In the midst of this crazy pandemic year of 2020, I decided to purchase a drone. At first, I was going to go with the Mavic Mini, but decided to go with the Mavic Air 2 – because, why not? Anyhow, after getting my drone pilot licnese, I have been having fun going to different locations around Toronto and Southern Ontario and flying. I tell people that I am a Pilot. If they ask for specifics, I just change the conversation.
I was involved with this Documentary as a Producer and Director, and it tells the story (and struggles) of Noreen – as she has grown up dealing with trying to find comfort with her skin complexion. Shadeism or Colorism, is the struggle that many black people have to deal with during their lives as self-esteem and self-worth is sometimes tied to how dark or light one is. Yes, writing that last sentence out sounds crazy, but many people – from children to grown adults still place a value on their self-esteem and self-worth based on their complexion.
This documentary started off with an idea from Noreen as she called me one Fall Day in 2019 and explained what she wanted to do. At first, I thought this would be a small little project that I can assist with – I was semi-interested, as I had other projects on the go, so I told her ‘why not’. Several months later, multiple shoots across Toronto and New York City, a pandemic, several rounds of editing, and finally in September 2020, this 38 minute documentary was finished that hopefully can shed some insight into the important issue of colorism in the black community.
Since there will most likely not be much football this year, I decided to take a project on of merging NFL endzone celebrations w/ a Video Motion Graphics technique called ‘Scribble’. I now have much respect for video animators; a seemingly short animated sequence takes a long time.
All video footage is copyright to the NFL and its media partners.
Short Film Synopsis:
We are all products of our past relationships; the relationship baggage we carry is sometimes too much for our current partners. A couple finds out that they are still carrying a lot of their past and have to make a decision that will bring happiness – to everyone involved
When you can’t use the source footage for whatever reason, but you still think what you spent hours/days on needs to be seen – voila, use a cartoon effect and savage some of your soul. The trials and tribulations of video production Music: Goose Goddi Productions Editing: Me (c) 2017
Sometimes you have to show a potential client the vision before they agree to pay you – however, in this case, though I think I was able to edit and splice together some visually engaging clips, it still didn’t lead to new business. C’est la vie.