Archive for September, 2009

Motivational Friday’s

Posted: September 25, 2009 in Motivational Fridays

A new series of posts, more for myself, I’m going to be starting is “Motivational Friday’s”. I’m going to post something; a quote, poem, story or just something I think of, that has been motivational or inspiring to me over the last week. Hopefully it will also give you something to think about as you end your week and look to the next.

So, here is this weeks Motivational Friday. It’s a poem by C.W. Longnecker entitled “The Victor”

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.


Two weeks ago we re-launched our 333 Progressive Services at The Torch Worship Center. This year due to work I’m not able to work as “Hands On” with the service but our Media Director, Brandi Wood, has taken and ran with the service (I was impressed!) It was great to be able to stand in the Sound Booth and see the service from that angle. The first time I haven’t been in the Control Room for one of the 333’s. So here are two of the songs from the Service as well as a brief highlight clip of Pastor Scott and Eric. The first video followed the One Video I put up last week.

“One”

“Nothing is Impossible”

Highlights of Pastor Scott and Eric

Lunch Break- Lego Art

Posted: September 24, 2009 in Lunch Break
Lego Reflection
Lego Reflection

I have been a huge fan of Lego’s for years. The ability to create something from scratch and build things with little blocks is amazing, and a great stress reliever! I came across this site today with some fantastic Lego Creations. Nathan Sawaya quit his job as a Corporate Lawyer in 2001 to become the world’s foremost Lego Artist. Check out some more of his work here.

Lego 3

The commute home yesterday was the most eventful I have had since moving to Atlanta… of course I have a feeling yesterday was the most eventful commute for anyone living in Atlanta in quite a while.

Underwater Car

Underwater Car

I left the offices at 3:30 to “beat the traffic” so I would make it home at a decent hour, knowing it was going to be bad. I turned right out of the Parking Garage and went down the hill, only to find the underpass six feet underwater and a red car attempting to make it through. Notice I said attempting because as it got near the center of the underpass the car stalled and the helpless… dare I say stupid… driver had to get out and wade back to the shore (sidewalk). I told Tom Tom to find an alternate route and it turned me right, along the back side of our offices. Immediately my car was in two feet of water, but with no where to go I continued. Slowly making my way around back roads, often having to turn around due to rivers running over the road,  I found my way to an on-ramp for the interstate.

Where I was Stuck (I'm About Fifteen cars back)

Where I was Stuck (I'm About Fifteen cars back)

I was thinking, surely Atlanta can effectively manage the interstate road, however I was quickly proven wrong. The second I reached the top of the on-ramp cars were at a dead stop. No more than twenty cars ahead of me was a lake the size of a Football Field where the Interstate use to be. Knowing there was no where to go the guy in front of me put it in park and got out, so I followed suit. We chatted for a while and attempted to take some pictures, although in a torrential downpour this is not such a great idea.

My View of the "Lake"

My View of the "Lake"

After nearly thirty minutes a state trooper made his way back to our section and had us all reverse direction. That’s right, six lanes of traffic all slowly turned around and faced the other way. We then drove back to the on-ramp, much to the surprise of cars just attempting to enter it, and made our way home on back roads. It took nearly two hours of commute time as opposed to my usual 20 minutes… and I was one of the lucky ones.

I know several people who had to move out of their flooded apartments and into a hotel last night. I know the media director for a very large church in Atlanta and his sanctuary was three feet underwater (picture below).

An Atlanta Church Underwater

An Atlanta Church Underwater

A Local Apartment Complex (via a friend)

A Local Apartment Complex (via a friend)

Caved In Road

Caved In Road

“ONE”

Posted: September 14, 2009 in 333

This past Sunday was the first ever “Re-Vamped” version of 333 at The Torch Worship Center. You may remember 333 from last Spring (See bottom of post for links to videos). Here is a video I created in After Effects for the opening of the first service. It was a HUGE After Effects project, but a lot of fun.. Check it out and let me know what you think:

Previous 333 Videos can be seen here

-Blake

Here is a short Highlight Video I created this week showcasing the first few weeks of Georgia State Football. Segments include: Players Arriving; Coach Curry’s Welcome to the Players and Families; Practices; and the Countdown to Touchdown Press Conference. (You may recognize the Practice Highlight Video as I re-purposed it here)

My Camera

My Camera

This week I have had the opportunity to return to Georgia Tech and help crew for the Jumbo Screen (Now called the MegaJacketTron). This is the first time I have been able to work with the Football Crew since usually I am running Coaches Film, and it was a completely different experience. I’m accustomed to running Wide Angle Side Lines and Tight End Zone Shots, but this week I was responsible for Side Line Tight. Basically I ran the camera in the Press Box that follows the Quarter Back then the Ball and finally gets the “Hero Shot” of the player that makes the big play.

Jumbo Screen Production Truck

Jumbo Screen Production Truck

I also covered fan shots and “beauty shots” throughout the game. My camera was also the replay camera which means after every play my shot was shown on the Jumbo Screen again. It made it more of a challenge because you know if you mess up 55,000 people will see it over and over!

On the Field

On the Field

Last night at the GT vs. Clemson game I had the chance to stand on the Side Line with the GT Players Bench throughout the game. It was exciting seeing the game from that angle as opposed to hundreds of feet away on a tiny monitor… you actually hear the hits and see the sweat and often times blood!  It was an extremely exciting game, which turned out much differently than I had expected during the first quarter (when we were leading 24-0).

I’m getting excited for Georgia State games next year in the Georgia Dome… along with the months of preparation of Intro Videos, Timeout Video, Graphics and more to keep Fan entertained during the event!

The Dome

The Dome

On Wednesday the Georgia State Football Team practiced at our future home, the Georgia Dome. Players were surprised as the buses deviated from their usual routes to the Hill Street Complex and took a right toward the Dome. During the two hour practice Players were able to tour the Locker Rooms (Yes, we will be using the official Falcons Locker Rooms) and also feel the excitement, minus the fans, of running on the field. On September 2nd 2010 the GSU Panthers will play their first game against Shorter College. Go ahead and make plans to attend, you don’t want to miss it! Tickets are on sale at the GSU Sports Website.

Locker Room

Locker Room