I shot, edited and transmitted on deadline for the Courier-Journal in tonights football game against Morgan State. I am not sure where Morgan State is from but WKU cleaned house finishing 58-17. This was Bobby Petrino’s first home game since joining WKU’s coaching staff as Head Coach – interesting how he greeted his grandchildren on the field after the game along with one a son and daughter of his. All media had left the field already – except me, it was a special moment for the family after a few years of hard time. I made use of Canon’s new 1DX body — I have a couple more games to shoot before I get the hang of all it has to offer.
Interlochen asked for me to put together a promotion video that tugged on the heart strings of campers and alums alike. With an environment so rich in visual and audio entertainment I happily accepted the task. I captured moments on a Canon 5D mark II, a Canon 7D, a Canon mark IV and hero3 cameras shooting in 24p and in 60p frame rates. The project was produced in 24p and the 60p footage was conformed to fit a 24p format resulting in that cool “NFL Films” look. Thanks to my student and summer colleague Danny Guy for providing a couple of clips to fill some voids and for the editing support. The time lapse coverage was collected by using a Dynamic Dolly. I hope the fine folks at Interlochen have success presenting this video over the year.
One of my responsibilities at Interochen this past summer was to create a video on the art form of creative writing. If I were to follow my “trained” documentary nature I would have conducted some interviews and shot some b-roll of students in the throws of writing. They type on their computers, they write in their notebooks, they sit and think about what they may write. I don’t know what you think the b in b-roll stands for but to me, this b stood for “VISUALLY BORING”! A colleague of mine once told me that when you are stuck on visual opportunity, take a look at the subject and break it down to its most iconic root. Then explore that icon and you usually will find there is the opportunity for visual creation. So, this is where the idea of, “what is a word” came from. At first I was not sure how this would work – but when I googled the word “word” I saw all the possible definitions and that started my creative juices flowing. Below is the fruit of my labors – not this American Life but still a pretty good attempt at making visual soup out of a bunch of non-visual pieces. Enjoy.
As in the previous years, during the middle of camp, all 18 departments stage a production in the the 4,000 seat Kresge Hall. It is a crazy 36-hour period starting with tech rehearsals on Monday morning, a dress-rehearsal on Monday evening and the actual performance on Tuesday evening. This year I made use of 6 hero cameras, Greg manned the 18-foot jib for the dress performance and Danny handled stage right and I worked stage left for the dress. For the performance I covered the two static camera in the front of the hall, a 7D with a 70-200 locked down and a 400 2.8 with a 1.4 extender on a Mark IV for my tight shots while Greg and Danny wandered. Over the two performances we had almost 400 gigs of footage which then had to be chopped down to the production piece below. There is one continuity issue, see if you can spot it. (Clue: Look for a blue shirt changing from long sleeve to short sleeve in between cuts).
To promote student creativity, Interlochen created a national fanfare competition for high school composers. After reviewing many talented pieces, Robert Alexander’s composition “Sparks” was chosen as the winner of the 2013 Fanfare Competition. Once selected, Alexander received the opportunity to join the Interlochen community to hear the World Youth Wind Symphony premiere his piece in front of a live audience. Thanks to Robert for his willingness to allow me into his life for the moments he was on campus.
I had some tough assignments to work on this past year at Interlochen. The challenge has been trying to make visual story out of a non-visual event. This particular assignment challenged me to tell a story about a very subtle class on healthy benefits for musicians. Interlochen Summer Arts Camp provides a wellness program that gives students the ability to better understand their bodies. In this program, students learn how to properly use and take care of their bodies to prevent injury and prepare themselves for a lifetime as healthy artists.
Our summer time venue this year was once again in Northern Michigan working as a video intern in the marketing office for Interlochen Center for the Arts. The 7-week stint moves along quickly but I always make time to get a few sunrises on camera from the dock outside our cabin’s front door.
My audio and reporter colleague Jon Waterhouse burns the midnight oil trying to cut an audio piece for Bonnaroo while just behind him, the lights (and thumping sound) from the R. Kelly concert illuminate our workspace. To the right was my work space. It is amazing what can be accomplished in just a few days with a laptop, a camera, some audio recording device, 85,000 fans and more than 50 musical acts.
I’m good to the finish cause I eats me spinach.
In June I had the pleasure of working the summer music festival Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. for Bonnaroo’s web site. I was asked by Superfly’s Neal Cohen to produce eight audio slide shows during the four days I was to be on site. My audio and reporting colleague, Jon Waterhouse, and I worked out of an air conditioned trailer (thank goodness) behind the “Which Stage” in the artists hospitality area. This was a plus because not only could we wine and dine (like we had time) we also had access to air conditioned porta-potties, a plus in the 90 plus degree heat of a Tennessee summer. Dealing with 85,000 people packed into a 700 acre farm field in the middle of, well, nothing made the bathroom environment an opportunity least desired to take advantage of.
Our task was to produce short stories of anything beyond the stages. The place is ripe with visual opportunity. Some of our stories worked out well, others covered the bill. The work resulted in averaging four, 20 hour days. Although grueling, the work was very satisfying – in fact, it was nice to get a job where video was not a part of the mix and all I had to do was shoot stills, color correct and sync the images using Soundslides. The presentations are posted below and be sure to visit the Bonnarroo web site soon to see how they integrated the Soundslides in their coverage of the event.
SUNSET TO SUNRISE
GET YOUR LAUGH ON
TASTE OF ROO
My friend and business liaison with UK Health Jackie Hamilton sent me this link about the Celebrate Kentucky Installation. UK student’s wanted to know, “Who does change all of those images in the Celebrate Kentucky Installation at the UK Albert B. Chandler hospital?” This great Youtube video produced by University of Kentucky News gives an idea of the enormity of this undertaking – and the size of the monster created that Jackie now has to maintain for years to come. With the first day of Spring approaching this week it seems Jackie will once again be spending a couple of days in the atrium switching out the art!