When I learned that Kent Meister would be visiting Tulsa for Christmas break, it didn’t take me long to take advantage of the opportunity. After various visits to thrift stores, I was able to come up with replica costumes from a movie I had made over 10 years ago named Cai Chi. Sitting down in an esteemed interview, Kent and I ad-libbed answers to a variety of questions about making the Cai Chi movie. The footage will be combined with the release of the Cai Chi Movie in the Fall of 2013. Special thanks to videographer and photographer Valerie Grant for working behind the scenes to make it all happen. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
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One day I set up three tables outside my apartment that held bowls of eggs, heads of lettuce and tomatoes. Then I invited 10 friends over to throw them at me while I ran down the stairs of my apartment and got it on video featuring music by And There Stand Empires. There’s basically no other way to describe it. Enjoy! Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
Today’s video revisits the Captain Robert play that I wrote in High School showing a scene called, “The Lunch I Brought.” Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
It’s Jonathan’s Birthday on September 16th! Wish Jonathan a Happy Birthday, by helping him reach 500 Page “likes” at Facebook.com/Thinkpierce! And while you’re there, watch this week’s new Thinkpierce video right on the Thinkpierce Facebook Page! You’ve seen the Thinkpierce photo galleries, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the set of a Thinkpierce photo shoot, surrounded by the insanity? Well we’re going to take care of that for you with this week’s video. Join Jonathan, Paul, and Spencer at Creek Country Land Fill as they eat dogs, sit on egg crates and let the good times roll in a behind the scenes look on the set of a Thinkpierce photo shoot. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
Jonathan Pierce performs an “ad-lib” playing the role of an unlikely hiring manger. Sit back and relax as Jonathan explains the importance of filling out an “app”. The story behind this video is simple. One day I was visiting the guys of the beef baloney TV show at the “beef baloney house.” Before long I was handed a silver wig, a hockey jersey and a clipboard, and then heard, “Go!” And hence, the “App” video was born. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
In this new video I promote the weekly Thinkpierce email, referring to it as the “Mother of all Emails.” Special thanks to Josh Mitchell for providing a schwammin’ media set up to make this video happen. So pop some popcorn, grab a Diet Rite, and let the viewing experience begin…but have some other things lined up to watch as well, cuz it’s only two minutes long. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
It was the Saturday morning event I had been looking forward to all month, a special gathering where the guys and I could just relax over a meal straight off the grill. After slicking back my hair with Palmolive, I ran over my checklist to make sure everything was packed for the big outing. Hot dogs; check, egg crates; loaded, party grill; packed, hair combed; done, ironed shirt and crimped dress slacks; ready. Yep, I was ready. I thundered up my limited edition Grand Marquee, and swooped up Paul and Spencer. You know how a huge 4 door family car looks when it’s being pushed to its limit taking the type of extreme turns that cause the weight of the vehicle to grind on the street? Well, if you do, then you know exactly what it would have been like to see me behind the wheel that day. Words can’t describe how special it was for us all to be road raging again, heading to our favorite stomping grounds. We cranked the stereo and stuck our heads out the car windows, screaming with excitement just like in the movies when characters are “acting crazy on a cool road trip with their friends”.
Finally we pulled in to the city dump entrance. We drove up on to the scale to get weighed, put on our dark sunglasses and played it cool as we waited for the green light to signal us forward. A few tense moments passed then finally the light granted us access, “Score!” we all murmured under our breaths. Even though the only reason for the delay was because the landfill attendant was distracted from the TV show he was watching, it still always made us feel like we had just “sneaked” by a gate guard in an undercover operation. Once the land fills mobile office was in our rear-view, we put pedal to metal, ripping and roaring up the dirt road leaving a tornado of dust behind us. Was that additional act of road rage really necessary? No, but boy did it feel great. Once we made it to the top, the excitement set in as I realized we were about to partake in our monthly “guys afternoon out” ritual: a business casual, grilled lunch on egg crates at our favorite landfill.
I brought the vehicle to a screeching halt creating the type dust storm that only one vehicle could create; you guessed it, my limited edition Grand Marquee. We grabbed some ballpark franks and fired up the grill. This was our moment to relax, kick back on an egg crate and just be ourselves. Sure there was the occasional trash truck that always seemed to intentionally prolong the dumping of the load just to annoy us. Or the homeowner with a truck full of left over garage sale items that gave us a pretty intense stare down. But we had learned that if we were going to hold our gatherings at the city land fill, then those were just things we were going to have to deal with. But the truth is, even with the occasional distractions we always got plenty of time up there to chow down on a great grilled ballpark frank and have some great conversations. Some people might say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but in our experience one mountain of trash has been another man’s treasured gathering place to eat a great hot dog with a couple of friends. Thinkpierce! Something New Every Friday.
