time spent from most to least, but you get the picture. We call ourselves creatives but when you boil it down, how much time are we spending actually creating?

Creating the Cheesecake Diet

I love cheesecake, it’s the ultimate! I would love to be able to eat cheesecake everyday, 3 meals a day. But I can’t. My body needs other nutritional elements like vegetables, meats for protein and such. We find our body needs those foods on a daily basis, day in and day out to sustain us and to keep us healthy.

I love creating! I wish I could do it all the time, day in and day out and nothing else. But I don’t. I need to do research, organize, have meetings, spend time with my family, eat, sleep, etc. Those are necessities in an effort to be able to create. It keeps the rest of my life healthy and sustainable so I can create.

So if I relate cheesecake to creating then it’s obvious, I can’t create all the time, just as I can’t have cheesecake as my sole food for nutrition. My frustration over not creating most of the time is the same as not being able to eat cheesecake all the time.  I just have to remind myself, its simply not the reality. So the question is, are you chasing after the cheesecake diet?

No success has come without taking risks… so, what risks will you take today?

What Risk Will You Take Today?

This was a busy week, I saw many items of interest so this weeks wrap-up may be a little long!

How Rejection Breeds Creativity

Wrap-Up: November 26, 201299U had a great post about how being rejected as an artist can breed creativity. It’s only in our failures do we see doing things a new way.

“Rejection happens, and when it does, how we respond to it matters!”

It’s a great read and highly recommend it for any creative because you, like I, will face rejection!

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John Williams Scoring E.T.

When I was going to school for music (ions ago!) my goal was to score music for films. I still love and have a passion for music in film so seeing videos like this brings that passion to the forefront!


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