For the lyric video for “Junkyard” I spent the day shooting all of the background plates at a school bus salvage yard up in Habersham, Georgia. I have wanted to shoot something there for several years, and after getting in touch with the owners, we were granted permission. The Movi M5 allowed me to get most of the footage I needed. The rest I shot handheld in a twitchy fashion to try add to the mood. This video took a LOT of match-moving, and a due to how shaky some of the handheld footage was… it took a LOT of animation by hand.
I am very proud how this video turned out. I think it matches the tone of the song and does a great job representing it!
If you would like to see more photos from the salvage yard, you can check them out on my Flickr by clicking here.
This video stands as a hallmark of my personal commitment to working as hard as I possibly can to create the best possible result regardless of circumstance. 40 hours into this project, I had to back-burn it to go on tour in Australia. Very aware how much time I needed for completion, I found out I had exactly 7 days to complete it from the moment I returned home. With no time for jet-lag… I clocked a 120 hour work week right off the plane from Australia, shattering my previous record of 109.
I am immensely proud of this video and every ounce I put into it… and beyond excited to be sharing it with the world!
One of the MANY things I love about my job is utilizing my entire creative skillset. This lyric video for Homegrown is a great example of many years of experience coming together in perfect harmony (pun intended). The look started out in-line with the single artwork, and evolved from there. I performed all the match-moves and hand-animated the type (except the Homegrown pieces). I tried to make it seem like the band was performing IN the forest of each scene by incorporating tour photographs from last year.
I am beyond proud how this turned out… and super excited to share it with the world!!!
Where do I even start?
This digital film is the greatest gift I have ever given. This was created to be screened at my Jamie and Grace’s wedding… as a vehicle to help people understand the love between them. In the end, it served as much more. The storyline of the cinematic portion is essentially a metaphor for Jamie and Grace running off together and beginning their journey down the “Highway of Life”. This film created a chance for me to spend more time with them as a couple, and with the wedding party as a whole, to really get a solid understanding just how special their love is. You might even look at this film as my “seal-of-approval” as Jamie’s older brother… a proper send-off as they begin their lives together.
This film is hands-down my greatest work to date. To me, it marks a paradigm-shift in my abilities as an artist. I am no longer just a kid with a skateboard shooting video (although I shot parts of this with a skateboard). I have reached a level with my creative skill-set where I am able to effectively realize my vision… and execute it on a scale like never before. I have never attempted something like the cinematic portion of this film. Quite frankly, I was not aware that I was capable. It is safe to say that all of that has changed. I assumed a plethora of the roles to create this: Producer, director, cinematographer, editor, post-production/visual-effects. I stepped way outside of my comfort-zone, and the results speak for themselves.
This film could not be any more heartfelt. I am immensely proud of it… and my brother.
I am beyond excited that I can finally share this with the world.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it.