Wrestling with light at a youth baseball game. Sunglasses mandatory.
A champion hurdler wrapped in late afternoon sun.
The image was shot backlit and underexposed, with further enhancements in the digital darkroom.
An aspiring actress in town was looking for some new head shots for an upcoming round of auditions. We had a good time searching for the right look that hopefully will help in landing the next big role. Break a leg, Sarah Franzel!
When the kids’ locker mechanism jammed and we couldn’t pry open the door, it was time to resort to a little constructive destruction. Out came the rotary tool for a surgical incision in the back of the door, just big enough for a hockey stick to poke through and lift the latch.
As I was watching the sparks fly, I wondered what it would look like at 60 frames per second.
Incidentally, every man should own a Dremel.
Acting on a ‘wow’ moment
Too often I see spectacular light bathing a subject and think to myself, “I really ought to shoot that sometime.” It happened again this morning, but this time I managed to push past the procrastination.
Our 48-Hour Epic
We recently fielded a team in the Make a Movie Weekend at the North Wayne Schoolhouse, our local version of the 48-hour film festival. It was a lot of fun to stretch the imagination, the equipment, and the clock.
MAINE AUTHOR TAPS LOCAL TALENT TO CREATE BOOK TRAILER
WAYNE, Maine—Local author Betsy Connor Bowen has recently released an online video book trailer to promote her award-winning novella, Spring Bear. The book recounts the tale of a troubled teenage girl in the fictional town of Soper’s Mills, Maine. It received a Maine Literary Award and an Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing.
The 2-½ minute, dramatic short film was shot in and around Wayne, and features local, amateur actors delivering lines from the book, weaving both video and stark, still images. It can be viewed through the Facebook page for Spring Bear, as well as Bowen’s website, www.betsyconnorbowen.com
“Given the tone of the book, we decided to shoot the film in black and white, on cloudy, wet days,” Bowen said. “The end result perfectly conveys the dreary, desperate feel I envisioned for these characters in conflict.”
New site launched
Welcome to the new web site of Dean Gyorgy Media Arts. I hope you spend some time with the various photography and video work that keeps me occupied, and consider how my approach might benefit you or your business.
As you can see from the images and categories, my interests fall across a wide spectrum, from business video brochures to personal journalism, and most recently, with the release of the Spring Bear trailer, dramatic productions. In short, I enjoy using modern technological tools in the ancient art of story telling: weaving audio, video and still-image capture to convey an idea or share an emotion.
By way of background (or review, if you’ve visited before), I’m a mid-career professional who said no to one more corporate relocation, one more step on a journey over which I had seemingly little control, and chose to move back home to small-town Maine in search of balance, community and more creative outlets. I spent a year earning a Professional Certificate in Photography from Maine Media College, and launched this business about a year ago.
There are those who wail about the death of photography in this digital age, and question my new career choice. Indeed, the inverse equation of quality gear vs. affordable price continues to tumble along at a dizzying pace. Recently, tech company Lytro announced cameras that can be focused after the picture is taken. (One business article announcing the innovation began, “Focusing has always been a problem with photographers…” Ugh.) Technology is available to everyone.
But megapixels alone do not make for penetrating images, much less a string of them accompanied by the right choices in pacing, interview dialog and music. Home Depot sells lots of hammers and chisels to weekend handymen who can’t build fine furniture. There is still a place for craft. In fact, I believe there has never been a more exciting time to venture into the media arts. The proliferation of mobile devices, independent publishers and interactive media content allows both storytellers and subjects greater access to their audience (or customer base) than ever before.
If you are a business owner, I’m sure you have a web site. But are you really saying what you want to say? Let’s tell your story or convey your passion through a web video. Make an emotional connection with your customers. If you are an independent author, let’s make a promotional trailer. If you have a boxful of snapshots or old home movies, let’s pull them all together before that big anniversary party coming up.
As for this new site, I hope it better reflects the nature of my business than did the old one. The first site served me well at the time, but was too reminiscent of a student review portfolio (which, in fact, it was). The time was right to move forward. But while I intend to make the new site a bit more “professional,” you’ll still find pieces of me sprinkled throughout the posts. The story behind the story. Or at least my perception of it. I can’t separate that from the work. And really, isn’t it an emotional flair or point of view that my clients are looking for?
Unfortunately, none of the comments from the old site were migrated over. So if you took the time to post a personal message before, I thank you, and invite you to stay in touch. Comments really are appreciated.
Take a moment to consider how I can help advance your cause or increase your business. And, as always, if you come across an interesting tale that just needs to be told, please drop me a note.