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The Story and Struggles of PAPA BEAR ~ Chapter I

This is part one of my experimental story of how I created a series of unusually different and pretty unique video/films. Slowly unveiling my story of how through my struggles and many hardships that caused me much heartache and pain in my life... and how I managed to work through them... only to use my adversity experiences as a positive examples to help Inspire and encourage others.

I have always loved living my life against the grain of the assembly line cookie cutter. So I Incorporated the use of my Gravity Boots in creating short videos. In doing so, won me the opportunity to appear in a Lionsgate, Grindstone, in association with Movieset.com MMA action movie BEATDOWN. http://www.movieset.com/beatdown

Inspired by my experience, I was compelled to write my PAPA BEAR story. I combined it with some of my previous videos/films. They went together very well, creating 5 chapters... they just seemed like they were meant to be. My story is...
The Story and Struggles of PAPA BEAR.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PAPA-BEAR/144144712291616

This video was shot on my cell phone November 11th, 2005. I finally was able to get the right USB cable to get the Images and video from my Ill forgotten cell phone… so I dusted off the cob webs, and I created and edited this video on February 19th, 2010 to remember this special day with fond memories… always take time to enjoy and cherish life, and live each moment as if it were yer last...
After creating this, I seen that it would be a good video to go with my first chapter of my PAPA BEAR story.

I would like to add my true story of my, CROSS DESIGN MIRACLE… as it goes with and explains the transition in this video… also I am adding my poem that I wrote called, MY POND, that I was Inspired to write after sitting outside enjoying the pond that I designed and created… I am a kid at heart, I have a passion to design, create and enhance everything that I do…


My, Cross Design Miracle.

It was the end of January 2008, in the middle of winter with freezing cold temperatures, and everything was covered in a frozen blanket of snow. I was getting near to my final 40 mile round trips to moving to our new home. You see, to understand this move, I will have to say it was the biggest & hardest move I have ever made!

After being layed off, and struggling through a whirl wind of tragic events and much financial hardships that created a vast rippled effect on our finances... trying to save our home... we finally lost the hard fought battle.

It took me well over a Month to move, working at it everyday, without missing a click, from morning till night. I was moving into the home in which I grew up in. It had been cluttered with a wide variety of collectible junk over a period of over 45 years! Along with other family and relatives using my parents home as a storage for there unwanted and forgotten things. So in order to be able to move my family in, I had to juggle stuff around, go through junk, figure out what was good, what needed to be stored away, shuffling things around, getting rid of unwanted, unused clutter, giving a lot away to charity. This was not an easy thing to do! I was elected, given the unwanted task to perform these duties, and make the best judgment, and decisions. I will tell you, this added more heartache to my already heavily burdened heart and soul. But non the less, it had to be done!

So, as you might already have an idea of how my days were planned. Depending on where I was at the time. I would load up in the evening or the next morning my F-350 4 wheel drive pick up, and closed in 12’ trailer. Then make my 20 mile trip to our new home. Making a full day of unloading, loading, going through stuff, rearranging things to make room for our stuff. While we ourselves sacrificed so much of our own as well. (I consider Moving one heck of a workout!).

Well, I was always told, and now I see it in me. That I have a lot of my fathers personality traits in me! My dad would always explain things/stories in great detail, always making sure not to miss a click!
I believe that the details leading up to my miracle hold a valuable significance, & is an important lesson that I wanted to share about having patience & virtue.

My old home held a lot more yard than the one I have now... oh how I enjoy working on my yard! Designing & creating landscapes, benches, planter boxes, patios, and decks! Installing water fountain decorations and ponds, bird baths and houses, gardening and so on... (I even had my own little pumpkin patch! That did very well, I might add!).
I lived in a mobile home park, on a court in the back next to the woods with a small creek with a pond. Our 2004 manufactured home had a little more than 2000 square foot. A lot of people would say... why do I spend so much time fixing up my yard so much? It's only a trailer park! My answer was simple. I said, Just because I live in a trailer park doesn't mean I have to live like trailer trash.
I have always looked at life different then other people, always looking for the good and positive things in life. Looking at people for who they are on the inside.

As I said, it was was the middle of winter, it was freezing outside, everything was frozen to the ground covered in a blanket of snow, like the frozen candy coated topping on an ice cream cone!
I had been praying long & hard, that I might be able to take some of my landscaped bricks, stones, rocks, and different decorative landscaping decor. I tell you, for 3 days, (3 days!!!) there was a miracle! The weather had warmed up just enough to thaw the frozen ground, so that I could take the things that I wanted and needed out of my yard. To be able to take everything to transport it to my new home... took me 3 days!!! By the end of the 3 days, when I had all the things I wanted and needed to get, the weather again turned bitter cold, and everything froze back over!

