A Year Later

It’s been a long time since the last post and I really need to be better. I’m going to make this something I focus on. At least one post a month should happen.

It’s been a busy year. It began with the Detroit International Auto Show in January. I joined with Voix Productions to shoot and edit Toyota’s new releases for the year 2014. It was quite the educational experience. My first time traveling for work and my first time producing work for a really big name company.

Next a lot of corporate work, travel video editing and I got involved with a theater group that requires their performances to be recorded.

I don’t recall if I ever mentioned it in a past post, but I’ve been working on a documentary for about two years now, but I think I will go into more detail on that in another post.

For now, I just wanted to say, I’m alive, working and having fun doing it!

 

Weddings

Summer is around the corner and I’ve entered into the world of wedding videography. This is something that I never actively sought out and mostly avoided. However when I received a call from a fellow videographer that I’d met on a shoot only days before I decided to see what this niche had to offer.

My first experience was editing a hightlight video, which offered up fun new challenges. Using my emotions to lead me from one cut to the next has frequently been how I feel my way to the story at the heart of hours of footage. So it seemed easy enough to really bring forth the emotion for this special day. I learned a lot of using music and closeups to really pull that emotion to the forefront of this video. It was a fun project and I will look forward to more in the future if they come my way. I have more to learn!

Next was my first wedding shoot. 9am-11:00pm. What a day, I felt like I’d run a marathon when I woke up the next morning. Super fun though. It was a different style altogether with very little planning and the need to be ready to jump up and run to the action with your camera at a moments notice. I loved the team I was working with. Super fun and professional at the same time, I look forward to more possible collaborations in the future.

Check out my edit of the wedding highlight on my reel page or go check out the rest of the team at http://xanderbvideography.com/ or http://www.that1studio.com/index.php

Certifications

I’ve been looking at various certification programs. I’m going to begin by getting certified as A.C.E. for Photoshop and then go for After Effects. Photoshop first, because I see it as a good base for After Effects and because I happened upon a very reasonably priced certification prep program. I’m excited about this venture. In the process I’m going through some classes for photography to increase my skills as a cinematographer. It amuses me since I began my adventures in video with the thought of sticking strictly to editing, but finding myself in a preditor (producer/editor) position in my freelance career has completely altered my career path and need for perfecting various skills. Not to mention getting those certifications will look mighty nice on my portfolio.

Learning Curve

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I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the little birds that are coming around my house to peep and chirp in the new Spring weather. I’ve also been hard at work, but I’ve finally caught up with projects enough to feel like I have some time to breathe. I’ve realized some areas where growth is needed. Lighting in particular, is something that I need to work on. Especially since I’ve been doing a lot of shoots by myself. Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten my own light kit so I will have something familiar with which to work. And some really amazing reflectors as well for my outdoor shoots, with seven different options in one. Ha! They are called 7 in 1’s for a reason! I love them.

Sound editing! My nemesis! Ugh, just the thought of it makes me shudder, but that only means that I need to tackle it full force, to truly understand the programs and ways of mastering truly great audio, at least in post. The real trick it to get it right the first time while you are on the shoot!

I’ll be uploading some new videos to the reel section of this site, so be sure to check them out. Just quick little intro montage type things for some full videos that will hopefully be available to the public shortly! Stay tuned!

January 2013

Greetings all! I hope you have had a successful beginning to your New Year! I could not have asked for a better start to the year! I have be swamped with work and learning more things constantly! If I’m not editing I’m on shoots in beautiful locations such as the Santa Cruz mountains and San Francisco! I’ve begun shooting some cooking videos which offer new challenges, not to mention tasting benefits at the end of the day. =D

I’ve finally increased my production kit to the point where I have no immediate need to rent gear. Although, there is always a new toy that I drool over. I think this is true for any artist. There is always that paint, brush, lens, material or tool that you lust after, and they all cost money! The starving artist is not starving for lack of work, they are starving because they spend their last dimes on their new materials! Thoughts of taking myself to school have been put on the back burner for the time being while I play catch up with the sheer volume of video to edit. I won’t lie and say that I’m not exhausted and in need of a weekend away.

My goals for next month are: refine my editing speed, I’m too slow!! And become a rock star at color correcting!!

End of year reflections

With 2012 almost over, I’ve been reflecting on the past year with some frequency. A lot has happened to me this year. I’ve finally jumped fully into a career and I’m happy with it. I’m learning so many new things daily and meeting some amazing new people. I’ve moved to a new town, always a significant change. My mind is open and my spirit is willing. I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of the year. See you next year!

Grokker

I’ve been brought on for freelance work with a new start up company in San Jose, Grokker. They aim to provide informational videos of yoga, cooking and more to knowledge seeking individuals. I’ve only done one yoga video so far, but I love working with this new company and I hope they do well. Looking forward to honing my skills, learning new things and meeting new professionals.

Dogsbody

I’m settling into my new home, but still keeping busy! I’ve been brought on for some video work for Erik Ehn’s play “Dogsbody” being performed at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. I always love being surrounded by artists and their creations. This play portrays a very sad a real story and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.
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Catch them in New York if you happen to be out that way.

Brief Vacation

Big changes!! Moving and quitting the day job. In order to keep my mind fresh and stress free I have been on month and a half long vacation. Getting out and enjoying some of this summer before its cold weather and rain again. I’ll be full of more energy and hopefully will have a mini documentary on the way along with some other fun projects.

Learning New Things

After doing the poster, tshirt and video for LiZie MoVeS, and a chiropractor video I took a brief break before the crammed weekend of the 48 hour film festival. I’m now caught up on my rest and back to my regular schedule. Time to get learning! I was planning on doing a little more After Effects today, but forgot some necessary materials, so now I’m going to touch on something completely new! Adobe Illustrator. Online tutorials are wonderfully useful for learning new programs when you don’t have a book. I’ll see if I can post what I come up with. Also keep an eye out for my videos from Lizzie’s show and my collaboration for the 48 hour film festival.