Stories

The Informant: New short film by Thinkpierce

By | Films, Photos, Stories, Videos | No Comments

It’s not easy to be an informant in the medieval realm of Thinkpierce, but someone’s got to do it.  That was the job of Jeff Phillips who played the role of Sidias in the newest short film from Thinkpierce titled: The Informant.  The whole idea started with me thinking it would be funny for two guys dressed up in medieval robes to be engaged in a ridiculous conversation between a cracked door.  It later evolved into a cast of four and included barbecue turkey legs, a beheading and ridiculous medieval attire.  Read More

Presenting: Lime Green

By | Photos, Stories | 9 Comments

JonathanOne day it became apparent to me that I had never really given the color lime green the attention it deserved.  That realization birthed an idea for a new Thinkpierce photo shoot like none before.  At the time I was living downtown in a 1-bedroom apartment that rented out monthly for the same cost of most people’s electric bill.  Like many apartments in my price range, I had one of those unspoken agreements with my landlord that any repairs or upkeep in the apartment were up to me, which worked out great.  I lived there for over 6 years and loved it.  An agreement like that meant my apartment wasn’t in the best shape, but it also meant the creative control of the “updates and repairs” were up to me.  This scenario was ideal because it meant that my living room could be transformed in to the location of my new photo shoot idea! Read More

Garrett Weindorf Parties with Thinkpierce

By | Films, Photos, Stories | 2 Comments

pic 1Recently I joined forces with the one and only Garrett Wiendorf to film a scene like no other.  I am in the process of recreating an independent film I made a few years ago and decided I needed to film an extra scene to help with the pacing of the story.  The character I had created in my mind was somewhat of a tech guy who was into “gearing up” with all kinds of electronic devices…but not just any electronic device; old school stuff, like VCRs, Palm pilots, and telephone headsets.  In addition, I decided the character needed to be totally in to “snacks”, having a “sea of snacks” covering his entire bed.  I even nabbed an odd tray furniture piece at the thrift store that set beside him in the bed, acting as somewhat of a “snack trophy table” specifically designed to showcase the “top pick” snacks for easy access. Read More

Abandoned VHS Tapes? Not on my Shift…

By | Drawings, Stories, Videos | 5 Comments

Pic 1When’s the last time you rented a VHS copy of “The Mask of Zorro” that had a custom totally non-authentic poorly hand drawn cover on it? Well if you frequented the Reasor’s video rental store in Jenks, Oklahoma around 1998 you might be able to say about 13 years ago. That’s about the time Reasor’s video and I teamed up together for an employment experience like no other.  That’s also where I met Justin Vanscoy for the first time. Justin starred in a short film I made about 9 years later, a super unique comedy that touches on such jolting subjects as “snack time”, “nap time”, and “the plans”. That movie is currently on the chopping block and will be offered on www.thinkpierce.com some time next year. Read More

Utica Remodeling Meets Daniel(s)

By | Music, Stories, Videos | No Comments

How does raw video footage of a house remodel end up being edited in to a music video? That’s what this week’s post is all about…  During my remodeling days I made sure to keep an ongoing portfolio of my remodeling jobs to be able to show future clients examples of my work.  My main medium of choice to do that?  Video of course.  That’s where James Plumlee came in.  I first knew about James from my middle school “punk rock” days.  My friends and I would go to shows and see his band “Good” perform at local venues.  Years later James joined forces with my friend Daniel Sutliff to form the band “And There Stand Empires“, a four member band that blends two bass guitars with drums, distortion, keyboards and xylophones.  I learned through Daniel that James did great video work, and that’s when James received my call.  Over the past few years, James has shot a wide variety of projects for me mostly remodeling related. Read More

White Robes & Red Bows

By | Music, Photos, Stories | No Comments

1Another product that will be available on thinkpierce.com in the future is original music presented with a unique twist. Music has been a big part of my life ever since 6th grade when I started playing drums on a practice pad.  But I wouldn’t say it was coincidence.  Since I was in diapers my father has worked as a college music professor and my mother as a private piano teacher.  It would be an understatement to say that I’ve attended my fair share of orchestra and choral concerts.  Those experiences allowed me to learn a unique and valuable skill that few people posses: how to properly read a classical concert program.  The average concert attendee would look at a program that appeared to have 6 songs and think, “oh yeah, I can totally handle this.  Six songs and we’re home free.”  But what I learned the hard way as a young kid was that those six songs are actually six “movements” each packed with an onslaught of “booby trap” songs that keep the concert going on and on for hours!! Ha ha, I joke about it, but those moments helped shape an appreciation for music in my life that continues today. Read More

A look into the past..

By | Business, Photos, Stories | No Comments

1Ever since creating the new business card for thinkpierce.com, I’ve been reminded of all of the business cards I’ve had from my remodeling days.  At the end of 2007 I was wrapping up two years of operating www.thinkpierce.com.  I was frustrated.  I was producing a lot of content, but I was also wearing myself out.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I needed a better balance, clearer direction and more business and technical insight.  All I knew was that I was overwhelmed with my own goals and needed a break.  In hindsight, if someone had slapped me around a bit and sent me back in to the ring, I probably would have kept going.  But that’s life.  In truth, because of what happened next, I gained both the technical and business insight I needed that helped shape the new direction my wife and I are headed in now. Read More

Working on a New Film…

By | Films, Stories | 2 Comments

On LocationI recently shot a short “dream sequence” that will be part of a short film I am making.  In the movie, there is a scene where a group of guys are enjoying chocolate candy…maybe a little too much…  In fact, a couple of the guys enjoy it so much that it causes them to “loose control” and enter a hallucinogenic dream.  To make this happen on screen I was faced with the task of creating a dream sequence that could fit in with the story but also not cost a lot of money.  I ended up finding a location that had a two-lane bridge with a creek running underneath it.  The idea was to “transform” the space under the bridge into a “royal room” that the character (in his dream) could stumble upon and realize ultimate chocolate bliss, where colonial servants are awaiting him with countless boxes of Whitman’s sampler chocolates. I mean, that’s what you would have come up with too, right? Read More