30 Films in 30 Days.

Starting on May 1 2014, I created a custom, from scratch film a day for 30 days in a row. I did it as a creative exercise to get away from "perfection" and to simply create constantly. Enjoy the results.  

Day 1. The why.

Not a great start today. Getting this stink'n video up was as frustrating as when the microwave dings but the contents inside aren't quite ready. Dropbox and YouTube issues caused most of the problems, certainly not user error. All seems well now, and I'm feeling ready to quit doing this. We'll see what happens tomorrow.



Day two of my 30 films in 30 days brings a short little tribute to John Muir, and the mountains he spent time in. I threw this video together in about 2 hours, as such, and as part of this 30 day thing, there are a lot of mistakes and things I'd want to fix, but that's part of point.  

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Erica Calhoun (my daughter) 

Borrowed from a worship project I shot along with these fantastic folk:
Producer - Andrew Call
Key Grip - James Allen
Grips - Cameron Stow, Malik Earnest 
PA - Victor Baxter
Guy and boy hiking - Cameron & Evan Renfro

Craig Clark

DAY 3 - Dirty Homeless PEOPLE 

It's day 3 of my little "30 films in 30 days" project. Day 3 has fallen on a Sunday and as such, I present a film that leans a bit more churchy, and Godish. It's taken from a previous project I worked on called "Holy What". It isn't technically a "new film", but whatever, it was new not long ago and so I'll still count it. Enjoy.

DAY 4 - A Brief History Of The Oreo Cookie

Today, day 4 of my 30 films in 30 days. I bring you a true original, both in that I created this just today, and that it's about the Oreo cookie. 

Day 5 - Louis Zamperini Tribute 

Day 5 of my 30 films in 30 days brings a short tribute to one of the greatest people I've ever met, Louis Zamperini. The footage is from a shoot I did years ago, but still works. Enjoy.

DAY 6 - Space 

Day 6 of my 30 films in 30 days brings us to space and a quick look at the Apollo program, which happens to be one of my favorite things. It's a bummer because I've wanted to do something on the Apollo program for a while now... this however is something thrown together in under an hour. I want to revisit this one day and do something good, something I'd be happy with. This will have to do for now.


Film #7 - DISNEYLAND. One of our families all time favorite environments to surround ourselves in. Disneyland for us is not just a theme park or a place to go have fun, it's where we as a family go to escape distraction, and to actually look and enjoy each other as if for the first time in years... and to leave with much less money then when we arrived with, but whatever.

DAY 8 - The drummer boy

Today is day 8 of my 30 films in 30 days. Today San Diego has brought the elusive phenomena know as rain, which makes me think that it's Christmas. Surely you think the same, and so today I bring a short music type video with some Christmas spirit. Maybe I didn't create it today, but who cares. It was shot in one day, so we'll call it even. Pull out the garland, grab the tinsel, and enjoy.

day 9 - Quite

Day #9 of my 30 films in 30 days. Today, I bring Silence from the Nor-cal Redwoods and lonely rugged coastlines. Enjoy.

day 10 - mothers day

It's Mother day, it's also day 10 of my 30 films in 30 days. In honor of Mothers everywhere, I bring "my kids suck", a video I created for a previous Mother's Day, but one I hope you'll enjoy. I created this for our church, and had a wonderful team help me out. Doesn't "officially" qualify as I didn't create today, but whatever, it's Mother's Day. Go spend time with your wife, assuming she's also a mother. Regardless, get off Facebook and spend time with your wife/mother... Wait. Never mind.

Thanks "burrito lady".

Day 11 - California

California. It may be somewhat expensive, but I say you get what you pay for. It may have crazy politics and some even crazier people, but it's not nearly enough to distract form it's incredible natural and diverse beauty. It's an un-matched place, one I could never leave.

Day 12 - The Deck

The Deck is a short I created for a magic company of all things for a new line of playing cards. It's a bit cheesy, it's a bit old, and it's a bit lame, and yet I like it. It was shot edited and delivered in under 24 hours.

Day 13 - Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey recorded this in 1969. It became a popular audio clip on the inter webs awhile back, especially in the crazy christian community, but I think it's very interesting, and I'm a big Paul Harvey fan. I took the audio clip, dropped in some music and images and came up with this. Enjoy.

