Merry Christmas from Cow
Brooklyn welcomes snooooow!
Brooklyn welcomes snoooooow!
ACTING! As Jon Levitz would say it is tough. You have to stay in front of a boat load of people and play pretend like my friend Sam who is 8 years of age. It goes double hard on Broadway where you have to bring out emotions of their audience every night. Then it gets triple hard if your doing it alone on stage like Alan Cumming does for his broadway show MacBeth. I worked with a good group at Ataboy Studios shooting tanks of ink to create a look of blood for the piece and then directed and animated a horror style commercial for the show. Check it out. :)
I work mostly behind the scenes like most of us in the advertising slash television industry. Actors on the other hand work in front of the camera and having a headshot is a must in the acting world to find work. Now even though I and other behind the scenes personal don’t really need a headshot to find work we tend to need one anyways for our websites, articles, blogs, and just to look cool and artistic. Ballard Boyd (http://www.ballardcboyd.com/) who is currently directing at Google ask if I would take one for him. I went over to his new home that him and his lovely girlfriend Kelsey just moved into and had a couple of drinks, food, and took about 800 pictures. I pick the top 24 and posted them on flickr. Go and check it out :).
FLICKR LINK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidrasura/sets/72157632861890850/
Since I was a young, standing on the edge of river or canal seemed to put me in a state of “Hop on in. It’s nice in here and you know you want to cross me”. I guess with all the years swimming across rivers with my family in the Rio Grande between El Paso, TX and Juarez a fella develops a need to swim in order to get to the other side. In my later years when I moved here to New York City I lived in Manhattan and I was scared. Scared that I couldn’t resist jumping into the East River and swim across it. Well when the moment came I stood and stared at the beautiful landscape of Brooklyn across a long stretch of glorious water and I said in a big manly voice “That’s far. I am way too lazy for that.” So I went to a bar and drank a High Life Beer and a shot of Boone’s Farm. Six years passed and haven’t worried about such things like rivers or canals. It felt like it was another life till the day I moved to Carroll Gardens Brooklyn and saw what only used to live in my nightmares. The Gowanus Canal. A Man-made river filled with unimaginable things, but I couldn’t help it. I wanted to swim across just like how I used to as a young boy swimming across the Rio Grande. I ran back home and decided never shall I attempt to go near the Gowanus Canal. After a year more and more friends moved into neighborhood of that same dreaded name. I knew it was time. Time for me to get over my fear of loving to make it to the other side to freedom. So in the Winter of 2011 I took my newly purchased Canon S100 and traveled the rim of the entire Gowanus Canal taking 100s of pictures without ever stepping a foot into the water. I’m cured. Thanks Superman.
Well I finally got around to posting my findings and if you click on this flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidrasura/sets/72157632837613037/) you can catch 76 kick butt photos. Oh yeah don’t forget to leave a comment :).
I am packed ready to go the beach. I can’t wait for the 30degree beaches and sunglasses with mustaches hanging from them.
Alright I went to The Rockaways on November 4th to see about help out. When I got there they weren’t not letting anymore people in. I turned around and found a beach away from the homes. I decided to take a walk and when I looked down. Something I never thought would happen. I found a message in a bottle from a man stuck in the storm. More to come.
Flying from place to place is a state of mind. I used to get excited to fly for many years. It was fun to hit all the bumps in the air and stare and the ants 30,000 feet below me. I always wanted to stay in the isle when the pilot would put the seat belt sign on. But as time went by and I got older flying got a bit scary. Now when the plane hits the bumps I freak out a bit. I tried many tricks to calm my mind and body down, but one trick that worked for me came in the form of a small bottle. I thought it was old grape juice but it actually was something better. WINE! After a few plastic cups and three small bottles flying began a cinch. That is why when Delta came to us and wanted to do a 3 minute spot talking about the science of picking wine for flying. We were like bring it on with Kristin Dunst but without the cheerleaders. So they gave us audio from a speech giving at TED by their Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson (http://www.andreawine.com/) and told us to have fun. Here is how it came out. Check it out.
