Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Video GallixSEE has moved...

I have ported to Wordpress and thanks to Tim at New Media Synergy I have a hosted blog that will give me far more flexibility than Blogger does. Now to learn a whole lot more about CSS and all that jazz... *sigh* Come on over and check out my shiny new digs!

The (New) VideoGALLIxSEE

oh, and tell yer friends if you fancy!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Whetzel does it live...

I Have a Secret (Palmwine Guitar) :: Oh Yeah! (Throat Singing)
Run Time: 3min 09sec :: 1min 52sec
Creator's Page: Directed and shot by gALLIxSEE::media::
with second camera work by the lovely Greg of Innermission Online Additional Information: Music Performed by James Whetzel of Funketabla

James’ West African Palmwine style guitar song “I Have A Secret:

Six beats translated into throat sung “oh yeahs”:

It's so much more fun to watch when it's live... James did his last show in Seattle before heading on a cross-country road trip at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Greg of Innermission and myself were on hand to capture every last bit of his strange and wonderful brand of musical delights. And check that backdrop- someone asked me if that was CGI- ha!

Be sure to take a peek at the new Funketabla website. James is now on the road and has been posting vlog entries of his trip there. He bought a little point and shoot still camera with video capabilities and is having a good ol' time with it. Check it out


Thursday, March 01, 2007

My Convenient Truths

I am a Climate Activist
Run Time: 2min 0sec
Creator's Page: This is a collaboration between gALLIxSEE::media:: (me!), Amy Burgess and Phil Mitchell of
Additional Information: This is our Submission to the "Convenient Truths" Green Video contest. If you dig it, please vote for it

**Click at bottom of the video to play**

This was so much fun to make. Phil Mitchell and Amy Burgess were my awesome collaborators and I am newly inspired. Now we just have to get those votes coming in... our main goal in making this video was to get Phil's 2People out to the world and in front of the celebrity panel of judges. I, obviously, only did it for the prizes. Just kidding. I did it for the love of it, for the planet, and to get my work seen by the panel of celebrity judges. To do that, though, we need to be in the top ten... and it is you, John and Jane Q. Public, who decides the top ten. So please, please, please... take a minute and

vote for our video!!!

pretty please?

UPDATE: Thanks to all of your support we made it into the final round... now we get to twiddle our green thumbs until April 19th when they will announce the winners to kick off Earth Day weekend. I'll be sure to let y'all know how it comes out! Regardless, we have gotten a lot of exposure as a result of this contest. Our piece screened at the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival and we just got an email from a film festival in Italy that wants to screen the video as well. yup. Video contests are cool.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A lil' Tabla Poetry for Ya, babe...

Dhagenatin/If You Find One (Tabla Poetry #1)
Run Time: 1min 0sec
Creator's Page: This is another video collaboration between gALLIxSEE::media:: (me!) and James Whezel of

***Click to Play!!!***

James Whetzel and I have a lot of fun with our collaborations. This one was shot in a day on location in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. It happened to be snowing that day. Unprotected bald heads and snow make for quite a bit of cursing and hilarity. I'm not normally one to laugh at others' pain, but this was just funny (you have to watch the video all the way through to know what I'm referencing here).

James called me just after Christmas to tell me he wanted to make this video. He had performed his tabla poetry compositions for a group at a Christmas party and the response was quite positive. We chose quintessential Seattle locations and backgrounds for this video: Lakeview Cemetery (where we shot the snow scene), Volunteer Park Conservatory, and paintings/sculptures from Seattle Artists Francis Celantano and Parks Anderson, respectively.

If you're wondering what exactly Tabla Poetry is, James explains it like this:

"What it is is putting English words to the rhythms of tabla compositions. First there is a simple gat (tabla composition) and then an English poem set to the melody and rhythm of the gat."

I've included the lyrics in the image below. Whaddya think? Tabla Poetry #2 will be in production in March... and it looks to be even more interesting than #1... we're shooting on location at the Seattle Center with a cast and full run of the grounds. And I even get a PA this time! Hooray! Stay tuned...

TablaPoetry #1

Monday, January 22, 2007

::and so it is::

Think It So
Run Time: 4min 44sec
Creator's Page: Malcolm Cohan is the brilliant mind behind the Vision Statement Project and the creator of these videos... wow.

So I stumbled upon this video tonight and found myself overcome by the synchronicity and inspiration of it. Wow. What a simple concept- Malcolm culls techniques from well known self-help/new age philosophies like Abraham Hicks' Law of Attraction made popular by The Secret and Vision Boards from The Artist's Way and distills them down into a simple, easy for anyone to do little project that could quite possibly change one's way of life altogether. I was thinking while driving today about how important it is to know what I want. After all, how can I create my life if I don't even know how I want it to look?! And in waltzes Malcolm. Ta-Da! So simple and yet somehow, pretty profound.

I'm feeling so inspired that I'm going to start working on mine tonight. I'd like to encourage you all to create your own destinies as well.
So here's the deal- this is the first video gallixsee challenge ever: I'm giving you all to the full moon on February 1st to sift through all the good the bad and the scary in web photos and video. Find the imagery that inspires you the most- that reflects your highest visions of what is possible in your life. Collage it all together with some good music and perhaps some fun effects and clock it in under 3 minutes. Then upload it to a video hosting service (I like Revver because they support artists like us by sharing ad revenues, but I won't hold it against you if you upload to YouTube) and post a link here in the comments section- or you can send it to me privately using the mail link in the sidebar. The top two videos (judged by some complex algorithm and criteria matrix that I will make up as I go along) will be featured here on the site and given lots of applause and love. I'm going to finish mine within the week and will post it here for inspiration or, for you to laugh at- whichever comes first.

Ready, set... goooooooogle (or flickr- there are lots of CC licensed photos there, but don't forget to give the creators credit!)

I can't wait to see what we all come up with!