On Halloween night 1968 WKBW Radio produced a radio broadcast that has become a staple Buffalo broadcasting history. WKBW Radio Program Director Jeff Kaye wrote and produced a western New York version of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds. At the time WKBW Radio was celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Orson Welles broadcast that terrified listeners in 1938. Continue reading "Buffalo’s War of the Worlds"
In December I was asked by a client to spend some time at WNYBAC, the Western New York Book Arts Center. As someone who enjoys the craft of typography and graphic print design I embarrassingly have to admit that I hadn't been to WNYBAC before, which is why I jumped at the chance to shoot the assignment. Continue reading "A Day in December Shooting at the WNYBAC…"
Today we visit the Lord Bedlington Cup again, because it was that good of a match. I mentioned yesterday how physical of a game the matchup between FC Buffalo and the Bedlington Terriers FC was, and nothing exemplifies the tense atmosphere than this image. This incident was one of two near brawls that erupted in this friendly between the lads from the Queens country and our own Blitzers. Continue reading "FC Buffalo Preseason Blitz – “Round 2….FIGHT!”"
[This is going to be a ramble, and a confession and more or less self therapy more than an entertaining post for my dozens of readers.] I looked in the mirror last night after struggling to get through a product shoot and stared at myself for a good forty seconds. We've all done it, it's not weird so get down from your castle and don't judge me for staring at myself in the mirror. I wasn't staring at myself in an adonis, Mr. Wonderful type of way, but in a 'I'm a loser, put the big L on my forehead type of way.' I had struggled, gaffer taped and reflected light the best I could, but it just seemed like I hadn't taken a decent picture in hours. My wife looked at the RAW's and said they look great. But she's my wife, I pay her good money to say things like that. Continue reading "Struggling with Creative Block or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
I recently did a commercial spot for WECK 1230am before they had a small shakeup of their on air staff. I'm quite happy with the spot and thought I'd share: http://vimeo.com/24828115
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe3ksR8zgXg The irony of this is absolutely incredible. We have two former giants, who at one time dominated their respected niches in the tech market. Over the course of the last decade we have seen these two giants slowly tumble in both market share and relevance. Realizing this, Nokia and Microsoft yesterday announced a partnership whereas Nokia will be using the Windows Phone 7 OS for their products and partnering in other avenues of Microsofts key business. Nokia announced this yesterday at a media event and afterwards some videos from Nokia appeared on YouTube where Stephan Elop, CEO of Nokia, and Steve Ballmer sat and explained their alliance. They talk about joining together to:
Bring people the brands they want.So what did they use for a background track? Well, they used an Apple Garage Band loop of course. Talk about using the brands people want! This is a huge oversight and some intern will unfortunately be let go for this. Apple loops are (while good) so overused on the internet that companies, especially ones like Nokia and Microsoft, should know that when they're creating content to discuss their brand they shouldn't use the rivals free software loops to sell that their unique. The Nokia/Microsoft alliance makes sense and could be useful, but if they can't even take a one minute YouTube video serious enough by not paying $200 for original royalty free music, then how can we actually take them serious?
When I first moved to Buffalo from Auburn I was amazed at the volume of peoples voices when preaching the city. The passion folks have around here about all aspects of their city is astounding. There's a true do it ourselves spirit in Buffalo that is unmatched anywhere else I've ever been - granted I haven't been far. It's fascinating to me that a city with so much history in economic decline, sports curses and weather that will hair lip the governor that the people are so passionate. Over time, as I've tried to get established with folks and organizations in Buffalo I've observed these sermons of Buffalo first hand and can tell you that its' really great to be apart of it all. Last summer I was able to be on the sidelines for a few FC Buffalo games at Rich Stadium. Aside from sideline duty for the high school yearbook, it was the first legit sideline gig I had. From shooting those games I've been partnering with FC Buffalo on a few projects. I like being apart of organizations that I can lend my craft to that promotes them in a new way or enhances their product. I like being apart of organizations that I believe are doing good things for a community and put the benefits of a community before their own. I'm currently working on a series of promos with FC Buffalo to get the hype started for their upcoming season. Please check out FC Buffalo's website. Pick up some season tickets, and some merch. These folks are not billionaire owners. They're local folks that work with us in the community, that go to the same bars and shovel the same snow. Like us, they're in it for our city - not themselves. http://vimeo.com/19054522
One of my favorite old men, Frank Vicario, posted this link on twitter earlier today and I'm just about done listening to it for the second time. A Dj by the name of Birdfeeder has slowed down the Jurassic Park theme by 1000% and created a stunning soundscape that make listeners completely reevaluate a song they know all to all. There's not much I can really say about this, except that you need to spend the 54 minutes and take a listen. It's such a unique track that it really could be apart of a stand alone soundtrack. When I first heard it, I immediately thought of a WWII scene similar to the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan - where's it's real quite at times. Please do yourself a favor and listen. I think it's content creation like this that is going to keep new media thriving. The best works seem to be simple and controlled and you cant get any more simple then this. More samples from Birdfeeder