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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.

 

 

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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:

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!

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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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:

 

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