Blog

Provost Featured Faculty Honor

In February 2021 I was honored to be selected as the Oustanding Faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences during an online ceremony sponsored by the Washington State University Provost, Dr. Elizabeth Chilton. During the ceremony College of Art and Sciences Dean Todd…

Sustainable Heritage Network Video Work

From Fall 2015 – Spring 2019 I had the pleasure of producing about 200 tutorial and informational videos for the Sustainable Heritage Network. The Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) is an answer to the pressing need for comprehensive workshops, online tutorials, and web resources dedicated to…

SIFFX Recap

I had a great time checking out the Virtual Reality pieces at SIFFX on June 5th.

The pieces were shown on Samsung Gear VR sets and the HTC Vive.  The headsets were impressive and helped a lot with the stabilization issues that I’ve seen with other VR headsets.

PSX_20160605_161337[1]

It was great to see Music of the Spheres in a higher quality headset that did not bobble with the natural motion of your head.  Maybe we’ve now solved some of the sea sickness issues associated with VR experiences – one can only hope!

I was also impressed with the work of Nonny de la Pena whose VR work is what she calls “immersive journalism.”  She uses animated Virtual Reality environments to immerse her audience in different experiences.  Many use source footage as the basis for the animation and/or audio.  Her work is incredibly powerful and I highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

SIFFX

I am excited to announce that Music of the Spheres will be a part of the inaugural SIFFX festival that runs in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.  From their site: SIFFX is a brand-new four-day festival within the Seattle International Film Festival showcasing the…

Music of the Spheres

My new project – Music of the Spheres – has launched.  Check it out at spheresseries.com. Music of the Spheres is the first series to completely tell its story using 360 degree technology; blazing a new trail for motion picture storytelling. The storyline of Music…

More Festivals

Maikaru and A Dose for Dominic are going strong on the film festival circuit. Here are a couple of ways you can check them out.

A Dose for Dominic
Marblehead Film Festival – Marblehead, Massachusetts – Thursday, July 3, 9:00–10:30 PM, in Crocker Park, 11 Front Street
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – Washougal, Washington – August 1st – 17th
Sprout Film Festival – Traveling around the US
Reel Northwest on KCTS

Maikaru
Audience Award Voting online until July 14th
1 Reel Film Festival – Seattle, Washington – August 30 – September 1
Port Townsend Film Festival – Port Townsend, Washington – September 19 – 21

Vote for Maikaru!

Maikaru is up an Audience Award through The Audience Awards website. Please consider watching and voting for our film… and then vote again (you can login and vote once a day).

Maikaru’s Big SIFF Win!

Maikaru took home the award for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF is one of only 34 film festivals in the world where, if you win a juried prize for short films, your work is considered to be Oscar eligible.

Maikaru is Oscar Eligible!

On Monday May 26th Maikaru won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF is one of the top film festivals in the world and by winning one of their juried awards Maikaru is now eligible to be screened by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences for the Best Short Documentary Oscar. There are only a couple of ways to qualify as a short film for consideration for an Oscar and we won an award at one of only 34 film festivals that will get you a slot to be screened for the Academy.

This award came completely out of the blue and the crew and I were lucky that Writer/Director Amanda Harryman had decided on a whim to attend the ceremony. I am even OK that she woke me up to deliver the good news!

Here is what the SIFF jury said:

An honest, vulnerable and authentic piece that exposes an invisible issue that is happening in Seattle and worldwide. The character’s story of healing leaves the audience with a sense of hope. The use of artistic footage illustrates the character’s transformative journey.

I look forward to talking about the continued success of Maikaru in the near future!

My Student Wins!

Congratulations to my student Kateah Nims! Today she became the first Arts and Academics Academy student to win an award at the Northwest High School Film Festival!