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Chris Long Digital
Chase the Rain
Rainy Day Drive
It started raining one day, so I decided to take my new GoPro HD HERO2 out for an afternoon drive through the hills north of Nashville.
El Sol Peruano
Chillin’ on the Coast
Some footage I shot on the coast of Peru during a three month internship, mostly from the last week or so after I was done working.
Run and Hide
I tried a few things I hadn’t done before with this one, though it still seems I’m rather inclined toward the somewhat surreal lately. Shot for the final assignment for a film class. My friend Jay Leightenheimer was awesome enough to be my subject once again, and Ben Salzmann helped with nailing down the concept, directing, and shooting.
The Wandering Mind
How do you portray the surreality of a dream while avoiding cliché? The concept of a lucid dream inspired me to experiment using both natural and artificial lighting, movement (or lack of), and very deliberate pacing to do just that. I wanted the audience to consciously feel time slow down and just barely notice the subtle hints of a dream. This project was shot for an assignment in a film class.
This project, another assignment for class in 2011, was the very first thing I shot with my first DSLR I had purchased a few days earlier. It was also my first experiment with frame interpolation and “pixel motion” in After Effects. Some of the shots are slowed down anywhere from about 5% to 30%. The assignment was to create some mood or feeling through music and motion.
Whenever. Wherever. Coca-Cola.
The Joy of Coca-Cola
This project was another class assignment from the fall of 2010. Shot and edited in less than 24 hours, I ended up with a commercial feeling piece, drawing inspiration merely from my own love for Coca-Cola. This short was also my second foray into frame interpolation/”pixel motion” in Adobe After Effects for the slow motion sequence.
High Stakes Chess
Another short film shot for class in 2011, the focus on this assignment was dramatic lighting. We were required to come up with something with horror, suspense, or mystery, and with no dialogue. I really wanted to convey three subjects in this, not just the two playing the game, but the third being time itself, represented by the incessantly ticking clock.
Doug & Amanda
The Whole Package
Above are highlights from the entire wedding day of Doug and Amanda. For their special day they wanted the entire ceremony recorded as well as highlights of the preparations and the reception. This was my latest wedding project and the most extensive one I’ve worked on so far.
Kyle & Brianne
Wedding by the Lake
In the summer of 2010 my friend Brianne asked me to put together a highlights video of her wedding. I had never done a wedding before, but I was up for the challenge. I learned a lot from mistakes I made and things I did right, but the bottom line? The client loved it, and that is my ultimate goal for every wedding I shoot.
Promotion and Ministry
Aubrey Wollet Kickstarter
Let’s Raise Some Money
Aubrey came to me looking for a creative video for her Kickstarter campaign that would communicate all the information she needed it to, but also one that would reflect her goofy, light-hearted personality.
Summer Camp Promo 2013
Whether You’re Ready or Not
Promotional video for Long Hollow Student Ministry summer camp.
HBC Saturday Night
HBC Saturday Night
This project was a short web promo for the new Saturday night service beginning in the fall of 2011 at Heritage Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI. It was designed to be spread around on social networking sites by staff and members of the church to pique the interest of friends and direct them to the website announcing the launch. I shot it with an established “selling point” the church staff gave me in mind, the fact that members could now sleep in on Sunday mornings by going to church on Saturday instead. Flyers and other marketing used the same slogan and some used frame-grabs as well. A 15-second version of this played for six months in a movie theater down the road from the church before the previews. The video below was the second phase and includes the 15-second spot as well as Pastor Jared Moore explaining what the change is all about.
Harvest Traverse City
Launching a Church
This is a 30-second television commercial advertising the launch of a new Harvest Bible Chapel church in Traverse City, MI. I worked with graphics from branding agency Intersection, pre-existing Harvest Bible Chapel media and some footage I shot myself to put together a tightly edited tv commercial. The spot was run for three weeks before launch on Easter 2012 and a second version with a slightly altered slogan ran for three weeks after. The church also decided to put the ad on their website.
The Fall Kickoff
This little promo was designed to advertise the kickoff of Heritage Baptist Church’s college ministry, The Gathering, on the web. One of the first projects I worked on for The Gathering in 2010, I tried to focus on one the main things that drew a lot of people to our meetings: the worship.
In June of 2011, the college group from Heritage Baptist Church, The Gathering, took a trip to southern Haiti to assist the Wray family in whatever ways they could. The Wray family runs a youth sports camp and also gives aid to local villages through food, clothing, medicine, Sunday school, VBS, etc.
The Gathering brought me along to help and document the trip for the church.
This project was a cookbook design assignment for a graphic design class. I drew my inspiration for the design, theme, and recipes inside from the television show “Psych.” Pineapple has become a symbol of the show in much the same way Superman is for “Seinfeld.” I used many of the same fonts and color palettes that the show’s marketing uses so that fans of the show would instantly recognize the correlation. Everything from the minimalist subject-on-white-background to the tongue in cheek subtitles are deliberately done to connect the cookbook with the show.
My friend Vienna asked me in the spring of 2012 if I would consider designing some posters to help her advertise her upcoming senior voice recital. I agreed and took some portraits and got down to photoshopping up some interesting posters. Having seen a lot of recital posters, I knew that most of them tended to be designed somewhat poorly. I decided to try and step the bar up a little bit while still trying to convey a little piece of Vienna in each design. After throwing a few different ideas at her, she decided on three or four different designs to get printed. The project was something new for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed helping her spread the word about her big event and creating something the client loved.
I found out I had a real passion for editing and filmmaking in general as a junior in high school, putting together a highlight video of my youth group’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I would edit for hours on end, looking at the clock to find that it was three in the morning and wondering where the time had gone. As time went on and I began to hone my skills as a filmmaker, that passion never died. I discovered new passions along the way, such as a love for photography and good design. My continual striving for perfection in my work has made me my toughest critic but has also pushed me to continually grow.
As a Christian, using my skills in electronic media for ministry just seems like a no-brainer. I love being able to use my abilities and passions to help further The Kingdom.
I got my start editing video in high school with something I’ve come to hate with a passion: Windows Movie Maker. It started with just playing around with random clips on my family’s computer, but I quickly found that I enjoyed it. I took a couple basic film classes my last two years of high school and began finding any excuse at all to make a video: class presentations, research projects, youth group announcements, mission trips, friends’ birthdays, etc. After graduation I attended Word of Life Bible Institute for a year and quickly became very involved with the tech team, doing everything from live audio and lighting to editing highlight videos for the snow camp and summer camps. My experience with the camps reaffirmed my love for video editing, and so I transferred to Cedarville University where I eventually graduated with a degree in Electronic Media/Video Production.
Today, I have been directing, shooting, editing, and producing videos for a wide variety of purposes like summer camps, weddings, commercials, churches, and short films for over four years. I have had the opportunity to work all over the world through various ministries and camps. I love knowing that my work can make a difference in people’s lives.
Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or are looking for someone who can catch the vision of your project and help you make it a reality. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Vimeo by clicking on the badges below, see my photography on Flickr by clicking an image at the bottom of the page, or you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through the form even farther down. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you make that vision a reality!Imagination rules the world.
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