Lessons from a baby

I’ve always been a person who tries to learn lessons from life around me. It’s probably years of Sunday school classes and trying to find the lesson in the Bible stories. I just started feeding my daughter, Portland solid foods. It’s been fun seeing her facial reactions to different vegetables and fruit. Her first reactionContinue reading “Lessons from a baby”

Top 5 Favorite Storytelling books

I’ve been a student of storytelling ever since I became an editor. I’ve come across a lot of different books through out the year and there are about five of them that have deeply influenced how I tell story through my videos. I’ve written on my blog quotes from the books and why these booksContinue reading “Top 5 Favorite Storytelling books”

Finding inspiring 

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was go to the video store with my dad. We would take our time discovering new movies, and talk about the ones we already saw. Today, with modern technology that experience has disappeared. Don’t get me wrong , I’m grateful we live in the futureContinue reading “Finding inspiring “

The Dream Job Myth

My dream job was to work inside a very trendy creative building next to a window. As for what I did all day, I wasn’t sure. I did imagine working at a desk and at times walking around to make a copy. Blame my dream job on the WB network and the programming they had inContinue reading “The Dream Job Myth”

A Turning Point

The book The Story by Robert McKee describes a turning point as a moment a character is forced to make a decision. I read the book years ago but never forgot the revolutions I received from adjusting my prospective to a writer of my story when it came to my own life. Author Donald MillerContinue reading “A Turning Point”

Random or a Master Plan

Its summer time and I haven’t blog in a few weeks. Life at work has been busy and this week I’ve been on vacation. I usually would take this opportunity to travel overseas but I am suffering from the student loan crises of my generation. Of course I am working hard to overcome but itsContinue reading “Random or a Master Plan”

Book: Story by Robert McKee

The first time I heard of Story by Robert McKee it was 2008 and I was hanging out with my good friend/editing mentor Nick Khoo in Australia. He didn’t give me much details about the book but said, “You have to read this.” When I saw how thick the book was, I knew I wouldn’tContinue reading “Book: Story by Robert McKee”

Blog: The Director’s Cut

The director’s cut is when the editor creates a specialized version that represent the director’s own approved edit. This sometimes means having more scenes with more information about the characters and can ultimately have a different ending. The past few weeks I’ve been living the Director’s cut. Which isn’t bad, just not what I pictured.Continue reading “Blog: The Director’s Cut”

Audio: Old Family Photos

audio player not available for mobiles Intro Photo 1 – My Grandfather Photo 2 – The Funeral Photo 3 – The Older Sister Photo 4 – Baby Boomer Generation (my mom: the fourth child) Photo 5 – I Felt Sorry for Him Story – The Dishes (my mom: the top left) What Did She TeachContinue reading “Audio: Old Family Photos”

Movie Scene: I am a Kid

I gave my self a week to film, edit and post a completed movie scene.  Tomorrow I’ll write about the making of, what I learned, and what this scene means. One thing I will share with you: I have chosen my audience and who I want to delight. I enjoy movies that are honest andContinue reading “Movie Scene: I am a Kid”

The Photo System

I am reading this amazing book called, “In the Blink of An Eye” by famous film editor Walter Murch. He gives amazing insight and speaks a language I understand. As I begin to work on my small movie scene that I shot this weekend, I am following his instructions carefully. I am hanging on everyContinue reading “The Photo System”

Audio: Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time I didn’t take photos. I didn’t even edit videos. What did I do with my creativity? -I miss understood it, I miss understood myself. An old friend commented on my wedding post on facebook and said, “Too bad you didn’t take photos when I got married..” It got me thinking, “Wow,Continue reading “Audio: Once Upon a Time”

Video: The Story of a Fallen Hero

The past few months I have been working on a special project for a family from my church. They asked me to create a video about the life of their son. I don’t do very many side video projects because the time it takes but when the father asked me, I could see it inContinue reading “Video: The Story of a Fallen Hero”

Film: Behind the Beauty

This morning I woke up with the need to be creative in a fresh way. As I wrote some thoughts down, I suddenly imagined a short film in my head using film stills. I would only have 24 exposure to capture the story. It was interesting limiting myself. I knew what I wanted and IContinue reading “Film: Behind the Beauty”

Cinematography with Gale Tattersall

I first discovered Creativelive when photographer Jeremy Cowart posted a link to an interview he did with Chase Jarvis. After I watched that interview I must have spent a few hours watching some of Creativelive’s workshops. I then became a devoted student. I got an email announcing the news that Gale would be teaching aContinue reading “Cinematography with Gale Tattersall”

Last Kid on the Block

Today while I was riding my bike around the neighborhood I noticed there were no more kids around. Virginia Street was empty with not a young person in sight. I saw a few neighbors come out, now with white hair and walking around their yard. I rode up the street and looked back. I picturedContinue reading “Last Kid on the Block”