Day 14 - Mr. Rogers

Children, and Mr. Rogers are the topic today. I am fans of both, although my 3 kids probably top even the great Fred Rogers. If you have kids, go give them a hug, if you don't, go find a child and hug them... or not, that's weird.

Day 15 - Worst video yet

Day 15 of my 30 films in 30 days. Half way there finally! This has so far been the longest month I've had in quite some time. Today I bring you the worst video so far... by far. Enjoy.

Day 16 - Coast

Day 16 of my 30 films in 30 days. Today feels coastal and nautical to me, so I bring you the Norcal coast. Most of this footage was taken from a solo trip I made to Bodega Bay for a doc I was working on. Enjoy.

Day 17 - Cute Little God

"Cute Little God", is the name of day 17 of my 30 films in 30 days. As I have with the previous Sunday videos for you folk who go to a church, or don't, I bring a more sermony, churchy, type video.

Day 18 - The apple peeler (AKA, coolest thing ever)

Day 18 of my 30 films in 30 days brings one of the most incredible little devices I've ever laid my eyes on. My wife used it yesterday and it stopped me in my tracks. Be wowed on this Monday morning and take a gander at the "apple peeler".

Day 19 - Old Love

A charming couple in their 80s chat about what love looks like after 50 years of marriage.

Day 20 - Camping Music Video

It's day 20 of my 20 films in 30 days. Today I bring a film I am by far the most proud of. Today I bring a video that is 110% created by my daughter Erica. She shot this video herself on a camping trip in the Redwoods, edited the piece entirely, added the text, found the music, even rendered off the video in the proper codec for playback. Enjoy, and let her know what a fantastic job she did.

Day 21 - MLK "The Mountain"

It's day 21 of my 30 films in 30 days. I did a search for good speeches, and this one kept coming up. It's from Martin Luther King, it's also the last speech he ever gave. He mentioned mountains which are right up my alley. It through some footage over it, some music, and called it good. Enjoy.

Day 22 - The new worst video yet

It's day 22 of my 30 films in 30 days. Today, I bring yet another worst video of the series, and another drive to work video. It didn't start as a drive to work video, it started as an intro to well produced and polished video, but then, it wasn't that anymore. Enjoy.

Day 23 - 

I present video #23 in my 30 film in 30 days. We had a yard sell yesterday, and so this prevented me from creating the film I had planned to make, and instead, I have another random quick video I made from the car. The most random to date. Enjoy.

Day 24 - Questions

It's Sunday, it's also day 24 of this 30 films in 30 days thing that I started almost a month ago. The past 2 Sundays I have brought videos that fall toward the churchy, more Godly side of things. Today, is no different, sort of. First, today I bring two videos for the price of one. Long ago I worked with the fabulously talented, extremely clever, always fun, and stupid hilarious Kyle Johnston, we made a short series of videos revolving around Kyle asking church staff members simple God questions. This was the result, hilarity. PART 1

Posted by Jason Calhoun on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day 25 - Memorial Day

It's day 25 of my 30 films in 30 days, and it's Memorial Day. Todays film was a single day shoot and edit. I shot it in San Diego at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. It was super sobering to walk around the amazing grounds. Makes you feel such a deep and raw appreciation to everyone who has served this country.

Day 26 - Disneyland Show

Turns out this final week of my 30 films in 30 days has been by far the toughest. It's just been a pretty darn busy week. I missed yesterday all together, so today I bring two films. The first film is from a project I did called "Banjo's & Fireflies". It was a series of shorts about families at Disneyland. It was short lived, only made about 12 of them, but they were fun. Enjoy video #26.

Day 27 - Behind The Scenes

Here is day #27 of my 30 films in 30 days. This video is a behind the scenes video we made for a project called "Creative Churches Suck", last year. The video we chat about was one I made with the help of a lot of wonderful people. Andy Call and myself describe some of the nerdy stuff that went into making this shotr film. We shot it all on DSLRs... if I remember right, it was a while ago. Sit back, put on your nerd pants and enjoy.

Posted by Jason Calhoun on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day 28 - I'm sick. I'm done.

It's day 29 of my 30 films in 30 days. This last week has been tough, and this thing has sort of ended in a slow crawl. Today, another film that's took months of planning... Me with an iPhone in my car. Enjoy.

Posted by Jason Calhoun on Friday, May 29, 2015