We Are Bedford

Had the chance to collaborate this month with Andie Redwine and By The Glass Productions on this short promotional film for the city of Bedford, Indiana. We shot for a week in Bedford and then edited the video together for a presentation the city had. Happy to see the finished product on YouTube.

I shot on the Canon 5D Mark III and edited with FCPX. I’m really loving the Mark III. Thanks to Andie for writing a great script and working with me to produce a video we can all be proud of. Bedford is a fantastic community and it was a great experience capturing and sharing their story.

Tornado Aftermath, On the Ground in Oklahoma

Honored to be shooting for Samaritan’s Purse this week in Oklahoma as they get started helping people clean up and get back on their feet. My Dad, 73 years young, works for Samaritan’s Purse. It’s great to get a chance to see up close how the organization works. They do an amazing job. Being at ground zero in some of the hard hit neighborhoods is an incredibly moving experience. I will never forget. I shot the above video for them yesterday in the hardest hit area of Shawnee.

Westminster, An Austin Original

I was recently hired to produce and direct a series of web spots for Westminster, which bills itself as “the most distinguished retirement community in Austin” and “An Austin Original” (opened in 1967). Westminster is located in central Austin, has a terrific, friendly staff and is full of wonderful and extraordinary residents. CLICK HERE to see more of our Westminster spots on the Westminster YouTube page.

I was lucky to be assisted in my efforts by a fantastic crew. Jim Flores was the Director of Photography. We shot the spots on two Sony F3 cameras. Andie Redwine (Writer/Producer of Paradise Recovered) was the Associate Producer and was instrumental in making the day of the shoot run smoothly. Lee Rothenflue (Cut to Black Post Production) was my editor and post producer. Tim Allen (Tribal Iris) did the graphics and titles. And Matt Cooper (The Sound Suite) composed and produced the amazing score and did the sound mix on all of the spots.

Special thanks to Anne Keene and her team from the Crossnore Group for bringing us on and coordinating our shoot, and to Brian Robbins, Jenny Brown, and the rest of the Westminster staff for hiring us and supporting us through the entire process.

This project was a true pleasure to work on from start to finish.

Kevin Durant’s Olympic Games Challenge

File under reasons I love my job. A few weeks ago, my good friend Christopher Hunt of Midwest Media called me in to help shoot this spot for GE’s series of Olympic Games Challenges.

I gaffed the interview and ran sound and was thrilled to be a part of it. I like the way it turned out. Nice, simple and to the point. And Kevin Durant couldn’t have been nicer. #ThunderUP #HookemHorns and #GoTeamUSA

Sachtler Ace Tripod Review

In which I was directing a commercial at DP Jim Flores‘ home when I noticed a shiny new tripod in the garage and suddenly found myself being interviewed for this video review!

The Sachtler Ace is a fantastic little tripod. The best budget tripod I’ve ever used. It’s like finding a compact car with many of the features in a luxury sedan.

We Get the Best Odd Jobs

I love the odd jobs I get in the video and film production business. Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to run B Camera and Sound on a show called VEVO Area Codes. The idea behind the show is that one of your favorite music artists shows you around their area code. It’s a cool concept. So, for the 405, right here at home, they did a show with tween sensation Greyson Chance. If you don’t know who Greyson is, he played piano and sang Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi at a local sixth grade festival here in Edmond, Oklahoma. The video of his performance was posted on YouTube. It now has over 41 million views. He went on Ellen, got a record deal and now is out on tour supporting his brand new album. He’s a nice kid and a great singer. I enjoyed the shoot and think the Area Codes show turned out great. Without further adieu:

Corporate Video: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Corporate video can be exciting. This past week, my freelance job took me to Adelaide, South Australia, where I travelled around shooting video and stills that will become stories of the unique and innovative ways South Australians are using, reusing, and circulating water. The videos are for a company that makes water pumps. And water pumps enable us to move water efficiently for all kinds of purposes. While in OZ, we shot at a vineyard, a cutting edge university building, a unique vegetable washing plant, and the building site for a state of the art horse racing facility.

Over the years, corporate video has taken me to three Superbowls, into multi-million dollar studios, up in helicopters, to marathons, marches and countless big events. I’ve travelled to cities, states and countries I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to visit. And I’ve met and filmmed doctors, engineers, experts, CEOs, authors, celebrities, sports legends, local heroes, and good people all around.

Shooting corporate video has put a camera in my hands hundreds of times. And it has paid me to do something I love, something that thrills me each and every time I get to do it. Take moving pictures.

Here is a slideshow of snaps I took during my time off in Australia (Check out originals on FLICKR). It’s a wonderful country. I hope my job takes me back again some day.