Meet Michael Mench
COW Leaders : Michael MenchCreative COW Forum Host, Web Writer, Contributing Editor
Captain Mike Mench has been in the USAF for 10 years. He won numerous awards and medals for his service to his country and his background includes 7 years teaching Junior and Senior High School bands in Missouri, Florida and Pennsylvania. He continues to be actively sought out as a clinician and adjudicator for educational and professional musical organizations across the country.
Of his video shooting and editing skills he says, "this is the most expensive hobby I've ever had." Hobby or not, he is in high demand across the Air Force for producing videos and creating DVDs for events large and small. He produced, created and edited DVD products for guest artists such as Maureen McGovern, Glen Campbell, Cleo Lane and Wynonna Ryder. His work has been used to influence foreign leaders and to inspire the spirits of the youngest members of the military. He's worked and studied with everyone from local live switchers to A-List producers and editors.
"I started in this a little late," Mike says of editing. "I bought my first video camera and a $100 Avid editing program when my first son was born and my entry into video NLEs began. I had always been around audio editing with Sonic Solutions, ProTools and SADIE, but now I was hooked and couldn't get enough. I saved enough money to buy Apple's Final Cut Pro v1 and soon after DVDStudio Pro. I brought a short video I did in to my boss one day and asked if we could use something like this to tell our story better. The next thing I know I'm designing a studio in the basement of the building. It was me and another guy and he knew less than even I did! There weren't many people using FCP then, and the handful of us were more than willing to help out each other. That spirit of community, that continues today, not only pushed the software, but the industry as well."
Mike freely admits that starting ThreeBoysProductions (formerly TwoBoysProductions) was a front to his wife to convince her to let him buy a DVX-100A. With his spare time from the Air Force he not only practices and hones his skills with his own kids but has a small business of shooting, editing and documenting memories for other people's families. "It's amazing what you can capture and edit in only a few hours with a family. When people see me come into their living room with a wagon for a dolly they get a little scared... but when they see their memories saved in 24P they are really very thankful."
Capt Mench primarily uses Final Cut Pro Studio, After Effects, Shake and Adobe CS2 and lives with his wife Linda and ThreeBoys Alex, Nathan and Zachary just north of San Francisco, California.
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