This short film trailer is a collaboration with my friend Mike McTeer. We teamed up one day while and Cathie McCormick and Bonnie Dunn were firing their Raku ceramic-ware to document their process, honor their creativity and highlight their ongoing annual collaborative exhibition called "Women Who Play With Fire". The full length film will be screened in August of 2020.
Liz Adair is a prolific author and Whitney Award Winner living in Kanab. I got to know Liz and her husband Derrill while we were all trying ot figure out how to raise funds to build a skatepark for local teens. The Adairs were imensely helpful, and probably never got the credit they deserved for the work they did researching costs and developing strategies for our skatepark committee.
I've done some quick book cover jobs for Liz, including the Spider Lathim Mystery Series above. But the title and chapter page illustrations below were the most fun and renewed my love for pen and ink drawing:
The little drawings below were used on the chapter pages...
K-Town Plaza is a teen-friendly, outdoor rec. center where teens can spend time, be safe, be active, be productive, and have fun. K-Town Plaza is designed to solve 3 major problems facing teens in the Kanab area:
1. There is no place in the community for teens to hang out that is safe, wide open, and far from residential housing.
2. The old skatepark is in really bad shape and needs to be relocated.
3. El-Ball, basketball played on an 8 ft. standard, is a highly popular sport in the community. The basketball standards at K-Town Plaza will be adjustable and designed for slam dunking. Go to megaslamhoops.com for more information.
4. BONUS: K-Town Plaza also incorporates a shaded gazebo where teens can hangout, do homework, and eat food. This gazebo would also act as a stage for concerts and dances. We're hoping to include a filtered wifi port as an incentive to keep the area clean and in good shape.
I was hired by Kane County, Utah to develop this sketch to help visualize a possible layout for a Kanab events center. The idea has since been scratched, and moved to a different plot of land.
Architectural renderings are really handy for this process; it's nice to work through the logistics of a project in an animated design, rather than build the whole thing, and discover major design flaws after the fact.
...and yes that's a statue of Elvis.
More than 40 Kanab High School Students have restored their community’s life-size nativity set over the past several months.
The Nativity project was directed by the school’s art teacher, Joshua Baird. Baird says the set would cost approximately $6,000 to replace, but was only about $600 to restore. Ultimately though, Baird says this endeavor was more valuable than any savings.
Go to KUER.org to read more.
Video was an essential component to the Kanab Skatepark compaign we initiated in around 2011. I learned alot while making these videos. They were essential to the compaign's eventual success.
The film below is just a simple explanation of what K-Town Plaza might look like within the confines of the 100x100 ft property boundaries the city was willing to donate to the project. This was before cell phones were used to capture and share video. I mounted an old canon camera to a stop animation mount to make this video.
I had some students throw this video together in an effort to get as many students involved as possible in the project. We burned this video to DVD and sent it out to businesses to raise money.
This animation was curcial in helping people visualize how the plaza might look. We later pitched the idea to the city council to remove the redundant street on the East side of the property. They initially rejected the idea, but only a few months later, we noticed it's removal. We're super glad they got on board with that idea and embraced the idea of connecting the Plaza concept with Jacob Hamblin Park to the East.
Virtual Tour of K-Town Plaza from Joshua Baird on Vimeo.
According to ARC (American Ramp Company) K-Town Plaza is the first skatepark they know of to incorporate a pump track around its perimeter. No one knew what a "pump track" was at the time so I made this video to demonstrate the idea.
K-Town Plaza Update: What's A Pump Track? from Joshua Baird on Vimeo.
I didn't make this film, it was made by Alon Karpman. It does a great job of showing the construction process. Lots of great shots here...
I'm not totally sure who made the video below, but I think it was a former student of mine, Jake Clayson. It shows what the skatepark looks like today. Every time I drive by I see kids all over it. The folks on the committee and I couldn't be happier with the final results. We could not have make this happen without the support of local families, business and politicians.
This was one of the first films I ever made. It was filmed entirely on a handheld Go Pro with no LCD display. I'm not sure if I was aware of warp stabilizer at the time, apologies in advance for the shakiness!
My friend Laurel Anderson and I made these videos to promote a local festival of arts, culture and landscape. I learned a ton about production, interviewing, editing and so much more. I love working with Laurel, she's always the consummate professional. Another friend and talented musician, Arvel Bird, allowed us to use his music for these videos free of charge.
Arvel's website: arvelbird.com