Monthly Archives: January 2016

Original Conference 2016 Promo – BTS

This year marks year 10 for the Original Women’s Conference at Rockford First Church.  And it’s going to be huge!  This last week I had the opportunity to make a promo video for the conference that looks like this:

It was a fun project and can be easily described by three words:  Keyframes, Keyframes, Keyframes.  My editing style tends to veer towards fast cuts and edited to the beat of a song.  (See any wedding video in the weddings tab for examples).  But for this project, instead of just cuts, I thought it would be more interesting to have some movement between each clip and also play with some of the shapes found in the magazine.


The entire piece was put together in After Effects.  Each clip is viewed by a camera moved by keyframes, a secondary camera was created to help position and mask each clip by seeing the whole scene from a birds eye perspective.  Imagine if you were laying out pictures on the floor and moving a physical camera to each picture.  It’s a little like that.  Here’s a glimpse of what it looked like behind the scenes.

Also!  If you’re a lady and haven’t registered for this conference yet!  Get on it!  Because this one is going to be crazy amazing!  Get more info here:

The world needs another blog, so… YOU’RE WELCOME WORLD.  This is going to be the best blog you’ll ever read.










Well… probably not.  Truth is, I’ve been putting this off for a few years.  I’ve never been good at keeping a journal or writing consistently in any way.  I need to get better at that, hence, the blog.  The idea of writing for the world to see, wasn’t necessarily scary, but just didn’t make sense to me.  I mean, what do I have to offer?  Right?  What could the world benefit from what I have to say?  So why blog?  I guess, what could the world benefit if I don’t?  Besides, possibly more time in the day, not that much.

With my job, I spend a lot of time behind the scenes.  Usually at a computer.  And for me, it’s easy to stay there.  Pretty comfortable.  And that, I’ve learned, can be a dangerous place to stay.  You get where I’m going with that right?  So I guess you could say this blog might be more for me than the world.  If the world benefits, great, but with this, I’m stepping into something that feels uncomfortable to me in hopes to get better.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

So question is, what do you need to step into to get better in?  Something you’ve been putting off?  Something beyond your comfort zone?

After I graduated high school, I got a job installing granite counter tops.  It was a summer job that was meant to pay for school. The job wasn’t what I wanted to do long term, but I liked it.  Work started early, which was ok, because I got to sleep on the way to job sites, and that meant at least an extra hour of sleep.  My best friends also worked there, which made it nearly impossible not to get fired when working together.  After a while, I started to get used to the pace of the job.  Mainly, the challenging part was the grunt work of carrying large pieces of granite into homes from the trailer; other than that it was pretty easy.

As I stumbled into the shop each morning passing some fellow co-workers, I would ask one in particular, “How’s it going?”  Every morning he would give me the same answer, “Eh, same crap, different day.”  At first, I laughed it off in agreement, because, you know, misery loves company.  But after a while, when he responded the same way each day, I started to think, “That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”  Why would you do something day in and day out that you weren’t excited to do.

Honestly, it’s easier said than done.

Like I said earlier, misery loves company.  Whether that’s complaining about how things are with fellow co-workers or allowing your thoughts to go rampant towards the negative.  It’s easy to let things become mundane or just plain meh.  New beginnings are exciting.  But new beginnings eventually turn into the familiar.  If you do something long enough, it becomes the same ole same ole.  Or… “Same crap, different day.”

In any job, there’s gonna be crap you don’t want to do.  There’s a reason it’s called, “work”.  It’s not about changing jobs or changing bosses or changing companies, it might be more about changing what you believe.  Because, if you’re able to find something that challenges you, something you can become passionate about, or something that you can feel strong in at the end of the task, then that, “Same crap, different day” mind-set becomes more of an energizing, “what’s next?!”