Went to Cassandra Barney’s show in Park City. It was nice to see her and look at her new work. It feels like there should be a film about her art in the works---she is a high energy girl, funky mama, and amazing artist. (check out her work, link on this blog)


I am poaching 2 Christmas greetings this year as my contribution to the Ranch Exit Christmas Celebration.
This one is from Specialized Bikes... just watch and enjoy a Christmas carol made with only sounds of bike parts.
This one is from Shari from her blog “The Glass Doorknob.” It is her and Tom sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and I think it is about the sweetest thing I have ever heard. I can just see Shari and Tom sitting on the couch singing this together.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and let’s all have a brilliant New Year together.


Just finished up filming with Ellery at the Stratton Mountain School in Vermont. Thanks Sam and Matt for the fun short trip.


Just had a nice road trip to Breckenridge Colorado to film Ellery Hollingsworth for New Pollution on Fuel TV. Ellery is a young snowboarder that is on the US Snowboard team and rides for Burton. She is fun nice kid and a great snowboarder. I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said that, after of course being a pro snowboarder, she wanted to be a surgeon. Good luck Ellery you rule.


This is Chris Bauermeister We officially started the film about Jawbreaker with his interview in Olympia, WA. Chris is a real interesting guy, very passionate about history, and toys. Collections of both are displayed prominently through his house. Chris spent lots of time with us talking about jawbreaker. Many thanks Chris.



Staying on the topic of film makers who stick their neck out. Last night Justin Stephens had the Utah Premiere of his latest (I think 8th?) film "The Truth". Justin has got serious GUMPTION. Gumption comming out of his pores. Under incredibley difficult circumstances Justin managed to get his films made. Massive ammounts of talent and a raging desire to make each project better than the last led to him being the most respected film maker in the world of wakes.
Justin and I made our first film together. I was blown away at how driven he was. Thanks to Justin for the inspiration and for all the fun gigs over the years. This shot is of me shooting an interview for justin. Photo by Josh Letchworth.


I have always been a fan of Spike Lee. His book “Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It” really did change my life and altered the way I look at filmmaking. Most of the book is from his journals as he was making his film “She’s Gotta Have It.” I don’t know if the book is still in print, but it is worth hunting down.

From the introduction by Spike Lee:
“Everybody and his mother has a script or is a filmmaker, but the ones who gets their films done are the ones who don’t listen when everybody says, “Forget it, you’re wasting time and money.” The ones who believe, have an unwavering faith in their films and ability and are almost, but not quite, willing to kill to get that “bad boy” made, will prevail---’cuz dat’s what it takes.”

It remind me of some of my filmmaker heroes close to home. Tim who stuck his neck out and pulled out his credit card out to make the Minutemen documentary and now is starting his second music documentary and talking about his third. Also Jared Hess who stuck his neck way out and did not compromise on his first film Napoleon Dynamite.


Burnside for everyone else

This you tube vid just made a whole lotta sense to me. It reminded me of a "burnside" for non-skaters. If your not familiar with the sotry of Burnside, then spend a minute. Hopefully you can find some inspiration there.


What is wrong with this sign?


Steve’s word of the day.
a word made by rearranging the letters of another like
art made from rat.
cinema made from iceman


Shirt Winner #3!!!

Brent hit us up with this photo of him at a ranch exit! Brent has some great stuff to say from a 2 wheel perspective. Nice work Brent. Yellow or Green? XL,L, or M?


It is super cold in Utah today. Wife doing a project, me with kids. Organize thousands of photos. Found this shot of Tim in the subway in Paris after a month on the road---I think we were ready to go home, but it was a brilliant trip, we had a trip of a lifetime at the Tour de France 2004. Hans just put this up.


Shirt Winner #2!

This one is from Chris C. He's a teacher in the Communications Dept. at BYU. He's also a film maker and has directed many commercials and documentaries. Thanks for sharing your space Chris. Let me know what color and size you want.


1st Shirt Winner!!

Brad B. is our first winner. Brad is a great documentary film maker that steve and I both had as a student at one point or another. If you get a chance to see any of his films, take advantage of it. Lots of talent pouring out of him. I still show one of Brads films to my students every year.

