2013: A Very Good Year in Review…
As we look back at 2013 in our rearview mirrors today, I’d like to outline some of the highlights that I’ve had both personally and professionally.
In January of 2013, I took a permanent part-time contract position with Bio-Rad Laboratories in Hercules, CA – out in the north-east bay area near San Francisco, joining the MarCom Life Sciences Video Services team as an editor, motion graphics animator and co-producer on corporate marketing and training videos. This has been a great opportunity to not only put all my skills into continual practice but also serves as a vehicle for creativity and trying new production techniques, test gear and software while providing new technologies to the company in return. I get to work with a very talented team with backgrounds in professional TV News, on-air production and recording studio experience. Together we round out a nicely balanced team.
Most of the productions at Bio-Rad are typical corporate/scientific centric videos aimed at educating and informing customers or providing customer testimonials and success stories. But once in awhile, we get the opportunity to really have some fun and go all out on marketing and sales commercials and infomercials, and are encouraged to use every trick in our tool chest. A couple examples were a humorous fake news program simulating an “election night coverage” which utilized full green screen for the news anchor and political pundit; a purposely cheesy “infomercial” depicting brand superiority and a demo against the clock (lots of VFX), and a 30-second commercial for an educational product aimed at teens.
I presented again at the NAB show in 2013, including a full Green Screen Production workshop and several sessions on video production and motion graphics. I also presented at various Bay Area corporate clients and user groups, like the monthly SF Cutters meetup at Adobe, SF – sharing production, post-production techniques with Adobe Software and even a session sharing the quadcopters most recently.
Speaking of quadcopters, I started a series of product reviews and experience articles for the ProVideo Coalition, featuring the DJI Phantom series and special units built by DSLRPros.com out of Florida. I have several articles in my PVC channel, but some of my favorite productions were flying these craft with POV cams – including my favorite this year, flying with my friend Barry Blanchard down at the beach in Santa Cruz, hovering over the surfers and dodging formations of pelicans:
I’ve managed to produce and write many articles and reviews for ProVideo Coalition this year – including products from Adorama, Flashpoint, Tiffen, GoPro, DJI, Red Giant and many more. Check out my “PixelPainter” channel on PVC to see them all!
I joined the author/presenter team at creativeLIVE this year, with three separate live workshops and events: Part of the Creative Cloud Week, I did Video Production in the Creative Cloud; After Effects for Beginners and four different sessions on After Effects and After Effects CC in a 3-day live workshop – all which can purchased any time and reviewed as much as you wish (with production/project files you can download).
Since the news in May of the acquisition of video2brain by lynda.com, some of my video training titles were picked up by lynda.com and are available in their library. However, my Green Screen Workshops were picked-up by Peachpit and after we updated some of the content and added a few new videos and workflows, they are now available online here.
I was also approached by Adobe to write my first article for Adobe Inspire Magazine: “Discovering the art of animated logos with Adobe After Effects CC”, which appeared in the Sept. 2013 issue. I’m hoping to provide more articles for Adobe Inspire in 2014 as well.
And finally, I’m excited that I now have a new publisher, Focal Press, that will help me breathe new life into The Green Screen Handbook 2nd Edition! We’re working on refining some of the existing content, updating the software references and updated techniques, plus shooting some new materials and testing new gear for a truly updated version that will be released sometime in Q3 of 2014. I’m really excited about getting this project rolling and working with this great publisher!
Looking back at all of this and realizing we also added a major move in there to a new location here in the East Bay, I’d have to say it’s been a jam-packed year! I’m pleasantly hopeful that this momentum will springboard us into 2014 with some exciting new projects and adventures. We’ll be updating our Sound Visions Media Production company as well and getting some more video productions moving forward as well, so keep an eye out here at PixelPainter.com!
I wish you all a Happy New Year and a prosperous, healthy and FUN 2014!