My 2012 Year In Review Video by Admin

Sometimes, you might feel that your year hasn't been going well, but when you take a look back, you'll realize that you have so much to be grateful for. While creating my 2012 video recap, even though I felt like it was a tough year, looking back at the memories made me laugh and smile.  Thanks to all my family and friends for always being a part of my life and helping me grow and expand as a person. I'm looking forward to making 2013 another memorable year!

- Tom

The Art Of Pong by Thomas Nguyen

The Battle - The Art Of Pong.  This is definitely one of the funniest videos that I've been a part of.  It all started with our Halloween costumes.  I was dressed up as an old Kung Fu master which spawned an idea of a quick and fun video project at work.  Being heavily influenced by old 70's kung fu films, I wanted to use that theme and create a table tennis version.  It had to have all the typical elements: young hero, old master, arch rival, and of course, bad dubbing.  We threw the video together in a day, and I'm really proud of this hilarious project that the team was able to put together.  Steven Chan played a great young hero, Michael Squires was perfect on his acting, and Rich Heo did a great job on filming and editing.  Go Team JOOLA!

2011 Photo Year In Review by Thomas Nguyen

Usually, before the end of the year or right after the beginning of the new year, I have a fun video recapping the things I've seen and experienced.  It's a bit late, but it's finally here.  Last year, I actually didn't take as much video footage.  I had a lot more fun snapping photos, so this 2011 recap is more photo based.  Anyways, enjoy, and as always, so much love goes out to all the people in my life for making it great.  I'm always appreciative for everyone being a part of my life.  Here's to making the remainder of 2012 Amazing! 

vitaminwater uncapped Live + The Fader by Thomas Nguyen

Here's a quick video on vitaminwater's uncapped Live opening night in DC.  The event was also sponsored by The Fader magazine.  It was a fun night with a great mix of local hip hop artists, including DJ Alizay, XO, Fat Trel, Rye Rye, and of course.. Wale! We also were able to bring down a table, representing JOOLA!

Hey you. You're Beautiful. by Thomas Nguyen

I was very fortunate to help out on a great cause known as Becky's Fund.  It is a non profit organization that helps raise awareness on domestic violence.  The video was made by a group known as the Jubilee Project.  They are making some awesome videos for great causes, so be sure to check them out!  Also, many thanks to Jennie Roh for inviting us to help out too! 

@ Photoria for the video shoot

So please watch this, and pass it on.  For every view, donators will pay a penny per view!  So watch or sign up to donate!

Ringing in 2011! by Thomas Nguyen

NYE - Dirty Martini from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.

Celebrating the new year with great friends at Dirty Martini, aka 1223, aka our former 2nd home!

Here is a recap video of my New Year celebration with friends at Dirty Martini in Washington DC.  This was formerly 1223, a place that was a second home to many of my friends back in the day.  Since it reopened, this was our first chance to get back to the venue.  They really made the place look really classy and made it into a very nice restaurant.  The food was great and the night was a blast!

My 2010 Recap by Thomas Nguyen

2010 Recap from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.

An early Xmas present to all my family & friends. As always, I totally wish I could have captured amazing moments with everyone I've crossed paths with. I'll try to record more for next year of course!

Thanks again to everyone for a wonderful year. 2011 - The Best Has Yet To Come!

An early Xmas present to all my family & friends. As always, I totally wish I could have captured amazing moments with everyone I've crossed paths with. I'll try to record more for next year of course! 

Thanks again to everyone for a wonderful year. 2011 - The Best Has Yet To Come!

Impromptu Ninja by Thomas Nguyen

Colton & Adrienne from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.

An impromptu dinner led to an impromptu mission to film a proposal for a new friend.

It was a Friday night, and I really had no plans before my trip to Vegas on Sunday.  My coworker, Jonathan, invited me to eat with him and his friends, whom I've met only one of them once before.  His name is Colton, and he is a pretty funny guy.  It turned out, the plans for that night was to eat dinner and to help Colton scope out a place to propose to his girlfriend, Adrienne.  Adrienne, lives in California and was flying into town the next day.

