Monthly Archives: January 2014

“The Strain” teaser trailer (Eclipse)

“The Strain” teaser trailer (Eclipse)

Midway through filming my demo reel, one of my actors, Jorge Ramirez, suggested that I would like a book called “The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. This was several months before my trip to NYC in October of 2012 and I didn’t know it was a trilogy until he brought me all three books at once. I read the first book in a single night and the other two in less than a week. 

One of the most addictive elements of the books was New York City; the two authors described the city in exquisite detail – underground stretches of abandoned subway lines in particular. I didn’t have enough time to try and see much of anything from the books that fascinated me but last night, Jorge made it possible for me to see an old film I had always meant to see, “Mimic” and I vividly remembered the detail of The Strain trilogy’s exploration of New York. 

And “The Strain” is going to be a series on FX….and here’s a link to one of the teaser trailers….


NYC – Oct 2012

NYC - Oct 2012

Two black and white shots from October 2012, headed into Manhattan on the last day of filming for my documentary – both are in my “New York I” photography book. The 2nd edit of ‘Posthuman’ is being shot (or, reshot) at this time. Lots of time in Final Cut Pro 7 and X. The finalized layout for the “New York I” book is at:

NYC photography book (intro essay)


My 1st photography collection book is complete – I have two designed but may integrate them into one…but, for your consideration, here’s the introduction essay…


On October 16th, 2012 at approximately 5pm, I arrived at the Jay Street Metrotech station in Brooklyn. The purpose of my trip was to conduct several key interviews for a documentary film project (then titled, ‘The Posthuman Condition’ and focused on Nanotechnology). The documentary’s subtext-point was to pose ethical questions about genetic engineering as presented in “Blackline” a series of feature films set in a dystopian near-future controlled by corporations.


Don Henley had forewarned me about everything changing in a New York minute (a lyric specifically referenced in ‘Blackline’) and I love improvisation but its easy to forget that improvising is what happens when something goes wrong. On the 24th, before catching my train back to Union Station in Washington DC, a five minute meet-and-greet at the documentary film department at HBO turned into a pre-production meeting which lasted for well over an hour. 


When I left the HBO headquarters, the rain, which had already been falling for a day or so, was coming down noticeably harder. Also, I missed my train back to DC and had to buy another ticket for the return trip (a problem I was destined to encounter again). When I arrived in DC, it was raining, the Metro was closed and there weren’t any affordable hotel rooms.


Thanks to a friend, I was able to spend the night on the ceilinged rooftop terrace of a luxurious hotel overlooking NW Washington DC, watching Dexter on my iPad until the Metro opened at 5am. I slept for a day and when I woke up on October 25th, the world had changed.


When I returned to New York for re-shoots in August of 2013, there would still be damage from Sandy. I suppose there always will be – but I also recall a conversation from the 23rd at the bar of the “W” hotel, nursing a third Jack and Coke. Don’t precisely recall how I ended up talking with a business consultant but I do recall that he told me the talk of the incoming hurricane was irrelevant because “this is New York.”


I didn’t know exactly what he meant but I believed him. We tapped glasses and he ordered another round and a New York minute had occurred. That was the first time I heard about Hurricane Sandy.


Like the city that existed before September 11th, the version of New York I experienced that week is a territory no road – or rail – can reach. Post-Sandy New York can be called stronger or taller but my interpretation is simpler. It isn’t that it’s a city capable of being renewed: it is New. 


That’s what New York is to me. 


Hope you like – here’s a link to preview (and if you wish, to purchase) the book…



The Bass Meant Dude

Three shots of Manhattan

Three shots of Manhattan

Three shots from inbetween shoots for ‘Posthuman’ film project (2nd set of re-shoots) in New York, August of 2013.

All shot with a Canon T3i and Tamron 10-24mm wide angle + 18-200mm Macro zoom lens – editing “New York I” photography book (shot October 2012) … some, maybe all three of these shots may make it to the “New York II” photography book. The tripod was a Manfrotto (MT293A3).