Demo Reel- 2016 Edition

"If you're not busy being born, you're busy dying." -Bob Dylan.

One of the most challenging aspects of creating videos for a living is taking some time to look back and reflect. As soon as I'm finished with one project, it seems like there's another one on deck that demands my full attention almost immediately.

The last time I created a demo reel was in 2014, and the main purpose then was to acquire more freelance work because I was relying on that to support my family. This time is a little bit different. This time it was more about taking time to look back and reflect. When I collected all the videos I filmed and edited over the past few years and dropped them into a timeline- I had over 6 hours worth of finished videos! I'd easily estimate that it took hundreds of hours of raw footage to make all these videos. The point being- I've been busy over the last few years!

It was really great to take the time to look back. There was some stuff that I thought was great when I filmed it that I didn't think was so great now, but there was also stuff that turned out really well that I had forgotten about. I saw a lot of patterns and style choices I've developed over time. It also challenged and encouraged me to continue to push myself to grow and improve.

So with no further ado, I present the 2016 edition of my demo reel, enjoy!

Lincoln Berean School of the Arts

Lincoln Berean is starting a new ministry called School of the Arts, and I got asked to do a class about video production! I'm super excited for the opportunity. If you'd like to pay $120 to hang out with me for an hour a week for 6 weeks (killer deal bt-dubs), you can sign up online.

The sessions will take place at the youth complex at Lincoln Berean Church. The class is for ages 15 & up.  Over the course of the class we'll work together to make a video from start to finish. Hopefully when we're done you'll know something you didn't know before. And if not, don't worry, I'm bringing Krispy Kreme donuts for the last week so it will still be worth it.

There's a bunch of other classes as well. Click here to visit the School of the Arts website to find out more and sign up. 

Below is a quick promo video I put together. Check it out!

Holiday Brotoshoot

It's a photoshoot with bros. A brotoshoot. We are a group of guys that grew up together and are blessed to still be friends even as we try our best to be adults sometimes. Some may look through these photos and have so many questions. But if you're asking questions you're thinking too hard. Why are my friends and I the way that we are? There is no answer, or at least no simple answer. 

A few Sundays ago, we all met up and headed over to goodwill. Did we have a plan? Of course not. We just bought random some stuff and went into the woods with some cameras. Brice and I took most of the pictures, but I'm pretty sure everyone contributed at some point. It was a true group effort and an afternoon well spent. 

The real inspiration behind brotoshoots is to have a good time and look good while doing it. That's what we've always done best, and that's what we hope to continue to do. In July we had an even larger brotoshoot complete with more bros, more costumes, and more locations. Those photos are set to be be released in the near future, along with a Bro-calendar for 2016. In the mean time, enjoy the magic of the 2015 Holiday Brotoshoot.

Preferred Popcorn Grower's Video

Recently I had the opportunity to produce a video for a company that produces one of my all-time favorite snacks. Preferred Popcorn is headquartered in Central Nebraska and is one of the largest popcorn producers in the world. I grew up in a nearby town and actually worked in the plant during high school and some into college. Back then (yes, I'm old I apparently), the company was a little smaller and didn't have fancy machines to stack the thousands of 50 pound bags of popcorn onto pallets. That was my job. It was some tough labor, but I loved it! 

Last summer they called me up to see if I'd be interested in doing a new video for them that told more about who they are, not just how the company came to be but about how the owners and growers for the company are men of integrity who truly want to make the best popcorn in the world. 

I said yes, of course. If you are asked to go film in Central Nebraska in the middle of the summer- always say yes. It's a vast, unique and beautiful place. Producing this video took plenty of sweat and hard work, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with such a great company again!