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy
Producer: Michelle Carman
Producer: Ian Davis
Creative Directors: John Parker + Sean McLaughlin
Producer: Michelle Carman
Producer: Ian Davis
Producer: Amanda Rosenberg
Creative Directors: David Rasura + Luis Aguirre
Illustrator: Christopher Lee
Animators: David Rasura + Luis Aguirre
Sound Design: Rob Difondi (Sound Lounge)
Music: Life (Audiotrove)
We sit in front of our TVs watching shows like Law and Order, Modern Family or Pee Wee’s Playhouse. And if you your not watching online or recorded it on the digital VHS box you will probably see commercials. We all get a little annoyed by these 30 second short films trying to make us buy something and feel good about it. The Army, Navy, and Marines have them too. Most of them are filmed to look like an awesome action movie with beautiful imagery and great special effects. I for one like a lot of those commercials. I feel very patriotic and I cheer for friends of mine who are there willing to give theirs lives so I can write my blog. In the 40’s the U.S. was pulled into World War II and needed a huge workforce to build the war machines to help our people across the pond win the war. The Office of War Information was created by the government to act as an Ad Agency to market to Americans to join in and help the war effort. They created commercials like this (Commercial Reel) that played before movies at the theater and posters like (WWII posters). Another source of advertising came from photographers. We all have seen photographs from the front lines and the tragedy of war, but what we haven’t seen are the ones shot to get people to join in and help out. Here are some amazing color photographs that I think have been lost in time. Some are posed and some aren’t, but they all look great.
Remember the feeling you get when you fall off a horse, jumping really high on a trampolining, or missing the last step going up the stairs in subway entrance. The whole world around you starts to slow down. Once I jump off the roof of my friend’s home in college and remember these few things:
First: This is a bad idea, but I just finished a beer and needed a new one. Jumping off the roof is the fastest way of getting a new one.
Second: Why is everyone screaming at me and why does it sounds like I recorded their voices and played it back in slow motion.
I didn’t learn much from the day, but one thing I did learn was people played back in slow motion was cool. I just wished someone out in the world would produce videos where you take things already funny then slowed them down and add music. Well someone did. My good friend Jeremy who is an editor at Click 3x took it into his own hands and created something I can finally enjoy without having to fall off the head of a giraffe again.
HIS BLOG FILLED WITH THE SLOWING DOWN OF VIDEOS: http://slacken.tumblr.com/
Cities were invited for us humans to have a place to live, eat, sleep, drink and best of all have fun with one another. This city with its 8+ million people is a great place to do human fun things in big groups. A couple of weeks ago we went down to a park on the water in South Manhattan where we were surrounded by a group of people in black shirts. At that time I had no idea what was going on but we were told to put on our headphones and play a 50 minute song from the internet starting at 8:30pm. From the it was magic. I was suddenly part of a black shirt tribe (I was wearing a white shirt) and we were going to meet and greet the white shirt tribe which was no where to be seen. There was a mystic voice controlling our every move. Check out the video and the website improv everywhere who planned this magical event. It was one of the best times I ever had with glow sticks and masks.
IMPROV EVERYWHERE SITE:
I love vacations or at least I love hearing about vacations. I myself like to take the grad old staycations where I sit and think, eat, drink and well mostly sit in front of the TV box and pretend I am in space with my best friend Jean-Luc Picard solving the mysteries of the galaxy. My friend Christy, her girlfriend Meghan, and two rocking dogs armed with a car and camera drove threw the union states to Los Angeles and back again to New York. Christy who is a grand photographer (christypessangno.com) shots some shots and wrote some blogs at http://truckster.tumblr.com/. If your having a tough day and need a little pick me up or just want to get jealous of how much fun they are having check it out.
Gameboys, Nintendo, Atari, and Sega are just a few things that would make a boy from the late 80’s and early 90’s have his wet dreams come true. I am a bit older now and was invited to have my knickers fly back in time where they are truly happy sitting and watching me play good old 8-bit video games.
The invitation was for the Blip festival in New York City. At first I had no idea what i was going to get my self into. I walked through the doors into a giant concrete room when the familiar sounds of 8-bit video game goodness hit my ears. The festival sponsored by who else 8-bit peoples (http://www.8bitpeoples.com/) brought in performers who created music by using sounds from the 8-bit video games and sounds. Each performer had there own amazing ability to make the crowd go crazy jumping up and down and surfing above the crowd. They stand on stage with a small table full on little electronic buttons and wiring all attach to a GameBoy. They dance, they hit buttons and they play their music. One man even made a guitar shaped thing with all sorts of goodness.
I loved it and if you want to know more head over to:
My two favorite 8-bit musicians: