I think I have something in my ear!!!

A warning, this is a little disturbing. 

I went swimming at Lake of the Ozarks last weekend and got a super painful ear infection. Totally blocked ear canal. Tried to use my phones camera to see if I could see anything.  Found this!

Gross isn't it?

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Okay. So, yeah. I don't really have a spider in my ear. I did have a hell-of-a case of swimmers ear and that was the inspiration.

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To everything turn, turn, turn...

So as we head into the summer months of 2015, there is change in the wind. As you may have heard, I recently decided it was necessary to layoff my talented artist staff at Branit FX. 

Eric Bacus, Sean Joseph, Aileen Murray, and Linden Stirk have all grown to be capable artists I would trust with any shot. With some luck, I hope we might work together in the future again.

It is bittersweet, but such is the flavor of the visual effects business these days. A job you love, but an economic system that does not love you back. So as more and more television post production follows tax incentives to Canada, I decided it was finally time to tighten the hiatus belt in order to ensure the ability to fight another season. 

This sort of hiatus lay-off is the norm for most VFX companies. Network shows end in May and pick-up again in August with no promises or contracts. Keeping a full crew over these dry spells has been an minor miracle over the last nine years.

But make no mistake, I am still here, Branit FX is open for post production business, and we are preparing to staff up this fall on a couple of very interesting projects.

Until then, as this new page and blog imply, I am officially pushing my production and post production knowledge into another realm. The directing and creative development of vfx and non-vfx material.

I am currently in the search for a partner in representation, and open to offers to get more "at bats" behind the camera.

My New Meeting Room

About 50 yards from my office door in the Crossroads of Kansas City is a building that has had a hard time finding a long-term tenant. I think the building, the neighborhood and a suitable business have finally found one another.

In the last 3 weeks I have had nine meetings at the Up/Down KC. It is a throwback 21-and-older gaming bar with plenty of places to sit and talk.

Between meetings this week, you may find me there playing Tron or Defender. Should I find it ironic that of the usual crowd, I am probably one of the few who actually played most of these games in their day.