Luke Askelson

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!

Time-ly Houses

It wasn't all that long ago that I looked at something like The Tiny House Movement, and thought it might be a good idea to jump on board. They travel anywhere, you don't have to do much to clean them... it seemed like a great idea.

Tiny Houses

It's still a pretty great idea, but maybe it's just not for me. But after all the deliberation that I went through, I was able to finally see some tiny houses for my own when I went up to Olympia, Washington for a shoot with Time Magazine (.com) this last week. Our part focused on two different area of Olympia, one was called Quixote Village, and was a small tiny housing complex in the industrial area of Olympia, which they used to house homeless people in the area. There were 30 houses in all, and it was a pretty brilliant little community for all these people to live in.

The second part was an interview with Dee Williams (one of the leaders of the Tiny House Movement) at her tiny house in her friend's back yard (pictured above). It was such a peaceful place, and you could tell she loved just spending time in the space. She wasn't confined to just her home, like so many of us often are, and her idea of home was spread out to include the garden and the yard and the entire neighborhood around her. She was a really wonderful lady with a great outlook on life.

One of the most fascinating parts of these two stories was that we found homeless people that were trying to come up in the world by finding a place to live, and then we have poeple like Dee, who had a big house and was "living the American dream", and then she gave it up in order to live a more simple life. And somewhere in the middle now, those two groups are coming back together, even though they come from such different lifestyles.

So while a tiny house still might not be for me, it was a good reminder, maybe, that you don't need to get rid of your house in order to live a simple life. It's just a process of evaluating what means the most to us, and getting rid of all of the other things that clutter up our space and our minds. This can be done every day in little ways and doesn't require you to "throw everything away" and start all over.

I'll have more information and a link for the piece as its released on Time's website. Until then, thanks for reading!

Sportsman of the Year

The first project I was fortunate enough to work on with the Denver Broncos was about a month ago when they came to interview Peyton Manning for the 2013 Sportsman of the Year award, which he was to be awarded. The news is finally out, and the video is now online so I thought I'd share it. I don't know how often I'll be able to work with either Sports Illustrated or the Denver Broncos, but it's been an extreme pleasure working with both organizations.

I hope you enjoy the video, and congratulations to Peyton for the award!

*Note: I recorded all interviews except those of Archie Manning and Lee Jenkins.

Rising Stars

About a week ago I was able to tag along with another Sports Illustrated shoot with the Denver Broncos as they put together a feature piece on Duke Ihenacho in their "Rising Stars" series*. Again, everyone was a complete pleasure to work with, and the shoot was really laid back and fun. It's incredible being around an organization like the Denver Broncos at such an exciting time in their history.

The Rising Stars video is now online! I'm having trouble with the embedded video right now, but please follow this link to check it out.

*Note: I recorded all interviews except for that of Don Banks, the ESPN analyst.