What I’ve Learned in the 5 Months Since My Last Post

Five months… man! I didn’t think I would take that long to update this, and yet here we are. School ended a couple months ago, and that prevented me from continuing. So how have I grown and learned since then? Quite a lot actually!

I have made several new videos, I’ve bought new camera gear, and I’ve realized slowly more and more the flaws within my own soul I need to let God weed out, but more on that later. Oh, also I went to NAB in Vegas in April, which was FLIPPING AMAZING!!!

While there I had a chance to see the Sony a7S up close and personal in its pre-production form. Now I even own one myself!

Ok enough of that. I have learned that rule #1 is “I Will Never Stop Learning”. Period. Never. There is no bottom to the wealth of knowledge I can learn about my world around me, my social circles that surround me, my God above me. Nothing seems to have an end to how much knowledge I can acquire.

First with God I realized how much of a sinner I am, and therefore how merciful and patient he is with me.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

Second, that I have a lot to learn about my art. I like cameras and taking pictures, capturing my world in a moment of time. I get a thrill out of seeing my planet around me with new eyes.

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Shot with my Sony a7S on the way to work.

What I’ve learned is, it’s more than composition, or the equipment I use. It’s color, it’s contrast, it’s heart, and it’s soul. I hope to master this skill better.

And third, I have learned how little I know about the basic tools I use to execute my job making videos. It is clear I need time to learn color grading.

I expect to learn more, and will post what I can here when I can.

Until then, have a day!

The Descending Price of Film Making

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It took much patience, determination, and eventually even borrowing money but this week I finally was able to get a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I have officially had it now for 5 days and I must say that it is simultaneously the best and worst purchasing decision I’ve ever made. All of my practice and skills I’ve learned before this have been thrown out the window and I have discovered that I am not the master of camera operation I thought I was. If anything I have only be enlightened to how much I have to learn!

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The Single Biggest Secret To Succeeding In The Creative Industry

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I’ve been working for years in film studios. It began as a surprise to me, I was just a cashier at Panera Bread when a friend asked me to help make a short commercial for them. They loved what I made so much that they said, “If you can do video editing like this with no experience or training, then we need to hire you and get you some experience! You would be indispensable!”

So just like that I was hired on the spot. My job in the bakery soon transitioned into a career in film where my whole life was turned on its ear. I moved from my cozy home in Orlando, FL where my family lived, to California with my wife to work at Little Light Studios.

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Behind the Scenes Featurette: “Into The Mind”

Sports films have seen a renaissance in cinematography, from the AMAZING “The Art of Flight” by Brain Farm, to the series of shorts on Vimeo “A Skier’s Journey”. These athletes show and amazing skill in not only being awesome in their fields of snowboarding or skiing, but in creative camera work and expression of emotion through film. So imagine my delight when a behind the scenes featurette of the award winning skiing film “Into The Mind” is posted online for free. It has an ethereal quality to it, and I always love it when film makers share their secrets about how they do their craft. But this film is special in that they have worked a lot of symbolism and subtext into their finished film, which they all too kindly explain in detail here for us.

 

Please check it out for yourself and show your support for these amazingly skilled film makers by check it out on iTunes or by purchasing their film on DVD/Blu-Ray.