How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always enjoyed playing music, taking pictures, and telling stories with video since I was young. As I grew older, I wanted to find a career that would be enjoyable and fulfilling for many years since I would be working for several decades. I found the video production field to be a healthy blend of my initial passions. In the music/video production line of work, we are able to work with pictures/video, music/narration/sound efx, and other visual effects to craft stories that make an impact. It also provides variety and keeps the spice in my chosen career. One week we could be editing a tv documentary or creating custom music scores, and the next week we could be shooting video for sports or producing a music video.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In Salt Lake City, I recently teamed up with award winning pianist Paul Cardall to work on a multi-camera music concert video editing project. Paul, after undergoing a miraculous heart transplant surgery, was performing publicly for the first time. With Salt Lake City's beautiful Abravanel Hall as the venue, Paul used a multi-camera setup to capture his and other guest artists' live performances in his sold out "Celebrating Life" concert. We used the professional Avid Adrenaline editing system to craft the entire hour and a half special. This dvd is now available as a 2-disc set in conjunction with Paul Cardall's "New Life" album release.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
As with any service provider, it's extremely important to look into the experience you're buying into. With some quality equipment and software, video production professionals can deliver great final products, without killing your budget. It's not necessarily the size of the building and all the bells & whistles that delivers the best projects to you, but the expertise of the people behind the knobs and buttons that turn their equipment into tools that will craft great music and video for the customer. Lose the high overhead, find people with and experience, and save yourself some money while at the same time receiving great video production results.