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Tractors, Bullfrogs and Video

September 28, 2012

Designing with Circles – a Video for the first in our Online Sketchbook Series

There was a lot of preparation for making videos at our center in La Conner, Wa. before the actual event happened.  We use a very large room on the 3rd floor of the barn and have adapted it for the purpose.  The ceilings are very high and majestic but the sound reverberated like it was straight out of an echo chamber.  Nancy and Craig our video experts from Sleepy Dog Media gave us good advice.  Acoustic tiles were hung on the ceiling boards and many many moving blankets and quilts were hung on all of the walls.  Extra layering of acoustic boards and blankets were hung over the windows and doors.  The last time we did a video in this room, we had to stop filming a number of times because of road and field traffic.  Not to forget the bullfrog that is in the slough beside the place.  Sabrina and I spent a couple of days choosing, preparing and pinning inspirational pictures that would be behind me in the video.  We wrote the scripts in advance and had all of the demonstrations ready to go.  It was difficult to believe that  Craig loaded all this equipment into such a small vehicle but I was told that he worked out every square inch on the computer first.  When Craig and Nancy set up their equipment including 3 cameras, a crane and playback monitors, we learned another lesson. This time it was about how some very small patterns make  the video camera wild and how the sheen of most paper glares in the camera. We quickly disassembled parts of the wall behind me.  Now we were finally ready to spend the rest of the day making videos. 12 or 13 in all.   We are aiming for a late fall  release of our first online Sketchbook course: Designing with Circles.  Gail

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    September 28, 2012 6:55 pm

    Wish I could have been there! Penny

  2. Lexa permalink
    September 29, 2012 1:52 am

    It is hard for people to realize the amount of work and prep that goes into making an online class! Great going.

  3. Karen N permalink
    September 29, 2012 3:27 pm

    As you continue to prepare your courses, hopefully it will become easier and easier. I just know that the on-line opportunity will be so awesome for those who cannot travel. I would add to everyone though, it is certainly worth the time and effort of travel to take the classes in person! I can vouch for that. Thanks for giving everyone different avenues through which to pursue your great classes!

  4. September 29, 2012 4:50 pm

    Thanks for your comments ladies. It is a wonderful challenge and very exciting to work on the online as well as have classes coming to the studio. I have today and tomorrow to work on Circles – getting slide presentations together now. I have only distracted myself once by cleaning out fridges and walking. Gail

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