TRUTHSTORIES INTRO VIDEO

Intro video for First Presbyterian Church of Boulder’s sermon series called “Truthstories”  The challenge was to come up with a compelling intro by just using some of the pastors notes.  After several days of coming up with no ideas I came up with the idea of making the Bible come alive, giving it a life of its own, just like the stories that are told in the Bible.   All of the words in this video appeared somewhere in the notes or in the book of Luke.

[BEHIND THE SCENES]

20110908-030230.jpgTo make the appearance of the Bible coming alive I used some lighting a little help from a fan.  With the fan off camera the video creates the illusion that the Bible is flipping its pages on its own.  A few filters were used to make a completely black background by crushing the blacks and saturation in the filter: Color Correction 3-Way.  I used the effects:  Dazzle and Bloom together for the light reflections on the Bible.

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BESTOP COMMERCIAL

Back in January of this year, I traveled to San Diego and then to Barstow, California to shoot some Jeeps and Trucks off-roading.  Here is a 30 second commercial spot that I put together this week for an off-road racing event that Bestop will attend and air the spot this month.

TECHNICAL:  Shot on Sony Z1U.  Edited in Final Cut Pro.  Slow-Motion with Twixtor.

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For more videos from our shoot in California.  Log onto my vimeo page:  http://www.vimeo.com/steelrockfilms  and look for [BESTOP CALIFORNIA]

COMING HOME [BOULDER, COLORADO] The Annex Opener 2011

THE ANNEX COLLEGE MINISTRY OPENER 2011

I love producing videos for The Annex, a college ministry in Boulder, because I was involved in the ministry for 4 years when I was in college.  I made some of my best friends and met and married my wife at this ministry.  I do not know where I would be today if I did not have this ministry.  Over the years I have produced many videos for The Annex and each one seems to get better and better…

THE VIDEO:  Well, it was one of the most challenging videos I have ever done but definitely worth it.  There was also pressure to top last year’s opener that I did (attached in a post bellow) so you will need to be the judge. Inspired by the video MOVE on Vimeo, this 3 minute video is comprised of about 150 different shots.  I didn’t want to make it exactly like MOVE so we had to add our own elements.  Timelapse, Glidecam shots, and quick editing added character to this video to set it apart.  The video kicks off The Annex year and depicts college life in Boulder.  The character is this year’s Annex intern Jay J Matott.  The cool part about being a filmmaker is that I can pick shots that are meaningful to me.  The opening timelapse shots came from an overlook within walking distance of our apartment.  I get to see this view everyday!  The first shot with Jay J was taken at my freshmen year dorm courtyard: Sewall Hall.  I thought it would be fitting to start the video’s journey from where my Boulder journey began in the fall of 2005.  Over the years, I found myself walking in the same places that the video takes you.  Although much of the campus has changed with several new buildings, it still has the same unique CU character as it did when I got there 6 years ago.  Some noteworthy places in the video are the Coors Event Center (basketball stadium), Folsom Field (football stadium), UMC fountains, Old Main (The oldest building on campus), Boulder’s famous Pearl Street, and First Presbyterian Church (Where The Annex meets).  It’s only fitting that the soundtrack is called ‘Coming Home’ because little did I know, just like many other out of state freshmen, that when I drove over the hill on highway 36 looking over the Boulder valley that I too would one day call Boulder home.  Enjoy the video.

TECHNICAL:  Walking scenes shot in one day on Nikon D7000 (35mm 1.8)  Timelapse shot in June (18-200mm) A few B-Roll scenes were shot on JVC GY-HD100U from last year’s Annex shoot.  Edited with Final Cut Pro.  Slow motion with Twixtor plug-in.  Music: Diddy – Dirty Money – Coming Home ft. Skylar Grey mixed with Instrumental Version.  Check out the behind the scenes info in the post bellow!

