208 - Bird Weekend

Last weekend I shot 2 shows, 2 rehearsals, and an interview for Andrew Bird. Here are a few shots that I managed to get off while shooting video as well.

Sundays' show at the Cedar Cultural Center.

From Friday or Saturdays show at The Guthrie

Jeremy Ylvisaker of Bird's band and of Alpha Consumer interviews Andrew.


204 - AG Edwards

Here are two frames from an AG EDWARDS commercial that I shot on 35mm. They were shot with the look of the previous spots in mind.
The action is a woman coming home from work, to the sound of cooking. She goes into the kitchen to find the EGG making dinner. She says, "I've got a gift for you", and pulls some oven mitts out of her bag, only to realize that he has no hands. An awkward moment insues.
Don't ask me how he was making dinner, without any hands, in the first place. It is comedy.


201 - Sunglasses not included.

Anyone who has taken a flight on Northwest has seen these Skymall
magazines. Here are a few of the wonderful, life-fulfilling items you can buy.

Who can live without this, I ask you, and at such a great price!


200 - Joe's new work rule:

Only take jobs that shoot within 20 feet of his bed.


199- Hammertime

Check out what ad was placed with this nice story about domestic bliss, no photoshopping needed:


192 - What have I gotten myself into?

While getting ready for her first photo shoot.


189 - Truth about Todd

Many people that we work with wonder about Todd C's darkside. It has been a mystery to us all for years. Well, last night that mystery came a step closer to being solved. I was in a place that I cannot give details of, for if they find out I don't want to even think about what may happen. Let these pictures speak of my discoveries and of my hope that soon, the entire truth will be able to be told at long last.

I believe that the implications of this discovery will have a hugh ripple effect among the Twin Cites film community.


188 - Crazy Van

So - Over the last few years I have bought a lot of film/video gear. I have used most of it on many jobs, each time loading up the pickup truck and unloading it when the job is done. That is getting old, and it is time to upgrade to a small van. Here is my dilemma. Do I go 100% practical and professional (ie:boring) van, or do I have fun in the process and risk the professionalism? If the answer is the latter, then I have found the van for me. It will have to be altered, but wow, take a look:

A 1977 Dodge Tradesman with too many crazy added features to mention them all. Some of them would have to be altered or removed for this van to serve me, but others may not. Besides the crazy added lighting (hey, I am into lighting) there is a sound system that is almost twice the safe level for human ears. I never have liked a car pulling along side me with a loud system, but if I bought this I could blast some polka music, or something equally as nuts, back at those people!

If that's not enough - look at this crazy VIDEO of the van.
Ya, probably too much, huh?


174 - Amazing

Ok, so you are not going to believe this, but it is 100% true. I was looking at the Minneapolis Star and Tribune paper online, and came across this news-story. It is not just the story that is amazing, but the picture that is in the advertisement to the side, that was on the same page! Click to enlarge.

You can read the whole story here .
The picture must rotate, because when I checked back, it wasn't there. I swear, I DIDN'T MAKE IT UP!


172 - Star Tribune - Blurb about DWD

Taking in the trash

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez celebrate cheap exploitation flicks in their upcoming feature "Grindhouse" -- and what says cheap exploitation better than getting wannabe filmmakers to promote the movie with a contest for the best fake trailer? Hundreds rose to the bait, but "The Dead Won't Die," by local director Todd Cobery and producer Brady Kiernan, made the final three, which Rodriguez screened Sunday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Their hilariously gruesome zombie short didn't win, but they did get passes to the film's L.A. premiere, plus a tour of Rodriguez' studios hosted by his wife/producer, Elizabeth Avellan. "That was the coolest," said Kiernan, who said animators showed how Rose McGowan's soon-to-be-famous prosthetic machine-gun leg was added digitally. "The Dead Won't Die" has gotten 20,000 views on YouTube (check it out at www.startribune.com/a2449 if you dare). Kiernan said he and Cobery are now raising money to turn it into a full-fledged feature.



171 - Grindhouse

Well, as of last week I have learned that the fake Grindhouse trailer, Dead Won't Die ,that I shot, is one of three chosen from hundreds to be shown at the SXSW film event, picked by and hosted by Robert Rodriguez . In fact, that event is happening right now, as I write this.

This morning, Todd C , Brady K., and Brian W. (director, producer, and sound man/grip) are being given a tour of Mr.Rodriguez's studio , Troublemaker Studios, as part of the award.
Lot's of local people worked on this in the cold, for no money, and they are all great, thank-you all! This is an honor to all your hard work.

Why didn't I go too? Good question. Here is another few stills from the making of DWD.

Sam - The Actor and Editor

Me - It was well below zero degrees

Mark Mallman - Actor and wrote the soundtrack