Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sneak Peek Into My New Photography Project

Here is a sneak peek of my latest photography project. There is an important element missing from these photos which I will tell you about in my next post.

The photo below shows all the camera equipment I used yesterday for the project.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bodie, California

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yes I Survived It and It was a Lot of Fun

Spiro Roditis and I at Will Rogers

Spiro and I now

Well the reunion was a lot of fun. I got such a kick out of people from elementary school seeing each other after 20 years. It was wonderful to see from Will Rogers Ali Angelopoulos, Irma and Cecilia Arroyo, Sherri and Kristi McCune, Julie Tarpley, Lainy Rosen, Spiro Roditis, Mark Walter and Veronica Garcia. But so many people were also missing that I thought about at the end of the night --

Curtis Arndt, Amy and Terri Kissler, Greg Tesdahl, Stacy LaDuke, Jennifer Talt, Lori Matsumura, John Tostado, Morgan Snyder, Jana Weintraub, Megan O'Leary.

Maybe putting their names in this blog will help me in finding them.

It was also great to see from John Adams the following people:

Jimmy LaBrie, Warren Wilson, Christi Gourley, Marcia McCoy, Chloe Brown, Gillian Brecker, Leah Melber, Kyle Menig, Mac McIver, Tina Wilson and Sharee Giselle.

I came home that night and made a slideshow. Click on the slideshow above or click here.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

I Don't Know What to Think about My High School Reunion Tonight

So tonight is my 20 year high school (yes now you know exactly how old I am). To attempt to get in the mood I am listening to Sirius' FIRST WAVE station which now employs many of the DJ's I grew up listening to on KROQ (Richard Blade, Swedish Egle, Dusty Street). They are playing THE CURE right now.

I got out my old high school yearbook today and was perusing through it. Has 20 years really passed? Am I still the person I was 20 years ago when I graduated? I only read one entry from the yearbook, from Ali Angelopoulos, who I will see tonight. Such a funny letter to me and I'm really looking forward to seeing her tonight. Now they are playing THE SMITHS on Sirius. How appropriate as it was one of my favorite bands from the 80's.

I am most looking forward to seeing faces from my elementary school, Will Rogers and my junior high, John Adams. I am such a sentimentalist............

I'm wondering if I will hide behind my camera or be having so much fun that I won't think about taking photos. Will I create a slideshow out of tonight (and with what 80's song) or will I just want to remember it from my own memory....more personal....

I guess my blog entry tomorrow will shed a little more light on this subject. Until then...........

Monday, August 04, 2008

ASCAP Film & Television Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, Jerry Goldsmith, Mark Isham - all well-known film composers

I was so honored that ASCAP asked me to photograph portions of the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. My first day covering the workshop was at Fox Studios at the Newman Scoring Stage. Each of the 12 participants were given the opportunity to compose an original score for a 3-minute segment from a studio movie and then conduct a 61-piece orchestra. They had 15 minutes each to get a good recording. Talk about pressure.

They then asked me to to cover an evening with film director Tom Shadyac and film composer John Debney and another evening with Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard at Hans' very impressive studio in Santa Monica.

I created this slideshow as a little surprise for ASCAP and they liked it so much they put it on their official website.