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My Early Christmas Deals

December 19, 2008 2 comments

One of my dear family members, who shall remain nameless, has made it know that all this blog does is make a “video center”.  SHE does not realize that this is a production blog and a how-to type of resource.  But she has reminded me to become more real on this blog, which is a fundamental of blogging, I guess.  So here I strive to add a more personal touch, in a whole new category new to this blog site called “personal”.  And it’s got some how-to in it as well.  Anyway…

I’ve fared pretty well this year for Christmas, I’m happy anyway.  Emily (my wife) and I decided not to give ourselves any presents this year except for stocking stuffers.  Instead we gave out several micro loans through kiva.org.  But I still got some b-day and xmas money and here’s what I got:

First thing is kind of funny.  As a pastor I know that machismo is a baaad thing.  But in a good pure fashion, I consider myself a macho man.  I’m a guy’s guy and all, but I thought a good home improvement thing would be (drum roll…you already see the picture anyway) A SHOWERHEAD!  Here you see the old one, in which many of the holes are corroded, and the new one.  It’s so exciting!  I don’t have to duck when I take a shower now.  This lovely unit has two different settings and is up high!

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In this next pic you see that I got a Smartsound Album and free Sonicfire Pro, whatever that is.  The Smartsound albums are perfect for video soundtrack, but usually cost $99 bucks.  This really great one called PS10 Progress was on sale for $25.  Also I got the Universal Groove Kit from Sonic Reality with over 5000 loops in wave format for music creation @ 60% off.  I got 5 sets of guitar strings with a strobe on-string tuner on clearance.  And I got a new grip for my raquetball raquet.  The tennis balls are not for tennis they are for the last thing that I aquired.

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While at the home depot getting our new showerhead, I also picked up four long pvc pipes.  These were for the construction of a track for a tripod camera dolly.  On the feet of my tripod went (you guessed it…maybe) the tennis balls.  It worked pretty well on my first test!  See for yourself.

Oh, and merry christmas!!

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Chicken Scratch Storyboards

Storyboarding is very helpful in planning a shoot.  It gets you to imagine the scene ahead of time and plot the shots in sequencial order.  It’s helpful for both the filming stage and in editing.  Here for example is a chicken scratch storyboard for a 1 min. video for our beattitudes series.  I did it pretty quickly and made a highlighted code so I could know what shots to film, before changing the tripod location.  This way I could be consistent and have a quick turn-around.  You can see how I checked off each shot before moving on, so that I could know that I had it all before capturing.  I think I shot a couple of other things, but ended using basically what was storyboarded.  You can see the finished product here:  http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/18998/pure-is-better

Christian Video Mag

So I wrote an article for christianvideomag.com. It’ll be in the next issue. The editor-in-chief, Steve Hewitt called yesterday and asked what we were going to call my column. I was kind of taken off guard, because we had spoken prior about some possibilities, but I thought we’d just get the first article published and see what happens. But apparently I’ll be writing every month. He recommended the name, “Greg’s Video Toolkit”. That’s nice. I suggested the whole “FishXpressions” thing in an email- it was sort of an afterthought. Well, that’s when I decided to take up the blogging thing again. I moved over here to wordpress, and here we are now. Hopefully I’ll be reviewing some equipment and learning some new things along the way. I have to admit: I AM NOT AN EXPERT! I’m a fellow student of filmmaking. That’s the angle I’m almost reluctantly pursuing this column. Because I’m sure there are others out there like me– ordinary guys trying to do extra-ordinary things with ordinary technology. I haven’t had the luxury and formal education when it comes to video. I’ve created some really bad stuff in the past. But I’d like to get better and different with each new creation. With limited resources and manpower, etc. it’s hard, but it still is fun and rewarding (in many regards). Let’s help each other out, then! I’ll share my basic tips, and you can leave some profound comment. Sound good? Sounds good.

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