Circa Real Estate Crawfish Boil
Circa Real Estate held their annual crawfish boil for their clients to show their appreciation and it was held at Karback Brewing Comapny. They asked me to come in and capture some footage for a highlight video that they can later post on their website and social media.
I've done my fair share of highlight videos, capturing footage and then putting them together with music. But I felt I wanted to shake things up a bit and something I hadn't really done before. With the popularity in drone footage, that was one of the first things I wanted to add. The second came when I actually sat down and started editing. Rather than edit everytyhing in Premiere, I laid out my footage in the order I wanted, and then took everything into After Effects to create some intresting animations and transitions that I thought would be eye catching.
iOffice is a software company located here in Houston, TX. They contacted me wanting to film some videos for their blog and social media about some of the different aspects for improving your workplace. I worked with Elizabeth Dukes, the Executive VP and Chieft Marketing Officer, James McDonald in Business Development, and Kaitlan Whittebery, the Social Media Manager, in helping to bring forth some information about different workplace trends, workplace management tools, and some tips on utilizing social media for your business.
The office is a very open concept, laid back environment, originally being a loft apartment before being turned into an office space. With no separate offices for anyone, it was great to see everyone working together in unison. I thought the open space was great with all of the natural light coming through, and some of the exposed brick in some areas was a great touch.
Quaker State: Best In Class Challenge
The Quaker State Best In Class Challenge is a competition given to high school students throughout the nation to rennovate a car that has been donated to them. Their challenge is to fix up the car and style it in any way they see fit. The top three finalists are then invited to auction their cars off at the renowned Mecum Auctions.
I was called to see if I could film the Mecum Auction taking place in Austin, TX, following the top three schools in the Quaker State: Best In Class Challenge. The weekend started off with a dinner celebration, followed the next day as the students prepared to show off their cars to prospective buyers. All three cars ended up being purchased for over $6,000 each.
2015 Holiday Greetings From The Houston Rockets
During the holidays, the Houston Rockets like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays during the game. Something they and other NBA team like to do to connect with the fans.
Before the season began, I was invited to help fim during Media Day at Toyota Center. I was tasked with filming the players on green screen giving their warmest holiday cheers.
2014 Holiday Card From Orbit
The Houston Astros have always sent out holiday cards to season tickets holders. Once Orbit returned from his home planet in 2013, he wanted to do the same. So we got together, recorded some music, and he jingled all the way to the hearts of our fans.
Editing all within After Effects, I filmed Orbit playing six different instruments six different times, which proved difficult at times because we had to keep things in sync. Once filmed, I layed everything in a tile format, added a bit of snow, and churched out a quick holiday greet from Houston's favorite alien.
Houston Astros Rally Video
As the home team rolls into the bottom of the 9th Inning, we use a Rally Video to help pump up the crowd. During this time, our department was tasked with creating at leaste 4 different rally videos to rotate throughout the season and to be used depending on where the score stood. If we were winning, we would run the video. If not, another video played in it's place.
I used some very quick cuts to emphasize the high energy nature to amp up the crowd before the batter took his place at bat. Small special effects were used to highlight certain plays to give it a more impactful look. And the music was chosen to grab people's attention once the hits took place.
Orbit Wants You Back
To try and entice season ticket holders to sign up again the following season, we got together with Orbit to produce a music video in the style of *NSYNC during the late 90's. Sad to say that for legal reasons, we were unable to distribute this on TV or any social media platforms. However, we were able to utilize some down time during inning breaks with no contractual sponsorship agreements.
Using a variety of locations throughout Minute Maid Park and change of wardrobe, we were able to capture the essesene that we were in multiple areas, as was the style of late 90's music videos. We used some tinted looks for slower areas and small amounts of special effects to give off a hypnotic look. The scenes shot in slow motion were shot in 60fps.
Orbit Bobblebelly Promotional Giveaway
As a promotional giveaway, the Houston Astros decided to go with a old tradition, but update it a little. Orbit, also known to have a bit of a belly, debuts a bobblebelly figurine. Showing up at Orbit's home, we filmed for a few hours showing some of his normal daily routines. Soon he finds that his house is infested with tons of these little figures.
A lot of sound effects were used to help progress the story from beginning to end as Orbit, like all sports mascots, doesn't talk. The music really drives the story, going from a normal day to suspense, and then back at ease. Trying to work with a bunch of small bobblebelly figurines also proved to be a feat in itself as well.
BBVA Compass Stadium Home Opener
After six years playing at Robertson Satdium on the campus of the University of Houston, the Houston Dynamo finally get their own soccer specific stadium. Not only was it one of the ambitious stadiums to be built in MLS, but it was also the first to be built in downtown rather in the surround areas of the city.
A lot of time and preperation went into capturing the historic moment of the first game being played. I tried to capture the essense of the day, vendors preparing before doors opened, getting the perfect shot of the first kick. What stood out to me was talking with the players themselves and getting their reaction as the day drew near. I decided to keep things "Forever Orange" and lit the locker room with an orange gel to really give it that Dynamo feel.
2011 Eastern Conference Finals
Since relocating to Houston, the Dynamo have reached the playoffs every year, except for 2010. After a disappointing season, the Dynamo returned to the playoffs and were on the verge of returning to the MLS Cup Final since 2007.
It had been two years since the Dynamo were last in a conference final game, and the team and the city of Houston were entering with high expectations. I followed the team to Kansas City and caught as much footage as they prepared for the game. Everything from arrival, to warm ups, to the equipment manager setting the locker room, I tried to capture it all.
2011 Season Highlights
At the end of every season, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear requests for a quick highlight package showing some of the best parts of the season. As I wasn't sure how it was done in the past, I decided to dig within our collection of game melts and do a highlight of every single goal and almost every defensive save the team had throughout the season.
This proved to be somewhat of an arduous task of going through all of the goals and saves and timing them out perfectly to the music selected. I wanted to create something that would evoke a sense of surrealness and raw emotion with some slow introductions mixed in with high impact transitions. What came out was one of the more memorable highlight packages for the team itself.
DCAMP/IMPACT is a summer camp that many Chinese churches within the Hosuton area attend. High schoolers (IMPACT) and middle schoolers (DCAMP) are invited a week long retreat to get away from home and learn a few new things about God.
I was invited to come to the retreat and film everything and produce a video to be played during a post camp rally. I really tried to get intimate with some of my shots and show some of the progression throughout the week as kids arrived pumped and ready to go to transforming their lives by the end of camp.
Where Amazing Happens - Aaron Brooks
Coming off of the heels of the "Where Amazing Happens" playoff campaign and the Houston Rockets deep playoff run in 2009, I helped produce and edit one of our more memorable commerical spots incorprating Aaron Brooks in one of the most crazy highlight plays against the eventual champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Using footage from our daily game melt from ESPN, I took a clip that showed the inbound from Ron Artest as he lobbed it to Aaron Brooks for a quick last second layup. In post I tinted the footage and rotoscoped anything red on the jersey as well the shot clock light.
2009 Houston Rockets Playoff Intro
The Houston Rockets have been known nationally to create some of the most jaw droping visuals pre-game and in-game. It would be no same when it came intro videos. And since it was the playoffs, the payout had to be even bigger.
We storyboarded the entire video, coming up with the concept of superheroes for our players. During this process, I helped come up with some of the super powers each player would have, even advising how some of the shots were filmed. When it came down to it, I was tasked with working on the visuals of Yao Ming and Von Wafer. After a month of planning, filming, editing, and adding visual effects, this was one of the top intro videos the Rockets had done.
2009 Houston Rockets Intro Video
Working on the intro video was such a huge task at the time for me. This was one of the bigger projects I had the chance to help work on. With everyone's strengths put into play, we were able to push out a video that really amped up the fans before the palyers were introduced.
Finally dabbling in some 3D graphics, we tried to sparsely integrate some 3D images. Since this was a mid-season refresher of our intro video, this was typically a bit shorter than normal. Some of the things I helped to work on were the small animations as well as the final countdown.