Calvary Baptist Films
As a prelude to a taped drama based on a news format, I took the chance to experiment with the new Adobe Premiere, and work on my special effects talents utilizing the high technology I had at the time: Adobe Photoshop Filmstrips. This is the first Photoshop-only effects project I created, and the beginning of my earliest effects work.
As part of the yearly Christmas play, I was assigned to create a music video to the previously provided audio track... with the help of the youth group & kids ministry, this is what I came up with.
Look, it'd take too long to explain. Suffice it to say, part of a longer film with an imaginary sequence in which one of the characters speculates about the church secretary (played here by the pastor's wife) calling in an unexpected guest to sabotage the photocoppier...
Another school project- Are you an Based on the Youth Pastor's minute-long goof-off film, I took the helm of this school assignment for my co-star to craft the best life-and-death ER drama/thriller/romance/comedy in existence... featuring a rubber glove.
Companion piece to 'The Fortune' in the Films with Family section, this 30 Days of Purpose skit ended up oddly prophetic about my job-seeking abilities.
A little interview piece with the children fo the church for
For Calvary's sports-based VBS, Press Nelson took to the streets and attempted a daring experiment- film videos and interviews and cut together a daily highlight reel to be shown the next day. These 1-day turnaround projects were the result!
Calvary Movie Night
Once a year since I've been making films, our youth group has had it's yearly Movie night, where the group gets together and makes movies. From humble beginnings to my biggest blockbuster, these are the results.
Our... very rough... first film effort, and my first actual 'movie,' Featuring the best dang Balrog ever.
A montage of the various projects- mine own included- from the first year, to whet appetites for the second!
Despite the title, this film has nothing to do with Men In Black except for the costumes, really. A marked jump up in quality from the last Movie Night endeavor. The effects are good for the time. And the action is fun. This was the good old days, when making a movie was more about fun than crafting a masterpiece...
The montage format continues, announcing the coming of Year 3 with preview footage from each! (And yes, that is a VeggieTales fanfilm you see in there- just not mine.)
And an even bigger preview footage tease... didn't have so much to work with this year.
The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcow and a hijacking by the sinister Cobra collide in this first look at the original cut of Heroes...
Not my project initially, I took a hand at editing this- a bit of a challenge when half of it is shot in monochrome nightvision...
Also another group's project, this video was handed to me with filming incomplete, so I made a trailer out of it.
An on-the-cheap little no-frills announcement that probably thinks its funnier than it actually is.
This was also the year of Major Tetryon, the project so awesome it got its own page! Check it out!
A personal favorite of Movie Night trailers, with CGI by Joshua Rust. Clips from Project: Stasis (from the Films With Friends page) are included, as it was also screened at this time.
A parody of those 'profile the hard-working actor' anti-piracy commercials that were so popular in the early 2000s...
The fairly-improvised looking footage and unused demo song from Disney's Aladdin lend this one an unfortunate 'cheap' flavoring that was not intended- but I like it.
Utterly Improvised on a Youth Group campout, with poor sound quality and general over-exposure, not to mention heaps of unwanted extras, this short film nonetheless became the basis and introdction for our first sucessful trilogy. Shot entirely in reverse (The final scene being the first thing we shot, then made up a plot based on it) with the story improvised as filming progressed, this is a unique low-production short that's really made by our guest-pirate star, Jake Bullock.
(Memorial Day 2004)
A sequel to the original Pirates film that was not nearly as long as we planned- mainly because most of our cast wanted to go play, vacation, and swim. That could be mostly because of our wonderful locations: Heredia, San Jose, and Manuel Antonio in beautiful, sunny Costa Rica! Shot on our two-day break waiting for our flight to the states after a Youth Mission Trip to Costa Rica, this once again silly, completely improvised film is worth the price of admission for the blooper ending if nothing else- great scenery and another excellent set of guest Pirates don't hurt, either.
Inheriting many of the gags dropped from Pirates Of Costa Rica for time, and building on them, Pirates of Mason Lake, filmed at a church campout, became the masterpiece of the Pirates series, taking the production to a new level. Our first serious stunt work, a whole gaggle of salty sea (er, lake...) dogs, and some truly gorgeous locations makes this, our second-longest production, a cast favorite.
This self-parody trailer was intended to poke fun at the fact that I seemed to have a 'monopoly' on Movie Night, and no one else was really making movies- to remind them that it wasn't that intimidating, and we'd be here to help them through it. It may not have been received as intended...
Seriously one of the best trailers we ever did! Trying to build hype for what was going to be a HUGE movie night, we created this 'sampler' of different genres which may just have turned out a bit more awesome than some of the movies themselves...
You can tell I knew this was going to be my last movie night- this retrospective (again, with fantastic CGI by Joshua Rust) finishes off with a montage made completely of outakes and unused footage because we didn't want to spoil our big project...
This trailer was largely a repackage and update of the Cobra Highjacking trailer from Year 3, updated with a little bit of new footage, and a new intro that replaces the Dreamcow... madness.
This year featured the return of Heroes, originally released with Year 3, in a much-upgraded form. To advertise, we decided to use the soundtrack from another popular 'Return of' trailer of the time...
Another 'Return' film of the time was Superman Returns. What with this already being a superhero film, it felt appropriate to stylize our final omni-trailer showcasing the new and improved heroes with that theme!
This project originated in an intent to completely re-stage the Revenge of the Sith lightsaber fight, replete with river and raft for the lava river at the end. When that didn't pan out because none of us had studied the fight and the raft was disassembled, we made this movie instead. Perhaps a little too much sweeping Shakespearean backstory for a large fight scene- an ongoing siege and a battle of secret weapons among the driftwood!
And here it is. The culmination of almost 3 years of work. Our first feature-length project and the crown jewel of Movie Night, this Superhero film (named before the NBC series premiered) has been re-cut, received additional scenes, new special effects, and an original score by composer Matthew Milne. Don't miss No Line Cinemas' most impressive production!
(A DVD with Deleted Scenes, Blooper Reel, printable board game, and more is available; contact us on the Contact & Links page for more info!)
Not my film- I only acted in it and played cameraman. The brainchild of FX wizard Joshua Rust, this shoot-'em-up took us to new heights (literally, we filmed on the roof) and new standards of FX!