Growing is Forever
Dec 30, 2010

I have a deep affection for the Redwood forests of Northern California. This is my best attempt to capture the reverence I feel when in the presence of these slumbering giants. My friend Kallie wrote this after our group’s annual camping trip to the coast. The words were too beautiful to ignore.

73 responses to “Growing is Forever”

  1. Brian says:

    Beautiful piece Jesse. Can you talk a bit about the soft colored and white glows that appeared throughout the video during transitions and such? Were those extra footage you had that was superimposed with luma keys? I like that style of editing.

  2. Umberto says:


  3. jesse says:

    Brian, those flares and burns were added in post. I created them by shining an LED light back into my camera, sans lens.

  4. Brian says:

    Interesting. So while u were still filming in forest, you took lens off, and ran a light across the sensor? Can I ask why even take the lens off? Thanks again

  5. jesse says:

    No, created the “light leaks” in my clean, dirt-free office. I took the lens off to get more irregular, defocused shapes from the light. You can create them either way (lens on or off). Footage was then overlayed in the timeline using the screen blending mode.

  6. Jay Brandsma says:

    Very nice piece, man. Looks like a fairly wide, fast lens? Killer cinematography.

  7. jesse says:

    Hey Jay. Shot this on a combo of Red One and Canon 5D. Sadly my fastest wide was f/3.5 so some of the wide shots ended up a little grainy.

  8. great film… thanks for sharing. I’m just starting with the D300s & imovie, but now making the jump to FCP, and this look was something I was wondering how to get it… for sure I’ll experiment myself to get some of those flare transitions… HNYear!

  9. linda mcintosh says:

    lovely, lovely, spiritual place

    When walking through the redwoods, it comes to mind that must hang out here.

  10. Michelle says:

    Nice job Jesse and Kallie! So beautifully written and the music choice was perfect Jesse. Just perfect!

  11. Chris says:

    Great! Got a 5d and thought twixtor would help with slo mo in final cut xpress. Not happy with the results. How did you do the slo motion?

    Thanks…amazing words and images!

  12. Paul in Vancouver says:

    I love this. It made me cry. I think I want to live amongst the Redwoods as they have been speaking to me loudly lately. This came my way today. Thanks so much.

  13. jesse says:

    Chris – No slow motion here. Just slow camera moves and stationary subject matter.

    Paul – Thanks for watching. Glad it touched you.

  14. Betty Prout says:

    Stunning photography. We visited the trees last year and then only drove through them last June. They’re incomparable. And to think that’s the only place in the world to see those mighty giants. I guess even trees need to find their own niche.

  15. Mary says:

    I added this video to my LinkedIn status update to share. One response was quite powerful. I know others feel the same – and it means you’ve done your job as a filmmaker when such feedback comes in: ‘You know it is meaningful when you tear up because a tree had to ‘lay down’ ! This is now on my bucket list, and will be until I visit these majestic marvels. Thanks for sharing this.. “

  16. anita says:

    it’s awsome 🙂

  17. Daniel G says:

    Wow, just watched this for the first time. I am honored to know you and Kallie on a personal level. This brought me to the brink of tears, that’s an accomplishment! To evoke emotion with art is AWESOME! Keep writing Kallie and keep filming Jesse.

  18. Davvi says:

    This is wonderfully inspiring. Well written, spoken, and shot.

  19. Lee Brown says:

    Love this. Beautiful work. Saw the link on Alexia’s twitter stream and am glad I did!

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  21. cyrha says:

    sounds sweet, like Diana Agron’s voice!

  22. sheryl tan says:

    this is beautiful! can u email the words to me please? its just wonderful…

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  24. Erin says:

    This is an absolutely beautiful film. Here in the city it’s easy to get wrapped up in a quick pace of life, but Growing is Forever makes me want to slow down (and visit the NP!). The clip that made my heart skip a beat was the closeup of the salamander’s feet. Thank you so much for sharing your work.

  25. Just loved it Jesse. Wonderful cinematography and naration. You inspire me as an amateur filmmaker. Keep up the good work.

  26. renee says:

    Beautiful work. Mesmerizing!

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  28. Binny says:

    you inspired me with this.. each shot were telling stories. i really like the presentation and the music..i say beautiful 🙂
    wish i was there with you during the making of this. do you have a making of this? will be nice if you could share it with us. looking forward for more from you.

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  30. julio Lopes says:

    dear jesse Rosten

    Greetings from Brazil !

    Amazonia’s Forest is claiming for help too !!!

    thank you for sharing your AMAZING video
    I’m spreding it as fast as I can.


  31. Damon says:

    This is an incredible film, this is what you are really good at, giving meaningful expressions to objects which don’t have. In other word personification in films, you’ve done a GREAT job, in both Growing is Forever and The Cart, I almost cried at the end of The Cart, just so touching, really helped me pick up one important skill in filming. Thx 🙂

  32. Ron Dawson says:

    Wow. I wish I had watched this before our interview. I definitely would have asked you about it. Simply marvelous.

