Jimbeaux Bloggins
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"Good Name For a Band" collection August 2014-2016 

Recent additions to my ongoing obsession with potential names for bands. I'm not in a band but if I WAS... I would have plenty of ideas on what we should call ourselves... some of these might be better suited for an album name... but still.... someone should put these to use.... If you want it you can have it.... free of charge..... just give me proper credit..... 

Good name for a band #8232789: "Donor Bone"

Good name for a band #9453675: "The Nutmilks"

Good name for a band #143567892: "Hella Hoola Hoops"

Good Name For A Band #8567495: "Infatuhuahua"

Good name for a band #6023: "Baptismal Fridge"

Good Name for a Band #3444623: "The Impeccable Poops."

Good Name for a Band #3444624: "The Incredible Edible OOPS"

Good name for a band #10124679: "Tortoise Moving Toward Us"

Good Name For A Band #9760875: "Electric Blue Corkscrew"

Good name for a band #5668: "Shed Head"

Good name for a band #603447: "The Irish Nachos"

Good Name for a Band #7010: "Blast Femur"

Good name for a band #2987543: "Crisp & Unpretentious Whites"

Good name for a band #8997644: "The Flame Raisins"

Good Name For a Band #978651: "Bat Poop on the Patio" 


 

"John Miller Must Die" 


Watch out for this guy. John Miller LLC and his band of thieves are reaching out to video production companies in every state in an attempt to scam freelance filmmakers. This is the email I received from him the other day....
 
Greetings! I am John Miller, the president of John Miller LLC located in London,United Kingdom with business interests in the United State. We are looking for a professional Video producer to shoot,edit and duplicate the video of the upcoming grand opening/Ribbon-cutting ceremony of our new office there in your city on the 15th of August 2016. Work Description: 1.To film all the activities of our speakers/dignitaries and other guests between 12 pm and 2 pm with one Camera, Capturing the video/audio and bringing out the production in HD/high quality vimeo format. 2. To produce a short behind the scene style event highlight video of the event with a second camera. To possibly include Vox Pop style interviews with a few guests(i.e audience) and/ or dignitaries. Kindly provide me with a quote for the job ASAP. Best, John

The email was received through as a contact form submission on this website.

I actually took the time to write up a proposal. I sent that to him late yesterday afternoon and this morning I received his response.....

Hello Jim, thanks for sending the estimate.The rate works for us and we'll like to proceed with the booking. Kindly send me an invoice for a 50% deposit. Happy holiday. 

Kind Regard,

John Miller, President,
John Miller LLC,
17835 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91316

Sounds good right? I hopped out bed, excited by the prospect of some new business, I opened up my laptop and... JUST out of curiosity... but also to see if I could get a little background on this new client, I decided to Google this guy and see what I could dig up. DOH!!! Came across this blog post from Critical Mass Productions in OKC....

SCAMMER TARGETS VIDEO COMPANIES IN OKC- http://www.cmpedge.com/Blog/news/scammer-targets-video-companies-in-okc/

If you read down through the thread of this blog post you'l see dozens of responses. Each one claiming that they've been contacted by this guy. 

THANK YOU to Critical Mass Productions for writing that blog and posting that warning.

Happy 4th of July to everyone.... and to YOU.... John Miller.....

Go F%%% Yourself.






 

WORLD PREMIERE! A short film on Susac Syndrome 

The short film on ‪Susac's Syndrome‬ is finally finished! Please share and help raise awareness for this rare disorder. Thank you Nancy Goldhamer, Ron Sharp, Stefanie Avery, Julia Grimm, Dr. Robert Egan and of course my beautiful wife Kristen for your contributions to this project.....



This film is not only for people with Susac Syndrome (a rare, auto immune disorder), it's for anybody out there looking for answers. It's for people with mysterious symptoms, medical professionals as well as concerned friends and family of those who suffer. This is a place where anyone can get help, collect information and create awareness.
 

“The People VS Robert Dale” intro sequence V4  

Now that we've wrapped on 4 days of shooting this new criminal law project. I'm up to my eyeballs in editing. I love and I hate it. I usually delegate this part of the process and hand everything off to another editor but I decided to take this project on and do all the editing myself.

This clip is a test for an "Episode 1" intro sequence. 

"The People VS Robert Dale" intro V4 from James Huffman on Vimeo.



Cool? I kinda like it. Let me know what you think.....

 

Cast & Crew. Day 1 & Day 2. 

