I’ve been working on a dance project in collaboration with Wyoming Dance Arts based on this creative prompt of mine:
I worked with three of the WDA dancers and we created a piece based on the restrictions of the space. We spoke a lot about theme and how they could internalize it so we could produce some site-specific choreography. It was a very fruitful, impromptu shoot and I’m still going on the high of that interaction. It’s the best kind of collaboration because the dancers really owned their performances and committed to the idea behind the video. I appreciate their creative trust tremendously.
I had to put this on the back-burner due to the Oyster Ridge Music Festival Deadlines I had to follow, but every chance I got this fall, I worked away at a rough cut for the first video. Oh I forgot to mention, this project will be designed to be edited a handful of ways in order to produce three main pieces and several little snippets for social media. I want to see how much of it sticks and what doesn’t, so by the end of the year, I hope to have most of it wrapped up. So much for free time!
So once I had a reasonable cut, I sent it over to one of our collaborators and she not only shared some outstanding feedback, but reminded me of this very important lesson: Don’t be afraid to reach out.
I sat with my rough draft for about a month because I didn’t know what to do with it. The editing brain went stale and I couldn’t see what needed to happen next. Yes, it was a reasonable draft, but upon getting a fresh set of eyes to look at it, I was able to stand back and observe the piece for what it really was. Because of that, I went home and re-edited the first piece all over again. And it is a much better cut now: Leaner, yet patient and specific.
I would have kept the old cut and chiseled away at shit had I not taken it upon myself to ask for help when my creativity needed it the most. Don’t hesitate to reach out and communicate, and I’ll try to do the same.
Working on this video was interesting: I recently found that one of my cameras has an audio glitch, delaying the audio in the clips by eight seconds. Normally, syncing is a breeze since I’ve gotten really good at matching waveforms and documenting my recording start times, but it took me a few tries to figure out what was actually happening. I’m doing a reset on the thing and we’ll see if it behaves when I go and do some tests.
If you’re already longing for Oyster Ridge 2020, check out this lovely performance from Escaping Pavement to get you by! This band was slick and soulful and their sound was so inviting! Escaping Pavement have a new album out and you should check it out on their website below. They came to Wyoming this summer to offer some of their trademark southern rock-inclined, neo-country sound. I’m starting an ORMF playlist of all the awesome bands we got to enjoy in Kemmerer, can’t wait for next year!
Working with Oyster Ridge has not only allowed me to capture top notch talent, but also to fulfill my goal of working as a performance arts videographer, and develop that part of my creative brain. This song stuck with me all summer and dare I say, it was one of my festival favorites. When we got back from the festival, it was the first one I wanted to edit because it was such an enthralling moment in their set. So you can be sure Ghost of Paul Revere is now a regular on my Spotify!
Now if you’re in Wyoming or neighboring areas, and are interested in learning more about Wyoming’s largest FREE music festival, please visit www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com. It’s a phenomenal labor of love and it’s a wonder to see it come to life each July! See you next year and bring your friends!
July 24-26, 2020
So enjoy this brand of holler folk from Maine, and please don’t forget to support Ghost of Paul Revere at www.ghostofpaulrevere.com, they are outstanding!
Man, what an absolute pleasure it has been to work with Oyster Ridge to capture this festival and what it’s about. This year, Joe Pug was one of the highlights, in a free, three day festival of amazing acts. The man completely filled the stage with presence and shared some beautiful songs. He has taken over my Spotify playlists. I hope you enjoy!
This year leading up to 2020, I want to make sure I do my part to get the word out about this incredible event. It truly is Wyoming’s premier musical experience. And it’s free!
For more of Joe’s critically acclaimed performances and songwriting, as well as latest tour dates, please visit joepugmusic.com
This past weekend, Maddie and I had the pleasure of attending the September Soiree at the Henning Mansion to benefit my friends at Wyoming Dance Arts. I knew it would be an awesome time so I brought the camera along!
The Mansion is a gorgeous building on the National Register of Historic places, so it was a delight to get to capture some of the moments of dance and good cheer at the event. Since I had no idea what was coming next and no tripod with me, I just started playing around handheld style. These days I’m looking for what I can do with less. To trim the fat of equipment but never the purpose nor direction. I’m eager to continue on my minimalist videographer pursuit and see where it goes. I also can’t wait to start our planned collaborations with WDA, lots of creativity on the horizon!
Food and drink was awesome (provided by our excellent Casper vendors), but of course, the highlight of the night were the performances, as a handful of duets and short works acted as interludes, a great evening of art. Congratulations to Wyoming Dance Arts on such a great event!
weekend, I got to share the first of many videos I put together for
the Oyster Ridge Music Festival. The last few weeks have been intense
with cataloging and syncing the footage of the six cameras I was
working with. It was also my first deep dive into DaVinci Resolve, so
I’ve been learning as I go and completely feel like I came out on the
other side with some DaVinci assurances. It’s unbelievable the
program is free to use, it’s a great tool.
as the coming weeks unfold, I’ll be posting interviews and
performances from all of the bands, in an effort to capture the
spirit of this phenomenal experience. I have to take a step back and
let my heart fill with gratitude: I’m fortunate to work on something
that truly speaks to what I love and want to advocate for. I can’t
imagine a better cause to contribute to than to a festival that
brings joy, community, and the performing arts to our great state.
It’s a real privilege to capture the talent on that stage and to work
with such kind, wonderful people. To get to work on this festival is
truly a dream.
I had this all typed up on Saturday and forgot to hit PUBLISH. That’s never happened before. Tends to happen when life gets in the way. Loads of noteworthy content came to mind these couple of weeks, thanks to my YouTube wanderings and escapist mind frame.
Working on highlights and other content for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival, so I went to one of my favorite live performance videos from the last few years: This documentary about the Largo venue in Los Angeles. To do produce a work like this, specifically for live performance arts in this segmented form, is one of my dreams. Maybe something like this is possible in Casper? We shall see! But for the time being, it serves up a fresh batch of inspiration for me to work on the videos soon to premiere online! Stay tuned…
Did I mention I came to terms with my affinity for notebooks this week? I feel an eagerness to start writing when it feels immediate, rekindling my love of notebooks is to fire up that old obsession with filling a page. So much so that this week, I finally started working on a song I’ve had in mind for over three years! I have a backlog of music that need lyrics, including a collaboration with my pal Dust Jones– So I’ll need all the momentum I can get! I stumbled upon this article outlining the various types of journaling. It’s given me some ideas this week on how to start using my notebooks for something other than creative writing. I also found this one, which just gave me more notebooks to purchase. I have a problem now.
Re: Working on my songs in the near future, I’ve been looking out for solid free resources to produce beats DIY style. Reddit and this guy were super helpful!
And lastly, I’d like to share a track that has been the soundtrack of my daydreams and scribblings: Michael Kiwanuka’s Cold Little Heart. This song absolutely destroys and gets me to that place just beyond the horizon where I can see my characters clearly…