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A Little Early For Halloween In La Jolla

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After closing the sale of my parents home in Oceanside,  unfortunately, my Dad fell down and ended up in the La Jolla VA hospital at the escrow office.  A beautiful sweet woman in the parking lot saw it happen, helped me lift him up and gave him some bandages. She really reaffirmed my faith in human nature.

Afterwards, we went to visit him at the hospital.  Then, my date & I went to La Jolla shores for dinner.  We saw this restaurant  called Barbarella that was decorated thoroughly with these scary animated Halloween characters. In fact, it was so scary that my date didn’t want to eat there because of the giant fake spiders, even if they were near a romantic fireplace.

Since my “Day of the Dead” pictures from a few years ago became my most popular blog, I figured that I should share some of these fun early resHalloween  images as well.  My Dad is feeling better now too.

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Edit Video On Your Big Screen TV

     

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I wrote and filmed this screenplay and since I know Adobe Premiere Pro, I can edit it too.

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It’s really great to have an editing workstation on my big screen TV.  You
can see all the details in a shot so you can edit more precisely. 

My thanks to all who worked on this trailer in progress including actor Paul Landrum, videographer, Dan Dorschel, actress, Tenesee and others. Special thanks to Computerbears.net for setting me up with this big screen Windows 10 workstation.

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Santa Clones

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Since I’m Jewish, when I was a child, my parents told me Santa was fake.  I went to school and told all the other kids he was fake too! Boy was I on the naughty list after that! I had to go to the principal’s office and he met with my parents.  The principal told me that even if he wasn’t real, it’s not nice to tell the other kids.  I cried and apologized, but now I can’t help telling the truth and these pictures  of multiple Santas in an Ocean Beach bar prove it.

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Santa Goes Solar!

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Holiday Memories 2014

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              Last Night Hannukah Candles

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They’re really quite colorful,even after they burn out.

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               Ocean Beach Pier at Sunset

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Here’s an abstract view of the pier at sunset.

Here’s a few more picturesque photos of Ocean Beach:

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Here’s the Ocean Beach tree with the pier sunset in the background: note the hippie peace symbol on the tree, characteristic of this independent retro small town.

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Here’s an elf at Trader Joe’s unpacking cookies. 

Happy Holidays to all!

Should A Digital Artist Specialize Or Be A Jack Of All Trades?

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After completing several certificates in the Adobe Creative Cloud recently, a friend of mine told me in order to make a living, I needed to specialize since I enjoy writing, graphics, singing and making videos. Which do I like best? I have trouble deciding.   After growing up in LA, where the path to stardom was work for free, get coffee, learn how to do every task in the business as a jack of all trades, this is a new thought for me.  I started out as a writer, then a screenwriter, so my choice was clear at the time.  I wanted to deal just with the story and the human side of filmmaking not technology.

I decided that’s what I enjoyed most.   I wrote several screenplays, got an agent, and hoped for the best.  Yet it wasn’t enough.  I had to get the work out to a star or a studio, even though I had an agent.  Only then, would the agent would take notice and promote me.  And even if I did that, there was no guarantee that my material wouldn’t be lifted without credit or pay by a major studio in the process.  

Since I majored in it, I always enjoyed play writing so maybe the best thing was to produce my screenplays on stage.  I did that and started to get some recognition in the press.  But my cast quit on me to do high paying commercials.  So that got old.  Years later, as technology evolved, I realized that I can make my own videos for YouTube or other websites, and with AfterEffects and Premiere, I can even edit them myself.  So  I have been trained to use the Creative Cloud to do a little of everything digital.  

All I have to do is find parts of my scripts with emotional impact  that are affordable to record, get some actors that would work low budget or a star if I’m lucky, edit with Premiere and release it as a trailer myself on the internet or get distribution.  I could even do the titles with InDesign and use Audition to edit the soundtrack that I sang.  I can do all this with technology and even raise money for the rest of the production on IndyGoGo.  I can do all of this thanks to technology.   Yet none of it guarantees a paycheck.

So off I go submitting resumes, to get that “guaranteed” paycheck.  I found I had to write my resume targeted to each company, using the specialization they require, even though some of the skills they want may be  fairly new to me, so I have to do a lot quick research on any unknown parts in order to deal with the prospective interview.  But it’s hard to sound knowledgeable about something you just learned about on the internet, so I do practice a lot.  Essentially though, I think creative entrepreneurship requires the jack of all trades attitude and a job usually requires a specialization that I have mastered.  whichever dominates my focus and my budget is the one to pursue.  It’s funny though, people used to do a little bit of everything and machines specialized.

Since the invention of the computer, it seems that computers are the jacks of all trades and humans must specialize on the job.  What do you think?

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USING ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR IN THE CREATIVE CLOUD

APM Illustrator PSASome designers think that Illustrator is the toughest program in the CC, but it definitely has it’s applications for doing fine precise illustrations.  Learning the pen tool is a critical part of knowing Illustrator.

Illustrator is also great for medical or mechanical drawing, architecture, or anywhere else you need precision.  Here, I have used it to create a PSA for American Public Media, inviting people to use their freedom of expression to tell their story.

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