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A World Map, Twine, and Editing

October 17, 2016 Leave a comment

What do you get when you mix a world map, twine, editing, and sound design? Here’s what I came up with illustrate the vast network of GNPI:

 

And here’s the Behind the Scenes video of the fun time our intern, David Velazquez and I had shooting this video:

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My Spin on Light Painting

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Earlier this year, I made a promo for my work. The theme was ignite, and for the logo, it was light painted with long exposure photography while I drew in the air with a lit sparkler.

To translate that into video that took various other After Effects techniques. The whole project centered around light. I did some trails with filming a light paint app on my phone in a dark room too. Lot’s of other stuff. Then we also lit fire behind a little glass globe for an epic looking shot. Here’s the final product and a behind the scenes video too:

 

Doodly Videos

Doodle videos are all over the place and pretty fun to watch. I’ve got a nice new developing software that I started using called Doodly. They have been incredible in making regular updates to what users are asking for. At my work, we picked up Doodly, and then I went home after using it and got it for myself too. Here are two videos (a Whiteboard and a Chalkboard) that I did at work (GNPI) using Doodly in combo with Photoshop, Premiere, and some After Effects.

MEET ANAY:

 

OUR GOAL:

 

Follow Your God-given Dreams

I guess you could say I’ve come a long way since I wrote my first article for Christian Video Magazine (now Christian Media Magazine). It was entitled something like “How to Make Great Work on Not-So-Great Equipment.” I remember the equipment I had at the time was a Sony Digital 8 handicam, flood lights, a shower curtain, and my work was not really “great.” But through writing and learning, and learning so I’d have something to write about, I got to the point where I am now a professional video editor at an international organization (www.gnpi.org). In my personal filmmaking, I have gone from making videos for churches to use on Sermonspice and WorhsipHouseMedia to having a one-hour documentary that will air on PBS stations in Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, Topeka, and the Ozarks on May 22nd, the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado in Joplin – (see www.vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast).

I say this not to brag. In fact, I can hardly believe it. I still have so much to learn and improve on! I say this only to motivate some of you who might have a dream and think you will never achieve it. I never went to school to study filmmaking. I learned by trial and error (and certainly more on the error side). I practiced and just kept creating.

I love this flowchart graphic because it’s so applies to my experience:

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I made lots of stuff I’d be embarrassed to show today. And that’s what everyone says! You’ve got to start somewhere. If God has given you a dream, you’ve got to follow it, or you’ll live forever saying “What if?” To get to a level where you are proud of your work may time some time, but it’s worth the courage it takes to push through. I still have dreams, and I’ll continue to pursue them. In the meantime, I’m going to keep practicing and creating.
Don’t be content just to dream. Work to achieve it. The world is waiting. Get out what God put in you.
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Epic Star Wars Office Spoof

December 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Fun we had, with this.

My job is really cool! I get to make a lot of videos that are important in nature. Yesterday, not so much. I was tasked to create a fun Star War spoof to show our lighter side. I came up with the script, and in one day, shot and edited what you are about to see. It could be a lot better, but fine tuning points frame by frame, rotoscope masking even a few seconds is tedious. All in all, we’re happy with the final result and it’s making people laugh. So, take 45 seconds to watch, and if you chuckle a bit, share the video! It’s Star Wars day.

Behind the scenes video is coming soon.

What is the Christmas Nail?

December 22, 2014 Leave a comment

This year I decided to act upon an idea I had for a Christmas mini-movie for a while now. It required being ready to go on it as soon as we decorated for Christmas and put the tree up. So, I think a couple of years went by without making this. So this year, I made a point of doing it.

Here’s my family decorating and my kids learning a valuable lesson because of an interesting ornament:

This mini-movie can be downloaded at http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/48446/The-Christmas-Nail.

Because directing kids is always a challenge (especially when they are you own!) I decided to edit together a little bloopers piece from our filming. The kids did really well. As you’ll see, it was the grown ups that had trouble! We had a fun time making this one and hope those who see it (both the real video and then the bloopers too) will be encouraged by it.

Here are the outtakes:

Behind the Scenes (Cartoon Making)

November 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Here’s a behind the scenes look at how to make the characters of Liam & Ruby come to life!

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