Animation, it aint kid stuff!

Animation is imagination.

Animation is imagination.

Colorful, joyful, vibrant, lively (sort of), all words that come to mind when describing #Animation. Some businesses, both large and small, use this creative element for  short films or commercials/promo videos. Should YOU?

What do you think? Fun? Informative? Memorable? We do!

Animation has been around long before #BugsBunny, #MickeyMouse and #TonyTheTiger hit the scene and was not just for kids either. Let us begin with a major milestone in Animation history, the first (2 that prior date it are considered lost) #Animated feature film, from Germany, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1926) Based on stories from “The Arabian Nights”, the entire film is animated using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cutouts posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.  (imdb.com) Of course we have evolved quite a bit from that and now use computers which saves a lot of time, energy and sanity!

Animation is what we remember our Saturday mornings were filled with. #Cartoons over a bowl of #CerealAndMilk

Cartoons are so beloved by children that it is natural to gravitate towards them even in adulthood as it brings back the warm and fuzzy feelings we once had when we were small. This would explain the popularity of such shows as #SouthPark, #TheSimpsons, #FamilyGuy and #AmericanDad. Animated videos can be enjoyed and absorbed by anyone, regardless of age or even language, as long as the content is clear and relevant.
It offers viewers are break from the norm, a stimulating visual and a memorable one.
Often enough, we can not remember what we ate for breakfast last week, or if we paid our gas bill, but we remember our favorite episode of #TheFlintstones.

Animation is a great addition to any corporate video or commercial. Not sure if it is right for you? ASK US! Its kind of our business!
Now, in the words of #PorkyThePig,

 

 

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Star Spotlight: Andy Griffith

Best known as the friendly neighborhood #Sheriff of #Mayberry, wise father to #Opie and constant foil to the schemes of #ErnestTBass, Andy Griffith had a long, sustaining and versatile career, unmatched to many!

“I’m not just an entertainer. I’m an influence, a wielder of opinion, a force… a force” – Andy Griffith as #LonesomeRhodes (A Face In The Crowd, 1957)

Andy Griffith speaking, how may I entertain you today?

Andy Griffith speaking, how may I entertain you today?

Andrew Samuel Griffith was born on 1 June 1926 in #MountAiry, #NorthCarolina.
As an infant he lived with relatives, for his parents were unable to financially support young Andrew. Eventually his father found work as a Carpenter and #AndyGriffith and his parents were reunited.
Although initially a shy #MountAiryHighSchool student, Andy Griffith began to come out of his shell when he learnt to make his peers laugh. Andy Griffith considered ministry work as well as teaching, but fell inlove with the stage and music and began acting in school shows.

Griffith made his movie debut in director #EliaKazan’s A Face in the Crowd (1957) as drifting guitar player and womanizer “Lonesome Rhodes”, which sky-rocketed him to fame. Stardom continued and came the role of bumptious Air Force rookie, #WillStockdale, in the TV and Broadway productions of No Time For Sergeants, which he later replayed in the film version.

In February 1960, after spending the next years on #Broadway, he first appeared as
#AndyTaylor, the laid-back sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, on an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. This one-shot was the pilot film for the Emmy-winning The Andy Griffith Show‘, in which Griffith starred from 1960 through 1968 and still remembered for today.

Smartly, Andy Griffith owned half of the series, ruling the set with an iron hand.
Follwoing the series final and an unsuccessful return to film and television, Andy Griffith focused on guest-star appearances, often surprising his fans by accepting cold-blooded villainous roles, closer to his first major role, in #AFaceInTheCrowd.

In 1985, he made a triumphal return to series television in Matlock, playing  the title character #Matlock, a folksy but very crafty #Southern defence attorney.

Unfortunately, during this period, he developed what was a life-threatening disease #Gillian-BarreSyndrome which did cause him to slow down career-wise, although he did continue to guest-star on several series as well as film several 2-hr Matlock specials.

Andy Griffith died on 3 July 2012 at his home in North Carolina. Griffith was married 3 times and left behind a widow and a son and daughter from his first marriage. He was laid to rest on his property within five hours of his death, as were his final wishes.

Even when ill, nothing could keep Andy Griffith from his fans.
Even gone, nothing could keep us from enjoying his work!

Outside Sources

The Biography Channel – Andy Griffith

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You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!

Would you rather be informed or entertained? Can you really be informed?… does truth in film even exist? Quality vs. Content. Fact vs. Fiction. Let’s play a game of would you rather…

Truth: Whats that?

Truth: Whats that?

Time for a quick history lesson:
Film, especially early on, was known as a poor-mans entertainment. The legitimate theater was for high-class society. You had to dress up to attend, pay a special high price for a seat and it was live! Films were short in length, often odd and funny in content and only a nickle, hence the term “Nickelodeon”. You would pay 5 cents and while staring into a small box watch a funny clip and walk away amused. Pure and simple entertainment. A quick fix, if you will.
Take us to the present, to the hay-day of the #biopic. So many lives, careers and circumstances examined. So many “based on a true story” films told!
We must remember though that they use the words “based on” very loosely…

#YankeeDoodleDandy (1942) is a perfect example of truth gone array. Like many films prior and following, its disrupts the natural order of the main subjects life, #GeorgeM.Cohan. Cohan, a legendary Broadway song and dance man, play write, producer and devoted patriot, was perfectly portrayed by legendary song and dance man #JamesCagney.  Care was taken to choreograph and execute the original script of Cohan by Cagney throughout the film. Authenticity of costumes, set design and even the style of Cohan’s stage performance was vital, to pay tribute and respect to this genius and his theatrical masterpieces… however, ordering of pivotal life events and circumstances were altered all for the greater good… entertainment value.

