Posts Tagged ‘HD’

YouTube at work!

July 26, 2010

Exciting news for me should transfer pretty well to visitors to this blog: the Herald & Review now has a YouTube channel!

You may be asking yourself, “Why does this matter to me?”. Well, when I used to reference a video I did at work, I would have to provide a link that would take you away from this site. Now I can embed the YouTube video into this site, thus saving you time, and giving my videos more exposure.

Also, until now we’ve had no way to host HD footage, even though we have a pretty sweet HD camera. Now I can post the full-res versions on YouTube in all of their 1080 glory! Here is the first HD video I shot for the paper:

Another reason for the start of the YouTube channel was to showcase some of the more interesting, entertaining, and just plain cool videos we’ve been posting for the past 4 years. This defense class video is what really made me look back and say, “We need a YouTube page.”

So, please feel free to browse the collection we have, and subscribe, because I’ll be adding a lot more as time goes by.


Slow motion snow

December 23, 2009

I used to love the snow. Then came the age I was responsible for shoveling snow for my parents. Next, I got my license and had to tolerate it on the road. I didn’t think I’d ever enjoy the snow again.

Then I became a homeowner. I thought I’d hate it more, since I’m responsible for a huge driveway. But the other day I was driving home from a Troupe Dynamic shoot and was mesmerized by the snow coming down. When I got home I grabbed the camera and decided this would be a good time to test out a nice slow-motion shot. The snow was already very serene, why not slow it down and soak it in?

There are a lot of different ways I’ve seen to do good slow-motion, I went with a simple option: shoot in 60i and slow it down in a 24p workspace. I think it worked out pretty nice. Next time I’ll try it in After Effects.

So here it is, some slow-motion snow around my house to get you in the Christmas spirit. Or holiday, whatever milks your cookies.

Wonderful Pistachios contest

November 30, 2009

I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d waste no time entering some more contests. Although, I will admit I did procrastinate quite a bit.

I’ve known about the Wonderful Pistachios contest for a while, and had a few ideas. I started drawing them up, and was feeling pretty good with lots of time in front of me. Then, as usual, I got busy with my day job and with client work, and the extras sat on the back burner. I was pretty upset when I realized the deadline had crept up so fast, but Alida (the sweetest wife ever) gave me a little pep talk and agreed to help me produce the sucker.

The video has to demonstrate how you get the pistachios crackin’. I took on the personality of an infomercial host, and drew most of my motivation from this poor old chap.

What do you think? Cross your fingers that I bring in $25,000 again!

Contest success!

November 18, 2009

Last year my entry to the 21 Film Contest didn’t get in. This year, it was one of the 20 finalists to be screened at the red carpet event, but didn’t win any prizes.

I was a bit bummed, but now I have been cheered up.

Last month I found out that my “Joint Efforts” video helped win our group a $25,000 grand prize! Here is the original blog with info on the contest. Here’s the video:

Before I won this contest, fellow silly-maker Jay Albright asked me to act in a spot he was directing. The spot is an entry for the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest, and we filmed with the amazing Red One camera. If you didn’t know, Steven Soderberg uses it. Pretty sweet!

Here’s the animatic that Jay made:

Here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette I did:

And here’s the link to the actual video! Note: the site takes a while to load, and you can skip the intro to get straight to our entry.

Now that I have a taste of winning, I am eager for more and have wasted no time entering some contests.  It’s fun, and maybe I’ll win some more money!

Meredith and Patrick

October 27, 2009

This summer Alida and I had the pleasure of shooting a friend’s wedding!

Back at Millikin University, we took tons of art classes with Meredith. We even spent two weeks with her on an Immersion Photography class trip to the southwest. When we heard she was getting married, we were excited to hear that not only did she want us at the wedding, she wanted us to capture it for her.

I’ll post a link to the photos when they are up. Here are the engagement shots for the happy couple.

