It is with great sadness…

Posted by Rick Burnett on May 25th, 2009 filed in Dogs of Chinatown, z13: The Zombie Within

that I have to pass on the news to everyone that the Executive Producer of Dogs of Chinatown has passed away today.  Although I really don’t know all the details, from what has come through to me was complications of meningitis and shingles, and was certainly unexpected.  My thoughts go out to his family and all they are going through.

Out of all the people I have met over the last few years, I can say no one has truly been as unique as Adam and I still remember the first time I met him.  It was on the set of z13 when I first started working with Micah Moore, Blake Faucette and Andy Coon.  This guy shows up with a MASSIVE amount of energy jumping around asking Micah if he could be a zombie.  He pulls his arm sleeve of his shirt over his head (he was quite skinny) and starts flailing his arm around.  After being in a few scenes, he decided he wanted to film some of the production and grabbed a camera and started running in place as if to simulate someone running towards the zombies.  I of course asked Micah, “What the hell is he doing?”  to which he replied, “That’s Adam Ross, and this is his film.”  He definitely saw the world through a different set of spectacles.

The second time I saw Adam was at the Castle Carnival in Greensboro, NC last year.  He was running around filming with two video cameras on a mount system he build.  He told me about his fascination with 3D movies.  He showed me some of the material he had filmed, which was neat, and how he wanted a very powerful score to go with his current projects.  Then, he was off, as he had more to film.

The third and last time I saw Adam was at the screening of Dogs of Chinatown at Solaris in Greensboro.  I talked with him again and connected the dots that I was the person who mixed the sound and did a lot of music (along with a few other bands and composers) for Dogs of Chinatown.  He was absolutely ecstatic about the quality of the audio and video in Micah’s production.  He asked me how much I was paid for the work I did.  I told him the project ended up costing me about $600 in new software and hardware.  He became incredibly concerned and asked me if I wanted him to give me some money for my work.  I said no, I used that project to learn a lot, and he could hook me up on the next project.  And still, I wouldn’t change a thing in that. And that was it.

While my interactions with Adam were pretty minimal, his impact on film making in the Triad in undeniable.  He’s given many many people the opportunity to chase dreams while he chased his own.  For that, I am truly grateful as I’ve been able to find new passions in audio that I didn’t know I’d enjoy so much, and work with people, all friends of Adam, that have amazed me with their dedication to not only their projects, but to each other, in chasing a bigger thing than themselves individually.

There are no details about a service yet, but I will post those details for those who’ve worked on his projects, or knew him and want to attend.

Thanks again man, and I hope you get to continue your wacky eccentric passions wherever you end up.


41 Responses to “It is with great sadness…”

  1. Andy Coon Says:

    Well said Rick. I never had the pleasure to even talk with him. But I did see the community that he helped build with his passion of filmmaking.

    He will be missed in many ways.

  2. Rick Burnett Says:

    Very true. I was about to begin working on one of his projects very shortly. I hope they finish the project and I can still be a part of it.

    Let’s hope people take his passion and use it to keep this awesome community fueled.

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