The Righteous

We are doing a short series at our church all based around the title “Power in His name”. My wife Cathy was speaking for one of the sessions and had a list of verses from Proverbs all based around righteousness. So rather than just reading out the words Cathy thought it would be more memorable and interesting if we used a kinetic text motion graphic video, although she didn’t call it that.

So first up is audio, without the audio there’s nothing to time the animation. I record straight into Audition using my trusty Zoom H4, this way I can chop, change and rerecord quickly. Once I am happy with the file, there is a little editing to clean it up. After that I drop in some background sounds to fill it out.

Now into After Effects to type, tween, transform, and time all this together. This was my first time doing one of these videos and it took two full days to complete. The majority of the time was spent animating each of the words into place.

It’s a little over a minuet, I hope you enjoy it.


The path of the righteous is like the morning
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life
The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
Righteousness delivers from death.

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;

No one can be established through wickedness,
but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
Though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise again,
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.

The wicked flee though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion

Rob’s Top 5 Gig Photos

I was chatting the other day with a work colleague. I found out that they were really into going to see bands and taking photos. She’s already booked 13 gigs for the year and planned out her holidays around them, now that’s dedication.

So I set a challenge to pick out her top five pics and I would do the same. So I thought I would share my choice with you.

01_BellX1_1Paul Noonan | BellX1 | Dublin 2006
03_Jon_SwitchfootJon Foreman | Switchfoot | Derby 2007
04_Dan_James_StarlingDan James | Starling | London 2010
Danny6_The_ScriptDanny O’Donoghue | The Script | Leeds 2010
02_IgniteUnknown | Ignite 2005

And of course I couldn’t leave it at that.
So here are a few others I like!

Steve1Steve | Dublin 2005
The_CoopersDavid Chatziliadis | The Coopers | Leeds 2011
05_Danny4_The_ScriptDanny O’Donoghue | The Script | Leeds 2010
BellX1_2BellX1 | Dublin 2006

Focus for 2015

First up, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this finds you well.

I’ve been thinking a bit about this year and what it could hold, along with what is achievable. At this time of year we all do a bit of a New Year’s Resolution type of thing, even if you have no intentions of keeping one. We review ourselves and come to the conclusion that we need to shape or form some part of us literally and figuratively.

Last year I started plenty of projects, but finished few. I get immersed in an idea and I will be totally focused on it for about a month, then I start to get distracted. Either by the next idea, family, work or life. This in itself isn’t a bad thing, but for me I want to look back on a body of work that I can call my own, and to be proud of my finished projects, even if it is only the fact that I finished them off.

So the theme for this year (for me) is going to be “focus”. Many of us have an ideal of the life we want to live, you may have a plan or a vision of what you want your future to look like. The way I see it; the vision is the overall plan, what you intend things to be like, and for Creative Kingdom our vision remains the same “Creativity in a Christ centred life”.

The vision gives you a broad view of things, but focus, focus makes things clearer. Edges are defined, shapes are formed, and with clarity and contrast the details emerge. It’s these details that captivate people, the hours of effort, and the careful consideration that goes into every area. It really does make a huge difference to art or anything you apply yourself to.


So my hope over the next year is to focus on spending more time here on Creative Kingdom, complete last year’s unfinished projects, and of course all these things will need to fit around the rest of my life.

So her’s to a productive year and I hope we can continue to inspire you throughout it!

p.s. If you’ve got resolutions for this year let us know in the comments below.

p.p.s. I’ve been working on a new page where you can see all the articles in chronological order view it here »
It is still a work in progress, one of last year’s unfinished projects!

Ok Go!

Ok Go do such creative music videos and I wanted to share their genius with you. They have recently release “I won’t let you down”, meticulously choreographed and on awesome little Honda scooters, which was filmed with a GPS-controlled drone.

I think “Here it goes again” will always be a favorite of mine. Enjoy!