Thursday, 29 July 2010

Red Letters

Red Letters from Salomon on Vimeo.

I had a busy week of meeting with people. But its been good getting perspective and giving some. I had a really good meeting with Mike, our church's lead elder and showed him the latest project I have been working on - I always get quite nervous when I show any elder the latest piece - because ultimately they have a final say on whether or not we can use it in any form - I would hate for something to get canned - and it has before - but for hugely legitimate reasons.

Needles to say, Red Letters is hopefully punchy, gritty but could be perceived as 'dark'. I think the aim for me is to always work on content that gets people asking questions. Especially for people who have no idea, no concept of who Jesus is or what it means to have relationship with him.

If I can use audio and visuals that probe in people's hearts the following questions and to some extent provide the answers then I feel like I've made an impact for the Kingdom of Heaven:

1. What do I believe?
2. Is this really Christian [based on common misconception that everything 'Christian is 'nice' and 'happy' and nothing is ever 'real' and 'honest'
3. How does this make me feel inside?

I think there are more questions but these are the gist of it.

I love doing things in a cinematic way - often achieved by writing a good score, but I think often telling a story by obscuring details is also a means of telling a story cinematically.

I look at the films I love the most, Bourne Ultimatum, Man on Fire, Taking Pelham 123, and Seven and it surprises me how often things are very hidden and oscured, blurry or very shaky. Its amazing that when the music and sound design is solid - almost anything goes visually. Take Bourne for instance - so many times its hard to pick apart some of what is going on visually because its so messy and gritty - but the score is so strong that you always have a sense of what is happening. One scene stands out - when Neil Daniels is chatting to a reporter at a coffee shop - all you can see is his one eye [the rest of his face obscured by the reporter ]- as he is telling the reporter the 'ugly truth'. I imagine if one were to see this shot out of context from the whole film - the shot would get canned - but it makes so much sense when pieced together with the rest of the story.

All this to say, I like the use of visual devices where things become obscured because it lends itself to probing questions in the viewer. I think if there's one thing that we can be clear on, its the message of the Gospel, but the means of how this is portrayed can be used very creatively, subtly or overtly. Book of Eli - an awesome example of subtle but overt Gospel truths.

Ultimately the Holy Spirit convinces people of the Truth. My prayer is that He would use anything and everything that I create to turn people's heart to Jesus.

Last thing I want is for people to feel brainwashed - so much of religion does that very well , but rather, I want to people to know Jesus, the way I have gotten to know him - in a massively personal sense - and even more so in recent years.

St Francis of Assisi coined one of my favorite phrases -

'preach the Gospel at all times - if necessary use words'

Mark 16vs15 = Mission Statement

I will go into all the details of how I went about it later

Saturday, 24 July 2010


So I've been waiting for a few months for this piece. Saw an initial viewing of the film when it was first bootlegged on to Vimeo but it was quickly taken off - couldn't wait for the official film's release so I could see it again.

Love the mood - captures this younger generation so well - the apathy, the pain, the aggression. Shows their need for love. I am always inspired by Rob Chiu's films - his innate ability to weave emotion and suspense into the fabric of his visuals is mad - not to mention the part that Ben Lukas Boysen played by adding an incredible score - always potent!

How does it make you feel?!



Fear/Love from Rob Chiu on Vimeo.

Coke Burn 'Ride'

Saw this on and was blown away - would love to see a behind the scenes video on this! Insane. Love the mood and shots - so dramatic!


Check it

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Insomnia - not bad when there is divine inspiration

Its 5:13 am
leep and I have not been friends for the last few days - sorry my Love [wife - Lesley]. I'm just too stoked and inspired and feeling things stir in me that are of the spiritual and creative nature - how amazing that we serve the Creator of the Universe and that he births creativity in us.

I wonder what it will be like in heaven when the earth is already so rich and full with the life and color of God's hands - i'm pretty stoked about 'one day' - 2 Samuel 22 paints a really good picture for me of what God is like - David seemed to understand full - well the incredible attributes of God when we describes him in this text. Maybe read it - just a thought!

I thought I'd pose the question here as its good to understand the context of deadlines and time pressures and the expectations of those who are involved with video/audio productions.

How long does it typically take to do a:

1. An edit intensive trailer style clip [+- 2 min[from concept to product - including audio and all the elements involved]]
2. 5-7 min short film [the whole production cycle]
3. Record a church album [record/mix/master/release]
4. Color Correct and Edit photos from a shoot [Wedding shoot/Maternity shoot etc]
5. Work on a Intro/Logo Video [25 seconds long]


Here are a few things that have kept me up the last few nights

Trailer is such a sick CG piece - just liked it - nothing to it really tho - just quite cool

Trailer from Studio Aiko on Vimeo.

Always inspired by these guys - keeping it real - and showing what the pressure is like sometimes! - and they do it with a smile - I like that!

The making of church news Part-3 from Nick Khoo on Vimeo.

I just thought this was well shot and the text work was rad too - NYC always inspires!

Mi bendiciĆ³n from LUIS MORALES on Vimeo.

kinda liked this too

Worship Element: True Love from Adam Kring on Vimeo.

this guy just has the best voice - and the score is sick too - holds such tension!

g. from J. Xavier Velasco on Vimeo.

this guy also has an Incredible voice - love it! The Message, the Editing, the Music, everything about this video is amazing!

GIVE.ME.FAITH. opening video from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

I'm loving this digital type visual style at the moment

2010 from julien nantiec on Vimeo.

this guys videos are insane - especially this one - I love the look and depth of film

Coke surfer from Ottar Gudnason on Vimeo.

sickest song - sickest location

THE BARR BROTHERS - Lord I Just Can't Keep From Cryin' from Mitch Fillion ( on Vimeo.


macro kingdom II from clemento on Vimeo.

okay that's it

good morning sunrise...


Monday, 19 July 2010

Choose the look

Okay so i thought i'd do something slightly different.

I am working on a little clip at the moment which deals with 'What We Believe'. It basically documents a guy searching for truth from scriptures and the consequent revelation he gets - it ultimately forms our church's Statement of Faith.

Anyway - the audio is slightly messy - the lighting is quite 'low-key' or dark - my question to you guys are - what is the best look for the clip?

Here are your 4 - options

1. Green/Yellow [Medium Contrast]
2. Bluetone [Medium Contrast]
3. Brownish Yellow [Vintage/Film - Low Contrast]
4. Green-Blue [High Contrast]

I have my favorite but wanted to hear what you guys think.
What suits the visuals more?