Over the last year I have been shooting behind the scenes video footage of Mark working his magic with clients so that we could create a promo reel that truly captures the essence of our working style. Video is a whole different beast from still shooting and then there is the editing which really separates the home movies from the short films. I am working on several Video Portraits that I will feature upon completion but in the meantime here is our first promo reel, it is 30 seconds and focuses almost exclusively on our theatre and music clients but we will be doing more.
From August 28th to Sept. 10th we had a pretty busy 2 weeks of shooting. It started with Spamalot at Hillbarn Theatre here in Foster City. The next night we braved the Bay Area traffic jam during the Bay Bridge closure to get to Fort Point and photograph our dear friends in Macbeth. Then we drove down to Pismo to photograph a wedding at the gorgeous Dana Powers Barn. After a couple days doing family stuff in Mission Viejo we drove back home and shot Shrek at Diablo Theatre Company. On Friday the 6th we flew to our home away from home, Seattle and got to the hotel just in time to watch my mum’s horse win in a $200,000 race at Vernon Downs. Saturday was the production shoot for the world premier Secondhand Lions at 5th Avenue Theatre. The next day we moved to Issaquah, WA and shot Xanadu production images for new client Village Theatre. On Monday I headed home to process and to shoot Cabaret for Broadway By The Bay but Mark stayed in Seattle. And now I can finally share some of the images.
One of the things that I love to do when I am not shooting for clients is to shoot long exposure images at the beach. It is a way to relax while doing something I love and the resulting images have incredible tones and milky white oceans. The problem that arises during shooting long exposures during daylight with ND filters is also that there are normally other people around that randomly walk into frame. I used to think that this ruined an otherwise good shot but now that I look back at them I see an interesting pattern and have now decided that I will seek out areas where I know there is a high likelihood of people or animals walking into frame. Here are some of the images I found from the past which have inspired me and this project.
So at the end of January I was glued to my computer screen as I watched the ever creative Hailey Bartholomew teach her style of film shooting and editing on the learning forum CreativeLive. It was a bit of a slow time for us which really allowed me to explore filmmaking both through my own lens and by researching other filmmakers on Vimeo and Youtube. I spent days shooting hummingbirds and lovely little objects that looked interesting. We took day trips to the beach and Redwoods to get more and more footage. Every time we went out I grabbed my camera and Fig Rig. The more I learned the more my mind exploded with other ideas but I had to rein it all in for this project and just focus on finishing it without burying myself in clips. There was really no theme other than 30 days of shooting so the challenge was to create something that looked cohesive but still expressed the diverse and rich life I get to live on a daily basis. It was a wonderful struggle that left 95% of what I shot on the floor(including my previous video), never to see the light of day. I have a long way to go but am excited to continue down this path. Please look for more videos in the near future but in the mean time here is my 30 Days of Film
The last few month have been quiet photographically speaking and it has been a blessing in disguise. Mark’s mum had a heart attack anad he has spent much time down in Southern California helping her through the changes in her life and moving her into an assisted living facility until she can live by herself again. The lull has given me the opportunity to learn more about shooting and editing video which I think will become an important part of the services we provide. In the next few days I will post a short film of snippets, there is no story, just video clips of life put to music. It was a learning project and I am happy with how it turned out. On the last day I shot, Mark and I headed to Half Moon Bay and just hung out on the beach. He was playing with his flash as I shot video. After he turned his camera on me I asked if we could do a self portrait of the two of us and this is the result. So here is to learning and growing as we all move forward in the wonderful life.