I’m thrilled to announce that a story I did for the Seattle Channel program City Stream has been nominated for an Emmy award in the human interest category. The story is a piece about sustainable fishing in Puget Sound, and profiles friend and client Pete Knutson of Loki Fish. I shot and edited the piece, working together with producer Penny Legate who wrote and voiced the story. Last year I was nominated twice, but unfortunately didn’t bring home the award. Hoping this year will be different. I continue to produce stories for the Seattle Channel, mostly focusing on green and environmental issues. Recent stories include how Safeco and Qwest Fields are composting their food scraps and packaging, teaching organic gardening in public housing at Yesler Terrace, a profile of Sustainable West Seattle, a new housing and commercial development along N. Rainier Ave, and others. Most of these videos can be found on other parts of this site or on our Vimeo channel linked to in the bottom left corner of the front page of this website.
Last week I spent the day filming for an upcoming Seattle Channel story about more scientific approaches to community policing. The idea involves using very specific data analysis to more effectively appropriate limited resources toward reducing crime. City Council member Tim Burgess’ office was hosting a group of academics from the George Mason University who’ve been analyzing Seattle crime data over a period of time and were in town to present to the city council based on their findings. The morning shoot involved a short round table discussion at the Casey Family Foundation offices at the corner of 23rd and Union, a former Central District ‘hot spot’ that has recently successfully brought down the local crime problem. The round table was followed by a neighborhood tour to 4 local businesses, where the owners spoke briefly to the group about their own individual relationship with the community, and the police, and told their story of how things had progressed and changed over the past few years, from recent implementation of the ‘Drug Market Initiative’ to gentrification’s impact on the neighborhood, and a hand full of other themes. The businesses included a coffee shop, a restaurant, a neighborhood cinema, and another multipurpose business.
The best part of the day was the ride along with Lieutenant Joel Guay. Together with my producer, we cruised the East Precinct, which includes in his words “everything from billionaires who live in Madison Park to indigent crack smokers who live in the area known as the jungle.” The East precinct stretches from St Mark’s Cathedral in N. Capitol Hill to Dearborn Ave. in the south, Lake Washington to the East, i5 to the west, and everything in between. It was a pretty amazing tour, as I sat contorted in the front passenger seat between the dashboard mounted laptop and the window, attempting to get a good profile angle of him as he drove, with the streetscape passing behind him through the window, the outdoor exposure constantly shifting as we cruised and I tried to maintain a solid shot.
That was followed by interviews in the City Council chambers with councilmember Burgess who’s a former police officer, and a former detective and special victim’s unit officer from the Baltimore police who is now a PhD candidate at George Mason involved in doing the research. A great way to spend a day learning about our city from a completely different perspective. Air date is June 2nd on Chanel 21 in Seattle.
Fresh off our recently announced 3rd Emmy nomination, I again teamed up with friend and colleague Penny Legate to produce another story for The Seattle Channel program City Stream. In addition to my work with private clients, I continue to freelance with The Seattle Channel as a cameraman and editor, doing stories mainly about sustainability, the environment and overall people and organizations engaged in positive work in our community. Though the pay isn’t great, I enjoy doing work for broadcast and seeing my work on television. This year The Seattle Channel was nominated for overall station excellence and the broad spectrum of programming is a great reflection of the character of our city, far beyond just covering boring city council meetings.
For the last 2 years Cedar Grove Composting has been one of Pangeality Production’s best clients, and when I learned that they were composting all of the food scraps and packaging at the main sports stadiums here, I thought it’d make a great story for City Stream. I was especially impressed by their partnership with Safeco and Qwest Fields, the homes of Seattle’s MLB team the Mariners and NFL team the Seahawks.
Recently, I had the opportunity to create a submission video for a former client applying to The TED2012 Full Spectrum Auditions. Last year I’d worked with Emily Lauderback of Color In Space to create a series of videos to market and promote her ‘Dwelling Palettes’ and to share her talk “The Feng Shui of Color”. She was particularly excited about the synchronicity between her work with full spectrum paints, and the TED idea of Full Spectrum reflecting “the rich use of technologies, formats and styles to make an impact on an audience”. Emily is a Seattle based color consultant, and she’d contacted me with limited time before the application deadline. Below is the video I created on short notice using the content we’d produced for previous projects, but integrating new still images and edited down to the 1 minute submission requirement, which needed to be uploaded to YouTube, then linked to in the application.
Emily’s unique Dwelling Palettes are 8 themed color palettes she’s created that people can purchase on her website to coordinate color schemes for their painting projects and decorating plans. The 8 customized palettes include: Bungalow, Cabana, Penthouse, Cottage, Estate, Hut, Cabin, and Villa, and are described with pairings like organic and calm, rich and earthy, elegant and refined, etc.
“Using the Color in Space approach means that the twelve colors in the palette may be used as the roadmap for your entire interior. Don’t just think of the swatches as paint! One color could work as your sofa, another as the rug, and another as a dominant color in a piece of art. Don’t stop there, use them to guide the tile on the backsplash in your kitchen too! You will then have the confidence that the color you choose from the palette for the paint will certainly flow with the other decor items and architectural finishes you have. The twelve colors complement each other and overall create a very harmonious atmosphere. ”
The video showcases Emily’s public speaking skills, introduces the concept of ‘metamerism’, and highlights some of her portfolio. If her submission is accepted, Emily’ll be flying to Manhattan in May to audition live with the TED judges. Good luck to Emily, and here’s to hoping that the world may one day be exposed to ‘metamerism’ and the changing character of color by sun and light.
