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A Train Comes To Dallas

Added on by Skyler Fike.

This a 15-second short I shot, edited, and uploaded from my iPhone 5s. I was taking a walk yesterday at sunset at the Trinity River and wanted to try and capture the sunset over the tracks, with downtown Dallas at my back to the east. Right as I was going to take the picture, I saw a train coming toward the city where I was standing and so I started shooting the train instead. Inspired by films from the late 1800's and early 1900's, I decided to shoot just a short clip of the train passing by, just 10 or 15 seconds, and add some ragtime music and a title scene to it. The goal was simply to shoot in the same fashion as 1895 film A Train Arrives at the Station ( ) one of the first original films to ever be recorded. The purpose of it being 15 seconds long was simply so I could post it to Instagram. I will probably be shooting more and longer versions of these style shorts on my phone.

Original footage shot from native camera app on my iPhone 5s. I used the apps 8mm and CinemaFXV for IOS to apply the filters, and ReelDirector and Splice for IOS for the editing, text, and music. Start to finish---that is, getting out of my car to walk to the tracks, recording, buying some ragtime music from pianist Scott Joplin, and editing and exporting---it took about an hour or two. I imagine it will go quicker next time, but this was my first experiment in iPhone shooting and editing.

Music: "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin, ca. 1906

Also below are some shots from the train approaching and passing. Edited in vscocam.

Axe-making with Foreign Fields

Added on by Skyler Fike.

Check out this video by John Neeman Tools called the Birth Of A Tool - Axe Making, as part of their series of videos on making some beautiful, handmade tools. The song playing with the video is Names and Races by Nashville band Foreign Fields, for which my brother Clayton plays le banjo.

As a result of watching this video, you should have uncontrollable urges to:

1. download the Foreign Fields album on Bandcamp or iTunes

2. buy a John Neeman handmade axe and cut down your Christmas tree with it since you probably haven't done that yet.

3. ornament the insides of your ears with the newly-downloaded album while ornamenting the outside of your newly-cut-down Christmas tree.

Post a comment below once you have taken care of these steps. Now, for the video: