A screen grab of a completely unscripted moment

12 Filmmakers + 4 Days = A Life Changing Experience

Back in October I attended a filmmaking workshop in Portland, Oregon called EVO produced by the Emmy Award winning team of Stillmotion​. For the last several years I have been dabbling in filmmaking, slowly acquiring and learning how to use new gear. But it is the magic of storytelling that has captured my heart. The ability to emotionally connect with another person, or many people, through a visual story is my “raison d’etre”. I feel that everything I have done so far creatively through graphic design, art history and photography has lead me to this point where now I need to make films. And EVO really helped to clarify this for me.

EVO brings together 12 filmmakers which are broken up into 2 teams each tasked with producing a film, start to finish, for a non-profit in 3 days. This year the group was comprised of 10 men and 2 women which is pretty typical of the male to female ratio in filmmaking.

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Behind the scenes video with Avant Chamber Ballet

On June 1st, 2 days after we shot Katie & David Cooper’s wedding, we photographed her Ballet company around Dallas. It was an ambitious shoot but then that is Mark’s M.O. No less ambitious is trying to be his assistant while shooting a behind the scenes video. Some things don’t get shot and I kick myself while editing but at the end of the day I am pretty happy with how this turned out. Both as a promotional video me and Mark as well as a different style of edit for me.

Light & Movement

I recently experimented on a shoot with two light sources, an Einstein and Westcott Skylux. My client had expressed to me that they wanted some unique images from this shoot and encouraged me to play around which was a wonderful gift. In turn I wanted to play around with 2 lights sources, long exposure and light trails.

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Lolly’s Locks

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with Jaime Wright in early February. I was asked to photograph three women in the Bay Area as part of a promotional film and stills campaign for the company she helms, Lolly’s Locks. Their mission is clear, to provide high-quality wigs to economically disadvantaged cancer patients suffering hair loss as a side-effect of chemotherapy. Jaime is the daughter of Lolly, who the company is named after, and she is living the legacy that her mother instilled in her. What Lolly’s Locks does for women has a hugely profound affect on them.

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Role Models

Growing up I had one of the best role models a woman could have, my mum. I truly can’t speak what is in my heart but I can express it through a short film I recently did on her. She was the glue that kept our family together for as long as it did. Her courage and tenacity in all things fuels my own strengths but it is her enormous heart and love of life that touches me the most. Here she is in her element, on her farm, where I hope she can stay for another decade.


Portrait of a Painter

I feel like I am one of the luckiest girls alive most days, I get to do what I love and meet people like Larry Fodor. Then I get to tell their story my way. It truly doesn’t get much better than that.

In May Mark and I traveled to Santa Fe NM to spend a few days with his ex-brother-in-law. I had met Larry on a couple of occasions but didn’t spend enough time with him to really get a sense of who he was. As soon as we walked in his studio, it felt like I had known him my entire life. It is one thing to see his paintings on a computer screen at 27″, it is an entirely different experience to see them live in all their 8 foot glory.

Like Larry I communicate through my own art forms so rather than tell you how much I love his work, let me show you. Make sure you check out his website and see where he is exhibiting. www.lawrencefodor.com