Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Old Friends Are Golden. Um, Tan.

A visit from an old friend of this blog.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On Love

Carrots, Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

Monday, November 12, 2012

DocFest #DocFest2012

Ted Fisher stands outside the Roxie Theater during the San Francisco Documentary Festival, Monday, November 12, 2012. (Photo: Karen K. Barber)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hanging Downtown Screens Today

My short documentary Hanging Downtown screens today at 5 p.m. at the Roxie. It's part of San Francisco Documentary Festival. If you've seen the film, go to its IMDB page and give it a rating or a review. Thanks!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Six Days Until Screening

On November 10th, 12th and 14th my short documentary "Hanging Downtown" is screening at the San Francisco Documentary Festival.

Don't think, however, that you only get my film for the price of your ticket. All three screenings are paired with a really exciting documentary called:

Without A Net.”

It's made by director Kelly J. Richardson, and I encourage you to come and see it.

(It's the same ticket, see ... so come see both.)

Above: check out this episode of Ondi Timoner's B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Doc) show, which features Ms. Richardson speaking about the film.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Seven Days Until Screening

There's a new site posted for my short documentary "Hanging Downtown." It gives a bit of background on the film, and links everything about it in one place. Check it out here:

Hanging Downtown - Directed by Ted Fisher

Above: the promo postcard for the film.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hanging Downtown, San Francisco Documentary Festival

hanging downtown with jason escape

My short documentary on escape artist Jason Escape will screen at San Francisco Documentary Festival on ...
  • Saturday, November 10, at 5 p.m. 
  • Monday, November 12 at 9:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, November 14 at 7:15 p.m.

More information on the film is here: Hanging Downtown.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

This Is My Photo of Gaffer's Tape

I say if you're gonna make a photo of gaffer's tape, then make a photo of gaffer's tape.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Dance Project

Above: The Dance Project.

"A series of 60-second videos on the theme of dance created by 25 artists."

More about the project on UCTV and on IMDB.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Scan Project

Above: The Scan Project.

"A series of 60-second videos directed by artists, each relating to the term "scan" in some way. A longer segment on Lieve Prins, an artist who creates works by "scanning" with a modified copy machine, is included."

More about the project at UCTV and on IMDB.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Hanging Downtown screens at Coney Island Film Festival

My film "Hanging Downtown" will screen at the Coney Island Film Festival at 5 p.m. on September 22, 2012 in Program 5 
Strapped into a straitjacket, tied up with rope, and hung upside down, Jason Escape risks his life and his pride to make Boston audiences see the world his way.
It features Jason Escape, and includes music by Sherwin Smith and Dennis Perez

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Smoke from a car fire fills the street in Los Angeles, Friday, August 10, 2012.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Microphone Comparison

Microphone Comparison Test from Ted Fisher on Vimeo.

Above: a comparison of three microphones:

All three are presented as recorded with no changes in level or equalization. The ATR-3350 does very well (and sells for a very reasonable sub-$25 price) but the Rode delivers what I think is a much more pleasant tone for a documentary interview. The shotgun mic does well, and with careful microphone placement and adjustment of recording levels can do even better.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Never Be Seen

An insect realizes he isn't blending in, Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Support Indie Film ... Now

My friend Kirk Dilley is raising funding to support his upcoming independent film "Know The Difference."

Above is a draft of the poster, designed by Matt Conway.

Go and check out the Kickstarter for the film.

Maybe you can help them out, or maybe you can promote them ... after all, it's all-or-nothing fundraising, meaning if they don't hit the goal, then they get nothing.

Why do I think it's a film worth supporting?

  • Well, first: I'm going to do sound on it, and that's half the battle in Indie production: good sound.
  • Second, have you seen the films Matt has worked on? Here's his IMDB page -- so, no question this will be great looking.
  • Third: the actors involved are excellent.

Give the Kickstarter a look, see if you can help out.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


A boy plays basketball late in the day in Upland, Calif., Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Know The Difference - Kickstarter!

Know the Difference Promo from Kirk Dilley on Vimeo.

"Pictures that move? Wow! That sounds expensive."

"It can be, but only if the Producers choose to pay for things such as cast, crew, food, lighting, costumes, makeup, transportation, and specialized motion picture equipment."

"If you take all of those things out of the equation, it actually becomes quite cheap."

Visit the Kickstarter page for Know The Difference and throw in a dollar or two towards those filmmaking luxuries ... like "cast" and "crew"...

Friday, June 08, 2012

Ernie Watts

Ernie Watts plays saxophone at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Friday, June 8, 2012.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Know The Difference: Joe

Actor Joe Willand waits during a promotional shoot for the film "Know The Difference" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Know The Difference

Director Kirk Dilley records HDSLR video of Caroline Macey during a promotional shoot for the film "Know The Difference" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Jazz Silhouettes

Musicians perform with bassist Henry “The Skipper” Franklin at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Friday, May 18, 2012.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Jazz Friday

A jazz bass player performs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Friday, May 11, 2012.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


A newspaper disintegrates in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Monday, April 16, 2012


A tagged rooftop seen on Fairfax in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rock On

A transport vehicle holds a giant boulder on the site for LACMA's "Levitated Mass" in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I Do The Rock

A woman answers interview questions in front of the site for LACMA's "Levitated Mass" in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

DocuDay and the Oscars

I went to DocuDay on Saturday, watching all the Academy Award nominated docs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. -- but couldn't stay for "Undefeated," thereby guaranteeing it the win. I was also able to predict that "Saving Face" would win. I'm not sure why I knew that.

But the two real surprises:

1. DSLR video was key to "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," shot on a Canon 7D, and also "Hell and Back Again," shot in essentially a photojournalistic style but on video.

2. The 3D look and feel of "Pina," which I thought I would hate, worked. Worked very well, even. Biggest surprise: Wim Wenders was very clear about the fact that editing for a 3D doc could not just use existing strategies from 2D work. It has to be a different edit.

Above: the worst cell phone camera photo I've ever taken.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


A chain link fence supports a ball near the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on Monday, February 13, 2012.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Chalk text seen on the USC campus in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Thursday, February 09, 2012


Two preserved Union 76 ball signs seen through the window of a Metrolink train traveling westbound near Claremont, Calif., on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hiromi Oshima Signing a Bruce Hall Photo #photoLA

Hiromi Oshima signs a photograph by Bruce Hall during the Photo L.A. event in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Hiromi Oshima #photoLA

Hiromi Oshima poses for a fan in front of photographs by Pete Eckert during the Photo L.A. event in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Pete Eckert #photoLA

Pete Eckert, a member of the Blind Photographer's Guild, stands near a booth with his work during the Photo L.A. event in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Friday, January 06, 2012


Police investigate an incident in Los Angeles on Friday, January 6, 2012.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Everybody's Got An Angle

A photographer snaps an early bettor during "Photography Day" at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Thursday, December 29, 2011.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

On Form

A horse and jockey train during the morning workout at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Thursday, December 29, 2011.