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Telling Difficult Stories

Posted on February 11, 2014 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

This clip is from a Kiwanis project raising funds for the elimination of neonatal tetanus. Tim Taylor and I attempted to straddle the line between emotion and vulgarity by showing the impact of this terrible disease without using graphic images. It’s still a difficult story for me to watch.

Pitch Video

Posted on February 11, 2014 in: Cuts, Editing, Projects, Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

This is a fun pitch video created for Kohls to sell a proposed new DP and look. Some of my best days as an editor start with “Here’s the video, send us a link at the end of the day.” This was one of those great days.

Driving Lessons

Posted on August 30, 2011 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

My daughter, Sarah, is learning to drive.  Like everything else, this task is vastly different and more complicated than when I was 16.  Back then driver’s ed could be as simple as my old man, as my father liked to call himself, throwing me the car keys and saying ‘take me for a ride.’  Today there are rules.  Lots and lots of rules.  Instruction must be by a professional over a prescribed number of hours including the number of practice hours, which are logged and attested to by a responsible adult.  That’s where I come in, the tense man in the passenger seat of the grey Toyota Matrix.

Bearing witness to Sarah’s learning process is my job as her father.  One time it was riding a bike, another was spelling words, then it was leadership.  One difficult day I listened to her tearfully tell me the lesson she learned, that some men are violent assholes.  Holding space for Sarah’s learning process, as difficult as it can be, has given me many gifts over the years.  At first I thought my job was to sit patiently in the passenger seat while alternating between sage instruction sprinkled with driving stories and praise.  Later I discovered that once again, there are two students.  I’m teaching Sarah about navigating the world as an adult, this time in a car, and she’s teaching me about trust.  Until now the trust has been decidedly one sided.  “You trust me with your very existence and I’ll trust you to do your level best.”

In the passenger seat of the Matrix (which is named Shahniquah but that’s another story) I realized that the tables have been turned.  My life was literally in Sarah’s hands.  I trusted that my daughter, with 1 hour of driving experience would safely convey us to our destination.  I assure you that it was no simple task to remain calm while Sarah navigated rush hour traffic filled with more cars and curbs than I remember.  I’m happy to report that we arrived safely home with both car and psyche’s intact.  I’m looking forward to the next lesson from Sarah, the patient teacher.

Pro Bono Publico

Posted on July 29, 2010 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

Pro bono publico is a latin phrase meaning ‘for the public good.’  I’ve recently started doing a little pro bono work between projects, it feels good to be using my talents ‘for the good.’  The most recent pro bono video was at the invitation of Larry Ladig, a long time friend, colleague and collaborator.  This piece is a fund raiser for Barnes United Methodist Church.  Special thanks go to Non-Stop Music, who donated the music rights for the public performance of the video.

More Sunbeams

Posted on June 4, 2010 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

You’ve read it here before (just scroll down) that I’m a fan of the magazine, The Sun.  Here’s the best damn paragraph in the June issue:

WHAT IF PSYCHIATRISTS came up with different language to describe the suffering of people who troop into their consulting rooms every day? Instead of diagnosing a young woman with “borderline-personality disorder,” how about “lost in the realm of the fluttering leaves”? Instead of “depression,” how about “buried by avalanche, still breathing”? And, just as the Inuit have different words for snow on the ground and snow in the air and snow that drifts, maybe we could have different words for tears: tears we’ll forget by tomorrow, tears we never cried but should have, tears that fall from our children’s eyes, tears that fall too quickly to wipe away.

And yes, it’s from Sy Safransky’s Notebook


Posted on May 12, 2010 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

I finished another short testimonial for the New Warrior Training Adventure, this one featuring my friend, Arnie Benton.  In this project I came face to face with the Flip camera’s biggest shortfall, the microphone.  The next series of interviews will be shot indoors!

Slomo with the Phantom

Posted on January 22, 2010 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

I just finished a project that was shot using the Phantom high-speed camera. It captured some wonderful slow motion water shots that nicely show how the product works.


Posted on December 8, 2009 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

Rule 10

Posted on December 7, 2009 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

This is the last of my personal commandments. It’s another ‘anti-resentment’ tool to keep in your back pocket.

10. If you see the problem, you own the problem.

Here’s how it works for me: I notice a problem and immediately look around for someone who SHOULD be fixing it. Then I blame them for the problem as well as judge them for being useless!

On the other hand, if I see a problem and then take ownership, I can avoid the whole cranky phase and jump right into action. Owning the problem eliminates any resentment or blaming by keeping the ball squarely in my court.

Rule 9: Be Clear and Direct

Posted on September 21, 2009 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

Here’s another rule from the book, No More Mr. Nice Guy.  Beating around the bush takes time and a tremendous amount of energy.  Holding an indirect conversation and keeping my hidden agenda in the back of my mind, all while beating myself up for not being good enough to get to the damn point, is tiresome.  Tiresome for me and for the people around me.  Aside from saving time and energy, being clear and direct adds a certain clarity and an edge to my thoughts and to my work as well.  The habit of being clear and direct allows me to cut through the BS of my cluttered thoughts and get to the marrow of the matter.  Get into the habit of being clear and direct with yourself and the people in your life.