Monday, July 11, 2011

Sarah's performance at May 14th show in Crown Heights

One of my favorite Karkwa songs. But they are all my favorites!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Keio digital media summer camp

This is a short I made with Japanese and Japanese-American students at Keio Academy in White Plains, NY. We had a great time, and I think that shows through in the video. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Adventures with Sarah

I love entertaining and educating kids. Here is a clip of a mock children's show I made, featuring a song I wrote for youngsters.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Subway Sketches

Today I drew for the first time in a long time. I've pretty much eliminated drawing from my roster of daily (or even yearly) activities, but, having forgotten reading material for my subway ride into Manhattan this afternoon, I was fidgety and decided to start drawing people that I saw. I had a notebook on me because I was going to a screening for a review, so I just went crazy sketching.

It felt like I had discovered a superpower I didn't know (or had forgotten) I had! The rules of proportion instinctually came back to me, and I drew with fury, for I didn't know if my subjects would be getting off at the next stop. I began making connections between the drawing process and my improv acting class: time was limited so I had to just go with the flow, perfectionism had to be thrown out the window, any result was a good result, and I was observing character through dress, posture, and facial expression.

Earlier today I was telling a favorite customer of mine at the video store where I work how much my improv class feels like writing out loud and on the spot. In improv, character development and dialogue must be invented instantaneously, and there's the added impetus of an audience to force you to keep going without getting distracted or censoring yourself. We started discussing how all the arts blend together. Any time I do one creative thing, guidelines from other disciplines start coming back to me, and it all seems to make sense.

Anyway, I wanted to share the drawings I did because they make me happy. It feels like the first time in a while I decided to do something and instantly got results that made me smile. I'll be making an effort to carry a sketchpad with me now, so maybe there will be a whole series of Subway drawings to come!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Editing Reel

Hello, all.

I am posting projects that I have edited here so that I can send potential employers to this page. The following are documentary projects that I have edited or assistant edited.

Promo Reel for prospective series "The Toy Game," Lumiere Productions, 2008.

And here is a link to a clip from "A Lion in the House," an Emmy-Award winning PBS miniseries that I assistant edited.

A documentary I made about my brother called "Looking for Aram."

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My summer gig

Hello, all,

Here's the link to the performance I did at Tilly's in mid-August.

just scroll down until you see my picture. I also have video footage of the performance, but there's no sound. So, I'll have to try and synch up this audio with my video sometime. Look forward to that!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My students are musical!

I have the great fortune of teaching a Saturday class at DCTV, located in Chinatown in New York City. It is a wonderful facility where documentaries are constantly being produced, and a large part of the building (which is a renovated firehouse) has been converted into spacious classrooms where young people interested in learning about basic video production come to learn.

I meet with an amazing group of teens every week, and we are working on the basics of shooting and editing. This is one of our first exercises: a song cut together from a bunch of noises that we made one Saturday in July.