Just to let you know as my miracle happened, I also endured more set backs with my truck. Prior to the surge of warm weather, I had to put my truck in low 4X4 gear, so I could back up the trailer in my slightly sloped driveway. Not having used low gear since I owned my truck, it got stuck in low gear! Not having the funds to fix it, and not being able to get a replacement vehicle, I had to endure the rest of my trips in low gear, making my 20 minute trips turn into 1 hour dragging rides at 20-25 miles per hour tops!!! I had tried several different ways of getting it freed up, including backing up, hitting the brakes, and several different untold ways.

That is my story, of the miracle, of my Cross Designed 12 x12 patio, that I created. You can see my design and some of my landscape creations in my pictures and videos.

When I moved to our new home, I put in a pond that first summer, and as I sat there when I was finished, I was Inspired to write this poem.

‘My Pond’
My pond is where I go to meditate.
I listen to the water trickle…
as it flows from the cherub, up above.
The goldfish and koi surface from beneath…
making there way through
the pond lettuce and lily pads…
for a taste of there daily morsel.
as no stranger to the surroundings…
comes forth the robin.
to partake in the ritual bathing.
as the area blooms
with an array of vibrant color,
I love this peaceful place…
My pond…
Where I go to meditate.
By: Kevin Mattson

Most of all my videos that I've created is related about my life, and have and hold very unique and special meaning to me. I know the quality of this film is poor, heck, it was shot on my old cell phone over 5 years ago. However what I did with it is Incredible and very creative. Taking the footage off of the phone, I could have just posted it as is. I was able to capture each precious moment through the transition and relate it to a special time we once new, but have not forgotten. This was a special moment of time, and I not only wanted to capture the moment, but enhance this day, by creating a lifetime remembrance of a home we once knew... that we worked so hard to keep. All the long hours, hard work, sweat, blood and tears went into making and creating this special home of ours... only to lose our home, due to unfortunate circumstances that came about due to layoffs of an unfruitful economy. We struggled so hard to keep our home... and in the end we lost it. But we did not lose our dignity! We picked up the broken pieces, and we managed to work together and move on.

I may feel the burden and sadness heavily in my heart. However I do not entertain that thought. And through my eyes I do not see the negative dark shadows of that time. I see the brilliant vivid colors come alive! and through my undying faithfulness and prayer in God, I seen my Cross Design Miracle take place. As I was able to transfer much of my landscape creations to our new house, that has become our new home... a home that is built with unconditional love and forgiveness. To care for one another... and to always remember and cherish each other, and live each day as if it were your last. I am a free nature soul... I am a Free Bird... I AM ALIVE!
EVERYDAY IS A NEW DAY... I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERY BREATH I TAKE.

FREE BIRD:












Posted by: Kevin Mattson on Feb 12, 2011 at 9:01:34 pm Kevin Mattson, PAPA BEAR

Final Cut Pro... It all seems so complex.

I have been nervous about going back to school and learning how to edit and work with Final Cut Pro. It all seems so complex, and a bit overwhelming. However, the compelling urge that continues to accelerate my beating heart and drive me forward is powerful.
I have self taught myself thus far. Using a basic Windows Vista movie maker. My progress has been very slow, but steady non the less.
I would like to share with you just one of my challenges that I have encountered along my journey...
I originally created this video December 30, 2009. When I had completed the download to my computer, I was disappointed to see that my footage came out all blurry and hazy! I was certainly frustrated but not defeated. I was challenged...I love being challenged, because to me it presents yet another opportunity to take something negative and turn it into something positive! I started to explore the effects... I was amazed and Instantaneously Intrigued with the effects, that to me showed vividly my mental anguish along with the intense focus, dedication, determination, and sacrifices that I have made along my journey. I meticulously put together and chose this song to not only go along with my video, but to go along with my story...
The story and struggles of PAPA BEAR PART II:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PAPA-BEAR/144144712291616

I wanted to Include a paragraph from my story that I had written on January 28, 2009.
It entails of my story, depicting why the Muscle Tech II Transformation Challenge was so Important to me. How this was not just any old ordinary contest for me!
I pictured two American Flags flowing down in the back ground. I thought of two Flags... Muscle Tech II... my second contest, two Red, White, and Blues!
The one that appears on my right side is in honor, respect, and remembrance of my late father-in-law… the one on my left side, and that is closest to my heart… is in honor, respect, and remembrance of my late father! Two Highly respected Veterans! I just wanted everyone to know how much this contest and these pictures mean to me! They were not only just pictures for a contest! But a very heart felt, meaningful remembrance of two Men, that I sincerely looked up to, & will always miss dearly...
(John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”).










