For the Love of Video

In the Ordinary (30 Days of Film) from Barbara Kowalski on Vimeo.

You may have noticed that I made a few declarations of love for videography in the last month on Facebook and Twitter. This is because I was working on a project in February called 30 Days of Film.

The project was launched by Australian glamour photographer (and my bff who doesn’t know it yet) Sue Bryce and Australian videographer Hailey Bartholomew from the awesome You Can’t Be Serious in their awesome workshop on Creative Live “Promoting Your Studio with Video Showreels”. Awesomeness all around!

The goal was to find one thing a day you are grateful for and film it. In the process, you were to develop your videography skills and even come out of it with a portfolio if you wanted to incorporate video in your business.

I started on February 1st and that day I googled “how to use video on a Canon 5D Mark II”. Yeah, I didn’t even know which BUTTON to press for video. (FYI: You have to go to the live view mode and then “set” acts as a record button.) Throughout the 30 days, I became obsessed. I developed a pattern of burning food because I would be waiting for something to cook and think “this is a great time to film!” and then I would get so involved in getting a perfect shot that I would end up scraping charred food off pots. After the 28 days of February and 2 days of March that I filmed, I ended up with shots of sunlight, school work, my bed, snow, food, and above all, hilarious moments with friends and family. Gratitude is something you develop an eye for, meaning the more you seek it the more you see it. I never knew how much I was grateful for until I had to consciously think about it, and then I couldn’t keep up.

The project also helped me learn a heck of a lot about videography: the different challenges it presents to photography, thinking creatively about angles and the art of creating a flow to the final edit. It requires a whole other eye than photography, to the point where my brain would get confused when I had to switch from video to photography quickly. But all in all, it was an excellent challenge and I am so happy to present to you my submission to the contest called “In the Ordinary”. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

SPECIAL THANK YOU! To all my friends and family who tolerated a camera in their face on every meal and event we had in February. Muah!!

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  1. rantoniomg
    March 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    I hope your video wins!

  2. Chandra
    March 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    Amazing!! Well done editing music choice! Will definitely be needing you to do some videos for us in the future :)

  3. March 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    Amazing job!! LOVED it! I want to play now!!

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