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Jul 11

Tiny Feature Saturdays – Tattoo Age

The folks at Vice Magazine in collaboration with New Era bring us the story of Smith Street Tattoo’s.  This first episode in a three part series focuses on Dan Santoro who’s very distinct style attracts tattoo enthusiasts from around the globe.   Dan who his partners describe as “a little odd” shares some amusing anecdotes about tattoo’s gone awry as well as gives us some insight into his appreciation for the classic sailor style shared by his partners. The clubhouse atmosphere that exists in that little shop in this little corner in Brooklyn is pretty special.

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28
Jul 11

FCPX – Not Even Ready For Daytime

Day one

A few weeks back upon my initial test run with FCPX I posted an article titled FCPX Not Quite Ready for Primetime.  Well after weeks of dabbling with it I finally decided to go all out on a paid gig with a deadline. After all how can I really know what it is made of if it isn’t tested under real working conditions.  This particular project was shot with two cameras;  the Panasonic AF100, and the Canon 7D. Since FCP does background rendering with a wide variety of file types I thought this would be perfect for a real run.  To my pleasant surprise FCPX background redered both the .mts and .mov files seamlessly.  Next I logged in all my clips using keywords and favorites.  The favorites function is amazing.  Simply by setting in and out points and hitting “F” on the keyboard, your clip is highlighted and available for selected viewing.  Next I started placing clips on the timeline and started working with the magnetic features which is as good as advertised.  It’s also so different from the previous versions of FCP that it requires that you forget almost everything your learned.  By the end of a long day one I shut it down and looked forward to day two.

Day two

As I started to get more into the edit, I realized that I was getting a constant spinning wheel.  I had this issue on day one but I assumed it was because of the background rendering.  All the background rendering was now finished so I wasn’t sure why I was getting this problem.  I have a new MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHZ Quad core 7200 RPM and all the bells and whistles.  So I moved my project to the External drive yet the problem persisted.  Next I wanted to find my logged files using a keyword search.   To my grave disappointment the keyword search does not include keywords you enter in it’s searches.  It only gives results for filenames, and meta data.  Come on guys!  Increasingly I started to long for my reliable FCP7 sitting on my dock longingly waiting for me to come back to her faithful arms, but I persisted… I needed to give FCPX a fair chance.

After hours of editing which consisted of waiting for the spinning wheel to stop turning as much as it consisted of actual editing I was ready to shut it down.  But I knew that I would lose two full days work with a project that is due in two days so I stuck with it.  It was only when I tried to find a previous version of my edit that I broke down and threw my arms in the air.  You see in FCP7 if you realize that an error was made hours earlier or you lost something you thought you had you would go to your Autosave Vault to pull up a saved version, copy and Paste in the current edit, problem solved.  However FCPX doesn’t keep autosaves.  The workaround requires that you keep duplicating the project if you want to keep earlier versions.  Even in FCP7 I got into the habit of duplicating timelines at the start of each day just as an additional but not necessary step. Constantly duplicating projects, or “Events” as a necessary step is such a workflow killer and a hack workaround that I just lost it.  Goodbye FCPX.

I went from sheer excitement (Final Cut Pro Is Here!), to disappointment (FCPX Not Quite Ready for Primetime), to vile contempt in this posting “FCPX – Not Even Ready For Daytime”.  This “upgrade” should not have seen the light of day.  In my opinion Apple should have focused on incorporating the magnetic timeline into FCP7.  Just that little addition would have thrilled us all! Instead they give us this.  #FAIL!

Day three

As I rise at this ungodly hour of 5:30 AM I am invigorated by the shedding of my cloak of denial over the promise of FCPX, I am relieved that I can take it off my dock and commit to the my old reliable beauty FCP 7.  Another reason for being up so damn early is I wasted two days of editing on FCPX and my project is due tomorrow so I will need as much time as I can get.  I am glad that my first love FCP7 is there for me during tough times like this.

TrVZ


27
Jul 11

You’re Alright Kid

This short documentary profiling Michaelangelo Tumbarello aka “Baje One” of the Brooklyn based group Junk Science, is a pretty honest portrait of an artist struggling with growing up in the independent hip hop scene. Along with the normal struggles faced by most indie artists, Michael is conflicted by his love of a genre where hating whitey has been the mantra of many of the artists he admires. As he puts it…

“The way to come to terms with a rapper being like ‘Fuck White People’… is I guess to be like, how much do you like this song.”

Extremely well shot and well edited, director Huey Lang gives us a fascinating portrait of today’s independent artist that is absolutely worth the watch.

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TrVZ


26
Jul 11

Leica Portrait: Paul S. Bartholomew

Our latest Leica portrait features Pennsylvania based commercial photographer Paul S. Bartholomew.  Paul specializes in architecture photography and among other things shared his thoughts on the informal as well as the formal approaches to his craft.  We met Paul at the Highline Park which is one of the more graceful architectural accomplishments this city has ever seen.  It’s melding of architecture and recreation was a fitting location to meet Paul and watch him at work.  Read more about Paul at the Leica Blog.

