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SHINE Japan (日本)

By on May 28, 2015 in Japan, Life, Travel | 0 comments

I am in Japan once more. Back a year later for Shine Japan, which is a large creative ministry event put on by The 4 Points Japan. It’s been a really wonderful time over here, not because it’s such a different culture to be enveloped in, but also because of what God has been doing over here. From the many visions & prayers that people have declared over this nation, to the various healings & testimonies that have come out of this week, hope is slowly being restored to the Japanese. This is a run down on what SHINE Japan is (english below) SHINE Japanは、祈りと伝道のイベント。ダイナミックにクリエイティブに伝道するためグ­ローバル・ディ・オブ・プレーヤーとグローバル・アウトリーチ・ディと協力します。 SHINE Japan is the culmination of connecting Prayer and Outreach, in coordination with the Global Day of Prayer and Global Outreach Day into one initiative to reach Japan with the Gospel in creative, dynamic ways. I’m really open about what I believe in, and that’s why I don’t really hide the stuff I do in my spare time from all the commercial work that I do on this blog. As Christians, we believe that worshipping God is not simply just an act of singing a song on a Sunday, but it’s a daily commitment to live out like Jesus did when he walked on this earth. It means to truly do everything that you do with faith and with the full commitment to glorifying God. This is why I’ve chosen to fly over to Japan and use my craft to help make a difference in other people’s lives. Capturing and documenting the moments in which the Holy Spirit moves is incredibly important to reach a generation that is so visually literate. 7Media, who I met up with last year in Japan have been here for the last 5 or so years involved in different film projects. With a lot of momentum now, the quality of work coming out of this production company is top notch, and it’s brilliant to be able to work with such like minded people as well as skilled. Every day they have been bumping out these updates on what is happening this week, and with 2 more days left in this event, I encourage you all to keep following along every morning as we bring you the latest from over here. Oh,  I was also involved in a very special project that 7Media produced on the weekend, however I’ll keep this a secret until it’s finished. Lets just say it’s going to involve some baseball. I guarantee it’s going to be very very cool. Be...

J&E A/W Collection 2015

By on May 15, 2015 in Ethical, Life | 3 comments

I spent last Saturday working on some wonderful new projects. One being filming Jacob & Esau’s behind the scenes video for their winter collection which is up for pre-order today. Second, I was also modelling at the same time for this little video. Multi talented hey? I must say this was a refreshingly fun project to work on. I haven’t really done anything fashion related, but it truly came together really well in the end. The girls running Jacob & Esau were incredibly awesome to work with, so it was a breeze to be able to collaborate with them on this project. They also had Big Picture Stuff & Hand Crafted Pictures shoot the collection for them, so that they could put up some beautiful photos onto the webstore. The concept behind this little 50 second video was to just show off the essence of the brand, its style, the character’s that are behind the label & the display the new seasonal threads. Because Jacob & Esau are all about relationships between the makers & the buyers, and are more focused on people, this shows through how they treat those they work with. It allowed for me to capture quite a natural beauty from the models, the photographers and even Esther & Joanne themselves. The music I chose was in the back of my mind the moment I started filming. Something about a hip hop beat and street style fashion that just mixes in so well. If ever there is something you really should get perfectly right, it’s the music & sound in your films. It really makes up half, if not more of your films overall experience. Without further delay, here you...

Stephanie & Sven

By on Mar 4, 2015 in Life, The Wedding Fair | 3 comments

What a ridiculously cute couple. And you probably couldn’t get more attractive either. These guys had some serious chemistry going between them, and it truly shows in this film. Some of the comments i’ve been receiving about this one was how much you could feel the emotions, or feel the ‘vibe’ that is oozing out from in front of the lens. I think one of the greatest ways of measuring success as a wedding filmmaker is whether it moves someone, and not just emotionally. I mean spiritually too, and even sometimes physically too (tears). I’m actually quite unsure how to react to comments like these half the time because they are just so incredibly reaffirming to me. I thank Sven especially for being a friend for a long time, I have journeyed with Sven for some part of his life, perhaps not in the last few years, but It’s definitely incredible to see this really on fire, man of God, get married to the absolute love of his life. And I got to capture it! My shots and cuts are all deliberate, there isn’t one shot that is left there without a purpose. It’s all about the telling of a story, and I think this past 2 years has really shown me that. As a result the films I’m making have truly been getting better technically, aesthetically & emotionally too. There is always room to improve however, and I won’t ever stop trying to top my last job. Enjoy this film, friends. This was in collaboration with The Wedding Fair....

