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Behind the Scenes at Barn House – Videos for Online Color Studies Course

November 17, 2011

Changing lightbulbs becomes a big deal at the Barn. Four skylights need to be covered because of unwanted sunshine. At the sound of an impending storm we are becoming paranoid about what rain will sound like on the skylights.

We have been busy making videos for our upcoming Level 1 Color Studies Online class.  Don has been changing the third floor loft into a Recording Studio.  Who would think that every rooster’s crow, tractor or big truck noise would send us into a tizzy.  We thought that the airplane noise from Oak Harbor would be the last of the big noises.  Double layers of soundboard were made to insert into every window and door opening to help mask even the smallest sneeze from other areas.

Craig and Nancy of Sleepy Dog Media arrive with bags and bags of recording equipment. The downside of recording in the loft is that all this equipment has to be carried up 34 steep steps. The upside of working in the loft is that Craig can erect a massive crane to hold one of the three cameras. Here is the base in position.

The structure gets put into place and Craig is placing a camera at the end.

The crane rises into the high ceiling. There is an order to all of the different placements. We are in awe of their skills and organization.

Tripods and the crane create a beautiful rhythmical presence in the room.

Nancy is testing out the position of the cameras and the microphone.

Try to look natural, but don't forget your lines or your position. I am trying.

A new wall was built by Don just to show artwork on. It has developed a crack and Sabrina is filling it with compound while I am getting prepared.

Okay what is showing up in the monitor? Sabrina helps me get the next demonstration ready. We do 11 separate videos on one day.

Clapperboards were used for Take 1, 2 etc. We learnt that the noise helps to synchronize cameras. Of course, it's more complex than that but that's one aspect I don't have to understand as Craig does all the editing etc..

What a wonderful lot of equipment with 2 talented people working magic with us to create our demos and stories. We also have Penny and Bobbi helping us with clean up between demos and continuity of the demos.. There are 31 videos for this course. Have a look at our website for more information about Level 1 Art and Design- Color Studies. Unit 1 begins nov. 29th . Follow the link below for a further look at the course. Hope you can join us on the other side of the camera. Gail

About Level 1 Color Studies Unit 1 


11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2011 4:03 am

    Gail, you are amazing! You certainly know how to keep up with the times.
    I hope you are rewarded with lots of students lining up to sign on!
    Best wishes Anni

    • November 17, 2011 6:20 pm

      Thanks for keeping in touch. The best way I know to stay with the times or ahead of the times is not to worry about fads and fancies of the moment but approach my work in and out of the classroom in an imaginative expressive personal way, no different from any other art form. Gail

  2. Regina Westmoreland permalink
    November 17, 2011 4:09 am

    This all looks so exciting! I am looking forward to the class starting! Regina

  3. Lexa permalink
    November 17, 2011 5:08 am

    Who would believe all the work and equipement! Gail, you and Don really are amazing at how you just move along like this is everyday happening. This deserves to be a wild success. Lexa

  4. November 17, 2011 5:23 am

    What FUN! Well, maybe when it is all done as I am sure there are moments that test your sanity.

  5. Marilynn Olson permalink
    November 17, 2011 4:57 pm

    Gail, I love that you are documenting the preparation for the video. Not only is it interesting to view but it provides a clear understanding of the complexities of just this one aspect of the process of doing on-line class videos. I can only imagine the phenomenal amount of work that has already gone into putting together this massive project you and Don have undertaken, once the decision was made to create on-line classes. Congratulations on the beginning of yet another journey to bring creative inspiration to very appreciative students…wherever they live!

  6. Pauline Oakey. permalink
    November 21, 2011 11:08 pm

    Wow! Amazingly wonderful. Much more complex than one would have thought. Gail, you seem to take it all in your stride. Very impressive. Hope loads of students are signing up.

  7. Betty permalink
    November 22, 2011 12:50 am

    How interesting to see what you have done to get ready for the class.I am looking forward to it starting.

    • November 22, 2011 12:58 am

      Betty, Glad you are having a look at the blogs. I know you have been patiently waiting a while for this course. It is keeping us busy over Thanksgiving. Gail

  8. Ann Rogers permalink
    November 22, 2011 6:50 pm

    31 videos! I think I’d like to take the course again! So much work that you have all put into it. I think you are all relatives of the Energizer Bunny – you just keep going and going. I wish all the students a happy, creative time in colour, you’ll just love it.

  9. Sheila Asdal permalink
    November 22, 2011 8:06 pm

    Gail, you are an amazing teacher & an inspiration for us. The documentation of some of the prep work (only the tip of the iceberg) is wonderful to see. Thank you for posting it.
    I would love to take the course, but it has to wait until I finish the other two!!!
    Wishing you & Don much success with this.

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