Helios - Embrace

I've been a big fan of Helios aka Keith Kenniff for a while, his lush and ambient electronic songs as well as his cinematic scores are always impressive and inspiring. So it was a blast to make a short film / music video for one of his new tracks. 

I'd been wanting to film something off of the 395 Highway in California since exploring it over the last couple years. So I wrote a little scenario about a brave women who volunteers to go to Mars, but first she has to break up with the love of her life. Not an easy thing to do.

Thanks to the kind folks at Vimeo for making the video a Staff Pick! 

Here are some production images, stay tuned for a little behind the scenes doc of the shoot.

Rainstorm At The Elementary School.

There was a rainstorm in LA, in Chinatown. The lightning was real bright and flashy. An old woman just walked by the window as she does everyday around 3pm. She always wears a pink jacket. It takes her about 2 minutes to walk all the way past my window. i wonder what she does during the day. Maybe she just sits in a chair and thinks about her life. Maybe she is content. Maybe she thinks about the time she was in love and it felt great. But then maybe she is just thinking about how birds fly. Or about the sounds of the neighborhood kids at the elementary school, laughing and teasing each other. They are so young, and can run so fast. But she has a walker now, and can move only 30 ft, in about 2-3 minutes. 

A Survey Of American Geology

I drove around the country a couple weeks ago to take pictures of mountains and rocks. That's it really. Here are most of those pictures strung together.

It was a cool drive, I recommend doing it. Went north from LA to Oregon, then Seattle, then east through Idaho and Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, then on to Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, then back through Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and California. I enjoyed meeting people along the way, you know like the people working at Gas Stations and Subways. At one travel stop there was a 14 year old girl trying to buy cigarettes, and the clerk said "No, way." And the girl said "Okay, but I know Ryan Seacrest." And the clerk said: "No Way."

There was a really nice waitress at Cracker Barrel on the first lunch on the way back. Like really nice, genuinely made us feel like she was having us over for lunch at her own house. Thanks lady.

We had some great spaghetti and meatballs at Amanda's home in Inglewood, Ohio. That was cool.

I'd been wanting to see a high school football game on the trip, and we found a place in Bennet Colorado, just east of Denver. The Tigers were playing a home game and they destroyed the opponent, but it was weird none of the home fans really even cheered when they scored, like maybe they were just so used to destroying opponents or something.

Colorado in October is definitely worth driving through, the colors are insane. My Nana passed away two weeks ago and I got news when we were driving through the Rockies, so I put on a couple of her favorite songs and we drove together in silence for a little while. Her name was Rita. She was beautiful and made amazing Yorkshire pudding.

Swimming in Lake Mead felt great after 6 days of driving.

If you ever find yourself with a spare 2 weeks, drive around the country and take pictures.