The Apocalypse is Coming

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It’s amazing how side-projects can take over your life. For the past week, I’ve been doing nothing but work on a show that I created for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival with PO-MO Inc‘s Meghan Athavale. It’s called Trashbot Apocalypse: A Love Story and it features a super cool combo of dance, animation, and electronic music.

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The dancers we’ve taken on are some superb ones from the School of Contemporary Dancers, and the choreographers come from a variety of backgrounds, from modern dance to voguing. The animation includes both 2D and 3D, and it is a truly collective effort.

We’ve been having so much fun promoting the show. During Winnipeg’s Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) we pulled out all the stops we could and converted a shopping cart into a party cart to draw a crowd. Check out the video of our adventures! 

We also have been raising awareness through our IndieGoGo campaign. We plan to get our friends to help us out by yelling to Fringegoers on street corners about the Apocalypse. 

I have been learning so much through this process about people management, about publicity, about animation, and about merging dance and video in a live scenario. We are less than two weeks away from showtime, but we are so close to some really amazing stuff.

The show runs July 18 thru 29. If you’re in the Peg, you must come see this cool show!

Event details here / IndieGoGo campaign here

Too few hands

This weekend was one of the craziest I’ve ever experienced. I was referred 3 shooting gigs on top of the one that I’d already booked and assisted in getting 3 other videographers to the right places with the right equipment (at the right time, too). It was a challenge, but it was a relief to be able to delegate tasks to others.

All this, while I direct a Fringe play.

Fist!

Bring it on, world!

Online goodies

Christmas is a time for spending money, and this year I did so mostly online.

Not only did I buy my family’s gifts on Amazon, but I decided to treat myself with a few games from Steam and a new Vimeo Plus membership. Soon, you’ll be able to watch my Vimeo uploads on this very site! I just need to work on this blog first. Supposedly, I need some plugins and things. In good time!

For now, please enjoy this Youtube video I made for a friend as a Christmas gift:

Expect more updates in the near future! It’s been a busy time for me and my camera…

Christmas spirit

PO-MOs latest project, the Kildonan Place countdown clock, has been largely a success. Mallgoers can post messages to the clock on Facebook for all their friends to see. It’s impressive that so many companies are incorporating this interactive element to their business.

The video was shot by a buddy of mine and edited by me. Music by Sufjan Stevens, whose Christmas album will put even the scroogiest Scrooge in the mood for holidays.

On a rather unrelated note….

In my search for decent Christmas music, I came upon this band called Sleigh Bells, whose music isn’t actually Christmassy at all. They’re pretty wicked, though. Check them out.

BULLETPROOF: A first foray into DSLR territory

When I found out that Layne Arceta, beloved choreographer for UN1TE Dance Company and director of Filthy Gorgeous, was leaving this fair city for her hometown of Edmonton, I conceived a seemingly perfect parting gift for her.

A friend graciously lent me his Canon T2i, so I was equipped to give her possibly the prettiest video I have shot to date. I had never gotten the chance to get footage of her up close and personal, so this was a real treat. Editing was tough – so much of the dance was golden that I didn’t know which shot to pick. Here’s what turned out:

True to my Winnipeg heritage, I shot in the Exchange District, home to artists and designers alike. We tucked into a colorful back alley to escape the glances of passers-by; some stared anyway. I tried using a tripod (really, I tried!) but, as usual, abandoned it to allow myself to get swept into their dance.

I don’t know if I had the right ISO setting or whatnot, but what turned out looks pretty darn good to me. Constructive criticism is encouraged in the comments.

Cudos to Mandy and Brock for accompanying fair Layne in this video. Long live Filthy Gorgeous!

Learning Limits

I’ve been struggling to put out the newest edit of PO-MO’s demo reel. It proved to be a hassle to obtain the necessary footage and then convert it. Yes, I could blame my slowness on that particular obstacle. However, a more substantial problem, the one that truly slowed and nearly halted production, was a creative block.

See, I knew that the video I’d already created wasn’t my favourite ever. To update it felt wrong – I wanted to start from scratch. So I hummed over it until I just sat down and hacked away at it.

And you know what? The video is pretty okay.

I guess what I’m learning with every project is what is “good enough” – to me, to my client, and to my audience. I’m coming to accept that I’ll never attain the perfection I seek. I am thankful to have met people who support me (and patiently wait for me) as I develop my skills as a videographer.

Need to stop hesitiating. Less anxiety, more action.