This blog started as a photo-a-day blog in 2006, October 2009 it become an official WHAT-NOT blog and/or random thoughts from a Filmmaker blog.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Thank You 2012, Hello 2013

Thank you 2012. It was a great years. Did my 11th "Turning Point" documentary, finished my art series "Art.Work" and a bunch of other odds and ends. We had a great holiday with lots of family time and skiing and tomorrow I start my TouTube channel with 1 video. Tuesday will be the day I release my weekly videos. See you next year. Photo: Snapshot in London during my summer Euro Trip.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

LoveYou2 dot org

My lady's old college roommate, Shannon Weber, has this cool art project called "Love You 2." She basically is spreading positive vibes around, I love it. Here are a few snaps shots and check out her website too.

Adam Cullen RIP

Just found out the an artist I was looking at in Australia died this summer, interesting artist.

Hort Christmas Card

A brilliant Christmas card from Hort via WO and WE. I dig Usain Bolt by the way.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

SILVI from The Poetry Store (dot net)

I got this poem from my lady for Christmas, I love it. I have read it over and over, it feels great and some great advice for me. She got it from Silvi in San Francisco.
This is a snapshot of Silvi while she was writing my poem, photo by Noelle O.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and so on...

Kids are out of school, there is snow, we are ready. Merry Christmas and so on... like Hanukkah and stuff.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Circus Project's "CircOdyssey"

Here is a video about the Circus Project's show "CircOdyssey." Rich Patch and I filmed this performance for the TV show Turning Point and later the Circus Project used this footage to make this video. The Circus project is an organization... (from their website) ...development of circus as an art form and funding outreach to homeless & at-risk youth in the Portland, Oregon metro area. I love these people and this is an amazing non-profit organization. Enjoy...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

If I ride

This a sweet little video about bikes put out by People for Bikes. Yes I love bikes too and for a lot of the same reasons. (I did not work on this video, I just LIKE it)

Color in Motion 5K - Dallas, Texas

Here is a video I shot, directed and edited for the Color in Motion 5K in Dallas, Texas a few weeks ago. These events are super fun, just a lot of people making up their minds that they are going to have a good time. Enjoy.

"No Domain" a clever company

STORY: from No-Domain on Vimeo.

Lullaby Crocodile from No-Domain on Vimeo.

Here are a few videos by a company in Barcelona called No-Domain. Super cool stuff, they shared this "Story" video with me this morning and I thought I would pass it on to you. (I had nothing to do with this stuff, I just love it)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Russell Wrankle Artist

This is my college friend Russ. We decided to go into art about the same day haha. He went into ceramics and I went into filmmaking. He now sculpts more than he pots and teaches college. Check out his blog here.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pirate Hat and a Bed

Tonight before I went to bed I drew a pirate hat and a bed, not in that order. Goodnight.

My Lady

Random photo of the day. My lady, Noelle in Denmark.

Style Rookie

I stumbled into this girl a few days ago online, very interesting. I am always impressed when people make their passions happen online. She is a fashion blogger that started when she was 11 and is now 16, she now has several sites, a book and is on TV and goes to New York for fashion week and stuff like that. Unique kid that is making it happen. Check out her site Rookie Mag. Above photo from her blog. Also check out this video of her chit-chatting about fashion. (I did nothing with this video)

Tavi Gevinson Closet Interview for from StyleLikeU on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Australia Flag

Alway trying to get the kids to draw and write in sketchbooks. Here is our boy's version of the Aussie flag from our Australia camping trip from a few years ago.


After yesterday's events I spent a much time with my kids. I called it "Official Spend Time With Your Kids Night."

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Night of Art

Last night had a great night of art and chit-chat with old friends and new friends. I was digging this girl's art, my good friends Dan and Cass' kid. I guess with a name like Fiona Matisse Barney you just might have been exposed to art as a kid. Again this kid rocks and I love here work. Keep an eye out for a mini-documentary on Fiona in the new year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good Morning

This the view out my office window. It is the backside of Mt. Timpanogogs.

Røde NTG-3

This is a great documentary microphone. Mine went down and Røde from Australia shipped me a new one- good mic, good company. You have to power it, but not a problem, I just flip the 48V Phantom Power switch on my recorder and it is all good. I use it 3 ways: mounted on top of my Canon 5D, on a mic stand with an arm during talking head interviews, and if I have a sound person or extra person I put it on a boom pole.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Brian and Joe screengrab

A screen grab from the short documentary about Brain Keshisnik and Joseph Adam's ongoing art collaboration.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Artist Candy Chang... This got me thinking

I love this woman's art and ideas, this short TED talk is worth a listen.

The Circus Project

Turning Point: The Circus Project (opener) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is the opener to one of my favorite TV experiences ever, The Circus Project on Turning Point (I just put the opener on my vimeo channel for kicks.) I spend about a weeks with these guys and it was amazing. You can watch the whole show here.. Below is an iphone photo by the producer Rich Patch, now that is a great snapshot, Happy Monday.

Friday, December 07, 2012

my art

It is time for the weekend, here is one of my favorite paintings, a gift to Dan and Cass Barney. I need to do more of these house paint paintings, or maybe I should just be a filmmaker. Have a good weekend.

