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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

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!

#ALS #IceBucketChallenge (in slow motion)

I didn’t want to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. But I was challenged to do it. So I decided that I’d do it differently than everyone else. I ended up doing a 3 camera set up including GoPro, and shot it at 60 frames per second so I could slow it down.

My wife’s grandmother was just diagnosed with ALS. My father in law was the one that challenged me. I’m glad to donate (having done my homework on it) and am happy to do it in her honor. I just am in favor of giving to multiple causes and charities and while I’m glad for all the awareness being raised for ALS, there are so many other things to give toward, so I’m hoping people don’t neglect those. Stay generous, people!

Be Still

I drive 45 minutes to work every day. 30 minutes of that is highway. It’s a nice drive; doesn’t bother me too much. Some people drive 45 minutes in rush hour traffic (no thanks!).

The other day I timelapsed the drive. I wish I could drive as fast as the video! Then I decided to combine the timelapse with regular speed GoPro driving and put a message on the video.

The result is “Be Still” from GNPI:

Mexico Mission Trip

I recently went back to Mexico on a short trip. I didn’t travel with the group. My family actually went down to see our friends where we used to live on the border, and then I met up with the team (walked across a 2 mile long bridge in the middle of nowhere!).

One neat thing about this trip was that the group of 40 or so were from 5 different churches (and different denominations too). We all had one singular purpose. Like most of my posts, allow me to let the video do the talking.

I edited this for this morning’s church service using photos and video I took as well as other pictures from others in the group.

Exciting Announcement from CVMag!

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The Anatomy of a Composition

Here’s a little visual display of pieces in a composition that I’m working on. Due to working in a hurry (last Wednesday night at church before moving out of the state) I didn’t properly light the green screen and separate the subject from it like I would of liked to, but oh well. Here you can see what led to what and what the image is like as I work on final tweaks.


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage

to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

I recently blogged about a new season in my life. My move across states to a different line of work is perhaps considered risking business. I leaving behind a full-time job with benefits, and relying on my own entrepreneurial endeavors, becoming self-employed with all of its challenges. A bit of a gamble some might say. What if I fail? Crash and burn? With all those little mouths to feed and such?

“Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be

called sure-thing-taking.” -Jim McMahon

Risk is necessary if growth is desired. I am stepping out in faith, and it’s something that I feel I have been building towards for some time now. The challenge and opportunity present is what God has been leading me to undertake. This God element makes it a no-brainier, because if it is from Him, no one can stop it. Companies that don’t ever take any risks often are the very ones that fail. Can the same be said of people? Has God ever been known to ask people to step out in faith?

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from

being rash.” -General George S. Patton

As doors and opportunities present themselves and we’ve suppressed our imagined fears and acted, we’ve seen a confirmation of sorts in how smoothly and easily things are falling into place. For instance, one of the biggest areas that I would worry about was the selling of our house, in this economy. I’ve seen houses sit on the market forever, some on our street, even! In two weeks, ours sold! I half expected to move in with my parents with our four kids and be cramped for a couple of months to avoid two payments anywhere, but the house is under contract.

So now where to live? We found a great house with just about everything we wanted and are under contract already. We’ll have a lot more space then we do currently, and be paying a lot less for it too! Here’s the kicker. We’re able to stay in our house for a few days after the buyer closes, so we can be present at church the last Sunday of the month, and we can move into the new place a few days before we close on it. That could not be more perfect.

One more occurrence worth noting is that two weeks before leaving my current ministry, we have a candidate in town visiting and interviewing and trying out for my position. He claims that this vacancy that I created and the fact that our church approached him directly is an answer to his prayers for guidance in his life. God works in interesting and mysterious ways, especially when there’s an element of risky faith involved.

I enjoy the game of Texas Hold ‘Em. It’s a great game because when the timing is right, after weighing all of the options, factoring in odds and probabilities and a number of other variables, there comes a point where you have to simply put all of the chips in the middle. This ALL IN  is a frightening moment, but when done right, the payoff is huge. This is kind of how I feel right now.

How about you? Is there anything you’ve put off for far too long because of the risk involved? What are you going to do?

Categories: creativity, personal

Home Videos Don’t Have to be Boring

March 22, 2012 1 comment

Growing up, my mom was pretty good about making home movies. She even at times would do some edits and overdub music, and the hard way, before non-linear computer editing. We enjoyed watching them. Living on the mission field, I guess it was the thing to do when family would come to visit, so they could catch up on the last 4 years of our life.

Home videos are typically known for being boring and long. But they don’t have to be. Here’s a little keepsake video edit I did of our recent camping trip we took with some friends. A little creativity, music, and shot selection and editing can capture memories in a fun way forever:

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