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I hope this post finds you well! I know that I’ve said it before, but it deserves to be repeated: Thank you so much for supporting me and Moser Visuals! It has truly been a privilege to create wonderful visual products and art for you all and do the same for Chadasha because of your support.

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The great announcements keep coming in, and this isn’t breaking news, but Knox Wedding Photo + Video is a Featured Vendor on MyWedding, your all-in-one wedding planning resource.  You can use MyWedding.com to get inspired with photo galleries (but you could look at ours too!), get informed with their planning tips, and get organized using their planning tools. Jump start your planning and find the best vendors for your special day on MyWedding!

Thanks to you all, Knox Wedding Photo + Video already has more “loves” (think Facebook likes, but more valuable) than any other wedding photographers in Knoxville and Gatlinburg on MyWedding! Read more

Welcome to the third installment of a weekly movie blog series about the best movies you (probably) haven’t seen. Last week, we featured Green Street Hooligans, and the first post featured Finding Forrester.

(The idea is that each week I’ll throw out a movie that I think is really great, but isn’t a huge mainstream hit, or it’s not fresh and likely hasn’t been seen in quite a while—if at all. If you have seen it, share what you think about it—and feel free to rip me if you think it’s not worth watching! Then, in the comments, you all make one movie suggestion as well. It’s that simple, and it’ll be a lot of fun if you’re a cinephile like me.)

This week, my nomination for the best movie you (probably) haven’t seen is a throwback to the 90s and a loose, modern adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel. Great Expectations is a film in my “Top-5” and stars Gwyneth Paltrow (now well-known for her role as Pepper Pots in the Iron Man films)  and Ethan Hawke, with supporting roles from Robert De Niro and Anne Bancroft. Made in 1998, its story is based around the pursuit of unrequited love. Amazon’s summary:

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The final heat of the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. began with more drama than any men’s heat in the last 31 years. Denison had to finish within two spots of Kenyon to retain its lead and unseat the only overall champion the sport had seen in 31 years.

The full slideshow of photos from the event is located at the end of the story.

I remember showing up at my first UT football game as a photographer. Not a fan, student or band member, but with my mind focused on my goals for the next few hours and working to learn and accomplish those goals.  I was impressed with how nice the facilities were, but it didn’t come as a surprise to me–this is Tennessee, an FBS (Division I) SEC program with a top-10 all-time winning percentage.

Neyland Stadium is known for being one of the largest stadiums in America–over 100,000 in capacity, but after the multimillion dollar renovations to its interior and exterior, it is one of the nation’s most beautiful as well.

Money goes to what people care about most, and Volunteer football is a big-revenue operation. Neyland Stadium is one of the oldest, finest and largest stadiums in the country for a reason–people are fanatical about the cleated brethren that don the orange and white jerseys and hit the wooden sign that says “I will give my all for Tennessee today,” as they leave the locker room.

The Tennessee football locker room has been compared to the quality of NFL locker rooms.

That locker room, by the way, was recently renovated and named for Peyton Manning after he made a $1 million contribution to the Neyland Stadium renovation project. According to UT’s website, Phase II of this plan alone was an estimated $27.4 million.

The media rooms that I’ve worked in on field level and in the press box are beautiful and spacious areas. They serve a pre-game meal, halftime meal, and snacks and pizza after the game to working members of the press. A similar routine occurs at men’s and women’s basketball games in Thompson Boling Arena. In addition, all media get parking passes near the venue, a storage area for gear, work space for writing/editing/uploading and dedicated athletic department personnel to help them solve problems and accomplish (most of ) their needs.

None of that exists at the Division III (DIII) level. Read more

Pastor J
Pastor J

The pastor of the church in Port Au Prince follows along in his Bible and makes notes to translate the message to the visiting Americans.

Imagine being immersed in a culture you don’t understand, that speaks a language you can’t translate, in a place you couldn’t navigate with a map. There’s hardly anything in common between you and these people who look, act and sound nothing like you or what you are familiar with. Even the most basic of ideas must be painstakingly demonstrated to communicate–and even then you aren’t sure if you got the message across successfully.

