I Don’t Even Have To BE THERE To Teach You

It’s official!  I’ve received my Certificate For Online Learning at American University.  This means that I’ve completed coursework that covers the pedagogy and technology of creating and teaching asynchronous online courses.  I’m pretty excited.  I hope to have the chance to try it out soon!

The BCMM honored by the Tennessee Association of Museums

This just came in on the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Facebook page:

Last night at the Tennessee Association of Museums conference, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum was honored to receive 5 awards — 3 Awards of Excellence for The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies special exhibit, the museum’s permanent exhibits, and the Mixing Station interactive; 1 Award of Commendation for the Chapel Film; and the first annual Past President’s Award of Excellence for our permanent exhibits (1 of 3).Thank you, TAM!

I’m pretty jazzed about this!  I was the Music Producer and UX/UI designer for the Mixing Station, so I’m quite pleased that people are enjoying it!  My dear colleagues at Hillmann & Carr produced the Chapel Film, and that award is well deserved.

Great job, BCMM!

Birthplace of Country Music Still In The News

I’m proud that something I helped make with such an excellent team is getting this kind of recognition.


Made In Tennessee has this to say:

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells a story of musical heritage—from the Bristol Sessions to today. The East Tennessee region continues to influence music around the world. The museum is home to 12,000 square feet of exhibit space and features a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations. Visitors can also appreciate multiple theater experiences and interactive, technology-rich media. Live year-round performances and educational programming make new converts and keep established fans entertained.

And I’ll even drive traffic to FoxNews for the sake of this museum!  The “Unbroken Circle” theater mentioned below was largely the work of my very talented office mate Christopher Richmond.

Trisha Gene Brady of The Black Lillies is one of several artists who perform “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” in the museum’s Immersion Theater exhibit, which also features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and others. Brady visited the museum in September, and says she got emotional when she saw it: “Of course I cried a little bit, there were tears there.”

Press Coverage of Oklahoma City Memorial Media

On September 14 of this year the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum unveiled a lot of new media, much of it produced by me and my friends at Hillmann & Carr.  Read about it here and here.  In one of the links below, you’ll see a vertical monitor on a column near Timothy McVeigh’s car.  That’s one way of solving the vertical monitor problem.

If you want a better look at that video, ask me for the password and check it out here:
Trooper Charlie Hanger’s Arrest of Timothy McVeigh


The Missing Scarf – Now on Vimeo

This was the best animation among the Oscar Nominated Short Animations…and it was actually one of the “honorable mentions”.

It could be argued that this video completely violates all the principles of animation aesthetics (as asserted by David O’Reilly) that I tell my students. HOWEVER, I do tell my students that you can only get away with breaking the rules if it’s so cool and good that I don’t notice. It’s a gamble.