    @chris – I think another reason the shots look slow is because trees move very, very, very, very, VERY…er,

  33. j says:

    This is beautiful. the writing and the film. both of you are amazing

  34. Mark Mardon says:

    Wonderful video! If you don’t mind, I’d like to feature it on the website of Forests Forever (

  35. Some times you see a film that reminds why you do what you do and this is one of them! Really inspiring work… love it!

  36. wow jesse, this is great! thanks for explaining the flares … have to give it a try …

  37. Janelle says:

    Hi Jesse!

    I could feel that slight pain you get when you could cry.

    I’m studying in London to hopefully be in creative advertising.

    Watching this made me miss home more than ever.

    Was this in or around yosemite? or up north north? Either way I hope my adverts make ppl feel something like you did.

    ps your copywriter has definitely puts these letters together eloquently.


  38. tony says:

    Jesse – This really moved me, and though the imagery was a large part of that, I have to say Kallie’s poetry and narrative really made it work. I’m not often taken enough to respond to the smorgasborg of independent video now on the web, but this one did it for me – lovely sentiments, visuals and Kallie has a beautiful voice. And the little lizards back feets! Thanks again. You two are a great team – keep it up.

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  41. KingofKongs says:

    woooh realy great work!!!!

    wonderful filmed

  42. Igor says:

    hello!I need your help!I am deaf and can not hear ….send me the text of this video…anybody.thank you!!!

  43. Jessie says:

    Hi Jesse,
    Beautiful video.

    Do you mind sharing your website host? I’d like to make a website with some marketing videos I’m creating but am not sure what the best host is.

  44. I just jeezed in my pants. Wonderful work worth a million watch!

  45. glenda says:

    your work is awesome and just like the others, it brought me to tears. you’ve portrayed nature’s beauty in a whole different way.

    kudos to the narrator too. her words and the way she delivers added to the awe-experience your work brings.

    i have watched this video may times and the feeling when i fist saw this is still there everytime i watch it.

    -glenda, philippines

  46. Julie K says:

    Thank you so much! This is beautiful and really brightened my day. 🙂

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  48. Pablo Korona says:

    Still gives me chills. Fantastic.

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  50. ylloh says:

    Hi Jesse,
    I’m an HSU (Humboldt State) Alumni & I’m trying to promote students to go there to study. I’d really like to use this video to express the magic that exists behind the redwood curtain, people just don’t understand. Can I have your permission to use this?

  51. ylloh says:

    Hi Jesse,
    I’m a teacher and an HSU (Humboldt State) Alumni. I’m trying to promote the school & the area to students to go there & study. I’d really like to use this video to express the magic that exists behind the redwood curtain, people just don’t understand. I think your camera work and your friends poetry somehow transport some of that serenity, majesty & awwe through this video. Can I have your permission to use your powerful video? It’s for a good cause… we also create a lot of Earth Firsters….

  52. giovanna says:

    thank you for this piece of love

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  54. Jen says:

    This is so beautiful. So so beautiful. The words. The images. The music. The pacing. It’s just stunning. You should be very, very proud (as should your friend).


  55. Wonderful, having just been there I know how hard it is to capture the incredible beauty. Thank you

  56. Jake says:

    I loved the video. My only criticism would be that I wish the narration wasn’t so explicit as to describe everything in the video. It would be nice to keep it clean and minimalist. Let the viewer fill in a few more of the gaps. But this is just a minor quibble.

  57. gretchen says:

    My sister died three years ago tomorrow. I love the synchronicity that brought this beautiful video to me today. . . as this is the place where her ashes rest. I’ve never been there, but now I can see why this is her chosen place. Thank you for sharing. RIP Barb.

  58. Noel says:

    That is so beautiful. Thank you for cultivating beauty and sharing it with the world.

  59. Samyra Lobino says:

    I do not know whether it is appropriate words to praise this beautiful tribute to the silence. But … anyway … it was something very beautiful. Very.


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  61. Karen says:

    This is so beautifully written and read, truly capturing the peace and beauty of these gorgeous and stately trees.

  62. Jesse. I was searching for light leaks and came across your “Growing is Forever” video. Absolutely gorgeous! You’re right, the words are just amazing. Way to go to you and your friend Kallie for creating something so beautiful!

  63. David Kaftal says:

    Pretty photography, nice editing, but the “message” was really a bit over the top. Not only was it sentimental twaddle, but it was pretty stupid, too, if you really stop to think about it. Some day, if you ever get a brain, you’ll look back at it and be embarrassed.

  64. Kevin twomey says:

    I went here to do some still photography and before shooting I just sat in rockerfeller grove for half a day thinking about the life of these trees. Your video captured the essence of what goes through our head as we wander among these giants.
    Bravo! So well done!

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  66. Dale Wendell says:

    On my 60th birthday year, I road my bicycle through the Redwood Forest National Park on a multi-day bike trip. This section of the ride was the most inspirational. Your video captures the feelings I had for several days on my bike. Thanks for posting this.

  67. Elizabeth says:

    Came across your film while reading up for a trip to the redwoods this summer. A trip I’ve been dreaming about making my entire life, that has finally become a reality. The film is beautiful. I teared up from the very beginning. Just wanted you to know you’re still affecting people with this, years later.

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