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A New App, Coffee, and Laughs

November 11, 2016 Leave a comment

At work, we just put out a new app (it’s pretty cool)! For the release of the app we shot a coworker at a coffee shop talking about it. Of course, when we shoot a video, there are outtakes… and plenty of laughs!  Enjoy both the video and the bloopers:

The GNPI App:

Apple iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-gnpi-app/id1149007709?ls=1&mt=8

Andriod https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluebridgechurches.goodnewsproductions&hl=en

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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:

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:

 

Steadfast PBS Stations & Schedules

May 16, 2016 1 comment

I’m thrilled that in less than a week my film, Steadfast, will soon air on 5 PBS stations including major metropolitan areas. The Ozarks, Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, and Topeka stations will be broadcasting the film on the 5 year anniversary of the devastating Joplin tornado.

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Here are the times for the original broadcast:

KOZJ Joplin 26.1 – May 22 at 1:30pm

KOZK Springfield 21.1 – May 22 at 1:30pm

KCPT Kansas City 10.1 – May 22 at 2pm

KPTS Wichita 8.1 – May 22 at 4pm

KTWU Topeka 11.1 – May 22 at 6pm

KMOS Warrensburg 6.1 – May 22 at 6pm

Are you in the viewing area?

Then set your DVR and be inspired by this amazing story of strength in time of tragedy.

vod_promo_buttons_watchNot in the viewing area?

Well, it is now available for Video On Demand across any internet-ready device through vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast. You can buy the whole program for $5.99 or rent in for 99 cents. For a limited time, use promo code “remember” to get 50% off, making your purchase just 3 bucks!

What a fine way to support local independent filmmaking. I’ve priced it as low as I can. I’m interested more in people seeing it and being blessed by its message than in breaking even! So act now and buy it. You won’t be disappointed!

Still not convinced? Watch the Trailer:

“Steadfast” is an encouraging and inspiring film about the Joplin tornado, one of the most destructive in US history. Several residents share their experiences of that fateful day and the days to follow. Through a surge of volunteers and a determined spirit, Joplin has rebuilt in an unprecedented way to now exhibit a higher population and more businesses than before the storm. This film is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resolve of a community seemingly torn apart by tragedy that rose up to inspire the nation and the world.

 

 

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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Steadfast 2.0

My film, Steadfast, should really be called Steadfast 2.0. The original 90 minute version has been revised, enhanced, updated, and shortened. The reason I reworked it is so PBS in the Ozarks might possibly broadcast it. Fast forward to today, I have verbal agreements with PBS stations in the Ozarks, Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, and Topeka, and am working to deliver the files to them now!

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Cutting down the content from 92 minutes to 56:40 was no easy task, since that is over a 1/3 of my previous finished work! However, I believe it was good to tighten up the film in that way. I not only cut, but also added in a few new shots (including some aerials) and new (updated) information, so that it is relevant 5 years after the storm.

It’s safe to say I’m excited about having more people see the film, especially in the affected area. I made the film as a labor of love. I was glad the first time around to hear that it helped people with emotional healing after such a traumatic event. That was one of the reasons I made it in the first place. The second reason would be to thank all of the volunteers who came to help. Finally, the third reason would be to inspire people through the various stories presented.

Vimeo-On-Demand-Pro-Download-4K-VideoAre you in the viewing area? Do you want to know when the program will air on TV? I will post that info as soon as I have it on www.steadfastdocumentary.com. You can sign up for updates there if you’d like to receive an email reminder.

Not in the viewing area? Want to see the film before it airs? It is now available for Video On Demand across multiple devices through vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast. You can buy the whole program for $6.99 or rent in for $1.99.

Here’s the Trailer 2.0!

“Steadfast” is an encouraging and inspiring film about the Joplin tornado, one of the most destructive in US history. Several residents share their experiences of that fateful day and the days to follow. Through a surge of volunteers and a determined spirit, Joplin has rebuilt in an unprecedented way to now exhibit a higher population and more businesses than before the storm. This film is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resolve of a community seemingly torn apart by tragedy that rose up to inspire the nation and the world.

 

 

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