Music Video – Cover Song

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I recently went to Mexico to visit our team and their studio. On the last full day of my visit, we decided to do a little project. So I thought of a Spanish worship song that I wanted to cover, and we went for it. It was a lot of fun to record and film the video. My friend, David, did an amazing job on the electric guitar and synth sounds and the video editing. All I had to do was play and sing! Enjoy…

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Before Summer is Over!

Gotta enjoy the sun before summer is over! So we got a boat for 4 hours and had a blast. Even Emily, who has legit thalassophobia (intense and persistent fear of open water) even got on the tube. It was only for about 30 seconds, but that’s an historic occasion! And I was there to capture it on GoPro. It was a great time with family. I got swimmer’s ear pretty bad after that first cliff jump, but essential oils came to the rescue that night.

That’s about it. Enjoy the video and enjoy the sun before it’s gone…

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More Fun in the Sun (GoPro + iPhone 8 Plus Video)

We found a beautiful new swimming hole close to us. Lindenlure is in the Rogersville, MO area. It’s a free place to swim, play under the falls, and jump into a deep area (I found out it’s not very deep, though!). Most of the family on my wife’s side went with us, so I captured the day on GoPro and iPhone. Check it out!

A Dream Come True

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed on a podcast. It’s actually a podcast I follow and listen to. When they contacted me about interviewing me, I replied saying that feel a bit out of my league with the caliber of people being interviewed (I mean an After Effects legend who worked on Star Wars will be an upcoming guest!). But the folks at Ukramedia wanted to share my story about my journey from doing video as a hobby to making an award-winning documentary. The twin brothers who run Ukramedia have an awesome story themselves. I think I’ll share their story in a future blog post. But for now, here’s my interview entitled “A Dream Come True.”

Training the Next Gen

I’m looking forward to leading the animation track at the Creative Arts Academy at my alma mater in a few weeks! It’ll be great to get to train the next generation of high school students to help them learn to create their own stories. Time is a bit limited, but I hope we can accomplish great things.

Here’s the promo video for the track:

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When you’re a filmmaker, home movies get edited.

What’s worse then watching home movies in real-time? OK, so it’s not THAT bad, but who has time for it these days? As a filmmaker, I’d much rather see an edited version of events! The other day was the first day of Summer break, so I took the day off to go to the lake. I took my GoPro and iPhone, and the next day took a few hours to put this video together. We all had a lot of fun, and the video shows it. Well, all except for my oldest son, who got a nice nap in! I’m still sore from the kids jumping off my shoulders, but memories were created, so that’s worth it! Enjoy our little summer days video:

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Best of Fest!

I recently had the privilege of being selected to the 19th Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival in Muskogee, OK with my documentary about the Joplin tornado and recovery. It’s touted as the friendliest film festival and in my estimation they lived up to it. From the moment I first met the founders at a VIP reception, they greeted me and my wife with a hug and a selfie and a comment about driving through Joplin and seeing some of the rebuilding.

I also got to do a radio interview at the local station.

 

But let’s skip to the awards night… I knew going in that I was one of four nominees for the Best Feature Documentary award. The DJ at the radio, who is also a storm chaser, watched my film and seemed convinced that I would win. But I wasn’t too sure and tried to not get my hopes up too much. The awards ceremony finally arrives and the wait is over.  They are announcing the Best Feature Documentary, and I’m hoping to hear “Steadfast, directed by Gregory Fish.” But instead they called another film, I think it was called “The Big Secret.” My heart sank a bit, but I resigned to the fact that I had not won. The director went up and gave his acceptance speech about how they won in France and some other country, but this means more to them for bringing it home. I was at least thankful to lose to good competition. Then the presenter introduces the final award in the documentary section, Best of Fest, whether a feature or a short or micro, the best documentary of the whole festival is, and then I heard my film’s name! A moment of discouragement quickly gave way to exhilaration as I walked up to the podium, an award-winning filmmaker. You can hear in my speech that I was emotional:

 

What an amazing experience and an even better outcome! Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me along the way.

 

 

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