In our seven-ish years spent in the working world since Kirk and I graduated with BAs in Telecommunications, Information Studies & Media (I know, who named that degree), we’ve both veered away from what had been our primary subject of study: video production.
I gravitated to still photography and freelance writing. Kirk ended up in project management and software development. Our separate ‘career’ paths, if you call them that, have brought us not only further from our passion for film and video, but also from the creative collaboration that had formed the foundation of our relationship from the get-go.
“Remember when we used to film stuff together?” I asked Kirk, earlier this year. “And sit behind our computers editing, for hours and hours…”
“And set up the projector and screen to show previews at waterski tournaments?” he said.
“We designed DVD jackets…”
“Sold advertising to ski camps in Louisiana…”
“Went to that hip-hop concert in Lansing to ask the band if we could use their music…”
“Filmed waterski nationals in Kentucky…”
“Yeah.” I laughed. “And even got ourselves an intern.” (I mean you, Cory Woolf (; )
Kirk and I were long overdue for a creative, collaborative project. Video, specifically.
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This spring, after kicking around some ideas, Kirk proposed a video about yoga. Yoga is rather tame subject matter, and fairly easy to shoot. I practice yoga. At a studio, in fact, who’s owners might want some marketing material.
Andy and Tamara, owners of Vinyasa Arts (and teachers and teacher trainers, themselves), were excited by the proposition. They even knew what kind of video they wanted: an informational/inspirational promo about their teacher training courses.
Over a period of a couple months, Kirk and I planned out the project, filmed a handful of times at the studio, then knocked out the post-production.
We started with creating interview questions and putting together a mock script. We shot b-roll of Andy’s and Tamara’s classes, and interviews with their teachers-in-training. We looked through the footage, transcribed the interviews, sought out the narrative. We put together a rough cut and overlaid b-roll. We watched it over and over, trying to find the flow, bouncing ideas off each other, finessing the cuts, the music, the story.
It’s been a quite a few years since we’ve done this whole video thing. (Our equipment is just as old, too.) The end product isn’t without flaws, but no piece of work ever is. We produced something, and delivered it. For that, we’re stoked. ☼