The Melbourne Chamber Music Society has been described as a jewel. It brings top-notch performers from around the world to Brevard County, Florida, including the Juilliard String Quartet on Dec. 2. I had the opportunity to do a video profile of this group, which offers world-class music with a small-town atmosphere.
I’ve been busy shooting and editing videos and photos, and writing articles, too. So I need a break, and so do you. Here it is: an adorable video in which a GoPro camera was cleverly used to film a dog doggedly running and hanging on to a stick (by YouTube user Lorduss1). You might also call it a stick-cam. It’s a hoot. I love watching the pooch’s eyes move. I used my GoPro a lot to shoot video during the Art of Sand festival, both for time lapses (constructed from stills) and as a tractor-cam from the big machines that move the sand.
Did you visit Art of Sand this year? The festival ended today, amid beautiful weather. The sand sculptures will meet their end, soon, making the fest a real moment in time – if you weren’t there, you can’t re-create the experience. But I did capture a lot of it on video, and I’ll be posting at least a couple more videos in the next several days.
In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to scan all the QR codes and want to see the interviews with the sculptors – or videos like the corporate challenge time-lapse, below – you can check them out on the Art of Sand playlist on YouTube.
So this is what I’ve been up to for the past couple of weeks – watching Art of Sand grow out of the green grass of Space Coast Stadium. OK, actually, it’s growing out of piles of sand that were packed into forms on the infield track, and I haven’t just been watching, but filming the process. It’s been an amazing journey – an appropriate word, as the theme is “Travelers.” The sculptors have come back from the massive deluge of last weekend, and their beautiful pieces are ready to see. The festival officially opens Friday, Oct. 14, and extends to Oct. 23. More info at artofsand.org.
This video shows the build, with several time-lapses to give you the flavor of the work. But you’ll have to go to the festival to see all the amazing detail in these sculptures. After watching the masters, I want to make one myself.
My short documentary film “Chasing Reality” will appear in the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, at The Oaks theaters in Melbourne, Florida. It’s about the decidedly non-extreme ordeals storm chasers endure to get a glimpse of that elusive tornado.
You can download this month’s Brevard Live magazine, which contains the festival program, or pick it up at local bars and restaurants. There are lots of highlights, from “A Beautiful Belly” on Friday night and the red carpet reception, to a bevy of Florida, horror and short films. The Florida Filmmakers & More showcase Saturday morning at 10 a.m. will feature my movie and several others. Come out to see it! It’s $10 to get into Saturday morning’s program – as well as films and a filmmakers’ roundtable Saturday afternoon – and $60 for an all-access VIP pass to two days of events, including the Friday reception and Saturday night party. It’s a great deal, and all proceeds go to Unconditional Love Inc., a nonprofit HIV patient care center.