I don’t know what it is about laying eyes on a snow covered back alley that would make someone consider setting up an amp guitar combo and do a photo shoot in their long johns, but if your name happens to be Jonathan Pierce at that moment, it’s basically a no brainer. That’s pretty much all it took to inspire this “heavy metal meets lumber jack Mcquack” snow shoot. Daniel Sutliff manned the camera as I proceeded to take the photos of my life. But don’t take my word for it. Deep-sea dive in to the new “Lumberjack Mcquack” photo shoot and see for yourself. Thinkpierce! Something new Every Friday.
This week’s entertainment proves that there really is no method to the madness when it comes to Thinkpierce photo shoots. In this case, it all started with an arctic drive through downtown Tulsa one day in January. As I half drove and half slid through the black ice, I came upon a snow-covered patch of land that had a great view of downtown Tulsa. I decided I needed to check it out. After sloshing in to a nearby parking spot, I walked around the space a bit and started to realize what was about to happen… a new Thinkpierce photo shoot. In that moment three things came in to focus in my mind, an old school TV, lawn chairs and RC Cola. But items like that couldn’t be celebrated alone. Oh no, a photo shoot like this demanded a dynamic duo. It wasn’t difficult to decide who would be the perfect person to call either, Brian Spratt of course.
Brian was a long time friend, and also one of the few people that knew when my name popped up on their cell phone, that there would be no way of predicting what was waiting for them on the other end. This phone call was no different. Brian was immediately invited to join me in the snow for an upcoming photo shoot. I explained that we would be sitting in lawn chairs watching tv, downing popcorn and RC Cola having the “hang out & tv watching ” experience of a life time. There were a couple a laughs and then came Brian’s response, “Sure”. I’ve known Brian so long, that there isn’t even really a “You’re gonna do what!??” reaction involved, it’s more of situation where he just wants to know what all he’s agreeing to by being a part of it… and if you get a phone call from me, that is a very smart question to ask. Let’s just say Brian knows me well.
A quick visit to the thrift store and Warehouse Market took care of the props. Next up was getting a photographer. Marshall Baker had been working with me on a variety of projects and this “Snow TV” photo shoot was about to be added to the checklist. Marshall was the go to “media man” running his own mixed media business, which continues to this day. Whether it was recording your album, shooting your video, or taking your picture, Marshall was doing it all. I edited the final pictures in a very gritty style, which he will probably slap me for, but to get the full Marshall Baker experience you should check out his work for yourself. Not only is he still at it years later, he’s really taken it to the next level. See first hand by visiting his website, redcrowncompany.com. I hope you enjoy the new “Snow TV” photo shoot and I highly recommend viewing it while downing a fist full of popcorn followed by a power slurp of RC Cola… and if you’re feeling really crazy, do what we did and throw a couple cans of Diet Rite in to the mix. Thinkpierce.com…Something new every Friday.
One 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!
I’m always writing down new ideas, which causes me to always have stacks of papers lying around in various places and at the time I tacked them all up on the walls of my apartment. All I would have to do is clear off one of the walls and I would have the blank slate I needed to create my new lime green world. As the lime green photo shoot idea bounced around in my head, I happened to notice some green colored Jones Soda in a gas station one day… and without much effort on my part, my first prop had presented itself.
But that was just the beginning, I also had some cinder blocks that had been left behind by the previous apartment tenant, Nathan Gray who was then wrapping up his joint venture comedy show Beef Baloney and about to join the bluegrass band, Grass Crack.
When I first moved in to the apartment, I noticed that Nathan had paired the cinder blocks with slats of wood to create a “shelving solution” like no other. It was quite something and I knew that the “passing on” of the cinder blocks came with great responsibility. It was up to me to breathe new life in to them and that’s exactly what I planned to do. Once they were painted lime green and stacked on top of each other, the cinder blocks would make perfect pedestals for the green colored Jones soda bottles. Next, I needed some type of chair or furniture piece to sit on. I settled on a coffee table from the thrift store that was just tall enough to do the trick.
Now it was time to get to work. After testing out a few different shades of green from my local Home Depot, I found a winner and got the painting party started. I don’t know if the next idea was paint fume inspired or not, but I decided it would be cool for smoke to be rising out of the soda bottles in some of the shots. With some trial and error, I learned that if I broke the bottle at the bottom just enough to allow airflow, I could put a couple sticks of incense inside and create the smoke effect I was looking for. After I hung three cheap work lights at the top of my new lime green wall, I was ready to roll. I called up photographer Sarah McElravy who was ironically the little sister of the apartment’s previous tenant Nathan Gray and BLAM! It was photo shoot time! Thanks to Sarah and the color lime green, we ended up with some really unique shots. The last photo of the bunch provides a visual storyboard of what it took to create the set of this lime green photo shoot from start to finish. Enjoy! Special thanks to photographer Sarah McElravy.