I'm ecstatic to finally announce my first feature in a video collaboration!
At the beginning of October, I received an email from a local pianist, composer, and artist, Brian Hanke about collaborating on a project.
He has been playing piano for 20 years, studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, and became a freelance pianist in Los Angeles for 10 years.
In recent years, he moved back to New England and started sharing his work through social media, such as YouTube, Tumblr, Vimeo, and his personal website.
When he contacted me to be a part of the music video he had planned for the song, "Aria for Strings", I was delighted to help, especially after I had listened to the beautiful composition.
We met up to scout the location and go over the story board, tweaking motions and ideas as we went. The day we had our rehearsal was quite windy, so we had some concerns about how that would play into the video, especially with the slower motions and smooth movements we wanted to aim for (which don't work quite so well when your hair keeps getting stuck on your face, or a sudden gust throws your balance off as you go to take a delicate step).
Luckily, everything worked out in our favor the day of the shoot. Not only was it warmer, there was minimal wind, not too many people (though a few curious kids who managed to stop right in the background of our shots during one particular scene, and a couple who asked if I was having my Senior Photo taken - they were only about 8 years off from the reality of my age...but I appreciated the thought...sort of.), and the tree we were setting up near had begun it's transformation of color for Autumn. The scenery was beautiful.
Even with a few hiccups such as clothing issues (our original wardrobe choice ended up looking nothing like it did on the site we went through, but I was able to pull some stuff from my closet), makeup malfunctions (I've never realized how hard it is to keep your eyes open, but relaxed when the wind is blowing and your mascara starts to get in your eyes...a most unpleasant feeling) and tripod mishaps (sand is not the most stable setting for a tripod), the shooting went smoothly, and it did not take much time at all.
Brian had the video edited in less than a week, and here we are, ready to share with the world!
I am so pleased with how everything turned out, and honored to be a part of this fantastic musician's concept, as well as try something totally different by branching out and modeling in a video versus modeling for a photo!