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Just Warm It Up

Posted in Film Pigs, L.A., Movies, video with tags , on February 22, 2013 by Jon

Usually when I realize I haven’t updated this blog in awhile its because its been 6 months. Give or take. I’ve been busy with lots of work. D.I.T.itting, camera, post, directing, producing, wearing a lot of hats. You know what they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for other, creative endeavors. I negotiated for immunity if this blog doesn’t get updated for a while. A gain.

So, hopefully more to come soon as I attempt the thing known as “writing” again.

p.s. If this post was a let down, then go watch (if you can, there are sometimes massive problems, don’t ask) 30 some episodes of Film Pigs, a sketch comedy show I’ve been working on for a long, long time. Long. Long, long, long, time. I don’t think I can emphasize enough how long it feels like I’ve been working on this show. R Warning.

Rated R

Rated R

p.p.s. Sorry for yelling.


The Dude Is Back In

Posted in American University, Music Video, video, WRNR with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by Jon

The last 4 months have flown by and I’ve sorely neglected the DotP. My time has been split between free lance work and my first semester of film school at American University in DC! I finished up my last class of the semester last night and what a ride it has been. Expect some semi irregular posting during the Winter break including some examples of my work. Zacuto and company posted a perfectly timed meditation on the value of film school in today’s digital age, especially for those aspiring cinematographers.

Film Fellas Cast 6: “Cinematography” Webisode 26 ~ Going Viral

I’m celebrating today with a trip to the WRNR private artist showcase with St. Vincent.  Sorry ma’am can’t say any more on that, top secret location and all… so I’ll let Annie Clark take the mic.

St. Vincent “Actor Out Of Work”

Quick Fix Media Hits From The Blockbuster Syringe

Posted in Social Media, video with tags , , , , on August 17, 2009 by Jon

Following up on promoting your film/video/what have you in the social media age, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention director Edgar Wright’s video blogs for his in production movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Wright is the co-creator of Spaced and good friends with Paul‘s Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. Wright cross promotes Scott with Paul in this *bonus* blog

Paul‘s video blog response:

The cross promotion helps to increase the awareness of both films to fans of Pegg, Frost, & Wright who are all usually one in the same. The *official* numbered episodic video blogs for Scott are usually much longer and more in depth than the *bonus* blog. They’re all quite engaging and interesting. Episode 10, Clash At Demonhead, features the band of the same name. It includes a look at the fictional branding & merchandise created for this fictional band. How meta for a blog meant to brand and promote the movie.

Modest Mouse Play 9:30 Club Tonight

Posted in Concerts, DC, video with tags , on March 13, 2009 by Jon

The openers are musically eclectic including Japanese Motors (Cali surfer garage pop rock), Mimicking Birds (weird, existential lo fi) and KINKY (latin groove music). In my search for a cool Modest Mouse video, I read via Pitchfork that Heath Ledger directed an as yet unreleased music video for “King Rat”, a bonus track from Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. If you’re lucky enough to be going to tonight’s sold out 930 Club show, hype yourself up with this live version of “King Rat” from KROQ‘s Acoustic Christmas 2007:

Pitchfork TV Teams Up With NPR

Posted in DC, Music News, video with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by Jon

Soon after Pitchfork.TV‘s launch in April 2008, they teamed up with IFC (the Independent Film Channel) to cross pollinate their brands and promote independent artists. The move seems to have panned out well providing Pitchfork.TV with actual TV exposure and IFC street cred with the Pitchfork readership and “authentic music” crowd. Yesterday, in another smart move, Pitchfork announced it’s online music channel is teaming up with NPR Music to film select concerts in the DC area. Pitchfork TV provides the video and NPR covers live audio streaming and audio podcasts. The freshly minted pair’s first joint foray is Antony & the Johnsons, recorded February 3rd at 6th & I Historic Synagogue.

Antony & the Johnsons "Kiss My Name"

Antony & the Johnsons "Kiss My Name"

And through this thoroughly shitty global economy of hours, as one shoe lifts so the other must drop. As reported by The Daily Swarm today, Amsterdam based concert recorder FabChannel is ceasing production and closing it’s online doors after 9 years. From the lips of FabChannel CEO Justin Kniest:

After nine passionate and beautiful years of sharing the most amazing concert recordings with you, Fabchannel is stopping. A great number of record labels still won’t allow us to record their artists. This prevents us from offering what we need to keep Fabchannel alive.

