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.

Friday, December 27, 2013

My Kid Picking Her Nose on TV

Here is a spot I directed and shot for Fuel TV a few years ago, my 4 kids are in it and and kid 3 is getting some serious digging in at the end.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Freedom of Space

Here it the documentary I did about skateboarding in public space. It was part of the Fuel TV Experiment. I pitched an idea and was given a $100,000 to do this film in 2005. It was good fun. Enjoy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parachute in St. Louis

A fun little project I shot with my New York City buddy Wayne.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Low Two High: Utah

Here is the trailer for a project I worked on this fall. Human powered from the lowest point to the highest point in every US state and playing music at night. What I love about this project it that it is a make up your own adventure kind of project, if that makes sense??? We had a lot of fun on this one! Enjoy

Monday, December 02, 2013

Camp Woodward TV Show

Here is a part of the Camp Woodward TV show that I worked on for a few years. Here is a segment I directed and shot in New Jersey.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sabrosa Bikes because Jon Hanson is Rad

Jon Hanson/Sabrosa Bikes from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Getting closer to having Jon built me a city cruiser, can't wait. Enjoy a little piece I did about this clever dog.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lakes of Pontchartrain

A little treat from one of the folks from the Circus Project in Portland, Oregon.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Pete Yorn and The Olms

Here is a little piece I did with my New York Buddy Wayne Price, Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

My Kid and I Went to See Drew Danburry

A little daddy-daughter date this week on The Talking Fly short doc project. Enjoy.

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Circus Project - Turning Point (clip)

Circus Project - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

This one of my favorite things I have ever worked on in my whole career. Jenn is great, the kids are great and I always love a good Portland trip. I was director / director of photography on this episode of Turning Point. Enjoy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ozzie and Mylee

Ozzy & Mylee from Corona Extra on Vimeo.

Today I post this because I love it. (I had nothing to do with this video I just love it)

Rain of Shine, 30 second Fuel TV spot

A 30 second spot with pro bike riders Matt Wilhelm on Sax and Terry Adams on Bike. I shot this in New York City a few years ago.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

5x5 Family/Bikes

A Vimeo weekend challenge is this week's episode of The Talking Fly video project. Simple artistic horseplay. My family and some of our bikes.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lanterne Rouge

Check out this week's episode of the The Talking Fly, a little treat from the archives.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Phoenix Multisport (clip)

Phoenix Multisport - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is a clip from the documentary series I did called "Turning Point" I was director/director of photography on this one. Good people, good project, and it was super fun to shoot.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Some Sketchbooks by Fidalis Buehler

This week's video from The Talking Fly YouTube project is quick look at Fidalis Buehler's sketchbooks. I like this guys work a lot. CHEERS!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jack Sings

Jack Sing (Nacho Libre DVD Extras) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is a little look at some of the DVD extras from the Jack Black / Jared Hess movie Nacho Libre. It was great fun working on this project with these funny funny dudes, and I had a blast shooting in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Marc Rossiter, Encounter Wakeboard

Check out this week's video from The Talking Fly video project, a little number I directed for Fuel Television with British Wakeboarder Marc Rossiter.

Another Casey Neistat article

Another good article from one of my favorite filmmakers right now the New York Hipster Casey Neistat.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nigel Sylvester, Encounter BMX

This week's video for The Talking Fly video project is a little treat I did for Fuel TV back in the day. Fuel TV is no longer on the air, those were good times, I am very thankful all those years and all the fun project I did with them. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thursday, August 08, 2013

South Shore Drill Team (clip)

South Shore Drill Team - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Check out this clip of a Doc I did about South Shore Drill Team in Chicago. These kids were great and amazing artists.