I'm producing and directing a new courtroom training film for one of my longtime publishing clients. We held auditions 3 weeks ago and had some really great actors come in and read for the available roles. So I feel pretty good about the cast we've assembled. We are shooting a total of four days and we knocked two of those days out this past weekend..... good times. HUGE Thank You's to everyone who helped out and made for such an easy going, pleasant and productive experience. 
 

DAY ONE: "The People vs Robert Dale"
 
Corinne DeVries, James Huffman, Mike Muratore, Greta Hitzeman, Mark Planas, Judy Welch, Claudia Watson, Alex Watson, David Chattam, Kingsley Opara
 

DAY TWO: "The People vs Daniella Forcheimes"
 
Sam Jones, Clyde George, Breyen Katz, Katherine Norland, James Huffman, Wyn Costello, Alex Watson, Kingsley Opara, Glenda Suggs, Claudia Watson, Malcolm Matthews, Sheila Robinson




 

A Video for Drake Law School.... 

In November, cinematographer Alex Watson and I spent a couple of days at Drake University in Iowa to shoot this quirky little promo for Drake Law School. Here is the final cut featuring some great voiceover work from actor Rico Anderson. Check it out. Let me know what you think and please "like," "retweet," "comment" and "share" (here, there, everywhere)-



AND.... since we had to cut the opening scene down quite a bit to accommodate time constraints, here is the "DIrector's Cut" of that opening scene....







 

Morning Beverage Routine #13 

My most recent morning beverage regimen was designed to help me overcome some sciatic pain and some ongoing skin issues that have been popping up from time to time for a few years now. Still a mystery.... BUT... I'm currently leaning towards an anti-inflammatory diet with plenty of alkaline foods to keep my system as balanced as possible... and less INFLAMED... obviously.

I'm not going to get into all that stuff right now but if Google it... you can look up a chart (there are a few out there) that tells you what foods are highly alkaline to medium alkaline all the way to highly acidic.... you would be surprised. Now, it's true that your body pretty much regulates everything you pour into it.... to keep your system balanced... so if you eat a lot of acidic foods... your body automatically regulates and keeps you balanced....

BUT... if you eat a TON of acidic foods and don't eat enough ALKALINE foods... you are making your body work extra hard to do all that regulating. Wouldn't you rather same of that energy for other things? Your body is a complex network of systems and organizations that all work together and sometimes against each other... to keep you healthy and happy. Your body is kind of like the government... or the global economy. Why make all those intricate systems work so hard to regulate your acidity? If you eat more alkaline foods, your body doesn't have to work so hard to keep you balanced and then if can spend some time working on other stuff... like fighting free radicals killing cancer cells... that kind of thing.

It's not that hard. VEGETABLES... are the obvious choice. raw veggies are alkaline. Eat more vegetables. You know what else is Alkaline? Almonds, lemons, pumpkin seeds, sweet potato, watermelon, cashews, kale, KomBUCHA.

You know what's Acidic? Beef, Seafood, Beer, Wine, WALNUTS. Lots of stuff you wouldn't expect.

RAW honey is alkaline. Pasteurized honey is acidic. See what I'm saying? 

So eat more alkaline stuff to counter act all the acidic stuff. We ALL run into and eat a ton of that shit everyday. Acidic foods are hard to avoid. Why not give yourself the best available resources so your body and can do a better job of serving you? 

Ok, I'm spending to much time on the alkaline thing.... before I get carried away with analogies.... I just wanted to share my latest beverage regimen.

This morning I started with warm lemon water. I squeeze half of a lemon in to roughly 20 oz of warm water, throw a couple lemon slices in there and drink that first thing.

Then I do a little morning workout, stretch, foam roller routine... 

Then I take the dogs for a walk in and around Elysian Hills and Echo Park.

When I get back I whip up my special iced coffee protein drink coconut water concoction.

12-16 oz iced coffee from a pitcher in the fridge or occasionally I'll pick up some bottled cold brew (Chameleon or Secret Squirrel) from Lassens or Whole Foods.
(cold brew coffee without added sugar or cream is considerably more alkaline/less acidic than coffee with all the "fixins.")
2-4 oz of NAKED or COCO LIBRE organic coconut water. 
1 1/2 scoop of WFM Vanilla Cinnamon plant based protein powder (PER SCOOP: 17g pea/cranberry/hempseed protein, 250 mg cinnamon powder, MCT's, 200 mg green coffee bean extract, 200 mg green tea leaf extract) 
1 scoop of Amazing Grass "Detox & Digest" (low sodium, low sugar)
Sometimes I add an extra oz or two of spring water. 

I end up with a 20 oz drink in my shaker. I shake that bad boy up til I can't shake it no more.... and I try not to shake it too hard and hurt myself.... because sadly Ive done that before.

