Statues, Smooth Jazz, and iPhone by Dane Christensen

I had the opportunity to film a good friend's wedding recently at the Springville Art Museum. With a live jazz band, I was a creatively energized to capture the evening. This time around I explored some creative limits such as shooting a bit of the video on iPhone and trying to get in as many shots of statues as possible (there are 41 by the way). I've been impressed with the camera capabilities of iPhone and I think it is more than just a handy camera—it's a whole art form in itself. See if you can spot the three shots made on iPhone in this video!

 

Danish Flea Markets by Dane Christensen

Danes have an amazing flea market culture. There is no limit to what and how you sell. Danish country roads are peppered with these makeshift flea markets selling everything from fresh strawberries to antique dinner plates to random kitsch. 

One in 400 by Dane Christensen

Denmark consists of more than 400 islands, but not each one is created equal. Among the many options for a cozy get away, the island of Langeland attracts more tourists and vacationers than most other islands in the small country. Our week on this oblong plot of land in the Baltic Sea was nothing short of magical with its rolling fields, savory food, and impressive wildlife. It was simply natural to take a few pictures of what was around us and now I can see why so many flock to Langeland to get away. It's a one-of-a-kind island.

Warm, Sunny, and Bright by Dane Christensen

It's actually quite amazing to see how people get together to celebrate others—whether it be a wedding, a birthday, or just good grades. These celebrations are highly valued stories that turn into memories. Yet, it seems to me that each celebration we hold can be described being warm, sunny, and bright—as if they are the common ingredients for a gettogether. 

My experience with Matt and Hilary was constituted by the warm atmosphere, sunny weather, and bright personalities. So many people gathered to celebrate them with smiles and hugs on their special day. It is indeed a celebration worth sharing. 

iPhone Wedding by Dane Christensen

I filmed my sixth wedding of this Summer––but this time with a twist. With my trusty Olloclip lens and Glif tripod mount in hand, I used iPhone to film it!

It isn't entirely blasphemy. I did use my iPhone to get a few shots for the wedding video. And I don't shy away from this fact. The iPhone 5s has the best camera out of any mobile phone out there. I used the Filmic Pro app to set up my shot, the Olloclip lens to give the picture extra sharpness, and the Glif mount to attach the phone to my tripod. The end result were clear, high quality, HD shots. 

I'll post the video when it's finished. Take the challenge and see if you can find the several shots taken on iPhone!

Using iPhone to get some extra shots at a wedding.


Thanks California! by Dane Christensen

For this wedding, I flew out to California where there is bright sun and warm air—what's not to love!

Brenton and Julie celebrated their day with epic Californian style. I was amazed by the opportunity to capture their wedding. They held their reception at a house on top of a hill looking over Sacramento. As the sun set, the hills turned to gold. Festive atmosphere, good food and great light—a videographer's paradise.  

Check out the videos! 

Temple Exit

Reception

This App Will Solve Traffic Problems by Dane Christensen

While in San Francisco for a conference, I had one goal —to try out the car services Uber and Lyft. And I successfully tried both only to be amazed by the complete convenience and seamlessness of them.

With a press of a button on my phone, I was picked up only seven minutes later. Pleasant, inexpensive, and quick. The beauty of it all is that payment is handled through the app. All I did was get in and get out!

Uber was impressive. It is a taxi service in an app and that's pretty neat. However, what really blew my socks off was Lyft. 

 

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Same concept as Uber, I opened Lyft, requested a ride and ten minutes later I was in a car. Lyft, though, is fundamentally different. They encourage you to sit in the front because your chauffeur is just someone that is out and about with an extra seat in the car. My driver, Lynn, was simply running errands when I requested my Lyft. 

She drove me home and the conversation that ensued was just like meeting someone new—pleasant and interesting. I was fascinated that Lynn is just like any other Califronia resident. As she was out in her car, she turned on Lyft and received my request. Better yet, I paid for the trip through the app. So my focus wasn't on a meter painfully adding more to my bill or on telling Lynn where to go (you put in your destination and it is sent to the driver's phone). My focus was on getting to know someone—the way it should be. 

The Bay Area is thriving with Lyft drivers. In the city, drivers don't even have to wait to get a request. They just keep coming! And with 80% of cars on the road with only the driver in them, imagine the consequences of suddenly connecting paying passenger with a lonely chauffeur?  That my friends could solve the 5 o clock traffic jam. 

I'm enthralled with Lyft. I took it again to the train station—each ride is a pleasant adventure. When it comes to Salt Lake, it'll no doubt be my preferred form of transportation. Oh, and what's not to love when each Lyft car has a pink mustache on it!

 

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Loving You by Ashley Hess by Dane Christensen

I experienced a bit of serendipity this week when I got a call from a friend. No less than a day later I as filming a music video for the ever-so-talented Ashely Hess. With short notice, spontaneous timing and location, even I'm impressed how well the video turned out. And that I can't get the song out of my head. Check out the video. If you like it, look up more of Ashley's music. She's real good.

