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12 Things You May Not Know About Edgar Allan Poe

Over the summer I’ve had the privilege of doing research for a future project involving Edgar Allan Poe (that’s all I will say about this project for now).  So, over the summer I have flooded my Facebook page with posts and pictures about Poe (without revealing  what I’m working on). I have also discussed him… Read more »

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BANA: Heart of Darkness is now Represented

Some time ago we blogged about the making of the pilot for the web series BANA: Heart of Darkness (the pilot episode is titled “The Game”).  We weekly took you though the ups and downs in the filming of BANA  through a four week behind the scenes series title Confessions of a Filmmaker (see links below). … Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout to Roosevelt Island

I took a Saturday walk up 8th Ave in Manhattan to find a pleasant surprise – a bazaar lasting several blocks (from 42nd Street up to Columbus Circle). Here was the joy of NYC venders mixed with various foods (including fried ice cream) giving the event a “county fair” feel but NYC style. From there… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout Green-Wood Cemetery

You either love them or hate them, but most of us have strong feelings about cemeteries. I’m one of those who loves them (after all, I plan on spending a great deal of my future in one). I find cemeteries with monuments or old headstones to be my favorite, of which Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout Prospect Park in Brooklyn

What a delightful mistake on my end. As I was reminded, Walt Whitman once said, “Not all who wander are lost!” So on my wanderlust to head to Green-Wood Cemetery (video forthcoming) I took the wrong train into Brooklyn But it afforded me the opportunity to see something unplanned but welcomed – a visit to… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout 5th Avenue

Starting with 44th Street and then heading north on 5th Avenue to Central Park, this walk covers what is considered some of the most expensive and best shopping locations in the world. And the penthouses on top of many of these buildings are some of the most coveted. This section of New York is also… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout Night Lights at Time Square

“They say the neon lights are bright on broadway They say there’s always magic in the air”   Let’s find out as we walk together from Radio City Music Hall to Broadway and through Time Square. There is a reason why Michael Keaton could walk through a crowd in his underwear in the movie Birdman… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge

Walk with me across the Brooklyn Bridge and then back across the Manhattan Bridge.   The Brooklyn Bridge is one of many New York City’s iconic landmarks. Built in 1883 it connects Brooklyn and Manhattan’s finical district. It is a mixture of cable stayed and suspension bridge and was designed by John Augustus. From it… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout The High Line

NYC is the home of several parks, one of which is The High Line Park. On the west side of Manhattan and running from 30th street down slightly past 13th street, this 1.4 mile park is certainly unique. Built on the elevated closed track of the New York Central Railroad offers an enjoyable casual walk… Read more »

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Walk-A-Bout East Side Manhattan

Today’s trek takes me down 5th Ave through East Village, Soho and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You will see the Flatiron Building, Union Square Park and a farmer’s market with occasional shots of the Empire State Building in the background. You also might recognize some locations from television shows such as SMASH, Sex… Read more »

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    It’s A Hard Knocks Life

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    A Dress, A Nebula and Orson Welles: A Lesson in Perspective

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    Sending You The Week’s Best

    Thanks for being a part of the launch of Creative Crosswalk this week!  We had lots of visitors and great conversation on our social media pages, so keep it up!  We believe in passing on great stuff, so get ready for some awesome articles shared with us this past week.  The following are a few… Read more »

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    Why We Should Think Differently and Stay Weird

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    Why Imaginary Friends Are Still A Good Idea

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      Like many in Dayton, Ohio I was extremely pleased when actor/director Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) mentioned filmmaking in my hometown at this year’s Oscars. But it really should not be that astonishing since Dayton is so closely associated with performing arts.  Theater certainly is well represented with the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton Performing Arts,… Read more »

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    Tips For Future Filmmakers

    The phrase “Lights, camera, action” is a throwback to the early days of silent movies when sound was not a consideration, cameras were always at eye level, and shots were filmed without variance in one whole scene, as if watching a play. The phrase will forever be associated with filmmaking: it is to making a movie… Read more »

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    How a Quest Can Boost Your Creativity

    “Why should you consider a quest?  Because your life is good, but you don’t feel completely fulfilled.  You long for a challenge that requires you to develop new muscles and acquire new skills, and if you’re willing to work for it, you can find it…or perhaps even better, you can create it for yourself.” –… Read more »