I was lucky enough to be invited to film my friend Nick's surprise birthday party. It was a special day for a special guy and I think this video reflects that. I'm happy he was so happy to see so many friends and family turn out and I'm hoping everyone enjoys reliving that night at Molly Malone's.
I'm about to shoot more drone footage for a client soon so, going thru old drone B-Roll I captured, I decided to put this thing together.
Shot and cut by Whitney Dinneweth.
An Above the Cut film.
Filmed entirely on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
Delivered in Cinemascope 2:35:1 aspect ratio.
My neighbor Carlos asked me to take photos of him. He's a musician and is building his online presence, starting with these. He's also Brazilian, so I knew we'd have a spicy old time, and I might get some mate, so I said "yes." We connected on a deep symbiotic level due to our mutual love for and fascination with Alejandro Jodorowski and warlock culture and I think the photos reflect that. Click here.
My mom was born in Hollywood in 1943. She knows a Hollywood I'll never know. Here, she tells her story about growing up in Hollywood, what it was like living near the end of the golden age of movies, celebrity anecdotes, having show business parents, and more.
Directed by Whitney Dinneweth
Made in Hollywood in October 2018
Two Bats, aka Whitney and K, aka WD45 J Carpenter Quality Earth Dinner Sausage and K Underscore Underscore B.A.T.T. review the new film, Suspiria, which opens in wide release on November 2 2018 (in the United States).
We saw an early screening, because we live in LA and cool things like that happen here, of Suspiria at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
We provide both spoiler-free and spoiler discussion of the film by Luca Guadagnino and written by David Kajganich, based on the 1977 film directed by Dario Argento. It stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz.
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Mr. Steve Brooks aka Sapphire Steve from the band Torche gets tattooed by MAS from the great state of Texas.
A rockin' good time!
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My boy MAS tattooed at my birthday.
He tattooed a snake on Kirsten.
It was the biggest tattoo he'd ever done up to that point.
I filmed it.
It's common knowledge: people from San Francisco hate Los Angeles and everything about Los Angeles and everyone from Los Angeles.
But why? I'm from LA and I lived in San Francisco for ten years and I never fully understood it.
It seems like the one socially-acceptable and regionally unique form of bigotry in the country promoted by some of the most self-righteous, professed anti-bigots that exist.
It's not just a "sports-rivalry," either. It's much more virulent and personal. At least for the people in SF. In LA, not so much.
Jack Rudy, another person who's lived in SF and LA besides me, explains his take on this cultural phenomena.
You don't have to agree with it. But then, if you don't, you're wrong.
The latest installment of my long-running YouTube TV Show, "Hangs With..." is out NOW.
Episode 2 is called, "TOP FIVE REASONS WHY LA IS THE BEST."
We've got Bay Area native and LA resident Jack Rudy, the mayor of all hot-takes in the hot seat here at ATC Studios in Los Feliz discussing not only WHY LA is the greatest, but HOW some of the most seemingly-indefensible qualities of Los Angeles are actually useful and beneficial to the Angeleno.
Written and Hosted by Jack Rudy
Shot, Cut and Directed by Whitney Dinneweth
An Above the Cut Film
K Batt explains the top five things you need to know before you move to Los Angeles.
These are direct, practical lessons from an Angeleno with 14 years of real-world experience in the city of Angels, delivered in her signature creepy, histrionic, court-jester-like style.
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Leave a comment and provide you own tips and tricks about moving to LA.
An Above the Cut Film.
Late last year, I had to pick up a second job.
I moved from San Francisco, where my freelancing business was booming for years, to LA, where it stopped dead in the waters of Silverlake.
I arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed in Hollywood in 2015. The prodigal son, who left home penniless, without any direction, and returned, by most accounts, with a pretty impressive self-made business under his belt. Some of the biggest possible clients from around the world. Some high-profile projects. Even LinkedIn references, if you were asking for primary sources.
In 2015, the Silverlake Reservoir had evaporated, and the ensuing barren landscape mirrored my newfound career drought I’d unknowingly walked into.
I pursued my connections from San Francisco and New York, but they only lasted me a handful of months.
I tried establishing new ones in Hollywood but I ran into that famous nepotism wall. The one the white walkers always seem to have such a hard time with.
I tried DTLA but I was too New York for fake-New-York.
I tried Santa Monica but I was too skeptical of the brash start-ups I figured would collapse before sending me my check.
I even tried connections in Silverlake but it was all dried up.
The wall is protecting the privileged of Hollywood from Wildlings: self-made freelancers who are wary of the unions (full disclosure: I’m a member of SAG) and interested in thinking outside the box (or north of the wall, if you will.)
The wall is real. I left Los Angeles the first time because of it. And when I returned with more optimism than an MMA fighter with a burgeoning (but tenuous) potential movie career, I ran head first into it again like I’d never left.
In San Francisco, everything clicked into place.
But I found myself back in Hollywood.
In the middle of a draught.
So, after burning myself out taking freelancing jobs I was way overqualified for while being paid what amounted to less than minimum wage by the hour, six to seven days a week, for months at a time (not to mention, being treated like absolute garbage by that other famous Hollywood cliche: unhinged narcissists), I made a decision I never thought I’d make again: I took a customer service job.
I picked my favorite coffee shop. One that, in an intentionally maudlin gesture, reminded me of San Francisco, and started working, giving up any ideas of continuing my freelancing career.
A few weeks ago, I resigned at my toxic customer service job.
I didn’t know what I was going to do. But I knew that anything was better than staying at that job. Even being homeless. I’ve been homeless before. It was in the Bay Area. It happened only a couple years before I started freelancing full time.
Then, out of nowhere, a friend connected me with someone who offered me a job.
I was to start the day before my last day at the coffee shop.
I’m working on a project, without giving away too much, that’s connected to my favorite director, the one who inspired me in 1990 to pursue the art life.
In 2015 Silverlake was completely barren.
Now, from Los Feliz, I can see a shimmering surface.