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Directed by Trevor “Trevz” Bayack
Video Assistant: Brian Butnick

 

 


22
Jul 11

The Videographers Guide To Not Falling On Your New Media Face – On Time Is Late

Let me start by saying over the past month or so it has been increasingly difficult to post these Videographer Guide entries due to my recent workload, so until further notice I am going to make these shorter.  Maybe that is a good thing : )

There use to be a saying on the film sets I worked on – “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unheard of“. To be fair I will mention that I am freakishly punctual.  In elementary school for two years in a row I literally won awards from the city of New York for not missing a day of school.  In 10 years of working on film sets where the start times were between 5AM and 7AM I was 5 minutes late twice. So when I say that it is hard for me to understand why people don’t simply use the strategy of delivering on time as a key strategy of success, you can understand that this is coming from the anal guy who is almost never late.

Does this work?

If you have ever had the privilege of working on the client side of the equation you will better understand why being on time is such a critical trait.  In my experience as a client most independent contractors will not only fail to deliver on a date but will fail to update you when they are late.  For some reason they don’t recognize that the client is relying on you so that they can deliver to their clients, who are probably relying on them to deliver to even more clients. How one fails to make this connection is beyond beyond.  But it happens many more times than it doesn’t.  I try to rationalize why one would exhibit such behavior.  Maybe they are a fan of Hollywood movies where the talented but temperamental artist climbs the ranks fueled by his bad boy aura.  Or maybe they have bigger fish to fry and the clients work falls through the cracks.  Or maybe they were raised by a pack of wolves who can’t grasp the concept of time.  Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is that being on time is one of the more valuable traits you can have in your arsenal simply because so many others don’t.   If clients can refer to you as “The On Time Guy” trust me you will probably have a pretty strong portfolio.

Trevor “Trevz” Bayack is a Brooklyn-born filmmaker who approaches his web pieces as mini documentaries. Recognized as a member of the 2008 URB magazine Next 100 for pioneering the “video blog” Trevz continually makes his pieces shorter, sharper and ever more shareable” Follow thenewpop twitter feed for more.

 


21
Jul 11

Wayback Thursday’s 2007 – Frenchies Gym

This week we take the Wayback machine to December of 2007 and one of the more popular episodes posted on this site Frenchie’s Gym.   Frenchie who has been in the neighborhood for almost 40 years has seen his rents rise dramatically partly due to gentrification.  The locals who view Frenchie as a father figure do what they can to support him.  Sure Frenchie doesn’t have the amenities like TV’s, Air Conditioning, or Aerobic classes, but what he lacks in perks he more than makes up for in love.  There aren’t any gyms I know of where members spontaneously shout out to each other… “Papi, I Love You!”  I have been a member of this gym since 2007 and there were times when I stopped going due to laziness or tight finances, and each and every time after a few weeks I would get a call from Frenchie telling me to get my ass in the gym or to pay when I can.  A true Williamsburg icon.

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Wayback Trivia; Frenchie still remains open but the struggle continues month to month.  If you are interested in joining Frenchie’s gym his daily and monthly rates are super affordable.  Located at 303 Broadway it’s worth the visit. Or you can call and speak to Frenchie yourself – (718) 384-9461 It’s worth it just to hear Frenchie answer the phone.

 


20
Jul 11

Camerabag.tv | Frank Ockenfels

This video portrait of photographer Frank Ockenfels from the folks at Camerabag.tv  provides some refreshing insight into the humbling side of success.  Despite shooting some of today’s more interesting personalities like David Bowie, Snoop Dogg and President Obama, Frank is still amazed when someone hires him to do what he loves.  As he puts it…

“The act of being hired for what you want to do is a very different thing than being hired to be a photographer”

Frank achieved “overnight success” when a portrait he shot of Tracey Chapman originally intended as just a quarter page section in Rolling Stone magazine was moved to the front page when shortly after the shoot Tracey’s album shot to number one.  His views on success and failure are insightful and inspiring.

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TrVZ

Frank Ockenfels from camerabag.tv on Vimeo.


19
Jul 11

There’s No Place Like Here – Brazenhead Books

This video by Andrew David Watson and the folks at Etsy profiles Michael Seidenberg’s and his second hand book store Brazenhead Books.  This secret bookstore tucked away high above the hustle and bustle of a busy NYC street is one of those stories that make up the unique fabric of this city.  Michael who goes by the moniker “the secret bookstore guy” seems cast right out of a Woody Allen film. He has found a way (albeit illegal) to keep the second hand bookstore alive. Read more about this mecca for book lovers at the Etsy blog.

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18
Jul 11

Live at The Loft Episode 8 – Full Crate & Mar

A few weeks back my former partner Tone invited me to check out a really cool event/show that he created called Live At The Loft .  This invite only event feels like a blend between the Saturday Night Live music performances and The old Lyricist Lounge sessions (The live venue, not the busted TV show).  

The moment I entered the loft I could feel that this was unlike any show I ever attended. There was a palpable buzz of anticipation in the air.  Once the show kicked off Full Crate & Mar treated a house full of modern day bohemians to some good old fashion soul.  These long time friends remind me of some combination of Deangelo and Jamiroquai.  You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the video posted below and form your own opinion.  Going by how full the loft was I doubt most of you will ever get to see a Live Show. Personally I can’t wait to trek it out to Hoboken for the next Live At The Loft show.

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TrVZ

EP08 Full Crate & Mar “2U4U” from LIVE AT THE LOFT on Vimeo.


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Jul 11

Tiny Feature Saturday’s – Visionaries: Nick Knight

As a part of their Visionaries series, Vice and Blackberry profile photographer and ShowStudio.com founder Nick Knight. Among other things Knight shares his views on fashion as an art form, fashion as communication, and the effect New Media has on the fashion cycle.  We also get some insight from ShowStudio fashion director Nick Knight.

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TrVZ