god, grant me || Trailer

Here's the first trailer to a local independent film, god, grant me!

Introducing A Feature Length Independent Film - "god, grant me"

It's been awhile since I updated, but life has actually been pretty busy over the summer.... or should I say year? Well something new is at hand, and it's marketing for a local independent film here in Lawrence, KS. Written and Directed by Jesse McGinness and William Friederich. The film is called god, grant me.  What's it about? well....
We find Lea, a heartbroken 20-something, in the bathtub. Armed with a snuggie, peanut butter and a terrible movie chalked up with grandiose-romantic-nonsense, she attempts to self-medicate. Adam, her now ex-boyfriend who left “because” of Lea’s recreational pill use, took all the furniture and her sense of purpose along with it. She has to decide what to make of her life now that the one that she “decided on” has moved out.
Then, we meet Silus, an apathetic 20-something, bent over a hospital bed. A recently remissioned cancer patient, he is told by his doctor that he is no longer facing death and his non-existant colon is healing just fine. He responds to the good news by whining that he has to “wait longer to become soil” and continues on and on with his melodramatic siliquoy on the meaninglessness of life.
At what she thinks is her first Narcotics Anonymous meeting, but turns out to be a cancer support group, (his turf) the two star crossed somethings meet. Though their main point of communication is nothing but stabs at each other’s pathetic outlooks, the two awkwardly decide to become friends.
With a heavy focus on connection through flaws and finding reality through fiction, ‘god, grant me’ focuses on how the messy bits of life can lead to a deeper and more lasting revelation. Even more so than those sappy love stories.
How I stumbled upon these two? I would like to thank Henry's Coffee Shop for bringing us together. So far it's a wonderful journey and I would like your help honestly... whenever you have the time, go to their Facebook page and like. Even share some of the posts within the page. :)  These guys have done of lot of work getting to this point, from scratch to kickstarter to here...actually finishing it. It's pretty surreal if you think about it. I never thought I would be part of the film business, but now...here I am. I would like to continue with that. :) Help not only me, but our local independent filmmakers to achieve their dreams. 
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It's been awhile since I've post anything on this blog, but...

As in previous years, the 2014 "48 Hour Re-Pack" Student Packaging Design Competition encourages creative problem-solving and "smart design" for packaging of everyday products. Design improvements can be applied to any package or a completely new concept in one of the categories. The final product is a video that best captures the features/benefits of your new packaging design.

We had to choose one of the following:



Maple Syrup

Coffee Creamers

The group that I was in chose to repakage Coffee Creamers. :) Wish us luck and enjoy! Hope you liked our idea!


Reflecting on Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann talks about the development of design and how it has changed over time. It was interesting to hear him talk about the differences in web design and print design, how soon it'll be hard to tell the difference between the two. One reason is that web designers are now using the grids and approaching problems like a print designer. A graphic designer has an image in their head, and creates that image, then works on the details, which is an interesting point compared to how Erik goes about problem solving which is figuring out how it will look on the smallest form of print and then works his way up to the biggest print. I'm glad to know that it's okay when the way I think, but the problem I have is being able to project that onto the form of media, which causes me to get a late start and or become slow because I'm trying to figure how to communicate that idea. I don't know what skill that requires, but I hope to learn it soon.

The Moon Landing Final Journey

Here is the final of everything that has been worked on throughout.


Process Of A Journey

The greatest speech known to man is from Astronaut Neil Armstrong during the Moon landing of Apollo 11 on July 20th, 1969.

Based on a recorded live feed from the moon to the Nasa base is a four minute audio describing landing  on and surface of the Moon. The particular section I chose was the iconic saying of, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." for my particular project.

Just like the other post that I've created, here is more process:

This is step four of the process:

Here is the rough video for step four of the process:

As the process went further, I've been getting more of a clear idea of what to look for on how to show my interpretation of the speech. I wanted to show the geographic shapes, modern like look mixed in with old video footage, as if you were there in person almost. My research for references and tutorials has begun from this point. 

Here is the process of step 5:

There have been more refinements from the last process. Much more cleaner and the movement of the compositions are actually flowing all together.  Here is another rough video from step 5.

What I learned during all this, is to be sure to give yourself more time to create, but whatever idea you come up with big or small. Nothing is impossible. I thought I wasn't able to create an old timing film like video with a mixture of modern/geometric look, but from the looks of it so far. I've learned a lot. Especially from tutorials, which is another thing to mention. If you can't figure out something, do some research and look at references to help you achieve your goal. I'm glad that I did this project because I realized that I really enjoy motion graphics and would like to learn more.


Motion Graphics Inspiration. M O T I O N