"Introduction" is a short motion-graphics movie introduction taken from the full length documentary The Star of Bethlehem. "For thousands of years, countless generations have been captivated by the story of how the stars foretold the coming of Christ. And it has been difficult to see how the scientific and historical clues fit together…until now." The challenge for Vidano Films was to adapt Mr. Larson's research and stage presentation to the screen in a way that would carry the same amount of "emotional punch" while conveying a large amount of analysis and data. In the end we realized that part of "the story" needed to include Mr. Larson's turbulent journey as he sought to discover the truth about the star. With the help of Julie Larson's beautiful, heart-warming score, The Star of Bethlehem has been seen by literally millions, and has come alive in new and refreshing ways to people all around the world. THE STORY: It’s an astronomical mystery. A strange star is claimed to have appeared at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This documentary is an investigation of the story found in the Biblical Gospel of Matthew. It brings the words of Roman and Jewish historians alongside the visions of ancient prophets. It mixes “modern” mathematicians with murderous turmoil in the Roman imperial court. It combines all these with astronomical facts. And it concludes that the star was a real event. What others are saying... "A convincing case...a mystery solved” Former Director, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center "This explanation of the Star is compelling...” NASA's Chief Engineer for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station "Well-researched and reasonable” Former Chief of Planetary Astronomy, NASA, and Technical Editor, Sky & Telescope magazine "Wide-ranging and insightful scholarship” President, American Association for the Advancement of Science+ More details
Last January I had the privilege of traveling to Israel with Rick Larson, whom I filmed the The Star of Bethlehem with (vidano.com/work/star-of-bethlehem). He’s been up to “no good” again and asked me to direct a new project, called The Christ Quake, involving geophysical mysteries this time. (I can’t keep up with that guy.) Rick and a team of us were on the ground filming for 4 days. We were able to take strata samples from what was the floor of the Dead Sea 2,000 years ago. Because the Dead Sea has receded so much over the years we were able to walk down into canyons that are now exposed, and physically touch layers of undisturbed strata from 2,000, and even 4,000 years ago. Our expedition to the Dead Sea was unforgettable. More information on The Christ Quake: http://www.christquake.com Shot on a 5D Mark II. Aerial scenes shot on a Canon 7D at 60fps from a gyro-mount tripod. DIRECTOR • DP | Stephen Vidano vidano.com MUSIC SCORE | Julie Larson http://www.julielarson.net/about.php The Star of Bethlehem Links: Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/as79oz7 mpowerpictures.com/films/star_of_bethlehem/ vidano.com/work/star-of-bethlehem+ More details
This January I had the privilege of traveling to Israel with Rick Larson, whom I filmed the The Star of Bethlehem with (http://vidano.com/work/star-of-bethlehem). He's been up to "no good" again and asked me to direct a new project with him involving geophysical mysteries this time. (I can't keep up with that guy.) Rick and a team of us were on the ground filming for 4 days. It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and Jerusalem was completely socked-in. Just over the horizon I could hear the helicopter blades. I must admit I was a little hesitant. The day before we had filmed at the Dead Sea and today we planned on filming aerial footage of the coast and flood zones. It goes with out saying; helicopters aren't cheap. And I did not want this to be a wasted trip that produced flat, dark, cloudy landscapes. As we took off and flew over Jerusalem the wind cut through the door-less Robinson R44 Raven helicopter. What emerged 15 minutes later was nothing short of breathtaking. Shafts of light rained down upon a desert wonderland. Dramatic. Dark aqua water. White salt encrusted coast lines. Deep flood eroded chasms. Our expedition to the Dead Sea was unforgettable. Shot on a Canon 7D at 60fps from a gyro-mount tripod. DIRECTOR • DP | Stephen Vidano www.vidano.com MUSIC SCORE | Luke Atencio - Tune Society www.TuneSociety.com The Star of Bethlehem Links: Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/727ny9r http://www.mpowerpictures.com/films/star_of_bethlehem/ http://vidano.com/work/star-of-bethlehem+ More details
CFWS lead instructor, Rick Larson, tackles the "Death by Box Jumps" workout on a 28" plyo box. This workout employs an increasing work/decreasing rest concept with each successive round. The plyobox featured in this video was custom built compliments of RH PlyoWorks -- Thanks Rich! Rules: Start a running clock. Do one box jump in the first minute, two box jumps in the second minute, three box jumps in the third minute and so on until you cannot complete the indicated number of box jumps for the minute/round you are working on. Score your workout as the number of rounds you complete.+ More details
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