So grateful to all of my clients and collaborators for a fantastic year. I get to do the work I love. I get to live in an amazing place and interact with amazing people. Like the Adirondack Mountains, 2016 had its peaks and valleys, there is no doubt. I thought I'd share some of my favorite events from the year. I'm afraid it might read like a Children's book, as I recount the months, but here goes:
In January and February we were hard at work collecting (some) and editing the material that would become the Oral History Project for SUNY Potsdam. I just learned yesterday that the project earned a Bronze Award for CASE District II CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) the international professional industry association for all things Advancement related. Insiders will know this is a big deal, no one else will care. But hey... I care!
In March and April I was pretty busy with the 200th Birthday video material- again for SUNY Potsdam, releasing The Empress of Ireland, a rock opera of sorts under the name Utility Project, and screening a video piece created in 2015 at the LOKO Festival for the Arts, Cicada Psalm. The links are below.
May and June I was busy with Alcoa, with a piece focused on work, life balance. Something we all can relate to, here's a still of me on site. This is all INTERNAL communication, so it's not available to the public, but trust me, it's compelling. : )
In July and August I got busy with some of Jerod Sommerfeldt's music. I created a video companion for his album of electronic music. This was a fun experiment. I worked on digitally degrading images. Simple things like fan blades, sunlight on a window and then enlarging and enlarging until the image was pixelated and destroyed. They create their own motion when you zoom in far enough. Here's an example. Clearly it's not for everyone, but experiments like these are crucial to keeping me inspired, keeping me aware of some of the more basic -but important- components of the visual world.... texture, color, form, motion.
I was VERY busy in September and October, putting the finishing touches on two Campaign Culmination pieces, screening For the Love of the Mambo at the Roxy Theater and teaching an Audio Production course at SUNY Potsdam. Here are a couple of links to that material. It's always such a pleasure talking to students and alums at Potsdam. Everyone has a story. EVERYONE. And I enjoy hearing them. We also did a few spinoffs, these came out in October I believe. I also did a Safety Video for Arconic (sister company to Alcoa). Again, internal material. It was a fun job, a little different, with shot lists, and scripts, and a voice over. Typically it's a one camera interview setup. The trailer for For the Love of the Mambo is horribly out of date, it contains NONE of the color correction or sound mixing that are present in the final product. Nonetheless you get an idea of the SCOPE of the project.
November and December saw the release of the Potsdam Proud piece shot in October. Busy FALL! This piece just took off, um, literally. Last month's blog has plenty of my gabbin' about it. A LOT of fun. Can't wait to do more like this. LOTS of views, LOTS of shares +/-500 shares on Facebook alone. It made me very happy. I also did a fun little pro bono shoot to help publicize the Potsdam High School French Exchange Program. There's a fun Happy New Year piece coming for SUNY Potsdam but I will wait to share any stills, etc from that until it's up. I got to work with one of my favorite musicians, a young trumpet player named Tyler Nappo (who also plays on Empress of Ireland- and the new album). You'll see - and hear- it soon.
Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for spending a little time with Doyle Dean Video. I couldn't do it without you. Well, I could, but it would be lonely. Thank you for keeping me company.