What “Face Off” taught me about Art…

I’ve been watching “Face Off” for almost 10 years.  Over that time, it has made a big impact on my approach and skills as an artist.  I remember when I came across this show on SYFY when it was broadcasting its third season.

The show was so different from other reality shows because they had talented people who were skilled in Special FX make-up and were assigned to make tons of unique creations. But like other competition shows, the judges had to decide who’s work best fulfilled the challenge and they would move on to the next week’s show.

I watched eleven of the thirteen seasons of Face Off and it was around the time I went to many art classes during my college years. The show taught me so much about how to improve your skills as an artist and that constructive feedback is important to help make your work better.

“Face Off” changed over time. At first, they focused on the drama between contestants and had them all live in a house sponsored by the show, like several other reality shows. But over time, the show focused less on the drama and more on the creative process. I learned over time that feedback from your client is not criticism of your creative abilities. It’s just focusing you on how to do better and deliver a professional product that meets your client’s needs.

I also learned that even when you’re under deadline pressure, you can still find a few minutes to help out other coworkers with their projects. That’s how it works in creative businesses. It’s all about teamwork. So I thank “Face Off” for helping artists like myself learn how to work in a professional creative environment.

I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn Hetrick from the show at Scare-A-Con. I showed him some of my artwork and he was really supportive and impressed. He was a truly sweet person. I wish Glenn and all my friends from the show all the greatest success in the future.

Long Live Face Off!

#ThankYouFaceOff

Face Off’s Official Website

The 2018 Arc Race Commercials

Hey Guys! I recently finished the Arc Race commercials and they’re going to be shown on television starting tomorrow and running through Labor Day.

Arc of Onondaga purchased advertising time on ten different cable channels, including Hallmark, Bravo, TLC, E! Entertainment, Lifetime, TVLand and several other channels.

The Arc Race helps raise money to fund so many programs that Arc of Onondaga does for people in the community. Won’t you do your part and sign up for the race? Click at the link below!

https://www.arcon.org/events/race

Arc Race Commercial Project

Hey everyone, I have very big news!

I’m currently working on a new commercial project for a charity fundraiser event for Arc of Onondaga. We will be shooting commercials to promote the Arc Race that is happening this fall in Syracuse.

The good news is that the four commercials I’m working will be shown on Local TV News!  I’m very excited about this.

When you see commercials for the Arc Race, you’ll know it’s JVR Productions.  So if you live in Central New York, be sure to keep a look out for the commercials for the Arc Race!

Thank you and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel for future updates.

JVR Productions Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtNgCZRbk9mS_Ih-TFP0v3Q

“How To Use Photoshop” – Mary Helsing’s Photoshop Tutorial

Photoshop has always been a wonderful program that helps create beautiful pictures. Have you ever want to learn how to use their tools? On my personal channel, “Mary Helsing”, I posted a demonstration video on how to use Photoshop.

With this program, I use it to create characters that set against colorful backgrounds and create business logos. Be sure to take a look and see how I walk you through the steps and teach you how to use Photoshop tools. Hope you enjoy it!

“Et Tu Brute?” – Syracuse Shakespeare In The Park’s “Julius Caesar”

From the company that brought you “Henry IV Pt. 1” and “The Taming of the Shrew” comes Syracuse Shakespeare In The Park’s daring adaptation of “Julius Caesar”. I was even casted as the Soothsayer, which was a wonderful character to play.

This is a wonderful community that could really use your support because they are a theater company that keeps the language of Shakespeare alive. Be sure to check out their next production this summer!

And don’t forget to check out their website at ssitp.org

“The Impact of Giving” – Arc of Onondaga

Here is another project I did for Joanna Jewett and Arc of Onondaga. I filmed this projected at several in Syracuse over several months. The main point of this video is to show people the many ways that Arc of Onondaga provides assistance to disabled people in our community.

Your donations to Arc of Onondaga help pay for things like purchasing new appliances for group homes for disabled adults, it provides funding for disabled people to participate in community theater and other activities to integrate these individuals into the community.

Won’t you consider a donation to Arc of Onondaga to help them help those most in need? Thank you for your generosity.

Donate to Arc of Onondaga

“The Disco Ball” – Red Shoes Black Bag Productions

To show support for Red Shoes Black Productions, I filmed footage of their latest concert, “The Disco Ball”, where Letizia and the Z Band with three guest vocalists do covers of many classic disco songs from the 1970’s.

Their musical events help benefit not-for-profit organization, “Serenity For Women”, an organization that builds small homes for homeless returning female Veterans.

If you want to check out more of their upcoming events, be sure to check out their website at www.redshoesblackbag.com

Arc of Onondaga Training Video

Back in April, I filmed a training video for Arc of Onondaga on “How To Clean a Bathroom”. I worked with Joanna Jewett and her Co-Workers to put together this project.

This video is supposed to teach people with Disabilities on how to work as a Janitor and how to take care of the job with dignity and respect.

Thank you to everyone at Arc of Onondaga for helping me put together this educational video!

Finished Another Video Shoot for Melvin & Melvin!

Hi, everybody!  I recently finished editing a series of videos for a Matrimonial and Family Law lawyer at Melvin & Melvin named Joe Morawski.   The shoot went very well, and we got four good videos that Melvin will start using soon in social media.  Here’s a link to one of the videos:

I am very grateful to Melvin & Melvin for the opportunity to continue to shoot videos for the firm.  I also appreciate how much I’m learning about how to handle video subjects to get them to relax, to get them to project and emote, and not make them too nervous while you are filming.  Practice makes perfect!

Melvin & Melvin – Tom Babcock, Estate Planning Lawyer

I got the opportunity to shoot some more commercials for my client, Melvin & Melvin. This time, I got to film Tom Babcock.

He was very lively and had a great sense of humor. His voice also sounded very trustworthy while I was filming him. I had a wonderful time  and I have another project for Melvin in the works.

Here’s one of the videos from Tom’s recent shoot.