Dancing is something I have never associated myself with. Yes, on occasion I hit the D floor in the club, but never with any seriousness or pride in my ability. To be quite honest, this video is probably the first time I have ever witnessed a full version of how my body flails around. Its pretty hilarious actually.
The video was put together for a dance video contest held by my bank. It was based on a public vote, and although the winning video had a generous 80 views in comparison to my 3200 – so is the nature of online vote based contests. Thus, I received second. Well second, and a strange notoriety as being someone who associates dancing with their self-image.
If anyone is curious, the smoke bombs are made by Enola Gaye and can be purchased in Canada from Rocket Fireworks. I still have a couple left if anyone wants to buy some locally – email me at email@example.com or text me if you have my digits. Additionally, the video editing plug-in used to convert 60fps to super slow motion is Twixtor. I found it far superior to Final Cut’s Optical Flow for this particular shot, however you need to insure that the cost is justifiable. In my case it is well worth it.
A jovial day with Easter Eggs isn’t as easy as it seems. The hardest part of it all is, unlike traditional drawing where you define your blacks first and add color later. When writing Easter Eggs your first move is always white, then each consecutive color afterwards as it slowly becomes darker and darker until you finally add black. This is because, the wax protects the current color from being dyed or changed by the next. So consider the planning one has to do to incorporate black outlines. Your entire design has to be applied inversely. Pshhhkkkowww.
This video was a quick test I did to try out my new Enola Gaye Smoke Grenades. Merly Merl aka Slow Merlot aka Merr Burr aka Merlin Everett stood in for this shot and goofed around a little bit. Being it was the first time using these Grenades, you can see the apprehensive look in his face.
The Final Video is a Dance Video I put together for the Young and Free Dance Challenge put on by Servus Credit Union.
This video will be launched tomorrow (March 21st) and its a public vote – so I would appreciate everyones support. There will be a separate blog post about it in the next couple days. Voting is from March 21st to April 1st.
An impromptu trip to Calgary resulted in an impromptu trip to Lake Louise. Having the Rocky Mountains so close is just another reason why living in western Canada has its advantages.
Lake Louise, or affectionately know as “Lake Lousy” is a bit of an awkward hill to ride. The best runs (in my opinion) are located in a number of sweeping bowls off the back of the Summit Platter (also known as the”butt plug”). These runs include Whitehorn 1, Whitehorn 2, and Boomerang Bowl. Unfortunately, once you have experienced your 15 minutes of paradise, working through the various shoots and wind lips, the ski-out pushes you deep into the backside of the mountain. Now don’t get me wrong, there is an advantage to making it difficult to access this area. Less traffic, better snow, and an opportunity to send first tracks even after lunch. However, from the bottom of the Boomerang bowl back to the top is a 45 minute process of lifts and traversing, including the “cheek clenching” ride up the butt plug. This makes it almost impossible to spend a day yoyo’ing this area, and truly, its the best place to be on a clear powder day.
Instead of spending my day commuting around the hill to get a small taste of big mountain skiing, I spent a lot of time in the Rock Gardens, an old favorite of many. A playground of bolders and little kickers, the Rock Gardens combines a mellow slope with the ability to hop from rock to rock effortlessly. The above photo is just a taste of what the day entailed. Riding my Volkl Mantras and my brand new Westcomb Flow FX jacket I felt bullet proof. Westcomb is a company reminiscent of how Arc’teryx once was. Based out of Vancouver, all design and construction is done in Canada. Collaborating with alternative companies (not goretex) they are able provide the most advanced materials that sciences offers. My new jacket is a heavier material made by eVent which feels jean-like. Branches, rocks, and other skiers, they no longer phase me as the jacket has become my medieval armour on the hill, ready to do battle with the elements. Cheeeeeeeesy, I know.
My verdict on the day is a 7. Just like when rating attractiveness, with a 7 you are not upset, mildly content, but you know there are big sunny snow days out there and maybe if you hit the gym a couple more times you might just land one.
Buy Alberta’s Official Webpage: buyalbertafood.com
December 5, 2012 played host to the launch of a new campaign called BUY ALBERTA. A collaboration between The Alberta Food Processors Association, Safeway Canada, and The Government of Alberta, this campaign’s key goal is to promote the purchasing and consumption of Alberta products in Safeway stores. To do so, labeling has been added to over 1800 items within Safeway stores, that allows shoppers to easily identify which products are made in Alberta. This video captures the campaign launch which was held in the Kinnikinnicks Factory (one of North Americas largest gluten free producers and based out of Edmonton, AB).
As the previously posted photos suggest, I had the opportunity to work on the launch of this campaign. Primarily, I was able to film and edit the above video. It can now be found at the Buy Alberta website under media, and is being featured in Safeway Canada’s roadshow to highlight the new campaign in Alberta.
I am a big fan of transformation. Personal image, speech pattern, and lifestyle can all be utilized to portray a wide spectrum of first impressions. But in the end, personality and logic will always shine through. Here is a version of myself reminiscent of Rocco from Boondock Saints. Oh and don’t stress, it only takes a trim and a chop to make me presentable once more.