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June 19, 2015

FTP Clients

I still do a lot of work with websites. Most of the sites I create and manage are built with Wordpress. If you're familiar with developing websites, you know that you need FTP access to make it happen. FTP (file transfer protocol) is basically the way you move files from your computer to your server where the website is hosted.…
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#Film
June 17, 2015

Filming Interviews – Preparation

Most of my film work in the last two years has centered around an interview. We film ministry spotlight videos for work which we show at some of our larger events and post online. They highlight what's happening in churches across Minnesota and we usually sit down with the pastor and have them share for 20-30 minutes. We've learned a lot…
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#Influence
June 17, 2015

Painting a Pretty Picture

Art portrays humanity in a way that few mediums can.  A painting can illustrate both the complexity and simplicity of life with its flaws and triumphs.  There's no shame in the imperfections because they illustrate the whole story... the whole truth. Many times in leadership we try to "paint a pretty picture" of situations in the hope that others will…
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June 16, 2015

Universal Sin

In writing to the Romans, Paul uses the first three chapters to establish a case for universal sin. The essence of it is captured in Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Paul presents a number of sinful scenarios in the first chapter. Some are commonly used in Christian circles as the basis…
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June 16, 2015

Mailchimp Vs Constant Contact

One of the departments I work with in our office had a request from their website authors to have a subscribe button for their blog. This was new territory for them and something I personally hadn't set up for anyone. The process started first with figuring out what needs a subscription service would fulfill. They currently had email service through Constant Contact…
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June 13, 2015

Make a Difference

One of the most commonly overused phrases is "make a difference in the world." It's a moving statement with broad implications, but it offers little direction. If you're looking for a place to start, engage in some introspection. A little may go a long way. To make a difference in the world you have to make differences in your life. How…
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#Tech
June 12, 2015

Graphic Design Software

My day job responsibilities are split between administration and communication with an emphasis on graphic design and film. In the last two years, I've taken on more graphic design projects than ever before and it has really stretched me. I had no formal training, but enough experience over the years to keep a lot of our graphics "in-house" at work. People…
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#Film
June 11, 2015

Finding Music for Films

The underlying audio tracks of your film set its mood. If you're editing a recap of a youth activity, you'll want something energetic. If you're telling a story of someone's personal triumphs you'll need something moving and uplifting. A poorly picked track can make even a well shot film feel awkward. I might be a bit nit-picky, but I usually spend about an hour or more just trying to find the right track for whatever I'm creating. Most of the time I know exactly what I'm looking for to match the mood of the film in my head. It's a tedious process, but there's not much room for error. For example, in our I Dare You to Dream promo, we…
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#Influence
June 10, 2015

Not Ashamed

Today's Bible reading from 29plans came from Romans 1. Paul is writing while in Corinth roughly the same year he is later imprisoned in Caesarea and 2-3 years before he is placed under house arrest in Rome. Despite the threats and violence he has faced up to this point, he still writes that he is eager to preach the gospel in Rome. The…
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#Film
June 10, 2015

Dotty

This is a beautiful short film by Mick Andrews and Bret O'Gorman that's well worth your ten minutes. Enjoy!
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June 9, 2015

Android Kids Games for Galaxy Note 4

Once we got Kid's Mode on the Galaxy Note 4 figured out, the biggest question was what games do we download? We have two boys, age 2 and 4, and here are a few Android Kids Games that they love. Monkey Preschool. Our boys absolutely love this game, especially our two-year old. Our four-year old still plays it every once…
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#Film
June 8, 2015

Five Websites for Filmmakers

I love how many resources are out there for anyone to get started and learn about filmmaking. I've followed a few that have been really helpful on my journey. Here are five websites for filmmakers that rock: Stillmotion Blog - These guys are all about story and have great insight on the process of filmmaking. There's plenty to digest on…
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June 8, 2015

Forgiveness and The Sixth Sense

Do you remember The Sixth Sense? It was when M. Night Shyamalan made good movies back in 1999. *Spolier Alert* (Are these necessary 16 years later?) Do you remember your reaction when Bruce Willis realizes he's dead?  My mind immediately tried to recall every previous scene of the entire movie viewing it now through the lens of this new-found knowledge. It changed…
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June 7, 2015

Leadership Defined

Have you noticed how everyone is a leader now? In many businesses and churches there is an emphasis on turning employees or members into leaders.  Then when everyone has become a leader, we create leaders of leaders.  It's a model that has served many well, but can be limited in scope... especially from a biblical perspective. One of my favorite…
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June 5, 2015

What Film Editing Software Should I use?

