a TigerRAWk Film

Friday, August 28, 2015

Chicago Chalk Champ - Shaun Hays

I met Shaun through Audiofeed Festival. The first year, 2013, his art was on display on the blacktop going towards the restrooms & he did a speed chalk drawing at the Asylum at the end of the fest. I don't think I personally met him that year though...that came in 2014 amongst a lot of cardboard.

He has been battling health problems this year which mostly prevented him from attending Audiofeed but he had a chalk art event just outside Chicago @ Winston Plaza in Melrose Park for which he decided to hold a couple seminars in advance of the event. The idea to live stream the event was brought up & Shaun asked me if it was possible. We discussed it & decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately the internet connection wasn't real great but we were able to broadcast a live stream the first week. I also was filming with another camera so I later recut the footage & used the better audio source (though it was after the event that I finally was able to get to that).


The second week, the internet signal was even worse. I was able to broadcast for a bit at the end of the seminar, filming using other cameras. I spliced what I captured from the different cameras all together & posted it just before the actual event.


The Chalk Art Festival happened on Saturday August 8th, 2015 @ Winston Plaza in Melrose Park. Elphie & I arrived to get some pictures & footage for Shaun of the art being done. I put together what ends up being just under 15 minutes of footage that showed the art of the participants, Shaun's featured artwork, other activities that were going on, a glimpse of the judging, & the announcement of the winners. It was a fun event. I added a song called "Summer (Break Out & Grow)" by Ancient Mariner as a soundtrack.


This past Sunday (August 23rd, 2015) Shaun came to Risen Savior to speak as well as his chalk art. I filmed him during the speed drawing & a quick clip of his speaking.


Check out Shaun & his art at http://ChicagoChalkChamp.com


All footage filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Filming Life (revisited & updated)

Over the years & especially recently since I got back into using this page, you have primarily seen LIVE music clips & some full concerts I've edited on this page. A lot more is to come. This is a link to a recent reflection on life. I also have filmed clips that have shown my life much like many of my other friends take pictures to show their life.


You can read what I had to say there and find links to the video playlist that are broken down into various "eras" or if you aren't the reading type then here are those playlists embedded & linked w/ only a brief explanation.

Chicago: A Shared Life (2014 - ?)
Life in Chicago started at the end of 2014. There are a few other clips in here highlighting important events shared with Elphie from the Pittsburgh years as well.

Joel & Elphie's Wedding - 06.13.15
This playlist has both the live footage from the concert the night before, the live stream of the wedding ceremony, the recut & edited wedding ceremony, & other footage surrounding the celebration

LIFE (2012 - 2014) Pittsburgh Years
It was a much shorter chapter than I expected when I first moved to Pittsburgh. Though I met Elphie while in Cincinnati, our relationship developed more quickly shortly after I arrived in Pittsburgh & for it to continue to the place we are now meant leaving Pittsburgh. I was blessed with the opportunity to live with good friends while in Pittsburgh & reconnect with old friends. I was able to hunt once again which is an activity I enjoy. I also watched my favorite sports teams (ALL PITTSBURGH!) quite a lot. Going to shows decreased significantly but I suppose that's ok. Though the time was short, it was good.

LIFE (2007 - 2012) Cincinnati Years
My time in Cincinnati centered a lot in the music scene. I was able to try my hand in booking & promotion & was part of the start of a venue - The 86. I worked my own venue first at Covenant then did house shows when my living arrangements allowed. My most significant learning in video work (though the learning will continue of course) was during this time & I utilized it as much as I could in other areas such as w/ Covenant & The 86.

The 86

These clips highlight the shows as well as "shenanigans" of those of us who spent a lot of our time at The 86.

LIFE @ Covenant (2007 - 2012) - these clips fall into the Cincinnati era

The first few years I spent in Cincinnati I worked with Covenant - a Nazarene church in Northside. I tried to share what was going on in the ministry through my video work. I also had the opportunity to book & promote shows there prior to my leaving & moving on to do my own thing.
LIFE (2005 - 2007) Mansfield Years
These are some of the first videos I shot & edited. They aren't so great but shows a little bit of my life at that time. I got interested in doing this after watching the tour video put out by The Chariot (and other artists who followed suit) so there may be a few references to things I saw in that.

LIFE (2004 & 2005) "Vintage" TigerRAWk footage - encompasses life in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Meadville, PA, & Mansfield, Ohio

Prior to retiring the analog video camera, I took all the footage I shot at Cornerstone & a few places I lived to show whatever was of life in those places. This isn't good footage really but it was life then.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My 'Burgh Life: November - December 2014, Moving to Chicago & The Holidays

This post reflects on the the last sets of videos filmed in 2014 which also brought to an end my time living in Pittsburgh & the beginning of life in Chicago.

After celebrating our One Year Anniversary of being a couple, Elphie & I rented a UHaul to move the majority of my belongings to the home we would share in the future in Chicago. I ended up with a very painful eye infection or something in the midst of trying to load up my stuff but eventually got it all into the truck. I believe I took that Thursday off work in hopes of making the move easier by being able to leave Pittsburgh earlier in the day but the eye situation screwed that up. Anyway on Thursday November 13th, we left in late afternoon & headed north to my parents house where I gathered more of the things I felt wanted to bring to Chicago. We left for Chicago on Friday the 14th afternoon from Warren, PA & arrived in Chicago where all was unloaded as quickly as possible into a room that I would get to use eventually. We slept then I took the truck to a UHaul location to drop it off early Saturday morning. After a little more rest, some things were unpacked & somewhat organized. That Sunday November 16th we went to see Craig Ferguson live. Throughout the rest of the week I attempted to organize my stuff, visited what would be my new job to learn about the daily operations, & hung out with some Chicago friends before returning to Pittsburgh by Amtrak on Thursday November 20th.

