30
Sep 11

Pluggedin TV: Pilot Episode – Tumblr vs WordPress!

Back in February Luna Vega asked me to shoot a series of short webisodes in which she would give tips on Social Media platforms and Digital Marketing. It was an idea that has been done to death and I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about doing it. Sensing my lack of enthusiasm and not wanting to waste my time Luna wanted to do it on her own and just shoot it on her laptop camera. Not wanting to totally abandon her our discussion evolved into a show where our colleagues would debate relevant issues in the Social Media landscape using their laptop cameras. We decided to include a gaming element and titled the show Pluggedin. Many logistical hurdles later I am proud to present the pilot episode, Tumblr vs. WordPress.

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Trvz


29
Sep 11

Wayback Thursday’s: Miami Art Basel 2008 – Part 3

This week on Wayback Thursday we bring you the final chapter in the Miami Art Basel series. You would be amazed at how easy it is for the art to become an afterthought at an event like this. This wasn’t the case for my running mate Louisa B and I. After lots of bar hopping, sun bathing and run in’s with fellow New Yorkers, we managed to take in some of the amazing art.

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TrVZ


28
Sep 11

American Juggalo – NSFW

Ever since I found out about the Juggalo’s from my friend Igor of Driven By Boredom fame I have always been fascinated by his photos of the annual gathering of the Juggalo’s.  This video by Sean Dunne about that gathering really captures that lifestyle.  This short documentary is a really well done piece from a filmmaker who’s work I am familiar with. (The Archives, The Bowler)

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TrVZ


22
Sep 11

Wayback Thursday’s: Miami Art Basil – Day 2

Here is the second part of the Road Team series in which I spent the week at Art Basel Miami 2008.  In this episode I interview Jose Parla at the O.H.W.O.W. Gallery while A.R.E. Weapons performed inside.  Afterwards I headed over to the Puzzlement Gallery and ran into my friend from New York Louisa B who would end up being my running partner for the rest of the week.  Tune yards who I ran into on day one provides the soundtrack.

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TrVZ


17
Sep 11

Brooklyn Boheme Premiers

This past Thursday Brooklyn Boheme which I have been co-editing and animating for the past two years had it’s red carpet premier.  It opened the 15th annual Urban World Film Festival at the AMC 34th street theatre’s. Guests included Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles & Maxwell. There was such a buzz of anticipation for this film that they had to book another theatre because the premier sold out in hours.

As a person who edits primarily for the internet, there is an unfamiliar natural high that you can’t duplicate online.  Knowing that all these people are judging and reacting to your work on the big screen in real time is both humiliating and exhilarating.  You can see me in the slideshow below (2nd pic) anxiously waiting for the film to start with Spike Lee and Chris Rock sitting a couple of rows back. As it turned out mistakes notwithstanding the premier was amazing! The audience laughed, applauded, and nodded in all the right places.

After the screening directors Nelson George, and Diane Paragas had a Q & A session where the audience showed allot of love.  After two years of countless hours editing, re-editing, arguing, and wishing for it to be all over, seeing it play even if only for that one night made it all worth it. Support this film, it’s a great story about an art movement in one Brooklyn neighborhood that transcends race.

TrVZ

Photos courtesy of themoviesthatshouldbemade.com


15
Sep 11

Wayback Thursday’s – “The Road Team” – Miami Art Basel Monday

This week we take the Wayback Machine to December of 2008 Art Basel Miami.  I had a series on TheNewPop called The Road Team in which I would document my travels.  On this occasion one of my clients called me while vacationing in Florida to see if I was available to shoot Miami Art Basel.  They needed b-roll for internal use but in typical New Pop fashion (circa 2005 – 2008) I decided to edit 3 episodes and a teaser for this trip. The resulting series captures what was the most fun I had over the course of one week as a filmmaker.

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11
Sep 11

9-11-11

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since 9-11-01. Ten years ago on a day in which the skies were every much as blue as they are today, I was listening to Howard Stern when he reported that a plane hit the WTC. Thinking that it was an accident until suddenly at 9:03 AM on the TV screen you could see an explosion. I remember the news anchors thinking that it was a replay of the first plane hitting the tower. When I realized that it was not a replay it was my first realization that our world had just changed.

I ran to the corner where I had a clear vantage point of the towers to see the first tower fall. Every single day for almost two years I would dwell on that day not knowing if I would ever be the same, if NY or this nation would ever be the same. Ten years later as I see the Freedom tower take it’s physical, spiritual and psychological place of it’s graceful predecessor I feel like a piece of my spirit that was lost on that day rises with every floor of the New One World Trade center. I would like to take this 10th anniversary to remember that day, but more importantly to look forward. It’s a metaphoric exhale that I didn’t think would take 10 years to achieve but it did, and it feels good.

Trevor


09
Sep 11

The Videographers Guide To Not Falling On Your New Media Face – Signing Off

This is my last entry in The Videographers Guide series.  I have seen significant growth in my client base over the last year and I now find myself in a position where to maintain the level of quality that clients have come to expect from TheNewPop I have to manage my growth.  A task that I have found increasingly challenging in recent months.  As well as providing content for the New Media Geek set, this blog has been one of the primary tools of staying in touch with old clients and reaching out to new ones.  Now that I am shifting my focus from accelerated growth to managed growth the need for me to maintain the daily blogging schedule is not only no longer necessary, but it eats into time that can be better spent on new ideas and better videos.  As a result I am decreasing the number of times I publish on this blog each week.  The Videographers Guide as well as Tiny Feature Saturday’s will be the first casualties of this strategic and creative shift.

For those of you who have been following each new post and giving me feedback, I appreciate all the likes, comments and retweets.  I always held the belief that connecting with 10 people who get it is more artistically rewarding and financially beneficial than connecting with 200 people who don’t.  For the New Media videographers who used this guide as your blueprint for your fledgling careers in this emerging market, I have these final words;

Keep your overhead low, your spirits high, and remember that in the end you do this because you love it. If the love isn’t there it’s way to tough to find motivation to succeed without that passion. Enjoy the journey and don’t ever let a client convince you that you need them more than they need you.  

TrVZ


06
Sep 11

Depth Of Speed – A Pinch of Salt

Hypbeast concludes it’s series Depth of Speed with a visit to the Bonnevile Salt Flats, where even the pursuit of land speed records comes a distant second to the camaraderie shared among these car enthusiasts. I am sorry to see this series directed by Josh Clason has to come to an end. Born from a desire of story, travel and a love of anything automotive related I thoroughly enjoyed each episode and look forward to more from Josh in the future.

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TrVZ


02
Sep 11

My Interview with Contour Magazine

A couple of months ago an old friend of mine Nikolai Soudek asked if I would be interested in being interviewed for his recently launched webzine/blog Contour Magazine.  Described as a blog dedicated to people and their passions.  Not only did Nikolai do his homework in terms of finding out who I am, but the article (specifically the way it incorporates embeds and links) most accurately captures the 6 year arc in my videography career.  Nikolai took full advantage of what New Media offers us to create a piece that will stand the test of time simply because it very accurately reflects the time.  I told Nikolai that if anyone wants to know what I am about today or in the near distant future all I have to do is direct them to this interview.      

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TrVZ