Wrapping Up 2014

The term "That's a Wrap!" seems to take on a new meaning around this time of year if you're a filmmaker. Production usually slows down a bit in the winter, so it's common to wrap up a lot of projects just as the year itself is wrapping up. Then there's Christmas. Wrapping presents and wrapping yourself up in a nice warm blanket as the weather gets colder (then back up to 60 or so, then colder again). It's a great time of year to finally take that breath and look back on what all you did over the last year, and while I'm not entirely ready to bring 2014 to a close, there's a lot that I've been working on that I want to show you. Unfortunately, I can't show you everything right now since it's still in post, but I have a few great pieces that I want to show off which I think you'll like.

First off, I have a piece that is a little bit different than most everything else that's on my site, and that's because I directed this one as well! A couple years ago, my dad sold his main veterinary practice and began specializing in animal dentistry, and then expanded his work in the even more specialized field of exotic animal dentistry. Yes, lions, tigers and monkeys! (That's how it goes, right?) It's pretty amazing work that he's been doing with the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, and so I was honored when they asked me if I would create their next promotional video for the foundation. Not only that, but it was going to premiere at a veterinary conference in Atlanta at which Peter Emily was the guest of honor. No pressure!?!?

It was a long journey to get to the final product, but I'm pretty proud of the work that everyone did in order to help it come together in the end. Check it out!

The second piece that I helped with as the Production Sound Mixer was quite a bit different, but the work was just as rewarding as we were able to tell an equally important story about equality.

Back in September, Starbucks commissioned filmmakers from 28 different countries around the world to tell a story about a group of people that use Starbucks as their meeting place. All of the stories were filmed on the same day, so it gives you a bit of a snapshot of what could be going on anywhere in the world at any given moment in time. Pretty great concept, and it's great seeing them all put together at the end.

I worked on the segment "Open Roads", which follows a LGBT Scooter group from their meeting place at a Starbucks on Colfax. It's amazing to see all of the places they go from there! Unfortunately I can't embed it on the site because it's interactive, but feel free to watch it on YouTube, either as it's own individual story in "Gallery Mode", or as a piece of the larger whole in "Film Mode".

Besides that, I've also wrapped production on a reality show for the Weather Channel, an internal video for BMW, a commercial for a local artist and a sexual abuse series which is going to be shown in High Schools across the country. I can't give much more info than that right now, but I'll be sure to put up the finished products when they're ready for the world to see.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!