For this year’s TEDxDirigo Intro Video I decided to try something more artistic and collaborative. Adam Burk suggested that I talk with Rachel Boggia who is a dance instructor at Bates as well as a speaker at this past TEDx event. The TEDx team, Seth Kerns and I met and came up with the concept of slow motion dancing as a loose symbol for this year’s theme of “Villages”. With the amazing help of her students ( credited below ), Justin Moriarty, Mark Hensley, David Turner, and Andrea Nilosek we were able to put this production together. The major hurtle was finding a lighting solution that would work on the stage’s power grid and provide us with the necessary light for high speed camera work. After research and discussion I decided to use a 6K Space Light and 3 2Ks that would fit our small budget.
After the shoot Seth Kearns of Tidal Sound Studio worked with me to craft a custom score for the video. We jammed out for a few nights and came up with a killer sound for the piece. At the same time I worked, literally around the clock, to get this finished in time for the event.
From start to finish, this piece was completed in under 1 month. Great job everyone!
Cinematography and Post: Dean Merrill
Music: Seth Kearns @ Tidal Sound Studios
Choreography: Rachel Boggia
Dancers: Basia Braboy , Bridgette Chandhoke, Zoe Fahy, Michael Feidy, Travis Jones, Anna Lanove , Sheena Malik, Holly McLaughlin , Tsarina Merrin, Rachel Ganteaume Richards, Isaina Ricke , Julianna Toppses, Nicole Toppses
Camera Operators: Mark Hensley, David Turner
AC: Andrea Nilosek
Key Grip: Justin Moriarty
Grip PA: Kayla Bailey Liza Danello , Asaad Miller, Julie Polizzotto, Carole Rosenberg
Special Thanks: Nick Rofe , Bates College , Jayson Lobozzo