While editing at Digital Kitchen, The Webby Awards hired EP Dave Skaff to use DK's talent to design every award category's 'bumper'. Skaff and I chose to create two bumpers, that of 'Documentary: Episode' and 'Documentary: Series'. DP Chris Caiti was hired to film the spots; Skaff produced while I directed. Most of the DK spots were graphic-based, so Dave and I shot live action spots to balance out the bumpers. The idea was that the best gifts are those that a recipient would never buy his or herself; similarly, documentaries are gifts that, ordinarily, one would never discover on his or her own. Skaff and I ran with the idea and shot up in Riverside Park; producer Christos Montzouros hired actress Emily Nelson to be our subject. DK All-Star Rama Allen composed the musical underbed, and compositor Greg Hermann took my cut into After Effects to add titles, as well as a sheen that heightened its ethereal look. This is the first of the two bumpers. You can see more of Dave Skaff, Rama Allen and Greg Hermann's work at d-kitchen.com, and see what is up for this year's Webby Awards at webbyawards.com.
Kendra Morris 'Rounds'
My friend Rakhee Jethwa shot a video I directed for Kendra Morris, a rock & roll soul singer friend of mine. We had zero budget and no time to edit before I was to leave the country, but we went ahead and shot 'Rounds' in Kendra's loft in Bushwick, with one shot in The Library. Dave Dainoff supervised our lighting. Check out Kendra's music at myspace.com/ckendrago. Then see her live! She puts on a great show, whether she's flying solo or playing with her band, Torpedo.