Dr. Reginald Watts delivering his opening keynote performance
Miwa Matreyek performs "Myth and Infrastructure"
Image from a session called "99 Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know" by Daniels
Awesome weekend! This weekend was the Vimeo Festival & Awards in NYC. My head is full of new inspiration and my heart is racing from all the exciting panels, sessions and craziness.
I liked how small and focused the Vimeo fest was compared to other events I’ve been to in the past, like SXSW. No matter what session I landed in on Friday & Saturday, there turned out to be really great tips & advice for a wide variety of topics. Plus I also enjoyed meeting so many awesome people along the way. Such an inspiring group of folks attended. I hope Vimeo decides to post more content from the workshops because there was so much great knowledge to pass around and a lot of sessions overlapped which made it impossible to go to everything. I assume if they do post, it will end up here on their vimeo festival page. Theres already a lot of great content up there so check it out.
One of my favorite discussions was with the company Stillmotion. Their session was about proactive versus reactive storytelling.
The first thing they asked us when we walked in the room was – How many of you noticed the sound of the air conditioner hum? The direction that the light was going in? The color of the light? How did you feel when you walked into the room? A lot of their advice was about awareness and sculpting stories through being present, not just creating what is expected. Being present allows you to pick up on the minor details often overlooked which enable you to really describe a situation and truly portray the feeling that goes along with it.
Another session that I really enjoyed was on stop motion animation. It was taught by two truly awesome and very talented folks, Sean Pecknold and Kirsten Lepore. And it was one of the only hands-on workshops. We were broken down into small groups that were assigned various materials (paper, feathers, candy, or clay) and made 3 second stop motion videos using Dragonframe software. My latest project coming up deals directly with using stop motion so this was the right class for me to take at the right time. I just purchased Dragonframe and will begin some tests with it this week!
And of course, it was just as entertaining checking out the Daniels (a duo of two creative dudes named Daniel). These guys were great and did an awesome job of getting the audience to loosen up, play, come up with crazy spontaneous ideas, and even staged a slow motion foam sword battle. Their session “99 Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know” began with them saying, “There are no secrets in film making” and “You are here because your ideas want to have sex with our ideas!”
Without going through my whole notebook of scribbles and transcribing them here, I want to point out just a few of the things I loved about the weekend.
Miwa Matreyek’s “Myth and Infrastructure” performance piece using front & rear projection and her own shadows to craft a visual story.
Sweatshoppe’s video grafitti painting across Europe.
One of the overall Vimeo winners of the festival, a video called Symmetry.
And of course, Reggie Watts opening the whole festival with his keynote on the beginning of the end, and the end of the beginning.
Great to meet all of you who I randomly met over the course of the last few days, as well as getting to hang out with a few of you who I hadn’t seen in awhile.
Please feel free to keep in touch!