JB: What then is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
It’s hard to say what my favorite project is because there’s such a variety of work I do each week like social media campaigns, small business website videos, virtual walkthroughs, a reality-tv style web series, mini-documentary style stories and everything in between. It’s the ebb and flow from project to project and I think it’s that variety that keeps things exciting. If I were to only do one style, I would get bored of it and want to try something else, no matter how cool it was. But if I had to choose, it would be the videos I’ve been working on recently for a non-profit called GHI (Global Health Initiatives). GHI is a branch of Centura Health here in Colorado and supports projects and hospitals in five different countries. I’ve been to four with them so far: Napal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Peru. The next one is Haiti. We get to fly overseas for roughly 10 days and go deep into remote villages to film stories of families who’ve received free life-altering surgeries. I just got back from Peru last week where we took a boat down the Amazon river, hopped onto a motor cart, then hopped onto a tiny adjacent river on a peka peka boat (named after the noise of the old sputtering engine.) Deep in the jungle was this old house on stilts, where we filmed the story of this man named Eric, and his family. Eric was close to dying from an infected appendicitis, and it just so happened that a team of doctors from the US took their time off to go perform free surgeries. That was one year ago, and now thanks to surgery, Eric was able to live to see the birth of their 7th child. Today he is healthy and working. I got to hop on an old rickety fishing boat with Eric and his son as he cast out his net and caught fish that they gutted, cooked and ate. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
JB: Thats incredible, since your travel often, I would assumer there would be pre-shoot anxiety. How do you handle it, as well as the often found creative block?
One time I was asked if I was comfortable shooting a broadcast television commercial. I said I had shot a few videos that made it in the previews of theaters but not for live television, but I could figure it out and it wouldn’t be a problem. I flew out to Ohio to shoot for America’s largest custom home company, Schumacher Homes. I flew out for about a week to shoot a series of videos and the first day I arrived, I ended up in the CEO’s office. He had me watch a video that he said they previously paid for but they hated it. He went on youtube and pulled up the video in his office. As the commercial started, you could tell a lot of money went into it - somewhere between $20k-$60k. They had professional actors, hair/makeup crew, lighting crew, the whole shebang. And as I watched, I had a mini panic attack. I was way in over my head and terrified that they weren’t going to be satisfied with what I gave them. I got to my hotel room that night, called my wife and said, “I think I’m screwed. If they didn’t like that video, how in the world are they going to like my stuff? What am I doing here?” Talk about pre-shoot anxiety. And here I was, about to shoot a series of television commercials all by myself, of which I had no experience in. Needless to say, that night I prayed for creativity and quality. God has really been there for me in the highs and lows and there is a Bible verse that says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” There’s this extremely cheesy saying that my uncle used to say, “You do your best and let God do the rest.” And while I hate the cliche cheese factor of that quote, I really love the thought behind it. Basically, work your hardest and if everything goes wrong, you’ll be alright. So the next morning I pulled myself together and worked as hard as I could to make a masterpiece. The commercial they showed me had 700 views on youtube. On Facebook, the average was around 200 views per video. The video I made for them went on to get 58,000 views on Facebook which got more views than all other videos they had posted in the past decade combined.