Besides cameras, the next question I'm frequently asked is, "What film editing software should I use?" As with most everything in life there is no simple answer, but you can quickly narrow it down with two factors: Platform and Price. I've been on an OSX platform for the last 10 years. Back then I had access to Final Cut at work…
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June 5, 2015

Single Mom Dreams

Last year I was given a bunch of post-it notes and asked to created a quick video with them. I had nothing else to go with. On each post-it note was written a dream by a single mom who had attended a retreat in central Minnesota. We took those post-it notes and kind of made it up as we went shooting…
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June 3, 2015

Sky Guide – The Definitive iOS Astronomy App

This is one of my favorite times of the year to look at the night sky. It's warm enough here in Minnesota to be outside at night without freezing your tail off. Even though summer brings rain and storms, there's always enough clear nights to stargaze. Even in the suburbs where we live, we're able to see a lot of…
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June 3, 2015

Goodbye to Good

A few years back, Jill and I watched the Space Shuttle lift off with Elliot.  That launch of Atlantis marked the end of the Shuttle fleet as it retired into spaceflight history.  It's strange to think that as Elliot grows up, the Shuttle will be one of those relics we tell him about from the good old days... joining rotary phones,…
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June 3, 2015

Dropbox Vs Google Drive Vs OneDrive

Two years ago we need a file sharing service in our department at work, so I looked into all the options available. As I mentioned in a previous post, I like to do short Pros and Cons and see which option works would work best for us. Back then Dropbox was by far the best option, but Google and Microsoft…
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June 2, 2015

Bend, but don’t break

When I think of integrity, I picture the hull of a ship being put together. The builders apply a significant amount of force so the pieces bend, but don't break. There's no room for error, because the hull must withstand the enormous amount of pressure from the surrounding water to keep the ship afloat. It also has to bear the weight of everything it's…
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June 2, 2015

iOS Outlook App Review

My day job provides email via Microsoft Exchange. In the last few years, everyone in the office now has smartphones, a majority of which are iPhones. When we first set up our phones to send and receive emails, we were limited to the native Mail app. It works well, but it's a little lame. A few months ago, Microsoft released…
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#Film
June 1, 2015

Consumer Vs Professional DSLR

Let's say you followed my flowchart and you see that I recommend getting a consumer DSLR. Maybe you were hoping to leap right into a professional model, or maybe you're on the fence on which way to go. What are the differences between a consumer vs professional DSLR? What are some factors that might help you make a decision? Price.…
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May 31, 2015

Conjecture, Twitter, & Biblical Illiteracy

Let me start by saying I've bombed my fair share of sermons over the years. There have been those moments where words have come of out my mouth while preaching that left my leadership team asking for further interpretation. There are also times when I've hit it out of the park completely in tune with what needed to be shared. People have thanked me years later for biblical truths I've preached that impacted them. They've also reminded me of funny illustrations that are unfortunately more memorable than the sermon lesson that accompanied them. Preachers are not perfect and mistakes will be made. However, it's imperative that our twenty-first century gospel is in tune with the heart of the first century gospel because we are…
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#Film
May 27, 2015

What Video Camera Should I Buy?

I am asked all the time, "What video camera should I buy?" Usually it's a non-profit or church looking to start doing more in-house work. I always say start with what you have, but sometimes there really is nothing to start with. There are so many variables to be considered before purchasing a camera. Do you need a DSLR or an action…
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