Posted on May 31, 2011
Posted in Short Stories

I had a lot of fun filming these old Lifeguard towers sitting in the bushes far from the beach. The beach was located over a huge sand hill or dune and the wind was blowing like crazy on the other side. You can tell it was very windy by watching the tops of the trees in the video moving around a lot where the towers sat. The beach scenes of course looked crazy windy which they were. This made it impossible to keep my wide angle Rokinon 14mm lens clean for each shot. Also, I carried my Igus slider and tripod out there to film this crazy wind. After the fact I figured out that sand isn’t good for either a wide lens (or any lens for that matter), tripod, or a slider. Although I do have to say the Igus slider did pretty well out in the elements because there aren’t any roller bearings to get sand stuck in. It slides on a type of plastic which doesn’t need any lubrication for smooth camera slides on the rails. The wind however did get in my eyes every time I tried to get shots of the sand blowing past me at my back. My body seemed to make a funnel of sand in between myself and my camera equipment. In the end though it was really fun to get these shots and make a fun edit to go with the images I captured. Music choice was from Artist: Mindthings. Album Life’s Path. Song Cold Water. Great place for Creative Commons Music can be found at http://www.jamendo.com and http://incompetech.com/
Enjoy.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
Posted in Short Stories

I had the priveledge to be involved with interviewing the Mingus family with Randy Ksar. Matt has been given the title “Boy of the Year” because of his very recent history with Leukemia. He is in remission now and can easily be seen as a courageous young boy who fought this difficult battle and won. From the short time I got to hang out at his house I could tell he is living a very normal life as can be expected with a loving and caring family. After interviewing his mother Kat and hearing the very familiar details of what he had to go through at such a young age it makes me realize how much life is so precious. Taking just the little things for granted is something we all should strive not to do and instead enjoy everyday we have with each other.

So, now for technical side of this interview and story. I shot this with 2 Canon T2i’s, FD lenses, diy Igus slider, glidecam hd4000 (t-ball game), zoom h1 audio recorder, sennheiser mics, and a diy skater dolly. After filming the interview, getting shots of Matt playing xbox with his sister, and on another weekend his T-Ball game footage, I ended up with a very informative and captivating story told by his mom Kat. Here is the video and go to www.10kin10weeks.wordpress.com for more information on how you can get involved. Thanks for everyone’s support!

Posted on Apr 18, 2011
Posted in Short Stories

I have been helping with the promotion and video production for the nomination of Randy Ksar for the “Man of the Year” campaign for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I interviewed Randy a month or so ago at night in his front yard because of the ambiance of that location. Some of the gear I used for this shoot was:
2 Canon T2i’s
Igus Diy slider (http://igus.com/) with Friction Arm (Friction Power Arm)
2 can lights with clamps (from home depot)
1 LED work light (home depot) (Home Depot LED Work Light)
Z96 LED (Z96 LED)
55mm 1.2 FD Lens
50mm 1.8
135mm 3.5 FD Lens
Zoom H1 audio recorder
Sennheiser wirelesss mic set

A lot of my equipment was purchased due to Emm at cheesycam.com and his many helpful reviews on a huge variety of dslr production equipment.

The whole production recording was shot within an hour and Randy did an amazing job telling his story of how he became involved with LLS and Team in Training. I enjoyed creating this video for such a great cause that he has been involved in for many years and raised a lot of money for too. To find out more information on how to get involved or if you would like to help please watch his story and check out www.10kin10weeks.wordpress.com. Together we will find a cure for cancer. Thank you for your donations and sharing this video.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011
Posted in Promos

Where to start? I have entered multiple competitions on zooppa.com for the Silk campaign, Ultimate Software, and Buick Human Highlight Reel fir NCAA. So far I have won 8th place on the sulk video ad which had my daughter making cookies and my wife was scene in a shot placing the cookie tray into the oven. Thanks to both of them for cooperating for those few hours of me filming basically a live event. A few shots with Tamara and her dolls having Silk and cookies at the end were setup by me.

My next entry was for Ultimate Software and I tried thinking outside the box for this shoot. I again used my daughter and her toy train set to achieve 1 bullet point from this company. It was showing off that they were a “Unified” solution and a train track being put together into a unified figure eight worked perfectly for my random idea. I won 1st place on this ad. There were so many great entries into this contest but I managed to beat them all.

As for the Buick entry I have to wait until after April 22 I believe to see if I won anything. For this video entry I interviewed Kelby Klosterman who was the University of North Dakota’s quarterback during their 2001 national championship run. His life was impacted by Markus Bryant who was suffering from cancer but showed selflessness and courage during his struggle. After winning the national championship and raising the trophy with Markus on the podium he co-founded holiday magic from Markus. The charity gives gifts during the holidays to underprivileged kids in the community which the football team participates in every year. Markus unfortunately didn’t make it to give the kids their gifts but his spirit lives on in this charity and the community feels the impact to this day. To help out with this great cause and to find out more information check out Holiday Magic From Markus

Posted on Feb 16, 2011
Posted in Kids, Promos

I have been busy making 2 commercials for www.zooppa.com and their “Silk” competition. The first thing I did was come up with an idea for this product “Silk”. Then, with the encouragement from my wife, I created a story board of my entire idea. Once I had the commercial down on paper I could see the shots that would work best in order to tell the story. The concept was from the saying “Milk and coookies” but changed to instead be “Silk and cookies” since they are trying to reach those who drink milk. I then purchased a carton of Silk to be used in a few of the shots during filming. At the last minute I decided to create 2 different commercials for Silk. The first one was shot the day before the baking idea was filmed with my daughter and her small but cute kitchen table. These shots ended up being used in the 30 second commercial I uploaded for the competition. Here it is for all to see and vote:
Kids Love Silk

