So, this is my buddy Mike’s submission for the Porsche/Reelz Channel “My Daily Magic” Film Contest, entitled “It’s A Magical Life.”

I know I’ve talked about Mike before on here.  He is the co-founder of Majek Pictures, the studio that produced "Apple of My Eye", the first film to be shot and edited entirely on the iPhone 4.  He’s also the Co-Creator and Co-Director of "Goldilocks", a mobile web series also shot on the iPhone 4.  The guy is just unbelievably talented.  Not only that, Mike is a very good friend.  He has been there for me and supported me during some of the darkest and most difficult days I’ve experienced these past couple of years.  He is truly an amazing person.

That being said, the film you see above is not just a Porsche commercial, but also a tribute to Mike’s dad, Leigh.

That’s them right there.

On September 27th of last year, Leigh passed away unexpectedly.  I’ll let Mike take over here for a second from an email he sent out this past week:

Earlier this summer, we were selected as finalists in the Porsche / ReelzChannel “My Daily Magic” competition … this involved Porsche flying me to their Precision Driving School in Alabama for a day and then letting us borrow a 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S for 48 hours in Los Angeles to make a short film. This short film was shot on GoPros and a Canon 5D (“slightly” higher quality than the iPhone 4).  

The film is inspired by the relationship I had with my dad, and thus is very personal and I’m very passionate about it. Many of you know that my dad passed away very unexpectedly almost a year ago today. Life is a daily reminder that through every stage of life, he helped shape and mold me into the man I am today. Needless to say, as a result, there were a lot of tears shed on set (especially the day we shot the real freight train). So many talented people gave of their time and talents to help see the story end up on the the screen. Please take 90 seconds to watch it.

I can’t imagine what it is like to lose a parent.  I don’t want to.  No part of me, emotionally or physically, wants to try and comprehend that.  I will tell you that the entire time my parents were out here this past summer, Mike was never far from my thoughts, and I made sure to cherish every single moment I shared with them.  We only get one spin on this old rock.

But Mike did something really special with this piece.  He paid homage to his father with the very talent he was blessed with.  Leigh loved trains, and the final shot with the father and son in the commercial was such an incredibly beautiful hat tip to that.  Tears me up every time I see it.  It’s wonderful.

Anyway, I really want Mike to win this thing.  He deserves it.  And that’s where you come in.  My wonderful, dear, constant readers, would you mind heading over to and voting for “It’s A Magical Life?”  I would so greatly appreciate it.  Also, if this spot hit you as much as it did me, and you wouldn’t mind reblogging this, tweeting this, putting it on your Facebook page, whatever, I would really appreciate that as well.  You can vote daily until the 21st.

And Mike, I can’t even begin to tell you how proud your dad must be of you.  You truly are a man of great character and integrity, and you are going to make an amazing father one day.

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  1. helms-deep reblogged this from helms-deep and added:
    Reblogging myself one last time during Prime Time! This is the last time, I promise. It’s just that this means a lot to...
  2. ladyofthehouse said: gah. brilliant. cried. voted.
  3. sallydoodle reblogged this from palmtreepalmtree and added:
  4. palmtreepalmtree reblogged this from helms-deep and added:
    Trust me.
  5. palmtreepalmtree said: Done. I’ve been there. This touched me. Reblogging now. Good luck, Mike.