Random Friday

A good Friday, keeping busy with cool art and film projects.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Brain Kershisnik and Joseph Adams

Yesterday no blog because I was shooting Brian and Joe in Kanosh, Ut for a video of my upcoming YouTube Channel THE TALKING FLY. It was a simple cinema verite video snap shot of their ongoing creative collaboration, 15 plus years of doing art together. Joe was a lot of fun and here drew a picture of me, I will post it when I get my hands on it. Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Flick Trix TV Spot

Flick Trix TV spot from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Every once and a while I get to be all Hollywood and direct a giant budget TV commercial, here is one I did for a toy company. It is strange to have 40 people on set as you direct, but I must tell you that I am just as comfortable to with that as my small documentary crews and flying solo- it is just another flavor of production. Happy Tuesday.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Midway Creche

Our town puts on some great parties throughout the year. Last night with family and friends we went to the Interfaith Creche exhibition at the Homestead Resort.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Beehive Bazaar

This weekend is the Beehive Bazaar in Provo,Utah, my wife Noelle is one of the owners. The Beehive Bazaar is a handmade/DIY arts and craft sale/fair, a great place to get funky stuff as gifts for Christmas. This year I helped out and with the help of the folks at the local NBC TV station KSL, we managed to get 4 days of TV coverage- 2 mini profiles, my wife was on the show "Studio 5" and they shot live at the opening day of the sale. Here are the 2 mini docs. Have a Good Weekend.

Beehive Bazaar 2012, Kanani Hayes / Vinylicious Profile from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Beehive Bazaar, Danielle Leatham / The Yellow Cabinet Profile from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art.Work in China

Here is the documentary I directed and photographed about music students collaborating with Chinese music students. These students were super talented and China is an amazing place. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Talking Fly (#9)

Had art time with the kids in the garage today, so I thought I would make another Talking Fly ad. The Talking Fly is a video project that I am launching on YouTube that will feature short documentaries, some stand-alone and some longer shows cut into 2 to 5 minute pieces- like a web series of sorts, anyway it will be just a place to explore passion and/or nonfiction filmmaking.

Beehive Bazaar Profile: Vinylicious / Kanani Hayes

Beehive Bazaar 2012, Kanani Hayes / Vinylicious Profile from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is a little spot I did for the Beehive Bazaar. The Beehive Bazaar is a good way buy local and support handmade stuff for Christmas and Holiday giving. My Wife Noelle is one of the owners of Beehive Bazaar. (this spot played on KSL TV yesterday)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black in "Bernie"

Warning: non-documentary post. You have to check out Bernie, ALSO!!! do yourself a favor and DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER. This clip is all you need to watch and it won't spoil the entire movie, it will just make you happy and of course want to watch the movie.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Talking Fly (#8)

Short documentaries and what-not by filmmaker Steve Olpin.

Ty Art Show

Hot and Crowded from Deus ex Machina on Vimeo.

I follow this guy and I like his work and I am a fan of Deus. (I had nothing to do with this movie I just like it)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Brain Kershisnik Re-Do

We have one small original Brian Kershisnik painting and I have always hated the frame, so I ripped it out of the frame and gave Brian some paint pens. I like the Re-Do a lot.

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Hillman Curtis Book

Here is great book by the late Hillman Curtis, the title says it all "Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web." The technical info is outdated, but the spirit of this book is spot on, at least for me. Here is a short Hillman Curtis documentary that I think is peaceful and nice. Happy Monday.

ARTIST SERIES/DESIGN MATTERS: Lawrence Weiner from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Vinylicious at Beehive Bazaar

Yesterday I spent the day with Kanani Hayes of Vinylicious Designs. She is one the artist in this year's Beehive Bazaar. I have lined up some TV stuff for B.B. this year that will play on the local NBC TV station KSL. The piece on Kanani will be a short artist bio shot in her studio. My wife Noelle is one of the owners of Beehive Bazaar.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brighter Future Workshop, Turning Point now online

The documentary I directed about an awesome place in England is now online check it out. It is all about sunshine and smiles. This is my 10th Turning Point adventure. Thanks to Cosmic and the great crew that traveled to England.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Talking Fly (card #7)

Click to make it big. Watch my short documentary YouTube channel on Jan. 1st, 2013.

Brian Kershisnik notes

The amazing Utah artist, Brian Kershisnik, spoke at the Creative Collaborative last week. I did not go but I love the notes I got in an email ReCap: Work hard, and work a lot - it takes a lot of work to find your voice / Follow the thread that speaks to you / It is important to enjoy yourself / As artists, it is our job to feel / Take care of your home turf - be active in the community that you live / Establish lasting contacts with the people around you, and take time to give back / It's tough for God to steer a parked car / Good symbols will put themselves into the work better than you can force them in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

new work by Fidalis Buehler

I love America and I love Fidalis Buehler's new artwork, check it out on his blog.

Art.Work: Film/Folk Episode

Here is the show I directed called "Art.Work" a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of art students, this episode- a film student and folk dancers. Enjoy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bully Blocker Film Festival Winner

Bully Blocker from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

My cool Kid did a video for the school's Bully Blocker FIlm Festival and he won for the whole school. Congratulations dude you are the man. PASSWORD: bully

Blog Post about Tonight

Here is a little blog post I wrote about tonight's Turning Point featuring the Brighter Future Workshop in England.

Happy Veteran's Day

For Veteran's Day I repost this show I directed about Wasatch Adaptive Sports in Snowbird, Utah. There is a great scene with the Vets that do stuff with WAS. The Vets are superstars and it was fun working with them.

Brighter Future Workshop today on Turning Point

This is Paul Miller, he is big part of this documentary I did about Brighter Future Workshop in England this summer. It will be on byutv today and I will embed it here as soon as it is available. I had a great time working Paul and his friends. This is a great story. Happy Monday.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Eric Porter and his Boy

I spent some time yesterday with pro mountain biker Eric Porter and his cool kid. So look for the video on my YouTube video that I am launching on January 1, 2013. The channel is called "The Talking Fly" and will feature a bunch of short nonfiction movies. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Random Desktop Photos

If I died tomorrow and they dug though the photos that clutter my desktop, I wonder what they would think about me. I always wonder what I think about me too. Here are 5 randoms from my computer, used without permission of course- I could not tell you where I got them to tell you the truth. Happy Thursday.


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