TITLE: “EYE SEE YOU”
BACKGROUND NOTES: While trying to turn on one of the TVs in my Italian aunt’s house, I hit the wrong button. There ensued two mornings and half of an evening of trying to figure out how to get the channels to come back. At one point, brother David picked up my aunt’s magnifying glass and tried to marshal old-school technology to understand one of them newfangled dee-vices.
CREDITS: “EYE SEE YOU” stars David Imbrogno | An original FILM del FRATELLO Lo-Fi, Hypershort Media Production of TheWebTheater.com | Shot on location in the Italian Lake Country of Ohio, US of A | Grazie molto for Production Assistance, Magnifying Glass and Cookies and Danishes by Zia Teresa.
NOTE: An Official Lo-Fi Media Production, meeting the One-Two LFM Standard. Produced in less than an hour (actually less than 10 minutes), using hand-holdable devices and no more than two applications/pieces of equipment, in total. In this case, one: Slice.
VIDEO: Interviewing the Interviewer
BACKGROUND NOTES: Sandy Wells is a beloved, legendary reporter and profiler at the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, W.Va. In her ‘Innerviews’ column, the 76-year-old writer has been profiling people of all walks of life weekly since 1988. Head out on assignment with her in this video as she interviews a 102-year-old woman, who may be hard of hearing but is anything but clueless. This is a companion video to go with a story I wrote about Wells’ career in the April 14, 2018 Gazette-Mail, for a column which she once summed up this way:“I’ve learned how extraordinary ordinary people can be. I’ve learned how ordinary extraordinary people can be.” Read up on Sandy’s long career.
PRODUCTION NOTES: Lo-Fi Media production, shot entirely on an iPhone.
UPDATE: Sandy died in February 2019, after facing down cancer for six years. She was a treasure. West Virginia lost a wonderful soul
VIDEO: Time To Deliver
NOTES: I often try to tell somewhat complex stories in the confines of the short time period/window of engagement that people give to social media videos. Sometimes, it’s nice just to try to do one thing. For aspiring video producers, that might make a nice Guiding Principle for Short Videos: Tell One Thing (TOT). So, this video exemplifies the TOT manifesto. My colleague, Bill Lynch, has a series called ‘One Month at a Time’ in which he spends a month learning some new skill. For February 2018, he learned how flower shops operate. After designing some floral displays, the final step in his 30-day apprenticeship was to deliver. And so he does, but not without a few wrong turns. Tell One Thing: Bill trying to deliver flowers in a Charleston skyscraper.
MORE ‘ONE MONTH’ VIDEOS:
— Bill Takes on the West Virginia Symphony
— Bill, why not try a goat joke?
VIDEO: So, what CAN you do with a bag of carrots in rural West Virginia?
NOTES: This video was featured in the 2016 national 100-Second Festival, showcasing short films and videos from around the world and was screened in Somerville, MA., at an Exhibition of International Super Short Films.
SOUNDTRACK: An excerpt of “Centerall” by Lucas the Flow, featuring N8. Check out the full version at soundcloud.com/the-flow
VIDEO: This Bud’s For You
NOTES: After his wife died in 2013, Bud Sears was looking to channel his energy in the community. He found a rocking thing to do.
LENGTH: 1 min 17 sec
VIDEO: An ornamental operation
NOTES: At The Bear Wood Company, they specialize in hand-hewn wooden images in the shape of West Virginia, often made from reclaimed wood. Three years ago, they began making ornaments in the shape of the state. They sold a few dozen. Now, they sell thousands.
LENGTH: 59 seconds
RELATED STORY: Bear Woods is a cool and innovative wood products company. Here is a 2017 Charleston Gazette-Mail profile of its founder, Matt Snyder.
VIDEO: A “100 Seconds” installment that shows how to put up a Christmas tree in 100 seconds flat.
NOTES: Part of the mission of the “100 Seconds” video series is to showcase videos shot using only smartphones to showcase “lo-fi media” capabilities. (Not that smartphones are all that lo-fi, these days, as they pack more computing power than the NASA computer that landed Neil Armstrong on the moon.)
VIDEO: Bill takes on the West Virginia Symphony
NOTES: Charleston Gazette-Mail staffer Bill Lynch takes on a new challenge for his “One Month at a Time” series, preparing to perform with the West Virginia Symphony. Only one problem: he’d not played an instrument since he was 15 years old. He’s a lot older than that now.
VIDEO: Bill gets ready for stand-up
NOTES: Each month, Bill Lynch tries something new for his “One Month at a Time” series for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. For June 2017, he was schooling (and steeling) himself for a 5-minute stand-up comedy routine. Go for the goat joke, a colleague suggests.
LENGTH: 1 min 36 sec
VIDEO: Who makes the art?
NOTES: This was a promotional video for Third Eye Cabaret, a listening room performance space I founded in Charleston, W.Va. The current incarnation of the Cabaret takes place at The Fireside Lounge above the Little India restaurant on the West Side of Charleston, W.Va.
SOUNDTRACK: Vocals by Kathleen Coffee from a late-night jam at The Room Upstairs in Princeton, W.Va.
LENGTH: 1 min 10 sec
VIDEO: An episode in the 100 Second series on the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017, on the state Capitol grounds in Charleston, W.Va.
NOTES: This is a full-on ‘lo-fi media’ video, shot on an iPhone, then edited and uploaded using the smartphone video editing app ‘Splice.’
LENGTH: 100 seconds