Seeing the world through the eyes of my daughter has been very rewarding. Everything is new and interesting again.
I recently watched a devotional on BYU-TV given by Amy Jensen entitled Some Hopeful Words on Media and Agency. Amy Jensen is currently serving as Chair of the Theatre and Media Arts department, which just so happens to be my major. Amy is one of the more qualified people to discuss this topic. Her studies have been focused on how teachers engage students on any academic level through media. I recommend the devotional and I have to say it has inspired me.
BYU Devotional - Amy Jensen - (3/20/12)
In a few weeks I will have graduated from BYU in Media Arts Studies. After watching this devotional I've been feeling a growing responsibility to contribute positive media to the world. As a career I will probably spend the next few years working on projects that advertise and represent other companies and enterprises. And although I do not foresee myself compromising any of my values in this endeavor, I also recognize that making a commercial isn't the same as bearing my testimony through film.
So I've set out to post small videos that I've made which document things I find beautiful in this world. I've decided to call this project His hand in this world because I do believe that when we look around us we see His hand in all things and there are worthy, lovely, positive things around us each day. I admit that these videos will not touch upon the subject of religion directly. However, they are my testimony of the goodness of God and the blessings in our lives. I hope someone may watch and be inspired to look at the world in a brighter light.
In a week from this Friday I will be done with my undergraduate experience. BYU has been great, but now we look forward. Here is a commercial that is hopefully the first of many as me, and some of the people I've been working with here at school, are starting our own production company. Our goal is to shoot high quality commercials for a fraction of the cost that ad-agencies or commercial studios that do everything in house charge.
It is often the subject of conversation that there is a limited amount of wholesome or "clean" media being created in our days. And although I don't entirely agree with that (there is a lot of good clean media out there but most of us choose not to watch/indulge in it because it gets filed under "not entertaining enough") However, I have been part of a student crew that has been working on this web series over the past semester. It was created by Jeff Parkin & Jared Cardon (BYU faculty) and Produced by Deseret Book with the goal in mind to create something that is fun, enjoyable, and humorous, without compromising personal values. The show is really awesome and fun. Its free and the episodes are short. I haven't ever worked on a project quite like this one before and it has been truly a great experience. Check out the link below: