So, two years ago, I found myself in an unenviable position. The first year we had Compression, we were lucky enough to have the people from SNCAT come and video tape much of the event. They broadcast it on local access cable, and condensed the festival down into maybe a 35 minute program. It was cool. My assumption was that hey, fire is cool, I’m sure they will be back, right? Well, they weren’t….
Enter 2009, where I ended up with no quality video. Come grant time, I was sad, had to recycle footage from 2008, and use all the wonderful still photos that were taken to create the grant video. It worked okay, but was not ideal. Enter the lesson: Plan for EVERYTHING! So, I have a friend who I’ve known for a number of years, who I met because she was a room mate to my sister-in-law. Her name is Maryan, and she operates Prickly Pear Imaging.
I saw her shooting something else, and asked her if she might be interested in shooting our event. She responded in the affirmative, and that, as they say, was history. I vowed never to NOT have video of the event, again =)
So, come this year, Maryan did a great job and shot some amazing footage, as she shot, I asked her to think “commerical” and “high impact” or something silly like that…
The first year we did a commercial, my good friend Lauren did the audio, and expressed interest in doing it again. Although she’s known as the town’s tie-dye/costuming Diva Extraordinaire, and also owns Prism Magic Clothing and Imports, in Sparks,
many people do not know that Lauren spent years working in broadcasting before she got in to tie dye. She’s a pro and we had a lot of fun recording the audio voice track, with the help of some friends…
Enter the third piece of this puzzle…a couple of years ago, a fellow geek and awesome human known in Controlled Burn as Matty Pockets, had this awesome song he liked from this DJ in the UK (Tim Wright, also known as CoLD SToRAGE), so he wrote the guy and asked him if we could use his song.
He gave permission and I believe even edited it with some specifics from Matty, for our use. In February, Tim left a note on the CB Facebook page saying if we ever needed help or music again, he’d be down for that. So, I messaged him, told him about our little commercial project, and told him time was tight, but if he had anything, we’d love to use it and give him credit. He was super quick, sent me some samples almost immediately, and we selected one to go with the commercial.
So, now, I think Maryan has all the pieces, and we are waiting to see what she can create! I will post here and on CB Web as soon as I have something, but I LOVE this sort of thing!
Gods, I love it when a plan comes together…=)