You can also view the 30 second commercial here on Vimeo:

The second Silk commercial was done in a few hours. This was actually the hard part because getting my daughter to cooperate for the entire time was a little difficult in the end. My wife was also feeling the pain of standing in front of the camera for that long. Now I know how much work goes into making a short 1 minute commercial. There was a lot of prepping/cleaning the kitchen to make it look simple and clean while also being able to pull the shots off without worrying about things in the background. Using the 17mm Rokinon lens was amazing. I could get in close and not worry about losing quality. It also helped that I had a second Canon T2i with a 50mm 1.8 lens on it filming a different angle. To get some good audio clips I had to use my Zoom H1 audio recorder near by aimed directly at my daughter. This helped me get some really clean audio compared to some of the audio I used straight out of the camera. And because there were so many great shots taken during the filming that it was hard to cut them down to under 1 minute. I might in the future create another version of this commercial because of all the great shots I had captured. There could actually be a bts/bloopers video too but we will have to wait and see.

Please vote for this 1 minute video before March 4, 2011. Here is the link to view and vote: Silk & Cookies

You can also view it on Vimeo here:

Posted on Oct 15, 2010
Posted in Macro Movies

In this video I found a few of my interestingly detailed toys laying around the house to shoot.  There were a few lenses used in the making of this short video along with the bellows adapter to achieve that really close detailed shot of each toy.  The only drawback again is that when the bellows adapter is used it removes any antishake/stabilization built into the lens or camera.  Even on a tripod or slider it can be very difficult to achieve that smooth non shaking movement while filming.  After multiple takes I usually end up trying the “smoothcam” filter in Final Cut which sometimes helps smooth out most of the shaky shots if done right.  Again if anyone missed the last posting of where I find great ideas for filming and equipment go to www.cheesycam.com and just look at all of his posts because there is a wealth of information for both the video professional and the hobbyist.

Historical military toys can be found here: http://www.sierratoysoldier.com

The video an be found here: http://vimeo.com/15638890

Posted on Oct 01, 2010
Posted in Macro Movies

I started to work on a short video series called A Macro World. The first video short is of objects found in my backyard either natural or just objects laying around to film. I am using a combination of equipment to achieve the look I want for the series. Here is te list so far: Canon T2i, Bellows Macro adapter, Kit lens 18-55mm, a couple different FD lenses with and without the bellows adapter, and my DIY slider.

The video an be found here: http://vimeo.com/15448877

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

It’s hard sometimes to be creative and to try being original when it comes to video making. After making my daughters 3 months and up video and then her Almost 9 Months video I feel like I am running out of ideas. I think that things sometimes just happen during the post production process that help tell the story. Whether it’s a new film look or style you stumble upon can totally change the way viewers feel when watching the video creation.

On another note I upload all my work to Vimeo.com because the community on this site is amazing. There are so many creative people out there making really cool, different, cinematic videos and sharing them with the world. I love connecting with others across the world and commenting back and forth on each others videos. Having great feedback is essential to making your next video even better. I have seen my own video grow in concept and creation. Also, I get a lot of really cool ideas by watching some of the best shoot their videos whether it be a documentary, wedding film, car racing, comedy sketch, and many others.

In the end it comes down to your own point of view and then your style will come out in every video you create. All I can say is keep up the creativity when making these amazing life stories and events.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009
Posted in BTS

I wanted to write something on how to get music that is royalty free to be used in those movies you might spend hours creating.  I say this because if you have ever posted a video to a popular site (remains  nameless) where it is being hosted and then to have that site just delete/mute the entire audio from your video without telling you.  Ok, so I am kinda upset about that but I should have known better than to use a song I purchased from an online music provider and to think it would be OK to use for my personal use.  Silly me.  Actually, the video I created was not for sale and I did not make money on it  or claim the music to be my own so you would think that it would then be ok to use.  I guess I need to read the fine print on uploading my video to this specific site where it states that this type of music in videos is prohibited and can not be uploaded on this site.  Oh well, I guess my movie will just have to be a silent film.  Unfortunately it was more of a documentary where the subject is talking and the music in the background is what was muted.

In the process to find royalty free music that you can either purchase and use or download sample music that is free, I found a couple websites that might be useful for your next video/movie creation.

http://www.killertracks.com/launchpage/KillerTracks/
http://www.jamendo.com/en/
http://www.videocopilot.net/
http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/products.asp?pid=223

My personal favorite music background:

http://audiojungle.net/item/theme-pack-1-valiant-battles/27464

These guys are really good at soundtrack creation and have awesome websites to sample their music ensemble.  I do believe you have to pay for some of their music or ask permission to use it in your movie but some do allow you to download .MP3 samples. This quality (.mp3) is not good enough for those using Final Cut Pro but you can try and up-sample the song to an .aiff file and then import that file into Final Cut Pro or Express.

http://www.aaronsapp.com/main.html
http://www.justindurban.com/music.html
http://www.glennscottlacey.com/

Some of these sites offer applications or software of some sort to demo and try, which adds a little more freedom when searching for that perfect musical score to fit your video masterpiece. Enjoy.