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Storytelling Chops

Posted on November 17, 2016 in: Editing by Andrew Birkhead

When I claim to be a storyteller, this is what I mean.

Larry’s Homework

Posted on November 17, 2016 in: Cuts, Motion Graphics by Andrew Birkhead

A little kinetic text project, using a scene from one of my favorite films, to sharpen my After Effects skills.

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.

Pro bono

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

I enjoy working on pro bono projects for non-profits simply because it’s doing something for the greater good. Larry Ladig and I poured through a hard drive of amateur video then shot interviews for this fundraiser video benefitting the earthquake victims of Haiti.

Good luck, We’re all counting on you!

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

This was the epitome of a ‘good luck, we’re all counting on you’ project. I was handed a hard drive of stills and video clips and asked to make a year end video for Allison Transmission. I enjoyed this project because of how I handled the video clips about the IPO and was able to keep the edit pacing pretty high throughout.

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

The Sun

Posted on May 15, 2010 in: Cool Stuff by Andrew Birkhead

If you’ve read this blog before you should already know that I’m a big fan of the magazine, The SunSy Safransky’s Notebook is one of my favorite parts.  Here’s why:

A DECADE INTO the twenty-first century, some pundits suggest that we’re living through the most divisive period in U.S. history; apparently they’ve forgotten the Vietnam era, the civil-rights movement, the campaign for women’s suffrage, or, for that matter, the bloody and prolonged War between the States, in which nearly as many Americans died as in all our other wars combined, from the War for Independence to the struggle for the minds and hearts and oil of the people of Iraq.
A decade into the twenty-first century, the United States still has military bases in more than one hundred countries. U.S. dominance in the world continues to decline as India and China become the new economic superpowers. (Then again, global domination isn’t what the Founding Fathers had in mind.)
A decade into the twenty-first century, Americans, apparently the thirstiest people on the planet, still carry bottled water wherever they go. The average cloud still weighs the same as one hundred elephants, give or take an elephant. String theory still suggests that there are a vast number of parallel realities; in one such reality, presumably, John McCain is president and Sarah Palin is vice-president. The female black-widow spider still occasionally kills and eats the male after they mate.
A decade into the twenty-first century, ordinary men and women still perform unheralded acts of courage. An ant is still able to lift ten times its own weight. Food cooked with love still makes young bones grow stronger. It’s still impossible to commit suicide by holding your breath.