Posted by: Kevin Mattson on Feb 6, 2011 at 1:04:07 pm Inspiring, PAPA BEAR

PAPA BEAR

PAPA BEAR

Written: October 16, 2009.
by Kevin Mattson

When I was a young cub ;) ...
Guess I was considered stronger than average back when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth, lol…
I was very much into weight lifting, benching a clean 350 pounds. I also was very much into boxing & martial arts, although I have never performed professionally.

I was also very quiet & very shy,{and I still am ;) }, and I did not talk much. Except when I was in my comfort zone among a close pack of friends. They even called me smiley in the 8th grade, & I was always told I was too nice.

Because I was so strong and quiet, I was often misunderstood. To give my story a little of amusement, I will say it like this...

Like a big quiet bear, I mostly kept to myself. Just trying to get through school was hard enough.

Curious... predators began taunting me, trampling in my territory, wanting to test their strength & capabilities against mine.

I did not want to engage in attack, rather, I just wanted to be left alone. But I had no choice... & I was forced to do so …

but it never took much, & I always managed to defend my territory well… They called me BEAR!

My nickname stuck well, in fact, it stuck so well that years later, I tattooed it on my left knuckles.

This is the first half of my story, and how BEAR came about.

As I grew up, I was always close with my Grandpa. We always did everything together, from helping him fix & build things,{he was an AMAZING Craftsmen/Carpenter}, to a sweet relaxing day of fishing! He called me his lil’ partner… I called him PAPA, {pronounced Baw-Paw }.
My Grandpa, PAPA, passed away about 13 years ago now... I took it very hard, & still miss him so much…

I tattooed myself again, on my right knuckles... with his nickname, what I called him... PAPA.

Now in February of 2007, I found out from my oldest daughter Crystal that I was going to be a Grandpa! My own Father, being very Ill at the time, fell prey from his sickness. And the angels took him to his eternal home on April 15th, 2007…

But not before he knew that he was to be a Great Grandpa himself… he was very excited & glad to know this.

My Granddaughter has been a blessing & healing joy to us all... especially me.

I call her, Grandpas lil’ jumpin bean... she calls me PAPA BEAR <3



My Youtube video, Summer Fun / Promise IV , September 19, 2009.

Enjoying a nice Summer Day <3










Posted by: Kevin Mattson on Feb 5, 2011 at 3:20:59 pm Inspirational, PAPA BEAR



PAPA BEAR Written: October 16, 2009. by Kevin Mattson When I was a young cub ;) ... Guess I was considered stronger than average back when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth, lol… I was very much into weight lifting, benching a clean 350 pounds. I also was very much into boxing & martial arts, although I have never performed professionally. I was also very quiet & very shy,{and I still am ;) }, and I did not talk much. Except when I was in my comfort zone among a close pack of friends. They even called me smiley in the 8th grade, & I was always told I was too nice. Because I was so strong and quiet, I was often misunderstood. To give my story a little of amusement, I will say it like this... Like a big quiet bear, I mostly kept to myself. Just trying to get through school was hard enough. Curious... predators began taunting me, trampling in my territory, wanting to test their strength & capabilities against mine. I did not want to engage in attack, rather, I just wanted to be left alone. But I had no choice... I was forced to do so … but it never took much, & I always managed to defend my territory well… They called me BEAR! My nickname stuck well, in fact, it stuck so well that years later, I tattooed it on my left knuckles. This is the first half of my story, and how BEAR came about. As I grew up, I was always close with my Grandpa. We always did everything together, from helping him fix & build things,{ he was an AMAZING Craftsmen/Carpenter}, to a sweet relaxing day of fishing! He called me his lil’ partner… I called him PAPA, {pronounced Baw-Paw }. My Grandpa, PAPA, passed away about 13 years ago now... I took it very hard, & still miss him so much… I tattooed myself again, on my right knuckles... with his nickname, what I called him... PAPA. Now in February of 2007, I found out from my oldest daughter Crystal that I was going to be a Grandpa! My own Father, being very Ill at the time, fell prey from his sickness. And the angels took him to his eternal home on April 15th, 2007… But not before he knew that he was to be a Great Grandpa himself… he was very excited & glad to know this. My Granddaughter has been a blessing & healing joy to us all... especially me. I call her, Grandpas lil’ jumpin bean... she calls me PAPA BEAR <3 My Youtube video, Summer Fun / Promise IV , September 19, 2009. Enjoying a nice Summer Day <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF6Eh4yh8w8
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