As some of you may know, I have had a YouTube project in the works for a while. It is of the construction and renovation variety so as you can imagine, it is taking a while to make. In the meantime I have found a new concept. I just had my first pre-production meeting with the key participant and he is super stoked. Stay tuned for more.
I have been doing all of my work from a maxed out, late '09, iMac. It is well past it's prime and is barely getting by with the video work I am currently doing. For example, an 18 minute video with full color grading, sharpening, adjustment layers, and some skin retouching, just took it about 14 hours to export. Yes you heard correctly. Even worse, the black and white music video I did for the lovely Tyler Guthrie took about 30 hours to export. I am about to bite the bullet, pull the rip cord, or whatever metaphor you choose, and buy myself a brand spankin' new iMac. I knew very little about computers when I bought my current machine.
I may do more of a review of it after I have working with it for a while, so stay tuned!
As someone who shoots stills and moving pictures, I find it easier if every project I do is either one or the other. Some days it seems like these are much more different than they are similar. I have lot's of projects in my idea queue that involve capturing stills and motion, but these projects can seem intimidating. I recently shot three separate projects on the same set. I made the About Us video for TheModernMinerva.com, made the first series of images for their fashion blog, and made a video that I submitted to the Moet & Chandon Capture the Now contest.
It was definitely a long day of shooting, and I was exhausted at the end of it, but it forced me out of my comfort zone a little bit creatively because I had to make it work and move on to the next thing.
Shot at Hotel Van Zandt.
Sam and I geared up for a second shoot after the fun we had on the first one. We even managed to enroll her lovely fiancé to help assist with the lighting. On South Congress we had many options for places to stop and hang out at or snap some shots. Of course, we made sure to have time for a slice at Homeslice.
My friend Samantha Caplan is someone I have known for a very long time. She could possibly be the longest female friendship I have had as an adult. I gave her wild haircuts when she was still a high school student and even did her updo's for formal dances. As long as I have known her, I have known her to have an exceptional eye for color. She tends to be more bold with her style than most, and it is one of the many things I love about her.
One day I suggested she let me shoot some street style sort of stuff for her Instagram (she is @samcapable) and just see where that goes. We had so much fun chatting over coffee at Cafe Medici that we almost ran out of light for the last look we wanted to shoot.
It also turned out to be interesting timing, because Sam and one of her best friends had been talking about starting a fashion blog. I later made them an About Us video for their website.