Category Archives: Video Editing

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 #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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A Brighter Escape – Stronger (Music Video)

One of my side projects is making music under the alias A Brighter Escape (similar to how Adam Young releases music under the alias Owl City).  This is my first music video for the project, and it was also my final project for Video Production and Editing 1.

At the time of writing, you can download the song for free here.  The song, “Stronger”, will be on my upcoming album, Rainbows in the Dark.  For more information about my music, check out

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Green Screen Newscast – Trans-Pacific Partnership

I set up and recorded this “news cast” for my Video Production and Editing 1 class. I edited and keyed the video using Final Cut Pro X.

This video is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 4.0: If you use this elsewhere on the web, please be sure to link back to the original video.

My Family Herritage

For my video production 1 class, we had to make a video about our family heritage, and part of it was to record an interview.  I went to a family historian on my Grandmother’s side of the family, and I interviewed him for the project.  The only visual items that aren’t mine are the before and after graphic of the Hamilton Factory, and the video from Stack Fest.  I put all of these elements together in Final Cut Pro X.

Video Production and Editing 1 – Demonstration Video

This is a group project I worked on in one of my Video Production classes.

This video demonstrates on the operation of two different lapel microphones on both professional and consumer grade cameras. I edited this video together in Final Cut Pro X. The person on camera is NOT me, but I also assisted in filming the video.

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