Best Friends, Special Effects, and Digital Magic with Pony R. Horton
March 25, 2009
Hosted by Randall Libero
This week I am joined by my best friend on the planet, Pony R. Horton, whom I have known for more than 30 years. Pony is the most multi-talented person I have ever met: a visual effects artist, director, editor, cinematographer, painter, journalist, animator, photographer, screenwriter, actor, and the list goes on. Pony’s has worked in visual effects for some of the greats, like Van der Veer Photo Effects and Roger Corman, and recently joined the Star Trek: Phase 2 post-production team. Since 2001, Pony has been producing a lifework under his own company banner, Gravity Arch Media, www.gravityarchmedia.blogspot.com a docudrama on the life of William Mulholland, titled A Test of Integrity. Pony has a vast knowledge of the technical artistry and history of special effects work, combining old style special effects techniques and digital CGI effects using the latest desktop software, creating some incredibly awesome looking stuff.
Spirit of Film: Conversations
Archives Available on VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Channel
Movies are changing the way we think, live and dream. “Spirit of Film: Conversations” with Randall Libero showcases the resurgence of modern movies beyond traditional Hollywood fare; those with a strong social conscience, a search for values and meaning, and a willingness to take risks. The program explores the personal and artistic journeys of today’s independent and visionary filmmakers who are ‘breaking the mold’ and communicating their message by using new methods of distribution available in the New Media culture to make an impact. The program celebrates motion picture’s unique magic power to move us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually in this New Era of ‘Visionary Entertainment’; as new methods of storytelling, art, technology, and movie distribution are converging.
Randall Libero is a producer with more than 25 years of professional experience across three major media industries; creative and technical film and TV production for network and independent television, broadcast news journalism, and Internet Radio and TV. His career began as a cameraman, editor, and producer of TV pilots, documentaries, TV talk shows and commercials in Los Angeles during the 1980s. In the 1990s, he created the first online media research facility and historical news archive for the U.S. State Department’s International Bureau of Broadcasting and WorldNet TV. His innovation earned him a major and prestigious agency award nomination for his efforts. He continued his career as a journalist for several years after writing national and international breaking news for CBS Radio and AOL Time Warner. Randall brought his expertise to VoiceAmerica in 2005, and since has produced shows for many of the network’s leading hosts such as Jack LaLanne, Dr. John Gray, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, actress Dee Wallace, Gary Douglas & Dr. Dain Heer, Brett King, and many more. As Senior Executive Producer, Randall imagined and developed the design for the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave channel, which premiered in May 2006 and in ten years, has reached more than 50 million listeners internationally. He is also the producer and host of the "Spirit of Film: Conversations" radio show, which ran as a live show on the network from 2006 - 2011. Randall is also a speaker on media industry subjects, a self-taught musician, playing both bass and acoustic guitar, a major cat lover, and a writer working on a number of book and screenplay projects. He lives with his wife in Phoenix, Arizona and has two grown children.