‘Firestarter’ video In January, 2017, I was contacted by Paul Suntup of Dragon Rebound Editions to create a video for his ‘Firestarter’ special editions of Stephen King novels. He wanted some video of Jim Croft’s process in crafting the sycamore wood covers on the front and the back of the book. Paul’s website is Dragonrebound.com where he has a page on the ‘Firestarter’ edition, and this video is also displayed there. So in mid-February I headed to the snow-covered foothills southeast of St Maries, Idaho to shoot the story. Jim and his wife Melody live at the end of Pokey Creek Road, where the ice-covered road comes to an end and then it requires about a quarter mile trek, bringing my equipment in by sled. I can truthfully say I’ve never done that before. I stayed with Jim and Melody, who live off the grid, and enjoyed their great hospitality (and music) for several days while I worked. I think my favorite part of the whole piece was the steadi-cam shot going up the stairs to Jim’s workshop, where Jim turns to the camera in a reveal where he is holding a hatchet on his lap. […]
Tell Mama In 2012, I worked with producer Jamie Hyams to create this piece for the Spokane 50 Hour Film Festival. Jamie and I had met before through our work at CMTV, channel 14. Jamie had great enthusiasm for this Etta James and Johnny Otis project, and I brought a level of production and editing expertise. Together we created ‘Tell Mama’, starring Tia Griffin and Abraham Luna. Jamie had cast some terrific musicians for the parts, including some back-up parts, and that made a tremendous boost to the production, and made the audio editing both easier (when we got the audio right), and more difficult (getting clean audio during production). I had never done a film slam before, but enjoyed the experience a lot. It was helpful that Jamie and I were in sync for much of the shoot. One such moment was both of us immediately picking the Masonic Hall as one of our special locations. We had come prepared for many possibilities during the shooting. One of my favorite parts of the shoot was the way we lit ‘Johnny Otis’ between the columns at the Masonic Lodge, playing the trumpet. We had Mo Noder, our equipment […]
Promo Video #2 for Julie Cajune’s play ‘Belief’ This is the second promo video that I put together for Julie’s play. In this one, you can hear Julie narrate, and also see her perform. The quality of Julie’s voice here is remarkable. It resonates with compassion, wonder, and delight. It coaxes us all to feel that universal humanity which connects us. If you truly listen, your heart will be touched. The play is written from Julie’s stories and from her history. It is her authentic “voice.” Included in this video is her interview where she talks about her play, her family, and also about that very special conversation that takes place in a theater, between an actor and an audience, a communication that flows both ways. On this video, I’ve highlighted one small scene from the play. I shot this at her performance in Dillon, Montana, at the University of Montana Western in September, 2013. Here is a taste of this very special play. And if you ever get the opportunity, go see it in person.
Promo Video #3 for Julie Cajune’s play ‘Belief’ I met Julie in 2013 when I was over in Arlee, Montana gathering interviews for an upcoming piece on the local Native American Theater Project, through KwKusm. Julie is a fascinating individual who has authored a one-woman play (with musicians) called ‘Belief’. It is both autobiographical and historical, giving the viewer insight into her Native American past, her mixed ancestry, and the pervading strength and emotional clarity that have carried her through her life. The scenes she illustrates are drawn from her experience yet clearly touch the lives of all people, everywhere. Julie has a Facebook page for ‘Belief’ and related material. Do visit her page. It is joyful and uplifting. I put together some promotional material for her play, and this is the third part of a series. The underlying music is from her original score.
Wind In The Mountains, produced by Neil Claflin ‘Wind In The Mountains’ was created in 2011. Originally I’d hoped to produce a video with music and a narrated script. As I am a poet as well as a photographer and videographer, I thought that I had the creativity to pull it off. I enlisted my friend Jed Wagner for a musical score. He is a very talented and original musician, and he’s a pleasure to work with, easy-going and happy. My premise for the narrative was the idea that no act of love really is wasted, that things that friends and family have done for us, where they’ve extended themselves to us out of of love and caring, have a kind of eternal energy. I was brought to mind of events and actions done for myself where the person who gave the love is long since dead, but that the energy from that action continues to affect me to the current day. And my thinking convinced me that indeed these acts of love have a strength and power that transcends time and place. I still believe that. OK. That’s a pretty lofty premise, but I have a poet’s […]