Category Archives: Video Production

Live Video Production: Lost Media Spotlight

Lost Media Spotlight is where I highlight various pieces of lost media, ranging from the lost episodes of Doctor Who to the unreleased “director’s cut” of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. These segments were produced in a team environment on a TriCaster in our Live Video Production class.

The first segment is about the missing Doctor Who episodes. (Original Live Stream: N/A)

The second segment is about the internet search for the movie A Day With SpongeBob SquarePants. (Original Live Stream: N/A)

The third segment is about the director’s cut of Thomas and the Magic Railroad and the Restore The Magic campaign. (Original Live Stream:

The fourth segment is about the phrase “Keep Circulating The Tapes” and features a discussion of the 1999 remake of the 1970s PBS show Zoom. (Original Live Stream: Embedded directly below)

Video Production II – Montage #3: “What is Restore The Magic?”

For my third montage, I had to create a video that communicated some sort of message or call-to-action clearly.  Given I’m one of the leaders for the Restore The Magic campaign and this video was already in the works, I figured why not kill two birds with one stone?  As such, my third montage is the official introductory video for the Restore The Magic campaign.

Restore The Magic is a fan-driven movement to convince the current rightsholders to restore and release the original, director’s intended vision for the film Thomas and the Magic Railroad, which differs significantly from the 2000 theatrical version.  The video was filmed by the various fans and leaders using their own equipment, with me filming my own on-camera parts and B-roll.  The script for the video was written by campaign leader Eric Scherer, and I completed the editing in Final Cut Pro X.  Furthermore, as I am A Brighter Escape, I did create the instrumental used at the end of the video.

If anyone wants to help the campaign, you can sign and share the petition here:

You can also find out more information about the changes made on Sodor Island’s Magic Railroad Revealed page, or by reading the original scripts found on the petition page linked above.

All of the third party footage is used under fair use.

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Video Production II – Montage #2: Heartbreak

For my second montage, I had to try to tell a story using multiple camera angles.  There was no time limit, but it to focus around one word.  I decided to pull out an old short movie script I had written for my preproduction class and film my favorite scene from it.  The script, titled Angels of Heartbreak, is a romantic comedy (with some drama elements).  This scene is where one of the main characters, Kira, is rejected by Brad in a mean and humiliating way, so I titled the scene “Heartbreak” and filmed it.  In hindsight, had there been more time, I would have done ADR on Mr. Fruilnik’s lines due to clipping from his shouting.  But I was pleased with the results.

This was filmed on campus with a Canon 70D and edited in Final Cut Pro X.  As you can see, I also included the RECORE Entertainment logo in the beginning, which I’ll be branding in other content as well.  The music is from De Wolfe, used under license through my school.

Video Production II – Montage #1: The Mr. Gast Solution


For my video production and editing 2 class, we had to work on various montages that had to meet a certain criteria.  The first montage was the most free: I just had to create something original that was one minute long.  I got inspiration from my non-working printer (at the time) and something that I call “The Mr. Gast Solution”, named after something one of my grade school teachers said when I blamed the computer for why my work was formatted wrong.  I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it goes something like, “When technology fails you, you pick it up… and you throw it against the wall!!”  (Of course, I am not advocating anyone actually attempt the Mr. Gast solution for any of their technology problems, and I assume no responsibility for any harm that may come to your digital devices!)

On the technical side, it was my first class project to use my own camera, the Canon T5i.  When I filmed the smashing of the printer scene, what I did was take a shot of me starting to pick up the Printer.  Then, the next shot was a black colored pot that goes on the stove, which I held over my head, and acted smashing it against the wall.  In reality, I did not hit the wall with the pot.  Finally, I used some old tech junk (an old graphics card, parts from a toy tape recorder, and even the magnetic film from a VHS tape, just to name a few) to lay on the floor and throw into the trash can at the end to stand in for smashed printer parts.  So, in the end, no printers were harmed in the making of this video!!  After filming, I edited the project in Final Cut Pro X.  Music is supplied by De Wolfe, used under license through my school.

NWTC’s Solar Energy Program

For our video production 2 class, we had to work in groups to produce a promotional video for a program at NWTC (other than digital media). In one group I worked with, we did a video on the Solar Energy program. The video was filmed by Jarrod Oettinger and Austin Hammond, with the initial edit put together by Jacob Zich. I worked on fine-tuning and finishing the edit in FCPX, which consisted of trimming B-roll and adding lower thirds, which I created in Apple Motion.

Music was provided by De Wolfe Music, which is allowed under a license with NWTC.

TCWeekly – Season 15 Intro

I edited this video in Final Cut Pro X for a podcast for the class Internet Broadcasting Advanced! Stay tuned: TCWeekly season 15 began LIVE on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM CST. We will continue on Tuesday, November 1st at the same time. At this point, we will be going solid every week at Tuesdays at 2:00. Hope you’ll tune in!!

Music by Calvin La Grow.  Directed by Prisca Elzen.

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Video Photography Interview: Jim De Koch

For our Video Photography Class, we had to interview someone with an interesting story that we didn’t know personally. One of my former high school teachers knew someone who locally produced a short anti-bullying film called “E.O.B.” E.O.B., which stands for Elizabeth Octavia Baxter, tells the story of that girl who ends up committing suicide as a result of bullying. This is that interview with the film’s writer and director, Jim De Koch.

This was filmed by me with Jim’s DSLR camera and microphone. I edited the interview in Final Cut Pro X.

Select clips of E.O.B. used under Fair Use and is copyrighted to Jim De Koch. Music used by De Wolfe, used under a license through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

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Corporate Video – Grace Congregational UCC (Two Rivers, WI)

This is a video I made for both a school project and my church, Grace Congregational United Church of Christ. This was done as a sort of “corporate video” piece.

Yes – That means the church is non-profit organization and not a corporation. This was filmed with a DSLR camera and edited with Final Cut Pro X.

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Video Photography – Tape-based Demo Reel

Here is a demo reel demonstrating possible shot composition, filmed on a professional Panasonic HDV camera. This was edited in Final Cut Pro X.

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Video Photography – t3i Demo Reel

Here is a demo reel demonstrating different experimentation with resolution, frame rate,  shutter speed, and F-Stop, using a Canon t3i DSLR camera.  I edited this in Final Cut Pro X.

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