One of the ways that I wanted to be reaching out to potential new clients is by sharing the experiences that some of my best clients in the green and sustainable business sectors have had working with Pangeality Productions, and then to use those testimonials on my website, YouTube channel and Facebook Fan Page. I wanted to hear about how the actual production process worked for them, how they felt about the finished product, and the feedback and engagement they’ve had with the videos since they began integrating them into their online presence. I was grateful that they were willing to participate and really quite pleased with what I was hearing about how our work was working for them and their businesses. Thanks again to Susan Thoman, Marketing and Outreach Director for Cedar Grove Composting, Pete Knutson, Owner of Loki Fish, and Mary Rose, Executive Director of The Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability.
This year marks my 9th year working production at Bumbershoot, Seattle’s 40th annual Music and Arts Festival. It all began when I’d first arrived in Seattle in 2001 and was working doing the same thing at WOMAD (World of Music and Dance, also an awesome global arts festival). My job as an escort driver is to bring performers from their hotel to the venue, and this year I had the opportunity to bring Angelique Kidjo, Weezer, Balkan Beat Box, Mary J Blige’s band and a whole bunch of other artists, authors, dancers and filmmakers to and from the fest. I feel like an ambassador for the City of Seattle, where they get off the plane from all corners of the world and ask me questions about our great city, and I get to meet all kinds of creative folks and incredible artists from across the art spectrum. With a loose schedule and a lot of breaks between runs, coupled with an all access pass (makes one feel like that Wayne’s World shtick), I get the opportunity to see a lot of great performances without all the hassles of parking and waiting on lines. This year I shot a handful of flip cam videos on grounds with various visual artists and a few live performances that I enjoyed. They’re all posted to my youtube channel and I’ve included a few here.
The Portrait Challenge, Interactive Group Art Project Freshness
Balkan Beat Box, Insanely High Energy World Funk Power
Aterciopelados, Colombian Folk Funkers & Global Activists
My dear friend Catherine Burke is the market manager for the Columbia City Farmers Market, my neighborhood market that I love and regularly patronize (you may remember her from the goat birth video and others I’ve produced). Well the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is having their big annual fundraiser ‘An Incredible Feast‘ which raises money to support both the market’s educational programs and outreach as well as the Good Farmer Fund, a fund dedicated to supporting farmers in need in case of flood or fire, family emergency or other special situations that require immediate financial assistance. Catherine and I were having dinner recently in my garden when she asked me about producing a short video to help publicize the event. So I did, in this case in exchange for a few tickets to the feast, not quite a 100% donation but definitely a heavily discounted contribution to an organization doing great work, hosting markets all over that contribute to a great sense of community throughout this wonderful city while providing delicious organic produce and other healthy locally grown and produced foods. The feast partners individual farms with chefs from great local restaurants for a special night of community and joy with awesome local food, live music and other prizes and games. Click here for more information about ‘An Incredible Feast’, which is happening soon on Sunday August 22nd. Get your tickets now. Hope to see you there.
Leaving a party at the home of legendary photographer Art Wolfe in West Seattle, I assumed the fancy red sports car across the street from my 1992 Honda Accord with 202,000 miles was a Ferrari and belonged to a guest of the party. But it didn’t, and it wasn’t a Ferrari, it was a Tesla Roadster and it belonged to his neighbor Lance who was standing on the sidewalk with his wife and young son. I began asking him some questions about it, not sure why I even knew the name. But as we got into it, I took out my camera to make a video as it turned out he was a Tesla Roadster salesman with all the details. Apparently the car, all electric with a super beautiful body does 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds and is made out of carbon fiber (what they’re using to make new planes with), which according to him is 4 times stronger than steel and 1/4 the weight, and goes 250 miles on one charge. After explaining all of the technology and design elements, we hopped in the car and took it for a spin in the neighborhood on Fauntleroy Ave in residential West Seattle, where Lance proceeded to punch it into hyperspace a few times with it’s insane acceleration. Check out this video tour I made of this incredible car, which at $110,000 (no sales tax as there are no emissions) remains a ridiculously expensive car but according to Lance, this is the forefront of incredible new electric vehicle technology with a goal of introducing non sports car sedans and subcompact lines in the coming years at much lower prices. There are currently 1,300 of the vehicle on the road and roughly 60 in the Pacific Northwest alone.
There’s a program on KUOW, 94.9 in Seattle everyday at 3 pm called ‘The World’ that I love and often listen to. Today they had an excellent 2 part radio documentary from the BBC about India and China, their relationship to each other, and the world in the future called Tiger V Dragon. Fascinating analysis of how each country views itself and it’s role in the world and how that translates into their actions domestically and globally. The stories touch on communism and democracy, approaches to educating their populations, the visions of their former leaders, military and industrial aid, and so much more. I highly recommend it. Both parts of the series can be downloaded from the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/06/100621_doc_tiger_dragon_china_india.shtml
I also recently saw a film at SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) called The Last Train Home that I highly recommend that shares a window into modern life in China that spans youth and transportation and urban – rural divide and so much more.
On a totally unrelated side note, I found this amazing. Just after finishing this blog post, I was looking for an image from the radio story above to include in the post which I’d just published on my blog. Literally 1 minute later, I went to Google and searched for ‘Tiger V Dragon BBC’ and check the results
Via my work with The Seattle Channel, I’ve just learned that we won a NATOA Award, commonly referred to as the Emmys of government television. The Government Programming Awards (GPAs) are annual awards that recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies, in this case The City of Seattle. The piece was the story about Rob Rose and his organization The Rose International Fund for Children and their work on behalf of young people with disabilities in Nepal, and the movement to battle the stigma of disability in Nepal and South Asia. We won’t know until September whether we won the category or not, but the nomination itself is an award as all nominations are given recognition for their work. There will be an awards banquet in Washington D.C. in early October. Very cool.
This is the piece