Friday, January 19, 2018

Spotlight On Randall Dark - Written By Paul O Brien



 













January 17, 2018 / canada, china, film, film production, hd, hd video, video

Spotlight: Randall P. Dark

If you’re old enough to have used a cassette tape, I’d be surprised if that photo isn’t imprinted on the back of your brain as it was one of the iconic images of the 1980’s.  That anonymous man in the chair, who he was and what we were experiencing in that poster – music, speakers, print, early MusicTech – in many ways exemplifies, by inspiring, what you might think of as a MediaTech professional.

I sat in a local coffee shop in Austin, TX, months ago, and shared passions and possibilities with a now clean(er) cut and gray Randall Dark.

In meeting for the first time, I had no idea that the poster from my youth, a poster that got me excited about music and audio, had Dark so early in my life as to influence my path toward media innovation.  He’s an exciting personality, visionary, passionate, and just what you’d expect from a Canadian: a person you just enjoy spending time with.

Writer, Director and Producer

Today, Dark is a director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and media consultant who has not only embraced new camera technology, he is considered by the television industry to be one of the guiding thought leaders and adopters of the HD medium.  Since seeing HD first in 1986, if you can believe, he has gone on to capture on the screen Julie Andrews, Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Harry Connick Jr., Leonard Nimoy, Lyle Lovett, Sting, and Stephen Hawking.
“Because high definition was so real and so vivid — the coluors were perfect, you could see the tiniest detail — I believed that if you had a 65-inch TV in your home and you watched a documentary about starving children, it would touch your heart in a way that you would have to react,” says Dark. “I believed it was a technology that would have an impact on people and change their hearts. I honestly believed it would change humanity.”
Evidence of our vision that media cross pollinates throughout music, video, and other formats, Dark, found himself from Canada (he’s a native of Saskatchewan) to New York City, working out of the Ed Sullivan Theatre, where he worked with bands like Aerosmith and Crosby, Stills and Nash.  He helped build one of the first multi-camera, high-definition production trucks and shot Victor-Victoria on Broadway with Julie Andrews.   We all know the significance of the media in sports and Dark was behind the camera for Super Bowl XXX and NBA All-Star games as well as the first to broadcast in high definition a live sporting event to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as the American Public looked to Congress and the FCC to determine if high definition was a viable new TV standard for the United States.

In 2013, he found himself collaborating with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britten and Lyle Lovett as one of the executive producers of Angels Sing and of watching Nelson and Connick Jr. create a new song, he noted, “I got to watch these two geniuses at work. My life is so amazing.  I have never been star-struck working with celebrities because people are just people. I think what happens is so many big name stars get worshipped and people go ‘I’m a big fan’ and it gets tiring after a while. I think, because I am an expert in my field I can sit down and say, ‘Hey, I know nothing about what you do but do you want to know about high definition?'”


I could relate.  I had a poster on my wall for years when I was growing up.  Yeah, I’m that much of a media geek that I had a Maxell cassette tape poster on my wall.   Dark had the opportunity to work with Maxell to recreate it years later.  What a brilliantly fun coincidence; and in a moment I was a little star-struck, here I was having coffee with an inspiration of mine, even though it wasn’t actually, originally Dark in the chair on the poster.  The idea behind media and technology suddenly started gelling in my brain. Dark, pointedly, wasn’t in that original chair; his influence is such that Maxell recreated it with him.

Dark is a media personality that we want to spotlight not just because of my personal connection with him.  He is known for taking the experimental approach that we want to challenge everyone to embrace.  He’s long been digital technologies and as we all wonder at HOW we can afford quality media production, whether we’re advertising, producing a film, or in need of a music video, he just does it.   For his documentary Fast From The Past, he he used many different types of cameras, everything from an Apple iPhone to a 4K camera.  Whatever it takes.

Truly, embracing all forms of media.  If you’re as inspired to write as am I, you can appreciate that bubbling in the back of such a brain are stories to be told, and not always through video.  Dark wrote a children’s play some 25 years ago, Tale of Sasquatch, and found it later published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.  Today, it’s an animated mobile app, available now [android | apple].
What brought us together to share chairs in a coffee shop was our alignment on so many ideas for the future of media and it’s therein that I’d like to encourage you to get to know Randall Dark.  Thinking globally and in the sense of how networking and education will drive forward our media economy, he co-founded the Macao China International Digital Camera Festival and serves today as its artistic director.  He, as do we, works with companies and non-profit organizations on how to use technology to grow their businesses and and To see articles written about Randall and the projects he has been involved in, check out –  http://randalldarknews.blogspot.com/.  Curious about listening to more of his story?  Join him on Marsha Casper Cook’s podcast World Of Ink Network as they explore even writing books beyond producing movies.






Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

Director at MediaTech Ventures
Long time Silicon Valley technology and startup veteran, Paul O'Brien is affectionately known as SEO'Brien for an extensive past in the search industry.
Now Texan, O'Brien works in Venture Capital Economic Development, serving the investment and venture capital economies directly, through thought leadership, consulting, and startup development.He's the founder of MediaTech Ventures, a founder and managing director of the Texas Technology Council, and partner in 1839 Ventures.









































































































Monday, January 15, 2018

WOI - Michigan Avenue Media special guest Jo Michaels


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Join Marsha Casper Cook  on Tuesday Jan 16th at 11 PST NOON MT 1CST 2EST when she welcomes Author Jo Michaels for another wonderful discussion about writing, marketing but most of all enjoying the craft of writing.

