"Fenrick: The Handicap Leprechaun" - The Lost Tapes

PRAISE THE LORD!! IT HAS BEEN FOUND!!!

I am ecstatic to announce to you that the original recording of "Fenrick's First Adventure" has been found! After having given up all hope that this video would ever be seen again, it has now been resurrected. And not only has it been found, but also restored for viewing with modern technology!

Though I had nothing personally to do with this particular video, somewhere down the line it was transferred into my custody. Now, after cleaning my desk drawer at work I have uncovered it in it's original form. Though unfortunately this "original form" was that of a "Video CD"...?? I know right? What in the world is that? Well long story short it was originally created on a Windows PC(bleh) and required such technology to be able to view it again. And now, thanks to my buddy Daniel at Germantown Baptist, it is made public for all to glory in again! (much applause for Daniel).

So without further ado... I present the original, in unaltered form.... Fenrick's First Adventure.

Here is also another video that we made starring Fenrick. This one was never lost, but still provides quality entertainment if you know anything about student revivals.

DNOW 2011

  We just finished up Disciple-NOW at Germantown Baptist. I'm not going to lie, it was a pretty incredible weekend. A DNOW unlike any other DNOW I've experienced actually. The Student staff steered a different direction than we typically have before... and the response was amazing! I'm generally skeptical of emotional, mountain-top events. But I felt this time that the maturity of the students at this church really culminated through the weekend and they expressed that outwardly more than I've seen before. One of the more powerful things for me to see was one night when we gave out blind folds and had the students worship with them on. The goal was for them to be free of distractions and know that no one was watching or judging them(except the camera:) ). Seeing them choose their physical mode of worship was very moving. Here's the recap video I put together as well as the animated intro video we used to kick off the weekend.

For my DSLR film guys: I rented a RedRock Micro Captain Stubling Rig for the weekend and it worked great! It was my first time with a follow-focus and I've realized it's really the only way to go when shooting documentary, hand-held content. I guess truthfully it's the only way to go period. I also purchased the bargain-buy Cannon 50mm 1.4 which is a no-brainer for beginners. I wouldn't have been able to shoot all the low-light content without it.

For my AE animators: The intro video was a fun little challenge I forced myself through. I made myself animate the tree from scratch. When I first saw the logo that was created by our T-shirt designers I thought I could just cheat by incorporating Andrew K's "Evolution" swirls to get the growth effect. But that wasn't enough for me. I knew there was a way to do it for real. Luckily I found out when looking through the files that most of the logo was the same identical branch replicated. So I used Write-on to make it grow and scaled the leaves individually. Then I replicated the branch and got it pretty dang close to matching the original shape of the designer. I felt much better afterwards.

Pulse Intro 2010

Made this quick intro for our Wednesday night student events at GBC.

Logo design was done in Adobe Illustrator and set to motion in After Effects. The heart monitor is obviously not quite realistic but I wasn't familiar enough with Trapcode's 3D stroke plugin to really do what I wanted to do.

Due to time constraints I just grabbed a project file from Andrew Kramer and modified it a little bit for the big reveal. Great tools when you're in a jam.

I mixed the soundtrack myself using various effects I had, then blended it into Skillet's "Dead Inside".. which went great with the theme.

“Reels”

I saw this awesome piece of machinery in my dad's office over the weekend and... well.... this is what happened. Soundtrack was recorded straight off the device... no iTunes downloads here.

Used a Voigtlander 40mm f/4 from LensRentals with a close-up adapter.

These things just get more and more fun!

Enjoy...

“The Carnival”

Couldn't pass it up... people, lights, motion, activity. So I went. Alone. Paid for parking, a ticket and one Ferris Wheel ride. It was great, and totally worth it. Shot on the 5D with a basic of the basic 50mm f/1.4(and a few shots with a telephoto). For just $300 I'm going to have to get me one of these lenses.

Enjoy...