Monday, November 29, 2010

Busy is good. Corvettes are fast.

Busiest I've ever been. Thank you Colorado!

Back to back out of town shoots for PhoCusWright and Adam's Polishes. PhoCusWright is the industry leader on travel research and insight. They just presented this year's PhoCusWright conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Super long, busy days interviewing folks and events. An awesome time and as usual, I'm learning a little something along the way.

This most recent Saturday and Sunday I found myself in Orange County at West Coast Corvettes - shooting Volume Seven of the instructional DVDs for Adam's Polishes. Adam Pitale makes only the finest custom car care products in the U.S. And because of the high level of craftsmanship required to detail a $100,000 car appropriately - he produces detailed videos for every step of the process. Fun shoot, great group of folks - and he even let me take his '62 super-modded Vette for a hotlap around the neighborhood. Scary Fast.

Now... we're hunkered down in the editing bay for an unprecedented run of editing for all of December. Whew!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Boulder Video Design Ubiquity

Working as a freelancer is not easy - feast or famine they say. Some weeks it is slower than molasses - and other weeks I'm so busy I barely make the call between shoots. One thing is certain, I can't let up on the endless search for the next gig. How do I find gigs? Craigslist has been immensely helpful - and adverting myself in every place conceivable doesn't hurt either. I've also learned a thing or two about keywords. So if you've happened upon my blog and need video or design services - you've come to the right place. We are a Colorado video production company specializing in videography, video editing, motion graphics, DVD authoring, podcasting and producing and optimizing video content for the web. Click over to our company website to learn more and thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 05, 2010


Countdown to Rush - Live! Rush is one of those rare bands whose fans are as loyal as they come. I am one of them. As long as I've been listening to their records (since Jr. High) it wasn't until 1985 that I actually got to see them live in the flesh - The Power Windows tour in Portland. I was absolutely mesmerized by their flawless reproductions of so many of the songs I'd grown to love. Expert musicianship on display, song after song, stirring up that magical feeling in your gut that only special music such as this can evoke. Since then, I've managed to see just about every tour they've put on - even tours supporting some of their more mediocre, latter-career albums. Even so, they've never disappointed in a live setting and always play an pleasing mix of old stuff as well as new. So fast forward... "a quantum leap forward, in time and in space" - one week from this Monday, a bunch of the old gang are rolling into Boulder and Denver, to descend upon Red Rocks (to be my first concert there) for an evening with Rush on their "Time Machine" tour. Not only are they playing a couple of new, yet-to-be heard tracks - the highlight of this show will be the first time ever performance of the entire "Moving Pictures" album, start to finish. A treat to behold. We'll see if I'm able to snap a few live pics and maybe even a little video. Yay.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My favorite thing about my job.

I heard someone say it this way once: "I know a little bit, about a lot of things". So true. For just over seven years now, my life as a cameraman, producer and editor has introduced me to so many new places, people, ideas, industries and all manner of subject manner that I would otherwise not have come across. It's so awesome. Last year in Portland I was hired to shoot a trade show at the convention center in Portland. The show's focus? Supercomputing. Rather than make a feeble attempt at explaining it - just watch this bad-ass Flash movie presentation that details what to expect at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. Embedded in the presentation are a variety of interviews and B-roll, which I shot at last year's conference. Intense.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Thank you Boulder. Thank you Denver. Thank you Colorado. Staying biz to the hizzy - or is that hiz to the bizzy? (Not sure on that, have to consult my "Snoop Dogg's Guide to Modern Vernacular"). In any event, just finished an editing session for Serac Films here in Boulder - first draft is off to their client. So stoked on this project and opportunity - they make some amazing, wonderful and gorgeous films. Big thanks to Stacy, Dr. Shralp, Rob and Michael. Other clients keeping the gears turning: PhoCusWright, Wheels Manufacturing, Adam's Polishes, Rich's Tennis School, Skydance Skydiving, Linda Allen and a slew of new irons in the fire too, which I can't mention yet as not to jinx them. I love it when a plan comes together. Thank you to all my new clients, previous clients and future ones. You're helping get this show on the road, set up our new home and provide for the forthcoming little baby Rowan! I feel blessed.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hands Upon Black Earth

