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
Looking for a good summer read? Just go to your local newstand and browse the interior design magazine section! There you’ll find several very lengthy articles by yours truly accompanied by spectacular photos by Blackstone Edge Studios ! Just out is American Dream Cottages, with a 10 page feature (pp34-44) on Jennifer and Bret Hopkins restored 1930s cottage in Ilwaco, Washington. There are a few humorous and “yucky” stories about that makeover that didn’t make the magazine, but suffice it to say, they had to do with bat guano in massive quantities!!! Jennifer is a CPA who has no idea what a talented designer she is. Bret is amazingly handy and together they’re an awesome team.Another lengthy spread is found in this month’s Old-House Interiors magazine (pp48-54), featuring Rockabilly star Marti Brom and her husband Bobby’s 1948 Portland, Oregon, home. The tale of how they found this house online while living in Washington, D.C. and then proceeded to lose it when they made an offer is as interesting as the kitchy vintage design Marti has created for it. Having spent years as a window dresser in Texas, her style is distinct and unique. Another stunning home getting a lot of feedback is Norma Ainslie’s, which appears in the premier issue of French Country Style. Norma turned this ordinary creekside home into a sumptuous residence filled with her handiwork, including all the plasterwork, faux stone application and beamed ceilings that she created from barnwood mixed with stained wood from a big box company… The befores would make you really understand the breadth of her gift as a designer! Chapeau, Norma!!! (pp38-47). And to editor Fifi O’Neill.
More magazine spreads are on their way, including the new COLOR MAGAZINE, featuring one of my favorite homes found in Hood River, Oregon, as well as STORAGE SOLUTIONS, COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS, FLEAMARKET GARDENS, etc. ,etc.
Have a wonderful, and meaningful Memorial Day, one and all!
May 24, 2013 No Comments
Blackstone Edge Studios presents Blackstone Edge Band at the Coast. BSE Band is making a BIG SPLASH tomorrow – Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at the Coaster Theatre with songs that swing from Sinatra to Sting. The event features 10 LCD screens and a large 15′ screen upon which are Classic Film Clips edited by Blackstone Edge Studios to accompany many of the band’s songs. Audiences rave about the show wherever it appears, calling it “Phenomenal, most creative show we’ve seen!” Didier Sudre of Vie de Boheme. Lou Magor of Kenyon Hall, where the band appeared two weeks ago, has already asked the band for a return engagement.
What makes the BSE Band Show a spectacle is the fact it lives dangerously on the cutting edge of technology, with the use of Raspberry Pi computers to send moving images and sound across multiple platforms onto 11 screens. The top flight musicians must also work to click tracks, watch their screens for cues, and move ever forward! It’s a show not to be missed.
A new, exciting number with an original arrangement by musical director Dave Fleschner – Roxanne – features imagery by lead singer and Blackstone Edge Studios owner Philip Clayton-Thompson.
So, come on down to the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach!!! It’s going to be a whale of show!
April 26, 2013 No Comments
Our client Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, who has been working with new clients in India, is also being featured in Prismma, an online Indian magazine this month – available for viewing here. The article appears in the segment entitled “Globe Trot.” The expansive layout features images exclusively by Blackstone Edge Studios
Congratulations to Garrison and his growing team on being given such wonderful coverage!
(The link to BSE site, by the way, is only partially visible in the dark sofa at right!)
March 20, 2013 No Comments
By coincidence, on the very day Philip had sent one of his 16mm films – Metro 6000 – to AlfaCine for digital transfer to upload to BSE’s YouTube site, we decided to see “Argo” at Portland’s Cinemagic Theater that night. After discovering the theater in total darkness, Philip went back out and encountered a tech guy, and asked when they planned to switch to digital projection.
“Actually, that’s why the theater is dark,” he said, “we’re in the midst of the changeover right now. So the film may be a bit delayed.”
Philip asked if he could come see it, and the fellow said, “Sure, come up after the show!”
As the credits were rolling, we left the plush theater to climb the rickety stairs to the projection booth, where we felt the ghosts of Fellini’s “Eight and a Half,” “The Wild Bunch,” and Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella” hanging in the air. The Christie 35mm Projector lay in a corner, a discarded relic of yesteryear – its only value as scrap metal.
The ugly, bare walls showed evidence of frustrated projectionists, whose fists had penetrated its walls when broken film sprockets jumped out of the gate or a short loop caused the film to break.
Reams of raw footage lay scattered underfoot amid discarded takeup spools and splits.
In their place, was a gleaming, but incongruous computer-driven digital system.
The digital film lay inanimately in an oblong cassette.
Having worked on many film sets in London, Philip always volunteered to take the film canisters to London’s various labs – Rank, CFI, or Technicolor. “I just thought the lab was such an interesting part of the filmmaking process,” recalls Philip. “When a film was finished, I would sit with ‘The Timer’ working on the Hazeltine machine, which analyzed how to ‘time’ a film print for the proper amounts of red, blue, and green light.”
“I have worked in film since I was a kid,” continues Philip, “and learned every aspect, from pre-production to distribution and exhibition. Being present to witness the very moment when 100-year-old cinema technology vanished and a radical change was put in place seemed perfect to me, who has successfully embraced such inventions as the YouTube phenomena.”
Ironically, it is Philip’s vintage film “The Heaviest Load,” that has garnered more than 2 million viewers on our YouTube page, and I, who have written for Hollywood films, who got to edit some of the film clips for his Blackstone Edge Band, which uses cutting edge technology and wireless, mini computers to drive the clips to 14 different screens during the performance.
It may be the end of an era, but with Philip’s brilliant ability to see the future and embrace it wholeheartedly, I’m certain we’ll continue to stay ahead of the curve. Thank you, Philip, for your incredible vision!
March 2, 2013 No Comments
The work that Blackstone Edge Studios shot and styled for new client Ann Sacks Tile has been under wraps until now. The ASC Modern tile is an exciting new addition to their line, because it is made right here in Portland, Oregon. This color wave is called “Root Beer,” and would be a beautiful addition to any bathroom.
Shooting any reflective surface – especially glass – is a tricky proposition, but the folks at Ann Sacks Tile were very pleased with the image we created at Blackstone Edge Studios of their Lucian Metallics tile. What an absolute beaut it is!
February 12, 2013 1 Comment