I work for Prairie Public as an Editor/Producer/Videographer. As an artist with a degree in Computer Science, I’m a swiss-army knife for creative problem solving. I’m equally passionate about my work as an artist and as a technical person, and love learning new things every day.
I started a series of web tutorials on video production. The idea is to catalogue small but helpful things I’ve learned that make life easier on set or in the field. It’s often the little things (labeling, organization) that save you lots time and frustration. I’ll be adding more videos to this playlist in the coming week.
I recently did a 4-part commercial video series for Riverview Family Dental. Derek and the whole team were a fun bunch to work with, and I loved watching them interact with clients. When the videos go live on Riverview’s new website, I’ll embed them here.
I produced, animated, shot (with Andy Garske) this teaser for our upcoming season of Prairie Musicians.
I sewed my first quilt recently, based on a design I made using custom Processing software. After experimenting with severalt rules to limit color and other parameters, I ran the software and saved several of my favorite designs. This one was my favorite, so I actually bought the fabric and made it over the course of a few weeks. To me, this project was a meditation on different ways to approach creative process. Using generative design allowed me to approach the design process by creating options and choosing from them, rather than starting from a blank page.
Monday March 14th
I’ll be on Prairie Public’s radio show Main Street talking about the creation of my film Bill Brunton: Guitar Maker which was an official selection to the Documentary Feature category. Duluth filmmaker Mike Scholtz will also be on the show talking about his film “Lost Conquest,” a “deconstructionist documentary about why we believe the things we believe.”
Thursday, March 17th
The documentary Bill Brunton: Guitar Maker which I produced, edited, and shot is an official selection and will screen this Thursday, March 18 at 11am on the main screen. It’s a poetic, endearing look at a guitar builder’s process and philosophy.
Friday, March 18th
On Friday, I’ll be on a lunch panel talking entitled “Filmmaking in North Dakota & Minnesota: Roadblocks and Solutions.” That discussion starts at noon at Proof Artisan Distillers in Downtown Fargo.
Later that night, my film CLEMENTINE will screen at the 2 Minute Movie Contest.
One of my favorite things about living with Bree is seeing her illustrations come to life. Inspiration comes to her from many sources: fashion photography, floral arrangements, and color pallates in nature and I’m constantly in awe of her ability to combine all those inspirations into one beautiful illustration.
My vision for this video was for this to be a punchy, fast-paced look at her process for watercolor. I rearranged our entire apartment and bought a new table from the antique store for a set. Everything was filmed in V-Log color space and 96fps which gave me more latitude for color and editing. My friend Cameron graciously provided a killer electronic music track which was a blast to edit with.
I’m pleased to announce that my feature documentary Bill Brunton: Guitar Maker is an Official Selection for the 2016 Fargo Film Fest (March 15-19).
A pile of wood learns to sing. This is a feature documentary I shot, produced, and edited independently about anthropologist-turned-luthier Bill Brunton. Enjoy the whole thing for free right here.
This is my design for The Arts Partnership’s Fargo Flag contest. The top 15 designs will be which will be presented to the City Commission for possible adoption as our official city flag. Voting is open until Sept 23rd at 5pm.
Having a city flag is important for several reasons, but most importantly a well-designed flag can become a graphic that unites us as a community. My design was inspired by our agriculture (wheat symbol), tech-industry (the wheat symbol has bold, modern lines), and cold winters (blue for the glacier that once covered Fargo, and lighter blue for the snow and ice every winter).
This contest was inspired by Roman Mars’ talk: “Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed.” Hilariously, my hometown of Bismarck makes an appearance in his talk as one of the worst examples of flag design. One of Roman’s most interesting points is that the basic guidelines of flag design apply to almost any kind of design. Those guidelines, as defined by the North American Vexillological Association, are:
1. Keep it Simple The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
2. Use Meaningful Symbolism The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
4. No Lettering or Seals Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
5. Be Distinctive or Be Related Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.