REmixALina Fashion Video

REmixALina is a new kind of video for me – a fashion art piece in collaboration with actress and model Alina Lee.  The music is a thing I created way back in 2014, and I’m thrilled that somehow it all gelled together.  Remix and collage culture is the largest artistic influence on me- greater than pop art and surrealism.  The title, “REmixALina” was the result of leaving the caps lock on and then paying tribute to a hidden intention.

Fashion videos are of a huge interest to me currently!  Any fashion videos anyone wants to recommend to me?

 

 

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Bernardo – new video art with Meredith Adelaide

Some video pieces grow out of a plan, and others form organically; “Bernardo” is definitely one of the latter.  I had shot with artist Meredith Adelaide, and it went so well we scheduled another day the following week.  I had used up my more fully fleshed out concepts on our first day, so we ended up visiting the Phoenix Art Museum and shooting around the Salt River based on 2 ultra-basic FX ideas I had written in my notes (“light painting in firefly room” and “hovering with trampoline”).  There was a random encounter with a frog at the Salt River that seemed to shape the experience- Meredith randomly dubbed him “Bernardo”, and somehow he ended up being the focus of this particular video art piece.     A random encounter between a woman and a frog leads to a cosmic experience for both.  Filmed on the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera> and effects in Adobe After Effects.

Lightroom Skillshare Classes

Entering my second year as a Skillshare teacher, I’ve been preparing several new photo/ video editing classes- until those go out, I wanted to let any interested people know my previous Lightroom-focused classes are still available on my channel!

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Retouching Portraits With Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best.  We cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!  Sign up is here!

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How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video

Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work.  You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.

Sign up for this class is here!

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Speed Up Your Workflow In Adobe Lightroom

In this class I’ll show how to speed up your editing process in Adobe Lightroom, taking your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes.  We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more.  Sign up is over here!

See you in class!

 

 

Versions – new video art with Alina Lee

My final shoot of 2016 was in Sacramento with model Alina Lee aka Thumbelina.  We did 3 video pieces, the first of which is “Versions”, about as surrealist and minimalist as we could get!

Anyone interested in learning about Surrealist video editing please check out my tutorial on Skillshare!

Art, Advice + Setting

Earlier this year I saw Cheech Marin talking about his painting collection, how art experts were always saying “painting is a dead art” and he said he would go into museums and galleries and see endless paintings.
 
This was a bit after Photolucida where one taste-making reviewer told me “museums and galleries don’t currently care about images with models or any kind of planned setup in them, they only want real life” and that anyone can shoot fashion without knowing anything about it- then a very established top-tier “planned portrait” photographer told me the exact opposite.
 
Then there are the endless calls to “brand” your work, be an expert at one thing and work that thing into the ground so you’re the “go-to guy” even though it’s likely there are many “go-to guys” and that singular style will get real stale real quick.
 
I think if you’re a creative person any advice to be given or received is very lifestyle-specific to the point that it’s barely worth seeking out. I know a lot of what I make is stuff that can be organized around my kids’ school schedule, and a lot of my ideas come from the things they are interested in that align with what I liked at their age. The idea of spending months away from home working on a film set or shooting nightlife or making a truly violent horror film or documentary on junkies is absurd to my lifestyle, and even if I tried it would be half hearted, but other people can make it work with ease.
 
David Byrne talks about how music is setting-specific in his book Music, like punk rock in a small club vs choral music in a cathedral, booty bass in a jacked out car, etc. and I’m starting all art is setting specific as well, not just the final destination like a gallery or vimeo, but the setting your life is in.

Skillshare – my favorite tutorial site

 

Last year I was determined to grow as an artist in new directions- I was able to upgrade my computer and imaging gear, pay for the Adobe Creative Cloud and use all their programs beyond the photographic ones, and I traveled outside of my normal LA/ Seattle/ Arizona loop.

New_Project 2With new directions come new learning curves, and the tutorial site that has helped me the most by far is Skillshare.  I used it to get my business in order, learn Adobe Illustrator and After Effects and InDesign, learned graphic design of posters, and more.

IMG_2564Beyond that, I’ve been able to bring the stuff I teach locally in the Phoenix Metro to a worldwide audience.  Currently my classes involve photography (Mixed Media Image Transfer + Capturing the Great Outdoors + Speed Up Your Workflow In Lightroom) , videography (Get Surreal With Adobe Premiere), sculpture (Create A Caricature in Clay Without A Studio), and graphic design (Build Your Creative Cloud Library With Adobe Capture).  I’m prepping classes on Creative Photographic Portraiture, Voice Editing for Adobe Premiere and Audition, and Making Motion Comics, all of which will be up before the summer ends.

get surreal in adobe premiereIn the meantime, anyone out there who wants to try out Skillshare, here’s a lovely referral code for a 3 month trial for .99!

The Sound Design of “Interference” and “Lady of the Lake”

My first set of videos in 2014 were to existing music tracks I made in 2013.  The early 2015 videos were set to soundtracks more ambient in nature that I made concurrently to the videos, and assembled as the album Waveforms in Exile.  Having released that album, I have a different approach to the sound of my newer videos which is more music concrete.

The sound design of “Interference” with Cacia Zoo began started with a sample of her saying her name, and remembering the hilarious Chris Lilley rap “Animal Zoo”;  it was super chaotic mashing those up, but it felt like there should be a clash between soft, meditative sounds and the constant barrage of noise and interruption I think most of us have to deal with when we try to be clear.  The “bells” of the ambient parts were recorded last Sunday when I took my kids to the Mesa Idea Museum and found out they no longer have free Sundays, so we stood around and played the xylophones outside- sounds that ended up in this video about an hour later.

Glass Olive’s sounds for “Lady of the Lake” were 100% generated by her, and manipulated by me using a program called Paul Stretch.  I wanted something as ethereal and organic as possible to match the stripped down, ghostly scenarios in the video.  Glass Olive made up these sounds spontaneously while in the hallway of a Brooklyn photo studio, and recorded them onto my iPad while I was busy.

If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.