Fifty-’Two Weeks’

2min50sec is what this project feels like sometimes.

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Week 5: January 25-31, 2010

This was intended as a Night-Themed week, but life intervened. My night-subject for Saturday fell through, and then a non night-related milestone presented itself on Sunday:

Mon – my roommate Spencer and I chasing one incredible sunset

Tues – some spontaneous Laverne and Shirley with some passing strangers, most of them social workers, conducting a ‘homeless count’ for the city of Santa Monica

Wed – proud to say that i am that ‘new friend from Venice Beach.’ KXLU, the greatest little radio station in the land, was kind enough to play my favorite song of the moment, ‘Red Letter Day’ by Viva Voce.

Thurs, 1/28 – watch this in a dark room and you’ll catch a hint of the ‘halo’ i saw, bright and huge around the moon, formed by ice crystals in cirrus clouds

Fri - ‘who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men…?’

Sat – my turreted house in Venice on a nice weekend afternoon

Sun, 1/31 – CELEBRATING!: the completion of Adam Greenberg’s first month of Tonight’s Watercolor, a ‘nightly art blog and new year’s resolution.’ 30 paintings down, 330-some to go. join the Facebook group here. (feat. ‘Milking’ by Deerhoof)

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Brand new VOTD Facebook group

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Thanks for all your kind words and support.

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Week 4: January 18-24, 2010

Starting Tuesday, this was one rainy week. So I used some rain-themed songs to set the mood:

Mon – Meet Batman. Aka Chris Shaw, of Nick’s Window Tinting in Santa Monica. An amazing man. And part of a documentary I’ve just started shooting, about LA’s car culture. Stay tuned.

Tues – it felt like we entered an 11th dimension of sorts, with today’s biblical downpour (in LA of all places) – feat. “11th Dimension” by Julian Casablancas

Wed – just like raindrops, you feel so good on the Mad Hatter’s lips – feat. “Raindrops” by Basement Jaxx

Thurs – the view from the Fresh Princess of Santa Monica’s pool house – feat. “Flood Victim” by Pavement, off one of the greatest and most punctuationally complex album titles of all time, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.’s Desert Origins (After The Glow [Where Eagles Dare])”

Fri – my crack at a movie montage moment – feat. “Famous Blue Raincoat” off Leonard Cohen’s “Songs of Love and Hate”

Sat – an unusual pet, off Lincoln Blvd in Venice – feat. “Make It Rain” by Tom Waits

Sun – look what grew with just 5 days of rain! – feat. “Here’s That Rainy Day” by Joe Pass

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Success!

With the help of this online tutorial, I figured out a much better way to encode HD for upload.

Huge thanks to Ed McNichol for making it.

I’ve reposted Week #3 now, and the difference is huge.

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Week 3: January 11-17, 2010

Mon – high school puppy love, with Real Life in the background
Tues – banana girl in Venice
Wed – Statue of Liberty Man rolls up on a kid
Thurs – Venice travelers
Fri – my roommate’s dog (doesn’t give a care)
Sat – ‘Checks cashed for low fees?’
Sun – two animated onset stills from Patty Yu’s “BaO Eat You Up (Pork Buns)” music video spoof – feat. DP Sasha Freedman, Danny Cho as Kim Jong-il, and dancers Taylor Feldman and Raney Branch

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Huge Thanks

To Mr. Jay Duplass for allowing VOTD to upgrade to high-def.

My job now is to get better at compressing and uploading in HD, so it plays as crisply as the actual footage is.

And your job is to go see Fox Searchlight’s CYRUS (starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener), when it comes out later this year. Trailer here.

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18 Leftovers from China, Pt 2 of 2

10 – a cold day outside Beijing’s beautiful National Center for the Performing Arts, aka ‘The Egg’
11 – an entire cart-ful of food to be dropped into boiling-hot oil and devoured, at the traditional Chinese hot-pot place Nick and Even took us to
12 – i call this one “Don’t Sh!t Where You Shower (or Brush Your Teeth).” in China most homes have combination shower/bathrooms, where you can watch as your ‘contribution’ gets flushed right underfoot…
13 – Fire + Ice, side by side
14 – impressive hotel lobby, not much to say
15 – more Chinese tv – an amazing Skittles ad
16 – a bad beverage experience at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport
17 – three words. ‘negative, fifteen, degrees.’ Chinese are one tough, stoic people. we spent our whole trip bundled up like Randy “I Can’t Put My Arms Down” Parker, and still tensed, grimaced and cursed the Siberian cold & winds. but they would ride on motorcycles or shovel snow without so much as a hat or gloves, and hardly frown. the guy in the brown coat on the left is, for me, the embodiment of this tough-as-nails Chinese spirit.
18 – “Los Angeles Mona Lisa!” – a Chinese sketch artist draws Bri

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