Now imagine that those people began singing a song in which you know the lyrics by memory; praising the same Savior you’ve traveled across the ocean to share with a passion unmatched by your fellow believers at home.

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The Story

After falling for each other quickly, Rebekah Riley and Stephen Millsaps knew their relationship was meant to last. Their love developed so fast, in fact, that Rebekah approached me about creating this video “Save the Date” before Stephen proposed.

Rebekah and Stephen want to announce their engagement and wedding plans in a romantic, fun and classic video.

The Story Behind the Story

The original plan for this video was much different than the final product. I’d spent a week preparing to shoot this video, and when we all showed up to start production, there was a bit of a wrench thrown in the project–so I had to be light on my feet and still come out with a final cut that was up to my standards (which is almost always higher than my clients’).

The dilemma was they both changed their minds about what they wanted when we all showed up. I’d prepared to shoot and direct a certain video, and they decided last minute that it just wasn’t what they wanted–which is perfectly fine. We all scrambled to put something together, found an amazing chalkboard wall and collectively came up with a video that is much better than our original idea.

These situations are where familiarity with equipment and experience can really save your production. Luckily, I was able to pull together my resources and knowledge (despite some equipment failure) and create something I’m proud to show.

I’d like to present Rebekah and Stephen’s “Save the Date” video.

Credits

Crew

  • All content produced, directed, shot, edited by BEN MOSER.

Special Thanks

  • Rebekah and Stephen: Thanks for being great on set. Without great talent, it’s hard to create interesting artwork. You both rock and I wish you the best!
  • Dan and Kathy Riley: Thanks to both of you gave invaluable help to this project during production and I really appreciate it. Dan, your drawing skills were essential to the chalkboard background! I hope you all can treasure this for many years to come.
  • Music: L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole.

Equipment/Location

Shot as a still-photo timelapse on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mm f/2.8L lens and Promote Control as an intervalometer in Knoxville, Tenn.


John Mark McMillan posted a still from a music video outtake on his Facebook fan page.

If you consider yourself in the popular Christian community, you’ve heard “How He Loves” by David Crowder Band (DCB).

I’ve blogged about them before for their creativity in using a LITE-BRITE and stop-motion in their newest music video for “SMS (Shine),” also mentioning previous work and its creative merits.

So it’s only natural that they would record this song, with deep-rooted metaphors and highly-biblical meanings. It’s a hit in Christian radio circles, peaking at #8 in Christian Songs according to Billboard.com (the song page was giving error messages at the time of posting).

If you’re outside of the mainstream Christian music scene, or don’t consider yourself a Jesus-follower at all, you’ve probably not heard the song that causes some controversy over it’s use of metaphors and lyrics. Read more

The Story

Abby Carlton and Rhett Parker have an interesting romance. They met on Facebook while Rhett was deployed in Iraq and were engaged within a couple months of meeting face-to-face. Their story is beautiful, as was their wedding day.

The Story Behind the Story

Abby asked me early on to produce her wedding video.

Unfortunately, I did not get to spend a lot of time with Abby or Rhett prior to the rehearsal because Rhett was stationed in Texas and Abby was with him. A large portion of the planning was through the bride’s mother, Lisa.

During the wedding weekend, I must have shot well over 15 hours of video between the two cameras I had rolling. That resulted in some great moments and videos, one of which I have displayed above. (If you’d like to see more videos from different parts of the wedding, email me, and I’ll be happy to show you more of my wedding portfolio.)

It was a fun experience and I think the bride and groom (along with their families) would agree that my presence added a lot to the wedding party as well. While there, I got a lot of interesting stories out of the couple (and their bridesmaids and groomsmen) that really enhanced everyone’s memories of the wonderful weekend.

Credits

Crew

  • All content produced, directed, shot, edited by BEN MOSER.

Equipment/Location

Shot on two Canon XH-A1s in Murfreesboro, Tenn.