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Dad cancer updateDad's MRI came back, no sign of cancer


3 months ago  |  Comments (19)
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10 Years, part 2Remember how I jokingly said that Burnie owed me a cake for being around for 10 years (for reference). Well I've been at the office working on something (no I won't tell you) and this was there on Friday.

3 months ago  |  Comments (3)
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10 year retrospective So I guess I should post a 10yr site-iversary journal since my ugly mug has hit double digits.

Ten years ago I joined this site as an introverted 16 year old struggling to find his place in the world. I eventually made a few friends (many of whom are no longer on the site, 10 years is a long time) but I didn't really consider myself an active community member until RvBTO 2008. Something about meeting the community face to face changes the way you perceive this site and its community, it raises it to a whole new level. And since 2008 I have never missed an RvBTO, because it was the one time of the year that I was surrounded by people just like me (and I Like Me see what I did there? ). Meeting the community members helped me to come out of my shell and be more confident in myself. Eventually I said "Why should I go to Canada once a year to see people, we should see each other more often, and this time they should come to me, cause I'm broke and can't afford more trips, and this is becoming a very long run on sentence" So @Jengaship and I founded RT:Philly.

RT:Philly was about bringing the community together and showcasing the community members. We had a good run for a few years slowly expanding our numbers, but eventually we phased it out as the majority of our team moved away from Philly. Our last big event was in 2012, cause in 2013 I knew I was planning on moving to Austin. They're still doing smaller meet-ups for local fans, such as Art Museum or Zoo trips. If you're in the Philly area you should check out the group: RT Philly.

Which brings me to Austin. In July of 2013 I quit my job of 5 years at Temple university and took a chance as a freelancer in Austin. I'll admit the first few months were hard, I burned threw all of my savings as I tried to work my way into this market. I've had to work my fair share of low/no paying gigs just so I could build contacts. A few months after relocating I found myself as a camera operator on Season 2 of The Gauntlet, and since then I've done A couple of Immersion episodes (you can see my fat ass running to help Michael), Infinity Blade, and a few other projects. But you can't call yourself a freelancer and only have one client, so I've also worked a few feature films, a ton of commercials and corporate videos, and a handful of music vids. A lot of those gigs came from recommendations from someone I met while working on the Gauntlet, which wouldn't have happened if it weren't for RT, so Thank You.

Anyways, in closing, @Burnie, it's been 10 years, I expect a cake next time I see you.
3 months ago  |  Comments (1)
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Vacation is greatVacation is great
4 months ago  |  Comments (4)
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Volunteer TripSo my little sister is raising funds to go on a volunteer trip to Kenya with her college. While in Kenya, she'll help build schools in the rural country, dig wells, so that the locals have access to water, and planting trees. She'll also be learning about traditional Maasai culture, exploring the local villages, and engaging the students.

This is an amazing opportunity for her, especially since she's going to school to be a teacher. And I would hate for her to miss the opportunity due to not being able to raise funds, so I figured I'd share it my internet family. If you can spare anything and would like to help out, it would be greatly appreciated.

You can find out a bit more and donate here.

10 months ago  |  Comments (1)
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My GalleryMy gallery is coming along pretty nicely, not nearly as impressive as @brianb but it's getting there.

"The Landstriders" by Julia Sonmi Heglund

"Ender's Game" by Martin Ansin

"The White Residence" by Mark Englert

Space Jam original drawings that @Kzuelch donated to a Child's Play auction I wom

"Don't Let it Pull to the Left" by Mark Englert

"No Ship Should Go Down Without Her Captain" by Mark Englert

"Forever Let Us Hold Our Banner High" by Mark Englert

"Critical Hit Triptych" by Me

"The Labyrinth of the Faun" by Mat Pringle

"No TV and No Beer" by Mark Englert. @Count3D was nice enough to pick it up at SDCC for me

"World's Best Boss" by Mark Englert

"Mutants" by Marko Manev

Sundance 25th Anniversary. Picked this up when @Izzi and I attended Sundance in '09

"A11 Work and No Play" by Mark Englert

"Come Away o' Human Child" by Mark Englert
1 year ago  |  Comments (5)
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InkedWent with @izzi and we both got our first tattoos. @shadowsflame couldn't get squeezed in today, so she's getting her's (not first) tomorrow

1 year ago  |  Comments (6)
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Set lifeSo it's been a whirlwind month for me, been crazy busy with projects.

From November 21-Dec. 8, I was the 2nd Assistant Camera on a family feature, called The Adventures of Pepper and Paula, down in the San Antonio area. I joined the project on day 11 of 22, It was a lot of fun and I got to work with some great people.

From Dec. 11- 13 I was the 2nd Assistant Camera for an H.E.B. commercial. We did 3 spots and shot it all in a studio out near Bastrop. It was a very interesting experience since before then 99% of my work had always been on location. I also got to use equipment that I haven't used before, so I was able to expand my working knowledge. Being that it was in a studio it made my job a bit easier as I was able to set up a work station.

Then from Dec. 15-17 I landed my first union show. I was the Camera Utility for this project. The project filmed mostly in Europe and only 3 days here in Austin. This was a huge break for me as I made amazing contacts, got to see first hand how union shows are run, and once again got to learn more and expand my skill set. I feel that its always important to keep learning and that there is always something new for you to learn. Having always worked on lower budget stuff, it was a nice change of pace having everything you could possibly need and a 10-ton camera truck with 7 camera carts.

As much as I love working on films, It'll be nice to slow down and spend some time with @izzi, @dimono, and @shadowsflame when they get down here on friday for the holidays.
1 year ago  |  Comments (5)
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