Friday, November 21, 2008

artist inspiration

Tonight I watched an interview with Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, about Gordon's latest work, "Zidane, un portrait du 21e si├Ęcle." In short it is a film about football star Zinedine Zidane. Gordon and Parreno Shot an entire soccer match with 17 cameras trained on Zidane for the entire 90min.
It was interesting to see where the artists got there inspiration for the film and the process of making this portrait.
When  asked for a storyboard Gordon said that they just took the crew to Museo Del Prado in Madrid to view portraits by Velasquez and Goya. Gordon Said he would ask the crew "how many frames would it take to shoot this portrait."
On the film side of things the artists were influenced by many art films and documentary films Including screen tests by Andy Warhol.
One of the most interesting things that the artists had to deal with was what to do during half time. Since the film was shot in real time the artists had to be creative to fill in the gap.

 I just thought it was cool to see how a great artist gets from point a to point b. It was also great to see the portrait adapted to a modern media. It will be interesting to see if it will inspire in 200 years like Velasquez and Goya.

Sorry if this post bored you to tears.:)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

one minute west texas sunset

Today I took the new Sony pmw-ex1 to the country. The soundtrack is "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin"
You can go here to see it in full HD

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's Here!

If you have been following me on twitter than you know I just recently ordered the Sony PMW-EX1. Today it came! So after the battery charges I will go out and get some test footage in 1080p so we can see what this baby can do.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Coming To Jesus

I think about how we come to Jesus, recognizing our sinful condition, seeking God's rescue from it. We have lived according to our most basic instincts and are tired of our lives being out of control. We have consumed our fill of the world's rational, wile our hunger for lasting wisdom, is so thick in the pit of our stomach, that we can no longer stand to be without it. We are in need of mercy. Our physical environment has left marks on us that need a divine and permanent eraser. We just want to feel clean. We no longer want to be objects of wrath and long to be at peace with our Creator. We want to be righteous no matter what it costs. Friends, family, reputation, even our physical well being are no longer as important as our relationship with God.

Imagine walking, with all of these thoughts going through your head. You hear the faint sound of Jesus in the distance, you hear Him begin to teach:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12 (ESV)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jesus The Bread of Life

This is one of those scriptures that convicted me as soon as I read it. I read it when I was with the youth last week and immediately thought of the young people that we are working with. We are constantly dealing with a certain group of youth that come to Citychurch who are not interested in the spiritual aspect of God, but only what we can do for them as an agency. As usual it is easer to pin a convicting verse on someone other than myself. After reading this verse several more times I realized that it had tremendous application in the the way I, like many Christians, treat the works of God in my day to day life.

In this verse we find a group of followers tracking down Jesus the day after He had fed the multitude. Jesus pointed out that they were not seeking Him for spiritual reasons but the physical hunger that He had relieved the day before had returned. When I read this part of the verse I can hear Jesus' frustration. Just one day earlier he had taken a very small amount of food and miraculously provided a meal for the large crowd. He was also preforming, miracle after miracle, and all that this group was focused on was the food that He had provided the day before. I feel like Jesus is saying to us “look you just don't get it.” Each day we see Gods direction; we see His provision. Each day he shows me something miraculous and I choose to stop at the the physical aspect of the act. As Christians He has given us The Gospel Of Jesus Christ and pointed to it in Romans as “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” But as soon as we accept that gift we as Christians tend to shelve what The Gospel can do for us beyond our initial salvation and start looking deeper into scripture for something with “more meat.”

At Citychurch we see God's provision for our daily physical welfare. We can easily make lists of these acts and focus on the physical aspect of the miracle, looking again the next day for His provisions. We can see His Gospel work in the life of a child or young person and focus only on the changes in his or her lifestyle. But when I read the end of this verse I realize that focusing on those things causes our vision, of the work that Jesus is doing, to be blurred.

The physical act, that might or might not take place, is a side effect of what we should seek to know about God. Instead of trying to figure out how to manifest more provision we should seek out the Provider. We should not marvel at what we can hold in our hands, but in the fact that we can know the ONE who it all belongs to. Like those who finally received the message that day, I say "Sir, give us this bread always."