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Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
Casting In The Time of COVID
COVID casting is happening all over the U.S., especially in Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, and Atlanta, but with the re-opening of the industry comes major concerns about COVID protection in auditions and on-set. Casting directors are now forced to provide the protocols for auditions and on-set...
Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020
A DP POV On "MoCo"
While motion control in itself is not new, there have been many new additions to what is available today and what motion control can now do. The new generation of high-speed robots is very exciting; the Kira 2, the Mia, and the Bolt series of robots can move a camera at more than four meters per...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
It Will Take All Of Us To Make A Difference
I have lots of funny stories about being a Black executive producer and production company owner. There was the time on set when I was given the coffee order by an agency creative because he thought I was a PA. Sadly, there are not too many Black people in my position in our business. I try not to...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020
"What The World Needs Now": Serendipity & Synchronicity
As a music producer/supervisor in the ad space, I’ve sat through hundreds of creative meetings where a collaborator asserts that they want the music for the project to be so great that we should additionally produce a full-length version of the song, have it released into culture, and maybe also...
Friday, Jun. 12, 2020
Directing In These Times, Under These Circumstances
Here’s what I learned directing a spot for German e-commerce company Zalando during COVID-19. Just like the pandemic showed us the importance of family and friends, it was the same when picking crew and cast. It made you appreciate having people you trust around you, knowing they will work super...
Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2020
Tom Cruise, "SNL," and the Changing Face of Advertising Production
While the big picture of how production will ultimately look is currently rendered in impressionistic blobs of probabilities, there are many workarounds available to make great commercials and content. Unless you’re Tom Cruise (who is allegedly being launched into space to film a movie) then you...
Thursday, May. 28, 2020
Composing Harry Through COVID
I was honored to be the music composer and music supervisor for the acclaimed documentary film The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show , directed by Yoruba Richen. The film delves into one of the most explosive time periods during the ‘60s when racial tensions were high and anti-war...
Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
This Isn’t Our First Rodeo
When the last recession struck, we opened. Armed with almost nothing, we entered the world of business ownership. What we had going for us, is that I have always preferred the hardest road possible. If we had the option of taking the easy way out, or going down the road of impossible challenges,...
Monday, May. 18, 2020
The New Normal of the WFH Life
Three words of wisdom for fellow creatives during this unprecedented time: Structured Schedule I’m currently operating remotely from home with my 12-year old son, Max. Also, we have a friend visiting from Mexico, Karen, who came for her first trip to NYC just before all of the travel restrictions...
Friday, May. 8, 2020
The Importance of Authentic Storytelling Amidst Crisis
People are looking for relief in this time of crisis. Is there opportunity for large brands to bring their unique capabilities and advertising to occupy the community role that small businesses once held and reach a win-win scenario for clients and customers? What does this look like? The average...