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Gigs galore!

I hit up the performer after Wally at the jazz festival, to see if she was interested in having her gig videotaped, and she is interested. I gave her a pretty good deal, but again, I'll already be set up and ready to go, so I won't be spending any extra time getting set up. Her name is Judy Wexler
and I'm really excited to work with her.
The Zoom H2 recorder was rescheduled for delivery today, but something tells me that it won't arrive until tomorrow. I was able to find more reviews on it, though. The best ones I found were HERE and HERE
The anticipation of its arrival continues to tease and tantalize.
It sounds like the mics on the H2 might be so good that for a live performance I'd be better off setting it on the stage rather than lining out of the mixing board.
Also just came across THIS interesting video of tests with the H2
I just purchased two kingston 2gb SD Cards to use with my zoom H2 audio recorder. I opted for two 2Gb cards rather than one 4GB card because I don't expect to ever use more than 2GB of audio for a single session. With two cards, I can switch out between gigs.

UPDATE: I just found that many SDHC cards are compatible with the H2, so I'm going to purchase an 8Gb sdhc card from central computer and try it out. The more I think about it, the more I don't like the idea of having more cards to manage.
There is a single reason why I wanted to blog. I want to lay out my tracks of progress regarding several key projects and goals which I am working towards. Like I alluded to in my first post, the intention is to celebrate successes and learn from mistakes. These words will provide a reference that I can turn to if ever I stop myself, head in hand, and ask, "what was I thinking?"

Project #1: Video Production Company
I currently have a full-time job as a studio technician at the local PBS station. While it's a great group of people I work with, I believe that it's the dream of every filmmaker and producer to run the show themselves. Anyone with at least one eye can clearly see that video as a medium and technology has amazing and far-reaching potential in the realm of... well, everyday life- but, most importantly, for business. I am still trying to comprehend the status of video in this day- it is everywhere, literally everywhere. I am still working on the perfect angle…
Currently cutting (editing) a piece about Jack O'Neill for KTEH. Anyone else hate Avid systems? I'm a final cut user, and I'm armed with the Avid user's guide, but I would've been done with this 2 days ago if I were editing on a familiar software.

Hall + Oates = hit machine

Come on, you know it's true. and you know that you own at least one of their records.






















I am trying to book performers who need videos done at the San Jose Jazz fest. I need gigs. A former client mentioned that he knew of someone- "I think her name is Lisa...", so I did some homework and contacted the only Lisa I could find on the list of performers. Her name is Lisa Engelken, and she's a really talented vocalist from San Francisco. She dreams of getting onto the bill of a European Jazz Festival (Stockholm? dunno...) and thus the video. She needs to show off what she's got. As my minidisc recorder hasn't been working that well lately for live situations (it tends to decide to stop recording after about a minute or so.... weird), I went and bought a new recorder from B&H: the Zoom H2 . Audio is CRUCIAL in this situation, and so I'll be covering myself by using a good microphone hooked up to the camera, AND a clean feed from the audio board going into this…

Introductory offer

So I'll be honest, I've never hosted a blog and never thought I would, but I've realized that there are a lot of mistakes I've made in my quest for visual enlightenment that are worth sharing, all in the hopes that others will be able to learn from my mistakes. Here's the lowdown on me and my ambitions, gear, and crew, and I'll try making it as succinct as possible.
I attended San Francisco State University's school of Cinema after a few years at De Anza College in Cupertino and a semester at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. I graduated in 2006 from SF State with a Cinema degree. I have always been fascinated with the ways that images can have a profound impact on people and society, and wanted to figure out some of the idiosyncrasies of how we as people not only view, but interact with images, and create meaning out of them.
I call myself a Cinematographer and Live Visualist, which are two distinct roles which I am still attempting to marry together.
As a c…