‘The Walk In’ entry in SNL’s ‘Best sketch comedy contest’

My friend told me about this short video contest that SNL is putting on. We had already published this video a while back, but I figured it could make a fun entry in the contest. The final decision is left to the judges, but is heavily influenced by Facebook ‘likes’, so if you can spare a ‘like’, we would very much appreciate it.

Watch + Like: ‘The Walk In’

The Walk In / Screenshot

Thanks in advance, and stay classy out there!

DRM Promotes Piracy

Dear people who support digital rights management,

Today I purchased the third season of a show I have become a fan of recently. I went ahead and paid a premium to get it delivered in full HD. It looks great on my Apple TV, but you know what happens when I try and view the videos on my older Apple 30″ Cinema displays?

Apple DRM

Because my 2560×1600 Apple displays use DVI instead of the DRM-riddled HDMI interface, my media refuses to play on them. Is it any wonder why people like torrents? I understand why you don’t want to play the video that I bought on an unknown device – there’s no guarantee I won’t record it to some other source and distribute it to a mass audience somewhere else. But do you think this kind of restriction is going to make me want to purchase from you in the future?

Watson-Hayes Wedding Video

May 26, 2012 – I had the privilege of shooting Troy and Lauren’s big day.

It was a beautiful wedding. I showed up in time to shoot some of the pre-ceremony preparations, which is always a great way to capture some of the lasting memories from the wedding day. I also had some invaluable help from my friend and colleague, Thomas Gentry.

Also spent a good deal of time with the packaging and printing of the DVDs. These DVD cases were custom crafted from textured paper and I printed each disc with a high quality inkjet printer. I shot the photography used in the packaging, and some of it was using still video frames (which worked surprisingly well).

The Nerdy Stuff:

Now, for the equipment used (with some affiliate links):

Hardware:

Software:

  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Aperture
  • Adobe After Effects CS5
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro

KARM: Corners of Your Field

“Now when you reap the harvest of your land you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit from your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.” —Leviticus 19:9-10

Working with Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the people behind Corners of Your Field, we scripted a series of spots as well as a longer combination video (found below) communicating what COYF is all about. You could see this in your church soon:

The footage (sans the wheat field shot, which is stock footage) was shot with the Nikon D90 (yes, you read that right) which took some coercing, and really wasn’t ideal, but it fit the budget. Audio was recorded separately with a lapel mic (into my Macbook Pro). We built a custom “dolly-on-the-cheap” inspired heavily by Chase Jarvis’ setup. The project was a lot of fun to work on, and I learned quite a bit.