Archive for April, 2012

Wildebeests and Rabbits

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Alternate Title: What Inspires Me? (Every G’damn Thing I Witness!)

A recent podcast discovery of mine is Scruffy Thinking by Kanen Flowers.

I’ve known about his That Post Show podcast for some years now and his Life Zero one (now defunct) a bit too.

Since the return of That Post Show (there was a bit of a hiatus) I noticed that it was under the banner of Scruffy Thinking, apparently an umbrella moniker which describes where the idea well springs from.

I, at first, just perused the “new” podcast looking for post related content. One guest who caught my attention on That Post Show was Merlin Mann. Sorry, I’m late to the show but I didn’t know who he was. Still don’t really but he’s really smart and thus funny. I am utterly impressed with his ability to geek out on Star Wars and take you on the longest freaking tangents only to be spot on with every step of that journey and bring you right back around to the salient point of the topic at hand. I really admire his ability there, definitely a quality I wish I had.

It’s so funny how he keeps going on the tangent, all the while apologizing for doing so and still keeps going! Just fucking epic!

So, searching for more Merlin Mann content, I find Scruffy Thinking podcast episode 18, “Chasing Wildebeests”. This particular episode also has Stu Maschwitz, writer of The DV Rebel’s Guide, a book that just happens to be in a lot of independent filmmaker’s library, including mine.

I commute about an hour to work, on the days I work, and podcasts provide a great way to get more filmmaking inspiration and education (mostly inspiration).

This particular episode is also an hour and forty-four minutes long! So, it took two sides of my commute to finish but well worth it. So much so, that I’ve listened to it a number of times. I think the reason it resonates so much for me is that it talks about a lot of the things that are constantly on my mind: priorities, doing what you love vs. a “day job” and time management (which is really “priorities” isn’t it?) especially “family time”!

Kanen’s grandma, I think has had to have been one of the most amazing influences on his life, mainly because of two reasons that I know of: buying him his first computer and giving him the advice to follow what you love to do and you won’t have to worry about making a living, it’ll happen. Looking back on my life, my Grandmothers were very influential to me as well. I think I could go on for quite a long time about how important grandparents are to a child. Parents too, obviously, but sometimes a grandparent has just a bit more of a broader view. They’ve seen a bit more of what life really comes down to and imparting that loving view to a kid brings a much needed balance, they may not get otherwise.

So, in the “Chasing Wildebeests” podcast, that particular advice is examined in great detail. Stu taking the “this is why you must do what you want to do” view and Merlin taking the “let us not forget the trail of the fallen on your ‘path’ to superstardom” view. The ying and the yang of these two on this topic is EPIC!

This topic is so much on my mind these days, it consumes almost every minute of my thoughts and I’m constantly working on solutions to answer questions related to this topic. I even mentioned trying to balance what I wanted to do with my life vs. time with my family to Kanen himself at NAB, before I even knew about this particular podcast. So, I think it’s kind of serendipitous that I happened to listen to it when I did.

I’m even going to take a Franklin-Covey class, in about a week, called “FOCUS: Achieving Your Highest Priorities”. This I’ve been planning for quite awhile. It was recommended to me by one of the most (apparently) organized guys that I know. He went on quite a while about the virtues of this class and how it’s changed his life and how it helped him be able to brush off the unimportant. In short, it sounded like just the thing I needed to take!

I am pretty excited to have the opportunity to gain another tool to help me define who I am and what I want to become and, hopefully, gain more traction in that direction, all the while being able to, hopefully, achieve the balance I want to achieve in my life.

There are so many views and ideas related to this very topic, that I think I’m going to start my own webcast/vidcast on it. I want to share what I find in this arena to others. Those that know me, know that one of the most important things to me, that define who I am, is helping people do what they want to do. I have long held the same belief that Kanen’s grandmother shared, “do what you love to do.” You can see that as a common thread in my past blog posts too. It’s who I am.

At this point, if you haven’t listened to “Chasing Wildbeests“, please do so. Then return and finish reading this blog post. Then leave a comment. Thank you.

Okay, so now you get what I mean. Right?

How many of us are that hyper tiger/lion trying to catch ten wildebeests? How many of us are chasing our dreams at all? Are you “driving a beater around the track”? Were you a skater in the mid 80′s too? Yes, I too went on the hunt for Mr. Chin in my late teens. (a motorcycle accident later ruined my balance but “good times” for sure.)

I hope we can all find balance and work better at reaching our goals. It’s, as they say, the journey, not the destination, right? To borrow a line: Happiness is the overcoming of not unknowable obstacles toward a known goal.

