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!