Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Photo of the Day" at

John Hancock Tower at night

The Benefits of Multitasking...

After shooting HD video for a client at the opening of the new Apple Store in Boston Thursday, I dug out my still camera and tripod and did a walking tour, shooting some photos of the Back Bay at night.

One of those photos was picked up as the Photo of the Day on, a cool website about everything Boston (sister publication to NYC's Gothamist).

The photo is a black and white image of the John Hancock Tower (at 790 ft., the tallest building in New England--135th tallest in the world).

Here are a few other photos from my post-Apple nocturnal ramble:
The Lenox Hotel, BostonBackBay-1-6Old South Church, Copley Square, BostonThe Lenox Hotel, BostonBackBay-1-28Moon over the BPLBackBay-1-24Night flowers, Boylston StreetBackBay-1Newbury Street dress shop at night
photos ©2008 Brad Kelly

"America's Next Top Superhero" screening at "Sci-Fi Sundance."


"America's Next Top Super Hero," a short film that I shot for the 48 Hour Film Project (over four years ago!) has been picked-up to screen at The Wrath of Con: Science Fiction and Film Conference in Panama City Beach, FL at the end of this month.

The Wrath of Con convention is a geeky collection of workshops, autograph sessions, memorabilia and hobnobbing with authors, costumed fans and D-list Sci-Fi well as a slate of films they're calling the "Sci-Fi Sundance." I'll be waiting for the Weinstein's call...

The main reason I'm disappointed I can't attend is that my childhood hero (circa 1978), Capt. Apollo, Viper pilot of the Battlestar Galactica (Richard Hatch) will be there in person.

Mr. Hatch in later years.

As Commander Adama's (Lorne Greene) level-headed son, Apollo was charged with defending the "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of planet-less humans from Cylon attack. And he was a much better role model than that loose cannon, Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), who only seemed to have cigars and women on his mind (and probably not even in that order).

Starbuck and Apollo, defenders of the remnant.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Apple Opens Largest US Store in Boston


Talk about hoopla! It was like the opening of a Star Wars movie in 1976. Apple opened it's largest store in the US Thursday on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay. The crowd was lined up outside, stretching all the way around the building to Newbury Street, in a festival-like atmosphere.

I was there shooting interviews with iPhone owners in Hi-Def for a Boston-based third-party applications developer for the iPhone (who must remain secret for now, don't ask me to tell, I don't want to have to kill you).

The new building is a glass fronted cube that represents over two years of effort by Apple-- almost stymied from the get-go by the Back Bay Architectural Commission, who initially did not find Apple's plan to raze the existing building amusing.

Lucky insiders view the throngs below.

During construction, Apple hid the building behind a facade modeled after Fenway's Green Monster.

Photos ©2008 Brad Kelly
Green Monster Photo ©Chad Barraford