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A Sunny Desert Day

A Sunny Desert Day

Even though I couldn’t see them behind her mirrored aviators, I could feel the disgust shooting out of her baby blue eyes and tugging on every last rotten cell of my plaque-filled heart strings. I didn’t need to see her eyes to recognize the look. I’d seen it before after a bender at the docks with a two-bit con with a surefire thing in the 5th with some sauced Irish crumb. It’s the kind of look a woman gives a man when she’s got nothing to lose and even less to gain. 

She asked me to take her to the desert for some vitamin D and a view of the dirt. I got suspicious when she asked me to bring the shovel but with a dame like that, you don’t ask questions if you value your teeth.

A shot of giggle water and one last smoke before I showed her a lovely resting place out in the middle of nowhere. Why is there never a middle-of-the-road in the middle of nowhere? It’s where you go to either start something, or end it.

~ “A Sunny Desert Day”, a flash fiction story by Greg McDonald based on the photograph.

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Domino Falls

Domino Falls

Domino left the big city and went out to stake her claim on a lifeless patch of dirt in the desert. She planned on building a tiny house made from sustainable materials and start an ecommerce business selling detox tea on Instagram.

Little did she know the Homestead Act of 1862 had long expired and the government denied her claim to ownership and seized her land when she struck oil while digging a hole for her septic tank.

~ “Domino Falls”, a flash fiction story by Greg McDonald based on the photograph

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Hi Mom!

woman holds shovel threatening to chop the viewers head off

Hi Mom!

I’ve met someone. I think you’d like her. She reminds me of you. We like to camp, hike, snorkel, play scrabble and we took a class in Viking cuisine together that really made us feel closer as a couple.

She sometimes takes a shovel to my throat but that’s usually only after I say something like, “you should smile more often” or I tell her to “take it easy”. She’s really great and cares about me. When I became incapacitated because of a gout attack in my big toe and she had to wait on me hand and foot, she gave me a mixture of sleeping pills and muscle relaxers and had me down it with whiskey to help ease the pain. I had to have my stomach pumped in the ER but for a few hours I didn’t feel any pain whatsoever in my foot.

We’re going to see Jon Hamm at the Wax Museum tomorrow. She wants to get a photo of herself holding a martini with his wax arm around her waist. She says she was born a couple decades too late LOL. After that, she’s taking me to this secret spot at the LA River. She says it’s really remote and no one will know we’re there. She said she has a surprise for me.

Until next time, from glamorous Hollywood, California, your loving son, 
Sonny.

~ “Hi Mom!’, a flash fiction story by Greg McDonald based on the photograph

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Construction Documentary Video

Construction documentary video that I had the honor to work on and produce for the Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power L3 Maripro, the contractor. It’s something different than what I usually do when it comes to commercial work.

We filmed the 4 month offshore installation in the Santa Monica Bay that now allows the City of LA to get 50% of its electricity from renewable sources. The installation of 36 concrete vaults that weigh 50,000 pounds each and contain 4 electrodes now sit on the ocean floor, and connect to power cables that come down from Washington and Oregon that send wind, solar and hydro generated power to us in LA. The city’s goal is to get to where 100% of our electricity is from renewable sources.

The production included aerial drone footage, timelapse footage and footage shot from the barge as well as dockside work in Long Beach. This is a 7.5 minute highlight reel of the installation.

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Office Showdown

woman firing guns in office in behind the scenes film set photo
a man fires guns at his coworkers in behind the scenes film set photo

Office showdown in a west coast think tank. Tempers flare between co-workers when a disagreement erupts over trade economics and an angered employee who was losing the argument starts shooting up the place. Connie, the level-headed office manager grabs the hand guns in her desk and takes care of the disgruntled malcontent. It didn’t end well for the shooter. Behind the scenes of a film I made awhile ago.

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Psycho Therapy

Psycho Therapy, an episode of the comedy web series, The Man Van. The series features behind the scenes videos of my efforts in trying to get a series called The Man Van off the ground. In this episode, I’m trying to get rid of my on-camera mugging that was exposed in my embarrassing appearance in the previous episode. I visit a Russian psychologist who has her own form of treatment for his ailment.

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Corporate Profile Videos

woman working in office smiling at camera with an ipad for promotional video
man smiling at camera in an office for a promotional video

Corporate profile videos we shot for a prominent law firm in downtown Los Angeles. Shot at 6k resolution, the employee recruitment videos are being used on the Client’s website and youtube channel to give prospective employees a window into their company culture.  The shoot included interviews of partners and new associates and b-roll footage highlighting the work culture, downtown offices and employment opportunities at the law firm. The challenge was to get natural looking b-roll footage as the client didn’t want anything to look too staged and to do so in a fairly tight time window. The client was extremely pleased with out it turned out.

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Stone House Ruins

abandoned stone house in ruins in the California desert
Film location scouting
abandoned stone house in ruins in the California desert
Film location scouting

Stone house ruins in the California high desert. I came across this great abandoned stone house half destroyed while scouting location for an upcoming fashion comedy film. I was seeking a completely desolate area to film in and this isn’t what I was looking for at all but it would be a great location for something so I’m really glad I just happened to drive by it. It makes me want to think of something that could be shot here. Maybe a photo shoot. Not sure but I hope no one tears it down before I can film here!

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Beauty Photographer

red lips on blonde model
female makeup model for beauty tutorial training video against dark background
female beauty model for makeup tutorial video

Beauty photographer and director Greg McDonald shot these frames for a cosmetics client in Los Angeles. The makeup video tutorials covered tips for makeup as well as for skin. Shooting the material in 5k and 6k resolution allows for the accurate representation of colors and detail of the applications and allows for still frames to be pulled from the footage for use in other marketing materials.

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CineFashion Film Awards

Frame from the fashion comedy film, The Selfie That Changed the World
Best Actor nominee Brandon Bernath in The Selfie That Changed the World
Film director Greg McDonald, actor Brandon Bernath and Roberto Correa cinematographer on the red carpet
The Three Amigos on the red carpet at the CineFashion Film Awards at the El Capitan in Hollywood

CineFashion Film Awards by Cinémoi nominated Brandon Bernath for Best Actor for his appearance in the humorous short fashion film, The Selfie That Changed The World written and directed by Greg McDonald in Los Angeles. Congrats Brandon! The awards show was held at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood and was broadcast on the Cinémoi channel on Verizon Fios and Frontier systems. The film is about the inner monologue of an instagram selfie addict.

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