This past Saturday we corralled some friends and created the next music video for MMO's EP release.

Our goal with this video was to create a celebration of love, a whimsical reality, and the effusion of youth. I think we did it! We procured a Sony NEX FS700 and went to town on super slowmo, a bunch of props and outdoors minimalist sets, and some talented actors. Here are some behind the scenes photos, with the video coming soon.

Thanks to Ashley Martin for the photos. Also, thanks to everyone who gave us their time: Rosemary Scalabreezy, CJ Bews, The Bews Family, Rachael Navarro, Trevor Cleak, Melissa Tamarago, SkyCouncil Recordings, and of course, Jared & Brandon of Meet Me In Orbit.

The Marin Ultra Challenge 25k was an epic test of my endurance, but mostly 2.5 hours of a quiet mind.

There was also a 50miler and 50k (30mi) that I did not consider. After meeting some of the ladies who completed the 50k, I feel optimistic about attempting it in the near future. These gals were super inspiring, broad-eyed with natural sun lines and super tight abs, smiling despite being caked in dirt and (potentially) dehydrated.

The 25k bounded up a hill from beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, then shifted down towards the sea. We ran up Rodeo and back down to Tennessee Valley behind Marin City and Sausalito. Then we hit the massive hill. It rose endlessly, each slight curve revealing another 100 yards of uphill, the slope never abating, nor cresting to full pain. Even during the hill (and upon reflection), I knew it was the superlative hill that I've been training to handle - and it worked. The 2+ mile climb, taken in running baby steps, was far behind me when I finally saw the Golden Gate over the miles of hills ahead. The red structure reminded me of childhood trips to Six Flags Magic Mountain, where we would play the "yell when you see it first!" game with the tall rollercoasters as they came into view from behind the hills of the desert valley.

The last 3 miles were all fast-twitch speedwork downhill. Lots of practice paid - I placed first in my age group (F20-29). I will definitely be attempting the 50k next year. To future successes!

Here are some crappy iPhone photos + photos from that morning:
Golden Gate on a Morning in March Spires of the city & the sea

Edit: And some more photos from GameFace Media

Brendan and I provided photography for a business' grand opening in San Francisco yesterday. While out there, I noticed this sun sphere artwork on a couple corners of the street.

Inspired by the swirling tiles, I used a photo to create a digital pattern out of the sphere: Sun Sphere San Francisco - Orange & Red Pattern

My to-do list is uniquely long. It includes a short film we hope to complete by the end of this year, some music I'm working on (with great hesitation - why do audio cables decided to work with my Macbook on a given day, then cease to work the next? New cable didn't fix the issue).

I can't give up on music despite the hard restart and technical issues. The complexity of crafting a song has become disappointingly overwhelming, so much so that I have a hard time figuring out where to start. I think I need to curate sounds into a song, rather than feel overwhelmed by the options.

When will I be ready? 40? 50? Never again? Did I burn out on creative music-writing before I turned 30?
All of these things plague me daily.

Inspired by the way my PEVA shower curtain diffuses light, I came up with a photo project idea for panels of diffused light in various shapes, and what patterns I could make with those. I purchased some frosted clear vinyl from Joann Fabric, then, on a small scale, I cut & hung some quick shapes and set up various lights around and behind a quick cardboard enclosure. The first test of this idea worked for the most part (verifying how the layers created different opacities) and now I can move on to a larger scale version. I'm not a total fan of how the vinyl looks when viewed macro, but I'm thinking it will be better when built on a human-size scale.

I also had the idea of a sustainable version of this project - using rice paper. Probably not going to get that far with this, considering I wasn't blown away by these initial quick test results:


Smoke & Mirror Shards


Ripple Landscape

Projected Aurora

Shard City