It took 9 months, but I finally got my thesis project uploaded to Vimeo. This video is the “teaser” portion of my thesis project for MHCC, presented along with a business plan, budget, and proposal for a TV show concept aimed at thirty- and forty-somethings. The concept is a documentary-style show that dissects the Venn Diagram of nerdery that is ’70s and ’80s pop culture. It was a grand vision on paper, but the realities of living in a smaller city without the pop culture relevance or resources of bigger cities resulted in the concept being scaled down a bit as we worked with what we had available to us. But we found treasures hiding in plain sight within our humble city and pulled off what is a small version of what we think would be a really kick-ass show! My only regret is that we weren’t able to create the Venn Diagram theme within the content itself, as we just didn’t have access to the people and places that were necessary to make that happen.
Barenaked Bake Sale is fundraising organization that puts on charity events in the more “adult” realm, using burlesque dancers, provocative photography, and of course fantastic desserts to raise money for various charities.
They needed an event-based website that also allowed for occasional blogging. They had a limited and not-so-pretty WordPress theme set up that wasn’t really accomplishing what they wanted it to, and the site was clogged with non-functioning plugins and other modifications left behind by a few past webmasters. I stepped in and found a really cool, contemporary theme that was created for “clubbing” events. A lot of heavy modification later, and the new www.barenakedbakesale.org is up and running!
The short documentary We All Belong traveled to Minneapolis, MN this past weekend for the National Division for Early Childhood Convention where it was part of a presentation by a couple of NWDSA advocates. The documentary will be traveling all around the country to various presentations and conventions like this one in the coming months.
Closer to home, We All Belong will be screened this Friday at Someday Lounge in Portland along with “How’s Your News? 2012 Election Edition”.
My client the Northwest Down Syndrome Association recently held their annual “Buddy Walk” event. I took my Panasonic handicam along and captured some footage. This week, NWDSA asked me to compile a video for YouTube with my footage and photos taken by families to help spread the word that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The camerawork is occasionally sketchy, as I was frequently accosted by small children while filming. But I do love makin’ montages!
My internship with season 3 of Portlandia came to an end last week. I don’t really have a lot to say about it, as most of what I saw and heard remains under wraps until the new season airs. I’m really grateful for the experience, though, and I hope I cross paths with several of the really amazing and creative people I met and worked with during the course of the season.
It’s astonishing how efficient and productive the Portlandia team is, shooting an entire season of sketch comedy in approx. 40 days. Portland is a small city, so naturally we occasionally encountered the other, big, bloated productions of Grimm and Leverage around town… their huge trucks taking up blocks and blocks… While we were nimble, small, and quick, sometimes shooting scenes for six different sketches in one day, leaving a tiny footprint and causing minimal disruption. It really was a sight to see. I was proud to be part of the team.