Finals Week & Rainn Wilson’s Visit: “Living With Dan VLOG #6”

Finals week shows up, but that doesn’t stop the hockey games, the antics, and the Bostonian life in general. One final peek into how to live with Dan before winter break!

There’s a sing-a-long in this one too. Amping up the fun any chance I get.

OH, and Dwight from The Office makes an appearance! NOT KIDDING.

Video: Living With Dan VLOG #6

Date Uploaded: December 14, 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.

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.

Running the Mile: 10,000 To Keep My “Face Up”

Picture this:

New Year’s Day 2010. My brother, parents, and brother’s friends are all in the living room devotedly watching Penn State partake in the Rose Bowl. This kid could care less about football. All I want is food. I’m a lil bored. My new obsession with Canadian singer LIGHTS brings her songs to the forefront of my mind.

Bam: a random music video is born.

Double bam: On March 6, 2012, a video that I made out of NOWHERE climbed to 10,000 views. My first original video to do so that wasn’t jump rope or Primeval related. As of this post, it has just under 11,000.

Don’t get me wrong, I put effort into this video. Part of this video’s vision was to focus on being stylistically interesting in terms of lighting (mainly a play on LIGHTS). But looking at videos that I’ve made since then, this definitely isn’t my best work. I guess I can say I’ve definitely improved from this point, but I will always be shocked by the success of this one video.

My love for this song shined through, apparently. It kept it’s face up, and it’s still going strong.

Thank you to everyone who’s watched. It literally means the world to me.

Video: LIGHTS – Face Up (HD Music Video)

Date Uploaded: January 2, 2010

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.

I WANT MY PRESENTS NOW: Christmas Morning

You may hate when Christmas starts to pop up around the beginning of November, when Thanksgiving hasn’t even graced us yet. But let’s be honest, there are worse things in the world, am I right or am I right?

That said, I took a break from the final season of my series Missing (mainly to figure out my storyline issues) to film a short, fun Christmas film. Everyone knows the stress the holidays bring. Everyone knows how everyone forgets everything this time of year. Everyone knows that feeling of anticipation the night before…food, presents, family, friends, joy…there’s nothing to beat it.

So I put all of that in one two minute film. That still makes me laugh to this day. And I’m not just saying that.

Well, maybe I am. Let me check.

Nope, I’m in love. Find out for yourself. Christmas is here:

Video: Christmas Morning

Date Uploaded: December 5, 2009

Exercise BEFORE the Turkey: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nothing to say here except that this is one memory I will treasure for the rest of my life. I had the opportunity to march in the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a member of Team USA for jump rope. The video below that I uploaded is from NBC’s coverage. I’m a little dot, so there’s no use in pointing me out.

Let’s just say I earned my turkey that night.

Video: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009: Team USA Jump Rope

Date Uploaded: November 28, 2009

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

Life In Reverse: “Stoned” by Dido

My “Life In Technicolor” video pushed me into a deep abyss of interest in the art of music videos. I decided to continue my pursuit into fun music videos…on Easter Day 2009 no less. Not kidding. My family was eating great food. I was making fun videos.

Looking back on it, that’s all this video was: fun (for the most part). I did take some more leaps and bounds with this one though. Dido’s lyrics made me want to explore how to weave a thread between language and visuals. Essentially, the one line “when you’re stoned, baby, and I am drunk” drove the structure of this video…as you might guess. I experimented with visual reversals and glows to create the feel of a mind out of control or in a separate place.

I also experimented with lip syncing. Key word: experimented.

“Stoned” was actually my first video to gain a relatively good number of comments and likes on YouTube (for an amateur). With over 2,000 since it’s upload, I’m quite impressed such an amateur video actually was found on a YouTube search at all. Kudos to me? Nah. Kudos to YouTube searching and Dido’s fans.

Now, I allow you to get “Stoned” with me.

Video: Dido – “Stoned” (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: April 26, 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.