We want to sincerely thank you for all support through the years! It has been an amazing time, but unfortunately this is where it ends.

With a bleeding heart we’re pulling the plug of our online archive Friday 13th of March. Until that time, enjoy your favorite concerts and who knows… we’ll meet again.

Elbow Live at Paradaiso 6.25.08

Elbow Live at Paradaiso 6.25.08

Should Pitchfork.TV be in need of a DC crew member, this newly “free-to-pursue-his-options” man of the DC area with online videography experience is available.

Update: Forgot to include this in the original post

RJ Bentler & Justin Kniepf discus "Expanded Media" @ In-Edit Beefeater 08

RJ Bentler & Justin Kniepf discus "Expanded Media" @ In-Edit Beefeater 08

The Goddamn Plane Has Crashed Into The Mountain

Posted in video, WRNR with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by Jon

At first I was only going to recap the RNR private artist showcases of 2008, but then I thought better of it. I don’t want my Canon HV20 to feel neglected. She didn’t just shoot concerts over the past year, oh no, she shot in studio performances as well. WRNR in studio performances to be precise. The first significant one of the year took place the same day as the Jose Gonzalez showcase. Of course I had no idea Alice was coming in, because why would anyone want to let the guy with the camera know? “That’s radio, Jon.” One of my favorite lines of 2008 as well.

The interesting back story to her visit goes like this: Alice was discovered, produced, and promoted by Clarence Greenwood a.k.a. Citizen Cope. WRNR’s Program Director Bob Waugh managed Cope up until his breakthrough into the major labels. So Cope thinks of Bob as a really, really good friend. As in the “you and your station pals come hang out with my mom and dad in the VVIP Skydeck at Virgin Festival” kind of friend.

Citizen Cope's Mom & Bob Waugh in the Skydeck at Virgin Fest

Exhibit A: Citizen Cope’s Dad, Mom & BFF Bob Waugh in the Skydeck at Virgin Fest

Citizen Cope and Alice Smith are married. Rumors abounded, but on March 5, 2008 they were not even officially dating. That’s the day they both rolled into the WRNR studios. Cope went outside to “smoke” and Alice promoted her new album and upcoming Rams Head On Stage show with an interview and performance. Carrie conducted the interview as she and Alice had met before and had good rapport. On mic Alice wouldn’t admit to Carrie’s probing questions about her and Cope having a relationship and being engaged. After the interview Alice fessed up that it was true, she and Cope were banging (to use the parlance of our times) and she was sporting a rock on her finger that wasn’t cubic zirconium. It’s all on DV tape too, but if you don’t believe me wait for the director’s cut.

Alex, Cope, Bob

Exhibit B: A Smiling Citizen Cope sandwich. L to R: Alex, Cope, Bob

Long story short, Alice Smith sang a song about how Citizen Cope was in reality her special lady guy friend before anyone knew it was true.


Alice returns to play Rams Head On Stage Monday, January 26th. WRNR is presenting the show. I wonder if she and the hubby will drop by to say hi? We didn’t spill the beans about their eloping prematurely. In terms of our relationship nothing is fucked here…

My Wife Is Not The Issue Here!

Posted in Baltimore, video with tags , , , on December 15, 2008 by Jon

Earlier this year the Baltimore Round Robin Tour explored the fabled cities of Chicago, New York City, Boston, etc. The tour features a ton of indie (indie solely being defined as not on a major label) musicians/performance artists/a lot of what have you, from Baltimore. The idea being this: there is NO headliner. The bands play in a circle with the audience in the center, making them participants, and the center of attention. Each performer plays 1 song, then the next performer plays in an order that the audience isn’t privy to. The tour’s been reported on thoroughly here, here, here, and via the monstrous many headed beast’s own Tumblr. Robbie Rackleff edited, compressed, posted, and appears in the coolest and rawest 16:9 music/tour doc I’ve seen all year. Click the image below to view Robbie’s instantly epic documentary.

Baltimore Round Robin 2008

Baltimore Round Robin 2008

Throwing Rocks

Catch the show in it’s hometown of Baltimore Thursday and Friday at Sonar. And cheers to these guys for not blaming anyone about their touring around in a veggie oil powered bus and going out there and achieving anyway.