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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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, […]

Each year, for the past five summers, I have been able to arrange my schedule to spend a few weeks with the fine folks at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Northern Michigan producing video stories for their marketing department. This summer, due to growth in staff and campus reconstruction our office has been moved […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

For the past five-years of my life I have been working on a freelance job as Creative Director for the Celebrate Kentucky Installation as part of the Uniquely Kentucky art project at the new Albert Chandler Hospital on the campus of the University of Kentucky in downtown Lexington. The project, which consists of a wall […]

How does that phrase go? Good things come to those who wait? As I woke pre-dawn on my last day in Michigan I looked out the cabin door to see the perfect sunrise – the one I have been trying to get all summer long! Sometimes I just have rotten luck. With all the gear […]

At the end of the day there is you – and the character you decided to build your story around. My job was to tell a story about what it is like to be a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra – or as Interlochens call it, “WYSO”. I noticed Angelique on my first […]

I have learned that a video production about an event or a production about a person is a simple formula. Introduce the character, present a conflict and show a resolve. But making a marketing video about a performance and the rehearsal time that lead up to it is a different story. The journalist part of […]

One of the great things about getting above the Mason-Dixon line – and I mean significantly above – is that you can see stars again, especially during the summer months. Enjoy as the Milky Way passes overhead right outside my cabin. I am not sure where this may go in any production this summer but […]