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INTERVIEW – JUDY MCCREERY

Judy McCreery

Coming from an art museum background before jumping into the video production world, I understand the limitations of non-profit organizations. For many cases, non-profits rely on volunteers, donations, and a hard-working staff. My heart goes out to these types of organizations, and when I feel like I can lend a helping hand, I do. Off and on now for almost a year, I have been lending my services to the Garner Chamber of Commerce. It’s been everything from graphic design, to video production, to sound design, etc.

Recently, I received a request from the Garner Chamber of Commerce to lend that helping hand for a video interview with Judy McCreery, the mother of the most recent American Idol, Scotty McCreery. The deadline was tight to say the least, but I knew that if I worked together with the chamber we could produce a solid video in a short amount of time. Another catch was the fact that I could not be there for the filming of the interview because it was to take place in Kansas City, not Garner, NC due to the busy touring schedule.

So, needless to say, I could not use my own camera, or have physical control over how the interview was shot. Luckily, I was able to work with the chamber and explain how I thought the interview should be recorded. They had two FlipHD cameras, tripods, and even a couple of H4n Zoom audio recording devices. I drew diagrams on camera placement and cropping in order to get the preferred shots and when I received the footage & audio to edit, I was pleasantly surprised everything worked out great!

I had roughly one week to put together a nice product complete with motion graphics for Garner’s Connect & Plug in the Future Conference. So basically my nights and that one weekend in between were quite busy. I was able to complete a condensed version for the debut at the conference and you can view that below.


An extended (full) version is also now available on the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s Youtube Channel.

Also, for any of you editors out there, you may know that Final Cut hates FlipHD footage. I found a fantastic Compressor droplet that will transcode this footage for editing inside of Final Cut. Thank you Creative Cow Forums 🙂

Flip to ProRes – Compressor Droplet

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NAB SHOW 2011

NAB Banner

This was my company’s third year in a row getting to visit the NAB Show in Las Vegas (though my first time), and we saw an ample amount of impressive technology in the multimedia production field. The convention is overwhelming to say the least, housing booths for industry leaders like Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, Dolby, Adobe, Red, Autodesk, etc. and 30,000 people from all over the world visiting for demos, speakers, and insights on new technology.

PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT

The show floor was filled with cameras, stabilizers, lighting rigs, jibs, etc. to view and try out. Some of the larger “booths” including Sony, Canon, JVC, etc. had set up stages, lighting, and even models for show attendees to demo cameras & equipment on. It’s really nice to be able to try out this equipment on real sets to get an idea of exactly how it would work for your own business’ productions. There were many different booths featuring tripods, sliders, and various other camera stabilizers including Wilmington, NC’s Innocinema where we were able to demo a new Action Products stabilizer. Also, we were able to catch most of a Vincent Laforet Q & A.

Vincent Laforet

And we even got to see Kevin Smith discussing his new movie Red State.

Kevin Smith

Visiting the audio production booths, we were able to see all sorts of equipment like sound booths, microphones, headphones, stock music companies etc. To name a few, we visited Shure, Omni Music, and Whisper Room and were able to walk in isolation booths and listen to audio production samples.

Car Playing Record

Microphones

POST-PRODUCTION

Autodesk

The post-production section of the show featured demos, speakers, plug-ins, etc. We were able to visit Adobe, Autodesk, Maxon, Red Giant, RE: Vision Effects and many more. Most of these booths had speakers demoing the products and/or teaching different techniques. We spent time listening in on some lectures/demos with Richard Harrington at Adobe in which he showed off some After Effects & Premiere techniques.
Richard Harrington
We also listened in on a very in-depth creative process/Cinema 4D demo with Rob Garrott. Rob was incredibly thorough in his presentation and it was really nice to get that sort of creative/professional insight, learning about his process and seeing the project basically from start to finish. Also, the announcement of Final Cut Pro X was huge news around the NAB Show. Go here for some nice details and even video of the presentation, it will be available in June 2011.

*Also, with the tiny bit of down time that was available, I was able to visit the Hoover Dam! Below you can view an image I created using 14 pictures taken on my Canon Rebel T2i with a 50mm Lens.

The Hoover Dam

And some mountains around the Hoover Dam.

Hoover Mountains


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Artsee Magazine: Promo Video

Greetings all,

Just wanted to share with everyone this really neat magazine that I got to do a project for this summer. NC Artsee Magazine is a bi-monthly publication for artists, art patrons, and art lovers. They cover art events, museums, etc. all around North Carolina.

My company was contacted to produce some video work for Artsee, and I got to head up the promotional video. We got to do another video for their website that was an interview with the Director of Visual Art Exchange here in Raleigh, NC. They plan to have other video coverage of the NC art scene online in the future.

This promo video was a fun and exciting project. They wanted a “minimal” design to go with their magazine/website and the general modern museum look. I used Apple’s Motion & Final Cut Pro to achieve the end result. I absolutely love to use motion graphics, and don’t feel like I get the chance often enough, so this project was very rewarding for myself & the client.

I strongly suggest checking out this creative & informative magazine when you get the chance. You can view the magazine on their website for free, or pick up a copy at any of the distribution points around North Carolina.

NC Artsee Magazine

And below is a link to the promotional video I created for Artsee.

Artsee Magazine Promo from Bradley Pearce on Vimeo.

Artsee Promo


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STUDIO MUSIC FOR ARTISTS: JAM OUT TO GROOVE TOWN

Hello All,

I am happy to announce that my new album “The Road to Groove Town” is now up and available at CD Baby.com for digital download. In the near future it will also be available on amazon.com, iTunes, and the like. It was a wonderful experience getting to record this album. I mainly used guitar, bass, piano, and some drum loops as well as midi controlled drums. The album as a whole has a “jazzy/groovy” theme, with some mellow tunes as well. This is the third album I have had the pleasure of composing for the Studio Music For Artists series here at Burning Oak Studios. I look forward to making at least one more album that may incorporate my banjo and (newly acquired) dulcimer :). So keep your ears open and listen to the jams.

Groove Town CD Promo from Bradley Pearce on Vimeo.

Peace & Chicken Grease

Groovetown