Filming Surf Champ

charlie kuttner frames surf champ This weekend I got to return to the Pacific Pinball Warehouse to film some material for a piece on the Clear Pinball games created by Wade Krause, Michael and Christian Schiess, and others at the PPM.  DP Charlie Kuttner (who also worked on PBDG) and I were trying to capture some of the magic of the visible games.

Michael Schiess of the PPM with Surf ChampThey are pretty magical.

Michael Schiess with Surf ChampMichael has been such a huge supporter of PBDG — I’m really excited to be working on this small video for him and the museum.  It will be included in the bonus material of the PBDG DVD.

Charlie Kuttner Lights Surf Champ It’s tricky to light all the reflective surfaces in the games, especially the clear pins.

Anna Surf Champ

photo by Charlie Kuttner

Unfortunately manipulating the playfield directly is not only the way to get the sounds that I want for the footage, but also the only time I ever get a free game ;).

Visible Pinball Surf Champ with New Mural

Even the new artwork in progress at the warehouse is impressed by Surf Champ’s beauty.

PBDG Headed to Pinburgh!

You think only California events will be in PBDG? Nope.

Director Don Starnes, game designer Wade Krause and I are heading to Pennsylvania for Pinburgh! We’ll be there doing some filming the weekend of March 30.

Stop by and say hi. We’re really looking forward to the trip and meeting more folks from around the country.

Wade in his workshop

Photo by Don Starnes

Curator Portrait: Michael Schiess

Great article on Michael Schiess:

photo by mitch tobias

Primed for Pinball – Alameda Magazine – September-October 2011 – Alameda, California.
Artistic aspirations, his trademark ingenuity and a lucky arrow launched Michael Schiess’ love affair with pinball. Schiess is founder and CEO of the Pacific Pinball Museum, an eccentric, eclectic emporium of pinball preservation, magic and merrymaking that is formally committed to teaching science, art and history through pinball. On any Friday and Saturday night, you will find the arcade-museum at its Webster Street location in Alameda abuzz with old folk, 4- or 5-year-olds perched on portable stools, families, footloose guys and fancy-free girls, party animals (a group of teens and 20-somethings arrived for a pajama party on one Friday), and couples romancing or being romanced by a date with more imagination than the run-of-the-mill, pizza-beer-and-a-movie Joe  read more….