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
Another 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
Ever 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
Today we sent out our first thinkpierce e-mail greeting. Many surprises are in store for you over the next year and the thinkpierce e-mail is a great way to stay plugged in to the excitement. We also updated the site with a place to enter your e-mail on the upper left hand corner of the site for those that would like to be added to our mailing list.
Here is the first of many photo shoots that will be available on thinkpierce.com. In the previous version of thinkpierce.com, the photo gallery was a big part of the site and it will be in the new version as well. The photo shoots are a great way to depict something funny or creative under the Thinkpierce umbrella. In addition to new photo shoots like this one, I’ll also be re-introducing a smorgasbord of previous Thinkpierce photo shoots as well, each one with an inspiration all their own. This particular shoot titled “The Cruiser”, came about because up and coming photographer Sara Christian asked me to pose as an “angry customer” for a photo that was to be part of a school assignment. When approaching me, she had no idea that I would instantly brainstorm another photo shoot of my own that we could do immediately afterword!! Luckily, she agreed. Read More
I 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