For more info go to http://www.michiganavenuemedia.com

For more abut Jo Michaels https://www.writejomichaels.com/


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Romance is in the air - Special guest Leigh Michaels 01/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Writing Podcasts

Romance is in the air - Special guest Leigh Michaels 01/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Writing Podcasts: Leigh Michaels is back ! Please join Marsha Casper Cook and Leigh Michaels on Tuesday January 9 at 4EST 3CST 2MT 1PST for a great discussion about writing, publishing, marketing novels and audio books. Also on the agenda is a discussion about book covers and do you need to change them every now and then. Everything you wanted to know about writing a great story by a multi-talented author, teacher and editor Leigh Michaels. If you have questions please feel free to call in (714) 242-5259 For more info about the show or to be a guest - http://www.marshacaspercook.com http://www.michiganavenuemedia.com For more about Leigh http://www.leighmichaels.com/

Romance is in the air - Special guest Leigh Michaels 01/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Writing Podcasts




Romance is in the air - Special guest Leigh Michaels 01/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Writing Podcasts:



Leigh Michaels is back ! Please join Marsha Casper Cook and Leigh Michaels on Tuesday January 9 at 4EST 3CST 2MT 1PST for a great discussion about writing, publishing, marketing novels and audio books.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about book covers and do you need to change them every now and then. Everything you wanted to know about writing a great story by a multi-talented author, teacher and editor Leigh Michaels.



If you have questions please feel free to call in (714) 242-5259



For more info about the show or to be a guest - http://www.marshacaspercook.com http://www.michiganavenuemedia.com



 For more about Leigh http://www.leighmichaels.com/

Thursday, January 4, 2018

World Of Ink Special - Leigh Michaels - Romance -Host Marsha Casper Cook












Leigh Michaels is back !

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Please join Marsha and Leigh on Tuesday January 9 at 4 EST 3 CST 2 MT 1 PST for a great discussion about writing, publishing, and marketing novels and audio books.

Everything you wanted to know about writing a great story by  multi talented author Leigh Michaels.



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Style 2018

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12 Style And Fashion Trends On Our Radar In 2018

Pull out your old Tommy Jeans t-shirt.

Because we’re always looking to stay on top of the newest, coolest, weirdest and most interesting trends, we’ve already got our eyes on the style trends that’ll dominate fashion headlines in 2018.
Though 2017 introduced us to some cool and flirty trends ― like paper bag waist pants and couch florals ― we’re eagerly awaiting what fun and fashionable things we can look forward to seeing on clothing racks in 2018.

How cute are these!






Thursday, December 21, 2017

It's Never Too Late - New Book January 2018





 Coming Soon - January 2018  - IT'S HERE !

Noah was eager to pick up his new puppy. He loaded up a shopping cart with books on how to train a dog, how to take care of a dog, how to make sure a dog’s health is up to par, and, last but not least, how to name a dog. That was just for starters. He also bought dog toys, a doggie coat, boots, a leash, and lots of dog food, including treats. He was prepared.
He smiled as Jordy handed her over. “She’s a great dog. Enjoy her.”
“I’m sure going to try,” Noah said, as he held her tightly to his chest. “Well, it’s just you and me.”
The car ride home was a little tricky, with slick roads and bad traffic, but Noah lucked out. His dog appeared a lot calmer than he was. In fact, every time he looked in the rearview mirror, it seemed as if his new dog was looking right at him. He had never had a dog before, and assumed all dogs reacted the same way. All he knew was he was a nervous wreck. He tried reassuring himself that he could do this.
As soon as they walked in the door, even before he unpacked all the dog supplies, Noah sat on the couch and pulled his new friend up to sit beside him. “Hmm, got to find a great name for you.”
He picked up his phone and googled dog names. “Samantha, Jackie, Willow, Ramona, Bella, Flora, Allie, Ellie. Nope. None of these seem like a good fit. Hold everything. Let me get the book.”
Without warning, his little dog looked at him and said, “Maybe I can help.”
For a moment, Noah thought it was his imagination. “You didn’t talk, did you?”
“Sure did.”
“Oh my God, I’ve lost it.” Noah was beside himself.
“You haven’t. Just hand over the book, and we’ll have a name for me in a minute or two. Names are important. Don’t you think?”
“I’m not sure what I think. Actually, that’s not true; I really think I’m going crazy. My dog is talking to me.”
“Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.”
Noah was silent for a minute or two. “So, I did hear you talk, right?”
“Yep, no denying that. Why don’t you fix dinner while I check out some names? And, while you’re at it, maybe you should fix yourself a drink. You look a little beat. I hear wine is relaxing.”
“You can read?”
“Sure can. Rosetta Stone. Short course.”
“Okay, maybe you’re right. I’ll have a glass of wine. Maybe even two.”
“Hey, Noah, even if you drink the entire bottle of wine, you’ll find I really do talk and you’re not crazy. When you come back, I’ll fill you in.”
“Okay, I get it. Maybe.”
“Just so you know, I can’t think great on an empty stomach. If you could put that in your memory bank, it would be a plus.”
Noah quietly watched from the doorway as his new dog glanced through the Name Your Puppy book. Noah was confused, and thought he might need a vacation. It wasn’t possible that he had a dog who could talk. No way; he was a doctor. Although, some of the kids that he took care of believed animals really talk…
“Noah, I can feel your eyes on me. Don’t worry; I’m fine. You can go fix dinner. I’m real, not a figment of your imagination.”
“Got it. It’s good that someone’s fine, because clearly I’m not.”