BEHIND THE SCENES [Coming Home – Boulder, CO – Annex Opener 2011]

REFERENCE LINE

because it was almost impossible to frame up Jay J’s walk the same way for each shot,  I had to align each shot in post-production.  I used a red reference line that I laid above the main track.  This line was my reference point to make sure Jay J was walking in the center for every shot.  To do this, I had to resize and move each shot accordingly.  When I cut each shot together I made sure his head was almost in the exact same location as the previous shot.  This created the illusion that Jay J was walking through each scene.  Once edited, I deleted the red line and the video was good to go.

FINAL CUT TIMELINE

Most of the shots (blue clips V1, V2) were straight cuts with the exception of some flash transitions. The light purple clips are Twixtor slow motion plug-in shots.  The audio (green clips) was a challenge because we didn’t want all of Diddy’s rap (no offense Diddy, some of your lyrics just didn’t fit this video)  I cut the original song (A1, A2) with an instrumental version (A3, A4).  The other clips were sound fx of a fighter jet that I used for transitions.

COLORING

To create the vibrant colors on some of the scenes I used FCP 3 Way color effect.  I then bumped the saturation added a little orange.  I also used a Blue tinted vignette and another FCP plug-in called Luma Toy to add even more color.

ORGANIZATION

Organization was key to this video because there were over 150 shots.  Within Final Cut I labeled each shot accordingly and gave it a description about its location.  I then placed them into bins according to what type of shot it was.

PRE-PRODUCTION NOTES

Before the shoot I brainstormed my ideas for the video and listed some shots I definitely wanted to get.  Some shots, unfortunately, did not make the cut.

Back on Campus [ANNEX OPENING VIDEO SHOOT]

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Nikon D7000. 35mm 1.8 lens with attached Hoodeye and Manfrotto tripod in front of Norlin Library, University of Colorado

After a full day of shooting the Annex College Ministry Opener with Intern Jay J Matott the video is finally in post-production and will premier Sunday night at 7pm at The Annex.  Without giving too much away, this was a very challenging shoot….miles of miles of walking around Boulder totaling 150 shots and about 40 minutes of footage.  Our goal is to top last year’s opener shown here:  

A HISTORY OF BOULDER

CLIENT:  ANNEX STUDENT MINISTRIES

Kick-off video for University Ministries Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder service.   The video gives a historical account of First Presbyterian Church and the University of Colorado.  Edited like it was presented with an old slide projector.  The video then goes into the video I made for the Annex opener last year.  The last portion of the video has no audio because the Annex band was playing Hillsong’s “Tear Down This Wall”under the video.

JEEPS AND GLACIERS

Shot with Bestop's Wragler and Alice Glacier

MILLION DOLLAR SHOT

8 ASTON MARTINS

CLIENT:  BROADCAST ONE

Pulled on as a cameraman with Denver-based company Broadcast One.  Their client was a housing development company called Gold Branch.  The shoot was to showcase a 2.9 million dollar house in Niwot, Colorado.  A party was thrown at the house and these were just a few of the cars parked outside.

LIGHT OF THE SKY

Almost 1,500 photos were taken on one of the most incredible Colorado evenings I have ever seen. The amazing sunset over Boulder was immediately followed by a severe lightning storm over Denver and every shot was taken less than a mile from our apartment!

MIZZ EQUIPMENT

Equipment

Equipment for Bestop's Missouri Shoot

Somehow this all fit in my carry-on luggage on our trip to Missouri.

-Manfrotto Tripod

-2 sets of Sennheiser wireless mics

-1TB G-Drive hardrive

-Promaster 30 LED light

-Tamron 70mm-200mm 2.8

-Nikkor 35mm 1.8

-Nikon D7000

-6 Mini DV Tapes

-Head Cleaner

-Gaffing Tape

-Sony Battery Charger

-2 pens

-AA batteries for mics

-4 Sony Z1u Batteries

-Sony Z1u

-Shotgun Mic

-Go Pro Hero and clamps

-2 gear ties

-Mac Book Pro

-Mouse

-Computer Chager

-Firewire cable

-2 Nikon D7000 batteries

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