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Sometimes life picks up speed and all you can do is buckle down and hold on. The past year definitely embodies that sentiment. Since joining the team at Southern Reel back in November 2012, life has been a non-stop adventure. Chock-filled with photoshoots, video shoots, editing, designing motion graphics, touring 25 cities with the band, and everything in between… I feel like describing it all as “non-stop” is a massive understatement.

The best part about doing what you love is that it doesn’t feel like work. Working with amazing, talented people that are equally as happy to be doing what they do makes the whole package even better. In all honesty, it is totally unreal!

That being said, I wanted to update this site with a touch of what we’ve been up to. This is really just the tip of the iceberg, but a few of the bigger projects under our belt since my last update.

Starting things off… is a music video that is easily the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything ever. I got to design all the props (including the giant wooden signs outside the bar), dressed the sets, had my hand in shooting, editing, and post-production. This was the most physically/mentally demanding project I have ever worked on. While a fair share of my hand was involved, this was truly a team effort. Everyone at Southern Reel came together and worked immensely hard on this video. I am crazy proud of our team for pulling it all off… especially Cole Cassell, who directed this video.

BTS:

Back in March, Mike Williams and I spent a few days at the Southern Ground Studio in Nashville to shoot this BTS of The Wood Brothers recording their new record: The Muse.

Then in July as their record was being released, we shot/edited this music video for The Wood Brothers on location at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

In August I got to edit this video for one of my favorite bands, Blackberry Smoke.

At the end of September we shot another music video for the Zac Brown Band at Coy Bowles’ wedding.

And lastly, a video that I did not shoot/edit… but one that I just finished the motion graphics for on the plane late last night… and a collaboration I am really excited about!!!

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Since joining up with the amazing team over at Southern Reel in November, one of the many projects we have been wrenching on is the music video for Blackberry Smoke’sPretty Little Lie”. This was my first chance to work on a proper music video, and what an honor to be a part of the team tasked with the video of the first single off their new record, “The Whipporwill”!

I am very proud of how this video turned out, as well as proud of everyone involved for adding their own touches to make this video what it is! This was a team effort, and it shows.

And if you look closely… you might recognize the guy smoking the tires up in the Camaro! ;)

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Blackberry Smoke – “Yesterday’s Wine” from Jon Grimson on Vimeo.

Back in May of 2011, I handed footage that I shot of Blackberry Smoke during studio sessions in the summer of 2010 off to Jon Grimson, so that he could edit a music video for CMT. The song, “Yesterday’s Wine”, was originally written by Willie Nelson, and this version of the song was recorded in Nashville with the legendary George Jones and Jamey Johnson.

Fun-fact about my family and George Jones: when we lived in Nashville, we lived in the neighborhood next to him. As Boy Scouts, we were going door-to-door selling M&M candies. Good ol’ George, invited us into his home, and bought all of the candy that my two brothers and I had. ALL of it! So, with that in mind… it is pretty cool to me that so many years later I got to shoot footage that made it’s way into a music video with him in it. Unfortunately, the shots with George and Jamey in it is the only footage NOT shot by me… so I didn’t get to share that story with the man himself.

Regardless, I think this video turned out really cool, and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Very special thanks to Brit Turner for having me along to shoot it, to Richard, Charlie, Paul, and Brandon for always being great to shoot, and to Jon Grimson for editing it all together.Shot using Canon cameras (5DMKII, 7D, and XLH1). Be sure to check out more of my adventures with Blackberry Smoke by clicking here.

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