We live in a fast food instant gratification society. We want everything yesterday and if we have to wait for it, more often than not, we move on to something else. Nature however is old school. It really doesn't care how soon you want something. Everything it does happens on its own time and since [...]
Nature and wildlife filmmakers have a lot of gear. It seems every year we pick up filmmaking gear that helps us to get the shots we see in our mind. Can't we do that without having to buy new gear all the time? Sure, but for example when carbon fiber tripods came out, the reduced [...]
For more than a decade I've been part of an international film challenge called UWOL which stands for Under Water Over Land. It's a group of nature and wildlife filmmakers from the four corners of the globe that get together several times a year and create a four-minute film based on a theme that we are given [...]
I've been a lazy filmmaker this past year. I haven't gone out to film as much as I planned, I haven't travelled to new places looking for new subjects to film. When I do go out, I bring only the gear I think I'll need to be able to film what I'm anticipating on finding [...]
The 2017 A to Z Challenge is 26 posts Monday through Saturday for the month of April. The topic of each post is about a letter of the alphabet. The first post's topic is A, the second B and so on. This is my second year doing this challenge and it's a lot of [...]
The winds have finally died down and I had an opportunity to get out and film some traffic for the beginning part of my film. Still a long way to go but felt good getting out and filming something!
It's still windy in Eastern Iowa but tomorrow is supposed to be much calmer. I share the results of my high wind stabilization test
It's Day 4 of the 41st UWOL Challenge. Wind has been a problem here the last couple of days. The forecast calls for very cold temperatures and high winds until Friday. So, I thought I'd try some stabilization tests to see if I can shoot in high wind conditions since time is always of [...]
The nice thing about challenging myself to do a video every day for this challenge is that it pushes me to get something done every day. Today I listened to music tracks to license for my film. You'll also learn more about my unorthodox style of filmmaking.
Well, it's kind of unusual but it's day 2 of the UWOL challenge and I already have an idea for my film. Usually it takes me a lot longer to come up with an idea that is feasible but I think I may have got lucky and found my idea for the theme "Repetition"