Ruminations by Dane Christensen

I believe being creative is a lifestyle rather than a singular moment. I think that we have to write down our epiphanies before they leave us. Creativity is making connections. I believe every human being has a distinct creative capacity and the journey is to discover it. I think that failure to develop creative abilities results in an unfulfilled life. I believe in listening to your creative side especially when other pressures attempt to stifle it. Being creative is power.

Smørrebrød––The Open Face Sandwhich by Dane Christensen

This picture is from the Rebild Society's smørrebrød fest (open face sandwiches). There is a lot of culture built into these sandwiches besides the strict rules about which toppings go where. These sandwiches are the core ingredient for long evening chats and luncheons in the bright Scandinavian sun. At the fest today, these sandwiches lived up to the high expectations of the Danes who attented.

NOMA — The World's Best Restaurant by Dane Christensen

 

A composition of "nordisk" and "mad" (Nordic food), Noma has been officially known as the best restaurant in the world three years in a row. 

Being best is not easy, though. How do you encourage creativity and the world's most innovative restaurant? This is what the founder, René Redzepi, is determined to figure out. 

Noma is the spawn of the new Nordic kitchen movement. Instead of Denmark being known for Babette's Feast when it comes to the culinary world, Noma celebrates the flavors of the Scandinavian region by abiding by the new Nordic kitchen manifesto: everything is foraged, everything is from the north, and everything is seasonal. 

From grilled leaks, to skyr and aronia berries, to ants, to beats filled with cabbage juice, and sea urchin with fried duck skin, René and his team are creating something new for Danes to be proud of. 

 

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Tatar with ants. The formic acid gives the dish a citrus flavor. 

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Reindeer moss. 

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Spring greens. 

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Aronia berry gel filled with Icelandic skyr. 

Frozen and Cozy in Montana by Dane Christensen

After an eight-hour drive and a night in a motel, I find myself in the frigid Hamilton, Montana. The snow drifts are the size of trucks and the temperatures seem unreal. There is warmth in this cozy schoolhouse where Alma and Maria got married. The bride and groom know how to handle cold and they pulled it off elegantly. I have enjoyed filming their beautiful and unique wedding--silhouetted by snow-caked mountains. 

Yet another bit of serendipity. I never thought I would be traveling to Montana to film a wedding!

 

 

 

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You've been love bombed! by Dane Christensen

This year, I follow cupid  as he shares love. His dainty zaps, feminine red tutu, and dorky love analogies make this Valentines Day very special. Watch out––you never know when you're going to be love bombed by cupid! 

This is 2013's #Loveonvalentines video. Students at BYU explain what they think love is. 

13000 feet by Dane Christensen

Here is the video documenting our journey to the volcano El Tacana. By no means was it an easy journey; however, it was epic and memorable. 

We started in Mexico, but ended up in Guatemala. We learned from natives that, although difficult to access, the Guatemalan side is only two hours hiking from the peak. With little cash, low gas, and a truck-bed full of people catching a ride we decided to go for it. The roads were unbelievably rough, the villages were sparse in the high altitudes, and the final leg of the journey was only the beginning for more adventure. 

After nine hours of driving on wicked dirt roads, we arrived at the base––although we didn't know it at first.  A local villager named Elio came to our car and pitched that we park our car next to his house and stay with him. Somewhat reluctant, but with no other choice when trying to find shelter at 10,000 feet above sea level, we took him up on the offer. We warmed ourselves by the fire and slept on the dirt floor. 

At 3:31 AM the next morning we were on the trail. Elio leading the way in the pervasive darkness. The stars sparkled by the millions with not a single cloud in the sky. Elio managed to keep a strong and steady pace without heavily breathing while my brother and I seemed to suffocate because of the high altitude. After about an hour of intense climbing, the altitude sickness got to me and I threw up. With only minutes left until we reached the peak, the sun was starting to rise. We had to hurry in order to set up the camera to get the time-lapse. 

At 13,000 feet the peak is breathtaking. Unlike other mountains I have climbed, I could see all the way down to sea level from the top. We saw the Pacific ocean and the two other peaks in central America. We were literally straddling the border of Mexico and Guatemala. All while the sun was rising before us. It was a perfect day to be on the volcano. 

We had the nine-hour drive back to San Cristobal, Mexico to relish in our adventure. 

School Changes Everything by Dane Christensen

I'm in Chiapas, Mexico doing some video work for Foundation Escalera. There is a school crisis in this region of Mexico. 170,000 kids don't have the opportunity to go to school––or go to school in shacks. Foundation Escalera is committed to build schools––elementary, middle and high school––in these utterly remote villages so every child has the chance for opportunity. 

Like every good cause, it comes with some difficulty. Our journey to each school is long, arduous, and in fact dangerous. These are two short videos about our journeys. More to come. 

@escalerafund

escalera.org

 

More than coincidence by Dane Christensen

Something I love are those unexpected moments when you run into someone new or great opportunity. Such an occurrence happened to me a couple weeks ago. I ran into Zach Collier––a musician. He was shooting a video for one of his newest songs. We talked and later we worked together on my EuphOreo video. Without Zach, I wouldn't have been able to get the project done. It was more than just coincidence that we met. 

He is a talented musician and has a blog. So check out his work! He is also on iTunes. 

https://zachcolliermusic.wordpress.com