I hosted last night’s Meet Up event held at the Baghdad in Portland, OR on “How to Pitch & Package Your Idea to the Movie Industry.” I enjoyed sharing my knowledge of the film industry to a standing room only (SRO) crowd. Thanks to all who attended.
I received several enthusiastic comments, including this: “It’s great to have a presenter who understands the complicated process that films go through before they go into production.”
And this from a USC graduate with a pilot film to sell: “It was great meeting you tonight. You certainly sent me in the right direction for my pitch!”
March 4, 2014 No Comments
I will be presenting a Meet Up event on Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Baghdad Theater in Portland, Oregon. The event, which will focus on “How to Pitch & Package Your Idea to the Movie Industry,” starts at 7pm. Many people have already signed up to attend, but there’s always room for more! Come on down.
February 28, 2014 No Comments
February 8, 2014 No Comments
Blackstone Edge Studios has had a number of fine photo assistants over its long history, but none so illustrious and entertaining as Matthew Dae Smith, now of Lansing, Michigan. Matthew is a highly respect AP photographer, who was chosen to cover President Obama’s visit to Michigan recently. You can also see him as the funniest of hosts on BSE’s Pack Your Kit hit YouTube series with over 100,000 hits worldwide about how pro photographers pack their gear. Kudos, Matthew!
February 8, 2014 No Comments
While snow flurries dot the Portland landscape, a flurry of national and international covers by Blackstone Edge Studios are appearing on newstands every where. This adorable seaside cabin with a lighthouse tower – article written and house styled by Donna Pizzi of BSE – is located in Cannon Beach, Oregon. We shot the cabin after photographing a pair of homes, one in Cannon Beach and another in Astoria, Oregon for the same magazine.
The Brick House Beautiful, which we photographed for Old-House Interiors before it was shuttered has now graced the covers of two Old-House Journals, including the initial 40 year anniversary cover of the combined magazines. Kudos to clients Karla Pearlstein of Restoring History and Matthew Roman of Roman LLC for the kitchen design. Here’s the cover shot of exterior.
Finally we shot an Oregon hi-tech CEO for the cover of Mobile Europe, which should appear very shortly!
We’re nearing 200 national covers very soon…
February 6, 2014 No Comments
I’ve been working on the lyrics to my original song “Ardoyne” with Daniel Buhr - a Swedish film composer of Colombian origins – which will be accompanied by excerpts from my award-winning film “A Place Called Ardoyne” that I directed in 1974, about the Troubles in Ireland. The song and new video will be premiered November 23, 2013, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington, when Blackstone Edge Band performs it there with me singing the lead.
While on location in California, shooting for our client Heritage Commons, I received an email from a native of Ardoyne now living in Wales, requesting the usage of 20 seconds of my film for a video depicting his original song “You In His Eyes.” I granted him the rights to do so, and this morning I received a very early and excited call from the songwriter Padraig Lalor. He was describing to me how emotional he was the first time he saw an excerpt from the film on YouTube, in which he appears. He just couldn’t get over having spoken to the young man (myself) who he recalls coming to Ardoyne to make that film so many years ago. I was incredibly impressed that he had a full ride to Oxford University, where he studied Milton, and from which he received his law degree. (What’s interesting is that Milton was an advocate of Free Press in his time!)
Now I must get back to memorizing my own lyrics! You’d think that would be easy, but it’s not! Come see the show. Daniel Buhr’s sister, who lives in Eugene will be there to hear her brother’s composition – the two were separated when adopted to different countries. Already, I feel the power of this song to bring reconciliation to our troubled world.
October 15, 2013 No Comments
Filmmaking has always been at the root of our careers and our passions and even brought us together.
Our client, Garrison Hullinger, a whiz on social media, was excited by the prospect of our latest promotional film concept that shows not only GHID’s superb work, but also the faces and personalities behind his growing business. As a setting, we used the Waterfront Pearl Condos Penthouse, since we were also shooting the two showcase condos the company had decorated.
This film was used as a promo tool at 2013 Street of Dreams, where over 60,000 attendees viewed the video that played in the rec room throughout the day and month-long event. Now it’s available for the public on YouTube for all to see.
The first video we created for GHID won a Gold Pixie Award for Animation. Blackstone Edge Studios loves filmmaking!
September 17, 2013 No Comments
Created a website for a new gynecology firm in Hillsboro near Orenco Station. Drs. Sarah Jordan and Nicola Rotberg are opening their doors at Grapevine Women’s Health and Gynecology, LLC on September 3rd.
Blackstone Edge Studios keeps returning to its first love – filmmaking – with promo pieces, restoration of previous films to HD, big YouTube hits like “The Heaviest Load,” which just tipped the 2.2 million hit mark! Check out our “YouTube” page to see what’s new.
Years ago, Philip produced many industrial films, when America was littered with smoke stack industries. His clients included: Bechtel, Chevron, Bethlehem Steel, GE, Morrison Knudsen, etc. He traveled the length and breadth of the US, lugging camera equipment to film in quarries, mines, hanging out of helicopters or off the sides of skyscrapers in Las Vegas. The most arcane film, which actually brought him to the Port of Portland many years before we located here, was “The Repair of Submerged Concrete Structures.” It rained every day during the 4-day shoot, but it didn’t matter, because it was underwater photography! Little did he know that he would come to live here much later.
Notice the new rotating images on our blog banner… Shot at Trillium Lake, and various magazine locations. Speaking of magazines, we’ve already mentioned our latest covers in our last post, which now appear here.
Stay tuned for further updates… Soon!
August 13, 2013 No Comments
It’s no news that magazines have been undergoing some hard times lately! But we were surprised to find that the popular Old-House Interiors is now being combined with Old-House Journal into one better and brighter single edition. Editor Patricia Poore has written poignantly of her days as a new mom starting Old-House Interiors in 1995, to her present-day tripartite editorship with Arts & Crafts Homes Revival and Early Homes and now the combining of the Old-House magazines. You can scroll through a couple of decades of magazines, where you’ll find many of our covers and stories, if you link here.
We’d forgotten a couple of our own covers in the mix, starting with this summer 1997 cover of a bath we photographed up in the Spokane, Washington, area.
And this one from Fall 2004, a kitchen designed by old-house aficionados, Steve Austin & Cathy Hitchcock, here in Portland, Oregon.
You can see a number of our articles online, including a portion of the cover article from the new combined October 2013 edition of Old-House Journal here. And here’s BSE’s cover on the newly combined magazine of the Brick House Beautiful owned by Sue Carter & Bob Low, celebrating Old-House Journal’s 40th anniversary!
August 2, 2013 No Comments
Doctors Sarah Jordan and Nicola Rotberg are opening the doors to their new business, Grapevine Women’s Health & Gynecology on September 3, 2013.
Conveniently located near Orenco Station in Hillsboro at 5880 NE Cornell Rd, Suite C 97124, the new business will address women’s health and nutritional needs from adolescence upward. Dr. Jordan and Dr. Rotberg share an impressive background with a wide range of skills and interests. Call for an appointment today at 971-288-0987.
Congratulations to Doctors Jordan and Rotberg! We wish them all the very, very best!
July 10, 2013 No Comments