My Writings. My Thoughts.

Seven Sentence Review: Gravity

// October 5th, 2013 // 2 Comments » // Culture, Film, Review

247813id1h_Ver1_Gravity_2ndLook_27x40_1Sheet.inddGravity, though not a perfect film, is well worth watching, as Sandra Bullock ably carries this film on her shoulders as an astronaut/scientist on a space mission that quickly turns disastrous.

While on a spacewalk, Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, learns that a missile has destroyed a Russian satellite, setting off a chain reaction of space debris that destroys even more satellites as pieces hurtle through space at the speed of bullets. Continue Reading

The Emily Hearn Story: How a Social Media Novice Became One of the Most Recognized Faces at Echo 2013

// August 3rd, 2013 // 1 Comment » // Church

EmilyIf you were at the Echo conference in Dallas this past July, you may recognize the face to the right. It belongs to Emily Hearn from Dothan, Alabama. Emily started a Twitter campaign at the conference with the hashtag #GetEmilyOnStage. Her goal? To simply get on stage at one of the main sessions. And of course, it worked. Continue Reading

Lessons for my Church from the Wonderful World of Disney

// March 12th, 2013 // 2 Comments » // Church, Culture, Faith, Worship

Cinderella's Castle I just went with my family for a trip to Disney World a couple of weeks ago. It has been a while since I’ve visited there, but I was quickly reminded of why it is such an amazing place. And as I looked around, I realized there are a lot of lessons that local churches can learn from how Disney World does things.  Continue Reading

A New Logo

// February 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Church, Design, logo, typography


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I‘m very pleased to reveal a new logo for the church where I work, Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan, AL. This logo redesign is the first step in a design overhaul that we’re moving towards, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. The new logo goes “live” in the next week or two, but you, fair readers, get this sneak preview! Continue Reading

Seven Sentence Review: Les Misérables

// December 28th, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Film, Review

lesmisposterAny film adaptation of the most perfect live musical (are you picking up my biases?) is bound to somehow fall short of expectations, since perfection, cross-medium, would be nearly impossible, and this review is not a critique of the story or the musical at all, but instead, focuses on the adaptation, and assumes the reader knows the story line.  Continue Reading

Seven Sentence Review: Cloud Atlas

// November 8th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Film, Review

Note: In a first for me, I’m revising a review. And while both of the readers of this blog may decry such actions, it’s my blog, and I’ll do as I please. Why the revision? Because some films are better reviewed after the passage of a little bit of time. And after just a very short time, I’ve come to realize how forgettable much of Cloud Atlas is. It has kind of soured on me.  When I wrote my review of Les Misérables and realized they were only one star apart in my ratings, I also realized this was a travesty. Hence, this revised review and score.
 

Cloud Atlas is an ambitious epic story (or rather 6 stories) that spans centuries, using the same actors to portray multiple roles (such as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Jim Broadbent) across multiple stories.  Continue Reading

How to Light a Round Table Discussion

// August 14th, 2012 // 3 Comments » // DSLR, How-to, Tutorial, Video

About a year ago, I had a chance to film a long discussion with a Christian pastor and 3 Muslim American leaders to discuss 9-11 and the impact it it had on them. We wanted to do, literally, a round table discussion. This blog post is about how we filmed it. Continue Reading

Hello, Alabama.gov!

// June 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Alabama’s Capitol, in HDR


Wow! What a boost!

These past couple of months, I’ve been seeing lots of you arriving at my website from Alabama.gov. I’m so delighted that some of my photos are now gracing Alabama’s website! So welcome, fellow Alabamians!

I’ve just moved back to Alabama after spending 3 1/2 years in Kansas City, and let me tell you, it’s good to be home! This very week, I’m getting settled in Dothan. (I lived in Montgomery for almost a decade before my brief stint in Kansas City.)

I have a few photos here on this webpage (go to the very top and you can find photos under “Portfolio”). But if you’d like to see even more, go to RobWebsterPhoto.etsy.com. All of the photos there are available for purchase, whether you need a simple print, something framed, or even digital licensing. Just let me know. I love working with customers to get images to them in the perfect way that enhances existing design and decor, and I’d love to work with you! Drop me a line through the contact methods at Etsy.com, or use the “Contact” link at the very top of this website and I’ll get you set up.

And now that I’m back to Sweet Home, keep an eye out for more great Alabama photography, coming soon!

-Rob Webster

Variations on Paintball: One, Two, Three, Four, I Declare a PAINT War

// March 19th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Faith, Missions

Ah, paintball. How I love the thrill of your sting.

Ever played it? It’s pretty intense. Guns (euphemistically called “markers”) with CO2 cartridges fire hard round balls filled with paint. They hurt like the dickens when they hit you, too, often causing welts, bruising the skin, and occasionally even drawing blood. And as I learned in a previous ministry, nothing screams “Jesus loves you” like the threat of violence.

When working with a campus ministry, we purchased 20 guns and protective face masks and often played capture-the-flag style games in the woods. We developed a number of variant games, each of which fit a different purpose and allowed for a discussion of deeper spiritual truths. Continue Reading

Seven Sentence Review: The Tree of Life

// February 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Film, Review, Uncategorized

The Tree of Life is a remarkable and beautiful film that, days after watching it, has remained in the background of my consciousness, profoundly prodding at me with its powerful images and ideas, and if that’s not the measure of a great film, I’m not sure what is. Continue Reading