Kanen Flowers’ podcasts inspire me to action and I hope they do/will for you too. I hope that what I “keep rappin’” here reaches some people. I hope to improve all I do too. I hope to be passionate about “every g’damn thing I do”!

Talk to you soon!

For those of you expecting a NAB post, one’s coming. In the meantime, check out @Kyl33t’s post on Creative Cow: Pretty much describes what I feel about NAB!

#INKMINIGT* Official Prize List

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Thank you to all the sponsors and partners and bloggers and tweeters for playing along and getting the word out!

The main point of this party is to have fun and set the mood for a great NAB!

For those of you that could pony up for the VIP tickets, GREAT! You will get to play golf for free and get the beer and food and be in the running for the sponsored prizes. There are a limited number of VIP collector’s passes (first come first served) but I think there will be enough for all of you.

For those of you who RSVP’d for a “We’ll just come hang out!” That’s AWESOME too! I can’t wait to see my old friends and make new ones!

Are you psyched? I’m PSYCHED!

I am still banging out the official itinerary but will post it here when it’s complete.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Independent Filmmakers of the Inland Empire, KISS by Monster Mini Golf, Blackmagic Design, JAG35, Divergent Media, Focal Press, DV Expo, DigiEffects, ArtBeats, Assisted Editing, RevoStock, FilmTees and iKan Corp!

I am sure there will be more before “tee time” and for those who couldn’t donate this year, there’s always next year!

So the prizes are…

From Blackmagic Desgn

A copy of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Software ($995)

A Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle ($345 value)


A JAG35 Straight Rig ($400 value)

A JAG35 Street Runner Rig ($250 value)

From Divergent Media

A copy of ClipWrap ($50 value)


A copy of ScopeBox 3.0 ($100 value)

From Focal Press

9 Focal Press Books:

3-DIY – Stereoscopic Moviemaking on an Indie Budget
By Ray Zone
Plug-in to After Effects – Third Party Plug-in Mastery
By Michele Yamazaki
The Insider’s Guide to Independent Film Distribution
Second Edition – By Stacey Parks
First-Time Filmmaker F*#^-ups – Navigating the Pitfalls to Making a Great Movie – By Daryl Goldberg
Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users – Making the Creative Leap – By Tom Wolsky
FilmCraft: Editing – By Justin Chang
Make Your Movie – What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking – By Barbara Freedman Doyle
Filming the Fantastic: A Guide to Visual Effects Cinematography, Second Edition – A Guide to Visual Effects Cinematography
By Mark Sawicki
Indie Film Producing – The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking
By Suzanne Lyons

From DV Expo

A Three-day VIP pass to DV Expo West ($975 value)

From DigiEffects

3 Copies of DigiEffects DigiSuite ($499 value, each)

From ArtBeats

A prize of $500 worth of stock footage of the winners choice from ArtBeats

From Assisted Editing

a $100 voucher to spend on any Assisted Editing products

From iKan Corp

A VL5 monitor ($349 value)

From Film Tees T-shirts!

From RevoStock

$1,000 in RevoStock credit! (5x$100 and 1x$500)

From Red Giant Software

$5,000 in Red Giant Software Prizes!


*#INKMINIGT = [I]FIE (Independent Filmmakers of the Inland Empire) [N]AB (National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB Show) [K]ISS (by Monster [Mini] [G]olf) [T]ournament. #INKMINIGT is the official hashtag for the event. Get involved! Tweet it up!




What To Do at NAB

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The NAB Show, as I’ve mentioned before, to me, is a must do and see.

There you can meet with all of your online social network peeps, learn things, see what’s new in products and technology and just be engulfed in tech geek goodness.

Obviously is the place to visit to find out all about what’s there. The NAB Show app is really cool too.

Here’s a couple NAB Survival Tips blogs:

Here’s Walter’s Post Centric “What to See” blog post:

Here are a few party list pages, that mostly have the same parties listed:

A Couple Podcasts with something to say:

As I think I mentioned before, color correction and iPad broadcasting (not necessarily related) are my two main interests this year. I really don’t think there’s going to be too much new to take in (that I’m not already aware of but can’t talk about because of NDA’s, even though the news seems to be breaking all over the place anyway!) for me as far as products go, but I do have a couple “want to buys” on my list.

As a new iPad owner, I am looking to see what products are out there for it and hopefully see them in action. I am also trying to do as much as I can on it as far as blogging and vlogging from there as well. Yes, we’re going to give you some video this year.

I plan on buying a couple Go Pro cameras too.

I plan to get to four main parties.

As far as I know free NAB show floor pass codes have expired but this page claims to have a link that works. So, give it a try?