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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.

 

 

Front Page News

I had the privilege of being featured on the front page of today’s paper in the Joplin Globe. A nice article was written up by the reporter Emily Younker. She even watched my film and pulled quotes from it! In other good news, today, Steadfast has been nominated for an award in the documentary category of the Bare Bones International Film Festival next month! Here’s the story from the paper:

Steadfast, adj.: firm in purpose, resolution, faith. Synonyms: steady, unwavering, stable, constant, immovable.

So begins Gregory Fish’s documentary “Steadfast,” aptly describing its subject — the response and outlook of the Joplin community after the May 22, 2011, tornado. The original 92-minute film, first produced in 2012, has been re-edited and trimmed to just under an hour for a run on local public television and entry in regional film festivals, having most recently been selected for the upcoming 2018 Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

“This version that’s been updated for PBS and film festivals, it’s really five years in the making,” Fish said. “My whole goal in doing it was to help Joplin, and hearing from people who said, ‘This helped me emotionally,’ that’s what made it worth it for me.”

Read the rest of the digital version on the Joplin Globe’s page.

 

Categories: filmmaking, personal

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:

No Glass was Harmed

My organization’s theme for the year is Breakthrough. I was excited about the visual imagery for illustrating this theme. Using stock video and recreating shards of glass digitally, I can say that no glass was harmed during the making of this promo video. That said, it was a complicated and rigorous edit at times, with lots of pieces to it. Having glass refract what’s underneath it, and have video in it, etc. I’m pleased in the end with the voiceover, the music, sound effects, the edit, and ultimately the message. (It can be difficult to succinctly summarize all that our ministry does, but I think with this one, we accomplished that.) See for yourself!

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!

Inspiring Documentary For Free

January 19, 2017 Leave a comment

For a few more weeks, I’m giving away my documentary, “Steadfast” as seen on PBS for free with coupon code: “newyear”. Get it now right here!

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