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Washington DC on the 4th of July

My family got to be in Washington DC on the 4th of July. It was quite the event! This video shows the whole trip leading up to the events on the National Mall on the 4th. It was so hot that week, but the 4th was a nice reprieve from the intense heat of walking around DC. I’d gladly trade some light rain to the scorching sun. It was a great trip and something we will remember forever!

Apple Butter Makin’ Days

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Apple Butter Makin’ Days (ABMD) is a tradition for residents of the small town of Mount Vernon, MO. But it also attracts many from outside as a popular festival for over 50 years. For my family, it’s always a fun time. We get our steps in, eat great food (especially the ribeye steak sandwiches), see some entertainment, and just enjoy each other’s company.

I like to document things in general, so naturally I was tasked with documenting some of the festivities. Here’s the little promo I did for this upcoming AMBD:

A New Chapter for CCB

I was fortunate to play a small part in a new chapter in the life of a church in Kansas. They are embarking on a capital campaign. My son and I went several weeks back to shoot a series of interviews and b-roll to put together videos that will help tell the story for their “Unfinished” campaign. It was a lot of work in not a lot of time, but I’m glad that I was able to meet the deadline and that they are happy with the final products.

They showed the main video (over 11 minutes) yesterday in church. The minister said, “Yesterday was PHENOMENAL! Had a huge crowd! People clapped after the video…” I’m thankful that they trusted me with their “story” and I hope and pray that over the next two years the church continues to do wonderful things in their community as a result of the “Unfinished” initiative.

Here’s their main video:

An AMAZING story 20+ years in the making…

November 9, 2018 Leave a comment

I recently had the privilege of capturing the story of the Rolands. They are residents at God’s Resort in Joplin (which will be the subject of a future post). I don’t want to give too much away, but I do want to encourage you to watch this video. So push play and watch a few minutes, or if you’re feeling inspired go for the whole 10 minutes! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It is truly AMAZING how God can change individuals and even entire families! Watch the video…

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48 hours filming with my son and his buddies…

October 30, 2018 1 comment

What did you do last weekend? I made a film with my son and his buddies from high school. I’ve never done a 48 hour film before, and it was a lot of fun but a whole lot of work! I’m still recovering from sleep deprivation. We created something we’re proud of. The rules said to include a location or something about Joplin, the phrase “only human”, and some religious icon of some sort. The cool thing is out of the 4 judges, one was a longtime producer from Hollywood, and he gave us very high marks. Out of 480 possible points, we were only 5 away from winning best picture.

The main rule, as is common with these events, is that no creative work or even logistics can be done before the clock starts ticking. How could you even, since you don’t know the them until the clock starts. It didn’t help matters that there was a playoff football game the first night after the 48 hours began. Then, for me, Sunday morning from 6:30 to noon is pretty much gone with church stuff. So in all reality is was basically Saturday that we had to do everything.

Here’s the result!

Music Video – Cover Song

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I recently went to Mexico to visit our team and their studio. On the last full day of my visit, we decided to do a little project. So I thought of a Spanish worship song that I wanted to cover, and we went for it. It was a lot of fun to record and film the video. My friend, David, did an amazing job on the electric guitar and synth sounds and the video editing. All I had to do was play and sing! Enjoy…

Before Summer is Over!

Gotta enjoy the sun before summer is over! So we got a boat for 4 hours and had a blast. Even Emily, who has legit thalassophobia (intense and persistent fear of open water) even got on the tube. It was only for about 30 seconds, but that’s an historic occasion! And I was there to capture it on GoPro. It was a great time with family. I got swimmer’s ear pretty bad after that first cliff jump, but essential oils came to the rescue that night.

That’s about it. Enjoy the video and enjoy the sun before it’s gone…

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