Two weeks in Bhutan shooting Joseph Rosendo’s TRAVELSCOPE on PBS

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I recently returned from two weeks in Bhutan (and two days in Bangkok) shooting two episodes of the PBS show Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope. I had an amazing experience in one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have had the pleasure of visiting.

Please feel free to visit my Facebook photo album of more than 100 pictures I took with my iPhone during the trip.

Sound Mixing Reality TV Pilot for Nat Geo Channel

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I recently returned from a two-week trip to Tennessee and Kentucky where we were shooting a reality show pilot for the National Geographic Channel. I had an amazing time revisiting a part of the country where I spent several years of my childhood, and getting to know some very unique families who are the subjects of the show.

While I can’t yet reveal anything about the content or premise of the program, I have been okayed to share this photo I took while we were there, of me holding a man’s finger, which should pique just about anybody’s curiosity.

“No Love Lost” World Premiere at Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood, CA

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My latest short film offering, No Love Lost, will have its world premiere at the Shockfest Film Festival, being held November 16 & 17, 2012 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California.

The film will be featured in the Midnight Massacre shorts program, starting at midnight on Friday, November 16th.

My previous short film, Anti-Samaritan Hotline, screened at Shockfest in 2010 and took home the festival’s top prize, the Shocker Award, in addition to being nominated for two other awards (including myself for Best Director). Therefore, I have a tremendous fondness for this fun festival and couldn’t be more pleased to have my new film premiere there.

Tickets to Shockfest can be purchased here: http://shockfest2012.eventbrite.com

Trailer for “No Love Lost”

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I am very pleased to share with you the trailer for my new short film “No Love Lost”, which is now live on my Darque Day Productions YouTube channel, on the “No Love Lost” IMDb page and website, and RIGHT HERE.

The film is complete and I am currently submitting it to film festivals. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements of screenings.

Sound Mixing BURIED TREASURE: New Short from THE RIVER Stars Leslie Hope & Jeff Galfer

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Me with Actor-Director Leslie Hope in the desert shooting BURIED TREASUREI spent the last week of June 2012 working as the production sound mixer on BURIED TREASURE — a new short film from Actor-Director Leslie Hope (24, The River) and Actor-Writer-Producer Jeff Galfer (The River). I worked with Leslie previously as the production sound mixer on her award-winning short film GAYKEITH.

I don’t usually post about short films that I work on here on my website, but this was a particularly special shoot. We had an unbelievable cast and crew, that included several people who worked with Leslie and Jeff on ABC’s acclaimed TV series The River, including multiple Emmy and Academy Award-winning or nominated folks on the crew.

However, even more important than the renown of many of those involved was the fact that this was a truly special and enjoyable shoot to work on, with everyone donating time to help Jeff Galfer (who wrote the script and stars in the film) bring this deeply personal story to life. A tight-knit little family of a crew was created in just one week, and it was the type of production experience that manages to perfectly congeal all too seldom.

I look forward to seeing (and hearing) the finished product in the coming months.

Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards Ceremony

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The Travelscope Crew at the 2012 Daytime Emmys Creative Arts AwardsOn Sunday, 17 June 2012, I attended the Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards Ceremony with my wife and the rest of the Travelscope crew. The awards ceremony was held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown L.A.

As production sound recordist for the show, I was nominated (along with post-sound mixer Jason Grigg) for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Live Action. We competed against four other nominated programs, including this year’s winner, Sesame Street. The Travelscope team also had two other nominations: host & director Joseph Rosendo was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Special Class Directing; and series cameramen Zebediah Smith (who won the Emmy last year) and Jon Speyers were co-nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography.

Although we didn’t bring home any wins, we had a great time at the ceremony and after-party, and consider the program’s triple-nomination a success in and of itself.

Daytime Emmy Nomination for Sound Mixing on PBS’ TRAVELSCOPE!

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Emmy-AwardsI am very proud to announce that I, along with post audio mixer Jason Grigg, have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Live Action, for our work on the PBS show Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope. I am honored and beyond excited that my first award nomination for work as a sound mixer comes from such a prestigious organization. I can’t wait for the awards ceremony, which takes place in Downtown Los Angeles on June 17, 2012.

Visit the official Daytime Emmys page for the full list of nominees.

DRINKING MADE EASY Season 3 Commences Production

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Chad the Sound Guy drinking on the job at Sun King Brewery in IndianapolisMay 2012 saw the commencement of production on the third season of Drinking Made Easy on HDNet (soon to become AXS TV). I continue in my role as the production sound recordist, but my inebriated alter ego, Chad, also makes occasional appearances as a secondary character on the show, Chad the Sound Guy. We have already filmed five of the season’s thirteen episodes and this season is already proving to be just as fun and entertaining as both of the previous seasons.

Follow both @ChadTheSoundGuy and @A_TAD on Twitter for regular updates on our adventures as we traverse North America searching out the local drinks and culture of each city we visit.

New TALES from the TUB episode feat. Cinematographer Anthony C. Kuhnz

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Episode 9 of TALES from the TUB is now live on YouTube. This episode features cinematographer Anthony C. Kuhnz, and the interview was shot while on location in Tokyo, Japan shooting an episode of Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope for PBS.

Visit the Darque Day Productions YouTube channel or the TALES from the TUB Facebook page for more info and videos.

Two weeks in Japan shooting Joseph Rosendo’s TRAVELSCOPE on PBS

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IMG_1935I recently returned from two weeks in Japan shooting two episodes of PBS show Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope. We shot for a little over a week all around Tokyo, and also braved the seas on a 25.5-hour boat trip to the seldom-visited Ogasawara Islands (formerly known as the Bonin Islands) where we enjoyed five days of shooting and learning about these beautiful islands with a fascinating and unique history. It was a privilege to get to such a varied introduction to so many aspects of Japanese culture.

Check out my Facebook photo album of more than 100 photos (primarily ones taken with my iPhone) to get a glimpse of what we saw and experienced.