Previously, on Amtrak there was a significant delay in travel causing some issues with both trying to interview for the future job but also with getting back to work my new job. I'm not typically one to complain about service but this was an exception. Amtrak reimbursed that trip so this ended up being mostly a free ride back home to Pittsburgh. Back in Pittsburgh we got ice cream at Klavon's Ice Cream Parlour again...I wish we had discovered how good it was sooner.

Elphie spent Thanksgiving meeting the Sorensen side of my family in Clymer, NY before taking Megabus back to Chicago on Friday November 28th. I stayed in Warren for the weekend to prepare for deer hunting season. It meant that I would be missing a couple days of work unexcused because the powers that be did not approve my request for those two days. Saturday I scouted the area I intended on hunting & prepared a few spots I thought might bring some luck. I saw several deer near where I ended up deciding to set up including a buck.

Monday December 1st, I arrived at my spot & saw a lot of deer (without antlers so I couldn't take a shot at those) & possibly a buck (but it was too far & running so I didn't feel comfortable taking the shot) all within less than half an hour. I'd say it was at least 10 deer. I didn't see anything for a while after that then heard a shot not too far away. Shortly after that I heard noise & saw a deer running toward me. It turned out to be a buck so I fired a shot. It continued to run & headed toward my car then stopped, stumbled, & fell dead. I walked over to it & found it to be an 8-point buck! It was my first deer since I was a teenager & first buck in 20 years! It provided good eating for us!

I continued to hunt the Fridays & Saturdays through the rest of the season in hopes of also taking an antlerless deer but I never saw another deer the rest of the season.

I decided that this deer I was able to shoot was well worth any punishment I received from work. As I returned to Pittsburgh after the hunt I called to find out when I was expected to start my day. I was given the earliest start time & told to bring a doctor's excuse. I of course did not have a doctor's excuse but went in anyway to face the music. I was told I was depended on & need to be at work as scheduled. I agreed but explained I had requested it off. When asked where my doctor's excuse was I explained I didn't go to see a doctor because I wasn't sick but hunting. I also explained that I would be resigning my position within the next two weeks anyway so I could turn in a notice now or later. I was told later & was given the rest of the day off. I took it then I worked out the rest of my time employed with the company. Throughout the rest of my time in Pittsburgh I also went to a few more Penguins games.

December 4th -  Penguins lose 3-0 to the Canucks
December 15th - Penguins 4-2 WIN over the Lightning

My last week in Pittsburgh, I attended the Broken Bones Bible Study at In The Blood one last time Tuesday December 16th then worked my last day at Airstar on Thursday December 18th. It felt good to leave the job & the stress of dealing with the management behind. I went to a final Penguins game in Pittsburgh that evening with my family & the Penguins WON 1-0 vs the Avalanche in overtime.

I moved the rest of my belongings in my car on Friday December 19th to Chicago. After a much longer trip than expected due to an accident on the highway, I arrived & unloaded in Chicago late in the evening.

On Saturday December 20th there was a show at Risen Savior featuring Brick Assassin, 6'10, FBS, & Flatfoot 56. We attended that before all the holiday travel:

Brick Assassin






Flatfoot 56


After the show, we traveled overnight to Warren, PA to spend a few days (December 21st-23rd) celebrating Christmas with my family. We arrived shortly before church time but I fell asleep & missed the service. We then spent time with my Sorensen Grandparents. We opened gifts on Monday night then left Tuesday for a stop in Pittsburgh before making the rest of the trip to North Carolina. We were in North Carolina with Elphie's family & friends to celebrate Christmas from December 24th-27th. From there we headed north by way of Ohio & northern Kentucky to see some friends on our way to Chicago. We spent December 27th mostly in travel, met Russ in Lexington, KY for pizza before arriving at the Sheehy home that evening. Sunday we spent in fellowship with the goth friends/family then I left to watch the Steelers beat the Bengals (or Bungals) w/ Chris & Leo. We stopped by The 86 on Monday December 29th to get coffee & food at Island Frydays before leaving for Chicago. On December 30th we opened the gift we received from the Rooke's by uncorking the "Scruffy Cider" & enjoying a glass w/ dinner.

My first New Year's Eve in Chicago was spent with our neighbors (& new friends) while fireworks went off outside on the streets & playing Cards Against Humanity.

Soundtracks include "If I Fell" by Brandon Reid, "Gasoline" by Destroy Nate Allen, "Silver Bells" by Sleeping At Last, "What Child Is This" by Leper, "Still Still Still" by BATZZ in the Belfry, "The Holiday Song (Some Christians Are Nazis)" by The Homeless Gospel Choir, "Dream A Dream" by Charlotte Church, "Auld Lang Syne" by MxPx

Filmed using a JVC HDD Everio, Sony HD Bloggie, iPhone 4, &Canon Power Shot SD 780 IS by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson.

Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson