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Troupe and eggs

February 28, 2010

You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. I think that’s the saying. As it turns out, you can’t make the Troupe Dynamic March top-ten list without breaking eggs either. Luckily I had the trusty low-res camera phone to capture the shot until the finished product is posted.

Still not sure if you want to check out the March video? How about this?

The sheepopotamus will come for you with his razor...

There we go. See you at at the beginning of the month.

UPDATE! The video is posted!


It will all make sense, I promise

January 25, 2010

Here’s another taste of the nonsense that is Troupe Dynamic!

My last troupe-related post included some photos from our latest Thrive shoot. Here are some more from the top-ten portion of the video.

I think I do the late Mr. Swayze justice. Demi could use some work...

I don't trust these doctors...

Again, I can’t explain what is going on, but I promise it will all make sense once you see the video in February! Until then check out our previous video, along with the extra clip on Troupe Dynamic’s site. Be warned, there is some light-hearted adult humor included in some of our work.

My hot date

January 18, 2010

If you are familiar with my work with Troupe Dynamic, and I sure hope you are, you know that we do top-ten lists for the Thrive Entertainment Guide, and have funny skits that lead in and out of those lists.

Today was one of our longer shoots, and possibly one of our funniest skits.

Yes, we are playing Mouse Trap

Today I got to grease my hair back and look, in my opinion, quite sexy.

Sorry ladies, I'm taken.

I can’t give the plot away, so you’ll have to wait until February 1st to see it on Thrive’s website.

Until then check out our previous video, along with the extra clip on Troupe Dynamic’s site. Be warned, there is some light-hearted adult humor included in some of our work.

Clowning around

December 17, 2009

Today was the first day of shooting for Troupe Dynamic’s top-ten list for January. I got to wear my Notorious B.I.G. t-shirt and wave a fake gun around, make a fashion statement in a Snuggie, and dress as a clown.

Doug, Timmy, Hugh, Jay, and Janet

That’s all I can share for now. While you wait to see the new video, check to see our past videos. We’ll also have a small clown teaser up soon.

Remember to check on January 1st to see the final video.

And, as always, keep coming back here to see some neat stuff.


December 16, 2009

After spending a few years shooting video for the newspaper, I grew more and more anxious to branch out and do some more independent projects. As soon as I put the word out that I was interested in doing some creative work on the side, there was no shortage of opportunities.

Alaric Rocha is an extremely talented filmmaker and friend that works up in the Chicagoland area. He’s shooting a short 8mm film in February, and today I spent the afternoon doing some location scouting with him and his camera man. We sloshed through the woods and I did a little acting for a rough animatic. Here are a few photos from the adventure that left me with some scrapes on my arms and mud on my dress shoes (because I didn’t dress appropriately). When you are done reading this post, I highly recommend taking a look at Alaric’s site,

Alaric acting

Alaric acting in the ditch

I should have worn shoes like that

Trudging through the woods

On top of that, I always have Troupe Dynamic to provide me with a rich creative outlet. If you aren’t already familiar with my work with the troupe, I’d suggest taking a look. While we plan on doing some short films and skits in the future, most of our time has been dedicated to funny top-ten lists for Thrive, a local entertainment guide. Check their site for our latest video every month, and check for the latest updates on our silliness. Disclaimer: The Christmas card from our December top-ten video features me faking nudity. As realistic as it may seem, I was not naked.

Our Christmas card is rather terrifying

And, as always, I get to work with the best partner ever: my beautiful wife. This Sunday we shot a second day of an engagement session. I’m really excited about the video for this one. We went to several different locations, and the couple was really fun. Here’s a frame I grabbed from Becky and Jeremy’s video:

Sunset kiss

So that’s what I’ve been working on over that past few days. There’s even more to write about, but those can wait until I have more to show for them. As the projects keep rolling in, I’ll keep posting them here. Hope you enjoy.

Summer Cage Wars… and more!

August 24, 2009

Saturday night was Round 1 Fight Night’s Summer Cage Wars! It was an intense mixture of kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA fights, and Alida and I were sitting cage-side to do the photos and video! I love shooting these events, and can’t say enough about how awesome Shihan Jeff DeVore is.

I will be working on the video very soon, and will post it as soon as it’s done. Until then, I have a little teaser. During one of the fights Alida and I were both splattered with some blood from a fighter. We took photos of each other with the blood on our faces. I don’t have those right now, so I’ll have to post those when I post the finished video. What I do have ready now is a clip from the fighter that bled on us. Enjoy!

Aside from that, here’s what else is going on:

  • Found out we didn’t place in the LLCU video contest. Bummer, but I had fun making it, and if I made a few people laugh, that’s cool with me.
  • The iris ring on my new XHA1 is faulty, and I have to send it in for repairs. At least it’s under warranty, so it wont cost anything.
  • I’m finishing up the dog video for the contest I alluded to in a previous post. I’ll be sharing more on that later.
  • Alida shot senior portraits for Shavon, and I tagged along again, this time with a real camera instead of my Xenon.
  • Alida and I shot a wedding a week ago. We had a ton of fun in Champaign, even when we got stormed on in the park!
  • A few weeks ago I tagged along with Alida for a huge family portrait session at Nelson Park. Got some nice behind-the-scenes footage for that.
  • And, as always, I’ve been shooting lots with Troupe Dynamic. My newest assignment: blooper reels!

So that’s what I’m up to now. I have lots to edit, and that means lots to post!

Why are you here?

June 8, 2009

Hello everybody, and welcome to the main hub of my creative process.

This blog will hopefully serve multiple purposes. First of all, I hope to entertain you with a collection of things that I do, either for work or for play. And secondly I hope to keep people informed and interested in my different creative endeavors. Here are some examples of things that may show up in the very near future:

  • Links to videos I do for the Herald & Review newspaper. Since the ol’ H&R relies on advertising sitting next to videos on the site, I cannot embed the videos directly onto my blog. That’s a drag, but as long as you don’t mind, I’ll send you over there. Check around whenever you feel like it:
  • Links to different projects I do with, an extremely talented group of silly makers. I highly reccomend checking their site out.
  • Updates on personal projects.  I am currently working on two scripts. One involves zombies, and one involves an unlikely pimp. Check often for pre-production updates, storyboard art, script snippets, and even some animatics (animated storyboards)!
  • And finally, this will serve as a showing place for finished products.

So hopefully that’s enough to keep you interested for now. I’ll also probably ramble on about different projects. I shoot weddings and events, so I may share some of that, and link to my wife’s website ( to share her work.  On top of the video work which is my main passion, I am also a musician. I may feel the need to share that also.

So that’s enough about me. What about you? Who are you, what brought you here, and what’s going to (hopefully) bring you back?