- 2:45 PM, Tuesday,
January 30th 2024:
- It's wild, I'm so
goddamned gunshy about documenting what's happening
because it feels like the MOMENT I make it public I'm
gonna get bitch-slapped again. I'm so out of practice
with true roller-coasters in The Journey... and this
may be the fastest turnaround yet. Man do I even
- I DON'T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING SO BAD.
Like, I'm about to lock this entry just to make my
blood pressure go down. Goddamn I really have to
do that don't I.
- Is that a Journey
first? Locking potentially good news because
I don't want to feel devastated when it doesn't
pan out? I have NEVER done that. Wow. But as
I type I'm picturing people reading this and it
makes my hands shake. Dude, I'm going through it man.
To at least GET THROUGH this fucker it'll be
locked for a day or two... but there's no actual
reason to lock this.
- So I woke up
on Monday (Jesus that's only yesterday?) ready to
truly start my post-NFL actions for Virtual Presence
Productions. It was time to comb through all of my
Delorean gigs and make a list of potential people to
contact who would be interested in this technology.
This was actually what I was going to do in August
before the NFL stuff came up, and I wouldn't have even
considered doing it until at least March or April had
I been going to the Super Bowl... but now it's
time roll. Just need to get these people in a headset.
After a couple hours I had whittled it down to roughly
20 people in a big ol' spreadsheet with phone nubers,
emails and how we knew each other. This is truly where
you realize just how much
ALWAYS BEING ON TIME matters. There is
not one person on this list that wasn't THRILLED with
the Delorean experience. So I texted a few,
started some emails, and one person responded who used
to work for Spectrum, Lakers TV.
- He no longer
worked there, but had contacts who did... he however
is still in the sports world working for TNT, ESPN,
the NBA directly doing video and social media stuff.
As I explained what I was doing he was incredibly
receptive. Like, wanted to see this shit TODAY. Within
an hour of my text he called me, got the info, went to
Target, bought a quest 2, then hit me up to walk him
through it. I showed him "The NFL Pitch" as well
as the Rams Reel that greenlit the Super Bowl. He was
floored. Started listing off producers he wanted to
show it to... started asking me questions about
turnaround time - specifically if I could shoot in
this quality at, say, a Lakers practice and be able to
show the results by the end of the practice.
Absolutely, would just need to bring my PC with
- This dude had
actually spent the last several years in New Orleans
working for the Pelicans and the Saints and just moved
back to Anaheim a few months ago. You could tell he
was like "THIS IS IT." By last night he had
already shared it with producers at TNT and was
hitting up Lakers organizations today and his family
is coming over this Sunday so I can put some files
directly on his headset so he isn't beholden to the
internet. It's been 24 hours.
THIS DUDE MOVES LIKE ME. He kept
saying "Man, this at an all-star game would be
unreal... " I explained to him that I honestly thought
the NFL footage was a longshot because of proximity
but that it worked really well... but NBA? No-brainer.
In fact that has been my stated goal since before the
NFL. Specifically? Documenting Lebron and Bronny's
first year together. If I get to shoot a Lakers
practice and can show this to LeBron? Holy fucking
fuck guys. I'd give up literally everything I'm doing
and just work for him helping him capture his memories
for what is a once-in-a... wait, no it's never
happened. Father/Son have never played in the
- Anyway - I'm
WAY ahead of myself. But talk about putting your
money where your mouth is? Dude moved FAST. He gets
it, it was instant, he thinks he can help and he
HAS A BACKGROUND PRODUCING SPORTS CONTENT.
We're speaking the same language. I mean... what
the actual fuck.
- I told him I
would fly anywhere on the planet to put people in this
headset, just lead the way. On Sunday we'll talk about
roles and what's expected and avoid THAT whole mess
from the get-go, but right off the bat the dude knows
his shit. Is in this world and understands what's
happening. I am flabbergasted. I cannot believe
how fast he's responding and, well, come to think of
it my NFL contact did the same thing. As
I said in "The Trailer that broke me"
video: it's undeniable. I've never seen anyone
respond poorly to it. The opening shot of the Rams
reel starts 2D and morphs into 3D in a way that
literally every, single, person, goes: WOW. Out
I just may have started a new path that's gonna end up
in the NBA. Lord Hammercy.
- Hold on tight.
I think we'll be shooting a Virtual Presence
Podcast this weekend.
- Oh wait, this is a
- So I'm working on
a new type of VR180 video that feels more cinematic so
expect a bunch of strange film tests to see what's
possible. This is one of 'em...
- I often wish
I wasn't the model in these things. Because if
you didn't know I was trying to test light,
movement, focus, etc. It would look like me showing
off my utter lack of guns. Sure, I'm starting to lift
weights in order to get in better shape, but there's
nothing to show right now and I honest to fuck
just thought the lighting in the new weight room
I built looked cool - and with the right settings
I could nail a more cinematic feel. More of this
coming... but holy fuck
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS ENTRY?
In fact, why am I locking this!!!! FUck that!!!
Let's be happy again and see if we can withstand