3 different things to do in Wyoming

In the winter….

—I’ve decided to let a friend, Royer C., write a few guest posts to keep things interesting while I’m busy working on projects.  He has a slightly dry sense of          humor so take everything with a grain of salt and enjoy!

Mark            –

If you’re from Wyoming then I’m sure you have had this experience.

If you’re not from Wyoming then you’re probably wondering where it is.  I would give you directions but it wouldn’t really make sense unless I knew which way you were coming from.  So just take my word for it, Wyoming exists, just like Timbuktu and Transylvania.

This is how it usually goes down.  A Non-Wyomingite meets a Wyomingite.

The Non-Wyomingite says, “So what do you do there?”

Wyomingite- “Umm, well.. aaaa, there’s lots of cool things like…”

And then you’re put on the spot.  What do you say? What is there to do here, especially in the winter?  Rather than coming up with some outlandish ideas about what you could do here that no one would believe anyway, I’m just going to show you a few pictures, compliments of Mark, about what people actually do here.

Attend a fight night at your local drinking establishment.  This is always exciting and offers great family entertainment for all ages (over 21 or sometimes 18).

Watch as the snow piles up and make bets on how many people will get stuck in the parking lot after fight night.

Watch as a local building is demolished and compare the hits from the wrecking ball to last nights hits in the bar fight that erupted after fight night.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on how to spend your time or what to say the next time an outsider asks you, “so what do you do there?”

–Royer C.

Help Mark’s photos find a Home!

With me trying to focus on my photography and filmmaking, Carrie has taken the role of Supervising Editor of the photography department of Burning Torch Productions.  Carrie has been working behind the scenes for quite some time now.  I’ll let her tell you what she’s been up to.

–Mark

Mark has been taking photographs ever since I have known him, and even before we met he was capturing the beauty of every day life with his camera. He doesn’t leave the house without a camera in hand and after all of these years of the images living on his hard drive, I’ve decided it’s time to give them a new home.  His collection of photographs has not gone unnoticed, which is the reason for the new Burning Torch Productions Photography website. For some time now, friends, family, clients, and fans have been complementing Mark on his stunning photos and requesting a venue to purchase them as art for their homes, cabins, and offices. In response to your requests, I have put together a website devoted completely to Mark’s photos.   http://markpedriphotos.weebly.com/

This website has a gallery of his best photos for sale, as canvas or paper prints, organized into categories: cityscape, landscape (alpine, desert, and ocean), western, wildlife, lifestyle, still life, and black and white. There is also information about custom prints, additional photography and video services, and much more. This site showcases Mark’s unique talent with a camera and I’m sure that you will find a piece that will look amazing in your very own home. Please check out the site and browse through the photographs, and don’t hesitate to send us your comments and ideas about the website (you can do this by using the “Contact Us” tab on the site).  He is constantly taking more photos and I’m constantly updating the site so it never gets stale.  I wouldn’t recommend something that I didn’t believe in.  My house is full of some of Mark’s best gallery wrap canvas prints.  Let me know if you want to see what some of these photos look like once they’re on the wall!  I hope you find something you like and if not, Mark is always taking custom requests!  I will be handling all of the orders and custom service so please don’t hesitate to ask questions:)

Carrie

Long days and long nights make for short lives?

Have you ever heard this saying?  Probably not, because I think I just made it up. It’s been quite some time without any updates and although it feels like just a few days have passed, it’s been over 3 weeks!

So where I have I been? I’ve been locked in my house trying to edit a number of different films.  The first one you are familiar with, “Energy! O Energy!”  It has officially hit the 1-hour mark and is nearing the completion of a rough cut.  The second film is something brand new that I haven’t told anyone about until now!  I stumbled across this link about a week ago and knew that I had to make something.

http://www.wyomingshortfilmcontest.com/VideoContest/1198276/About

It is a short film competition hosted by my home state, Wyoming.  The requirements are that each film must be less than 15 minutes and feature Wyoming as a major character.  This is when “Western Wandering” was conceived.  “Western Wandering” is a story about discovering what truly defines the state of Wyoming.  It is within days of completion!  I’m just working on one of the last songs and it will be ready.  The competition officially starts on April 5th. Part of the judging is based on viewers’ ratings so make sure to check out some of the great films in the competition this year.  If you find that you like my film, please support me by voting!  This competition is a great way to encourage filmmaking in such an amazing state.  The winner will be awarded $25,000 to make another film in this beautiful state.  So if you like what you see, vote and just maybe, it will give that person the opportunity to make another amazing film for your viewing pleasure!Image