LATEST PRODUCT REVIEWS
Epson, a leader in LCD projection technology, has a new line of so-called entry level projectors in their PowerLite 3000’s Series. I was able to get my hands on Epson’s new PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 and put it through its paces. Is the 3500 the $1,500 projector to rule them all? Find out in my latest review.
If you need a front projector that is bright but are on a budget, you can often find a solution (or two) among those marketed to business users or houses of worship. But are they any good when it comes to home theater? I check out one such projector, Optoma’s EH415, in my latest review.
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.
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.
THOUGHTS ON FILM
Every story is bound to have a few holes in it, however modern films seem to have more than a brick of Swiss Cheese. Is it that no one knows how to tell a concise story, or are we merely living in an age where story is secondary to spectacle?
While I believe one of the biggest factors behind adopting vintage lenses for modern film work is cost, there’s more to the equation than mere savings. I discuss why I’ve fallen for vintage lenses, as well as share a few ideas with you on why you should consider vintage lenses for your next shoot.
For eons one would have thought that the only way to make it in showbiz was to move to Hollywood -not any more. In fact, you have an equal, if not better, chance of actually being successful by avoiding Hollywood. I explain how in my latest blog post.
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.
Has technology made creative works better, or has it finally succeeded in identifying and removing the ever-elusive X-factor from the creative process?
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE HOME CINEMA EXPERIENCE
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 in 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 industries, 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.