I've been blogging since August of 2005. But, if you take a look below this entry, you'll see that I haven't been all that "bloggy" as of late. I blame Twitter and Facebook just like everyone else.
But there is something to that, of course. My content development drive - which was once mostly focused on longer form blog posting - is now alleviated by 140 character bursts and link-driven commentary on Facebook and other peoples' commentary about Twitter.
And, honestly, I've been really busy with Big Projects.
San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking (SFSDF)
I'm the Director of Marketing at a small, well-regarded film school. We have two starts a year for our One-Year Digital Filmmaking Program and I've been working hard to market, promote and shout the school's praises to ensure a strong enrollment. We started a new batch of 24 students today - one of our strongest, most dynamic groups ever.
I've been spending a fair amount of time discussing an emerging technology called Augmented Reality or AR for short. This is hot (over-hyped?) new stuff and offers a tantalizing new way to look at the world around you. I've met some great people (through Twitter) that are global leaders in the space including Dave Elchoness, owner of GoWeb3D. Things are looking promising and I may get to work with one of my best friends, Eric Elkins, on social and entertainment side of the technology. I was informally interviewed a few days ago by Jeremiah Owyang, Partner at the Silicon Valley digital strategy shop Altimeter Group, at an #sftweetup.
I'm a co-producer (through Fog City Pictures) of a short film titled PIA to be shot in San Francisco mid-October. I'm spending a big chunk of time and focus on identifying strategic partnerships, developing planning infrastructure and contributing to production design. The film's basics:
And for the past several weeks, I'd been helping to produce a short film named SHADOW ANGEL. Apart from general production efforts, I also had a role in the film (a street thug/mugger-type) and was the Assistant Director.
This was a two-day shoot at the awesome comic book store, Comic Outpost, and my house and featured super-talented actor Jeffrey Weissman (who you may recognize as McFly's father in BACK TO THE FUTURE II and III). It's a great, fun film and I was able to work with three friends from the 5-Week Filmmaking workshop I took at SFSDF some time ago. The film is being submitted to Sundance in a few days and we have high hopes.
SF Movie Examiner
And I'm managing to write the semi-regular article at Examiner.com. I've got a couple good pieces I'm working on and will have something fresh shortly. A piece I did on a killer new iPhone app called Hitchcock was my biggest traffic generator to date. An excerpt:
The new iPhone app Hitchcock from a company named Cinemek is positioned to simplify and enhance the on-site storyboarding process. Basically, it's storyboarding using your iPhone. Simply take photos with your iPhone and use the app to build your scenario. Rearrange, delete and crop the photos to get the scenes you want. Annote them, set times and add camera moves. Build it - play it back - hate it - redo it -- better - do it again - like it - done.