Before any of this video can begin to make sense, please visit Team Rowdy and get an idea of what the Hot Boy of the Year (HBCOTY) is.
With that out of the way, Alex\’s criteria for this year\’s contest was a video shot with a cell phone. I thought it had to be edited on a phone as well, which is one of the reasons I wanted in on this. Turns out, I was wrong… but it made it that much more challenging! It is such an awesome idea that I wanted in on the fun. Since the BMW is broken at the moment, I decided it would be funny to make a video about my truck.
We all know that when you peel the layers back, I\’m a good ol\’ boy who likes to chat up the CB in my truck on the way to the shooting range. So I thought this would be the chance to really embellish this and make it over-the-top. What started out as me jotting a few ideas down, turned into a script which turned into a 3.5 hour shoot with Greg of my spitting coffee (dip spit) out before every over-twang\’d line. I even had a pair of truck nuts 2-day aired to make it in time.
I color graded the footage on my phone with Magic Bullet Movie Looks, did the visual effects with Action Movie FX, and edited it all (including voiceover) using iMovie for iPhone. I even uploaded it straight to Vimeo from iMovie. This video never once saw a computer. AT ALL!
I had an absolute blast making this from every angle… and I can\’t believe we live in a time where something like this can be made using a cell phone. It is absolutely incredible! Special thanks to Greg Thore for helping me shoot this, and to Alexander Grant for coming up with the idea for this contest!
A short stylized animation I created at Artistic Image using fully-rotoscoped footage that I shot using a Canon 7D. I match-moved the scenes and used Trapcode Particular to create the chaos that trails behind the skateboarders. Rowbyte Plexus was used in the first clip as well. This project was an immense undertaking, consuming nearly two full-weeks of rotoscoping alone.
I\’ve had this vision in my head for well over a year, and it is really awesome to finally see it all come to fruition!
Back in February, I followed my father (David), my brother (Jon), and family friend (Joel) into the warzone of the Tough Mudder to document their battles with the obstacles. Little did I know, I would also basically be running the event to ensure I got to the obstacles before they did. Only in substitution for the obstacles, I was running around the woods all day with massive amounts of camera gear on my back.
This was easily the most difficult day of shooting I have ever been subjected to. Freezing temperatures, doubled with intense winds hospitalized dozens with hypothermia. I had on two pairs of full long-johns coupled with a leather jacket and I was still freezing. I have no idea how anyone could have finished this event. The conditions were THAT brutal.
Regardless, I am SUPER proud of my Dad, Jon, and Joel for running in this… AND FINISHING!
Where do I even start? This is a project that I have been wanting to do for years. On the surface, it is merely a 3-year montage of footage I have shot using my Canon 7D since diving head-first into the realm of DSLR videography. But I feel strongly, that it is impossible to view this video from the surface. In fact, this video pulls you into the very depths of my heart and soul in ways I never thought possible. I stand strong in my conviction that I have never created anything in my life up to this point that harnesses and exposes that very same unfiltered heart and soul.
Simply stated… this is the most powerful work I have ever created.