My friend Bobby who lives deep in the magical Northern California has released his 3rd album. It came out last month... but I have just discovered it. Bobby and I worked together once upon a time shooting an N-Sync project (yeah... with Justin Timberlake) and I've been a huge fan of his music every since meeting him (Bobby, not Timberlake). I loved learning that Bobby used to be a death metal drummer once upon a time in S.F. and has graduated to such grandiose music. He moved north to this little town called Pottersville, where he works as a music producer and audio engineer and creates these incredibly rich, haunting and beautiful records. He plays all the instruments too for the most part, just has guest vocalists here and there.

Check it - and if you like this one, dig backwards into his other two albums. Such fantastic music:

The True Harvest by hands upon black earth

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


This short animated film called LOGORAMA kicked my ass. Concept, writing, animation, music and execution are all top notch. It's no surprise it's winning awards. How can you go wrong making Ronald McDonald the evil kidnapper with a speech impediment? Awesome.

Logorama from Marc Altshuler - Human Music on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Video = Fastest growing website feature for Small Business

Small Businesses need all the help they can get. A short video to tell your story not only educates your potential customers but helps personalize their shopping experience and will more likely bring them in your door. Here is a great article from on why you should incorporate video into your website.

Video content on the Web? You'd better you bet.

A recent Kelsey Group study estimates that 74% of the online population is watching video content. Video has become part of the core behavior of all online demographics. Online video even challenges television. The projected growth is enormous; in 2009 there were 187 billion streams which is projected to double to 310 billion by 2013. That is an exponential number! The possibilities are endless for people, businesses and non-profits, large or small, who are thinking up new ways tell their story, advertise and increase their online presence and/or profits. Leveraging video-sharing sites like Youtube, Vimeo and Revver is also a fantastic way to boost search engine returns for your company because of the "add keyword tags" option on each of these sites. I witnessed firsthand the power of this tool in a previous role as Marketing Manager for Test Drive Videos. We were able to deliver top ten search engine results for a Portland Metro area Toyota dealer by strategic keyword placements within all their video content at the top five video-sharing sites. In today's marketplace it is no longer enough to just have a web presence. Having dynamic content, like video, is a crucial piece of the puzzle in the chaotic landscape of today's marketing strategies.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Knee-deep in shooting this week at a Travel Industry trade show. PhoCusWright is the authority on the buying and selling of online travel and hospitality. They put on these trade shows to educate and share information. Yet another project where I get to learn something. Love my job. :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sixteen - is the magic number.

For all of you video geeks out there! I just learned a little something important, and very cool. When exporting .mov files from Final Cut - via - Compressor, occasionally I would get this bizarro vertical green line down the right side of my frame. It was happening infrequently and no matter how I changed the settings, it was still there. Turns out, when you're using the H.264 codec (which I do for most everything), your video's final dimension needs to be divisible by the number 16. Apparently, H.264 encodes in blocks of 16, or something like that. In any event, since I frequently change the dimensions of my final file due to overall file size, or where it's going to be delivered, etc., I just had to incorporate a little math to make it work. And indeed, work it does! Example: A current project is being output at 520 x 390 pixels. This equals 202,800 pixels. Divide by 16 = 12,675. A whole number! God bless Apple forums.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Soooo happy to be able to accomplish tasks via bicycle again. Quick trips to the store, client meetings, knocking out one-hour cyclocross laps from the house - all part of life again. Thank you Boulder.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What I get in trade by moving from Portland to Boulder.

1. Giving up shared space with Portland's bushy-haired, skinny-jeaned, tattoo-sleeved hipsters who reek of cigarettes. In exchange: Legions of "kind brothers" in tattered jeans, dredded hair and puppies on strings, who reek of skunky herb.

