DVD on Sale Now

My Grandfather Mountain Photography DVD is now available My 15-minute video presentation Grandfather Mountain Photography is now available. Previously sold at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend, you can also get one mailed to you. The price is $10.00, including shipping to the U.S. and Canada. This is a broadcast quality video that will play on your TV through any standard DVD player. The disc also included my JavaScript-based panorama photography presentation from this year's Nature Photography Weekend. Payment by check, money order or Pay Pal. See my contact page for address details.

If you'd like to see a small-format version of this video online, you can do so just a little farther down this page.

Student Work

I teach multimedia at Youngstown State University and get to see some great work in my classes. You can see some of my students' creations on this page.

The Last Tree on Easter Island (excerpts)

This video consists of excerpts from the short film I made for my master's degree at Duquesne University. It's based on part of Jared Diamond's book Collapse about civilizations that fail through destruction of their own environment. The line in the book that struck me was, "What did the person who cut down the last tree on Easter Island think when he was doing it?"

I decided to use images of modern industrial scenes as a metaphor to the underlying narration of the story of Easter Island's destruction. In typical "bite off more than you can chew" fashion, I decided to do all the work, including writing and recording the soundtrtack music, myself (there weren't any other students in that particular class I felt confident in teaming with). And all in one semester.

It won a prize at the Duquesne University Student Film Festival. I had planned on entering it in that perennial favorite category of student film festivals, "Experimental", only to find Duquesne didn't have such a category. (Whether they feared their students weren't imaginative enough or that they might be too imaginative was a question I decided was best left unasked.) The closest category available was "Documentary" and it took first prize.

Here is a short excerpt, sans narration, but including one of the two pieces of music I composed for the film, "Ahu Tongariki".

Grandfather Mountain:

Every year I serve as co-judge of the photo contest at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend. I've been a featured speaker there a few times and this is a video presentation I prepared for one of those occasions. You can get a broadcast-quality DVD of this video if you like (see the top of this page) but this web-sized version should give you an idea of what it's like. It features a piece of music titled Grandfather Mountain that I wrote and recorded specifically for the occasion (my experience as a recording engineer in comes in handy for projects like this). You can download an MP3 of the music in the music section of this page.

Perfume Commercial:

A 60-second commercial for Britney Spears' new perfume. Really... OK, not really. To me, there's something intrinsically funny about the very idea of Britney Spears. The notion that she might be selling her own band of perfumes seems even more preposterous... if that's possible. Hence the following video (which includes a very early version of the music that eventually became "Ahu Tongariki" in The Last Tree on Easter Island):

Music (all mp3 format):

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