Hi-di-ho I-da-ho

As much as I love traveling for work, it's always a strange experience coming home again after a long time away. It feels as though you've set aside your life, and put it on a shelf, only to check back in sometime later to find that the clock continues to tick without you there. The eggs in the nest on the back porch have now hatched into birds. The grass and weeds in the yard haven't stopped their march to the sky. People have come and gone. But everything remains largely as you've left it.

I recently got back from a two-week stint on a documentary feature film in Idaho called American Creation: Cowboy Preacher. The film centered around Tri Robinson, an evangelical pastor near Boise who was one of the first to start preaching "Creation Care"; an idea that it should no longer be considered taboo for conservative Christians to talk about environmentalism. A novel idea, and one that (I feel) makes more and more sense the more you think about it. It's a case where people have become so comfortable in the lines that have been drawn in society, that they fail to realize that some lines can be crossed. Or that some lines only exist in our minds, as preconceived notions of the labels that have been put on certain cultural groups.

The film was a total blast to work on, and it was a pleasure to spend time with Tri's family and the crew up at Tri's ranch: the Timber Butte Farmstead. It was a good hour away from Boise, and the nighttime offered a silence that you can only get when you're that deep into the wilderness. No traffic. No planes. It's a sound guy's dream. And, better yet, there's no cell service, so it offered a nice reprieve from every day life.


Principal photography wrapped up nicely, and it offered a couple thrills: castrating calves, slaughtered lambs, dancing sheep and run-ins with rattlesnakes. It's a different kind of living out there.

Another positive to the whole experience was the fact that I chose to drive up there, rather than flying. On the way up, I stopped for the night in Moab and camped out. It might feel a little tourist-y to go to Arches National Park, but I had never been there before so I felt like I would have to make a stop. I'm glad I did, too. It was a beautiful day and I feel like I got some pretty nice photos while walking around. If you'd like to see them, check out my Flickr album

Things will calm down a little now before they ramp back up next week, so it will be nice to have a few days to acclimate again to everyday life.

Wagner Equipment Co. & Runner's World

For several months last year we worked with Wagner Equipment Co. in Aurora to help them create a new industrial video; one that would work as an introductory video to new recruits, but could also be shown around the facilities that the employees could be proud of and show their friends. Wagner has always been family owned and operated, and they take great care of the people that work for them and with them.

It was a pleasure working with the Wagners and their entire company, and it's always good to see a company whose main focus is giving local workers long-term jobs.

I also noticed that another video I worked on is online now. Kayleen McCabe, the host of the DIY Network's Rescue Renovation was featured in the "I'm A Runner" section of Runner's World Magazine, and I joined James Drake and Wade Yamaguchi to grab some b-roll of the photo shoot and to do a behind-the-scenes interview.

I can't embed the video on the site, but feel free to follow the link here to check it out on their site.

It's a Runner's World

Whenever one of my good friends talks about a film set, he always uses the phrase "let's sprint across the finish line". While I don't often think of production in that way, it often is a race to the end. You're always fighting something: light, schedules, fatigue. Sometimes you just have no other option but to suck it up and get it done. 

This last week I joined my good friends at 5K Insight and YamoFilms, again, to gather some behind-the-scenes footage of a photo shoot for Runner's World Magazine. The idea was to get some stair running up at Red Rocks Amphitheater, but before we even got there it was apparent that this would be one of those "sprints across the finish line". Driving on I-70, the skies opened up and enough water pooled on the highway to bring traffic almost to a complete stop in a couple different places. What is usually a 25 minute drive turned into an hour, but the weather seemed to let up once I got on site. 

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

After a quick scout, we started filming with our subject, Kayleen McCabe, the host of the DIY network's Rescue Renovations. Running some stairs, trying to stay away from the curious eyes... we were only a few shots in when we were asked to leave by security, even though it's a public space. I've had this problem many times at the amphitheater, and I've never been able to figure out exactly who is allowed to take pictures there.

Either way, after another setback, we ended up in the beautiful Ken Caryl Valley where we got to work again. Not quite the same grandiose appearance as Red Rocks, but it definitely says "Colorado". A light sprinkle starts up throughout the shoot, and by the time we all get the last shot off, we're running for cover as the rain comes in full bore.  

Perhaps it's only appropriate that when you do a photo shoot for a running magazine with a subject whose job it is to make something out of nothing that we would have a couple set backs, but we would ultimately end up with the reality-TV happy ending.