CREATIVELY SPEAKING


Out of Print and the Fight Over The New Beverly’s Soul

Chances are if you’re a fan of 35mm film then you’ve probably heard of Hollywood’s New Beverly Cinema. I share some thoughts on the documentary Out of Print, which details the New Beverly’s rise to cult status, as well as share some thoughts on the theater’s future under its new management.

Creativity On Demand

Has technology made creative works better, or has it finally succeeded in identifying and removing the ever-elusive X-factor from the creative process?

Biting the Hand That Feeds – How AV Reporting Is Damaging the Specialty AV Industry

The specialty AV industry took a hit when the housing market bubble burst and as a result so too did the specialty AV press. Since then the AV press has embraced new tactics in hopes of ensuring their survival. But are these tactics really helpful? I look at the give and take relationship the AV press has had with AV manufacturers, as well as discuss how recent “trends” in AV reporting might actually be doing more harm than good.

Should Independent Filmmakers Even Target Theaters?

A theatrical release, a clear sign that a filmmaker had “arrived” on the Hollywood scene. A milestone so many would be and independent filmmakers have aspired to achieve. But should they? I ask the question, as well as weigh in on why I believe that indie filmmakers would be better off showcasing their films just about anywhere else.

THE HOME CINEMA EXPERIENCE



LATEST PRODUCT REVIEWS


BenQ HT1075 DLP Projector

BenQ HT1075 DLP Projector

BenQ has made a name for itself in the budget front projection arena. Their latest projector, the HT1075 reviewed here looks to build upon BenQ’s reputation for value and performance. Does it have the goods? Find out in my latest review.

Crown CT8150 ComTech DriveCore™ Amplifier

Crown CT8150 ComTech DriveCore™ Amplifier

It’s been a little over a year since my review of Crown’s XLS DriveCore Series Amplifiers kicked off my independent AV journalism career. Here we are a year later and wouldn’t you know it, we have another Crown review, this time their ComTech DriveCore CT8150 eight channel amplifier. Does the CT8150 have what it takes? Find out in my latest review.

Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 AV Preamp Processor

Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 AV Preamp Processor

To say that Emotiva’s new XMC-1 AV Preamp Processor is among the more highly anticipated specialty AV products to come along in a long while might be an understatement -especially if you’re asking an existing Emotiva customer. The wait is over and the XMC-1 is finally here. I share my thoughts on it, as well as see how well it stacks up against the competition in my latest review.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING


The Anti Theater Home Theater

After almost a year of trying to decide what direction to take my new theater and studio space, I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before. See if you like the changes in my latest post.

Is Less Truly More When It Comes to Home Theater?

People are living lean and mean nowadays for a variety of reasons. I look at the tiny house craze and wonder, what would a tiny house inspired home theater look like? Could it be any good? What I found may astound you.

Why We Fight – Comparing Blu-ray’s Picture Quality to Streaming’s

Those who like streaming video will say it’s the convenience that they value most, whereas proponents of physical media, i.e. Blu-ray, will argue it is that same convenience that is killing the AV industry. I compare the two formats to see which one is “best,” and come to some rather shocking conclusions.

Should You Even Bother With Surround Sound?

If you read specialty AV magazines the concept of having a surround sound system in one’s home is likely going to seem commonplace. In the “real world,” surround sound seems to be anything but. So the question I ask is; should indie filmmakers -okay, consumers -even bother with surround sound? I explain why I feel there may be an argument against surround sound in my latest post.


ABOUT ME


My professional career began in entertainment advertising, where I landed a job working for BLT & Associates straight out of college. While at BLT I worked for clients ranging from ABC Television to CNN. Upon leaving BLT, I joined Shoolery Design in order to help with the launch of the hit TV show CSI: Miami for CBS Television. Following the successful debut of CSI: Miami I joined the upstart entertainment advertising firm, Crew Creative Advertising, where I worked for nearly six years; first as a senior art director, and later as the firm’s co-creative director for their television department. While at Crew I worked on numerous blockbuster marketing and ad campaigns as well as oversaw the launch of several hit TV shows.

In 2007 I wrote a script entitled April Showers that was loosely based on my personal experiences stemming from the tragedy that occurred on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School. With the help of my then producing partners, Jenna Edwards and April Wade, we were able to secure funding for the film. In 2008 April Showers went into production, it was my first time at the helm of a feature length motion picture. The film premiered theatrically on April 19, 2009 in 18 cities, before bowing on iTunes, Vudu, Netflix and more.By the end of 2009, April Showers became the number one independent film on iTunes.

Since 2001 I have also worked in and around the professional and consumer AV industry, both as a writer/managing editor and as a consultant. I’ve written hundreds of product reviews, and have helped in the design of several consumer products as well.

I presently reside in Nashville, TN with my wife and our dogs. Apart from my work in the entertainment and electronics space, I am a board member for Fetching Freedom, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to training PTSD service dogs for our men and women in uniform.