Freestyle Video at KACA

We were super fortunate to get to teach our Freestyle Video class this year at the Kansas Artist Craftsman Association conference this year. The 2016 KACA conference was held at Heston College in Newton Kansas. The small campus wreathed in autumn leaves was an ideal setting for the weekend.

The workshop is a one day project in which we planned, shot and edited  a video by student participants and ourselves. To accommodate this abbreviated production schedule Gabe and I came in to the weekend with both a concept and a song for the video being produced. The song, called  Steppin, builds on a simple beat that moves the action of the video, movement then became the focus of the project. Gabe wrote the song on his iPhone using the Garage Band app. The song was originally 250 bars but with only 142 used. He used 18 different digital instruments and his crafty thumbs to create the song.

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The first half of the session focused on storyboarding and capturing video. Walking in the context of the campus and conference was to unite with the beat of the music to create the content. With Gabe blasting the song from the back of the car, we walked in groups and singles with cell phones used as primary tools to offer what would be the foundation footage for the project. People then went through campus and the conference to add to this base. The clips, shot in 30 to 45 second blocks so they could be emailed into a single account would make sharing that data possible, so that footage could be shared.

We had a long lunch break which we used to prepare for editing. The day was in two blocks and participants were not required to do both to participate so we lost a few from the morning but gained more for the afternoon. the great challenge here was to help each person with the tools they either already had or would have access to in the future. With patience and tutorials from YouTube we were able help everyone to transfer the files and to use all the footage captured.

Drawing clips from the email account where they were stored, each artist edited their own version of the project using iMovie. Again there was a range of experience in each participant. For some it was their first time turning on a Mac and for others it was more a matter of small assistance with app details. Once all the videos were complete they were uploaded to a drop box so Gabe could use pieces from their videos for a final edit of all the material into our version of the project.

Our goal for the workshop was to help facilitate participants ability to make and  video using the tools at hand and to demystify the process of digital art. We are thrilled with some of the results. thanks to all the students who participated in the project.

Here then is our video and those of some of the participants.

Maddie Stutzman

Janet Lewis