City Gates

Possibly my most proud moment in filmmaking to date. I loved working with CityGates on this opener for their conference. Concept was mine, script was written by Doug Cooper at CityGates. I directed and edited on this, and Melanie Sudar shot it.

We also had the pleasure of working with some great talent & locations. Big thanks to Jeff Steiner, Jenna Steiner, Brock Thompson, Ashland Eye Care, and Ashland Comfort Control.

Lastly, the beautiful voiceover work was done our good friend Kelly Knowlton. Yep, she’s an amazing musician and wonderful actress as well. And of course you can book her for your own voiceover needs.

For you gear heads, the nitty gritty:
Canon C100
Rokinon 85mm
Canon 50mm f/1.8
GoPro Hero3+
Edit in FCPX
Post in Magic Bullet Looks


City Gates

Every once in awhile, you come across an organization that you just click with. The City Gates Initiative is just that. And so, I can’t tell you how stoked I was to film this piece, let alone the tons more we have coming in the hopper.

City Gates is an amazing thrust, and you can get the full skivvy here:

Watch the first piece in the series here:

kyle + natalie

Kyle and Natalie came to me in a back door sort of way. Natalie works with my wife and we got arranged to videograph their reception that way. Since the two of them actually had a destination wedding on the beach in Texas, they held a great reception at a newly opened reception center here in Ashland, Ohio. Definitely a different and fun task just capturing the reception, but it was a blast. You can view a sneak peak of the evening’s festivities above.

Intermountain Christian School

A few weeks ago I spent a couple of days back in Salt Lake City, filming for my good friends at Intermountain Christian School. We were working on a few pieces for promotion and fundraising. I love their staff and their heart for the Salt Lake valley. The main piece is above; you can also take a look at the other pieces we put together at the links below.

Faculty Highlight
Alumni Highlight

K2 Collective: Volume I

I’m very excited to be a part of a great project going on at K2 The Church, called K2 Collective: Vol. 1. It’ll be a worship album penned entirely by K2’s own worship leaders and musicians.

I’m thrilled on many levels for this piece. Firstly, I’m thrilled to be doing some video editing for K2 again after stepping out of my staff role there in November. Secondly, I’m thrilled to not only be helping with the promotion of the new album, but to be a part of the project, as a song that I wrote called “We Are Yours” will be on the CD as well.

You can view the first promo video below:

What I’ve Been Up To…

It’s always good practice to update the ol’ reel every once in a while, and I have no exception to that rule. So, the new year and new opportunities gave me great reason to update my reel, and what I’ve worked on in recent months since I last updated my reel (2011 – terrible, I know!). This is actually a process I really love; I think it’s a blast to comb through old footage and remember some of the projects I’ve done. It’s also incredibly motivating – I see work that I’ve done, and though I’m pleased with it, I want to do more, more effectively and with better quality. It’s never ending, right?

Here it is for your viewing (love your eyes, watch it in HD):

And remember, I’m always available for telling your story. Whether you’re a large corporation or you’d like your wedding documented, feel free to contact me. A full list of recent clients and additional samples are available on request.

Can’t wait to see what’s new in the next reel.

Stock Music for Video / Production

Stock music: How do I get it cheaply/free? Where do you find it? Where do you find good stuff? And many other variations of the same basic question.

I’ve gotten this question in comments, through twitter, and from a few emails that come in, so I thought I’d address it today. I should first mention that there are two situations here. I’ve worked in both the church world and in the secular market, and the process is quite a bit different for each, especially price/licensing-wise.

In the Church world, your life is actually awesome in this regard. Because of the licensing and breadth afforded to your usages within worship services, you have tons of free and low cost options. Before you dive into any of these, ensure two things:

1) Your CCLI licensing is up to date, and that you’re reporting your usage of all songs, including music used in videos.
2) Your CVLI licensing is up to date as well.

Some options in the church world:

I used YouTube as a great option for instrumental covers of pop songs. Your CCLI covers the usage of the original, and YouTube is loaded with great karaoke/instrumental cuts of just about any piece of popular music out there. Just search for “The Song instrumental”, and you’ll likely find what you’re looking for. From there, I use a simple YouTube downloader (which we often used to grab YouTube videos for service usage) to download the mp3. If you’re using Google Chrome, I prefer to use this Google Chrome Extension. It places a download button underneath every YouTube video, making it a cinch to snag videos or mp3s.

Soundtracks & Scores
Movie soundtracks and scores are a great option for music beds for your interviews, moving stories, etc. They’re instrumental to begin with, cheap, and well produced. You can snag individual tracks on Amazon or iTunes, and lay them under your production. Some of my favorites from the last year were Moneyball and The Social Network.

Your Personal Library
Again, since you’re covered, anything in your library is free game. Love that 1:05 intro on the latest album you bought? Drop it into your editor, slice it up, and loop away. Chop and slice to create what you need.

For the rest of us in the non-church world:

These are options I’ve used when 1) I couldn’t find what I needed by the prior methods, or 2) I’ve been doing work outside of the church world and it’s licensing benefits.

Hands down the best stock music site you’ll find. Why? Because it was intentionally started in 2008 to fill the void of good, relevant, hip stock music for production. They’re a combo stock music outfitter and production house, so you can custom order production music to suit your needs as well. There is not a single hit, fresh TV show that’s not finding their production music on JinglePunks. Last Call with Carson Daly, MTV, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, Vh1, MTV, Bravo, TLC, Starz, History Channel and A&E all use JinglePunks regularly.

Their pricing structure is per piece, based on your usage & scope. So, for instance, a local cable spot you’re producing will field a lower price than a national ad during the Superbowl. They are a pricier option, but if you’re working with a firm or freelance project, I highly recommend JinglePunks.

Create Your Own
Yep. I’ve done it. If you’ve got the skills, equipment and time, this is a pretty good option when all else fails.

Hope this helps!