About Whole Brain Thinker and Creative Problem Solver

I’ve been involved with community journalism since 1963 when I wrote for my elementary school paper, the FairView, through high school and college and then writing for the Wyoming State Journal. I put aside my newspaper pen and began Boulder Community Media in 2005 and Wyoming Community Media in 2007. There wasn’t much community journalism opportunity, so I resurrected my writing career as a screen writer. My first short screenplay, “Stardust”, won an award in the 2005 Denver Screenwriting Center contest. My newspaper forte’ was column writing about just about anything. I’ve been doing some recreational column writing on my facebook page. My friend, colleague and web guru Peter Wayne suggested that I move my facebook notes into a blog which will improve my search engine optimization (SEO). These notes are random thoughts about random topics – sports politics, personal experiences, movie stuff … As for current projects, I recently received some funds from the Wyoming Arts Council and Wyoming Humanities Council to make a documentary about some of the New Deal artists who created work in Wyoming. In the summer of 2013, I coproduced a SAG indie narrative movie “Mahjong and the West” which premiered at the semi-important Woodstock Film Festival in October 2014. Over the years, I’ve produced directed, filmed and/or edited several short movies, “Running Horses” (Runner Up – Wyoming Short Film Contest), “On the Trail: Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne” (Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival, Top 10 Wyoming Short Film Contest), “Gold Digger” (Boulder Asian Film Festival), “Adobo” (Boulder International Film Festival), “A Little Bit of Discipline” (Rosebud Film Series), and two feature length documentaries “Your Neighbor’s Child” (Wyoming PBS and Rocky Mountain PBS), and “Serotonin Rising” (American Film Market, Vail Film Festival). He also directed and produced the award winning stage play “Webster Street Blues” by my childhood friend Warren Kubota. Wyoming Community Media and Boulder Community Media are non-profit production groups dedicated to democratzing electronic media on the large and small screens, printed page and stage by providing sustainable and community-based content. I mostly work with community based media producers, organizations, and socially-responsible businesses to develop their content via – the written word, electronic and new media, the visual and performing arts in a culturally competent manner – I’m what’s commonly called a niche TV and movie producer. Along with all this is plying my forte’ – fund development through grant writing, sponsorship nurturing and event planning.

BCM assists Coloradoans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Boulder Community Media (BCM) recently provided video production services to a non-profit Coloradoans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at a presentation at Lowry in Denver. The event hosted by David Horsey featured local and national grassroots activists provide first hand testimonials to local community organizations and the public at large about why death penalty laws should be reformed.
 

BCM to produce Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award tribute videos

Boulder Community Media (BCM) continues it’s non-profit production services. Crews are currently dispatched in Wyoming for filming in preparation of the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Awards which happens February 28th. The winners this year are sculptor Lupe Barajas of Cheyenne, art educator Bruce Richardson and rug weaver Norma Sturges both of Casper; dancer Babs Case and the band BarJ Wranglers of Jackson. BCM produces tribute videos for the winners. The event is hosted by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. Here’s the tribute for Jalan Crossland, one of the winners in 2012.

BCM seeks BIFF producer

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Producer sought – Boulder Community Media provides time – sensitive video production for the Boulder International Film Festival February 13 – 16, 2014. Pre-production begins soon. Looking for:
– indie / creative / linear thinker
– people person (patience with high school and college students with little experience)
– Boulder based and / or reliable transport
– Detailed crew scheduling
– Lots of pressure
– Excellent Microsoft Office skills
– News / fast filmmaking / editing / social media skills

Plusses:
– Access to the stars (past Baldwin, Franco, Macy, Sheen, Fonda)
– Lots of movies, food
– Likely around $500.00 intern stipend

Minuses:
– largely volunteer, as most film festival work is.

Inquiries to yours truly – email resume and references who know about your abilities relative to this project. Women and minorities encouraged to respond. bvet22@yahoo.com

Real D 3D Salon at BIFF 2013

go_pro3d_600x600Boulder Community Media (BCM) is hosting the RealD 3D Salon at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) and seeking up to 6 teams of four or more cast and crew members. More teams may be added depending on demand. There is no entry fee, but teams must have a valid credit card and drivers’ license to secure the equipment that will checkout out to you for the week.

Download the BCM 3D contest registration form and email it back to bvet22@yahoo.com by February 9th or bring it to the 3D workshop on Saturday to the place which will be announced later.

A 3D filmmaking workshop will be held on Saturday February 9 (Place TBD) from 10am to 2pm.

Participants will learn how to operate the GoPro 3D camera rigs and how to use the Cineform 3D editing software and how it interfaces with 2D editing programs.After the class, teams will have a week to finish their 7-minute 3D movies which will be screened at the BIFF on Saturday night 7pm February 16th through a RealD projection system onto the silver screen.

The filmmakers will participate in a panel along with representatives from RealD and each filmmaking team who will be on hand to discuss their technologies and projects.

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BCM - GoPro 3D filmmaking contest

Be one of the 10 teams competing in the BCM - GoPro 3D filmmaking contest. Click on the image of the Hero to register

Boulder Community Media (BCM) and GoPro Cameras are presenting a 48-hour 3D filmmaking contest in conjunction with the Boulder International Film Festival Feb 16 – 19. Teams will be using the new 3D fixed-lens camera system and the Cinemark 3D editing software.

BCM seeks 10 teams who will be issued equipment and an editing software orientation prior to producing a 90-second movie. The best film will win a GoPro Hero camera and the top three will be looped on a 3D TV and viewable with RealD passive glasses at the Boulder Theater on Sunday February 19th.

If you’d like to participate, go to the BCM website and enter via:
http://www.bouldercomedia.org/

Editing is allowed, but think about projects with no dialogue – unless it is voice over of recorded separately. The on board microphones are covered up in a plastic housing.

The projects will be shot entirely in Downtown Boulder and teams will be issued a list of elements that must be included in the movie.

The camera system is very user friendly and has a fixed focus fish eye lens so there are lots of possibilities for interesting story telling.

BCM and GoProeEmployees, contractors and volunteers are eligible to take part in the contest, but ineligible to win the prize.

Crews with members younger than 18-years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Teams must have a valid drivers license and credit card to check out the equipment, which must be returned when the movie is returned on the provided flash drive.

To find out a little more about the set up, check out:
www.gopro.com/3DSystem

Hitching Post Theater – November 13th!

Hitching Post Theater November 14, 2011 at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder. Click on the logo to go to the facebook page!

The Hitching Post Theater happens tonight November 13th at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder.

Five writers have three hours to write a short stage play around two actors selected at random.

The plays are handed to a director and the actors who have until 5:30pm to rehearse before the first performance at 6:30pm and the second at 8:00pm. Click on the Hitching Post logo to find out more from the facebook page.

Alan O’Hashi was one of the writers for this month. You can check out his work by opening the link to The Last Waltz. He had the challenge of writing for an actor with laryngitis which is reflected in the no-dialogue play.

The Shoot Out 24 hour filmmaking fest – Boulder!

Make a movie, submit it on time and you may win $1000 for 'Best Picture'!

The Shoot Out BoulderTh asks filmmakers to trust their courage, imagination and determination by making a 7-minute film in just 24 hours. The challenge and skill involved becomes evident with the list of required technical, material, and timing ‘rules.’

Each film can be no longer than 7 minutes in length (including credits) and must be edited in-camera and returned to the event organizers no later than 24 hours after the start of the event.

All films must include 5 of the eleven items announced at the start of the event in “The Brief.” All films are judged to come up with the Top 10 Films for the Gala Screening Event at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder on Sunday afternoon.

Click on the image to check out The Shoot Out webpage!