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SRO at the Baghdad Last Night!

Philip Clayton-Thompson filming Air Force 1 on ground at airbase in Albuquerque from a helicopter

Philip Clayton-Thompson filming Air Force 1 on ground at airbase in Albuquerque from a helicopter

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

How to Pitch & Package Your Idea to the Movie Industry

Philip Clayton-Thompson at his flatbed editing suite

Philip Clayton-Thompson at his flatbed editing suite, cutting one of his YouTube hits with over 3 million views.

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

Ardoyne – Again & Again

Paintings by children of Ardoyne, which were displayed in an exhibition at The Tate Gallery In London - from "A Place Called Ardoyne."

Paintings by children of Ardoyne, which were displayed in an exhibition at The Tate Gallery In London – from “A Place Called Ardoyne.”

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!)

Map of Belfast, Northern Ireland 1973.

Map of Belfast, Northern Ireland 1973.

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

Blackstone Edge Studios’ Love for Filmmaking Shines Through

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!

Blackstone Edge Studios wins Gold Pixie Award for Garrison Hullinger Interior Design 60 second spot

Blackstone Edge Studios wins Gold Pixie Award for Garrison Hullinger Interior Design 60 second spot

September 17, 2013   No Comments

Blackstone Edge Studios Web Updates

It’s been such a busy summer here at Blackstone Edge Studios that we’ve barely had time to make any changes to our website.  Here are just a few of the things we’ve been up to:

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.

Grapevine Women's Health and Gynecology website designed by Blackstone Edge Studios

Grapevine Women’s Health and Gynecology website designed by Blackstone Edge Studios

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.

A late 1970s under water film that Philip photograhed, in part, here in PDX at the Port of Portland.

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

Blackstone Edge Band Performs at Coaster Theatre Saturday, April 27th

Blackstone Edge Band performing at Kenyon Hall on April 13, 2013, next stop The Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach Sat, April 27th

Blackstone Edge Band performing at Kenyon Hall on April 13, 2013, next stop The Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach Sat, April 27th

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!

BSE Band debuting the newly orchestrated version of "Roxanne" at Kenyon Hall

BSE Band debuting the newly orchestrated version of “Roxanne” at Kenyon Hall

April 26, 2013   No Comments

BSE Witnesses End of an Era in Film

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.

Christie Digital Projector

The digital film lay inanimately in an oblong cassette.

Digital Film 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