As we were talking about potential locations, somehow the conversation led to the talks of somehow being able to secretly record the whole thing.  DING!  That's when a light bulb magically turned on.  I had access to the gear to make it all happen! DSLR's, different lenses, a wireless mic, Glidetrack!  I knew right there that we definitely had to make it happen.  I teamed up with one of the other fellow bro's, David Beh and we planned it all out.  

All of the us guys went around DC to help Colton scope out a place that would be special for him.  We went to the National Tree, the ice rink at the Sculpture Garden, and eventually we decided that the FDR Memorial was the spot.  The waterfalls were a great setting (but also posed some annoying traits as you will read later)

We headed back to my office and got a wireless mic that we usually use for interviews.  I gave Colton the transmitter, and I kept the the receiver of course. He was to hide the mic on him somewhere, and when they got close, turn it on and it was go time! I was siked to be apart of this mission.

Operation Circus Tent

The next day, David and Colton started texting each other in code.  Operation Circus Tent as they called it, and we even had code names.  I think my name was Tango November or something like that haha.  It was quite funny reading the texts.  The goal was to head down there and capture the proposal right around the sunset. Dave was a little late to pick me up, but we made it right in time.

David's role was to get the wide angle shots, and I was suppose to get the zoomed in footage.  I hooked up Dave with a Canon 5D Mark II, and a 24-70mm 2.8 lens.  I took down a tripod with a glidetrack and had a Canon 5D Mark II with a 70-200mm 2.8 IS USM II lens.  I set it up and had the camera pointing at the right spot, had the wireless mic receiver plugged in with an earpiece ready to go once I heard something.

So you might be wondering.... how was she not going to notice us recording?  Well, it was simple, we used our fake touristy powers.  I'm asian, so it was easy enough for me to pretend that I'm just a tourist haha.  So, I dubbed myself a Ninja for the day haha.  Dave, who Adrienne has met once before, put on his big jacket and snow hat and just pretended to be taking some shots of the waterfall.  Everything was in place!

Go Time

Soon after we were setup, all of a sudden... *crackle... crackle... sssss*.  I heard the static in my earpiece and knew it was game time!  I signaled David and we started to record.  Colton and Adrienne walked by and right to the designated spot.  We started our filming and it was great!  EXCEPT... for one thing.

The sound!  Colton clipped the wireless mic onto his shirt and tried to hide it at the same time.  I could hear how the mic would rub up against his jacket.  The other thing was that because they were standing right next to the waterfall, I totally could hear it as well.  Their voices were a little muffled due to everything.  As he proposed.. I couldn't completely hear everything.. and when he got down on one knee.. I was afraid!  I didn't know if she accepted or not!  However, the next thing I knew, she was hugging him and kissing him.  Operation Circus Tent was a success.  As they walked away, I pretended to be on my cell phone to continue my cover and Dave yelled a great line to them to continue his cover... "HEY! YOU'RE IN MY SHOT!"

I had a nice little laugh.  Afterwards, we filmed some B-Roll footage for the video.  It was then.. a done deal. My day of being a impromptu Ninja turned out very well.  That night, before I left to Vegas, I made a quick draft of the video.  I hope you guys enjoy!  (BTW, the cat is out of the bag.  Colton did eventually tell Adrienne about the filming.)

The music is by Clara C - Offbeat.  I didn't have enough time to give her credit in the first draft.  I'll definitely do it in the final draft!  Check her out at



Ping Pong Throwdown - The Faceoff Promo by Thomas Nguyen

Ping Pong Throwdown - Face Off from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.

Promo for Club JOOLA's Ping Pong Throwdown!

I had a great time filming this last night with Jonathan & Tuan.  I'm learning so much by continually making these fun videos.  Lighting, angles, camera settings... so much to learn but so much fun! There will be some more coming. Enjoy!  And remember, save the date, June 12, 2010!  It's going to be a great event.

Ping Pong Throwdown! by Thomas Nguyen

Ping Pong Throwdown from Thomas Nguyen on Vimeo.

Ping Pong Throwdown coming soon to Club JOOLA! Jonathan Messervy vs Tuan Le

I just finished this video last night.  Ping Pong Throwdown coming soon!  It's going to be a fun social event at Club JOOLA with featured matches, food, drinks and fun social play. Part of the event's proceeds will go towards a charity TBD.  I'll keep you guys updated!