The Art of Misha Huntting

Meet Misha Huntting. I met her on a Facebook art group last winter sometime. She was in need of a video to document the process of her art. Once I started to research her art I was very intrigued and could understand why she needed a video for this. I couldn't quite figure out how she did it. I didn't understand all the elements it consisted of. Was it photography? Was it painting? Did she use Photoshop?  This video was meant to answer all those questions. Her art is interesting. It consists of many different steps. She pays really close attention to detail and has a whole different look on what's really beautiful. This was  really refreshing project. It let me step out of the business a little bit and really connect with a true artist. We had some awesome conversations. Her and her boyfriend Joel have killer stories and often our shooting sessions would end with us circling around the computer which was hooked up to their TV and watch YouTube videos of old awesome bands. Truly good times.

The more I do this, the more I learn it helps to know who you're shooting. You don't always have that opportunity but if you do, you should take advantage and get to know your client. Sometimes the best thing we can do, is just listen. You learn a lot when you listen. You get to hear a true story which allows you to really understand what they want to say. Your project will be that much better if you can take these steps.

Another tip for shooting this style of video is, focus on a good interview first. That's the backbone of this video. Without it, it wouldn't make sense. Get a great interview then make the cut. Once you have a good story together, then focus on the b roll you want to sprinkle throughout it. In the past, I've tried to get b roll on the same day of shooting the interview and what ends up happening is I get some cool b roll shots that I really want to use but don't have a place. I'm now focusing on how to make this b roll shot fit in rather than focusing on the story. I think it muddies up the water and distracts your focus on what's important. The interview is what's important. 

Like Misha's art? Wanna get something to hang in your crib? Go to Misha's website and do so.

What do you think about the video? Do you think it explains her process? Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comment box below!


January Photo of the Month

Holy smokes! These last two months have been the best two months for business. I've been working 7 days a week for the last month or so putting in 10 hour days. It's been awesome and tiring at the same time. I got a bunch of new gear with my tax return and can't wait to really put it to use in the next few weeks.

This is the second month now I've been more than 10 days late on my blogging... It's my way of making you believe I'm busy...

Anyways, this month was so amazing for shooting. I had three projects with musicians to do their photos and album design. All are turning out really dope!

This photo was from the Dice photo shoot. I really wanted to post the behind the scenes video with it but I haven't had time to edit the clips yet. Oh well. The shoot went crazy well! Her project is titled "The Foundation" so we really wanted to get some cement and grime in the shoot. We got "access" to a construction site that I spotted which only the foundation had been laid. We also got access to use this wonderful garage in Phinney Ridge. We were brainstorming where to shoot if it rained and I started thinking dark grimey basements. We were strolling along 3rd Ave NW and came across some awesome grimey cement garages. We pulled over and knocked on the door to be greeted by a wonderful lady "Marie". She said "use it as much as you want just don't forget about me when your famous". How rad.

This was the biggest production I have dealt with yet. Tawnya aka Dice really put  a  lot into the shoot. It really made a huge difference in how the pictures turned out. The make up, the hair, the outfit and the energy. It was great! I really worked hard on this shoot and I think it shows.

I will be posting some more shots in the week to come along with the behind the scenes video.

Also, as I am writing this I am sending all the album design files to Copycats Media for her new project. I will be posting some links on where to hear and buy her new album very soon.