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Creating Saturday Night Live: Control Room

An interesting behind-the-scenes look at how an episode of SNL goes from script to stage.

Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Carrie Fisher Irvin Kershner Behind The Scenes Princess Leia

Unscripted: How the Famous ‘I Love You/I Know’ Scene Really Came Together

It’s a legendary story, but it’s not true: When Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) confesses her love for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Empire Strikes Back, the scripted reply was, “Just remember that, because I’ll be back.” Feeling that the line lacked a certain je ne sais quoi, Ford changed it.

“I love you.”

“I know.”

It’s humorous, poignant, and a spot-on character-driven interaction. It’s often cited as the best actor-improvised line in movie history, but, here’s the thing, it wasn’t improvised. Read more…

“Sister” by Killer Workout

Official music video for “Sister” by Killer Workout. Video by Ryan Hills and Travis Mouffe. http://killerworkoutmusic.com/

ARRIVAL: Bridging The Divide

While the US is seemingly tearing itself apart through narrow-minded interpretation and megalomaniacal levels of self interest, it’s invigorating to see a movie that explores the way in which we communicate with each other. Through a step-by-step deconstruction of language, context, and meaning, Arrival reminds us that we’re all just one small piece in a very large puzzle that’s still being put together. Read more…

Cameo – “Candy”

Question: Is this the greatest music video of all time?

Answer: Yes.

Every Frame A Painting: How Does an Editor Think and Feel?

Every Frame A Painting explains the art and artistry of film editing. I’d also suggest checking out their videos on Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy and Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina was one of my favorite films of 2015. It features terrific performances from Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. It’s sexy, smart, and terrifying with an old-school, 70s kind of sci-fi vibe and aesthetic. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend this one!

Never The Place Music Video

Blank on Blank

Stratos Jump

They just released 1st-person footage of Felix Baumgartner’s 128,100 foot dive. It’s 8 minutes of breathtaking terror. Enjoy!

“Becoming Santa”

If you want to stream a quirky/bizarre documentary over the Holiday, I recommend taking a peak at Becoming Santa. The trailer doesn’t do it justice, but it’s an entertaining glimpse at the people who play Santa and why they do it.

It’s currently available to stream on Netflix and Hulu

Building Empire

A ‘filmumentary’ by Jamie Benning about the making of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

“Slightest Touch” live

The West plays “Slightest Touch” in Seattle, WA on Fri. May 24, 2013. For more information visit http://bandthewest.com/ Shot and edited by Big Time Hype http://bigtimehype.com

Music Video – “It was Disco and it’s Over”

Official music video for The West’s “It was Disco and it’s Over.” Make sure that you watch it in HD!

The West Live on New Year’s Eve

There’s a bit of a mic problem (it’s not working for a hot second), but here’s a partial song (the intro) from our show at the Satori Group’s New Year’s Eve Party. Just a GREAT CROWD.

Thanks to David from Eagle Teeth for capturing this snapshot in time.

The West Kickstarter

Click here to make a donation to The West on Kickstarter.

The Sound “Hothouse”

This is is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard.

Doctor Who Confidential

The West on the You Can and You Will Podcast

If you missed my band The West on the You Can and You Will Podcast, we made it easier to listen. Play this video to preview a non-mastered track off of our upcoming album ‘In Low Light.’ It’s half the song, but it’s just enough to wet your whistle.

Sparks “Sherlock Holmes”

This is my new jam.

Sherlock Holmes
Fog matters to you and me,
but it can’t touch Sherlock Holmes
Dogs bark and he knows their breed
And knows where they went last night
Knows their masters too
Oh baby, hold me tight

Just pretend I’m Sherlock Holmes
Just pretend I’m Sherlock Holmes
Just pretend I’m Sherlock Holmes
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How Music Works: An evening with David Byrne & St. Vincent

Adrienne and I had the great pleasure of seeing David Byrne & St. Vincent in concert last night at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. The experience was thrilling. I’m a big fan of both these artists and their collaboration on Love This Giant is pure simpatico. It’s bizarre, beautiful, and a lyrical feast. One of the better albums I’ve heard in 2012. Read more…

Fred Rogers on PBS

Earlier today, I posted a link to an article written by Levar Burton on the importance of PBS. It underlines an ideological difference (there are many) between our Presidential candidates and I truly feel that it cannot be dismissed. Read more…

The Honor System

There’s a fantastic article in October’s issue of Esquire called “The Honor System.” The article describes Teller’s journey (of Penn & Teller fame) to track down a musician who stole his trick Shadows. And yet, the article is about much more than that. It explores art, magic, thievery, ownership, copyright, and the process of turning deception into something beautiful. You can read it online for free here. Read more…

Stop Making Sense

I first saw Stop Making Sense at a German bar in Cincinnati, OH called Lenhardt’s. They were playing the film on mute so that people could still listen to music on the jukebox. It’s bizarre to watch this while Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” plays softly in the background. Read more…

All Hallow’s Read

Adrienne told me about All Hallow’s Read and I have to give her credit and thanks for discovering this on the ‘interwebs.’ She’s an absolute horror nut and I owe a lot of my experience with the genre to her knowledge and passion. Read more…

The West @ The Crocodile

The West playing “You Won’t” at The Crocodile on 8/23/12.