I was recently part of a video shoot for a feature film project that is shooting in Chicago this summer. I always love to learn more about my equipment, and getting to use the video capabilities on my cameras is a new opportunity to hone my skills as a visual artist.
Independent movies are made on shoestring budgets, but even with their reduced cost they still need a little help sometimes, so we made a promotional video for Kickstarter (a crowd-funding site), which you can check out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pickman/we-grew-up-here/
As you’ll see within a few seconds of watching the video, the children we filmed are adorable, and we had a great time putting together the promo. The project has had a great response, getting selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick and an Indiewire Project of the Day (http://www.indiewire.com/article/project-of-the-day-when-your-ex-girlfriend-and-your-hometown-go-missing?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed).
One thing I learned through the process – other than making sure you always have the camera running when kids are performing because you never know when they’re going to be focused – is just how fast a project can be put together when the creative energy is there. The video idea was conceived on a Sunday, organized on Monday and Tuesday, and shot that Wednesday. Really fast turnaround, but I like to be around that spur-of-the-moment creativity.
Hope you all like the video, and thanks for checking out one of my first forays into filmmaking :)