A VIDEO POSTCARD
Finding inspiration for an edit can come in many different ways. My first visit
to the beaches of Cleveland Ohio inspired me with its historic looks.
I looked for some old postcards that captured that feel. A “Video Postcard” seemed like the best way to showcase my water footage and skyline views from the beach. You never would expect this kind of beach by a city like Cleveland.
The city park at Edgewater Beach reminded me of South Beach with the Art Deco Architecture and like Southern California with the ethnic neighborhoods. There are all kinds of unique shops and eateries.
All in all it is quite a scene and well worth the visit. I can only imagine how strong the surf could be on a larger swell.
I had the pleasure of working with Sonny Miller and Ira Opper on Surfer Video Magazine. His career was amazing and he made the jump to hollywood and got to work on many major motion pictures.
This segment aired in an episode of Surfer Video Magazine on ESPN. I shot most of the footage and all of the interviews. Frontline Video and Film produced the series from 1987 to 1991.
I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA. This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in pursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge. This 5 Week Program was very rewarding because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.
Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style. We started with the basic elements of riding: Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure. Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.
Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:
I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:
Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson. I specialize in Video Analysis.
Being in the right place at the right time can get you some great subject material. I used to hitch-hike back and forth between Chapel Hill NC and Kill Devil Hills NC during my college years. One time a guy in an old rusty cadillac picked me up. His license plate said “Jack and the” Turned out to be none other than the musician featured in this video; “Michael Kelsh”. We struck up a conversation about who we were and what we did. When it came time for a senior project for school I rang him up and we scheduled the shoot. Fellow students LeeAnn Woodard and Jim Kinney contributed to the production. Michael was playing for Southern Culture on the Skids at the time and he invited some of them to appear in the video. It was fun setting up different scenes all over the area. When we revealed it in class it became an instant hit.
I shot this video in the fall of 1987 after acquiring my first professional video camera. The video was edited with Jody and Mike from Atlantic Video Production of Virginia Beach. This was during the early days of MTV and an up and coming band from Virginia Beach had just released their first MTV Video. We used a strobe effect on the low-light footage and mixed in a variety of handheld POV Cut-Away Shots. The music was recorded from a live feed from their audio mixer.