04 Jan 2009 Top 10 List
Happy 2010 y’all. for the last several years I’ve been doing a “Top 10” list for the year…I don’t limit it to movies or events or projects. It’s an across the board collection of what was most memorable for me.
Here’s the list for 2009. enjoy.
10.) Chris’ “Grapevine Fires” video
My friend Chris, 1/2 of the directing team “Walter Robot” made an amazing video this year. I’m not sure if a music video has ever touched me so emotionally. And it was something that came out of our writer’s group. Pretty awesome to see the process work with such wonderful results.
Watch it here.
9.) Star Trek, District 9, Moon, The Road, and Avatar
What an amazing year for Sci-Fi. From low budget indy to INSANELY high budget blockbusters, each film brought its own unique take and technique to science fiction. And each one of these films I could watch multiple times.
8.) Movie Ink
One Star Wars reference…one Spinal Tap reference. Tattoos are fun.
7.) XBOX 360
Hollar if you want to pwn n00bs on xbox live sometime.
6.) Parents’ Architecture Visit
My Mom and Dad visited in the Spring and we took a multiday tour of Los Angeles architecture, including a impromptu and private tour of the Ennis House and the Eames House, pictured below.
5.) Sing It Loud Music Video
Getting to make a video with a budget was pretty awesome. There were production trucks there, MY production trucks…and I didn’t have to unload them. Having a full crew allowed me to focus on JUST directing…I’ve tasted blood. And I want more.
Like many people, this year had its slow periods…but I filled those by writing and working on my own projects. I wrote 2 shorts, 1 feature, and numerous blogs about the filmmaking and creative process. I finished the 3rd season of ‘The Real Luke’ which included a fashion shoot. I directed a Coca-Cola commercial featuring The Real Luke, finished a short I started in college, and made a Super 8 travelogue for my trip to Chile. In December I directed an experimental short…expect that in early 2009.
Additionally I ran the LA chapter of SFSU Alumni and supervised development for a production company, going through over 170 scripts.
This was all done outside of the music videos I directed AND while working 40+ hours a week as an editor. Grindin’.
3.) Working With Teal
Earlier in the year I took stock of what I found most helpful in having an assistant. A big part of it was simply having someone who knew everything I was working on and would check in, encourage, and if need be harass me about the projects.
The person who understands me the best…and knows how to push my buttons the best is definitely my sister. Luckily she was willing to take the job.
2.) Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners
This year I was fortunate enough to travel back to the Northwest for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. For each holiday, Teal and I did the cooking. It’s a real joy to work in the kitchen with Teal. Her creativity and skill in the culinary arts is something to behold. And feeding my family with delicious food? It doesn’t get much better than that.
1.) Chile Trip aka Chingón Aguilas: 2009
I turned 30 in 2009 and when thinking about my approaching birthday I knew I wanted to do something special. And for me, the best thing I could think of was to go snowboarding..and with a birthday in the middle of summer my options were slightly limited. In the Northern Hemisphere at least. So my friend Will and I traveled to the Andes for a snowboarding and travel adventure. The trip and snowboarding were both amazing. But one thing that really stands out was becoming closer friends with Will. A good trip can do wonders for a friendship and this was no exception.
And now, a special treat – the Super 8 travelogue from the trip. Premiering for the first time right here. Enjoy!