Excited for the wide release of “Hello, My Name Is Octicorn” next spring, via HarperCollins and Balzer&Bray.
Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly news piece from last summer:
Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)
Role: writer, director
Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.
Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)
We did a series of these, all using real bubbles and without CGI.
Otis – Jay Z and Kanye West (parody / viral)
Role: creative, editor
Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)
Role: writer, director
This video recently crossed 100,000 views on YouTube without any advertising.
Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)
Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)
The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)
Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD.
Dear Gov. Kate Brown.
My girlfriend works in an elementary school, and I have many friends with children in Portland public schools and elsewhere.
I want to thank you for signing the gun background check bill last spring.
I also am pleased of the job you have been doing so far as Governor but I must admit, I am disappointed today to read in The Washington Times, that you said now is not the time to talk gun control.
While I understand conflict makes grief more messy, it is hard to continue to see politicians put re-election in front of doing what’s right.
I also want to note that I understand the guns used in the recent college shooting were purchased legally.
Still, I believe there are positive steps that we can take immediately to help reduce school shootings going forward.
As President Obama said, “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of politics.”
Can we start to teach mindfulness and compassion in our public schools?
Can we work to establish a culture of gun safety in Oregon?
If one needs to take a driver’s test to be able to drive a car, why not a gun safety test? Gun owners would be required to regularly refresh their training and renew their permits, with requirements at least as stringent as those governing renewal of your driver’s license.
Can we have more sensible gun laws? Banning high capacity magazines and assault weapons which aren’t needed in hunting.
We need to recognize gun violence as a critical and preventable public health problem.
Most of all, we need to not put off this conversation any longer, and start to take action.
While I know change doesn’t happen over night, with 45 school shootings this year alone in the nation, there should be no delay.
Please be bold.
Don’t be afraid.
Let’s begin to heal from all this senseless tragedy.
And if nationally, a Tea Party Congress (and a few Democrats) continue to put the profits of the NRA higher on its priority list than the safety of innocent people it is sworn in to represent, why can’t we do something here in this state?
Let’s get to work,
Went to a Regal Cinemas a few weeks ago. I hadn’t been to a corporate chain theater in quite some time and while I already knew the confessions were out of control, it was once again alarming that a bottle of Dasani water was something like $4.89. For five bucks, one should get a drink and a snack (not just a bottle of water that Coca Cola pumped out of the ground somewhere for free).
Going to the movies used to bring people together. But it certainly isn’t affordable to all anymore (even if a family hits a matinee). At least not at Regal Cinemas.
Now, I know that Regal makes most of its profits off concessions, rather than ticket sales. But you know what, so do the local indie theaters who sell craft beer and charge reasonable prices for candy, pizza and snacks. Keep up the good work Portland indie theaters.
The prices you find at a Regal Cinemas or at a large sporting event or concert are ludicrous. (Meaning of course that only the rapper Ludacris could afford them.)
Regal – why not make your customers happy so they want to come back? I know those new 3D projectors weren’t cheap. I know you’re losing tons of business to Netflix and HBO GO and the internet. I feel your pain.
But it’s a huge shame that a lot of American families can’t afford the movies and concessions anymore. There’s no reason why Hollywood, Regal, and Coca Cola couldn’t be charging reasonable prices for admission and concessions.
In fact, if they’d did, they might see more attendance. And they might sell some more beverages.
But what do I know, I’m just a film fan who loves the movies, enjoys the communal shared experience of the cinema, knows a small popcorn shouldn’t cost $7, and thinks the experience should be affordable for more families.
I have a feeling I’m not alone.
Was texting with my friend Luke this morning.
Luke is a natural comedian who has no intention of getting on a microphone but is often very funny in a quieter, dry, subtle way. He also happens to be a fan of Wes Anderson and gets sick of Hollywood.
Some day I might pay Luke to write me some jokes. In the meantime, here’s a few of my own (my texts in blue below).
Back in 2004 when Ratatat released their debut album, I thought it would be cool to direct a music video to 17 Years featuring synchronized swimmers.
A co-worker at the time, Jessica Vacek mentioned I should check out some Esther Williams. So I ended up at a Hollywood Video and rented Million Dollar Mermaid on VHS. I scrubbed through it and found a fantastic sequence choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Colored smoke, swimmers launching into the water from great heights – they just don’t make ’em like they used to. My plan was to pitch the band on the idea of shooting a synchronized swimming video with me, by synching some footage up to their song. However, I had no idea how well it would actually synch. This, my friends, is magic…
[With Star Wars: A Force Awakens coming out soon figured I’d jump in the Delorian and bring the internet this video.]
That time in 1999 when I set out to scalp tickets to The Phantom Menace, and had to wait in line all day with a bunch of die hard fans. I had my videocamera along with me. And this is what happened.
Waldport High School was also not safe from my guerrilla marketing/entrepreneurship. Still from 13 minutes into Waiting for Star Wars.
My aunt Susie ( Susan Nelson copy editor on LinkedIn) made this. It was weirdly prophetic, minus the vodka.