Notes

09/15/2015

In June I had a still assignment from DOM Publishing of Berlin. DOM is publishing a four-volume survey of the architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa. I was fortunate to get to shoot the chapters on Senegal and The Gambia. While taking over 2700 images I managed to shoot some for myself. I’ve been working in Senegambia for over the course 16 years, mostly shooting video. This trip I had the joy of working with stills almost exclusively.

Here are my favorites from this trip. Starting in Dakar, overland to The Gambia. Dakar, Thiés, Djilor, Janjanbureh, Banjul, and back to Gorée.

05/27/2015

Much of the fall and winter was spent on a fascinating project with the Anacostia Community Museum.  Yellow Cat Productions provided production services to capture family stories about the war. Visitors could hear these stories on ipads placed throughout the exhibit using custom ipad apps Yellow Cat developed that allowed random access.

If you're in the area have a visit.

How the Civil War Changed Washington

February 2, 2015 – November 15, 2015

01/15/2015

The Museum of Art in Jackson will be holding an event with Bill Dunlap and Michael on January 29, 2015.

It should be grand fun for all.

11/20/2014
Maziar Bahari , Jon Stewart discuss Rosewater.

Periodically you get to have a fun time on location and this was one. Jon Stewart was great to work with. We had great snappy patter. What more could you ask for?

 

 

 

11/08/2014

I was watching Bertrand Tavernier's beautiful 1981 film "Coup de Torchon" which takes place in Senegal. It seems that both of our eyes were captured by the stairs of the old Sisters of Saint-Joseph de Cluny convent in St Louis, the old French capital. They are rather beautiful. I recognized them immediately. 

09/08/2014

The Southern Register gave Homeplace a nice write up in the Summer edition.

06/27/2014
 The Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

A new exhibit by Michael Ford just went up in the Gammill Gallery. The exhibit is in conjunction with the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in late July, presented by The University of Mississippi/English Department.

06/13/2014

A number of people have urged us to release our ancient Rita Mae Brown documentary (1986). So we've done that and it's viewable at vimeo.com/ondemand/rita. The project was a co production between Yellow Cat and Joel Foreman. Our previous effort with Joel was a documentary with William Styron.

The project was a long-term effort. We went down to her farm in Charlottesville, VA once a month for over two and a half years; I don’t think people get that luxury as often these days.

06/09/2014
Library of Congress

The video of the lecture is found in our Gallery section at http://yellowcat.com/content/library-congress-botkin-lecture. Must have been okay since no one threw anything.

01/29/2014

Every winter we feed the birds out in the back. There’s times when there’ll be 25 mourning doves and 6000 tiny, and pretty quick birds eating their hearts out. The squirrels do all right as well. We provide a heated bird-bath for drinking water. So all in all it’s a pretty good place to be a bird in Winter.

10/13/2013

Well you learn something everyday. All these years of visual research, programs in maritime and naval museums and there are still large surprises in American history. I just found this arcane bit and was intrigued.

John Paul Jones was one of my boyhood heroes. I’ve visited his tomb in Annapolis. His famous quote “I’ve not yet begun to fight!” was not only inspiring but he meant what he said. He and his crew boarded HMS Serapis while Bonhomme Richard sank along side taking its colors to the bottom.

10/13/2013

We did the red carpet as the house crew for Sony at the Newseum premier of Captain Philips. We are glad to say that Tom Hanks is as nice a guy as legend has it. Katie produced the interview and acted as reporter. He gave us over 5 minutes which is an awful lot. Then high-speed upload to a FTP in LA and on the air almost live.

07/11/2013

Grad students from Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University are finding out what the DC news scene is all about this summer.  They are learning how to navigate the metro tunnels and halls of Capitol Hill.  The Capstone program gives grad students an opportunity to cover Washington stories for stations across the nation while receiving intensive support from seasoned journalists in DC.  Starting on July 1, the 6-week program will go through the middle of August.   Students hit the road running on July 4th, covering bands participating in the National Parade.  They wrote, shot

04/18/2013

Lou and Albert test our new PMW-320. I've been using it handheld lately and am very happy with it. It is light and easy to hand hold. The weight is distributed very nicely. The lens is 16X with a useful lower end. The lens is also interchangeable with our Nikon telephoto lens. The layout of switches is pretty much the traditional layout that has worked well in multiple generations of Sony cameras. Gen lock, HD-SDI, TC in/out, 4 channel audio are things one misses in camcorders.

03/12/2013

In March 2013 The Library of Congress acquired the “Michael Ford Mississippi Collection.”  The collection consists of 16,ooo feet of 16mm film, 10.5 hours of recordings of interviews and music, and 1000+ still photographs made during the production of HOMEPLACE in 1972-73. The material will be used in a 40 year retrospective documentary presently in production. The material to be gathered on the 3 week shoot this spring will be added the Library’s holdings at a later date.

01/22/2013

This a a great present form our friend Sean. It's everything there's to say about Yellow Cats everywhere.

Have a look at his website,  http://seanieblue.com/
Excellent images.
 

01/17/2013
Iron Hummingbird

In a way Yellow Cat was founded in a blacksmith shop in Oxford, Miss 40 years ago. HOMEPLACE, our first doc, was centered on Mr. Hall's forge. Smithing has been a part of our corporate gestalt ever since. This spring we’ll be working on a documentary in Mississippi that will include blacksmithing. So it was time to pick up a hammer again.

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