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March 29, 2015

It’s a bittersweet thing when a close friend moves away. Bitter, of course, because grabbing a beer with your buddy is no longer as easy as just picking up the phone, and because that couch you could always crash on is now a lot harder to reach. Sweet, though, because you know that wherever that couch went to, you can still always crash there. And, while making your way to that cushioned comfort might not be easy, it’s a hell of an excuse for a trip.

When Cole—my good pal, college radio cohost, and recent best man—moved to Colorado, I knew I needed to visit that couch ASAP. Staying an hour away from some of the best skiing in the country, I got to spend a week living the mountain lifestyle and enjoying the snow.

Armed with a GoPro and a much-needed helmet, this video is a sample of my time hitting the slopes… and a tree or two.

May 17, 2013

The Millennial generation catches a lot of flack. We’ve been called lazy, self-absorbed, and (in many cases) far worse. The fact is, though, this criticism has followed most generations in recent history… We’re just next in line.

What does differentiate us is that we are coming into our own having recently experienced a nearly across-the-board collapse of institutional reliability: the highest level of student loan debt in American history, accrued in an economy that doesn’t have room for intelligent young graduates, with a government that is unable or unwilling to make even moderate progress on the nation’s most pressing issues.

What differentiates us is that in the face of this overwhelming ineptitude from on high, we are still creating change from the ground up. PresenTense Chicago, partnered with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Chicago, provides these young minds with the resources they need to formulate and execute meaningful change.

I was lucky enough to be asked by the PresenTense team to create this video promoting Launch Night, an event at which this year’s eight fellows will present their solutions to some of the biggest social problems of our day.

December 6, 2012

Telling the stories of youth, lust, desperation and jubilation, Ben Burns brings Springsteen-style Americana to the Midwest. Adding a distinctly regional sensibility steeped in Wisconsin folk roots, Burns isn't ashamed to pour his heart out on the floor.

I met Ben in his Chicago apartment to record the audio and video for this track, "Got Lost."

You can see more videos from the session on Ben's YouTube channel. To download some free high-quality tunes, check out Ben's Bandcamp page.

March 11, 2012

I've been doing a bit of production work lately for a Chicago judicial candidate (who also happens to be my dear mother). Family ties aside, she's incredibly intelligent, highly qualified, and you can learn more about her on her Facebook page, Twitter feed, or campaign website.

As Director of Digital Strategy for the campaign, I've been working on social media strategy as well as the nitty-gritty of media production. These video testimonials come from some of Pam's supporters in the 11th subcircuit.

The artist: 'It's about being honest.'

Herschella Conyers - Pam Meyerson for Judge

The lawyer

Geoffrey Stone - Pam Meyerson for Judge

The scholar

Rick Easty - Pam Meyerson for Judge

The builder

July 12, 2011

This 1-minute film is an exploration of the way in which light interacts with our world. The dreamy, streetlight-inspired piece was shot on black & white reversal film using a vintage Bolex camera. Some of the clarity and warmth of the original images got lost in digitization, but life goes on.

Music is original and added digitally along with the titles.

May 3, 2011

Another smaller project, this edit spoofs Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic, The Godfather. Never before has a mafia film been this heartwarming...

March 26, 2011

A small, fun project—mashing up of Bugs Bunny, Michael Jordan, The Beastie Boys, and one heck of a basketball game. Enjoy.

February 23, 2011

Okay, so before you watch this video there are a couple things you should know about it. This is my completed project for an editing & post-production course. The assignment given to each of the 18 students in the class was to go out and collect about 20 different shots (defined by various framing/camera movement techniques). Once each of us captured our shots, we combined them into one large database.

From this collection of almost 400 seemingly unrelated shots, each of us students had to piece together a collage of video and audio to create a comprehensive piece. At first, I wanted to create just a rhythmical edit, but thematically it was a bit lacking. As I began to interact with the heap of files, though, an idea slowly began to come into form. Throughout the process, I felt like a bit of a sculptor—chipping away at a mass of footage and forming it into something concrete. This film is what I created.

The title of the original assignment does it justice, I thnk. This is “Scavenger Hunt.”

February 12, 2011

This is a short film on Alex Ruff as a he creates one of his hand-crafted skateboards. I decided to make this film without any extra audio because I wanted to emphasize the artistry, almost musicality, of the craft itself.