April 11, 2012
I just completed a blog design for a friend named Averi Raleigh.
Check out “Orange Friday” at http://orangefriday.blogspot.com

I just completed a blog design for a friend named Averi Raleigh.

Check out “Orange Friday” at http://orangefriday.blogspot.com

8:52am
Filed under: blog design michael rowley art 
April 5, 2012
Alter

"Spending my formative years immersed in the world of politicians and PR led to a fascination with the possibilities of repackaging source texts and adding superficial modifications that would profoundly alter perception. "

Check out the artwork by Alexa Meade . I love it.

12:03pm
Filed under: art Alexa Meade artist inspiring 
March 31, 2012
Sharing

The amount of information that we have available to us is astounding.

March 21, 2012
"I Never Was One For Straight Lines"
Charcoal 22” x 28”

"I Never Was One For Straight Lines"

Charcoal 22” x 28”

11:38pm
Filed under: art michael rowley 
March 18, 2012

"Alone"

This is definitely my favorite video piece I have ever created. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

Thanks for watching.

March 13, 2012

The “Art of Lament” is the third video in the Lent series I have directed for Sanctuary (Tulsa). 

With the help of a photographer friend in town, I located this abandoned house in between Amarillo and Canyon Texas. With the only entries on my criminal record having to do with trespassing, I was a tad bit nervous about using the location. However, without a “NO TRESPASSING” sign or a barbed wire fence guarding the dilapidated residence, I made myself at home.

This video was shot at sunrise (a great time to shoot anything) and I think it worked to my advantage. The concept for the video was to have rough and gritty textures illustrating the dark message of scriptural Lament. With the sun peeking over the horizon and slowly ascending into the sky, each wall of the house provided many different and interesting looks due to the changing shadows and light.

Another exciting technique I used while shooting this video was a tripod lean. The shots in the footage where it appears to be on a dolly, I was just simply leaning the tripod slowly back and forth on its legs. I don’t think that technique would work well in a traditional video, but the abstract concept allowed it to be an easy and effective way of creating an interesting shot.

What I would do different: I didn’t know there would be text in the video until after I was done shooting. Any time I have text in a video I try and imagine it while I am shooting. If I had done this, it would have been a lot easier to find less distracting placement for my text.

Thanks for reading.

March 9, 2012
Screen-Grab from my shoot from yesterday. The piece will be entitled “Alone”.  I’m super excited about how it is going to turn out.

Screen-Grab from my shoot from yesterday. The piece will be entitled “Alone”.  I’m super excited about how it is going to turn out.

11:43am
  
Filed under: michael Rowley Art video alone 
March 4, 2012

Here is the latest video that I directed for the Sanctuary Lent series. 

Honestly, right now I am too tired to think of a clever post that would be enjoyable to read. So, instead I hope you enjoy this video without explanation.

Thanks.

March 1, 2012
Arthur and Alcy

My wife just launched her first blog! For all of you that love all things awesome, go check it out and share the link.

February 26, 2012
"Spirituality For Busy People"



I was recently hired to shoot a series of videos for a church in Tulsa called Sanctuary. The church observes the season of Lent with weekly meetings that range in different topics that are often not talked about in modern evangelical contexts. The videos will play in their weekly services and online in order to act as a promotional advertisement for the special gatherings during the week. The first week’s message is concerning the idea of living a busy life and incorporating your spirituality into one’s personal daily cycle.

The idea for the video obviously stemmed from the message that it was advertising. I, with the grip and second-camera help of Joshua Aaron Davis, spent a long day directing/shooting this project. I try to learn what I can from each shoot and hopefully better myself for the future. My advice for myself and anyone interested in making something similar to this video is:

A.) Get more footage than you need! 

-The best idea for a video like this that contains a lot of different settings and ideas is to capture more footage rather than less, it pays off for the editor and the end product.

B.) Pick your audio wisely!

- It’s amazing how a stylized video can be made or broken by one’s choice of audio. Find a song that matches the mood that you would like your audience to feel about the piece. I chose this song because I felt lyrically that it matched the ideas within the message of the video AND it had a slight chain-gang feel, which aligned with the idea of being a slave to busyness.

C.) Find the special moments to include in your edit!

-Watch the footage and find those special moments that really stand out to the viewer. Try and look at the video with fresh eyes and realize what the coolest part of your shot is. My favorite special moment in this video was the elevator button push.

**WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE BETTER OR DIFFERENT?**

I would have made the schedule more concrete. We had a couple instances in our production schedule where our talent or locations were unavailable. In the future I will make sure and solidify each location or talent the best I can before-hand in order to avoid stress or confusion on the day of production.

Thanks for reading.