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:


luv•o•lu•tion wrap up

Below is the video we used to wrap up the Christmas luv•o•lu•tion giving campaign that K2 ran this year. Video aired in all of our Christmas Eve services. Great news? Dave got follow up the video and announce that in 6 weeks, by Christmas weekend, K2 had raised over $43,000 for the luv•o•lu•tion! Amazing stuff!

I really enjoyed the process on making the video, though sadly, it was more than likely the final edit I’ll do on my portable editing drive. It met it’s maker finally, and was the cause of an all-night editing session as the drive slowly died.

Some geeky details:
Edit: FCP
Color: Magic Bullet Looks
Post: Adobe After Effects

I also heavily used plugins from Luca & Video Copilot, used alot of film burn overlays, and took inspiration stylistically from videos done by Northpoint Community Church as well as Kingdom Project Creative.

A Luv•o•lu•tion with Sin

Many of you know, K2 is walking through a series right now called “Luv•o•lu•tion”, where we’re walking through the book of 1 John. We’re also asking our people to start a Christmas Luv•o•lu•tion, which you can read more about here.

Both are about radically changing the way we think and act on certain things – revolutionizing with love. Sunday, we tackled having a luv•o•lu•tion with sin. One of our families, the VanRankens, shared their story about Mack’s battle with sin – specifically an addiction to pornography. I’m incredibly thankful for many things about this, 1) that Mack was so willing to share his battle openly, 2) That K2 was a safe place for him to be open about his struggle. This is something many people would not want to talk about, let alone share on video in front of 1500+ people, and yet Mack stepped up.

I really enjoyed the edit on the first piece; I thought the river scenes juxtaposed his battle with sin well.

Below are both parts of the two part video I shot and edited for our services on Sunday. Lad Chapman and Dave Nelson both delivered powerful messages on the passage from 1 John; you can grab the audio or video podcasts here.

Wild Horses

I was going through some videos that I edited over the summer and realized there were a few I hadn’t shared or uploaded.

This is one of them, and one of my favorites. We did a location shoot near Dugway, UT, which is only on the map because there is a massive air force base where some of your top fighter pilots train for live target practice. [read: it’s in the middle of nowhere]. Most of the surrounding area that’s not owned by the Department of Defense is owned by Bureau of Land Management and is public land. This is where you can find the wild Onaqui herd of horses, branded and tracked with the same methods and law that allowed the U.S. to gather horses for the calvary. These were straight up wild horses. Their only human interaction has been a few helicopter roundups where they brand the animals with calvary numbers, give them shots, and set them free again.

The second location was with Cliff Tipton at his ranch in Erda, about 30 miles from the Onaqui herd, on the western side of the Oquirrh Mountains. Cliff was the real deal, and a real treat.

This service was incredibly cohesive, which I loved. We were in the middle of our series on the beatitudes, and looking at “Blessed are the meek…” on that particular day. This was a great setup for teaching on the real meaning behind the passage, and the day flowed well.

And seriously, we flipping live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I love the background of the storm over the mountains when we were shooting at Cliff’s ranch. Beautiful.

K2 Baptisms

Below you’ll find the baptism recap video from K2’s September baptisms. This was one of my favorite projects to edit at K2, sheerly on the quality of footage my team shot. For any event that we have at K2, we schedule a photographer to shoot stills for us. We have a great team of photogs, that have great artistic eyes. So, I grabbed some of our photographers and asked them to cross over to the dark side and shoot video for us on their DSLR’s. I think the result speaks for itself.

I asked them to shoot B-roll. I handled the primary shots, and allowed them to be free and creative, and go wild. I’ll say this much:

Never again will I do a large event shoot without a few of them. Beautiful stuff.


For those of you that geek out on such things, the details of the shoot:

Nikon D7000
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Final Cut Pro 7

Magic Bullet Looks

Mess of Me

This week, we were in week 2 of our series, “An Unlikely Hero: The Story of Moses” at K2 The Church. For the weekend services, we were tackling “The Breaking of a Hero”. So, it lent itself well to telling some stories of life change. Below is the two-part video piece I shot and edited for the services.

I’m definitely pleased with the edit, considering quick deadline and turnaround. Shooting could’ve used some improvement, but overall, it was a powerful piece.