The whole day was a blast. The wedding party was fun to work with and very photogenic. Between the ceremony and reception we went to a beautiful park to get some formal shots. We were there for about ten minutes and got stormed on. Everybody took it well and we moved on to the reception. As you can see, the groomsmen didn’t pass up the chance to frolic in the rain. A few more things that made this wedding unique and awesome:

  • The best man “made it rain” with the dollar dance money
  • The groomsmen were all in favor of doing a “Reservoir Dogs” intro
  • The couple’s first dance was to Metallica

You can’t get much better than that!

Josh and Amber: their love story

October 23, 2009

One of my favorite things to shoot at a wedding is the love story. I work at a newspaper, so interviewing is part of my daily routine. When it comes to couples at a wedding, it’s fun to hear them recall how they met, and what led up to this huge event in their lives. I get a kick out of hearing what little details each one remembers and emphasizes, and how the stories match up.

The last couple I shot was a blast, and had no problem sharing their story with me. During her interview, the bride consistently mentioned how surprised she was by the proposal. During his interview, the groom kept saying, “I think she saw it coming.” I enjoy those little details, and every time I finish a video I think of new questions I want to ask the next couple.


October 11, 2009

I didn’t see any real ghosts, although that would be pretty cool.  Like the spiders, I would be terrified but still insist on filming.

Anyway,  last week Alida took her students out for her fall ghost photo shoot. Every year she demonstrates things like multiple exposures and long exposures, that can make people appear like ghosts. Every year we do a bit more, this year we had models, makeup, costumes, and fog machines. I brought my camera along to show what goes on behind the scenes. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to include any of the students, since that would be in violation of the college’s rules. I will, however, link to their artwork if Alida ends up posting it on her website. Until then, here’s what we did.

Allerton Park

October 8, 2009

I mention my wife on this blog pretty often. That’s not only because she rocks, but it’s also because we do a lot of stuff together. As a photography teacher, she spends a lot of time trying to get her students out of the classroom and shooting photos. When they do fun things, I usually tag along.

Monday, we all took a trip to Allerton Park in Monticello. While the students were wandering around shooting landscapes, I was looking for something to point a macro lens at. A while ago I promised to film more spiders to make up for the butterflies. Well, I found a spider, but I also couldn’t help shooting another butterfly.

The spider was about the size of a dime, and unlike the big, lazy spiders I filmed before, this one wouldn’t stop moving. The butterfly I expected to be jumpy, but I think it was injured. After taking advantage of his limited mobility for a while, I took him off the pavement and set him in the grass.

Later in the week, Alida took her class out to do ghost photos. I filmed some of that, so that should be up fairly soon.


October 3, 2009

I don’t have the best luck when it comes to being in the right place at the right time. If something cool happens, I probably don’t have my camera. If I have my camera, breaking news and action tends to avoid me. Lucky for me, I enjoy filming other things that don’t demand such luck.

One day, when the garden was still colorful and nice, I was taking out the garbage and saw tons of butterflies on one of the plants. I walked over to it and was happy to see that they were so busy pollinating that they didn’t care who was around. So, I ran in and grabbed the 5D Mark II and the macro lens and sat myself down. I spent most of my time following the big yellow butterfly, but did get a kick out of the brown moth who was hanging around. I  love how he scares himself when he steps on another bug. I know this isn’t anything spectacular or deep, but I like being able to look at the fuzzy mohawk and giant green eyes on the butterfly. Hopefully you enjoy it too.

Hats off to the Neighborhoods

September 25, 2009

Last week, the 2009 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference brought hundreds to Decatur, and Alida and I had the pleasure of working together shooting photos and video. People from several states participated in a variety of workshops and activities aimed at making their neighborhoods a better place.

I always enjoy a good motivational speaker. I cover the “Community Leaders Breakfast” in Decatur every three months for the Herald & Review, and get a kick out of the way storytelling and comedy mixed with serious messages can captivate a crowd. At the RNNC, I was able to hear two great speakers, R. Dale Evans, Sr. and Mayor Cory A. Booker, of Newark, New Jersey.

I was there for over 24 hours straight, filming workshops, speakers, dinners, and lots of dancing. Here’s the video I produced. The second song is a version of “Hooray for Hollywood”, written and sung by Yvonne Stroud and Richelle Irons, Asst. Director of Economic & Urban Development for the City of Decatur.