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What a show

In 6-weeks the high school theatre division at Interlochen handles audition, staging, production, building the sets and 5 performances. It is intense and frankly, I am not sure how it actually happens. But I was humbled to be able to “embed” with this group for the entire 6-week summer class and produce this narrative. I am proud of these kids.

Sometimes you just make it happen

My assignment was to show the education and camp experience for high school kids at Interlochen, and do it in one week. As my students always say, “If I only had more time …” but I did not. The running footage courtesy of one beat-up old golf cart, Theo getting up at 5 am to drive me in that cart, an ikan gimble and my 50-year-old body letting me do things I could do when I was 25. Not sure how that has happened, guess just lucky as I get older.

Ok, why not? Lets just Go.

Every summer Interlochen Presents brings in well-known performers, some of them come, perform and leave, while others engage with the student campers. OKGo first met 30 years ago at Interlochen and they wanted to travel down memory lane. But access is not always an easy thing, even for a situation like this but as the day progressed walls came down, and we found ourselves with some great visual lines of access for the concert as well as audio feeds. The result was an emotional homecoming for the band. And yes, that is my youngest on the stage performing a dance with them. I had nothing to do with that, honest. She made it happen thru a series of emails.

Special thanks to second camera b operators Theo Syslo and Julie Bacon, they are A operators in my book! It took us about three weeks to get the confetti out of our equipment.

How about eight?

Welcome to Interlochen Arts Summer Camp – my 8th season. The routine is getting, well, routine. But each year the content gets stronger. Afterall, isnt that how we improve? Repetition.

Soviet Sounding

I was asked to produce a piece for Interlochen that explained the Vlade Concert Master Series. A Concert Master from an acclaimed national orchestra would spend 5 days with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and mentor them, one would come each week. Martin Chalifour, Christopher Rountree, Dennis Kim, JoAnn Faletta and the kids of WYSO were so generous with their time. They gave me what I needed and hopefully in return I gave them what they needed. If you watch the piece, you will get a chuckle out of “Soviet Sounding,” I promise.

Live to screen

The summer of 2016 was a fundraising campaign for Interlochen. What better way to create emotional call to action than showing lots of fond memories. A significant amount of my content was used in the school’s fund raising campaign, Create Amazing but at a special concert held in July, we projected video content on two large screens that winged the stage for an emotional ending to the performance. The campaign ultimately raised $100 million dollars, not too shabby. I would say well gathered and emotional video is a powerful tool.

Seems that dance and I find each other

So what is it like to dance at Interlochen Arts Camp. Funny you should ask because I have a video just for you then! Not sure what I learned in producing this project, but made use of my drone for a first time and then I found out it is pretty hard to interview your own daughter.

Is the 7th time really a charm?

Once again I find myself at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. The real trick to anything we do is to find a new way to do it after repeating the process year after year. Not so sure I am mastering that part – I’m not, after all, Madonna. But here we go, season number 7!

The warm sun, the cool breezes and the magnificent Michigan sky helped to welcome nearly 1,400 students to the 89th Interlochen Summer Arts Camp this past weekend. Excited campers from around the world and all 50 states checked in, ready to form fast friendships and create lifelong memories.

Where My Professional Heart Lies

Western Kentucky University’s Mountain Workshops, a one-week visual workshop held each year in October, since 1976, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. I have been a part of these workshops for 31 consecutive years and it only seemed natural that I would spend several months digging thru old caches of negatives and prints, CD ROMS, zip drives, mini-disc tapes, HDV video and umpteen terrabytes of “stuff” to tell the story of how the workshop became the Mountain. There are so many people responsible for the content provided in this piece – and I know all of them have the same passion for this profession and what this workshop means to hundred of people who have gone on to amazing careers.

Nashville Ballet 15/16 Season Promotion

The Nashville Ballet asked me to cut an exciting promotional video showcasing the wide variety of performances featured in their 2015/16 season. The trailer is featured on their website and youtube channel.