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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.”

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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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Andrew Peterson’s “Is He Worthy?”

I normally post videos I’ve made on this blog, but here’s on that I had nothing to do with. It’s really good on all counts. I’ve been a fan of Andrew Peterson for many years. His writing is a true gift. This video was shot in one continuous take! The logistics for it are astounding. Getting people into place when the camera is facing away. The reveals. It’s just so beautiful all around. With Easter coming up soon, enjoy this masterpiece!

Playing Guitar and Keys at the Same Time

February 23, 2018 Leave a comment

I’ve enjoyed an app called Dreamfoot on iPad to use with a Looptimus midi controller. It allows me to map out chords on a song in different sections and then play keyboard sounds easily while playing guitar and even singing. Here’s an example of how it works…

One Second Every Day in 2017

I got this idea and app suggestion from a friend, and decided to make a video that has one second from every day in 2017. It’s neat to watch it and look back now. It’s been quite a year. Some days had big events. Others were very mundane. There’s a lot of my kids and a lot of food! It was fun to do. The “1Se” (1 second everyday) app makes it easy, and then I just added music and a little intro and outro.

I’m glad I did it, but I’m NOT doing it this new year! So please enjoy this little video which was a year in the making…

Worship 1/2 (revised)

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Years ago I made a though-provoking video to get Christians (myself included) to think more about the words we sing, and ask if it lines up with the lives we live. The resulting video was a fake infomercial for a worship CD full of satirical lyrics. Some may say it’s borderline sacrilegious, but I would disagree and say it’s purposeful to start a conversation. Recently I remade it, since the old one wasn’t even HD. Below is the result of the remake, as well as the older version. It’s also kind of fun to point out that my wife helped me with the first one (it’s not easy or even possible to film yourself!) and my son helped with the new one. Here’s to no more half-heartead devotion!

 

The older version:

Mixing Live Action with Cartoons

I finally finished a project that I started several months ago. It’s a cartoon episode that involves a real person who dialogues with the cartoon characters. So technically, to pull it off, I used 3 different Adobe software programs, Premiere, After Effects, and the new Character. Learning Character was fun. It utilizes a webcam where you can make the “puppets” do things based on your live performance of webcam movement and tracking, and keyboard triggers that you assign. That and the automatic lip sync made this episode much easier than the last ones we did in the series!

Enjoy the final result and the behind the scenes video!

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