Dream Drives: Pacific Coast Highway is a self-initiated project I created to accompany my coverage of car culture in California for my car blog, HOONART. Filming was a collaboration between my wife and myself, shot with a Nikon D750 and an iPhone 6s Plus. The film is meant to capture the unique drive along the Pacific Coast Highway from the Bay Area down to Los Angeles. The research for the titles involved matching up the locations on video with their real names on Google Maps and Flickr. Before setting up the edit, I composed a soundtrack for the film in Apple GarageBand with looped beats. Once I had the soundtrack, I used the music to guide the editing process. As the beats changed, they would determine when transitions would occur. I smoothed out any visible shakiness with warp stabilization in Adobe Premiere. This project was a refreshing change from my usual subject matter. Filming and creating the video was a fun experience and makes me want to continue developing Dream Drives into a series based around showing fun, scenic places to drive.
Each year the USF College of The Arts has an art open house on the Tampa campus. This is the event known as ArtHouse. The studios are open to display student work and musicians perform live in the courtyard. This short video was created to promote the event on the websites, through email marketing, and on social media.
It's always a very large and diverse event and with the trailer I sought to capture the feeling of being there. I compiled the video from footage and photos that I'd shot in past years. The videos I used were also chosen based on how well the action in the clips matched the music. Similar to the Dream Drives video, I placed cuts and transitions to follow the music. The music is a royalty-free rock track that I found online. In the final steps, I added the event information in titles as well as the USF brand.
This set of interviews took place in the USF School of Architecture & Community Design. The purpose of this video is to feature the research work by graduate architecture students chosen as finalists for the annual Eduardo Garcia Memorial Award. I wrote and conducted the interviews in the Architecture Gallery where an exhibition of each student's research work was on display. I took detailed photos and video of the work so that I could combine a mixture of panning and the Ken Burns effect to show the student designs. Working within the limitations of no functioning electrical outlets within the space, I made the best out of the available light in the environment for the interviews.
This trailer for the play Violet at the USF School of Theatre & Dance served as a social media preview to promote the play to musical theatre fans. The source video was shot during a dress rehearsal where I could get closer to the stage, than during an actual performance. The school provided a short song to use as a soundtrack and set a 30-second limitation to follow their licensing agreement. I chose the most interesting video shots and worked through the song from back to front. There was only a few days time between the dress rehearsal and the first performance. This meant that there wouldn't be much editing time for this project. Having just watched the play, I knew what footage would fit well at the slower paced end and wanted to hint at the kiss scene. The rest of the trailer built backward from there. I built this trailer very quickly but was very satisfied with the final result.