During the past couple weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue an idea staff photographer Robert Franklin and I came up with a few months ago: bring musicians into the South Bend Tribune to perform – and film the entire thing. We were inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts and a couple other similar projects. It was/is a crazy idea, but we are now rolling full steam ahead on it thanks to the support of a great group of editors at the Tribune. In my two years at the Tribune, this is the most excited and creative I’ve ever felt about a project. Here is the first video I edited together for the Press Play series:
As is the case at a lot of newspapers across the country, our photo staff is being pushed to do more and more video projects. It’s been a bit of a learning on the fly situation for me as I had not shot video previously at my last job or on internships after college. When I first started at the Tribune last February, my videos were not very good, but I’ve been trying to push myself to increase both the quality and visual sophistication of my “quick hit” videos. Earlier this week, I recorded Anaya Jolie performing a couple of her original songs for a feature to run in our Sunday paper. While this isn’t exactly a polished MTV music video (they still show music videos right?), it’s a big more visual than our usual videos. For the first time I used video lights and more than one Canon 7D to shoot details as she performed. Baby steps … baby steps.