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Super Shout Out to Commercial Magic Makers…

So, two years ago, I found myself in an unenviable position. The first year we had Compression, we were lucky enough to have the people from SNCAT come and video tape much of the event. They broadcast it on local access cable, and condensed the festival down into maybe a 35 minute program. It was cool. My assumption was that hey, fire is cool, I’m sure they will be back, right? Well, they weren’t….

Enter 2009, where I ended up with no quality video. Come grant time, I was sad, had to recycle footage from 2008, and use all the wonderful still photos that were taken to create the grant video. It worked okay, but was not ideal. Enter the lesson: Plan for EVERYTHING! So, I have a friend who I’ve known for a number of years, who I met because she was a room mate to my sister-in-law. Her name is Maryan, and she operates Prickly Pear Imaging.

I saw her shooting something else, and asked her if she might be interested in shooting our event. She responded in the affirmative, and that, as they say, was history. I vowed never to NOT have video of the event, again =)

So, come this year, Maryan did a great job and shot some amazing footage, as she shot, I asked her to think “commerical” and “high impact” or something silly like that…

The first year we did a commercial, my good friend Lauren did the audio, and expressed interest in doing it again. Although she’s known as the town’s tie-dye/costuming Diva Extraordinaire, and also owns Prism Magic Clothing and Imports, in Sparks,

many people do not know that Lauren spent years working in broadcasting before she got in to tie dye. She’s a pro and we had a lot of fun recording the audio voice track, with the help of some friends…

Enter the third piece of this puzzle…a couple of years ago, a fellow geek and awesome human known in Controlled Burn as Matty Pockets, had this awesome song he liked from this DJ in the UK (Tim Wright, also known as CoLD SToRAGE), so he wrote the guy and asked him if we could use his song.

He gave permission and I believe even edited it with some specifics from Matty, for our use. In February, Tim left a note on the CB Facebook page saying if we ever needed help or music again, he’d be down for that. So, I messaged him, told him about our little commercial project, and told him time was tight, but if he had anything, we’d love to use it and give him credit. He was super quick, sent me some samples almost immediately, and we selected one to go with the commercial.

So, now, I think Maryan has all the pieces, and we are waiting to see what she can create! I will post here and on CB Web as soon as I have something, but I LOVE this sort of thing!

Gods, I love it when a plan comes together…=)

Amy Sigil and Unmata, Boys and Girls Club to Perform Compression!

Welcome to today’s edition of “Gemini’s self-indulgence” =). I am going to talk, very personally, about a couple of groups that are coming to Compression this year, and how they got there….and GO:

I am truly honored that Unmata is going to be with us this year! There were members of Unmata with us last year, and Verbatim the year before, but this year, Ms. Sigil is coming, WITH Unmata, AND, she’s teaching workshops on Sunday, after the festival! AND, for Compression, they are doing bellydance AND fire sets! woot!

Now, we are going to take a journey in the way back machine….back in 2008, Unmata and crew invited Controlled Burn to participate in their large Fall show, the Blood Moon Regale, where they always have a fire performance the Friday before the big show. Man, did we have fun! So much so that we went the next year too. We haven’t been back in a couple years, but always appreciate the hospitality and feel-good vibe we get from Hot Pot….then, this last December, because of a break with SEEDS, I was able to travel to Hot Pot for a few weeks and take classes. Again, and A-MAZING experience. It was great getting to be a part of that. We saw Amy and crew just this last weekend at Amy’s birthday bash and Hot Pot’s Spring student showcase. They do this piece that makes me cry every time I see it. Maybe you will get to see it too….it’s centered around “Fashion”, but probably not what you think. Here’s their performance of it at Tribal Fest last year:

Oh yeah, and if you want to experience Ms. Sigil’s awesome teaching style, go to the Asha World Dancer page HERE to register for her workshops!

AND….another amazing experience for me. So, many of you know that I have a second job at “Lawlor Events Center” doing event services. A little while ago, I worked a dance competition and saw some pretty amazing hip hop. This is something I’ve seen before on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew”, but hadn’t ever really seen it in person. There was this one group, from the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, and they were super good. They had all the things that appeal to me…they were a diverse group, their routine was super tight, and they looked like they were having fun! So, I contacted them at a later time, and they are going to come and play with us at Compression too! I think this will be an amazing and beneficial partnership, and I hope they enjoy it!

That’s it for now, today is definitely a “cloud nine” day, as I contemplate how awesome the festival is going to be this year!


Compression Volunteer Appreciation Saturday June 4, 2011

CONTROLLED BURN HOSTS Compression! Volunteer Appreciation Party June 4th, 2011

Compression, Nevada’s only Art and Fire Festival, celebrating its FOURTH YEAR in July, is an event “fueled”, worked and containing many, many talented Reno locals. It is 100% volunteer driven, and we think that’s pretty amazing! We hope you think so too, and if you’ve participated to make Compression happen in the past, this is our opportunity to say THANK YOU, Truckee Meadows community! On Saturday June 4th from 12pm – 4pm, Controlled Burn invites you to Pub and Sub, 1000 Ralston Street, Reno, for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, story swapping from the events, and lunch on Controlled Burn! Let’s reconnect, laugh and make awesome plans for this year as we ramp up for another Compression!

This FREE EVENT is open to those who have volunteered for Compression in the past. Gemini is the gatekeeper here, she pretty much knows who’s been there. This invitation is open to setup crew, performers, Controlled Burn members, exhibiting artists, tear down crew, and safety Rangers. If you have questions about your suitability to attend this event, please email Gemini (at) controlledburnreno (dot) com.

Thank you, everyone, for helping me bring this festival to our community!