Great way to explain Net Neutrality

Great way to explain Net Neutrality

Great way to explain how we'll be treated now that Net Neutrality protections have been removed.  I've often said that bandwidth will be the next commodity.  If we think the price of gas effects the economy, wait until we are paying by the megabyte.  Could be just like the gas station, regular, premium, super.

The Flood: Behind the Scenes

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I traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Ginghamsburg's creative duo of Dan Bracken and Greg Gerken to capture the story of The Flood.  This film was shown to help inspire the church.  The Ginghamsburg's 2016 Christmas Miracle Offering collected a total $585,000.  Of that, a total of $116,000 was given to the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Along with the financial gift, they have started sending mission teams to help with the recovery and restoration.


CAMERAS: 3x Canon 7D Mark II and GoPro Hero 3+
AUDIO: Sound Devices 302, Sound Devices 702, Sennheiser 2000ENG, Sanken COS-11D
SUPPORT & MOTION: DJI Ronin-M, Kessler Stealth Slider w/2nd Shooter, Miller Compass 15 head/Solo DVSachtler FSB-6/2 MD and Manfrotto Element Big Traveler
LIGHTING: 3x Genaray SpectroLED Essential 360 Bi-Color
GFX: Adobe Photoshop & After Effects
POST: Adobe Premiere Pro
AUDIO POST: AVID Pro Tools


Moon Walk

Moon Walk

NASA has released over 8,000 high res scans of the Apollo moon mission photographs.  This collection is all of the mission photos taken. Many of which have never been seen by the public. There are a lot of behind-the-scene photos that give a unique prospective of the Asutranuts time in space. NASA has uploaded them to a FLICKR album.  I've download a few hundred to use as screen saver images.

Here's a post Science.com did about the upload.
http://www.space.com/30791-nasa-apollo-moon-photos-online.html

FLICKR Link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/albums

Sound Advise Tour Workshop

Sound Advise Tour Workshop

The 32-city  Sound Advice Tour: Audio for Filmmakers workshop is designed specifically for filmmakers and video editors, this all-day workshop will teach you expert techniques for working with audio at every stage of your film. From recording to mixing, to fixing problems in post, cutting dialogue, and adding sizzle with sound effects, you will acquire new skills and learn how to use powerful yet inexpensive tools that will expand your audio expertise.

Yesterday I spent 9.5 hours in a workshop lead by Mark Edward Lewis.  He was full of reminders, tips and tricks.  The section on creating custom sound effects and foley recording was very interesting.  It's one more layer that will add greater depth to a project.  It was nice to see some of the newer software that can help salvage audio tracks that otherwise might be lost.

The videos of the workshop can be purchased here.  They are well worth the money.

Helicopters

Helicopters

Last week I was in South Louisiana and stopped by Air Logistics (now Bristow Helicopters) New Iberia base.  I took these with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

Political spots.

Political spots.

In the old days, you could mute, change the channel or even turn off the TV if you didn't want watch all the political ads.  Now, there are every where!  I hadn't been on Facebook in a while and would you know it, lots of political ads.  Went to YouTube and 4 of the videos I wanted to see had political ads before them.  I will say, the production quality is getting better, but the message is still the same.

Illumination Experience Workshop

Illumination Experience Workshop

 

Illumination Experience Workshop trailer

Share Hurlbut, A.S.C. was one of, if not the fist to use DSLR camera systems on a major Hollywood film. Since that time he has been an evangelist to this new platform. Which made him perfect to teach this workshop. 

I just spent 11 hours and my skull is full. I can't wait to use these tips and tricks on my next projects. Coming from a corporate video background I rarely was able to do any creative lighting.  At best it was how we positioned the talent so that the sun would give us a neat effect. The style of the day was to have even light for the shot. Nothing to creative. That day is gone. Now that I'm doing more story based films it was helpful to get a new prospective on lighting scenes.  If I had to pick just one takeaway, I would have to say permission. Permission to not even-light everything. Shane also showed us that any kind of fixture can yield nice results. He did a great job translating film concepts to digital cinematography. The tips and tricks I learned will be invaluable.

Illumination webpage

Illumination Experience sizzler

A Backstage Pass to the Illumination Experience Set

Shane's website

Paul Nicklen: Polar Obsession

Paul Nicklen: Polar Obsession

Last night, Susan surprised me with dinner and talk by Paul Nicklen.  Paul is one of the top environmental & nature photographers. He specializes in the polar regions. His credits include numerous assignments for National Geographic Magazine. His prevention consisted of many stories of how he got the shot. He was very informative and funny. One interesting point, Paul takes credit for starting the DSLR revelation at Nat Geo. His point was that when you are under the ice and you only have 36 film exposures, you will miss a lot.  So once DSLR matured he started using them.  He could now shoot 1000+ exposures without having to surface.

Here's a TED talk he gave in 2011.

Paul's Instagram page.

Tear jerker

Tear jerker

This is a great example of powerful storytelling without a lot of complexity.   Watch it again and focus on the audio.

All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end

Ginghamsburg Church as been a wonderful place to work and grow.  However, since 2006 when I got married, the one area I was't growing was my marriage.  My work addiction got in the way.  I've carried them for almost 10 years and now it's time to pass them on.  So, shortly I'll be handing this stack of keys to Lucas.  I have accepted a position with the West Ohio Conference office as the Media Producer.  My new role will allow me to simplify my responsibilities so I can focus on my marriage and return to content creation.

Ginghamsburg '12 Easter Recap

Ginghamsburg '12 Easter Recap

Everything I knew about live production came in to play for this awesome one-time collective worship.

No Power, no problem.

No Power, no problem.

No power, no problem. It was bright sunny morning and Ginghamsburg's Tipp City Campus was without power.  Canceling worship was never an option. Kim emptied her candle cache to light the worship area and key points through out the building.  I'll admit, I said a little prayer that the power didn't come back on rest of the morning.  It was one of the most powerful worships I've ever experienced.  Dan created this film to document this powerful powerless celebration.