In an attempt to share more creative content with you, I have decided to start a blog that features some of my favorite videos. I'll share behind the scenes information like the gear used, the setup, the people involved and the concept executed.
The idea for this video came from my love of movement, the discipline involved in mastering an art, and the beauty of the human form in peak condition. I didn't have a fully thought out concept, but I knew that I wanted close up shots of the raw muscles that make dance movements look elegant and effortless.
The extremely talented Madalyn Hope came up with all of the dance moves on the fly and I set out to capture as much as I could. I knew that Cross + Main in Youngsville, NC would be the perfect venue to showcase a dancer because of the exposed brick, hardwood floor, and wall of natural light.
One night, as I couldn't sleep, I decided to sit down with the footage and create something. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted the video to say, but as I edited the footage, the message became clear. In the age of social media, people always put their best moments on display. Rarely do we see someone share failures or insecurities. As someone who creates art, there's always a concern that people won't like what you've given of yourself. Through the music and shot selections of this video, I hope to convey the juxtaposition of a practiced and perfected skill alongside the doubt of failure and not being accepted for what you've created.
This was shot on Nikon D7200 DSLR cameras. Some shots were stabilized by the Glide Gear Geranos, some handheld, and some on a tripod. The majority of light was the natural light from the large wall of windows, but for some shots, the Peter Hurley Westcott Flexlight LED Panel kit was used.
I would love to hear what this video says to you. Please leave your reaction in the comments.