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Family Pictures Sneak Peak

Dec
07

We took our annual family pictures this November. So here is a little sneak peak before we post our Christmas newsletter.

These prep pictures always seem so awkward. Blank stares, hair being fixed, nephews to make happy, diapers to be filled, etc.DSC_0089
These are some proud grandparents! It was quite the ordeal to get the little guys to look and smile at the camera. Lots of weird faces and strange sounds. I think that it was more entertaining to the adults then it was to them.
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I love my family! A LOT!
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Taking pictures went well…until it came to the brothers. I think we were harder to get to be serious than trying to get the nephews to smile at the camera.
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As the term goes, “boys will be boys”. I think we fulfilled that pretty well.
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At the end, I think we only got one good picture, but had a lot of laughs! I will say that I appreciate my brothers more than they probably know. They have impacted my life tremendously for Eternity! Love ya bros!DSC_0368

“A merry heart doeth good like medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22

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My Hobby

Feb
16

For some time I have been interested in film making. I have started doing some stop-motion animation. The politically correct definition  is a cinematic process, or technique used to makes static objects appear as if they were moving. This technique is commonly used in clay-mation and puppet-based or in my case Lego animation. In simpler terms my “actors” do not “act”, I have to move the figure take a picture, move the figure take a picture, move the figure take a picture, etc………….. I am currently working on the script for a short detective style stop-motion film called “The Finger Print”. Playing at 15 frames per second (for every second of film I need 15 pictures),  I will need to manually take 10,800 pictures for this 12 min movie.

This is one of my first videos I made.

 

I still have a lot of room to improve.

Around Christmas time I decided to build a camera slider. A camera slider is a device that allows you to make smooth and easy moving shots. Mine is about three feet long. My shopping list for this project included one piece of electrical conduit (the pipe), three electrical outlet boxes, and some felt strips._DSC0003

 

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This is the video I made with it at Christmas. Disclaimer, the slider is homemade so it isn’t as smooth as I’d like, but it is better than nothing!

 

-Benjamin

 

 

 

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Doing the Impossible

May
22

In Alert Cadet program at the Big Sandy conference, we get a prize if we memorize four Bible verses, the Alert Cadet motto, and the Alert Cadet Covenant. On the first day, I got the Alert Cadet Covenant, Alert Cadet motto, and the theme verse done. The second day, I started the second verse, but didn’t get it done. That night, before the last day, David Gibbs spoke about doing the impossible. I was thinking about the remaining three verses that I would like to memorize. I am not very good at memorizing. So I was discouraged, because I really wanted the prize. So I prayed to God that He would do the impossible by helping me memorize the rest of the verses in time. The next day before lunch, I got all three verses done and received the prize – a first aid kit. I was pumped, and I kept telling people, “ Did you hear how I got my verses done?” I would encourage you, if you think that you have something that seems impossible, ask God to do the impossible.

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; But with God all things are possible.”

 

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‘Twas The Week Before Christmas

Dec
06

Several years ago, John-Clay produced a 5-minute movie about remembering the true meaning of Christmas. I had fun acting in my brother’s film, even though we stayed up until 3am one night, recording the narration! I hope you enjoy it.

Synopsis:
In an unexpected turn of events, a young boy learns the truth about Santa and sets out to honor the true King of Christmas! This heart-warming short film emphasizes Who our focus should be during the Christmas season!

You can view a short clip from the movie here.

Click Here to read more about the movie on the store site!

A while back, John-Clay also wrote up a couple Behind-the-Scenes articles about this project, which you can read here Christmas BTS Article 1Christmas BTS Article 2

For more information or to download the film, go to:

ReelCast Productions Download Store

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