Make a Documentary. Change the World.

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I’ve been invited to go to Ethiopia and make a documentary. And it could help change the lives of thousands of people.

In the last two years, my church (partnered with the Petros Network) has planted over 614 churches in unreached villages throughout the West Shewa zone in Oromia, Ethiopia. During that period, we’ve seen over 92,000 new believers, over 36,000 baptized in water, and more than 650,000 people have heard the gospel. And we are working with 19 denominations in Ethiopia.

Not only that, but the villages are starting to see redemptive lift thanks to the gospel presence. Social systems are improving, including health and hygiene, women’s rights, treatment of children, sponsorship of widows and orphans, micro-finance projects, and more.

It’s pretty incredible. We believe that people need to hear this story.

However, we need help to tell the story. With the skills and experience Wiley and I have, be will be able to capture the story and create compelling visuals to help. All we need is help funding our travel and minimal gear rentals.

How can you help, you ask? Please take a couple minutes and check out our IndieGoGo campaign to make this project happen: http://igg.me/p/235353?a=1394612 (or see sidebar widget). Even if you can’t support us financially, we would love your help spreading the word to your friends or people you know who may be interested in this project.

I honestly believe that the impact of making this film and starting to screen it through our partnership with the Petros Network will be an influx of people wanting to partner with us and help bring more of this social change to other parts of Ethiopia and around the world.

Do me a favor and check out our project.

Thank you!

An Interview with a Cute 5 Year Old

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This video was a project I was asked to produce and shoot for a Sunday morning church service. It was my first time really trying to interview a child on video. Aside from the fact that there were three other kids running around (mine included) and having never been to the location and needing to do it pretty quick, the big challenge was getting compelling responses from a 5 year old.

And I didn’t really get what I was hoping for.

However, the parents really had a ton of great things to say about their daughter and memorizing scripture as a family. So, I was able to reshape my story a little and tell a story that—hopefully—people would enjoy and feel encouraged after watching.

New, Faster Drobos Are Coming!

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So, I’ve been needing to upgrade my storage solution for my video projects for quite some time. There are two things to consider. First: data protection. You’ve got to make sure your data is safe in the case a hard drive fails—because it happens. Second: speed. I need to be able to edit several streams of full 1080p video footage in realtime. THat needs speed. What is needed is a RAID solution that has Firewire 800 or faster.

Drobo has always been an option I liked. It’s ability to mix and match hot-swappable hard drives with an easy interface, expandability, and redundancy. And they come highly recommended. However, as a Mac laptop user, I never liked the idea of having Firewire 800 as the fastest connection available.

Enter the new Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini.

The new Drobo 5D will replace the Drobo S as the 5-bay video/photo professional solution. Drobo Mini is an entirely new product. It is a portable 4-bay solution that uses 2.5″ HDDs instead of the 3.5″ HDDs that all the other Drobos use. It’s meant for the people on the go or that shoot & need to backup their files on location.

These new Drobos have all new architecture built from the ground up. Supposedly they are 5X faster than the Drobo S. And they have two Thunderbolt ports (read 10 Gbps each) and a USB 3.0 port. That means they will be about as fast as it gets for external storage aside from fibre solutions. On top of that, they have a bay for an additional small form-factor SSD (or mSATA) to help accelerate database driven apps, etc.

One of the best parts is that the drives actually buck the trend and come with Thunderbolt cables included ($50 via Apple).

The release dates are suppose to be sometime in July. I hope to get my hands on one to review when they become available. These new Drobos will give me the speed I need while ensuring my data is protected from hard drive failure. That’s a must in my book.

Little Moments Are Precious

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The things that are most precious in life aren’t necessarily the big moments, but they are the people that you share life with. And I’ve been blessed with one precious daughter.

I love spending time with her. Aside from hanging out with my with or family time, there is nothing I love more.

So, on a Saturday evening when Mommy was gone, what am I gonna do? Capture one the little moments I get to spend with Sophia.

Shooting an Event Solo

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I don’t know about you, but I find myself shooting events solo A LOT. Shooting by yourself presents a particular set of challenges that require you to be prepared if you want to make the most of event.

Patrick Moreau of stillmotion shares some really good tips for making the most of shooting solo. Head over to stillmotion’s blog to check it out! It’s worth the read if you ever shoot by yourself.

Link: [Q OF WEEK] – SHOOTING SOLO

When Video Became Important to Me…

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On Monday, I decided I wanted to shoot something during my lunch. My goal was to produce something just for practice. I had no script and shot it in two takes (aside from b-roll).

One of the things I was rather pleased with was the audio… kinda. I filmed the piece with a Rode VideoMic Pro mounted on the camera. I wouldn’t normally shot an interview this way. If I had more time, I would have a more proper setup with a microphone right overhead. But lunch breaks are pretty short.

For what it was worth, it picked up the sound well and with auto gain control off on my T2i, it was really clean (thanks Magic Lantern!). This would be a decent setup for a run-n-gun situation.

So the video above is what I made. It turned out to be good practice in both shooting and editing. Hope you enjoy it!