Up A Level, Two Steps Back

I’ve spent the past few weeks woodshedding, learning new equipment and workflows and trying to figure out my next bold move. I’ve had some degree of success with my film making starting back in December and that led to a few neat paid gigs but I’d trying to figure out where it all leads.

Giving this site a makeover is part of that. It’s more work than just theme switching because it requires figuring out a new workflow for blogging and also the wider question of how much to blog and about what. I’m just not in that groove yet but I’m getting closer to figuring out the new normal around here.

Another step will be some longer form documentary projects that I’ll be announcing over the weekend – but there’s one I’ll mention now, since the sheriff showed up the other morning and put it on the front burner. Lauren and I are working on a film about the drama that her father Alan Boxer has added to her life over the years. It’s got family drama, legal drama galore, twists and surprises – you can read more about it here.

Image Credit our appearance improvements on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Debatcle

My son Shane and I made a video together because that’s what homeschooling is all about. It’s an Ultrashort film about the protests against Disney / ABC about their godawful Democratic Presidential debate. Appalling. The debate, not our film.

The Smiths On YouTube

Every time someone mentions The Smiths as ‘an eighties band’ it always surprises me. I don’t think of The Beatles as a ‘sixties band’. Both are just…bands or like Neil Innes said about The Beatles, “a very good band.”

I’ve found a bunch of interesting Smiths stuff on YouTube, so I thought I’d gather it all in one place.

The Smiths Talk About Themselves

Morrisey talks his youth…

French Interview with Marr and Morrissey ‘Actions not words’

Other People Talk About The Smiths

Interesting look at the lyrics to This Charming Man

Noel Gallagher is kind of obsessed with them. I had no idea.

Music

Here’s Radiohead doing The Headmaster Ritual…with feeling.

Finally – two versions of one of the best Smiths song ever – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out…

First, Marr with Moz – Neil Finn from Crowded House doing vocals.

And Moz without Marr – great live version from Manchester in 2004