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October 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Scarecrows of the Desert” Scottsdale, Arizona, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “It is always quite an education to photograph the desert, a place where you quickly gain a huge respect for both wildlife and nature itself. All around Scottsdale, the Saguaro seem like sentries guarding the desertscape. Some may have been there for more than a century. Read more

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Great to know: Lee Goldberg

Author and television producer Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar and Shamus Award nominee who has written and produced scores of highly successful TV series, as well as being the author of more than 40 novels and nonfiction books. An international TV consultant, Lee has advised networks and studios across North America, Europe and Asia on the creation, writing, and production of episodic series. While some references list him as an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance sexual surrogate and a professional impersonator of Pierce Brosnan, because I worked closely with Lee and his frequent writing partner William Rabkin during the production of “seaQuest 2032” at Universal Studios Florida back in 1996, I suspect those are just rumors (grin). My experience with him? He is a great guy… and that goes for Mr. Rabkin, too.

After seeing the video embedded here where Lee appears on-camera discussing the publishing success he’s achieving with Amazon KDP, I know it will be of major interest to established and aspiring authors. Here’s the introduction courtesy of Amazon: “Even with the success of Monk and Diagnosis: Murder, it wasn’t until author Lee Goldberg revived his backlist that he saw the potential in indie publishing.” Read more

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July 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Red White & Blue” Sunland, California, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “The canyons throughout Southern California have various terrains, and getting the most interesting perspective always takes a little homework. While perched on the top of a ridge on the birthday of this great country, I once again grabbed my favorite tripod, placed sandbags on the legs to anchor it properly and started the process of laying down exposures. Read more

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On-the-go with my hero and mentor Randy Baker

I had some very good luck in my budding career about 22 years ago, when many disparate activities started leading in some positive directions for me. One of those new avenues was my first gig as a television writer, which came about because of prolific producer, director and videographer Randy Baker. Although that project never quite made it on the air, it led to a lot of collaborations with Randy over the next several years, all of which impacted me profoundly.

Before any of that happened, back when I was still a student at the University of Central Florida and president of the film club, Randy was one of the esteemed guest speakers I’d invited in. Already well known for his career achievements and knowledge, Randy’s knack for stepping forward as a local industry leader was in many ways just getting started. So all those years later when I was concepting shows, writing business plans, grant proposals and news releases and doing audio for him on shoots, he was also teaching me what it meant to be productive, to be a leader, to earn money, and to live as a freelance business professional. Read more

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A day at the beach with ATTIK’s Simon Needham

I hope you will enjoy these new images captured by Simon Needham, co-founder and executive creative director at global creative agency ATTIK. A little more than three years ago, in an interview with The San Francisco Egotist, Simon spoke about photography as one of the new creative challenges he was just beginning to take on.

“I always wanted to take pictures but was fearful of trying to learn the complexities of the technical side of it,” he said. “…I took a couple of classes, spoke to my photography friends and bought a high-end camera. I have had so much fun learning the ropes and my fear turned to joy as my pictures have continued to improve. Read more

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Randy Baker: On Location

Along with my mentor and dear friend Randy Baker, I am very proud to announce the release of our book, “Randy Baker: On Location” by yours truly. It’s available now in Softcover, Hardcover and Digital editions with no markup: http://blur.by/1crueUG Thank you very much for taking a look and for any support and feedback.

This book is a collaboration between television producer/director/videographer Randy Baker and publisher, press agent, writer and producer Roger Darnell. When you search the Internet Movie Database for Randy, you will find him listed as a director of photography, cinematographer, technical manager or camera operator for an amazing list of television shows that continues to grow year after year. The exclusive photographs in “Randy Baker: On Location” reflect his passions as a dedicated professional and a gifted imagemaker with a vibrant perspective, a humongous heart, and a great eye. All support is greatly appreciated; we hope you love the book and look forward to hearing your feedback.

If you have any questions on orders, please call me at 1.828.264.8898. Thank you very much for your interest!

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