Still two spots left in contest number one, and we have yet to have any photos of workspaces. Thanks for starting it off Brad. Forgot to ask you, do you want green or yellow and what size?
Finally snow in town.
Tim did Brighton this morning,
20 inches of powder.


Win an oi documentary shirt contest #2

Ok, Contest #1 is still active, any of you folks take a photo at a ranch exit sign on the way home from thanksgiving travels? Anyway, contest number two may be a bit easier to pull off. Steve and I have always been interested in peoples workspaces. So the first 3 people to send us a photo of their workspace will recieve a shirt. Doesn't have to be the workspace where you make a living, could be a hobby workspace or??? I just finished building some shelf units for my space. here's a photo. Send your entries to tim at oidocumentary dot com. Buena Suerte


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Art Quote of the day:
I was watching a documentary about Robert Rauschenberg and his son said this...

“If you are paying attention to what’s going on around you and looking for things that are beautiful...(and) if you go to the museum you see much more beautiful things on the way to the museum that actually see inside it.”

Photographer, Christopher Rauschenberg


Wanna win an oi documentary shirt???

here's the contest. The first 3 people to email us a photo of themselves next to a ranch exit sign will win. email entries to tim at oidocumentary dot com. Buena Suerte.


Blake Nyman from surface skis posing in the new oi shirts that he screened for us. It is a drawing of my bolex and it says “oi documentary” on the bottom. They come in green and gold. It you want Blake to screen you some shirts you can get a hold of him at F7Promotions@gmail.com. I’m not sure what we are doing with these shirts---Maybe we should have a contest or something---or Tim and I are always down to trade or...???


This is Sam and Matt. Shooter and host of New Pollution, an upcomming show on fuel tv. We spent a couple days last week working with them doing some interviews and whatnot with Tyson, the 11 year old ripper from sandy. On the last day we shot at the indoor park at ogio and managed to get a little session in on the mini before tyson showed up. It was a pleasure working with you guys.

This is my grandpa. He worked as an engineer for the NBC's Blue radio network in the 40's. The red and blue networks of nbc were split up by the courts and the Blue became ABC. When TV came around the heads of the network asked him and his coworkers to build everything they needed to start broadcasting TV. A tall order. He stayed with ABC until he retired just after the '84 olympics. He's been helping me out a lot getting all the equipment wired up for power, as well as helping me solder all the connections in the audio patch bay. Many thanks Grandpa Giff!


Tim, the second smartest dude in the whole world.
We are setting up world headquarters of “oi documentary services.”
Digibeta, HD, DVCAM, new monitors, new computers, new software, new furniture, patch panels, a very big TV (monitor) for the client lounge and enough cable to make you crazy.
Tim the mastermind of it all.
Tim tells me stories of his childhood where random adults told him he was wasting his time because he was playing with RC cars, skateboards, punk music, computer games, dungeons and dragons...all things that have made Tim Tim, a perfect blend of creativity and technical know how.
Thanks Tim, I owe you a burrito.


Documentary quote of the day:

“The documentary idea, after all, demands no more than that the affairs of our time shall be brought to the screen in any fashion which strikes the imagination and makes observation a little richer than it was. At one level, the vision may be journalistic; at another, it may rise to poetry and drama. On another level again its aesthetic quality may lie in the mere lucidity of its expositions.”

I read this quote my first year as a film student. I have always liked it. My text told me it was John Grierson. Later I was trying to find the quote and Tim looked it up on the world wide web it was some Noel person...? I always liked the idea that the father of documentary said it, but what are you going to do?

Anyway the important thing is that there are many different styles of documentary filmmaking, no one way or right way.

(This photo is of a painting by Norwegian artist/filmmaker Magnus Henriksen. I like his paintings and he has a cool style of documentary filmmaking, I call it Freestyle Documentary)


Happy Jack-o-lantern Day everyone.

rocked out at the call's
cross ref here


You can now get the Nacho Libre DVD and see the work Tim and I did on it.
We did a bunch of the behind-the-scene documentaries. It was one of the coolest gigs we have ever done, hanging out in Mexico and watching super creative people do their stuff.

