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Every few years I have been asked to make a video to help celebrate a family occasion. Weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Often these videos consist mostly of photos set to music and perhaps some interviews with family members. This year, for my dad's 65th birthday, we decided to kick things up a few notches. Due to my busy work schedule, this was, of course, a last minute project. The weekend before last my brother, wife and I got together with a bright green sheet of fabric and some fun ideas. 80 hours of editing later, mostly late at night, I produced a very unique tribute video to my dad, which we showed a few days ago at a surprise party my mom had secretly been planning for 90 of their closest friends.

The DJ said, "I've seen a lot of videos but this was about the best thing I have ever seen." We didn't do it for praise, we did it for Dad. But I am happy the audience enjoyed what they saw. We showed the 20 minute version at the party, but also made a 40 minute version for home viewing.

Here are a few still frames from the production. Video clips later.

The Before - lots of ad-libbing while trying to visualize the final result. I did have a storyboard and some of the backgrounds made.







The After - a little rough around the edges of the keys. The smaller the foreground elements the better. Still ok for a family video - lots of fun to watch - and as far from photos set to music as possible!













If you have the opportunity to use some of your professional skills to pay tribute to a friend of relative, I encourage you to make the time and do it.

Mike Cohen


Posted by: Mike Cohen on Feb 26, 2011 at 8:31:54 pmComments (1) compositing, family

One Heck of a Commute

Flying to and from Chicago in one day looks good on paper.

4am
Wake up. Clean up. Iron clothes. Feed cats. Since I was awake and my wife set an alarm for backup I made her an iced coffee.

5am
Hit the road. Stop for gas before airport

6am
Valet parking, shuttle, print boarding pass. Lonnnngggg security line.



6:50am
Board plane. Eat muffin and granola bar.
Boot laptop and work on excel file for new video collection and prepare mockup of iPad app interface.

8:20
Land Midway. No luggage to claim. Easy to get taxi into town. Oops morning rush hour.

9:10am
Corner Bakery. Bagel. OJ.

9:40am
Arrive at meeting location. Adjust tie.



10am
Meeting 1.

11am
Meeting 2. Brainstorming session. Action plan. Lunch.

2:11pm
Taxi to airport. Easy security. Buy food.

3:35pm
Board. Aisle seat. Taxi. Takeoff. Zzzzzzzzz.....

3:42pm (really 4:42pm)
Felt like I slept longer than 4 minutes. Snack. Coffee. Laptop. Conversation with seat mate. Former Obama staffer.

7:20pm
Land Hartford.



7:30pm
Valet shuttle. Pay. $0.25 cup of cafe mocha. Car. Highway. Call friend to chat. Time passes.

8:45pm
Home. Mailbox. Remove any clothes that touched airplane or taxi. Pajamas. Sofa. DVR. Southland. V. Zzzzzzzz.



10:12pm
Slept a bit longer that time.

End of day. End of blog. Stay tuned. Busy times ahead.

Thanks for rea...zzzzzzzzzzzzz......

Oops.

Mike Cohen


Posted by: Mike Cohen on Feb 16, 2011 at 7:16:00 pmComments (1) travel



I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

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