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Archive for October 2009

Video: Phoenix- 1901 Bo Flex’d (Passion Pit Remix)

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I was looking up other new music when I stumbled on this one:

1901 is forever-old at this point but this remix was released about a week ago. I’m a huge fan of the music by Phoenix and I am always excited to see what they come up with next and who they inspire- imagine the sounds coming out influenced by this in the next 10 years!

Also- I have to say that I love Passion Pits sound too. They remind me of a road trip to Seattle I took when I was 21 with Allison, a girl I was dating at the time. We went to her cousin’s house and he had all this mixing gear in their apartment by University Bridge. It just has that ‘fresh and living” sound to it…

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Written by Michael Donovan

28/10/2009 at 8:31 am

Posted in Music, Video

Video: The White Panda – What You Know About Little Secrets (T.I. vs. Passion Pit)

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It’s new so it doesn’t have an official music video yet, but it sounds good and I’m sure it will find good visuals soon. I love it when you have genres collaborating together.

Written by Michael Donovan

28/10/2009 at 8:18 am

Posted in Music, Video

Netflix keywords

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I research about 12 hours of video each week (at least). Netflix seems to have noticed I like the following types of movies:
• Visually Striking
• Sexual Awakening
• Foreign
• Independent
• Dark
• Mind-Bending
• Cerebral
• Documentary

I wonder what that says about me… I am also curious what others are watching as well!

And, for fun, here are some films I have watched recently:
• Commune
• The Union: Business Behind Getting High
• Indie Sex: Extremes
• Inside Deep Throat
• The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing
• Valentino: The Last Emperor
• Lila Says
• The Battleship Potemkin
• Tokyo!

Written by Michael Donovan

26/10/2009 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Life

Short Hair

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This is part of some new work I have been doing. Enjoy.

Written by Michael Donovan

26/10/2009 at 11:39 pm

Posted in art, Beauty, Photography

I thought it would take an hour…

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My hard drive was starting to get full. The other day I was at Costco looking at external hard drives but I thought I should go home and conserve time, energy and space by deleting old files o my computer. I figured it would take an hour.

Tonight I dug in to make some room. I started 10 hours ago. 6 hours ago I thought I was halfway there when I deleted 350 gig of digital negatives. Then I found a folder called “Stuff,” another called “Junk,” one called “Chicago stuff,” another called “Elite” and one labeled “JS.” EACH of those folders had about 20 other folders that also had more stuff, some junk and lots of digital negatives. Overall, I think I MAY be about 1/4 the way through this process now. Yes, that is right, it will take me 40+ full hours to complete this task (one working week for the 9-5’ers… one weekend for a freelancer). I walked in to this project with about 1.3tb of data; I am pretty sure I have only about 100 gig of stuff I will end up keeping in the end. This will trim everything down to TIFF’s, a few web sized jpg’s and only a few dozen CR2 files.

This is actually a good thing. Clearly my organizational skills have been pretty weak in terms of file management. This, of course, means I am taking advantage of the situation and creating a new structure on how to handle all digital negatives, how to organize them, store them and label them. This will also help me deliver images quicker AND allow me more flexibility with the usage of images (since it will be MUCH easier to find images now).

This is also my reminder to myself: don’t take shortcuts when labeling stuff. It will cost you later.

Also- since I work for myself and do not get paid unless I am working for someone else, please feel free to email me and ask about buying one of my prints! info@MichaelDonovanPhotography.com

Written by Michael Donovan

24/10/2009 at 3:11 am

Beauty Story

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Here is a piece I shot and saved for myself. It was created during the making of an editorial I directed and shot earlier this month and will be be featured next month in an art/fashion/culture mag.

Written by Michael Donovan

18/10/2009 at 3:02 pm

Posted in art, Beauty, Culture, Photography

Artist: Damien Hirst

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I’m not getting in to the debate, i am just posting some of the work.

Written by Michael Donovan

18/10/2009 at 2:59 pm

Posted in art, Culture, Design