THANKS to Jack Black, Mike White, Bill Rus, Julia Pistor, Lynn O'Leary, Cindy Walker, Emily Sullivan and David Kenny and a jumbo deluxe large and spacious thanks to Jared and Jerusha Hess, and of course our favorite French Mexican the one and only Frederic Henocque.
(look close in this picture and you will see the reflection of Jared Hess)
Ben Watts
360 transfer.
Redmond, Oregon while filming for "New Pollution" on Fuel TV.
(video grab)
Bend Oregon
Filmed snowboarder/skateboarder Ben Watts.
We shot at Redmond Skatepark. This kids has a cool snowboard influenced style that is fast and links the whole park together with nice transfers. Keep a look out for Ben in The snowboard season. He rides for Burton and I hear he rules.


stumbled into Batteries Not Included today. A cool blog about using old cameras. They had a link to a kodak offer to get some free filmclick here to grab it


Last night I had my class process some black and white super8 film in buckets. It's a lot of fun, but makes a bit of a mess. Thanks to Jake for offering up his apartment.


Spent a couple days with Craig Mast and Pete Paulic in Warren, Ohio. We shot at Craigs Barn Ramp and a handful of skateparks around ohio for the New Pollution show on fuel. Class act dudes, thanks guys.


Road trip north.
Utah, Idaho, Oregon.
Skate shoot in Bend.
More later.
What's up Tim?
How was Ohio?
Any photos?


Another good Seve Vs. Evan Show. I like Brent’s comments on the show.


John Katovsich music supervisor Fuel TV and super handsome in a bunny suit.


Documentary filmmaker and film of the day.
Filmmaker: Jørgen Leth from Denmark.
Film: “A Sunday in Hell”
A film about the one day bike race Paris-Roubaix 1976 featuring Eddy Merckx and others. A great film for cyclist, art/documentary film fans, and about anybody interested in 1970's Euro fashions. My friend Brent Hulme turned me on to this film about 15 years ago.


Taliah Lempert, an artist I really like, was at the bike show. I bought a this small original piece of a old BSA bike. Also bought a raffle for a painting of a Davis Phinney's bike to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. I talked with Davis about a ride my college friends, Jon Heaton and Russell Wrankle, and I did with Davis at the Moab Fat Tire Festival in 1988. We took off without him on a ride and when he caught up he talked about us dropping him---he was trying to make us feel good or something. Jon kept messing with Davis calling him Dave and making Davis’ wife laugh. Jon the ultimate farm boy from Idaho. ...anyway it was great to see Taliah, I really like her artwork.
At the bike show in Vegas.
Ran into Nasty (Cory Nastazio).
He is a lovely human,
amazing bike rider.
He hugged me and jumped around and screamed and couldn’t stop talking about his son.
The Nasty one is a dad dad daddy-o...very cool.
Tim and I did a film about Nasty a few years ago (Nasty’s World), one of my favorite films.


Been filming Tyson Bowerbank, he is this amazing 11 year old skater from Salt Lake City. We are filming for the new Fuel TV show about kids called "New Pollution." This kid is a great street skater and is also an amazing transition skater-pulling of big airs over the pool coping at South Jordan Skatepark. Being an old man skater I love watching a kid this young destroy a bowl.


To all the Utah people:
We are having a screening of the Burton Silverman Documentary at the BYU Museum of Art. The screening is on Thursday September 21st at 7:00 pm. There will be food and a Jazz band afterward. Burton is going to be there. Should be good fun. Tim, Rose Card and I worked on this film. Rose is an intern from BYU and did an amazing job. This is a documentary mostly about his drawings that are at the museum for the next few months.


Alcatraz SharkFest 2006 San Francisco. It was a great swim.


guess where steve is?


Here's steve and Ryan Purcell in the foley booth during the sound recording/ mixing session on the 4 fuel spots we recently finished.


Next time Tim and I are in Wisconsin we WILL cruise the lake in the DRAGONFLY. I can't wait.