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Dec 31, 2011

Episode 39: New Year's Eve in Sicily

My wife is searching for shoes to wear tonight. We're leaving in 15 minutes to spend a mystery New Year's Eve with ... well I met three of them this afternoon at the Bellini Opera House:
an Albanian Concert Pianist, a Cuban Baritone and a Mezzo from Armenia. I think it will be another evening of 3 languages

The Baritone showed me around the center today. Catania has the most amazing market, and so cheap.
Such a culture shock going from Belgium to Sicily. People are different here, louder, warmer more fun.
But it did take an hour in the mobile phone shop to buy a sim card....

Food is going to be great tonight. I think we are going to a restaurant in the country side...
More Photos Here

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Dec 15, 2011

Episode 30: The Vanna White Interviews for LionBrand Yarn

Vanna White sat with us one morning in November in her Beverly Hills home and chatted about her crocheting habit.

She looks amazing still, those cheekbones love the camera!

Videos by New York Video Service LLC 

There are 12 Videos in this playlist, they will play automatically

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Dec 11, 2011

Episode 26: Bimini, Hemingway's getaway is changing

A momentary witness of a place that will change forever, I'm happy to have seen Bimini.

Our dive guide Devito drove us around the island in a golf cart, pulling over to pay his respects to his blind drunk mother-in-law and her staggering amber cohorts, lunch at the Triple A shack where I recognized the hotel merchandise girl working her 2nd job.. and a visit to the best Conch Salad shack on the island.

The aqua blue views from shambled concrete beach houses niggled thoughts of real estate: the proposed ferry service from Florida is going to bring Americans in droves.
Maybe the food will improve, they'll stop serving canned green beans and over-cooked seafood... but the beachfront property will eventually be snapped up by non-locals.

This was a working scuba trip for me (see pics), but there was time for an earful and a sticky beak at the life of the locals on an island in the Bahamas. 

A visit to the new hotel compound showed what to dread as I pointed my camera in vain at the bland new world that will overtake Bimini, the land that Hemingway loved.

Back to the rushing New York City on rude, cramped Delta Airlines. These seats must be intended for people without elbows or knees. The airline industry has been ruined by executive decision. You greedy greedy bastards. When will you ever learn that it's not about money?

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Dec 10, 2011

Episode 25: Ansil Saunders, boat builder of Bimini, Bahamas

Martin Luther King enjoyed Bimini back when even fewer black men held power.
MLK, who wrote much of his nobel prize acceptance speech in Bimini,  favored the hand crafted wooden bone fishing boats of Ansil Saunders, a God fearing, sausage fingered salt of the earth carpenter, whose boats are so beautiful that some people pay the $40,000 for a boat and keep it inside their house as a piece of art. Seems crazy, but the boats really are that beautiful.

Ansil Saunders, boat builder (picture with boat here: click )

During our visit with him after a morning's scuba diving, he regaled us with his stories of hanging out with Richard Nixon, Ernest Hemingway, and... he wanted to spend time with me in the future to make sure I don't go to hell for my evil life....
So that's my latest claim to fame: Ansil Saunders wants to save me from the devil.

His boats really are quite beautiful, and the island community treasures him as they should.
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Dec 7, 2011

Episode 22: Crowded House Royalty Check

Next to me, at the Fort Lauderdale airport, a 40-ish woman is listening to Crowded House with the volume so loud that her ear drums must both be calling their congressman.

I remember that I neglected to bank a couple of checks before leaving for Bimini: one for playing Vivaldi, the other is a royalty check for playing on Crowded House's "Woodface" album. It's for $28.
I guess that's what happens when you are young and stupid, or don't know how to negotiate.

Tim and Neil Finn, the brothers from the band, were lovely people, despite their fame. On the morning of the recording, Neil answered the door in his pyjamas, showed me in after realizing who I was and then "make your self at home" disappeared.

The periscope bolted to the ceiling was odd. Less surprising, somehow, was the huge pile of weed nestled in the open belly of a hardback Collected works of Shakespeare.

