I made the top 10! I am in the running for one of the top three spots. Brian (@thepointsguy) is going to choose between the three videos with the most votes so this is where I need your help. Go to ThePointsGuy and vote for “The Other Brian”. You can see my dorky video as well. I had quite a bit of fun putting it together.
I love miles and points and my preferred airline is American, so when the OneWorld MegaDO came around you would think it would have been a no brainer for me to attend. The only thing was, I was at work when it launched and it sold out in just over 23 minutes. Apparently lots of other people use OneWorld carriers like I do. I was sad!
But then I remembered Brian Kelly aka The Points Guy was planning on giving away a seat on the trip. I patiently waited for the announcement and lo and behold, he decided to do a video contest! Something I love to have an excuse to have fun with.
I did all the work on the video myself…shooting, acting, and editing.
The idea behind the video was to create a video about the subject Brian requested, but I wanted it to be something more, something fun in the background. The video is littered with references to the miles and points game. I say things, there is product placement, intentionally obscured websites, pictures, etc that should look familiar to people in the miles and points hobby. I count 23 references, however I may have done a bit too good of a job obscuring them in shallow depth of field (thats what you get when you are the actor and the cameraman). Hope you all have fun!
For those techie people out there I shot this on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm 1.4 lens. Its all natural light. I edited on Adobe Premiere CS5, and the teleportation effect is a combination of a Film Riot episode and a VideoCopilot tutorial edited on Adobe After Effects
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
I recently discovered the artwork of Brooke Shaden. She is one of those artists that I hate to love…well…hate is WAY too strong. I actually love her work and think we would probably get along swimmingly (she seems awesome from her videos). What I believe is perhaps a more accurate descriptive may involve jealousy. Brooke is young, talented, intelligent and producing some absolutely stunning images that seem to flow effortlessly in some surreal and dream-like ether. The kind of thing I always think I should be capable of producing but never put in the effort or time.
There always seems to be a reason to distract me from the creative process. In the end I believe these to come from a place of fear…fear or failure, fear of discovering myself, fear of financial ruin, on and on. Regardless of the genesis, the culmination is a complete and utter paralysis to actually accomplish anything of merit.
Occasionally I get inspired to get myself down to my basement studio and take a few pictures. Some of Brooke’s work with apples actually inspired Nequaquam Morte Moriemini. After taking this series, I was struck by how much this image, in particular, made me think of The Fall of Man. I read through that section of the first book of the Old Testament and decided to work on a composite.
In the end I think I am actually somewhat pleased with the outcome. I have a long way to go in my personal work, but luckily I produce everything for myself. This allows me to be as creative, different, dark or inept as I find the desire. I hope you all enjoy this piece, and please take the time to take a look over Brooke’s work, it is quite beautiful.
If you have been around me for any period of time you have probably heard about my recent obsession with collecting frequent flyer miles, reward points and generating elite status within various programs. Managing all of these can be hard, but I have been using a great web based tool called Award Wallet. No this isn’t a spam post. I simply love this website and find it to be essential to keeping track of all my reward programs.
Some people might not like giving their account number and password to their reward programs to a third party, but there is an option to save your password on your local PC. I did this initially, but ended up converting to storing with Award Wallet for simplicity.
The free version does just about everything. Though there is a premium version with more perks. Normally it runs $5 every 6 months, but I have 10 free six month new users codes. Sign up for an account (click here) and simply enter free-awfctr into the Upgrade Using a Coupon button on the left side. This is only open to the first 10 people who use the code. There is no credit card required and if you don’t like the service at the end of the 6 month term you will automatically downgrade to a free account.
Give it a try, if you have more than one award program it really is a great tool!
Update: It looks like all the free codes are used up, but please feel free to signup, it is an awesome service!
I have to say I spend quite a bit of time these days consuming content on the interwebs. Between creativeLive Events, Revision3 and KelbyTV, I have my time so parceled up into small digestible web segments you would think I never have time for traditional media. Come to think of it, my DVR is pretty full.
One of the great things about new media, is it gives immensely talent people a great opportunity to share with others. Twitter is one of the most visible examples of this. We get to share in the day to day existence of people all over the world. Whether our Aunt Enda or Shaquille O’Neal, we in very small ways get to interact and be a part of these peoples lives.
Recently I came across Jeremy Cowart, a wonderful Nashville based photographer with quite a resume. Though I think he might downplay the celebrity of his photography, he has photographed some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. From Britney to Sting, Zachary Levi to Ron Artest, well, the images are quite frankly, stunning.
I started following Jeremy on Twitter and recently he released a personal project titled Eraser. It was a three hour project for him, a birthday present to himself, no Twitter, Facebook, email or the like, just time to create something.
Eraser got me to thinking about how I put things off. Things I want to do. Things for which I have a thousand excuses. Useless excuses.
How many years have I been going to work on improving my photography? How long have I put off traveling? Why am I so afraid to fail?
I sat on my couch and wondered to myself, as utterly ridiculous as it sounds…What Would Jeremy Cowart Do?
He would work to make something he could be proud of. He would already BE working.
Below is what came of all of this. I sat down and actually started working on a portrait of myself. I am not comparing my work with Eraser…I think that would be slightly foolish. It is, however an important step for me. Sure it’s over processed and in many ways that’s completely on purpose. The point was play…experimentation. I had fun making it and in many ways it expresses how I have been feeling lately.
If by chance Mr. Cowart should ever happen to read this, I would like to say…thank you for the example.