Monday, June 06, 2011
The physicist Niels Bohr said that "An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field." If that is the case, then I am well on my way to becoming an expert videographer because I made all sorts of mistakes in producing this video!
My principal error was lack of planning. I have spent over twenty years as a photographer who reacts to his environment, finding a little piece of space and time and cutting it away. This method works beautifully for documentary photography and even portraiture, but does not translate well into video where many different pieces must fit together in a logical way. Ignore this and you will suffer through a long edit, as I did. (The positive side of this, of course, is that I became a much better editor in the process, learned to sync audio, adjust the tones and color of the video image, and a few dozen other things).
Special thanks to The Frontier Dentists (Lee Connah (guitar and vocals), Caryll Campbell (bass), Melissa Sharlat (vocals), Sean Lally (electric guitar) and John Breitmeyer (drums)) for collaborating with me on this project, to my brother Darrel and sister-in-law Christie for letting me use their farm (again!) and to my wife Karen for listening to the song 10,000 times during the editing process without complaint. Special thanks also to actors Will Haza and Michelle Murad for their talent and professionalism, working for peanuts and risking fingers and toes on a cold January shoot day, and Nick Kovacic of Digital Cave Media for his expertise in helping me polish the edit.