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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.

Eye Candy

Interlochen Arts Camp was looking for some eye candy to dress up the entry page of their summer arts camp web page. A one-minute and 44 second splash of video and the best the camp has to offer was my answer. The intention is to pull potential clients deeper into their web site.

Telling a story 30 seconds at a time

My latest assignment for Interlochen Arts Camp was to develop seven 30-second youtube commercial spots for each of the seven divisions of education offered at the summer camp program. The short videos are designed to run as youtube pre-roll advertising moments as well as sit on the front page of each camp division to serve as eye candy to entice potential clients to dig deeper into the web site. Acting as DP, camera operator and producer was challenging but also, working within teams of other talented people from the voice over to the scripting continues to prove to be an awarding way to produce work.








When the stars mingle with the bright stuff of dreams

Getting this story out for my favorite client ever was, shall I say, a bit of an arm twister. To tell a story in video you need access to all aspects of that story. Without the access, it becomes very hard to truly get the piece together the way you dreamed it to be. My dream was interrupted several times but in the end, I got enough sleep that I was finally able to push this piece out the published door. Hope you got the Rush reference. If not, go relive the 80’s, eh!

Thanks Kat

I’m not a fan of cats, but this one with a “K” I adore. I was impressed by her ability to act and portray emotion, my weak attempt at telling her story comes no where close to her true ability as a young actress. Powerful things can come in very small packages.

Learning Patience

Sometimes you just have to let go of your work, take a step back – then re-engage and a piece like this will finally get completed. Interlochen hired me to build a 3-minute promotion video to recruit counselors for their summer camps. They need hundreds of them every year – and it seems it worked – I see every cabin has a counselor in it! Wait for the time lapse at 2:40, the lights turning off in the cabin gave the lapse just that extra Broekema touch. Now you have to watch the whole thing to see what I am talking about.

Right of Passage

I have always wanted to do a story about a person entering adulthood. Here at Interlochen I had the fortune to cross paths with Harry Thornton. Harry has spent the last three years of his high school years attending the summer Repertory Theatre program here at Interlochen. He grew up here, and developed his passion for theatre. Thanks to Harry and his ever-understanding way of letting me “just shoot”. It was fun watching the story develop, just as I saw Harry turn into King Henry V.

50 Weeks, 32 Songwriters and 1 Chris

Last year I was introduced to Chris Burrus, a wonderful young man from Nashville who happened to be attending Interlochen Arts Camp during the summer of 2013. I have been wanting to tell a story about Interlochen from the aspect of before and after camp, what happens to the camper once they leave? Thanks to Chris, his family and an ever-so-patient marketing director at Interlochen I have finally been able to get this piece edited.

After a lifetime surrounded by the music of Nashville, an aspiring musician makes the journey to Interlochen to learn, create, perform and network with his musical peers as part of the singer-songwriter program at Interlochen Arts Camp. He returns to the Music City with a new-found confidence in his ability to create and perform.

Unfinished Journey

Opening weekend. Thousands of campers and their parents arriving. Getting settled in but what is it all for? Here is my first offering for the summer. Also my first video production using Adobe Premiere CC2014. I shot, edited, learned the basics of the program and published in 48 hours. Even had time for some meals, a shower and a quick trip down the road to run an errand.

Interlochen’s tranquil campus suddenly becomes alive with more than 2,500 young artists during Opening Weekend 2014. For the students, arriving at Interlochen Arts Camp is not the end of their artistic journey; it is only the beginning. Take a look at what some students experience upon checking in at Interlochen.

Many thanks to second camera of Greg Johnson, Katie Meek and Shelby Mack. They provided some fantastic material to complete this production.