Avant-Garde Alex Caldiero

Enjoy some Alex for this week's video on The Talking Fly.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Elliott 6 Meter Sailboats

I sail with an awesome group of folks at the lake 10 minutes from my house, good times. Park City Sailing Association in Park City, Utah. Oh yeah we just got a giant donation of Olympic boats, 8 Elliott 6 meters.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fidalis Buehler studio visit July 29, 2013

Check out this week's episode of The Talking Fly video project, a cut-less studio visit with one of my favorite artists, Fidalis Buehler.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wasatch Adaptive Sports - Turning Point Clip

Wasatch Adaptive Sports - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is clip of the show I directed about Wasatch Adaptive Sports at Snowbird Resort in Utah. This clip features 2 amazing people that love to ski.Enjoy and have a good weekend.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Upward Vertical Movement

Check it out! My first 16mm film in college and this week's episode of The Talking Fly video project. A short about my college rock climbing instructor. Shot over 20 years ago I really can see that this is the birth of my documentary filmmaking style.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First Descents Documentary

My neighbor got cancer it sucks, a brain tumor. I told her to watch a documentary I did about First Descents, an adventure camp for young adults dealing with cancer. She went. She had fun. She learned to kayak. She met a ton of other folks dealing with cancer. Check out a clip of the doc I did about First Descents here:

First Descents - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kent's Collection

Enjoy this week's video from "The Talking Fly" short documentary project. Kent is a musician and a good friend, ENJOY.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Cooling Board--- (from the archives)

The Cooling Board is a short film about my grandpa Roy and the family funeral business. This film was curated by Lissa Gibbs into a show called "A Whole Lot of Nothing Going On: Images from Rural America" at the The Pacific Film Archives in Berkley, California in 1995. This film also won Best Documentary Film at the Utah Short Film and Video Festival in 1994. It is a slow respectful look at my dear old grandpa.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

BAADS (Turning Point Clip)

BAADS - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is a clip from a very fun show that I directed about BAADS, The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. This is part of the documentary series called Turning Point. I have had the privilege of being director / director of photography on 12 episodes of this series. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Excuse My Fench part 2

In the spirit of getting out and chatting with strangers here is the next video from The Talking Fly video project.... more random moments from the 2004 Tour de France "Excuse my French with Hans Rey"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Steve's Pick of the Day "Duct Tape Surfing"

Duct Tape Surfing from Mark Tipple on Vimeo.

This is lovely. Worth 5 minutes of your time. I love her smile. The surfing dude is awesome. Great filmmaking and another great use of Duct Tape. (I had nothing to so with this film I just thing it is lovely) Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Excuse My French, 2004 Tour de France

2004 Tour de France, trip of a lifetime, shooting stories of the fans of the Tour de France with Hans "No Way" Rey. I pitched the idea to OLN and couldn't believe it when they bought it. Without Lance Armstrong I don't think I would of made this trip, Thanks Lance!

Monday, June 24, 2013

First Descents (Turning Point clip)

First Descents - Turning Point (clip) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is a clip from one of my favorite projects ever, Turning Point. Here is clip from the First Descents show. First Descents is a organization that helps young adults dealing with cancer by teaching them adventure sports in a one week camp situation. I was director / director of photography on this episode. Enjoy and Happy Monday.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Casey Neistat's studio - another look...

This goofball is a big influence on my world right now, I love his stuff and his world view. (i had nothing to do with this video, I just like it)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cute Girls Hairstyles, mini doc

Check out this week's mini doc. A little piece about YouTube superstars Cute Girls Hairstyles. I made this doc for ksl tv and they nice enough to give me permission to put it on my YouTube channel. Enjoy and Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 17, 2013

10 years ago...

Old Sub. Dagger Kayak spot (feat. Brad Ludden) from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

10 years ago I was working on an OLN / Subaru campaign and met Brad Ludden. Years later I did a half hour doc on Brad and his camp called First Descents, a camp for young adults dealing with cancer. Brad is rad. Happy Monday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Breath Control

I really like this guy and I really like this video. I had nothing to do with it I just dig it. I did see this guy at the Holi Fest this year and liked him a lot. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lance Armstrong's Secret Plan

Check another video from the archives, shot with Hans "No Way" Rey in Liege, Belgium July 3, 2004.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Ushio Shinohara, Boxing Painter

Mr. Shinohara Goes to Utah from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is light and fluffy little art project I did about Boxing Painter Ushio Shinohara, for some reason I lot of people checked it out in the last few days, and now you can check it out too.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Zippora Karz

I got to interview Zippora Karz for an upcoming documentary about ballet. She was an amazing interview, one of the best interviews I ever done with an artist, wow her passion and ideas! I will let you know when the film is done. cheers Steve O.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

original art by Fiona Matisse Barney

Also check out the video called EVERYTHING IS ART MOM on my youtube channel.

