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Ottawa, Ontario

Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.



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walk on water

Jonathan Tom

As some of you know, the company I work with was just on a project for the band “Thirty Seconds to Mars”. The project in question was their premier of a new single called “Walk on Water” at the MTV Video Music Awards. The concept was straightforward - the band wanted to use infrared FLIR cameras to really put a different spin on the visuals in the presentation. We got involved several weeks before the VMAs to help bring together a piece of tech that isn’t normally used for entertainment and the performance that the band wanted to give.

After having seen the finished product I was, of course, impressed with the job, but also struck by the fact that the final product could be seen as race agnostic. What I mean by that is that, by watching the camera’s output, there is no way to know that Jared Leto is white and no way to know that Travis Scott is black. As far as the camera is concerned it doesn’t matter. Whether or not this was intended in the artistic design is unknown but I thought it was interesting to think about.

Anyway, here is a video of the song in question in case you hadn’t seen it:

it's complicated

Jonathan Tom

Today a magician friend of mine, Ryan Joyce, who is also Canadian (#GoCanada), put out a new video that I found really resonated with me. While his video is specifically about being a performer traveling for a living I found that I related to it all the same being one of the people who supports these performers on a day to day basis.

Enough from me though, have a look and tell me what you think.

Independent Short Films


So, I'm not usually one to go on about these things and when I'm honest with myself I'd say I'm a pretty mainstream kind of guy but today I stumbled upon a web site with a few short films on it. One of which I decided at random to watch. The story of Sam and Lillian, two people born in the same hospital, on the same day whos paths cross again years later. All in all I really enjoyed the 23 minutes it took to watch and if you have time to spare I would suggest that you watch it too.

Wednesday - Short Film from Rob Sorrenti on Vimeo.