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Zoom H6 field recorder

Today’s post is dedicated to our Zoom H6 field recorder. We’re beyond pleased to have chosen the Zoom H6 field recorder for our documentary. It’s small and compact, but packs a punch. In the studio, we’ve been running two channels: one channel for the Rode NTG3 boom mic and one channel for the Rode RodeLink …

Day 23: Peter Karavedas and family visit the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California

High school football coach and family man Peter Karavedas took his family to Dana Point’s Ocean Institute today. Our crew followed the Karavedas family around today as Peter and his wife handed their one year old son, Joey, back and forth, chased their three year old son, Nico, around the touch tanks, and chuckled as …

Day 22: Edwin Davila and sons service their 1960 Chevy Apache in Boyle Heights

Edwin Davila is a classic car guy. Today, our crew filmed Edwin Davila, along with his two teenage sons, tune up their classic 1960 Chevrolet Apache truck at their historic Boyle Heights (an east Los Angeles suburb) home. Beside some of Edwin’s other classics parked in his garage, we watched on as the trio changed …

Day 21: Bicep curls and Baby Bjorn. Meet Malik K Murray.

For anybody who thinks you can’t hit the gym because you have a baby, well, meet Malik Murray. Malik Murray is passionate about health and hits the gym with his soon-t0-be-one-year-old daughter in his Baby Bjorn baby carrier. While Daddy pumped iron, Addison, Malik’s daughter, thoroughly enjoyed looking at herself in the mirror.

Day 20: LA native Aaron White reveals it all

What’s it like growing up without a father, or much of any sort of male role model, and then, becoming a father? During today’s interview, Aaron White walked us through his journey of becoming one of Los Angeles’ most influential male role models, and a Dad. Here’s a video he and his team recently put …

Day 19: Venice Beach with the LA Dads Group

It’s been hot as a pistol in Los Angeles this summer, so spending the afternoon at Venice Beach with the LA Dads Group (a local chapter of City Dads Group) was a treat! Bi-weekly, LA Dads Group co-leaders Trevor Mulligan and Eli Lipmen invite local Dads to “hang ten” with their kids. Stay tuned to …

Day 18: Richard Bravo is “ConversationStarter”

What are the chances that one of the Dads participating in our documentary would get married while we’re filming? Well, turns out, pretty high, thanks to Richard Bravo, aka “ConversationStarter.”* Today we were fortunate to be able to film father of two, Richard Bravo, along with the new Mrs. Bravo, at their wedding reception in …

Day 17: Parenting and podcasting with Matt Barnes

We met up with Matt Barnes, his wife, and not-quite-1-year-old-twins today in Orange County, California. After the twins woke from their morning naps, off to the park we went. After a leisurely walk around the playground, and lots of time at the swings, we headed back to Matt’s house to watch him record his hit …

Shout out to our amazing interns

Nolan Andrew – you’re a natural leader, full of life, teachable, and work with excellence. Mirian Perez Colindres – you’re an energetic team player and help wherever, and whenever, needed. Scott Graves – you’re a passionate storyteller, are excellent with the details, and super patient. Tanner Londo – you have a natural eye for photography, …

Day 16: Youth camp with pastor, poet, and motivational speaker Aaron White

Three youth vans pulled up and parked. Game on. We were with pastor, poet and motivational speaker Aaron White today. Full of energy, he played water balloon games, had his face painted, hiked to a waterfall, and created music with his youth group. Aaron White is a man who leads from the front, and we’re …

Day 15: At Martin & Carter with carpenter Edwin Davila

Edwin Davila, father of two teen boys, is a master carpenter. Today, we met up with him at Martin & Carter to watch as he designed and fabricated something near and dear to his heart. Joiners, saws, sanders, chisels, protractors, rulers, hammers, and vacuums…everything was in full swing today! The crew did a fantastic job …

Day 14: In the recording studio with Dennis Lamar

This morning our crew invaded Dale Becker’s recording studio. We’ve been following around Dennis Lamar, preacher, gospel singer and father of three. Dennis Lamar and Dale Becker have been working on a song together, so today was a great opportunity to capture those real-life recording studio moments. Boy can Dennis sing! We were joined in …

Day 13: Summertime at the park

This morning around 10 AM, the Lamar family pulled into the YMCA Sierra Madre Park parking lot. One by one, Dennis, and his wife Mia, set each of their three little ones free from their car seats. With the playground within sight, off ran his oldest son. We captured life’s simple moments today – Dennis …

Day 12: Birthday BBQ with Dennis Lamar and Friends

This evening we were in Pasadena, California with singer, and Texas native, Dennis Lamar. We had the opportunity to join a birthday BBQ Dennis was hosting for one of his friends. All the guys were great and we appreciate them welcoming our crew to the birthday party. They even shared the food!

