Monday, December 16, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I've always found this to be a particularly enjoyable event. I love the moment when I see a great photo and try to time it just right--sometimes I get what I was looking for, sometimes I don't. Either way, I'd bet it feels just as much a game to me as it does to the players!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I've had a great time this Summer--lots of fun, but also always busy and on the move! We had a family reunion during late July, which was nice, kind of a relaxer after some of the business that comes with editing wedding videos. Yet even there, I found plenty opportunities to bring out my camera and snap some shots.
It was two days after we got back from that when we set out for Sturgis. I was able to ride my bike up the whole way, which is definitely the farthest I've ever ridden in a couple days. (Actually, Josh and I got to ride our bikes back home together in one day. To top that all off, we were in soaking rain. That was tough--and yet somehow fun, too...)
At Sturgis, I was very busy every day helping prepare for the daily kids show and watch bouncehouses. Whenever I got time in between, I'd grab my camera and take a little footage or some photos. Not sure where all the time went, but it did go by fast!
When we came back home, I gathered my footage from this year and from years past and assembled what I have embedded below...a friend needed it the Sunday after we got back home, but I was able to edit it and upload it just in time!
This is a short video I made when I was up at Sturgis this year. Have a friend who needed something he could show his church real soon after the event was over, so I made the best short video I could in a small amount of time. Had some fun with the black-on-white look, I don't think I've ever really done that in a video before, as usually it's white text on a black background. However, the design coupled with the music made for a different, interesting feel, I thought.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
But the only reason that all of these things are possible is because I now have transportation! With the help of Andy Hanning (he comes to biker church and has a local bike shop in Pueblo) I was able to get the bike trailered in town so I could finally get the thing licensed! I have now been riding it for a week between Pueblo and Fowler. My first big ride was on the Cycle De Mayo, where I, Dad and several dozen other riders went from Pueblo to Rocky Ford to Ordway and then finally back to Pueblo. It was a nice ride and gave me some practice for my future rides into Pueblo...Traffic is no fun on two wheels.
I got to film a rodeo again this year. It's the same one I did last year, but they changed locations, which made things interesting. I had to find ways to get in close without being obtrusive, but also get good audio. It was a long, hard day, but well worth it, in more ways than one. Although I sell DVD's of the event, I also was noticed by Forrest Rowell, who was planning on doing a kids event a couple weekends later. He saw me out there with my big camera and microphone, and asked me if I could help him with the event to film it and create a promo video. Sounded like a great idea, and as it turned out my parents knew this guy very well even though I didn't.
Before I move on, though, I seriously should mention a certain phenomenon that happens at the rodeo and just about everywhere else I film now. When I take my microphone, I put a wind buffer on it--a big, fluffy, hairy thing that is technically called a "Dead Cat" wind buffer. It really does have a practical purpose--when the wind comes in, it reduces the blowing noise that has ruined so many of my audio clips. But any time I bring it out into the open for the public to see, people can't stop looking at it. I've had a few kids even run up and try to grab it! It's funny to see how much attention it gathers from the adults, too. I've been asked countless times what that thing is on top of my camera, and what on earth it's supposed to do! And I have a hunch that's what got Forrest's attention...but I don't know for sure, it's just a guess.
Anyway, by the time that event came around, I had gotten some practice on the motorcycle. I really didn't want to take all my equipment on the bike (if I were to crash, that'd stink anyway, but I didn't want to risk my equipment too!). But I did it and made it there just fine. I went around with the group all day and shot, shot, shot. It was lots of fun, and I'll be uploading some of the results as soon as they're ready.
Now I'm in the process of editing both those projects. As I said earlier, doing those while having two jobs is rather...challenging. More so than I expected, but I keep telling myself that as stressful as it can be, this is what I want to be doing. Nobody is forcing me into these jobs other than myself.
