First off I enrolled in a TV production class as my local community Jefferson college www.jeffco.edu. I signed up the day before class started. This seems to have become a very typical Billy Jackson move. It is the first college class that I have started so the whole registration and stuff was new to me.
Now obviously I don't plan on going into TV production, but I am hoping this class with improve my video capturing and video editing skills. So far, after two class sessions and two lab sessions, I have not been overly impressed with what I am learning, but I am still hopeful. Even if I don't learn a ton from the book or the class sessions I believe the lab will be very helpful. Not only do I have access to more equipment (and its awesome because they really let us use it, even take it home if we need to!) but I think working with other people to get video projects done will be good. Also my instructors seem to be very flexible and available for questions and extra work. They let us know when college events are coming up that we could help film and even pass along jobs and project opportunities that they hear about from other people outside the college. So far we have covered the basics about how a camera works and about camera movements. I am hoping to get to go to one of the soccer games coming up and help Tom (the video study manager I think) film the game.
So I will keep you all posted if I get to do any exciting projects or if this leads anywhere.
I have also been doing a little learning on my own using the internet. I got turned on to a great set of video tutorials by my dad. They are on by Canon and are very interesting. www.learn.usa.canon.com/galleries/galleries/tutorials The other thing I have been doing is watching some great videos by a up and coming film maker. He has been using YouTube to get noticed and to show his work (mostly his non-paying work). It is great stuff to watch, and this guy is obviously very talented and dedicated (I asked him and he said he often does 70-80 hours of video editing a week if he is not out shooting! Crazy and not for me!). His name is Devin Graham and you should check out his channel on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/devinsupertramp Besides having awesome video talents he also seems to have the awesomest video ideas! (just check it out to see what I mean... stuff like breakdancing to classical music, human slingshots, and other just plain fun stuff) His videos make you want to be there doing it with him (at least for me). The other videos I've been watching are doubly cool because they combine great video with great music. They are called The Piano Guys (yeah they sell pianos) they say they love video so they decided to start making videos of the talented musicians that come to their store. (including the guys who wrote pirates of the Caribbean music and the Harry potter theme music) I got turned on to them through Devin Supertramp (Yeah he has tons of cool friends too it seems) If you like good music or you like good video check them out.
So second and third off is the wedding video and the most awesome camp in the world. But those will wait till next post
Before I go though two things... One, Does anyone know how you about getting permission to use a song for a video? I used "Make me an Instrument" by the Ragamuffin band to make a video that I want to show you all but I don't think I can publish it on the internet with out permission.
Two, Pray for me as I pray about another idea that has come to my head. One of the things that has been mentioned several times to me is that if I am going to use my photography skills one the mission field overseas one possibility of service would be to train others in the use of photography (indigenous believers) in order for them to support themselves and/or spread the work of photography in missions. This idea has intrigued me and the thought has come into my head that if the Lord wants to use me in this way maybe I should try the idea out here first before I go try it in another country. So I am looking and praying for a person that who: would want to learn photography, doesn't have photography skills right now, wants to take it to the business level and actually use it to make money (not just as a hobby), and who is very patient. This will be just as much a learning process for me as for them.
and now I am off to reassemble my unicycle which is still in several pieces from my trip to Wisconsin. ☺
Devin Super Tramps' latest video
My favorite from The Piano Guys... "Michael meets Mozart"
The last video tutorial from Canon that I watched