Blurb PBN Contest Category Winners

This is a book trailer produced for Blurb to announce the category winners of their Photography Book Now contest. It is two of two. We shot it with a Canon 7D. It was lit with Kino Flo Diva 400′s with daylight bulbs. It was edited in Final Cut Pro 7.0.3.

Blurb PBN Contest Grand Prize Winner

This is a book trailer produced for Blurb to announce the Grand Prize winner of their Photography Book Now contest. It is one of two. We shot it with a Canon 7D. It was lit with Kino Flo Diva 400′s with daylight bulbs. It was edited in Final Cut Pro 7.0.3.

The Best Quinoa Salad

On a totally random note, I wanted to share an awesome recipe I found. It’s healthy and super easy to make. It also keeps pretty well, so it’s nice to take for lunches.

1/4 cup parsley (I leave this out because I’m not a fan of parsley)
1/4 cup currants
1/4 cup chopped raw almonds
1/4 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/4 cup scallions- cut thinly diagonally
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil (I don’t use this much, but it’s up to you)

2 cups cooked quinoa
Salad Greens

Mix all the ingredients together, toss with the Quinoa, and place on top of Salad Greens.
You can put steamed/grilled chicken on top for a fuller meal (or tofu for you veggies)

Hope you enjoy!

This recipe is from Alejandro Junger’s CLEAN book (I edited the video below):

Spirit of Service

On October 20th, 2009 Spirit of Service goes on sale. I’m seriously really excited about this one. If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer or just make the world a better place (I know, that sounds cheesy… but you know what I mean), this book is perfect. Plus, I created that video above and worked with my friend Erik Jessen who created the awesome website (SpiritofService365.com). So go buy a copy, or at least browse inside it… and then you can go save the world.

More about the book:

The Spirit of Service is a dynamic daily devotional that offers a full exploration of 365 aspects of service, organized into seven topics, presenting one from each topic every week for 52 weeks. The reader can start the book at any time of the year. The guided experience allows you to look at a full complement of ways that you can get involved in service to others, from serving the person sitting next to you to your community as a whole, from national service to actions that impact the world. The book is created to offer a daily fifteen- to twenty-minute experience that can prompt you to open your mind, your heart, your pocketbook, your calendar, or your contact list and engage. The book features unique opportunities for involvement in all sectors with every age group and every concern. Throughout the year you will read inspiring stories about what others have done, and discover efforts that you can passionately get involved in. The book also guides you to recalibrate your own awareness of the needs of others, taking you outside yourself and into the joyful state of truly making a difference.

The seven spirit of service topics are:

Money (Donate)
52 ways your money can make a difference – the best organizations where your money can keep paying it forward.

Energy (Volunteer)
52 ways to physically show up and accomplish something – incredible opportunities to put intention into action.

Focus (To bring to the attention of others)

52 explorations that put you in the driver’s seat to create interest or support in order to bring about change.

Influence (Use your personal equity to help others)
52 great ideas that utilize your existing resources and goodwill allowing you to gain momentum and get something accomplished.

Compassion (Open your heart to needs of others)
52 meditations on compassion in action – daily kindness, love and humble service.

Support (Be emotionally available; get involved and stand up for those without a voice)
52 challenges to act on what you believe in and be there when it counts.

Passage (Join someone on their journey as a guide / mentor)
52 passages that inspire you to serve as a guide, companion, mentor, guru or helpmate on someone else’s path.

Tales of Wonder

I recently created this book trailer for Huston Smith’s new autobiography Tales of Wonder. It’s shocking what this man has accomplished, who he’s met, and how he’s changed the world. Meeting Huston Smith was an honor and I felt so privileged to work on his memoir. Check out the video below (and wait until the end for a nice outtake).
~Abby

You can read more about him in this great Newsweek Article.