The Guide to Getting Bay Area Gigs

The Guide to Getting Bay Area Gigs

I found these ads on the San Fransisco Bay Area Craigslist while job hunting.  They were mostly in the ‘crew’ and ‘creative’ gig section, where people tend to post seeking video production work.  I’ve included my expert assessment of the gig quality below each…

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Rejoining Society

After deciding to rejoin human society I found myself in Oakland.  The whole Bay Area, though Oakland especially, feels a bit like a halfway house for weirdos and fringe livers who want all the benefits of being part of a community without the pains of expected conformity.  So it happened that I graduated from intermittent(…)

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18400ft of Fun

18400ft of Fun

The dirt road snaked up steep muddy hills, through pine forests, and along precarious drop-offs. The Meat Queen (my Tacoma) navigated the surreal landscape tentatively, until the fog began to clear in patches. The enormous snowy shoulder of a mountain materialized, melting our uncertainty liquid, hot excitement. Before long, we were out of our cloud(…)

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The Road to Orizaba

The Road to Orizaba

It was a gray day in Flagstaff, with flurries of wet snow when my sloth and angst became too absurd. After my return from six weeks in India I was without work, or the prospect of finding any and had spent my time sleeping, eating dense food, and letting my mind go soft. Figuring the(…)

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Badlands: what to do when you’re not as good as Terrence Malick

Badlands: what to do when you’re not as good as Terrence Malick

After my Kurosawathon last week, I needed to shake things up with a bit of variety. The movies I picked to watch this past week came from a slew of directors, countries, and time periods, though all of them share the distinction of being, “the film that changed… [someone I admire's] life”. In my half-mad(…)

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The 3 most useful things I’ve learned from Stillmotion

The 3 most useful things I’ve learned from Stillmotion

If the pursuit of becoming a better filmmaker is anything akin to the following simplistic and likely incorrect understanding of human evolution, then there’s a very important place for a group like Stillmotion. As developing artists, we need to chew on meaty work; Yasujiro Ozu, John Cassavetes, Mike Leigh’s Naked (shudder), and more of the(…)

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7 Filmmaking Lessons from Akira Kurosawa

7 Filmmaking Lessons from Akira Kurosawa

When starting my strangely sedentary voyage toward film literacy, and hopefully improved artistic articulation, I figured to watch a variety of films varying director, decade, and genre each day. The idea being I could stay engaged, and come the end of the week, simply select my favorite film of the past seven days to write(…)

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A cow in the field… Becoming a better filmmaker.

A cow in the field…  Becoming a better filmmaker.

Four years ago my stubborn reptile brain and I enrolled in film school, yet today I’m not nearly as artistically evolved as one might expect. Like early man, I’m capable of primitive vocalizations, but not quite able to ask the important questions like, “why am I covered in hair?” or, “why hasn’t my freelance work(…)

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