Good Morning mah’ peeps! I have a new artist profile for my web series On Blind Faith. On Blind Faith consists of 1 -2 minute profiles of artists who devote their lives to an artform. Shot on their personal cell phones, they each answer 3 questions: 1) What is the art you can’t live without doing? 2) What’s your greatest dream for it? 3) What’s your greatest fear for it?
The artist featured is my dear friend & fellow filmmaker Sarah Louise Wilson:
You can watch the video here:
Story Behind The Video:
Sarah Louise & I met about 4 years ago and developed a wonderful friendship through our mutual friend, her business partner, Mercedes Le Anza. They own the film production company Stella Bella Productions. We traveled to Sundance together and thankfully survived the pitch dark, snowy freezing drive back to LA. I chugged dayquil & yelled, “We’re going to die. We’re probably already dead” while she drove the truck and periodically laughed. Later on, I was honored to act in her in feature film The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue. She’s a passionate, brazen and inspiring artist who is constantly creating — whether it be paintings, writing plays, directing movies. We laugh a lot together. Life is good.
I shot her video on Mercedes’ iphone the same night I shot Mercedes’ artist profile because the iphone rocks my socks off.
To recap (from Mercedes’ On Blind Faith post):
I’d put together & trekked over a DIY light kit as I’m working to better my on-production lighting skills, but Sarah Louise Wilson had professional lights from another shoot so she was wonderful enough to leave them set up in Mercedes’ room for me (and I set them up in Sarah’s room afterwards). Yay! Thanks so much SLW!
Later on that night after all the shooting was complete, we tried to transfer the iphone movie files to a Mac comp and the 4 hour headache began… We could not for the life of us get either of their 2 MAC computers to copy the movie files. Thank baby Jesus in da manger that Sarah Louise tried the iphone on her old PC and figured out that we could transfer the files easily to the PC (irony of all ironies since mac & iphone are both apple products!) and then throw them on a mac/pc compatible 16 gig portable hard drive and then plug that hard drive into one of the macs and transfer the files onto my mac compatible (only) 50 gig portable hard drive. Whew!
The next day when I began editing, the iphone movie files were compatible enough to import into final cut pro unlike the android nexus 3GP movie files, but not compatible enough to edit in the sequences without having to justify every single cut with COUNTLESS rendering. Try as I might no conversion software, including compressor, would make the movie files and FCP sequence/editing timeline compatible. So, I repeated what I did with the last artist profile and transferred the movie files into imovie hd, did a basic edit, converted that 2 minute edit into a high quality movie, imported that file into FCP, exported it as a DV-NTSC 48KH quicktime movie file, re-imported that (hi-res & sequence compatible) file into FCP , and walla’ — I cleaned up the edit and added titles. I didn’t do any color correction on this video because the original on set lighting made it look fine and I was pooped.
Hope you enjoy the piece!