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Side Project: Marshall’s Haute Sauce

By April 27, 2017 My Stuff

Not that I need another geek project to keep my busy, but I’ve been shooting some really fun foodie videos with my best pals from Marshall’s Haute Sauce. The new series, Tasteful Interactions features reknown Portland chefs, creating innovative recipes using Marshall’s sauces.

Heres’ the first video in the series, featuring my favorite PDX food truck, Kim Jong Grillin’. If you’re interested, check out more video in the series on the Marshall’s YT channel.

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Cosplaying as an Imperial Douche (for work)

By December 1, 2015 My Stuff

We had an incredibly fun day in the studio today, filming scenes for a Star Wars spoof that’ll be part of several customer related events. I wrote and directed the humorous, short film about how Darth Vader deals with the Imperial IT officers who accidentally let the Death Star plans get stolen by Rebel Alliance hackers.
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I had the Most Interesting Day in the World

By April 4, 2015 My Stuff, Photography

I love it when an unexpected assignment comes along, and everything falls into place like magic. While in Las Vegas this past weekend, I was tasked with writing and directing a short video. I had roughly thirty minutes to shoot everything, but I found myself needing far less.

I would expect nothing less when working with The Most Interesting Man in the World.
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That one time I decided to be The Avengers…

By March 10, 2015 Photography, Portraits

I have no idea where I began with this little project. One day I was trying on a Thor helmet, and just a Prime shipping days later I had several costumes that I just had to be photographed wearing. Why be one Avenger when you can be them all, right? Without telling anyone other than my studio assistant, I threw this little photo shoot together.

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Here’s how my Avengers got assembled:
I grew out my beard for a few days until it seemed good enough for Thor, and then picked a quiet night in the studio to knock out the photos. (Studio setup photos below) Read More

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Daryl Dixon’s Chopper (Funko Pop! Rides review) – The Walking Dead

By November 18, 2014 My Stuff, Toys

It’s a slippery slope, buying vinyl Funko figures. They’re so affordable, ubiquitous, and highly collectible. As a geek, it’s near impossible to avoid having one. Recently, I’ve fallen off the deep end and snatched-up pretty much the entire run of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead Funko Pop! Vinyl collections for my office at work.

Luckily, I can turn this obsession into something more productive – such as doing some fun videos for the new action figure review site, GoFigure. I won’t usually post the videos here, but I wanted to share the news. This week I’m showing off the completely badass Daryl Dixon’s Chopper (terrible sound effect not included).

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“Pan” (Palo Alto Networks Parody of “Her”)

By October 30, 2014 My Stuff

Here’s a short film that I directed for Palo Alto Networks. It’s a parody of last year’s indie darling, “Her”, but with a network security angle. It’s rather steeped in technical and industry-insider talk, however I think Ryan (my actor & co-producer) and I knocked this one out of the park.

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Opening an entire case of Funko “Game of Thrones” Mystery Minis

By March 18, 2014 Collectibles, My Stuff, Unboxing

This just happened (last week). Being a Game of Thrones superfan isn’t easy, especially if you’re Ryan, who is compelled to acquire every Funko figure released. We each bought a few individual boxes, competing on video to get the better figure. It ended in a draw, so Ryan used his ‘nuclear option’ and threw down money for a whole case. I setup the cameras and recorded the whole thing.

It’s easy to daydream about buying a case of figures, romanticizing about getting a complete set and unboxing a bunch of valuable eBay collectibles. The reality is much more disappointing, once the thrill of tearing into the entire case fades away – which is right around number 23 or 24.

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Here’s a shot of the studio floor after the unboxing mayhem. In a previous entry I posted a behind the scenes photo of our studio unboxing setup. We might throw down on some more random boxes, otherwise our next video will be next week when we get our March Lootcrates!

MERCH! Get individual “Game of Thrones” Mystery Minis on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1iaPZaF

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Blind Box Battle – Funko GoT Mystery Minis

By March 5, 2014 Collectibles, My Stuff, Unboxing

As you know, I’m a sucker for blind box figurines, especially when they’re in a fandom that I care about. So when I heard that Illusive Comics had the new Funko Game of Thrones Mystery Mini figures in stock, I grabbed my officemate (and GoT superfan) to sag a few boxes. We ended up challenging each other to a blind box battle, to see who could get the coolest and/or rarest figure.
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Roadtrip Instagram Videos

By July 14, 2013 Photography

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The World Famous Cadillac Ranch

By July 12, 2013 Photography

Here’s some snaps I took while we were roadtrippin’ across the country, driving parallel to Route 66. There were dozens of other people there, but I somehow got some snaps without anyone in there.

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Cadillac Ranch

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Moblie ‘Glitch Pics’ from Kennedy Space Center

By May 20, 2013 iPhone, Photography

I snapped a ton of photos from my recent trip to Kennedy Space Center, while riding shuttle buses and waiting in lines, I glitched out some of my favorite iPhone pics (using Decim8). The first one I rendered was, by far my favorite of the batch – and probably the best glitch I’ve ever done.

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Eliza’s Egg Hunt 2013

By April 1, 2013 Eliza, Geekdad, Home Movies

It’s time for Eliza’s annual Easter Egg Hunt! This is fourth year we’ve chased Eliza around with a video camera, but she’s getting so fast that Daddy had to strap an extra camera to her head.
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Introducing Cowboy Eliza

By November 7, 2012 Eliza, Geekdad, Home Movies

Cowboy Eliza from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

Here’s a quick pre-Trick-or-Treat chat with Eliza, while she was still in character as “Cowboy ‘Liza.”

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theDBZ Crew in 10 Seconds

By October 12, 2012 Promos, The Daily Buzz

Here’s a fun promo that we shot for the Facebook page.

The Daily Buzz in 10 Seconds from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

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Eliza’s Fall Photos

By October 11, 2012 Eliza, Orlando, Photography, Portraits

Here’s two snaps from our annual (and somewhat required) visit to the pumpkin patch for Fall photos. I’m thrilled that the best photos don’t actually feature any pumpkin, but rather this rusty, weird tree that was nearby.

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Gallery: Ginny & John Get Married

By October 1, 2012 Photography, Portraits

Here’s some photos I shot from my friends, Ginny and John Sweeney (whom I worked with in Houston) a few months back. I just delivered the final batch (slow, I know) of wedding pics and decided to post a few here.

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PROMO: “Getting Ready”

By September 15, 2012 Promos, The Daily Buzz

Another promo from our launch series, shot in front of the insanely huge LCD wall at Full Sail Live.

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Promo: “Anthem” (Generic Version)

By August 29, 2012 Promos

Here’s a promo generic, making use of our them song from Chris Kirkpatrick (featuring FAM). Shot with my Canon 5D2, of course.

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Andrew Spear Kicks Ass

By August 7, 2012 Orlando, Photography, Portraits, The Daily Buzz

Andrew Spear & theDBZ Mural

My boss really let me go all out when redesigning The Daily Buzz studio. We don’t have a huge budget, so it’s very DIY. I rolled the dice and hired my favorite Orlando artist (and now friend) Andrew Spear to ninja-punch our bare studio wall into something spectacular.

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