Two years ago I started a long-term/short-form project: documenting my life with one second of video every day.
Back in pre-instagram times, I had a “photo of the day” blog. It challenged me to keep shooting and posting which ended up sharpening my skills working with a camera. When social networks came along and made the “photo of the day” format obsolete, I wanted do something similar, but with a fresher take. Check it out:
It’s a simple documentation of what your life was like in that instant, and when you put the clips back to back it really accomplishes something unique. You wouldn’t think one second would be enough time to bring you back to those exact memories, but your brain somehow fills in the gaps.
I highly recommend giving it a shot yourself. You can download the iPhone app here: 1 Second Everyday
At Shark Pig, each of us brings something to the table. For example, years before we joined the company some of us studied filmmaking while some of us meditated in Iowa, made LP’s, or even freelanced in the commercial and film worlds. Brian in particular has had an incredible range of occupations and world travels. Anyway, for almost all of us, commercial work and hobbyist filmmaking are still a big part of our lives.
Last year, I decided to give myself a crash course in independent filmmaking by writing, producing and directing two short films. It was an ass kicking. And one of the films still isn’t finished yet. But I learned a lot, made a few connections and a lot of new friends.
As for the first one, the one that’s finished, I’m still waiting to hear back from a few festivals, then I plan to post it online for anyone who’d like to watch it. In the meantime, it recently played on a big screen in downtown LA and even won a couple of recognitions.
As for the second one, admittedly it’s my fault at this point that it isn’t done…It’s just sitting there on my computer. But it’s wedding season right now and every weekend I’m out there traveling, filming, dancing and helping Shark Pig grow. And on the weekdays I’m crafting those fancy little documentaries on the almighty subject of love.
It’s totally not my intention to make my wedding work sound like a burden. I love my job. My point is to give a hearty shoutout to everyone that worked on the unfinished project and let them know that it’s still coming – and I think everyone will be pleased when they see the final product.
Here’s a few of my favorite visuals, along with some details:
Logline: A friendless writer unravels while a mysterious hole in her wall grows bigger and bigger.
By the way, aren’t GIFs the best? I think I love them so much because they remind me of the Daily Prophet.
The Muse Finds You Working is an experimental existential piece with no dialogue, one character and one location.
It evolved a few times. For example, it’s original title was Circles, but the film is so odd that I thought it would be helpful to use the title as a signpost for my intentions. I do hope that people derive their own meanings from it but I also want my ideas to be received clearly.
This project benefited from an exceptionally talented and hard working crew, and it’s still benefiting from a couple of outstanding FX and sound artists. I will be so, so stoked to send it out to festivals and the rest of the world very soon. Thanks for reading!
My sister Margaret is a classically trained harpist, but for the last few years she’s been tapping into her penchant for pop music. It turns out the two are surprisingly compatible.
Enter harpist-singer-songwriter faux Margaux. She developed her harp/pop fusion and introduced it to the world via cover videos, a few of which we worked on together. When she first sent me her own single I was on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan (where we ended up filming, coincidentally). I was so excited to hear it that I did that thing where, in the face of bad service, you hold your phone up in the air for 10 minutes to get it to download. A music video was inevitable.
faux Margaux is gearing up to release her debut EP, Blue, and we’ve been collaborating with her on the video for her single “I Don’t Need You.” She literally dreamt this thing up. As in, scenes from this video are her nightmares brought to life. I can’t think of a cooler impetus for a music video.
Almost nothing in this production went totally as planned. Sometimes that meant better results than we had hoped for. In the Santa Monica Pier scenes, for instance, we got some otherworldly fog that totally changed how we shot there, and the results are unreal. On the other hand, there were some less favorable turns. On the day that we were supposed to shoot Margaux swinging on a giant swing set in Lake Michigan, the waves were far higher (and colder) than the forecast had predicted. We got down there at sunrise and pushed our handmade swing set, creaking ominously in the wind, into the water. It did not go well. Fortunately we were cautious enough to keep Margaux off the swing until we were sure it was safe.. which it wasn’t.
There’s no natural force that makes me feel as helpless and insignificant as water (I have recurring nightmares where all my gear gets submerged*). Holding up a collapsing wooden swing would be hard on land; in the waves it was totally futile. As Corey (Sharkpig / husband of Margaux) and I tried to catch the swing on its way down, one of the beams sliced open my palm. So there I was, standing amidst the relentless battery of cold waves with blood dripping down my arm and a swing set on my shoulders. And that was when I knew I had made it. Just kidding. Corey and I managed to keep the set from getting sucked into the tide. We pulled it back onto land.
Needless to say we did not shoot what we planned to shoot that day. But even this apparent disaster yielded positives: we leaned into what we were given, and in return we got some terrific shots of Margaux being battered by those same waves. As for the swing set, we gave it some significant reenforcement and tried again the next day – it was still cold and overcast, but the waves were manageable and the cold blue look ended up working in my favor down the road.
*We will not be making a music video out of this particular nightmare
We’ve been waiting a while to share this project we did with our friends Combatant Gentlemen , and now that their Summit Collection has officially launched, we can finally show you what we got to do this year:
And it basically changed our lives. We spent one sweltering hot week in Italy, drinking cappuccinos (before lunch, never after), touring the wool capitol of the world, and getting a blunt lesson in how Italians view life. Their overwhelming passion for food, style, tradition was so inspiring and beautiful, we couldn’t help but walk away with a fresh perspective, and a desire to incorporate some of their ideals in to our daily life. The most obvious transformation being that we’re Suit Guys now.
In what we like to call a social experiment, we’ve challenged ourselves and each other to introduce a little passion in to how we get dressed every morning before we go out in to the world. While I can’t speak for the other bros, the difference in my life has been undeniable, and honestly pretty fascinating. It’s a lifestyle that invites confidence, respect, and appreciation, just by putting in some effort in the morning…which makes it really fun. The positive effects are rewarding enough that I can really get behind the mission Combatant Gentlemen is on. They’re doing a pretty damn good job of making this lifestyle choice a possibility for more and more people, and I’m proud to be helping them get the message out by making videos like this.
Anyway, I’m stoked I got to do this for work. Here are some photos we took in Italy of some amazing people and places.
Our lovely bed and breakfast hosts. They gave us a bed, and the mosquitos ate our hot sweaty bodies for breakfast.
This is Muriel. She was our guide to Italian shaming. Here she is teaching me how to properly talk with my hands. She would also refuse to let me consume milk after lunch, and was very honest about how unimpressed she was with our production fashion. We love her because it was the kick in the ass we needed to step our game up.
Our friend Max, on the left, gave us an additional tour of a Silk distributer in Como. It was beyond.
I’m so proud that Shark Pig has an ongoing relationship with Leisure Society. This is my 4th short film for the luxury eye wear brand, and they always give me so much creative freedom. It’s also not terrible to hang out on a big yacht with beautiful people all day. Check it out!