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

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Tired, sleep deprived, and inspired at Sundance Film Festival

These three words can sum up this weekend.  Tired, sleep deprived, and inspired.  Despite the predicted record snowstorm, Carrie and I still decided to make the drive to Park City, UT for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Everything that was predicted, was delivered, and then some.  The snow came in huge wet flakes that covered the bustling town of Park City.  Along with the excitement of extra 50,000 people in town for the festival, the snow made sure that our car got stuck at least 4 times.  The films also lived up to the ongoing hype of Sundance.  We had the opportunity to see the premieres for two films including Bones Brigade, which I have been looking forward to seeing ever since it was announced as in production.  This was skateboard and filmmaker legend, Stacy Peralta’s newest film.  I actually fell into the opportunity to ask Stacy a question about passion and filmmaking during a morning Q&A session.  That’s a whole other entry though.  The other film we saw was Declaration of War.  The weather was so bad that the director couldn’t even make it in for her own premiere.

Of all of the celebrities wandering about, I found my highlight of the weekend.  I had to opportunity to talk face to face with Glen Friedman.  If you don’t know who Glen is, a quick Google search should do the trick.  Basically, he is one of the most influential photographers of the last 30 years.  His roots are in the early skateboard and music scene of Southern California.  I’ve been looking at his photos in magazines since I was little and to get the opportunity to meet him was incredible.  Once again, that is a complete other entry for another day.  Rather than talking all day about the festival, I’ve decided to just show you some pictures.

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This Tuesday I’ll be headed to Cheyenne, WY to interview Governor Matt Mead for Energy! O Energy!  Check back for details on what he says about energy in Wyoming.

Thanks

It’s that time of the year. Everyone is traveling, spending time with family, and busy with the holidays. Burning Torch Productions would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and say thanks for all of your support. We have been traveling a bit ourselves, about 3000 miles so far. Carrie and I have traveled by train, bus, and car in our most recent adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Everything is finally starting to make sense. Having a large amount of the filming done, I have decided to dedicate a number of blogs to writing about the people who I have met on my travels. The list spans from energy industry workers to drifters on the street. There is an entire story alone about the people I have encountered. Make sure to check back to get a glimpse into the lives of some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and stay warm! Here’s a picture that hopefully brings a chuckle to your day. Whoever said making movies couldn’t be fun?

Mark jumps on down to Phoenix with Carrie

Pondering in the Mist

The trip to the Northwest has been well worth it.  It has been enlightening, humbling, and inspirational.  Between the huge change in scenery, the interviews with Bonneville Power Administration, and stumbling across more power plants than I’ve ever seen, I have finally found some answers. What is the best energy?  Well, I have definitely come a long ways since I first asked this question.  I have traveled coast to coast, through rain forests, deserts, canyons, and mountain passes.  I’ve traveled by foot, bike, train, bus, car, truck, four wheeler, and plane.  Now that I’ve journeyed over 8000 miles, it’s time to make sense of everything.  The next few months are going to be busy editing interviews and piecing together the puzzle with Marty Pool.  As much as I want to tell everyone what I’ve learned, I have to wait until the film is finished.  As the footage unfolds, Marty and I will be blogging to keep the conversation going.  We will also be blogging about whatever we feel is relevant to Energy! O Energy!  I will be on the road for another 2 and a half weeks gathering footage. I’ll leave you witha few photos of the last two days.  If you’re just joining us, check out some video clips from the first bike ride through Wyoming to explore energy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXCjbccG7c8

Happy trails.

Good music? Sure.

The holiday season is here and I have a present for your viewing pleasure.  I have been putting in countless hours editing Energy! O Energy! and didn’t realize that I haven’t uploaded any clips from the film since training!  It has been far too long without at least something to watch.  I decided to edit some of the footage together from the ride to some music by the one and only Johnny Cash.  The song is “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” performed by Johnny Cash.  The original writer of the song is unknown and can be characterized as a folk song.  Out of all of the versions though, Johnny Cash sings the roof off with this one.  The industrial beat really matches the footage well.  It isn’t a trailer but at least it’s something to kill a few minutes at work while your boss steps out.  (You don’t do that, do you?)  As always, I appreciate the messages, “likes”, emails, RTs, and comments.  If you like the clip, post it to your facebook or twitter.  Let’s see how many views we can get.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXCjbccG7c8

I am shooting to have an official trailer by 2012.   Between traveling for interviews and processing the footage, I haven’t had the time to put together something that I like.  Speaking of interviews, I just got back from Casper, Wyoming where I talked to Jeremy Fugleberg at the Casper Star-Tribune.  He is the energy reporter for Wyoming, which means he writes about energy in about every form in Wyoming.  I finally got to ask some of my “big picture” questions.  Just wait until you hear some of the questions that I’ve begin to explore.  The film is taking a whole new turn.  I am working on securing a few more interviews though.  It seems that I just can’t find an answer to my question of what the best type of energy is.  Every time I talk with someone, I uncover something new to explore.  My newest idea deals with distribution.  The energy isn’t being made without reason.  We are the consumers and we need energy.  This is where the grid comes into play.  What’s the grid, you say?  Well, if things go as planned, I’ll be heading to Portland, Oregon to find out.

In the mean time I’ll leave you with some pictures.  This is what happens when I get let out of the editing cage.  I don’t think the human mind or body is designed to roam freely, biking around the country and then just stop and edit video for days at a time.  These aren’t photoshopped and we didn’t use any manipulative angles.  It’s just a very large amount of suppressed “energy” that I needed to get out.