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SlamNation: Ngoma Hill - "I Was Here First"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

I love this energetic alternative history from activist and poet Ngoma Hill.  Since it wasn’t crucial to the story, I knew it was going to be an outtake of SlamNation but I edited it carefully anyway, just because it’s such a fun piece and happened to have so many varied angles.

Ngoma continues to be dynamic performer and it’s always a pleasure to run across him when I’m out and about in the poetry scene in NYC.

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The Front Man World Premiere

The Front Man World Premiere will be at the Cinequest Film Festival in San José, CA! Showings are March 7th, 9th & 13! Tickets available now!


Power Trip - Disconnect

Posted by Paul Devlin:

This scene from my movie Power Trip is when the real drama kicks in. You don't really get how important electricity is until you don't have it. And it was a revelation for people unfamiliar with how high the stakes are, to learn that cutting off people's electricity can lead to rioting. Here's where it starts...

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SlamNation: DJ Renegade - "Miles"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Form and content merge seamlessly in this jazz poem about Miles Davis by the master, DJ Renegade.

It was excerpted briefly in the opening montage of SlamNation. Now you can feel the whole piece.

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CBS Image Promo

Posted by Paul Devlin:

2013 was a great year for CBS Sports and I was able to show that off by editing this Image Promo for the department. I worked on this with Producer Pete Radovich and Associate Director Gareth Hughes.

The key to these pieces is to keep the energy high and make it as exciting as possible. The big challenge is how to tell the story of three epic events in only 30 seconds. Of course, we had the luxury of fantastic shots to work with. Once you've got the basic layout, the process becomes all about shaving and shifting frames. Changes of fractions of a second can have a surprisingly big impact.

Also, this kind of project requires approval at the highest level. That means many revisions. I think we went through 25 versions of this piece. This is the first version that aired. But we still went back to drawing board a couple times after that to make even more changes before it was finalized.

SlamNation: Team Austin - "American"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Team Austin performs one of their many group pieces in this outtake from SlamNation.

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The Almighty Bob

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Happy Birthday, Almighty Bob!

This piece was a birthday present for my dear friend Robert Wagner 20 years ago. Now I'm re-gifting it to him. Rob was the singer for The Blasés, a band that was hugely popular in New Jersey in the '80s and '90s. This piece features some great tracks from Rob's solo work.

We went on a hike up Shrine Pass outside of Vail, Colorado, along with my mom, Nancy Devlin, and my girlfriend at the time, Shannon Stanczak. Of course, I brought a video camera and of course, Rob starting riffing.

Slam Poem: Andrew Berger - "Funky Clown Town"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Funky Clown Town was a short, humorous moment in SlamNation. The low scores and look of disappointment said it all. However, that moment catapulted this poem into cult celebrity in the slam poetry community. Everyone wanted more of Funky Clown Town. Here it is, in all its glory.

Check out this post about Funky Clown Town by Big Poppa E!

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Freestyle - "JUICE VS SUPERNATURAL" (13 of 14)

Posted by Paul Devlin:

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Two Freestyling legends go head-to-head, in the most important hip hop battle of last century!

The Making of Freestyle (continued)

The premiere of Freestyle in Park City was fantastic! Sundance and Slamdance were in full swing, we rented a house, and the entire team joined us – some from early stages of the movie, whom I hadn’t met yet, including Kevin’s sister, Executive Producer Tiara White. Lots of supporters joined us and the freestyler Wordsworth, came along as well and it was fun to get to know him. I was exhausted from the all-nighters getting ready, but it was still a great party and a packed house for the premiere. The audience LOVED the movie! De La Soul was playing during the festival and Henry managed negotiate a deal with a hip hop clothing sponsor to make that show the Freestyle After Party! Fantastic! Wordsworth performed with them, a great mix of generations. Such a fun time.

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SlamNation: Jessica Care Moore - Behind the Scenes

Posted by Paul Devlin:

SlamNation producer Thom Poole shot this footage of Jessica Care Moore recording her album. These moments capture the beginnings of performance poetry branching out and “spoken word” becoming more recognizable as a commercial art form by the mainstream.

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