Work and Projects from 2015

New Project at Eureka Theatre. Restoration of silver-leafed ceiing in the Mezzanine lobby.
New Project at Carson Block Building. Restoration of decorative plaster elements and stencil work in the old Ingomar Opera House.

MOUNT SHASTA, A Photo-Novella

Conceptual Adventures in Mountaineering!
In the near future, or perhaps the recent past.
Guided by failure and hopelessness, a ragtag team of mountaineers sets out on a adventure that transcends the normal bounds of storytelling.  They seek nothing less than the summit of the sacred mountain that provides a physical path between Earth and Heaven.  Mount Shasta, is a Photo-Novella, a story told not only with words, but with photographs.  In the late 1990's, contemporary artist Peter Santino, set out to make to a movie inspired by a beloved book.  With the help of a group of willing friends, a real mountain and a very limited budget of $120, this work was published on the Internet in 2001 as a streaming Macromedia Flash project: MOUNT SHASTA, A Photo-Novella for the Internet.  Now, some 15 years later, Mount Shasta returns in a form truer to the photo-novella.

UPDATE! After months of stuggling to get a decent looking "print-on-demand" photo book, MOUNT SHASTA will stay available only as an e-book (in both Apple iBook and Amazon Kindle formats). Affordable "print-on-demand" solutions from both Ingram and Amazon handle text and line art well enough but something about the combination of printers and papers makes it impossible for them to achieve a decent photograph. The only way the photography printing would look correct would be to do the book in offset litho. This would require pre-ordering thousands of copies at (I estimate) a cost of around $10,000 per thousand copies. So, either a gift, a grant or a publisher is needed.

MOUNT SHASTA, A Photo-Novella, if it is ever in print form, would be a 10" x 8" softcover copy of essentially the same story as has been streaming as both a Flash movie on the website and as a video on YouTube. Now, it's set up more in the form of a graphics novel with panels containing photos on each page (see the thumbnail samples below).

UPDATE 2016! In order to make an affordable printed version that looks good, I am continuing to to alter the images. Turning them all into more black and white graphics rather than photos.

FIXED LAYOUT ePub. Recently, methods for creating and distibuting fixed layout in both Apple iBook and Amazon Kindle format have improved and I felt this might be an alternative to the high cost of print-on-demand.

Mount Shasta iBook available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, (needs iTunes on your computer). Only $4.99

Mount Shasta Kindle available for download from Amazon, (needs a Kindle device or player on your computer). Only $4.99


Below are some images to give an idea of what this project looks like. First one is the mechanical (pdf of both front and back covers), followed by three, 2-page speads.

Mount Shasta Cover

The original MOUNT SHASTA, A Photo-Novella for the Internet is available FREE <HERE>


The Eureka Theatre Restoration Project

Silver Leaf Ceiling Project for the Eureka Theatre Restoration – February, 2015

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