A Love Letter to Baltimore: A Foreword

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.”     

Ever since I returned to Baltimore for a sixth semester at school I’ve wanted to create a piece that shows off the true gems of the city. The softer side of The Wire.

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. 

Making Moves…

I’m really excited to announce Take2Films next project. This summer I’ll be working with {r}evolution Apparel on their west coast summer tour. I’ll be shooting a wide range of video for {r}evolution, from interview to documentary. Needless to say I’m extremely excited about the project in general, if not just for the fact I’ll be spending my summer traveling up and down the west coast. I can’t wait to share the experience with all of you and make some really great video along the way. 

Make sure you check out www.revolutionapparel.me  for information about the company, they’re doing some really great things over there. 

On the first episode of Tour Baltimore we head downtown to Fells Point and explore a small music store; Own Guru (ownguru.com). The owner, Alan, tells about his experiences starting and managing the store, as well sharing his love of music and the vinyl record. Special thanks to Own Guru for letting us film. Credits: Creator/Editor/Producer- Steve Celano (take2films.com) Production Crew- Steve Celano, David Gerz, Gabe Carter A GreyComm Studios Production 2012 greycomm.tv Music: “The Beach! The Beach!” by Holy Coast (myspace.com/geminicricketband) “Holy Coast” by Holy Coast (myspace.com/geminicricketband)

A New Site

While I love working with all things related to “cinema” (I’m being a little too generous with that term) my interest stretch well beyond dealing simply with camera and film technologies. I love having my site hosted on tumblr but I’ve always wanted to design and host it entirely on my own, whilst having tumblr remain as my blogging platform. This month I made a quick draft of what the site will look like with some filler pages for additional content. It’s currently hosted on my university’s server so that’s why the url is a little unruly.


Documentary Update #6: The Release

Well, it has been a long time coming but at midnight on December 14th I released the final cut of Wait for the Drop. As of now (8:40pm) the film has over 500 hits on Vimeo. That’s an unreal number for me considering many of my videos don’t reach 60 in the first week and seem to peak around 400 after a year. So that might put how crazy this is in perspective. 

The response to the documentary has been fantastic, and I would like to thank everyone who linked the video on there pages (there is no higher compliment). It’s nice to get wrapped up in the praise and the view count but any video always seems like a work in progress. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I set out to make the documentary but I couldn’t be happier with result. My goal is and will always be to tell good stories and go beyond simply “looking nice.” There’s definitely work to be done in process of storytelling and really constructing a strong narrative but time should effectively take care of that. Until then I’ll take some time to soak this one in but I’m sure in a few days I’ll be ready for the next project.

…I wonder what it will be. 

Documentary Update 4: Post Production

Documentary Update 4: Post Production

It has been a long three months to get to this point in the documentary process, but this week I began my favorite part of film making; editing. The beauty in this process is rediscovering shots from back in September and October and bringing them together to construct the narrative. To me, there is a great beauty in unfolding the vision I have in my head onto a blank timeline. A shot that works beautifully in my mind ends up looking terrible on the board but mistakes are going to be made. However, these missteps illustrate that decisions are being made and therefore progress is being made. I’m happy to have almost half of the film complete at this point and (bias ahead) I like what I see.

Post-production is also a great chance to begin thinking about the next film (although I have no idea what that is at the moment). Would I do things differently if I could shoot again? Yes. I have gained a great appreciation for the genre having spent so much of time engrossed in it. But, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself; there is still a lot of work to be done. Fortunately, that is where the excitement lives.

Documentary Update 3: Traveling (Late Post)

Today (11/17/11) marks the final day of filming the DJ Vibe Lime documentary. With all of about four hours of sleep at my disposal; Evan (Vibe Lime), myself and four other guys set out for South Carolina at 5am this morning to film one final show. The timing of this show was a bit problematic given that it is scheduled for Thursday night and we both have classes. However, there are just some things I couldn’t miss out on; this is definitely one of them. I’m confident that I already have enough footage to complete the film but one more big event could never hurt, and I would argue a 10 hour road trip is a pretty significant event.