Here’s looking at you
‘Off into Space’ - 1966 book cover design.
(Source: pinterest.com, via itsfullofstars)
Last week I traveled to Las Vegas to attend NAB. Besides getting to walk the show floor and get my hands on every piece of camera equipment known to man; I was able to attend several sessions with After Effects professionals. It was a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and really inspired me to experiment more in After Effects.
This animation is my first since NAB and one of the most complex I’ve made to date. More to come soon.
You can handle just about anything that comes at you out on the road with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey. — Bill Murray (via bookofbourbon)
A Letter to Baltimore is my tribute to the city I’ve called home for nearly four years. Inspired by the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, I wanted to make a piece that showed the charming side of Baltimore. Enjoy.
Woody Allen’s Manhattan opens with a stunning tribute to New York City; a simple, clean, black and white look at the city accompanied by the alluring music of George Gershwin. A definitive classic. The sequence is the Allen’s love letter to the city that raised and inspired him. As Scorsese was showing audiences the Mean Streets of the New York, Allen brought us a much more auspicious, idealistic view of the city. The softer side of the “Big Apple.”
Last semester I took an American Art History course that focused on the development and architectural language of four major cities: Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Baltimore. The last of which I am currently taking refuge in. While the course did more harm than good to my GPA, I would be remiss if failed to acknowledge - despite my best efforts - that the course increased my appreciation and affection for “Charm City.”
With my first episode of Tour Baltimore I hope to capture Baltimore with the elegance with which Allen captured New York. A simple black and white look at the city that has been so generous to me in the past three years.
A few weeks ago my close friends Gina and Dave came down to Baltimore to record this cover of White Christmas.
Lead Vocals: Gina Malfa
Audio mixing/ Guitar playing by: David Gerz
Shot/Edited by: Steve Celano
As the first half of my Junior year reaches a rather uneventful demise, I decided it would be a great time to sit down and take stock of what Take2 and myself have been doing for the past four months.
Over the Summer I had a very unique opportunity to travel the country and hone my “filmmaking abilities” (if there even is such a thing). For 2 months I was truly practicing what I preached; working as one-man-band force of production. From filming to editing to animating; pre to post-production, the responsibility of many fell solely on my shoulders. The biggest take away: it is possible to handle it all, to a limited extent. Armed with this affirmation, I decided I would use the first semester to spread the good news to my co-workers at GreyComm Studios; my university’s student production company which I am the Production Manager of. I was committed to teaching and helping my co-workers and friends become their own one-man/woman-bands, and become indispensable to a potential employer. The commitment to teaching did come at the expense of exploring potential projects of my own, but it was certainly worth it. We have a very talented staff, I look foreword to seeing their work next semester.
In November I traveled with GreyComm Studios to Atlanta, GA for the College Boardcasters conference (CBI). I wrote about the experience in a past post.
Take2 did have a few side projects throughout the year. I reunited with DJ Vibe Lime, twice, to film some very big shows; including his opening set for Wolfgang Gartner. Take2 also produced two animation videos for a process serving company in Baltimore. Finally, I helped film a promotional video for Relay For Life, a great organization dedicated to helping those individuals battling cancer.
For next semester, I’m hoping for a return to form for Take2.