Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Featured on!

I have been featured on the new site:!

It is so easy to be self deprecating about this, Studio, HA!, spare room in the apartment with an 18-foot ceiling that I'm trying to use as a mixing environment, that I tried to clean up enough to take a picture without showing the piles of scores and books and papers that I can't seem to figure out how to organize / deal with.  Plus the shelves of reed equipment, rejected reed carcases, knives, sharpening stones and general disaster that happens when my brain opens up and spills out all over the place.

...but I'm not going to do that.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Baby of Mine Screening

The Festival Premiere Screening of Baby of Mine was a huge success.  The film was very well received and was in good company.  It is always weird when there is one film that isn't as good as the others, and weirder still when your film is the odd one out.  Luckily this was not one of those time.  They were all good, and all on par.  It was definitely a good program.  Interesting that all the films had a baby / family theme and were all completely inappropriate for viewing by children.

It was wonderful to finally meet Gia the producer and Karen, one of the actresses.  Gia has also created a website for the film:

(Filmmaker Q&A)

I need to give a shout out to all my friends who attended, and for those who couldn't but still contacted me with messages of support.  I feel the love!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dear Staples: Your Recycled Paper Pricing Structure

Dear Staples,

Can you explain to me why you charge more for recycled paper?  You are essentially selling me USED paper.  I bought reams of new fresh, crisp, exciting paper for much cheaper than your enviro-friendly second-hand wares.  Are you saying that if I want to be environmentally responsible I need to pay more?  You may not realize this, but you seem to be implying that only the elite buy recycled paper, because it's more expensive and therefore a premium product.  Or perhaps you are trying to guilt your customers into making environmentally conscious decisions by voting with their wallets.  Spend more!  It's the RIGHT thing for the environment!  Then you can look at a report showing people overwhelmingly buying recycled paper even though it is more expensive, and therefore your customer base has shown the morality that they will choose the moral option of recycled over new!  No.

Look outside.  Is it raining money?  Not on my house.  I'm going to buy the cheaper paper.  Not because I don't care about the environment, but because it's cheaper.  And I just need a couple reams of paper.  I would happily make the environmentally friendly choice if you would make a little swap-a-rooney on your pricing structure.  Because something newer should cost more than something recycled.  And face it: recycled isn't always better quality.  So, really, if the price has to be higher because the process costs more, then there is something wrong with the process.

It seems like cutting down a tree to turn it into paper is a lot more extensive than taking paper and turning into paper.

Lastly, this current structure doesn't inspire me to recycle.  It makes me think, "those dicks are just going to reuse this and charge more for it."  So it's almost like you're making money on the same thing twice.

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Music Score Discussion of Baby of Mine

This week, instead of my usual vlog, I got down and dirty with Final Cut Express and brought you a quick discussion and behind-the-scenes look at the music score for Baby of Mine.