Temple Square Interviews

Last week I began shooting interviews for the documentary I am producing on Temple Square. We're speaking with a variety of individuals who have a unique interest in Temple Square. Here are a few stills from the interviews. For two of our production days we were able to film on Temple Square in the Assembly Hall and the historic Tabernacle. 

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Great Oaks from Small Acorns Grow

This week I completed a feature documentary for Weber State University. The film is being used to conclude the University's Dream 125 Campaign which has raised over a 140 million dollars in the last two years. To thank the many financial contributors to the campaign, Weber State University asked me to create a documentary that could share stories from the school's unique history. Below I've included a clip from the film.

Century 21 Everest

For the last two years I've been able to produce videos for Century 21 Everest Realty Group. This year they are beginning a partnership with Troop Real Estate, a successful real estate office in Ventura County, California. To announce the new partnership, Everest and Troop had me create several short videos in which their top leadership shared thoughts on the new venture and the opportunities it would bring their agents. Here is one of the videos where we took the Everest and Troop leadership on a hike near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Desert Water: Climate Change and the Future of Great Salt Lake

This week I completed a couple of short documentaries on the topic of water conservation in Utah. I worked with Hal Crimmel on the project which is based on his book Desert Water: The Future of Utah's Water Resources. In the first film, Hal and geographer Dan Bedford wanted to share some of the water issues currently facing Utah's Great Salt Lake. It was neat experience to learn about the impact the lake has on the surrounding environment and economy. Millions of migratory birds visit Great Salt Lake each year and its industries and tourist activities provide over a billion dollars in revenue. Capturing the footage for this film was a lot of fun. The lake is a fascinating place. I enjoyed my hikes on Antelope Island and a visit to the nearby Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Driving out to Antelope Island offers a striking perspective of the current low lake levels. 

Driving out to Antelope Island offers a striking perspective of the current low lake levels. 

Antelope Island's Buffalo Point offers beautiful views of the lake.

Antelope Island's Buffalo Point offers beautiful views of the lake.

Concept to Company

For the last year I've been able to capture several events for Grow Utah, a local non-profit that supports entrepreneurs and innovators through a variety of cash prize contests. Last week was their annual Concept to Company Outdoor Recreation Event in Ogden, Utah. Here is a short video that features a few of the winners and their products.

Richard Richards: A Conversation on Ethics

The last three years, I've had the opportunity to create a documentary film on Richard Richards, a well respected figure in American politics. The film focuses on Richards honestly and integrity in an arena that, since the founding of the United States, had been filled with candidates and office holders willing to sacrifice one’s integrity and ethics for a vote. 

We still have about a month of post-production left, but I wanted to share a short clip from the film and a few photos of Richards' career. 

After beginning a political career in Utah, Richards was hired by the Republican National Committee. He was key player in the Nixon campaigns, organizing a grassroots effort called "The Neighbor to Neighbor Program."  However, by January 1971, forces within the Nixon administration had been active for months in covert efforts to stop the leaking of classified information.  Their goal was to protect the president’s reputation and keep potentially harmful information from jeopardizing the 1972 campaign.  Part of these operations included minimizing the RNC’s role and centralizing control in a new committee called The Committee to Reelect the President, or CREEP, as it was later derisively called.  Richards was invited to join the Committee at its highest level, but he smelled trouble. He refused the job.

After beginning a political career in Utah, Richards was hired by the Republican National Committee. He was key player in the Nixon campaigns, organizing a grassroots effort called "The Neighbor to Neighbor Program."  However, by January 1971, forces within the Nixon administration had been active for months in covert efforts to stop the leaking of classified information.  Their goal was to protect the president’s reputation and keep potentially harmful information from jeopardizing the 1972 campaign.  Part of these operations included minimizing the RNC’s role and centralizing control in a new committee called The Committee to Reelect the President, or CREEP, as it was later derisively called.  Richards was invited to join the Committee at its highest level, but he smelled trouble. He refused the job.

By mid 1975, Richards was asserting an opinion that wasn’t aligning with many others in his camp.  During the months leading up to the 1976 presidential elections, he was the only state GOP chair to endorse Ronald Reagan instead of the incumbent Gerald Ford.  Four years later, Richards would play a prominent role in the Reagan team's 1980 campaign for the presidency. His success would lead to an appointment as National Republican Party Chairman by Ronald Reagan.

By mid 1975, Richards was asserting an opinion that wasn’t aligning with many others in his camp.  During the months leading up to the 1976 presidential elections, he was the only state GOP chair to endorse Ronald Reagan instead of the incumbent Gerald Ford.  Four years later, Richards would play a prominent role in the Reagan team's 1980 campaign for the presidency. His success would lead to an appointment as National Republican Party Chairman by Ronald Reagan.

While attending college, Richards worked alongside his father as a sign painter. At Reagan's 1980 victory party, a banner on the stage was accidentally painted without George Bush's (Reagan's Vice Presidential candidate) name on it. Richards was able to locate some paper and brushes and hand painted a new banner for the event.

While attending college, Richards worked alongside his father as a sign painter. At Reagan's 1980 victory party, a banner on the stage was accidentally painted without George Bush's (Reagan's Vice Presidential candidate) name on it. Richards was able to locate some paper and brushes and hand painted a new banner for the event.

Start SLC

Last week I was asked to document the Start SLC event for a Grow Utah. Grow Utah is a group that supports entrepreneurs in number of fields by sponsoring cash prize awards at fun events like this one. The Start SLC event had pitch competition where 10 start up businesses competed for $250,000 in prizes. The grand prize went to two guys who have developed a consumer version of the GoPro Camera called ViDi. While the image quality may not match up, the camera retails for a third of the price and its had over 10,000 orders placed since launching the idea 18 months ago. Here is a short video from the event.