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