The NERDprov Shoot


The images presented with this post are from a recent photo shoot, featuring local improv comedy group – NERDprov. As you might guess, these guys focus their material around topics like Harry Potter, Superheroes and video games. They needed shots for their new site and promo material, and I was honored to come take them.

The photos were shot on location at The Market Theater, home of Unexpected Productions, right behind the gum wall by Seattle’s Pike Place Market. We used the main stage for group shots, and a smaller stage out front for solo portraits. I had a ton of fun. A bunch of comedians is not what you’d call a boring client, plus it’s not every day I get to take pictures of people in costume.

If you get the chance, you should go see NERDprov do their thing (check their site for upcoming shows). Also, if you’re the organizer of a con or other such nerdy event, NERDprov may be just the entertainment you’re looking for. Find more NERDprov on Facebook and Twitter.

More and more, I find myself photographing performers and artists. I have three more shoots lined up this week, and I couldn’t be happier for it. Not only is it fun, it’s also immensely inspiring to be around and watch other artists do their thing. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that they always leave me wanting to try what they’re doing at least once. Though I don’t know if I have the balls to do improv!

If you like my work, I am available for hire.

Nebula Rescue in the App Store!

Nebula Rescue is finally available in the App Store! In this race against the clock, you tap and destroy UFOs, while collecting crystals and gunk! It’s my fourth app for iOS, and my first game. The video below shows exactly how the game works, and offers a few power plays tips.

Get Nebula Rescue in the iTunes App Store, for $0.99.


My personal high score, mentioned in the video, still stands. If you beat it, do let me know!

In Nebula Rescue, you play an awesome space pilot working hard for humanity, deep inside a distant nebula. In there, precious resources offer hope for our future in the form of Time Crystals and mysterious Space Gunk. Thousands of Drones remain trapped in the nebula, and your secondary goal is to rescue as many as you can. Powerful artifacts known as Zappers are being dispatched as quickly as they can be made – it’s up to you to activate them, which will send a few of the Drones back unharmed. In the meantime, try not to hit any Drones with your deadly fingertip.

Nebula Rescue was designed for iPhone and iPod Touch, using Game Salad. Apart from a couple of stock sound effects and the Game Center graphics, the game is 100% original, from the obviously hand drawn “graphics”, to the music and voice acting (by the amazing Kelly Cline). The graphics were kept in a sketch-like style, because I wanted the game to have a very innocent feel. Even though it’s all about destroying aliens and being a hero in the deep depths of space, at the end of the day Nebula Rescue is also just a simple, lighthearted and fun arcade game.

If you would like to support an indie game designer, get Nebula Rescue and let your friends play it, tweet your score and challenge your followers to beat it, or if you have a blog, consider writing about it (want to host a giveaway? get in touch!) – and please show some love to Nebula Rescue on Facebook, which is where I will be running a giveaways and keep you updated.

Get Nebula Rescue in the iTunes App Store, for $0.99.

How I Became a Storyteller

Sometimes people ask me why I do so many different things. Secretly, I’m sure some of them wonder how I can possibly be good at any of them, and in my darkest moments I have asked that same question. On most days however, I take pictures, write, code, compose, sketch and make videos without mentally separating them from each other.

I call myself a storyteller. I’m not trying to sound pretentious, it’s just the best description I have found. Because it’s always about the story.

What is a story then? They are essentially about our basic values, right and wrong, life and death, love and hate. The story makes its point by taking the audience for a ride, it evokes emotion and sparks imagination, all fitted into some kind of structure or frame.

Often the point is a message; a song that says she loves you, an ad that says buy this product, or a speech that says make good art. Other times the point is to ask a question, and leave the audience to ponder it (religious texts are full of stories like these), or even dare them to prove it wrong. Conflict and resolution gets us interested and keeps us vested, but that is just a vehicle, not the destination.

I used to be extremely frustrated by having “too many interests”, and in a way I did have too many — because there was no focus. One day I sat down, listed every one of my interests out, and started looking for commonalities. And there it was – The Story – staring right back at me. Once I centered on story, my creative efforts started aligning like planets around a star. The Story is the star, and the rest are just tools to help tell it. I don’t have too many interests after all; just one.

I love stories. I love finding them, crafting them and telling them. It’s what I do.