I’ve been working with Teri Nash at Heartbeat Dance Academy since 2007. It’s always amazing how she comes up with fresh ideas for each season’s spring dance recitals. This year they performed at the Carlmont Performing Arts Center, a wonderful venue for light and sound. I shot three performances with two HD cameras to make DVDs and Blu-Ray discs for the families. I received a solid sound feed from the house audio board. Check the video montage we created from the Saturday night teen show of Once Upon a Time. Great music, great dance.
This was my second year working with Angela Holmes, the brilliant Owner/Artistic Director, who has grown what was Millbrae Dance Academy into the West Coast Dance Conservatory.
She put on four performances this year and I shot each with two cameras and an audio feed from the house sound board. AVS made DVDs and BluRay discs for each of the performances with titles and chapter markers to easily click forward and backward.
All performances were shot at the Bayside Performing Arts Center where Ron Ho provided his usual theatre support with professional lighting and sound.
One of my joys is making a montage set to music of the entire performance so each dance gets a share of the limelight. Angela collaborated, with her keen eye, to create a very fun look at the groups in each performance. Let Justin Timberlake’s theme music take you away.
Since my son’s freshman year on the high school golf team in 2005, I’ve been involved with the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance. It’s a group of golf enthusiasts who’ve worked together to keep Sharp Park Golf Course from the hands of a group of environmentalists who sought to close the course and turn it into a wild life preserve.
Once a year the golf alliance holds a tournament at Sharp Park to remind the public that the course is always in jeopardy and requires stewardship to stay open.
The 2018 tournament is May 26, 2018. Entry forms are here.
We created a promotional video, to support the alliance, narrated by Mr. Bo Links.
Golfdom Magazine hired me to do a photo shoot at Sharp Park Golf Course.
We hiked up the hill to photograph Wayne Kappelman, Sharp Park Golf Course Superintendent, in the foreground and the course and Pacific in the background. Wayne was awarded the Herb Graffis Business Person of the Year for his work at Sharp Park.
He had to figure a way to make the course green and playable, while eliminating all chemical pesticides. The result earned him thanks from the local community, environmental groups and appreciation from the players.
Photos were taken with a Canon 5DMII and Canon 24-105 lens.
Over the years I’ve done dozens and dozens of Photo Montages, Photo-Video-Keepsakes, or what ever you’d like to call setting photos to music. It still brings me joy to see kid’s character pop when subtle photo movement and complementary music join forces.
One of my clients is Linda Bulgo’s Musical Productions. Linda has a rich theater history and provides children with an opportunity to put on a theatrical performance, with live music, in professional venues with a variety of props. It’s remarkable what she’s able to accomplish.
Her students performed “Getting to Know the Sound of Music,” at the Scottish Rites Temple in San Francisco. Here is a photo montage, set to Sound of Music tunes, from the Musical Notes cast.
My studio won two national awards from Home Video Studios Inc, for best This is Your LifeTime video a few years ago. These were projects I did for customers who had lost a loved one and wanted to honor their lives through photos, video, film, narration and music.
I started video taping my parents while they were still alive and healthy. We took time to record them reminiscing over family photo albums, talking about when and where photos were taken and sometimes arguing about it; a microcosm of family life.
I have better equipment and greater skill now than I had back then, but it was a blessing to get them recorded. I can share their story with my grand children who will not have had the pleasure of knowing them.
I miss my parents. I am glad that we were able to honor them in this way.
A local non-profit, Pacificans Care, hired me to create a video to promote their fund raiser called Speakeasy Night. It was a evening of cards, dancing, auctions, and food to raise money for Pacifica community service organizations.
I worked with one of the organization’s board members to get a feel for what they wanted me to create. To get in the flow of the job I decided to dress the part.
The video below shows the evening’s fun and fund raising efforts better than I could put into words.