Day 11: Sunny Hills High School with Peter Karavedas

At only 33 years old, Peter Karavedas is Sunny Hills High School’s head football coach. Located in Fullerton, California, our crew followed Peter and his team into their weight room for a testosterone packed pre-practice workout, then out onto the field in the 100 degree summer sun. Peter is busy teaching his players two things: …

Day 10: El Dorado Park Golf Course with Michael Nguyen

Tee time: 5:30 AM There’s something about the early morning. Being up before most everybody else just feels good. This morning, we had the opportunity to meet up with Michael Nguyen and his buddies (an old college friend and a retired LAPD officer) at the El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach, California. We …

Day 9: In the back of a “paddy wagon” with Michael Nguyen

We met up with father of two, Michael Nguyen, in Anaheim, California today. Michael Nguyen (pronounced “win”) is a sexual assault investigator with the Anaheim Police Department. We started the morning off touring his building, learning more about what he does, and meeting some of his incredible co-workers. The day ended with our crew getting …

Day 8: Flying with Matt Barnes of Rogue Aviation

What a day! Today we were in the sky with father of twin 9-month olds, Matt Barnes…owner of Rogue Aviation in Orange County, California. Wanting to learn more about this new Dad, Matt generously flew our team along the California coast as we chatted it up. Special thanks to our interns Nolan Andrew, Francisco Carmona, and …

Day 7: Brock Thoene at the Mission San Luis Obispo

Today was such a treat for us! Not only did we get to sit down and talk with bestselling author Brock Thoene (pronounced “tay-nee”), but, we got to do it inside a building that is 246 years old! The Mission San Luis Obispo was founded on September 1, 1772 by Father Junipero Serra. Brock Thoene is …

Road trip to San Luis Obispo, California

Next week, our film crew will be driving up the California coast to sit down with author Brock Thoene (pronounced “tay-nee”). Brock, and his wife Bodie, have written over 65 works of historical fiction and have sold more than 34 MILLION copies of their books. Brock Thoene is a father and grandfather, and we’re looking …

Day 6: In the studio with Dennis Lamar, Michael Nguyen, and Edwin Davila

This morning we were joined by Texas native Dennis Lamar, father of three. We talked about growing up in Texas, race, family, and one of his favorite activities: singing. Michael Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American, works in law enforcement, loves to golf and is the father of two boys. Our last interview of the day was …

Day 5: Celebrating the 4th of July with Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen, father of two, knows how to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Friends, family, BBQ, games for the kiddos, toys and fireworks were in full effect this 4th of July. Stay tuned and get to know this all-American Dad.

Day 4: Heat wave for Richard Bravo

Despite the heat wave rolling through Los Angeles this week, Richard Bravo, father of two, and his dedicated friends tackled an outdoor landscaping challenge. Shovels, rakes, hammers, rotary saws, drills, dirt, sod and sweat were on today’s menu. Stay tuned and see how it turns out.

Day 3: Helicopter pilot Matt Barnes and Artist Angelo Buonvicino

This morning, we had the honor and privilege of having Matt Barnes, CEO of Rogue Creative Development, and Angelo Buonvicino, artist and faux painter extraordinaire, with us at Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio. With twin 9 month olds, Matt Barnes is just starting out on his fatherhood journey. Angelo Buonvicino, on the other hand, has grown …

Day 2: Media Consultant Phil Cooke, Pastor Larry Rodriguez Sr., and the LA Dads Group

Special thanks to all of our crew for making last week run so smoothly. Our first day of interviews was seamless; today was too. Today we were back at Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio to ask media consultant Phil Cooke, Desert Reign Church pastor Larry Rodriguez, Sr., and a few dads from the LA Dads Group …

Day 1: In the studio with Nick and Peter Karavedas, Malik Murray, and Richard Bravo

Today was our first day on set, and we had the honor of interviewing high school teacher and football coach Nick Karavedas, his son, Peter Karavedas (also a high school teacher and football coach), inspirational speaker Malik Murray, and Richard Bravo of Rocky Mountaineer. These guys are all different – different backgrounds, different experiences, different …

Lights, Camera, Action

People. Process. Product. We’ve got the people (the Dads). We’re geared up to start the process. We’re looking forward to the final product. Before we jump into production, we thought we’d share what we’re using: Cameras: Panasonic HVX200 P2 cameras, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, GoPros Sound: Rode NTG3 boom mic, Rode Rodelink wireless mics, …

The definition of “honor”

Definition of honor 1a : good name or public esteem : reputation b : a showing of usually merited respect : recognition  pay honor to our founder 2: privilege  had the honor of joining the captain for dinner 3: a person of superior standing —now used especially as a title for a holder of high office  if Your Honor please 4: one whose worth brings respect or fame : credit  an honor to the profession 5: the center point of the upper half …