When I was in LA I was lucky enough to meet the Dell Sisters, an amazing duo of filmmakers who were working on a short film called Helen. They just launched this Seed & Spark campaign to help raise the funds to finish it, and I shot / edited the video that accompanies the campaign. Go watch the video and chip in a few dollars if you want to support the project!
I know, “working sabbatical” is an oxymoron, but it’s the best term I’ve come up with so far to describe what I’m doing in LA from January – April of this year. I’ve taken my business (AKA myself) on the road for a lot of reasons, and no reason at the same time. Which is to say there is no one single reason that brought me down here, but I could name a thousand ways that this time away from Seattle will be good for me.
So what am I going to do down here? Good Question! I wonder the same thing sometimes. Well for one, I’m going to meet a ton of new people. If you’re a creative professional, entrepreneur or artist type in LA – I want to meet you!
I’m going to work – at the moment I’m finishing up a bunch of projects for Seattle clients, but once those are done I’ll get serious about nailing down some LA based projects.
I’m also going to spend time on a bunch of personal/ professional development goals that I always plan to do in Seattle but never seem to have time for (despite really having a lot of free time compared to many people I know).
I’m here in LA through the first week or so of April. If you’re also in LA and have a project idea, a production crew to staff, need a video produced for your company, or just want to get coffee and chat -- please, get in touch!
Another season come and gone - This was definitely an interesting one, with lots of new energy both on the court and behind the scenes. Here are a few of my favorite videos from the season --
Eye on the Storm - Episode 5: A Rookie Finds Her Footing
In one of many firsts for the season, I finally got a player out in the real world for a shoot! We took Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis out to Greenlake Park with Assistant Coach Ryan Webb, at sunset of course. Thank you to Andre Mascarenhas for the drone shots.
Between Two Birds - Episode 2: Ramu Tokashiki
More of that new energy I was talking about... Ramu Tokashiki was a ton of fun despite not speaking any English. And big props to Matt Heuer of 3 Point Productions who was the mastermind of Between Two Birds, and to Sue Bird for taking the concept and running with it! Who knew she had such great comedic timing (well, we all did).
I'm super excited to have been featured on Inc Magazine's website recently, in this feature by Minda Zetlin on "how to create promotional videos that people actually want to watch"!
All of these tips are things I think about and encourage my clients to do all the time, but I've never really stopped and wrote out in a concrete way like this. So working on this was actually really helpful and eye-opening for me. Hope you get something out of it too! Big thanks to Minda Zetlin for the great article, and my friend and publicist Sabrina Dax for making it all happen.
Seattle Storm season 2015 is underway, and it's shaping up to be a pretty fun season. We have a really young team, a new coach and lots of interesting personalities. Notably we have Ramu Tokashiki, a rookie out a Japan who is kind of like our own Ichiro. The Japanese media that come to cover her more than doubles the number of media that show up to our games.
I am producing our behind the scene's series Eye on the Storm again this season... here is the preview that ran for episode 1. Watch the full episode here.
And here's the intro video that plays before tip-off. I finally got to do a shoot with the players on the court, which I've been trying to do for years! A bunch of the shots are in here;
With video becoming more and more accessible (read: cheaper to produce at high quality) we're seeing videos creep in to more and more product categories, and the publishing industry is no exception. Book trailers are becoming common, even as authors like Jonathan Franzen express their "profound discomfort" at doing them.
A wide range of videos are lumped together into the category of "Book Trailer"... anything from the author droning into a webcam to a full on movie-style production. But my favorites are the ones that blend the two.
The joy of reading is all about transporting yourself into the world of the story, so blending the world of the author with the world of the book seems the perfect combination for this genre. We can give a taste of the world of the story without literally re-creating any scenes or characters from the book, addressing the concern that some have with book trailers; that by they cheapen the experience of reading by removing the story from the realm of imagination.
Here's a book trailer that I produced, that straddles that line. It's for A Sudden Light by best selling author Garth Stein.
Storm Head Coach Brian Agler just announced he's leaving to coach the LA Sparks... so here's a look back the top 3 moments in Brian's acting career while with the Storm. Good luck in LA Brian! We'll miss your dry humor and deadpan delivery.
#3: Many people don't realize Brian is probably more active on twitter than most of our players... and was always documenting whatever weird stuff we were making him do on Media Day. Skip to :22 for Brian.
#2: Playing Ben Stein in a Movie Magic -- the perfect Movie Magic for him.
One of my more recent (web) TV show obsessions is House of Cards. I was always really intrigued by how they displayed text messages on-screen, and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate that kind of thing into a project. Allrecipes came to me shortly after with a need for a promo video for their Menu Planner web-app... so I worked up this concept, and there was my chance to do it.
Big thanks to Jen Chiu, who will no-doubt be a famous food show host soon (you should watch her web series Roll with Jen here... it's great) also Aaron Gapanoff who did all the graphics, Erik Dinnel (DP), Stuart Kenney (Art Department), and Tim Brennecke (PA).