Fiona Matisse Barney

This week's vid from The Talking Fly youtube project (short documentaries by Steve Olpin)is about Fiona Matisse Barney called EVERYTHING IS ART MOM.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Cosmic Run

Another Run Fun video I worked on. I directed this one, Thanks Cosmic Pictures for getting me such fun gigs.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wood Fired Pizza anyone?????

Check out this week's video from The Talking Fly video project. Very good pizza and a super cool portable pizza oven. Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Doing some spring cleaning- found this snap of Coolio from a shoot I did with him at Snowbird years ago. Next time you see me ask about me about my Coolio story, Keyword: James Taylor.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SRAM pART PROJECT artist Cordell Taylor

Enjoy this week's video from The Talking Fly YouTube Project about artist Cordell Taylor and his piece for the SRAM pART PROJECT in Park City. Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah, July 27 - August 10 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

City of Angels Ballet,

Spent the week in Los Angeles working on a Turning Point documentary on The City of Angels Ballet company, super fun, so happy to be working on Turning Point again. It is my favorite project ever.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Art Stars at The Beehive Bazaar

My lady's Beehive Bazaar is growing and growing. Bigger and better but still pure in the HANDMADE mission. This is the first show with FINE artists! Check it out this weekend and next.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Potter's Meal, revisited

Check out the update and the film, The Potter' Meal. The film about Joe Bennion that played at the Sundance Film Festival.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Life Goes On...

Life goes on. Broken arms, stitches, soccer games, kids leaving the country and so on. This luck dude got his cast of yesterday, today he is in the pool. Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This is for my Lady

My lady can sew anything.

"Pigs on Ice" on The Talking Fly

This week's film from The Talking Fly video project is a little piece from the archives, featuring the acid jazz of SWIM PIGS. Enjoy and Happy Tuesday!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Buy Joe and Brian's artwork this year at the Beehive Bazaar

Buy Joe and Brian's artwork this year at the Beehive Bazaar in Provo, Utah. And watch the video I did about Joe and Brian here.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Neon Trees

I am not going to lie to you, I have become a bit of a fan of these guys since I saw them at a tiny club in Utah. And the girl drummer? she rocks, dig that mom's style. Photo by Pamela Littky.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This is Paul #3 (Fidalis Buehler intro)

Here is my newest video from The Talking Fly video project. It explains how Paul and Fidalis starting doing art together. Enjoy and Happy Wednesday

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Budnitz Bikes and my buddy Bo

Budnitz: Le Grand Tour from Budnitz Bicycles on Vimeo.

Here is a sweet little video that I DID NOT do. My buddy Bo Wade is in it, I think it is pretty sweet and it makes me smile.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cowboy Pools Gunlock, Utah

I spent the weekend in Southern Utah with my kids. I needed to walk away from the edit room and the camera and spend time with family. This photo is from a hike to the Cowboy Pools near Gunlock, Utah

Friday, April 19, 2013

recycled bags, Freitag

My lady makes a mean bag...anyway these bags are epic, what a cool use of recycled material. They are called Freitag. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

my kid longboarding

Downloaded my kid's Ipod to my laptop and found this treat. I am lucky to have fun, smart cool kids. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Dodo Piece, Part 2 aka Kustom Kulture ll

Watch this video and learn about The Kustom Kulture II art show at the Huntington Beach Art Center this summer.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cosmic Pictures

OK it's official COSMIC PICTURES in Salt Lake City are repping me for commercial work and the like. They are getting me some cool directing gigs. They also were the people that got me the Turning Point gigs, I directed 11 half hour episodes of that show, the most satisfying I work I have ever done. Thank you Cosmic! This photo is a screen grab from a commercial I directed here in Midway, my home -this why we moved here. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Circus Project presents CircOdyssey

I did a documentary about these amazing people. A great show and so fun to hang out with. Check out this video of the their CircOdyssey performance. They used to some of my footage on this piece, an honor to work with folks. (I have posted this before but was thinking about them so I am reposting- one of my favorite doc projects ever) Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Desktop Clutter

All is good here. A couple of very cool documentary projects are in the works. For today, random cool photos I drag to may desktop though out the day. The only snap that is mine is the man with his bike from the side of the road at that 2004 Tour de France. Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Eric Porter MTB colab on The Talking Fly