My memory of the recording is blank except for one surviving image of the entire band looking through the glass pane at me as I trickled violin lines into that expensive microphone.

I wonder what I'll spend the $28 on...

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Nov 18, 2011

EPISODE 2: Shooting Vanna White and her cat

Flying to LA with a camera and tripod in the overhead bin to shoot Vanna White in her Beverly Hills Mansion, my United Airlines aisle seat neighbor, a blonde PR lady, had just finished doing a $350 million dollar engineering deal. She didn't seem stressed at all. She was most interested to hear my answer to her question: "What are you'all doing in LA ?"

I was being met by the marketing communications manager and marketing VP for LionBrand Yarn at baggage claim to drive to our hotel and have dinner to discuss the 'Vanna Shoot'.

All being on the same page was par for the course for us because we communicate well at all times, so when Vanna came down the staircase after an hour of hair and makeup.. looking, well let's just be honest here, she looked like a super star..... we just rolled the camera and let Vanna do her thing, prompted by some very basic talking points. What a professional she is!  A Southern Belle to the core, Vanna Gosh Darned  when the airliners overhead interrupted our takes, but engaged the off camera interviewer with the intensity that Merv Griffin discovered all those years ago.

Did you all know she loves to crochet?  That's the draw for LionBrand Yarn. She has her own line of Yarn, and she donates 50% to St Jude's hospital. Pretty awesome chick.


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EPISODE 1 : Diary of a Videographer: about me

I'm an viola player and film maker living in Barcelona and also sometimes in New York City.

I started this blog back in 2005 back when people were reading blogs....

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Nov 8, 2011

Martha Stewart Home Loom Kit ! Here are the instructional Videos

Christmas is on its way, and this home loom kit from Martha Stewart is a winner (if you like that sort of thing).
Here are the Instructional Videos



Jul 30, 2011

Diving a Ship Wreck off the Coast of New York City: The Oregon

Resting at 120 feet below the surface is an old wreck that New York Divers like to visit:

From the New York Video Service


Jul 20, 2011

Shark Feed Student Graduates

Egyptian scuba diver, Ahmed, graduates from Christina Zenato's shark feeder course in Grand Bahama.

The Underwater Explorers Society ( UNEXSO ) take divers out regularly to watch the shark feed. It's an amazing experience, and one that every scuba diver should look into.

The world's first dedicated dive resort: UNEXSO, was conceived by Albert Tillman who is widely considered the father of diving education.


Jun 3, 2011

Best Chocolate Cake in the world is Portugese?

Flying back from Portugal to NYC this weekend, weather looking nice..

I just had dinner in Lisbon in the courtyard of a Portugese fellow and who was there? The guy who designed and makes the (Soho shop) 'best cake in the world'... he brought one out after dinner, it was a dark chocolate one, very sweet, but quite delicious, and good with berries.
No flour in it, which is great for many, and gluten free (although he can't say it legally as the chocolate from France may have traces from the factory )

Here's a punter's video if you can stand it:


May 22, 2011

Sharks becoming more understood through scuba diver videos

Venturing underwater with scuba gear is becoming more and more popular. Understanding sharks has become a fascination of many, and scuba divers are helping in the fight against shark fin soup and irresponsible fishing practices that have decimated the oceans marine population.

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You can help: Don't ever order these:

    • Blue fin tuna
    • Orange roughy
    • Chilean Sea Bass
    • Atlantic Cod
    • Beluga Caviar, wild caught caviar
    • anything trawl caught, or long-line caught

May 16, 2011

MAYA concert shot live in New York City: watch the videos here

This astounding ensemble had an ace in the hole: the brought in a bagpiper for this concert!
Watch this video shot by the NY Video Service at MAYA's May concert from New York:

0:00 "Bulería" trad. Andalusian/John Hadfield
4:10 "Jota de Pontevedra" trad. Galician
7:00 " Panxoliña " trad. Galician
arr. Kyle Sanna & Cristina Pato

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Mar 19, 2011