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Heat of Summer

Well, I was doing a good job of keeping up on updates with this site, but things always fall off a bit eventually. Either way, I wanted to share a couple new videos that are out now that I did sound on. Since the Olympic fever is starting to catch hold as qualifiers get under way in a lot of different sports, a bunch of new content is coming out involving these athletes, and being in Colorado where the US Olympic Training Facilities are, I've been lucky enough to work with a couple of these olympic hopefuls. 

A little over a month ago, I had a shoot at the USOT with Adeline Gray, a female wrestler, and Donnell Whittenburg, a male gymnast, both of whom received degrees through DeVry University while training for the Olympic team. It was a collaboration between DeVry and the USOT since DeVry is one of the main sponsors of the Olympic team, so the videos are getting a fair amount of coverage leading up to the Olympics. Both athletes were a pleasure to work with and watch, as they went about their craft, and I wish them both the best throughout qualifying and into the Olympics themselves. 

Also, I was lucky enough to work with another great athlete on a behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming ESPN Body Issue, which comes out early next month. I'll have more details as the release date gets closer and as they release more content, but for now, here's a preview for the issue itself. 

Lifted Life

Last month I filled in for an episode of a Velocity show which is filming here in Denver: "Lifted Life". It's a reality build show showcasing custom car and trucks modifications, and while I couldn't really picture myself in any of them, I have to admit they're pretty sweet. The guys at 5R Trucks in Golden were all incredibly nice, and it was a pleasure working with all of them. The show premieres tomorrow (April 9th, 2016), so if you have Velocity, and are looking for a new show and a new angle to grab onto, be sure to check it out!

Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Month: Porter Milner

A couple weeks ago, my good friend James Drake, of James Drake Films, and I were able to team up with Sports Illustrated for a spotlight piece on a local high school athlete, Porter Milner, of Broomfield High School. But while Porter is an incredible talent on the soccer field and on the ski slopes, his contributions to his school and his community go far beyond just physical skill. 

Hanging out with Porter for even just a couple days brought into perspective the positive impact that individuals (even at a high school level) can have on those around them. It makes me feel bad about how I spent my own time when I was that age. But Porter was an incredibly humble and down-to-earth kid, and genuinely wanted to help those around him. So if you have time, take a look at his story. It would be great to see more kids like him. 

STEM

Another quick update since a couple more things are going up here.

First, I found a short documentary that I worked on for the CCSSO (The Council of Chief State School Officers) which talks about the STEM program in the St. Vrain School District here in Colorado. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and they incorporate one of those four principles into all of their classes. So they've pretty much done away with English and PE. But it was a conscious decision on the part of the community to create this system, since many of the parents that live in that area of the state work in one of those four areas for a living, and they wanted their kids to have a better grasp on what they did, as well as give them a leg up on the competition in case they decide to stay in that area after they graduate. It was an incredibly interesting program, and I have to say, they had a lot of cool toys to play with! You can find the documentary here, or MY WORK section.

Also, I've been working through the thousands of pictures that I took while in South America and have been posting those on my Flickr page. I still have about 6 more countries to get through, so it will take a while to get them all up, but they'll trickle in as I get done. Please excuse the gigantic watermark, but I have had companies steal my photographs in the past and put their own copyright on the pictures, so I wanted to try to combat that a bit. If you would like to see any of the pictures without the watermark or (god forbid!) if you would like to order and prints, please let me know and I would be happy to help you out.

Hit the Ground Running

This isn't really the place where I give you all of the up-to-the-second news about my life, but I still need to do a better job of keeping my website up to date. As I had mentioned before, I took off to South America for the better part of January and February and just returned about a week ago, so there has been a small amount of re-acclimation, but this seemed like a good time to dedicate myself to getting the website back up and running at full steam.

So. The news. I was sorting through the internet trying to dig up completed versions of some of the videos I had worked on in the past, and I was able to find quite a few good ones which weren't up before. First off is the video that I had the privilege to film at the MLS All-Star game last summer. It centers around Kei Kamara, who tied for "The Golden Boot Award", which is awarded to the highest goal-scorer in the MLS each year, only to lose to Sebastian Giovinco on an assist tie-breaker. Either way, it was an incredible year for Kei and it has been an even more incredible life. Not all of it has been good, but it's a great story to listen to, and that's why he was chosen for an MLS Insider piece which ran on the MLS network channels, the MLS website, and subsequently got picked up by CNN and other news networks. You don't have to be a soccer fan to appreciate everything he has been through, so check it out here!

Next, we have a political ad campaign for Republican Robert Blaha, who is running for Senate out of Colorado Springs. It was a pleasure to work with the entire Blaha family, who didn't blink an eye when it came to inviting an entire film crew into their house. It was also nice to be able to meet a politician in person, when they're just being themselves. In an increasingly erratic political world, it's sometimes hard to say who is telling the truth and who is lying through their teeth, and what they would actually be like when they're relaxing at home, so this gave me a little bit of a glimpse into Robert's life. Now I can safely say: Not all politicians are robots! Haha. 

The next video I found was filmed up in South Dakota with my good friend Wade Yamaguchi of YamoFilms, and it was with an organization that he had been working with a lot: Love, Light and Melody. The video centered around Scott Norby, who won the Stu Wolfer Award from Thomson Reuters, a company which awards the honor to one of their employees, so they can in turn give it back to an organization which they have been working with in the community. Years ago, Scott began working with the Lakota Nation, a native tribe in southern South Dakota, so he returned there with the grant to help spread a little joy by giving the kids gifts, as well as teaching them music, photography and art. It was humbling to head onto the reservation and see how little they had there, yet how happy some of them could be. However, there are still myriad issues that they face every day, and alcoholism and suicide are two shadows which loom large over their land. That's why it was nice to be able to help bring them a little bit of happiness. I was also grateful that Wade allowed me to shoot some second cam on this project so I wasn't always just the guy hidden behind the boompole who had to keep his mouth shut!

That's about it for now. Meanwhile, I've been looking for updates on the 30 For 30 that I worked on a while back, as well as the new season of Tiny House Nation, so I will post any news about those as it comes about.

PLUS! I will be posting pictures that I took in South America as I get done processing them, but it's really quite a grind. It's amazing how many pictures a person can take in a month and a half. But I'll post updates on those as soon as they go online.