It's Been a While . . .

Hello, again. Remember me? It's been a while since I've posted anything on my site, so I figured maybe it was time for an update. Believe it or not, I've been pretty busy since the last time I posted. So let me catch you up a few projects I've had the opportunity to work on over the last few years. Below you'll find links to a handful of videos that I've been involved in to varying degrees. I've had the great honor to help make some incredible pieces for Experience Life Church here in Lubbock, I've worked on a few projects personally, and I've also gone back and done a few jobs for Operation HOPE. Whether I've acted as director, camera operator, producer, actor, or even live producer, I've been busy!

Director

Most recently, I've had the chance to get out from behind the camera more and manage larger film crews to help make some really fantastic pieces. Here are a few of my favorites:

Filmed/Edited/Produced By Me

Sometimes you get to work with a big crew and tons of resources . . . sometimes It's just you and a camera and a big task at hand. Though jobs like that can be daunting and a little intimidating, that's the way I started out and I wouldn't trade those opportunities for the world. In previous posts, you can see a lot of projects just like these, but here are some from more recent times.

Camera Operator

Whether I'm shooting completely by myself or on a larger team, I still love pointing a camera at something and helping make it look awesome. Here are a handful of projects I've been involved in where I was a member of a larger crew and my primary objective was filming. And as much as I would love to take the time to point out exactly which shots were mine, that would take an eternity. 

Drone Footage

Though I still haven't gotten my license to fly my drone commercially (like for money), I'm still super proud of some of the stuff I've gotten so I would love to feature it here. Below are some of my favorite drone videos/videos featuring some of my drone work. 

Graphic/Logo Design

All over this site, you'll see plenty of my photography work, but I've also had the chance to design some pretty fun stuff over the last few years. Here are some of my favorites.

This Is PopX

PopX is a blend of Pop-Art and Expressionism and was created by Baron Batch. In the past couple of years, Baron has produced over 200 pieces of world-class art and he's nowhere close to slowing down. Back in April, 2014 Baron came to the Lubbock Arts Festival to show off his work and connect with fans. Rather than just sitting around doing nothing, Baron decided to get to work doing what he does best. He didn't even have to stop for the interview.

I always enjoy it when Baron comes into town because we do so much more than just sit around doing nothing. We get to work planning out and making things that are awesome. Whether he's walking through a grocery store to film a commercial or live-painting art at an expo just so he can give it away, Baron is always doing something interesting that's worth filming.

I hope you enjoyed watching this video as much as I enjoyed shooting and producing it. To see more of baron's work, check out http://www.pop-x.com.

Unity in Glass

I was recently introduced to a gentleman by the name of Lee Ware who is a local glass blower. He produces some incredible pieces and I had the great honor of spending one morning with him and photographing some of his pieces.

Less has come up with some really incredible glass designs and I absolutely loved getting to see them and work with them. This was one of my first times photographing something reflective like glass and it was definitely a fun challenge. Below are some of my favorite shots from the shoot. To see a few more photos and to learn more about what Lee does, check out his website unityinglass.com.

Create - Lubbock Arts Festival Commercial

Here's a fun ad I made featuring my good friend Baron Batch for the Lubbock Arts Festival. Baron was the festival's featured artist in 2013 and has continued to be a supporter and somewhat of a spokesperson for the festival so it was great to be able to get him involved in the commercial. 

One of my favorite aspects of this video was the timeframe. Due to some minor issues with another production company here in town, this opportunity was presented to Baron and I 24 hours prior to Baron getting into town to film. We had one day to come up with an idea to film and execute. We shot the entire video at Market Street supermarket late at night after most shoppers had cleared out. Fortunately, the store is open 24/7 so we pretty much had access to the entire place for as long as we needed it. If you follow any of my other work, you'll know that I don't usually shoot 30 second spots, but I usually produce pieces that are 3-7 minutes in length. Although I needed a small fraction of the footage that I would usually shoot, Baron and I agreed that more footage is better so we shot for 4 or 5 hours until we felt that we had the footage we needed.

All of the motion shots were filmed using a "steadicam" sled built by my brother in law, Chris Hudgins, with a little bit of help from me. The entire thing was made from plywood, skateboard wheels, and some PVC pipe. Chris and I only used it for one of his music videos a couple of years ago, and I honestly forgot about it until this project. My cousin Caleb was gracious enough to spend the evening with us to help operate the sled and set up some of the nicest shots in the commercial.

The music was created by my little brother Connor and I think it fit perfectly with the mood of the spot. Baron and I had originally discussed using something with strings, but I think this worked much better.

Although the reduced run-time for a spot like this might make it seem easier to edit and produce, it actually proved to be much more of a challenge having to leave out so many great shots that we were able to get. That said, I'm proud to say that 48 hours after being presented with the job, I had a final product for approval. Not to brag or anything, but you can't find a 48 hour turnaround for something like this anywhere in Lubbock.

I've produced quite a few pieces for a number of different projects, but this was my first for broadcast television. If you or anyone you know is looking to create a commercial that can stand above the shoddy, cheap feel of most local commercials while still driving the point home, head over to http://www.ryangvoight.com and let me know.