Posts Tagged ‘Eskimo Joe’s’

Breaking up with your footage.

I recently re-watched this segment of Ira Glass on Storytelling while discussing the series with my class.  Ira’s message about being a ‘ruthless killer’ and cutting anything that doesn’t add to the story is really ringing true for me this week. I’m working on two more videos for Stan Clark Co.’s 20-year service award recipients, which is a huge undertaking.  I had less raw footage to deal with this time, but taking 6+ hours of video down to an end-product that’s 15 minutes long is still a monumental task! Adding to this challenge is the story’s form – I’m letting the interview subjects tell the recipient’s story with no voice-over or scripted narration.

With every cut and cull, I find myself asking if I’m ‘propping-up’ the recipient’s story or confusing the story’s natural flow. Particularly when there’s no script involved, one has to pay careful attention to editing, so that the interviewee’s statements make sense in context with others around it; and also that these statements aren’t edited so as to deceive their true meaning. This leads to situations wherein I have an amazing clip – the person is saying something funny, deep, or genuine and it really sings – but I don’t have any other material to support it and make it the best it can be. If I keep the clip, I’m only doing so because I selfishly love it; not because that’s the best context or helps the story. Thus, even though I’ve fallen in love with the clip, I have to let it go. It hurts for now, but with Ira’s support I’m sure I’ll have a story that’s a lot stronger in the end.


02 2011

Now, everybody sing!

I bet you guys didn’t know that I’m the number-one Karaoke DJ in Payne County.

Actually, I gave myself that title because I have deejayed a lot of karaoke parties, and I always have a great time with the guests.  I sing (poorly, I might add) with them, crack jokes, play games… whatever it takes to get the party started and everyone singing.  Unfortunately, today will be the last time I bring the ancient art of karaoke to the eager masses.  So, in honor of five years of not-carrying-a-tune-in-a-bucket, I present to you my list of all-time favorite karaoke songs:

  1. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  2. Oops! I Did It Again – Britney Spears
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  4. Bump Bump Bump – B2K
  5. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  6. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  7. If I Had A Million Dollars – Barenaked Ladies
  8. Looking Out My Back Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  9. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  10. Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ – Journey


08 2010

video projects currently under construction

A freak thunderstorm last week threw a major wrench in our music video production of  “All Roads Lead to Joe’s.”  It rained just hard and long enough for us to have to cancel that part of the day’s production, but the weather cleared out in plenty of time for the Bart Crow Band to go onstage.  As you can see from these screenshots, it was a beautiful night:

Footage from the Jib Cam

View from the Barbershop Roof

View from the Roof of Joe's Clothes

Look for an announcement about the completion of this video around the first of September.

I’ve still got a few more under-a-minute videos to make for the EJPPG website’s new FAQ and Client Testimonials sections.  I’m really tickled with how well those are coming along & can’t wait to get those up next week so I can share them with you.  But for now, here’s a screen-shot of a well-lit, well-framed interviewee!

A well-lit subject!

And then there’s the last installment of a training video I’m still tinkering with. I’m thinking about altering this motion graphic to use in transitions, but I’m still not sure how I want to change it up:

In other news, I’m down to 78 GB of a 1 TB hard drive already.  Time to start thinking about long-term storage options. Yuck.


08 2010