Naomi & Anthony

By on Oct 22, 2014 in Life, Weddings | 0 comments

A sun filled day, so much blessing upon this day! Naomi and Anthony had their wedding along the peninsula down here in Melbourne. The Morning Star Estate to be exact!. It was an incredibly perfect day for film and photos, the sun came out to play, the architecture and gardens were blooming, it truly was special. And plus Naomi & Anthony really were so much fun to be with and shoot. Two brilliant souls coming together. I had such joy cutting this film together. Not only because this couple really had a incredible sense of closeness to each other, but also their closeness to God, together, was really showing through. Its what I really wanted to focus on when cutting this film together! I chose this song specifically because of the beautiful lyrics which keep repeating ‘Son of man, reach out your hand and fill our faith’. I think this really speaks volumes about who these 2 are as a couple, and what they value in their life. My motivation to make this film even more special came from within myself too. I have recently started dating one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, and It is great when you can call upon emotions from things you experience in your own life, which allows you to see things & be sensitive to the moments of other people’s lives. This was all cut & mastered in Premiere Pro CC, my tool of choice. Although I am experimenting with AVID right now, so I’ll see how that goes for me! Enjoy this film friends. Congratulations Naomi & Anthony! Music licensed from MusicBed.com. Loud Harp – “It’s...

Jacob & Esau

By on Sep 2, 2014 in Crowdfunding, Ethical, Life, Pozible, Travel | 0 comments

One of my latest projects that i’ve been working on (and quite possibly one of my favourites!) has been a film for the Pozible campaign of Jacob & Esau. This is a little bit about J&E, taken from their website. Jacob & Esau is an ethical fashion label based in Melbourne, Australia. While there are many ways for us to be sustainable, we have chosen to focus on the people who make our clothes. For our first collection, we have teamed up with local garment makers in Bali, Indonesia. Kholil and Wiwik are a husband and wife team who recently started running their sewing business from home. We have chosen to support and invest in their home business vision. This was in fact started by 2 of my friends from church & life, Jo & Esther. Both have come together from different educational backgrounds, with a passion for people & fashion. It’s truly a wonderful thing when you can really make a difference in someones life through such a unique initiative! The film I created was determined to be short right from the first meeting with these 2 lovely ladies. The thing with Pozible campaigns, or with any online film, is that a longer film which swamps you with information is in fact very disengaging. Research, statistics & findings are all pointing to the fact that people these days are beginning to develop shorter attention spans with the influx of current technologies, and the entire ‘instant consumer’ mindset. So to cater to this, its really worth getting creative, and try to pack a punch in a short amount of time. The film was completely done in Bali, Indonesia. We went for 1 week, to meet with suppliers, do a bit of research, find fabrics and meet the beautiful couple which will work on the first collection. The idea with the people creating the garments, is that there will eventually be more and more tailors getting on board and joining forces with J&E. All these people will also be featured on the J&E website, accessible through a unique code which is attached to each garment. This will give you a unique insight into how these people live, where they come from and really gives you a sense of attachment to the clothes you bought because you know exactly who made it. The slow motion footage I thought would give a very nice nostalgic & reflective feel, but also would be slow enough to retain detail in the shots. Considering the song I chose by Seryn was a little bit of a higher tempo, this worked pretty well with fitting in detail with short amounts of time. I usually run through the process of mapping out ever single beat as markers in Premiere Pro, giving me references points for when to cut J&E are all about people, so I also wanted this to really be a central component to the film. I wanted to show a lot of the authentic joyful moments to give viewers a sense of reality, to make them be seen as regular people who just really want to make a difference in this world. It was also meant to be rather fun, so combining all these elements I think it really had a lasting impact by the time you get to the final logo appearance in the film. The interviews were all completed within a couple of hours, in-between customers, roosters & traffic! Its definitely a loud place, so background noise is going to be there. However I think it gave the footage a bit of a charm in a way, it really wouldn’t be Bali with out the hustle and bustle of life! This is the type of clientele I’d love to be involved with in the future. Its a brilliant thing when you are apart of something that will truly invest in something greater. So please support this brilliant cause, and help them start this movement! Go to their Pozible page here > http://www.pozible.com/project/185814 Also visit their website & facebook page to find out more!  And without further ado, here is the final product....

The Pong 2014

By on Aug 16, 2014 in Life, Travel | 0 comments

Finally! A new post for the masses. I’ve been out of action on the blogosphere for sometime, I’ve been busy busy! This has been one of my latest projects that I’ve finished, which is linked into my previous trip to Thailand & Cambodia. I was there earlier in the year filming with Adrian Rowse, capturing footage for this promo film that I have just finished cutting! The idea of the PingPongAThon is that a group of guys get together to play table tennis. Mind you, it’s for 24 hours. These guys raise money to bring awareness to sexual trafficking of boys in south east asia. The money goes to organisations and NGO’s working on the front lines of this dark industry. I cut it in about a 2 days, with a very keen grin. It actually is a bit of fun cutting together some dubstep paddle smashes, especially with middle aged men! It shows a great comedic skilful side to the event, but also the dark dreary facts behind why these guys are doing what they are doing. This year there are about 25 events running all around Australia, a big step up from last year which was under 10 events. There will be about 1,000 guys taking part in this, with a goal to reach about $100,000 this year. Looking at previous year trends, the amounts have been consistently doubling. So here’s hoping that this I’ve created can really speak some conviction &  inspiration into men all around Australia. This is one of the God given things I live for, for my films to inspire and to bring forth change in people’s lives. Please enjoy this little film, it’s only short. But be inspired, be bold – and join in on the fun! Go visit www.pingpongathon.com for more information....