As for my new computer job, I am very excited to see how this turns out. I am getting an education that basically surpasses what the guys at the Geek Squad know (the tech-know-how geeks at Best Buy--yeah, that was my dream job for a few years). What I'm learning will also work for me at other jobs, if I pass the certification test. But for right now, I'm learning how much I haven't learned yet. Just being around these guys, hearing what they are talking about, seeing the way they do things...it makes me feel a lot less tech-savvy! I'm excited to see what I'll be able to learn here.
The months continue to go by without waiting up for me!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
This video ended up being quite a bit of work. For one thing, I hadn't even planned on making a video at all this year! But, when I was up there, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I needed to interview some people, put it down on film. I felt like I had to at least try. So, during the week, I put together a few questions and wrote them down on a little sheet of paper.
I was really glad to see that I had at least brought my portable recorder, which happened to have a stereo mic on the front. Since I had not thought to bring my fancy Rhode microphone with a wind buffer on the front, I just had to put a bandana (one of Dad's smiley-face bandanas, in fact--some of you know how much he wears those everywhere) on the front of the little microphone, which helped a little bit. But there were bunches of noises that got in the way of every recording--the wind seemed to be blasting like crazy every time I got someone to give me enough time to interview them. But more than that, you have to realize I was filming in the middle of a motorcycle rally--and not just any rally, but Sturgis Bike Week, arguably the largest rally in the US! I had to cut out whole sections of audio due to motorcycles revving by, music blasting over from distant concerts, advertising airplanes, kids running around and yelling, and noisy bounce house motors all over the place. However, with some tedious cutting and a little audio work, I was able to pull together what I think is a halfway decent sound (at least in the short version).
It was a lot of work finding people who both wanted to stand in front of the camera and answer my questions and had the time. But I thank the people who did--they were very patient with me and gave me what I needed to put this video together.
Probably the hardest work was in the editing. Simply going through the massive amount of information, the seemingly endless clips of people giving me their honest answers, and then sorting them into some kind of a coherent order, was a pretty big undertaking. But when I came out of it on the other end, I knew I had something I really wanted to share--with some more work and polish.
I finally thought I had come to the end of it when I showed my family the video. They said they liked it, that it was okay, stuff like that. But when it came time to show it at the biker church that we do every Thursday (you can find out more from the link) I came to realize two huge problems.
One, the audio really sounded bad coming from huge church-sized speakers. It sounded fine in my little speakers on my computer or on my portable speakers. But with huge speakers that could really put out the bass tones, the wind noise became far more prominent, pretty much drowning out the audio that I wanted people to hear.
And for the other, it was just too long. There was a lot of information to digest, and looking back I think it was too much. The main purpose of the film is to advertise--to draw people in, get them interested, and perhaps get them so interested that they would want to help. But when the video was almost eight minutes long, is was just too much.
So I went back and cut, cut, cut until I got it down to just over two and a half minutes. I think it is still clear, gets to the point and communicates the right message, all in a short period of time. Of course, you can watch it below, and tell me what you think yourself!
The one on top is the final cut, and the one below it is the extended cut. I posted it mostly because there is still a lot of good stuff in it (in my opinion) that just takes too long if you're not already really interested. Feel free to comment below!
Kidz Zone at Sturgis: On Location from Zachary Hubbell on Vimeo.
This is a film I shot at the Kidz Zone during Sturgis Bike Week, 2012. It explains a little bit about what Sturgis Bike Week is, what the Kidz Zone does there and why we need help to run the event. All the footage was taken by me this year, and the photographs were all taken by me as well, but come from this last year to several years past.
Started by my father, Curtis Hubbell, Thunder Road Ministries has been doing ministry at events like Sturgis Bike week for over a decade now. If you would like to know more about the organization, or their new church (Steel City Biker Church) you can visit their website at: steelcitybikerchurch.org
If you'd like to sign up or get some information, you can any of the methods described at the end of the video, but the best would probably be just to call the number: 719-252-1086.
Thanks to all of those who let me get an interview in! Kevin Riley, Richie Perko, Emily Hubbell, Ken Dalby, DNO and Steve-O--thanks bunches to all of you, even if I couldn't fit you in!
Kidz Zone at Sturgis: On Location--Extended Cut from Zachary Hubbell on Vimeo.