Films for My Boy's

Have you seen this film yet?  

My boy's and I were playing with the race track in the back yard and I tried to capture our fun on the "slo-mo" setting in the camera on my iPhone.  I happened to notice that the camera was really holding it's focus super well and the racetrack itself seemed to last for 10-15 seconds.

I shot the piece from a few different angles giving myself the editorial coverage that I'd need if perhaps I had a moment to assemble these shots into a small piece.   During the edit process it became pretty clear to me that this thing was pretty cool.  I sound designed the entire piece and added a really energetic piece of music.  Then I took it a step further and picked a few shots to which I would add some visual effect.  

When my boys saw what I evenatually finihsed up with they were drop jawed and so excited.  We must have watched it a hundred times and this wasn't the first time we tried to do something like this.

Over a year or so ago my eldest son was playing with a box that I cut into a robot shape and my highly artistic wife drew buttons and knobs onto.  I decided to film him playing against one of the walls in our house.  When he was away at school I took the footage and edited a short piece.  I made the buttons light up, gave the room some noise and the robot a voice of it's own.  I even had him blast off to the moon.  Needless to say we've watched this short film a million times since we made it.

A few months later I was doing some work on another project and came across some elements that I could again incorporate into one of the films for my boy's.  I added some "uncovered footage" to the mix and extended out the edit of my original Test Facility film and brought in some shots of myself.  

I think what is most fun about these projects is that they come about organically.  We're playing around with some of their toys and an idea pops into my head.  I've tried to manufacture an idea with them before, but it just doesn't work the same.  The imagination and creativity in them is so toxic that it bleeds into me and every thing comes together. 

I can't wait to see where we go from here.

John Jenkins

West Los Angeles, CA, United States