Sunday, August 24, 2008

Football is in the Air

If you've read the "Inside Info" on my website, you know that I've said that I think football is stupid even though I played the game in college. What I really meant was that at my age, it's silly to think you can still play. :-) But even so when I have an opportunity to get down on the field and close to the action, that's what happens... I want to put on the gear and get out there and bang some heads... see, isn't that silly.

I had the opportunity to go to Hornet Field, home of the Sacramento State Hornets to watch a scrimage. I was also at field level so I was able to get real close to the action. Then I stood next to some of the guys... they're a lot bigger than I remembered.

I happen to know the head coach, Marshall Sperbeck, so it's possible that I'll be able to go down to field level for the real thing and take some pictures. From what I saw on Saturday, it's much safer on the side lines... Check out some of the shots...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

WOW! Two posts in one day... that's like a record or something but I got my new Flip Video player on Friday and have been dying to try it out.... And I've been promising my Shrimp and Grits recipe so here it is... Hope you enjoy this recipe, it's one of my favorites.

Elsa Letterseed and the NorCal Film Festival

Mary and I spent the day in Modesto yesterday at the NorCal Film Festival in support of a independent feature film Elsa Letterseed. Almost 6 years ago now, a good friend and writer/director, Sarah Kreutz asked Mary to read a part for the movie she was making. Mary got the part Casandra Sybil and the rest is history.

Elsa Letterseed is the story of a young violin prodigy who experiences a phenomenon, which renders her genius musical gifts useless. Unable to perform and provide income, her parents place her in a mental hospital for a brief stay. Years later, Elsa is now out on her own, struggling to survive. Without money or talent she must now forge her way through the intricate puzzle of her life, finding unexpected sources of support which help guide her through extraordinary events. Elsa's journey to regain her purpose brings together an intriguing cast of characters and mazes through a story of unexpected twists.
The film was very well recieved and won many of the awards it was nominated for including:

Best Feature Film
Best Actress (Garian Grewe)
Best of Festival

Check out some of the pictures from the day...
Writer/Director Sarah Kreutz

Sarah next to her Elsa poster

Some of the cast and crew: (l to r - Teri Burns, Mary Daffin, Sarah Kreutz Paul Kreutz, Garian Grewe, Linda Nalbandian, and Michelle Silas)

Sarah answering audience questions after the showing of Elsa

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Donnette and Mac on the grounds of the State Capital

Shot a wedding on Friday, August 8th, 2008. In some cultures 8's are lucky. If that is the case, this couple has all the luck. The ceremony was on the southwest lawn of the State Capital in Sacramento, CA. Beautiful backdrop as we were able to shoot in the rose garden as well as the west steps. Take a look...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bada Bling 2008 Time Lapse

One of the things I do at C. Webb's Bada Bling is create a time lapse video of the event. I started on Wednesday night prior to the event and ended on Sunday morning after the strike. Actually, it ended a little shy of the complete strike... one of the strikers moved the camera so I was taking pictures of the corner of the room for a while. In any case, here's what happend during the 5 days the camera was taking pictures from set-up, rehearsals, the event, and the strike. Enjoy!