2. Giving up the moldy, mildewy wetness for the dry, hot, potentially dusty, life near the high plains. Luckily, Boulder is just far enough from the plains, nestled up next to the mountains. A bubble of goodness.

3. Giving up the proximity to majestic Mt. Hood and her frequent dumps of snow, however wet and heavy they may be. Gaining access to over a dozen ski resorts in the most vast mountain range in the lower 48. I'll likely be signing up for one of these bad boys. Pretty cool. And yes - the mountains are high. The snow is fluffy. Goodbye worries of another El Nino... and a potentially tragic global-warming reality for low elevation, coastal ski resorts.

4. Giving up nearness to friends and family. Gaining nearness to friends and family. :)

5. Giving up the comfort and calmness of my home state. Gaining the excitement and exploration of yet another new state.

An incredible adventure is unfolding - so excited!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sea World Sucks.

F@$% all the Seaworlds. Set the Orca free. I am sad for the trainer and her family, my heart goes out to them. But can you really blame poor Tilikum the Orca? He is bored and very unhappy being put on display like a circus sideshow, criminal or some fascinating fossil. No respect for these animals at all. The blame lie squarely on the shoulders of the shareholders and owners of Seaworld. Shame on you.

I urge you to NEVER, EVER visit a Seaworld and support such ugliness.

An industry of shame.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A dream cometh true.

What dream may you ask? My dream of living in or near the real mountains - The Rockies. Don't get me wrong, spending time in volcanoland has been incredible, gorgeous and there are few places as fun as Mt. Bachelor for snowboarding. But I've always dreamed about Colorado. So, I'm taking my family and moving to the Rocky Mountain state - Boulder to be exact. The next great chapter in the life that is Keeney, this one promising to be the greatest tale yet. It's already unfolding as I'm now dividing my time between Sandy and Boulder now that projects dictate. I'll have all six of us (Kelly, Sulli, Kuma, Telli and Moses the Cat) under one roof again by the end of March.

Things to look forward to in 2010: A new baby - the littlest Keeney. A return trip to Monarch Pass. Some exploring around the four corners area and the national parks. Moab. Friendly bike-commuting. Local mountain-biking. New film and video projects. Living at 5400'. Time in Ned and at Eldora.

Stay tuned...

Monday, January 25, 2010

The newest Secret Chiefs 3 album

Secret Chiefs 3: Traditionalists
Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini

Recently ordered this one through the Web of Mimicry site. Alas, the soundtrack to an unmade horror film is classic SC3 with intense instrumentation and moody themes throughout. The band (on this album performing as "The Traditionalists"), pays respect to the Italian film composers this record reflects so much of. It is not for the faint-hearted or easy listening ears, but *is* for folks like me who crave, new, unique, instrumental music. Check it. :)

( give 'er 4 of 5 stars)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Complete Cyclocross Diaries Archive

Our fabulous host Heidi sums it up nicely in one blog post over at Wend Magazine. Already looking forward to cross-racing 2010.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Don't let your dog eat raisins or grapes!

That's right - they are potentially toxic. Whodathunk? Veterinary professionals are still studying this, but it appears as only some raisins and grapes contain an element that can cause liver failure in dogs. Or maybe it's only some dogs that are effected?

After returning from the mountain yesterday I discovered Kuma had pulled the large bag of raisins off the counter - and devoured the entire thing. Little Telluride has taken in a few I think too. After a quick call to my dear Kelly, it was off to her clinic for us all. After making them puke, feeding them a slurry of wet dog food and charcoal, and giving them a hefty sub-q dose of water (under the skin) - we could only hope and watch. Apparently they would start showing signs of nausea and lethargy within 24 hours, which they did not, but damage can appear as long as 72 hours later. Luckily for us, Kuma and little Telli appear to be doing fine and are showing no ill effects.

Heads up friends... keep those raisins stashed away tight, next to the chocolate and herbs. :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Jailed Ski-Bum finally set free!

This story is incredible - as are the comments people are posting in response. God bless Charlie Toups! My hero.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Motion Graphics or Bust!

This is my new kick and I ain't lettin' up.