BFFs With Kangaroos: Australia, Part 2

The second installment of Two Biddies and a Bloke continued with an excursion to the Blue Mountains. Along the way, we stopped at a wildlife park to pet some koalas and (omg) play with and feed kangaroos.

We realized that after we hiked to the bottom of the Blue Mountains that we had to get back up somehow…what were we to do? Take the world’s steepest roller coaster of course!

Scream away.

Video: Study Abroad Australia BLOG #2 (Boston University)

Date Uploaded: August 30, 2012

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

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Carving the Pumpkin: “Living With Dan VLOG #5”

As autumn really takes charge, Dan and the rest of us go owling around campus, celebrate Halloween, and even begin to…what? Celebrate Christmas?

Something’s wrong here. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?

Video: Living With Dan VLOG #5

Date Uploaded: November 17, 2011

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

Me, Myself, and Coldplay’s “The Scientist”

I honestly could not tell you to this day what possessed me to make a music video for Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” I know for a fact I didn’t know what I was doing when I was filming that one day at the Boston Harbor. I know for a fact that the whole video was a spur of the moment/wing it kind of deal.

And I know for a fact that all I wanted to do at that point in my life was to make a video that honored the song.

When I began to enter post-production for it, I knew the video wasn’t going to turn out very well in the end. The quality was relatively low. My lip-syncing was hardly noticeable at times. I also felt like I didn’t even have enough material to create a video for the whole five minute song.

I almost gave up in the middle of editing, starting from scratch. But I didn’t. I realized that maybe the video was illustrated exactly what I subconsciously wanted to capture. The barely moving lips. The focus on nature and the city. Maybe the bareness of the video was capturing the simplicity of the sadness and poignancy of the song (or so I deluded myself into thinking).

No matter the reason for making the video, the fact of the matter is that it’s gained almost 3,000 views since it’s uploading over a year ago. Someone must like it enough. Something about my video resonates.

I just re-watched it. And now I look at myself differently, both as an artist and as a person.

Video: Coldplay – The Scientist (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: September 11, 2011

Note: The video is blocked in Germany and the UK. My apologies fellow Germans and British folk. Not that I have anyone from Germany or the UK reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

More Than a Visual: Owl City’s ‘Meteor Shower’

My video for Coldplay’s “The Escapist” got me thinking. There’s a certain power in video editing. Two shots together might convey one idea or emotion, and the reverse might convey another. I do know that there is a technical term for what I just described…but the name escapes me. Something Russian.

…yeah it’s not coming to me.

Owl City’s newest album Ocean Eyes had just been released, and one powerful track stood out for me: “Meteor Shower.” Short and quiet, right until the crescendo of a chorus. The song  was so emotive. I knew then and there that this song was my next project.

I didn’t have a true concept in mind when shooting this video. Instead, one rainy night, I wandered in and out of my house, getting shots of the rain, the lights going out, doors closing, being alone…I threw them into Sony Vegas and cut out a story. The rain was the meteor shower. My character was alone. The lights were going out.

But the lights were just coming up on one of my favorite videos.

Video: Owl City – Meteor Shower (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: November 15, 2009

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

Escape Into New England’s Autumn

My fascination with Coldplay didn’t end there (for the moment).

The ending track to Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, perfectly titled “The Escapist,” is an ambient track that greatly samples Jon Hopkins. With autumn quickly descending upon New England, the changing colors of the leaves made for a visual minefield of gold. One that needed to be soundtracked.

Simply put, I grabbed my camera and captured the essence of what autumn meant to me. Essentially, I escaped into the season.

Video: Coldplay – The Escapist (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: October 12, 2009

The Sexiest Song Never Heard: Coldplay & Kylie Minogue

It’s true. Once upon a time, Coldplay and Kylie Minogue recorded a song together.

And by once upon a time, I mean for World AIDS day in 2009. Originally meant to be included on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, “Lhuna” was actually left off the tracklist and sent to be a charity single for World AIDS day instead. Critics applauded the song for its sexiness and the overall dynamic between singers Chris Martin and Kylie.

The song is quite the haunting tune. It just wouldn’t ever leave my head the moment it came out. I would stare out at the trees and picture this song coming to life. So I did just that. One summer night, I went out into my mosquito infested yard, braved the nighttime humidity, and filmed a music video in a little under two hours (I just wanted to get the filming out of the way because the bugs were about to eat my face off).

I mostly tried to embody the haunting the song evokes in the audience. Instead, I focused on the lighting and color use. I consider it more of an artistic representation of the lyrics, rather than a narrative story. Of course, I was only 17, how much sexy could I put in a music video by myself?

Oh, now you see my point. Thanks a bunch.

Video: Coldplay – Lhuna (featuring Kylie Minogue) (Music Video)

Date Uploaded:  August 1, 2009

Note: The audio un-synched from the video when uploaded through YouTube…can’t really fix it at this point with over 1,700 views. Oh well.

The Unlikely Duo: Coldplay & Jump Rope

After our success at the 2009 USA Jump Rope National competition, some of us on the Forbes Flyers wanted to create a new epic group routine for future demonstrations we would do. I can’t tell you exactly how it happened, but we ended up settling on Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” of all songs.

Don’t get me wrong – and you’ll notice in a few posts – but I’m one of Coldplay’s biggest fans. But I never thought I’d combine two of my greatest loves in life.

Coldplay and Jump Rope gave birth after a long labor. The baby rests below…

Video: “Viva La Vida” Jump Rope Group Routine

Date Uploaded: July 22, 2009

Animating Punctuation: “Life In Technicolor” by Coldplay

When Coldplay’s acclaimed album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends arrived in June of 2008, I just couldn’t shake the opening track “Life In Technicolor” from my head. What did I do?

You know the answer. Music video time. The first music video for my YouTube channel, actually.

I didn’t have many options for how to film a great music video for a song like this…so the idea for a colossal burst of color came to mind. And then it hit me. Colorful shapes! Okay, I’m making my idea sound so much more grand than it actually is (because in all honesty, looking back, it’s not that great whatsoever), but at the time, with my limited resources, I was quite excited for the possibilities.

So I can proudly say that I used many different fonts of periods and commas to be the shapes. And just played with the keyframes. That’s right, I animated freakin’ punctuation. If that’s not life in technicolor, what is?

Well, maybe the aurora borealis. I digress.

Video: Coldplay – Life In Technicolor (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: April 12, 2009

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

Professionally Promoting: Jump Rope Promo #3

After a year from the first and second jump rope promos, I decided wanted a break from Missing for a bit (the second season just ended…it wouldn’t be until the end of the year when I would revamp the series for its final season) and realized I wanted to make an even better promo. One that was short and to the point. Something that looked way more professional than the previous two did.

I gave myself a 90 second limit. I took all the footage I had and threw in my bag of tricks. Throughout the process, I realized one important thing that I would relearn later on in college: enter the scene late and leave early. That’s why I love this promo so much. I kept it tight.

It hasn’t been as popular over the years as the first two, but I’m so much prouder of this final promo for the Forbes Flyers than I am of the others.

Here we go:

Video: Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team (Promo #3)

Date Uploaded: February 15, 2009