Film

Make Films to Make an Impact

Documentary film making. It’s a unique platform to tell good stories. It’s also a way to share the things that matter to you in a way that will, if done correctly, make an impact on the people who watch them. ...
Thoughts

Overcoming Fear and Doubt in the Storytelling Process

When you think about the stories you want to bring alive, is there a concept in particular that you can’t get off your mind — no matter how much you try to think about something else? You know, that one ...
Thoughts

Defining Creativity

Art comes in many different categories and mediums. You’ve got your film, TV, photography and other visual art, as well as your print, writing, poetry and other written art. Within those broad categories are subcategories, genres, if you will, that ...
Thoughts

The Perks of Being a Self-Teacher

When I look at my life, I can say with 100 percent certainty that the things I love learning about the most are the things that I have taught myself. High school was both my worst enemy and my best ...
Thoughts

The Importance of Telling a Story You Believe In

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your ...
Thoughts

Discipleship and Media: Learning to be Salt and Light

CCM is more than just a film and television production company. What does that mean, you ask? It means that right now, as I sit at my desk, not only am I learning how to make film and television, which ...
Film

3 Ways Documentaries Tell Stories Differently Than Narratives

When I watch films, I often times observe the tools filmmakers use to tell stories. Costumes, lighting, hair, makeup, or any other number of things, the way these elements are done usually determines how much I enjoy a film. Movies ...
Thoughts

The Impact and Unique Method of TED Talks

Every person, whether they realize it or not, has something they believe in, and topics they love to talk about. For some, it might be a camera technique that they find incredibly helpful. For others, it might be a workflow ...
Thoughts

Character Development Through Costume: Ellie from Pixar’s “Up”

Costumes are important. They enhance stories, and are an important story element in and of themselves. Costumes help me appreciate the storyline, and not just on the surface level. Just recently, I watch a movie and spent 25 minutes thinking ...
Review

Documentary Review – Korengal: This is What War Feels Like

“…Restrepo was intended to be a way for civilians to experience what combat feels like; Korengal is very different. It tries for understanding rather than experience…” – Sebastian Junger, about Korengal This is a film I that was very eager to ...