Aug 22, 2010

Taste of Greek Food and Music on the Danforth in Toronto

I wandered along Danforth Avenue in Toronto, the heart of Greek Town, during the Taste of Danforth Greek Festival, capturing video of the music, the crowds and the food. The objective was to develop a series of demos for promoting Toronto events for the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015. This is the first.

This was shot with a Canon Vixia during daylight, and a Canon 5D Mark II after dark.

The clip is also on Vimeo

Aug 17, 2010

Extended Vision - Photographer Thaddeus Holownia

Canadian Photographer Thaddeus Holownia creates unique images using a 7 by 17 inch Banquet camera. He exhibited at the McMichael in 2001 and I interviewed him in the gallery at that time.

Originally shot in SD with a Canon XL1, this was probably one of my first videos produced for the McMichael. Now I have reedited in 720p HD using a variety of elements to fit the 4x3 images into a widescreen format. Composited in Adobe Premiere with Digital Juice backgrounds and Smart Sound audio.

Aug 12, 2010

Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival The Night Time Show

The annual Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival runs into the late night along a mile of Queen Street East. In the Beach of course. This year's weather was as hot as the music. These shots were taken with a Canon 5DMkII DSLR under just the available light of the street lights. In other years acts had brought a variety of their own lights. Usually Par 64's on a stand, borrowing power from whatever storefront was behind them. This year, probably because of the heat and to be environmentally sensitive, most acts went au natural. Still at ISO 6400 with a 24-105 f4 lens, these videos captured the night time feel. A bit of color correcting in Premiere Pro brought the darkest acts to life. The intro and extro driving sequences where shot at another time from the 5D mounted on the dash of the truck. The main backing track is a Digital Juice jazz track, with actual street sounds blended in. Also on Vimeo. Vimeo HD looks better full screen than YouTube.