So, I know it’s been a while since I’ve been on here and I’m working on ‘repurposing’ things around here, even if that means getting back to just adding content on here. For now, I figured I’d let you in on a little something that I’ve been working on since, well, October I guess.
Back at the beginning of the recording process for MercyMe’s ‘The Hurt & The Healer’ I thought it’d be cool to try and capture the entire process. It was just me and a camera so I shacked up with them for a few weeks in the studio. The result was nearly a terabyte of video footage and really no plan for what to do with it.
My friend Ryan and I started talking and decided that if we got a little live footage, and sat down with the band we could have ourselves a pretty cool little documentary… or… soft-rockumentary… or something. Since Ryan likes to edit video and I like to tell people what I think is cool, it worked out pretty well and I’m pretty happy with what we came up with. In the end it’s over thirty minutes of studio footage, photo shoot outtakes, interviews, behind the scenes junk and some live performances.
Now, I’ve never really “directed” anything before and honestly I don’t even know if that’s what I did on this. On top of that I’ve never really “filmed” anything for more than silly YouTube videos so this was a bigger project than I anticipated, but I think it turned out pretty cool. So here’s the deal. This thing is available Tuesday for sale on the band’s website so go over there in a couple days and check it out. I’m curious what you all think.
So, I’m art directing another record and today is the photo shoot. For the rest of the day this will be my view. We’ve found a rooftop in downtown Nashville that we’ll be doing most of the photos and I’m crazy excited to see how it turns out. I don’t have a lot of details yet, because, well, it’ hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll make sure to give you some updates after today. For now, I need to get some coffee and based on the weather today, it looks like a warmer jacket.
I could get used to this art direction thing. We’ll see how it goes.
So, I’ve decided to really put some focus on photography this tour. I don’t really know what that means, but one thing I think would be cool is to actually know what I’m doing when I’m taking pictures. I’ve had all sorts of photographers ask me different things about the concert photos I take and I’m tired of telling them, “I have no idea. I just point the camera and push the button when it looks good.”. I even thought about getting some new lenses before this tour, but then realized how much they cost so I changed my mind. The cool thing is that Jim has a really nice camera and awesome lenses so he’s letting me play around.
At this point I can still only say that I pointed Jim’s camera at things and pushed the button when it looked cool, but I’m learning and I’m even going to start writing things down, like settings and F stops and all that.
One thing I’m not sure on is the editing process though. What do you guys think of these? Too “scratchy”? Is that ‘so 2009′? It was late last night when I was editing these so I’m not sure my “arty judgement” was all that great. But this morning I think they still look kinda cool. What do you think? Is a clear picture better than a “roughed up” one? I suppose I could do both.
Anyway, if you guys are cool with it, I might throw some stuff on here during the tour and see what you think. I doubt I’ll do pictures from every show on here so make sure to check out MercyMe’s page too where I’ll most likely be putting pictures up from every show. Appleton, WI is today. Let’s see what happens.
So, if you’ve been around me for the last few months you’ve probably heard me going on and on about two things as far as work is concerned. Team Building and Communication. I know it sounds all touchy-feely and all that, but I don’t care. I think there are some really important keys to the success of businesses and being able to put up with each other is a big one.
Now, I’m not claiming to really know anything about business, because quite frankly, I don’t. I’ve never run a business and I’m trying to grow with the company as well. Seems like a decent thing to do right?
So here’s my first step in the ‘team building’ process. A reading list. Yep. Like a book club. Like Oprah. I’ve got the first three books planned already. I don’t know if I want to tell you the names of the books just yet because I think it’s important that we finish reading them first, but I’m curious what books you would recommend for smaller companies looking to create a team?
And yes, I know who Seth Godin is. I’ll let you know when we’re done with the first book.
Well, it was a long night for sure, but I had a great time. Bart and Natalie did a great job hosting, the performances were great, the ‘comedian’ was…. well… the rest of it was good. My job was to basically hang out with Bart and Natalie and take pictures with my phone or camera. So that’s what I did. I like to call it documenting. All in all it was a great night. I’m glad Kristin was able to be there and come back afterward and hang out with some of the folks I work with. I still am taken back a little when I think about what I do for a living, but it’s a fun ride and as long as things keep popping up, I’ll keep saying yes.