Shane Terry is remarkably a typical child despite having an extremely rare disease (FOP). When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked him for what he’d wish for, his answer appears baffling to anyone without the rest of the story.
When Make-A-Wish reached out to me and told me of the story, I knew I had to do everything I could to make the story of Shane and his backup boys available for anyone to discover. It’s a very special and seemingly random story that just needed to be told, and I’m very honored to be able to tell it.
We began on production on October 14th. Within 7 days we produced this video, and premiered it in time for the 2011 Monterey Bay Gala fundraiser for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Kassaundra’s Wish was to be a famous star for a day. I learned about the wish early in the morning when the Make a Wish Foundation put out a press release asking for volunteers to either be fans or reporters. I shot was I could, and was so moved by the day I stayed up that night to edit this video from the footage I had. I uploaded it to youTube and thought that was that.
Shorty afterwards, the Make a Wish foundation contacted me and asked for a copy of the video. Then the national chapter of the foundation contacted me asking for the same thing. It was an amazing wish and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.
Produced, designed and edited by me. I hired a camera crew and traveled them to all UC campuses, laboratories, medical centers and UC owned and managed farm land. This video was made to be an overview of the UC system. I also edited a much longer video that highlighted the successes of UC’s Risk Management department. The video from script to screen was produced in under 2 months and was completed on time and on budget.
This is another project made from my XML driven synchronized content engine that I call Hybrid Video. Making videos that have a large amount of repetitive graphic elements like bullet boxes can be produced much faster using this engine and by keeping the video layered like this allows for a lot of slick dynamic content that can be added. Plus the “look” of the graphics comes from a separate file much like CSS, so the video can be completely re-skinned quickly.
And if you’d like to learn more about our Hybrid Video technology, click here.
This was a low budget music video project for the German Industrial band Einstuerzende Neubauten. The background projections were from a live performance of the song shot at the Palast Der Republik in East Berlin.
The sister organization to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, or MBARI. And when that connection was to be showcased in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we stepped up to help in numerous ways. From programming the 3 video games visitors play that demonstrate various research MBARI projects to providing our own uncompressed HD video player software (UnPeg) and hardware for a 3 channel video wall and tied all of it together so the whole system together so it all was synchronized with the Aquarium’s show controller. The permanent exhibit has been open since 2007 and has only required one service visit from us (which had a response time of under 12 hours).
For an exhibit on the International Space Station, Chabot had a bold challenge to solve; providing a way for visitors to take a photo of themselves in zero gravity. With a budget that excluded commissioning a NASA level contraption to accomplish this goal, Chabot decided to simplify the challenge to taking a photo of someone at the height of a jump into the air. From there, we set off to solve how best to do it. Our solution was to utilize a commercial grade floor mat, like the ones used for automatic doors at grocery stores. With that, our solution recorded all the frames between the time someone leaves to mat to when they land back on it. From there the three images that are at their highest point (when they are neutral to the pull of gravity) are presented for them to select and email to themselves and friends. And for Chabot, they get monthly update for their mailing list of visitors that opted into receiving their newsletter.
images of people jumping.
The final piece was hugely successful and is still one of the most popular installations at Chabot with an average of 60,000 photos taken annually.
I was the online editor and technical director for this documentary. As the online editor, I manged a huge linear room width 9 source VTRs. And as the technical director, I managed all the technical aspects of the film on a shoe string budget. This included having the film’s sound mix on my personal PC (which back in 1998 was quite a feat) by the very talented Jason Terrel.
And in 1999, the film got nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. Continue reading →