I was a videographer in the United States Marine Corps from 1997 to 2001. When I left the Marine Corps, it was several years before I would be able to edit video again, as it had still not yet become affordable to many consumers including myself. Computers had not yet evolved to meet the specifications required to process video. It wasn’t until 2005 that I was finally able to edit video from home, and it is still one of my favorite and most enjoyable past times. Here is a list of some of my personal favorites.
As a student in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon, I was given an assignment to put together a 3-minute documentary about myself, that was shot entirely by myself, and based on the theme, Essence. Disclaimer: All events that took place in this documentary are true, and everyone in the documentary is real.
In May, 2009, Jessie, Sarah and myself, put together this short 5-minute thriller about a broom wielding protagonist who defends herself against an evil madman. The movie lacks direction and a clear storyline but makes up for it with superb acting and dramatic fight scenes.
The Gymnasium of the Mind is a documentary I directed with a team of two other students from the University of Oregon in the fall of 2012. The Gymnasium of the Mind is about the popularity of chess in Oregon from the perspective of coaches, players and educators. It aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2013 and was nominated for an Emmy award by the Northwest division of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Put together this favorite of mine in 2014 before our league’s fantasy football draft. The video is edited mostly from VHS footage from a camping trip in 1997. In no way is the video intended harm the individual that it portrays, but it is meant to motivate him through self-reflection and humility.
This was a police department event that took place on October 2, 2018. It was a fun to capture the officers out of their comfort zone but having fun taking orders, making drinks and serving customers at the window and counter.
During my niece’s wedding weekend during the last weekend of June in 2018, I had a chance to spend a day with my sister and her family biking around Seacliff Beach in Aptos before heading back to Oregon.
Eugene Police officers teamed up with 35 children to shop for holiday gifts for their families (siblings and parents) as well as non-perishable food to help provide a holiday dinner. All costs are covered through generous donations from the Eugene Police Foundation and Northwest Community Credit Union, with thanks to Fred Meyer’s who has partnered with EPD on the venue, considerable discounts on purchases, donation of a portion of breakfast for the children, and a holiday tree. Gifts were wrapped by EPD volunteers and employees. Because I covered the event the year before, I thought that it would make for a more interesting video to put the mic on a few officers while they walked the store.
Eugene Sunday Street: Conduct A Symphony
This was the first video that I put together with Chief Chris Skinner for social media. The Conduct A Symphony event took place at Eugene Sunday Streets, which is a citywide block party through a stretch of downtown. Days before the event, the chief received an invite from the Eugene Orchestra as a special guest to conduct the symphony.
On October 18, 2017, I had the privilege of driving with my nephew Greg Jones, who had just received his driving permit a week before. When we returned from our drive, I had the opportunity to talk to his dad, my brother-in-law, also Greg Jones, about the new driver and the concerns he might have now that his son is driving.
Cooking With Miranda: Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole
In April, 2018, we took a trip to the Midwest to visit the Jones family in Detroit and the Marcus family in Rochester Minnesota. The visit to Rochester was on the second leg of our trip, and on a night when we were not solving murder mysteries or gambling on bingo at the bar, we were treated to a delicious Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole by Miranda. Miranda is the oldest of the two Marcus children, the other being Liam.
A short 2-minute video I put together of our bike ride with dad on June 3, 2017, when he and mom came to visit from La Grange California. We started at the Valley River Mall in Eugene and came off the trail in the Jasper area of Springfield before returning to our home in Thurston. The majority of the 12 mile bike ride is on a bike trail along the Willamette River.
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