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!


5 Flat and Brown

Last week I had the pleasure of working with local hip hop duo 5 Flat & Brown. 5 Flat and I met at the Dice photo shoot I did last winter. He's a friend of Dice and helped shoot the behind the scenes video from the Dice shoot.

He came to me with the name of the album being "Tuition: The Mixtape". He had some great ideas and in the end we ended up with some great plans for the project. I'm doing the whole shabang for these guys from the photos to the design for the album. Part of our deal was I agreed to throw in some promo shots from the day since these fellas don't have any professional pics. I bring you those today.

We ended up having a really good time at the shoot and things went so well we ended up with a lot more photos than we planned for. My thoughts are, I would rather have them being used than sit on my computer, so I did some extras for these dudes.

I really dig the music these guys are making and look forward to hearing the final product. Check out a few tracks from their upcoming mixtape here. I will also be posting a behind the scenes video from the shoot in near future along with the final shots for the album.

For now, here are my favorite shots from the day. Let me know what you think about the feel of these.

Meet DJ Tilt

Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting my old time friend, DJ Tilt. I tried some new editing tricks like layering some grainy layers on top to give it an old vintage feel. I also messed around with white balance to give the photo some old film vibes. I am really happy with how these turned out and I find myself editing less and less which is a huge time saver. The more solid the photo is in camera the less you need to do to make it shine. Check em' out.