It is Just Cool

Airplanes, they are just cool


Learning the Art of Video

1986 Edina Boys Varsity Soccer

1986 Edina Boys Varsity Soccer

I have been on and off for the past thirty plus years, taking pictures and video of amateur soccer.  My focus has been on the teams and players I was coaching. I have to confess I am, at least I believe to be, a better coach than photographer. To be honest, though I enjoy photography I never spent the time diving into all the in’s and out’s of photography and it shows. What I have learned has come from trial and error and duplicating happy accidents.  For example almost 30 years ago I was shooting pictures of Edina High School’s Boy’s Varsity Soccer team’s championship game against Saint Paul Academy played at the Metro Dome. I remember shooting with slide film. To make things more interesting I had no idea how to set my camera up for proper exposure. The pictures were pretty pathetic. I was lucky that a few pictures kind of turned out. The few pictures that were not completely black have provided many guys who played on that Edina team some fond memories.

1986 Edina Boys Varsity Soccer

1986 Edina Boys Varsity Soccer

This past fall I had the opportunity to provide the Edina Boys Varsity team with an end of the season highlight video. I had a blast filming this team. While I made many mistakes I also learned a lot. In a lot of ways this turned out to be my favorite videos to date. The experience has inspired me to improve on  what I have learned and attempt to make next seasons video bigger and better.

2014 Bring It On



Whether it is a new day, new week, new month or a new year I start out each with an idea that things will be different. I dream, I plot and I plan but all too often the lofty idea I cook up in my head gives way to the grind of daily life. Despite the failures, the procrastination and the Oh so close, I dust myself off and try again.

Ok 2013 was not all that bad. In 2013 I survived the bankruptcy of peaknuckle airlines, now Endeavor Air battered, bruised but unbeaten. With a smile I completed my will. I so wish I could see the look on beneficiary’s face when the lawyer reads the will, but it is a surprise and of course I will be dead, like in twenty years from now. I also had a chance to reconnect, without interference from evil joe, to the Edina Varsity boys soccer program by providing them with their end of the year team video. I can honestly say I had a blast not only making the video but also getting to know the may quality parents and players who made up the team.

Speaking of amazing people. The crew from Further Peformance kept me smiling all year long. Tristan, Mike, Frank and Matt not only kept all my cars running in top order but they also inspired me and made me feel like family. 2013 saw the rebirth of WitchOne, my 1997 Golf GTI. I will be forever grateful for all the extra time and energy Further Peformance. put into the GTI not only to bring it back to life but to making it a truly special ride.

So 2014 has arrived. While I have long ago given up on new years resolutions I still have lofty ideas and goals. I still dream, plot and plan. In 2014 I will focus on the house remodeling. I have a few rooms that have already been dismantled. The plan, before the years end, is to combine and put back together all the things I tore a part.  The GTI and Golf R will see a few tweaks this year. Mostly I look forward to driving the cars to Southern Worthersee  and all the other shows the Clean Schnitt crew plans on attending.

WitchOne and 2Dubs

WitchOne and 2Dubs

When it comes to my videos I have big plans for 2014. In the works is the story behind Witchone, why chose to rebuild a broken down MKIII GTI and what the car means to me. I am in the begining stages of putting together a retrospect video of the last group of guys from Edina to win the State High School Championship. I would like to release the video in conjunction with the 2014 Edina Varsity Soccer highlight video. I have other project ideas bouncing around in my head and I hope 2014 will be a banner year in video production.

All in all life goes on and if I experience failures along the way all I have to do is wait for monday to roll around.

Happy New Year!

Do Over

I find, as I get older, I tend to look back on life taking inventory of all the things I should have done differently. There is the girl I should have kissed, the test I should have studied just a little harder for and the douche I should have punched in the nose. While none rises to regret they all dwell in that space just before your eyes close for the night; between conscience awareness and the endless possibilities of one’s dreams. This is the place where like an eight year old “Do Overs” are endless.

One of my many “Do Overs” (and they are endless)  would be instead of flying airplanes to become a story teller. If you are into stories, check out these two videos.

Alan Smithee

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