I did a fun collaboration with my professional bike riding neighbor Eric Porter. Check it out the newest episode from my YouTube Channel THE TALKING FLY.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Seve vs. Evan at Velour

This is snap of (left to right) Me, Seve and Seve's dad Gary Bozung at a pool party a few years back. Seve vs. Evan is one of my favorite bands, these guys are clever, funny and they rock. They are playing at Velour in Provo on April 20.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Big Hearted Brain Kershisnik

As I work though this YouTube channel, The Talking Fly, I keep telling saying that I am doing this project to learn about myself and others. Who am I as an artist and a person? People like Joe and Brain are helping me figure it out, but I have a long may to go. "Joe and Brian" was the first video I released on my YouTube channel, and every time I re-watch it I learn something new. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Specialized Bikes

Specialized Bikes did not pay me to do this, I just made it because I love Robert Egger's cool life and his bikes. This thing is getting some play, thanks everybody!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


Had so much fun listening to this guy that last weekend at the Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork, Utah. MC YOGI was great, so much positive fun energy.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Who is Jeff Decker? Archive Footage 2-17-2003

Check out this weeks's Video from The Talking Fly YouTube project. Jeff is great, check it out.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Holi Festival of Colors 2013, Spanish Fork, Utah

Had a great shoot at the Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork, Utah. This is great event just fun fun peace hugs smiles and lots of great music like C.C. White.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

more Color!

Here is a video that I worked on. My job on this video was to get people to laugh, smile and dance. This event is just happy smiles and good vibes, lot of positive energy like the original Holi Fest, which is this weekend in Utah, one of the biggest celebrations outside of India I hear. Enjoy

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Expose Your Kids to Art #1

A nice light and fluffy video for this weeks video from The Talking Fly Video project.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Colt Bowden mini doc

Working on a mini doc about artist, sign painter Colt Bowden for next week's video on The Talking Fly YouTube project.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

12 films and still going

My YouTube channel The Talking Fly is going strong. Started January 1, 2013 and just released the 12th film. Every Tuesday a new film. Cheers, Steve

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vivian Maier

Being a dude that likes photo, street photography and documentaries- this looks very very cool.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Watch Paul #2 here...

Check out Paul #2, a little video we shot together a few years ago. Paul is Rad.

Monday, March 11, 2013

This is Paul (#2 Mangos with Cass)

Working hard to get this week's "The Talking Fly" video up. It is part 2 in the "This is Paul" series, Paul doing art with the wonderful and talented artist Cassandra Barney.

Friday, March 08, 2013

life long friends

Hung out with art friends in Spring City, Utah after my lecture about filmmaking at Snow College. I was invited to Snow College by Steve Peterson. Photos: Bennions, Peace and art.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Always Archive

Note to self, yes always archive... A snap of my niece beating the dog crap out of my nephew circa 1986. Happy midweek to you...

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This is Paul, ...episode #1 Intro

Here is an intro to "This is Paul." Paul is my nephew and recovering from a "stroke." I am trying to help out when I can. I have set up some art therapy sessions with local artists, but this video just shows who Paul is. enjoy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

my YouTube Channel

Having a ton of fun with my YouTube channel The Talking Fly. Hard work and creatively satisfying. I tell people I am doing it to figure out who I am as a person and an artist.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ice Hole Swimming

Check out the new video from the Talking Fly video project. This is very very refreshing and it is good for the brain, a serious reboot! Enjoy!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Ice Swimming

I love swimming but swimming in ice is like getting a full body reboot or a brain massage. cheers

Thursday, February 21, 2013

for Horsey People

Here is a documentary I directed about about a horse stable in Newcastle, England the helps unprivileged kids. A part of the Turning Point series. Enjoy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Funny thing about the World Wide Web, someone like YouTube SuperStar Devin Super Tramp says one thing about you and your channel goes crazy. Devin is a talented kid with a good eye and oh yeah, he works very hard---nice guy too, thanks for the shout out Devin.

The Talking Fly, explained

Here is this week's video explaining a little about my YouTube channel. (I kind suck at being in front of the camera- so uncomfortable%$#@) Enjoy and Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bike Stamp

Things are picking up and it is all good. Working on my Youtube channel is steady work and several other projects are keeping me busy. This photo: From my stamp collection as a kid, cool bike design from 1964. Happy Tuesday


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