I joined Talenthouse in October of 2011 when I began entering their competitions. My submissions have included projects in the areas of photography, film and illustration. Justin Timberlake became one of my supporters when I entered a photograph in a competition for the release of his movie "In Time" in 2011. I've also had the good fortune to have been a finalist in an ebook cover competition put on by Malachite Quills Publishers. I chose Jules Verne's sci-fi classic "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." The ebook was published in April is now for sale at barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com. The ebook sold so well the next year that the publishing company decided to do a printed paper back addition of the book, which meant I had to redesign the cover and do a back cover illustration. It was a challenge to say the least in that a year had gone by and I had to remember how to match the colors and style of my cover art if it was going to look right. Thankfully, it worked.
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I entered a competition for Malachite Quills late in December 2011 with very little time left to submit by Jan. 1st. We were given the opportunity to illustrate any sci-fi novel of our choosing as long as it was published before 1923. I chose the classic Jules Verne sci-fi novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." I was an ebook cover finalist in the competition and my book is now for sale at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. If you go to either of these sites, type in their search box Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (illustrated)[ebook] and you will see a list of illustrated ebooks for sale.
The ebook was published in April, 2011 and has been for sale at barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com. The ebook sold so well the next year that the publishing company decided to do a printed paper back addition of the book, which meant I had to redesign the cover and do a back cover illustration. It was a challenge to say the least, in that a year had gone by and I had to remember how to match the colors and style of my front cover art if it was going to look right. Thankfully, it worked. My original ebook cover submission for Malachite Quills had a yellow border around it and the illustration wasn't as detailed. You can see by looking at this sequence of photos below the evolution of my ebook cover to a paper back version. I went through a series of cropping and color adjustments. As you can see the full illustration was rather elongated to give myself room for expanding the image. I planned ahead with the hope (or the vision) of doing a paper back version and fortunately I gave myself a little room to grow and it worked.
In November 2011 I entered a music video competition on talenthouse for the British classic rock band "The Who" and their song, "5:15" from their 1973 "Quadrophenia" album. My music video is entitled, "Out of My Brain On The Train". I put it all together using Final Cut Express and shot various scenes here in Los Angeles. The inside apartment scenes were in Hollywood at the Commodore Apartments, the outside apartment scenes were shot at a loft on North Spring Street downtown, the liquor store was shot in Highland Park on Figueroa. A big thanks goes to Frank, my lead actor, and Wayne supporting actor and occupant of the Commodore apartment. Believe it or not I used a "time period" moped, a 1977 Foxi-GT which did not run, which meant I had to run while pushing my friend Frank through every scene. Since the "Who 5:15 competition" the Who recently announced they are going to do another American Quadrophenia Tour beginning this year in 2012. In an interview both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey believe that the time is right, they feel that the times back then are similar to the times now. If their right, there will be an audience for their music today.
2013 brought another opportunity to enter a music video competition. Dave Stewart, lead guitar player and songwriter for The Eurythmics had composed a 60 second jingle for his new webtv show, the song was entitled "The Ringmaster." So "Poorboy studios" cranked one out in our new garage space surrounded by artifacts from someones past.
2014 was another opportunity to do a music video. Mark Knopfler, lead guitar palyer, singer and song writer for Dire Straits recorded a ballad with Ruth Moody entitled, "Wherever I Go." I was moved to interpret the song in a personal way, thinking of family, distance and time. What I find alluring about certain music videos is that the simplicity in the lyric tends to be an open door for translation. This particular song moved me to make a special trip to the heart of Death valley.
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