I'm really excited about this Storm season, not only because it's my SIXTH (!!!) season with the team, but also because we're producing a behind-the-scenes documentary series Eye on the Storm, and it's been a ton of fun to produce.
In the past my work for the Storm has been mostly entertainment and event focused, but this season we're going all-in on the basketball story. There's a place for the silly skits (and we're still doing a few), but the story of the team, and especially the players, is really what the fans are there to see, so I'm excited to be able to focus on that this season.
Oh, and then there was this...
I didn't prompt her to say that, she brought it up on her own I swear! She was referring to the Intro Video on opening night.
I shot this story on hurricane Sandy's effect on New York City's utility and transportation infrastructure for the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the UW a while back. It wasn't the most exciting topic, or shoot, but it was nice to dip a toe back into journalism again.
It was a really exciting and optimistic time when Mike McGinn was elected as the Mayor of Seattle in 2009, with his election following shortly after Obama's swearing in (remember how excited we were about that one?!).
His urbanist positions on density, bike improvements and transit are exactly what we need in Seattle and are what a majority of Seattleites say they support. So I have never understood why, even in liberal Seattle, so many people become anti-density, anti-bike and anti-transit when it comes time for real-world implementation. I thought that McGinn's take on this would be interesting to hear, as someone who more than anyone else right now, personifies urbanism in Seattle.
So, yesterday I asked Dominic Holden, the smart and telegenic (a rare combo for journalists in Seattle) News Editor at The Stranger, to interview him on this topic at my studio. It's still up for debate what form this project will take, because it all came together really quickly (I didn't think he'd say yes when I asked for an interview!). So stay tuned for updates and let me know if you have any suggestions for relevant articles, interviews, people, ideas, etc that I should be aware of.
Below is a behind the scenes look at the shoot, in the form of a pop-up video.
A few years ago I produced a video for the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog on Gabriel Campanario AKA Seattle Sketcher, whose sketches appear in his column for the Seattle Times. Then, a few months ago I got a call from the Museum of History and Industry, asking to use my video in an exhibit of Campanario's work. Of course I said yes. The exhibit, "Drawn to Seattle," opened on Dec 21 and runs through May 26.
The video is below, and to the left are some photos I took at the Member Reception for the exhibit. That's me shooting in the sketch on the left!
The new MOHAI is great by the way, I definitely recommend visiting if you haven't been yet (preferably before May 26!)
Jennifer & Angela: These two were pros at the "sip coffee and laugh a lot" scene.
Allrecipes, Kahlúa, and yours truly teamed up to make this five video series to showcase Kahlúa's seasonal pumpkin-spice flavor. When the idea was brought to me, the plan was to use a similar format to the videos we produced for Herdez, with an Allrecipes member as host reading a prepared script.
While I was really happy with how those Herdez videos turned out, I didn't think it was the most engaging format and I also didn't think it really fit very well with Allrecipes' brand (not to mention the added difficulty of asking non-professional talent to 'host' a one-person cooking show, which trust me, is harder than it looks).
What makes Allrecipes, Allrecipes, is their community of home-cooks that use the site to share recipes & tips with eachother. A stand-up host felt more Food Network than Allrecipes, so I sold them on the idea of doing these in a more natural, documentary format and letting the Allrecipes members (that they flew in from all around the country) speak for themselves and say what they like about the dish, and what their experience was in making it. I'm tempted to call these hybrid documentaries but I think that would come off as blasphemous to people out there making actual documentaires (or hybrids), so I'll refrain.
Here are some fun behind the scenes shots on Angela's blog Dancing with my Father. And hats off to all the ladies who were super fun to work with and all did a great job!
Here are two of my favs;
Nelly making the Kahlúa Pumpkin Whiskey Cocktail
Sarah making Kahlúa & Cofffee
Graham Elliot and I
We're finally getting close to releasing the 2010 Seattle Storm Highlight DVD, which Storm fans have been bugging me about all off-season. Players watched it last week and apparently it went over well. The goal was to make something as memorable as the My Oh My video was for so many Mariners fans in 1995, and I really couldn't be happier with how it turned out. If you want a copy, you have to buy season tickets!
Check out this country scene I stumbled across while shooting for What's Cooking? in rural Tennessee.
It felt straight out of one of my favorite documentaries, Vernon Florida (clips below), only these guys were much more coherent. The guy in the rocking chair told me "if you're gonna take my picture it's gonna cost you!"
This guy is my favorite.