Sep 13, 2007

Video: Robert Bateman, Nature Artist

Robert Bateman's exhibition of nature and the environment paintings started its North American tour of galleries at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and Stephen Weir arranged for me to interview him in the Gallery about his work and the exhibition. A wonderful artist, Mr. Bateman was equally wonderful as an interview guest as well (the CBC had him next). He spoke standing next to one of his larger paintings, lit by two umbrellas. Shot in HDV. I added shots of some of his work to provide interest. The image near the end, of a seal caught in a net, turned out much more powerful than expected. Music is from Sonic Fire's Smart sound library.

The 5 minute video is destined for the McMichael website and YouTube

Always a pleasure working with a true artist.

Sep 6, 2007

Video: David Staines, Writer

Recently completed a web promo video for David Staines' new book, The Letters of Stephen Leacock. The 500 page book features the text of hundred of Leacock's letters.

We interviewed David in his library, with the background of book shelves supporting the premise that this is about a literary work. With few photos to provide additional interest and cutaways, we used scrolling test from two of the letters as they were read by Staines. Footage was acquired in HDV, and edited in Adobe Premiere. Proofs were provided on DVD. Intro music is from Sonic Fire's Smartsound library.

The clip is now on YouTube. David Staine's new website, managed by beachdigital, at www.davidstaines.com features a Flash version.