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Chairs of Hope 2013!

Chairs of Hope is an art-based community outreach project in which students & staff at Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner, NC paint wooden chairs to raise money for the fight against cancer through Relay for Life of Garner. Each year, over 30 chairs are hand-painted with a specific theme in mind. The finished chairs are then auctioned off in a silent auction format in April, with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Though I haven’t painted a chair for this year’s Chairs of Hope auction, I am happy to be a part of it in some way. I have been working on a video project with Chairs of Hope founder Jim Hunt, and am glad to share part of it here on the blog along with the blog/website and poster I created to help advertise the event. This year’s theme is “Sports,” and my lovely wife decided to base her chair around Quidditch from Harry Potter 🙂



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Photo Shoot: River Whyless

I had the awesome opportunity to do a photo shoot with a band this past weekend! River Whyless is a collection of down-to-earth, talented musicians based out of Asheville, NC. Do yourself a favor and get their album on Bandcamp, you will not be disappointed. Also, check their tour schedule because you do not want to miss them if they are playing near your city.  Continue reading

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Two Layne Highway

Video from the performance at Aversboro Coffee


Performing live music is one of my favorite things in life. It has become a rare occasion for me to play music in front of anyone other than my wife in the past few years; however, since the spring I have been able to reconnect with some of my musical soul mates from time to time to “jam.” Our group has been called Two Layne Highway since our first gig when we were still in high school. Originally it was a tribute to the late Alice in Chains singer, Layne Staley. We started out learning and performing Alice in Chains songs and then went on to write lots of originals. The name Two Layne Highway stuck and we still like it to this day 🙂

I am excited to announce that Two Layne Highway will be performing again at Aversboro Coffee in Garner, NC on November 19, 2011 from 3-5pm. Aversboro is run by some of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy some live tunes and great beverages. I designed the poster below to advertise the event, feel free to print it and hang it up 🙂

Two Layne Highway Poster



Judy McCreery

Coming from an art museum background before jumping into the video production world, I understand the limitations of non-profit organizations. For many cases, non-profits rely on volunteers, donations, and a hard-working staff. My heart goes out to these types of organizations, and when I feel like I can lend a helping hand, I do. Off and on now for almost a year, I have been lending my services to the Garner Chamber of Commerce. It’s been everything from graphic design, to video production, to sound design, etc.

Recently, I received a request from the Garner Chamber of Commerce to lend that helping hand for a video interview with Judy McCreery, the mother of the most recent American Idol, Scotty McCreery. The deadline was tight to say the least, but I knew that if I worked together with the chamber we could produce a solid video in a short amount of time. Another catch was the fact that I could not be there for the filming of the interview because it was to take place in Kansas City, not Garner, NC due to the busy touring schedule.

So, needless to say, I could not use my own camera, or have physical control over how the interview was shot. Luckily, I was able to work with the chamber and explain how I thought the interview should be recorded. They had two FlipHD cameras, tripods, and even a couple of H4n Zoom audio recording devices. I drew diagrams on camera placement and cropping in order to get the preferred shots and when I received the footage & audio to edit, I was pleasantly surprised everything worked out great!

I had roughly one week to put together a nice product complete with motion graphics for Garner’s Connect & Plug in the Future Conference. So basically my nights and that one weekend in between were quite busy. I was able to complete a condensed version for the debut at the conference and you can view that below.

An extended (full) version is also now available on the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s Youtube Channel.

Also, for any of you editors out there, you may know that Final Cut hates FlipHD footage. I found a fantastic Compressor droplet that will transcode this footage for editing inside of Final Cut. Thank you Creative Cow Forums 🙂

Flip to ProRes – Compressor Droplet