Dine LA Video ft. Acura, Petrossian, Street, Church & State and Me

dineLA’s Acura Tour of the City from Evan Romoff on Vimeo.

Last month, I was asked by Dine LA, a non-profit subsidiary of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau and coordinator of LA Restaurant Week, to shoot a little video on featuring a few restaurants around town. Honored by the consideration, I accepted, and had quite a fun time being driven around in a brand-new Acura TSX Wagon (with Acura being sponsor of the project).

We visited Petrossian on Robertson in West Hollywood, Street by Susan Feniger in Hancock Park and Church & State in Downtown L.A. – all of which you have no doubt seen mentioned here on the blog and in my tweets. It was such a pleasure to work with Carrie Kommers, director of the video and of Dine LA, and Evan Romoff, the DP (that is, Director of Photography) and editor – both of whom put me at ease and helped break my “professionally produced” video cherry. We had lots of laughs, bloopers and takes. I had quite a time avoiding “um’s” in the audio. And really, all the credit goes to Evan, the editor, who made me look and sound pretty decent, despite my failure to reapply some mid-day makeup. 😉

You can see the video above, or embedded into the video section of the Dine LA website, or even Evan’s vimeo page, which has the big version. Hope you enjoy!! And have a great weekend.

321 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Church & State
1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Street by Susan Feniger
742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Troublemaker For A Day

I decided to take the opportunity this week to play hooky from work to pose like a Weezer fan and participate in the video shoot of Troublemaker. And I’ll be honest here: I like the band but I haven’t really loved ’em. I guess the disadvantage bands might have with me is that when they achieve instant commercial success from the debut album, I’m never given the chance to get intimate with their music privately. My possessive self has to deal with sharing the music with everyone and their mother – including people who wouldn’t ordinarily be scoping out the “good” music from the mediocre.

This =W= holds the world record for the largest logo made of nachos.

Then again, I think about it and realize that sometimes that’s the ungrateful L.A. scenester in me. Because that’s only been true since I’ve become local to this area. “So many things to do, so many bands to see,” as they say. So while you could also argue that the music scene is a little bit diluted in L.A., there’s always a silver lining when you come to events like these and get the chance to observe the diehard fans in all their glory. I noticed fans drove all the way from Sacramento to be a part of this shoot, even Las Vegas. And we only got the confirmation email the day before.

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