HOLD ON.. I'm not done yet....

On top of all those fine ingredients.... I throw back a handful of vitamins....
 

(I take more vitamins later in the day but right now I'm just focusing on my morning regimen.)


B-100 supplement
4g Arginine
MegaFood "Turmeric Strength" supplement

That's pretty much my breakfast. I may have an apple or a banana an hour or two after that... but thats it for me until lunch.

So all of this is customized for me, of course, based on what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm trying to reduce inflammation in my joints and lower back...  and keep mu system balanced and clean in an effort to get a handle of these skin reactions Ive been having off and on for a few years. That's why I'm trying to go low-to-no dairy and cut down on animal proteins. 

So al this feels like its working pretty well for me right now.

The other thing I do twice a week is I have jar full of a warm water, lemon, apple cider vinegar (3 tablespoons), turmeric (1/2 tsp organic root powder), cinnamon (1/2 tsp), Manuka honey (1 teaspoon), and a dash of cayenne pepper. BOOM. Not for the faint of heart but its GOOOOD for ya. Don't be scared of the ACV. You get used it it. The Manuka honey and lemon mask the taste. Try it. Don't be a wuss.













 

THE RIVER, a video by Leon Bridges and Miles Jay  

I've started watching a bunch of "Staff Picks" on Vimeo and Ive been pleasantly surprised. So I'll be popping off from time to time about cool stuff I find there.

So.... Here I go-

YO!!!! You MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO.....




THE RIVER by Leon Bridges

Writer & Director: Miles Jay 
Production: Smuggler & opc 
Exec Producer: Patrick Milling Smith, Brian Carmody, Harland Weiss, Allison Kunzman, Donovan Boden, Liz Dussault, Geoff McLean 
Producer: Dennis Beier 
Cinematography: Chayse Irvin 
Production Design: Jade Healy & Erika Lobko 
Editor: Ben Jordan - Work Editorial 
Color: Tom Poole - Company 3 
Post: Steve Mottershead - Artjail 
Sound Design: Stefano - Heard City 
Video Commissioner: Saul Levitz 
Columbia Records


I LOVE this...  powerful... poignant... perfect.

(I'm also becoming a big fan of Leon Bridges. Check him out)






 

Raising Awareness for Susac's Syndrome. 

So I was posting short clips all over social media this week to promote a new project I'm working on. Of course I've been trying to promote stuff I'm working on but I'm also hoping to support people worldwide who are living with a rare disease.  

Monday, February 29th was Rare Disease Day‬ 2016. 

I've teamed up with long-time family friend Nancy Goldhamer to produce and direct a ‪short film‬about ‪‎"Susac's Syndrome‬," a rare auto-immune disorder. I recently reconnected with Nancy after a 20 year hiatus. We go way back. My Father and HER Mother were together for more than 10 years. She was sort of a semi/pseudo step sister to my brother and I. Things didn't quite work out. My Dad and her Mom went their separate ways and then we all kind of splintered off in different directions.. exploring life and the world. Then my Dad died. I ended up tracking down and reaching out to Nancy and her Mom a few months ago... just to let them know that Jerry had passed away. Nancy and I started chatting and thats when I learned about Susac's Syndrome. Nancy was diagnosed with Susac's in 2000. 

A few more conversations lead to a discussion about my work as a filmmaker and her desire to make a short film that would help spread the word about her rare disorder. She wanted to put something together that would not only serve as a resource for those suffering from similar symptoms... but also for doctors who may be combing the internet seeking answers.
 
So here we are. We're making it happen. I've interviewed 4 people in California and 1 in Utah. Each person sharing their own unique experience and perspective on this disease... on ALL rare diseases. There is more to come but here are 2 "teasers" clips that shared on Rare Disease Day to show support for the day but also to start getting the word out about the film. 

This is a clip from the upcoming film featuring Stefanie Speed, a mother of 3 living in Yorba Linda, California. She was diagnosed with Susac's in 2005. She is one of the first 100 people in the world to be diagnosed. 


A short film on Susac's Syndrome- Stefanie Speed from James Huffman on Vimeo.


Dr. Robert Egan is a renowned expert in Neuro-Ophthalmology who frequently lectures on Susac's Syndrome, multiple sclerosis and functional vision loss.


A short film on Susac’s Syndrome- Preview with Dr Robert Egan from James Huffman on Vimeo.


For more information on Susac's Syndrome.... symptoms and treatment, you can contact Dr. Robert Egan at eganr8@gmail.com


Stay Tuned for more updates on this project.