It’s always cuter to have a little sister. Cohan’s little sister Josie (played by Cagney’s real-life sister) was actually 4 years his senior. His father Jeremiah, who helped make him the man he was is the last remaining immediate family member in the film and dramatically dies, leaving George without anything or anyone from his past, yet in reality, his father died before his mother Helen.

On-screen George falls in love with a young dancer from Buffalo, Mary (she went by her middle name, her first being Agnes), who he later marries and remains with till his death. She was the one woman in his life… but not always… George was actually romantically involved with a young performer whom he later married, divorced and had a child with. I should also mention that the film makes no mention of any of George’s offspring, which number 4, 3 of which came from his second wife Mary.
One famous tune, “Mary’s a Grand Old Name”, was written for his dear wife Mary, right before they were married… adorable! A song and a marriage proposal. What else can one ask for? THE TRUTH? That hit song was actually written for his second child with Mary, named Mary, whom he adored!

Now, let us jump ahead a few decades (at the very least this blog will remain true to the timeline of film history!!!) to 2006. #SofiaCoppola releases her latest cinematic disaster #MarieAntoinette. I say this because critics dissected it and didn’t bother to paste it back together.
It was boo’ed at #Cannes.
It didn’t really deal with anything.
The main characters exchanged looks, not words.

BUT THE COSTUMES AND PROPS WERE SPECTACULAR. Which almost made up for the fact that the film wasn’t.

Another exception would be the films re-enactment of #MarieAntoinette’s infamous parties, exactly what a teenager with a kingdom, fame, and daddy’s credit card would throw! Though, in this case her hubbys.

This film is counted as one of Coppola’s worst by many critics and viewers alike, however Vulture.com‘s writer Amanda Dobbin’s wholeheartedly defends it as a most accurate portrayal of a rich, spoiled, teenager with mommy issues and identity confusion.
Anyone who experienced teenager-hood can agree to this. Those long stares of the films star #KirstenDunst into the abyss does remind one of their youth, the days of laying on your bed, staring up at the ceiling and listening to angry girl music and thinking, what is the point of it all?,  late into the night….and she too agrees, the costumes are fabulous!!

Maybe we should shift our focus question from does truth exist in film too, why do we go to the movies?

When discussing the recent made-for-tv-miniseries #Bonnie&Clyde (not to mention the 1967 Arthur Penn film version) @AndySwift, writer for hollywoodlife.com insists that everyday people, the greater film-going population, attends movie screenings to be entertained!! Its an escape from the harsh realities that we are surrounded with and a chance to experience someone else’s life, good or bad. Either way, we leave the truth behind. We are in a fantasy world. If we wanted to be informed or educated down to the specifics we could read a book!

Those of us in the #filmproduction industry often go to get inspired. Sure, sometimes its a story about an inspirational figure in history, an intriguing social issue or just a fun time period, but we may more attention to the film making process and accuracy than your average film-goer. Regardless of the reason, you should remember, you can’t believe everything you see, so take it all with a grain of salt. Too much salt is bad for the heart.

Outside sources:
http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/film/review.pdf
http://www.vulture.com/2013/06/defense-of-sofia-coppolas-marie-antoinette.html
http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/12/09/bonnie-and-clyde-historically-inaccurate-tv-movie-review/

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The Big Screen – A Colouring Book

When planning out your company’s commercial video, have you ever wondered if you should use Color, Black & White or the sophisticated Sepia tone?

Producing a good, appealing, memorable and effective video takes special consideration. Consideration of sound, lighting, costumes and music are some of the aspects you should keep in mind when making your video. The question of how or when to use color, black & white and sepia tone are just as vital!

color

Color your video and you will color your world!

COLOR

Writer of all things film, @RobertMills comments how #color is, “being used as a storytelling device in films, ranging from tints and filters, specific objects, transitions and symbolism, costumes and everything in between.” (Mills, Robert. “Colour and Storytelling In Films.” July 28, 2013. Web. September, 2014.) The amazing thing about color is that it can help set any mood. The happier the scene, the brighter the colors could and should be.
For example, when producing a video for a product or company, it is important that everything that surrounds the product or focus be complimentary. Just like you take time and care to put together your outfit when you get dressed in the morning, you do not want colors and textures clashing on screen.

Equally as important is the shades used. Brighter shades like yellow, orange and red bring on feelings of happiness and excitement in a viewer, while earthy neutral tones like greens, browns and beiges will induce feelings of calm and relaxation.

Its important to always keep in mind what feeling you want the viewer to have while viewing your video! Its very important to keep in mind what is pleasing to the eye.

BLACK & WHITE

#RogerDeakins, the Director of Photography on several #CoenBrothers films has an interesting opinion on the matter:

“Black-and-white focuses you on the content and the story, and it really concentrates your attention on what’s in the frame. All too often, color can be a distraction — it’s easier to make color look good, but harder to make color service the story. Black-and-white imagery is much more about the balance between the light and shade in the frame, and I think it can help convey story points a lot better with fewer distractions.” (Mills, Robert. “Colour and Storytelling In Films.” July 28, 2013. Web. September, 2014.)

This is one reason why #Black&White is often used, instead of color, for flashbacks, memories, or re-enactments. Companies  should keep in mind that the content needs to  shine, not just the shade of blue, purple or green! Black & white causes viewers to pay extra attention to the content as the visual offers no bright and shiny distractions. When relaying important information, such as warnings and things to be cautious of, you may notice videos often switch from full color to black & white.

SEPIA

#Sepia gives a black & white photographic print a warmer tone and enhances its archival qualities. Sepia is a great alternative when you want your video to appear more sophisticated, or nostalgic. Its a step-up from the normal black & white and a great break from the norm.

Outside Sources:
http://www.robertmills.me/colour-and-storytelling-in-films/

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Blood on film – You Are What You Bleed

Disgusting, despicable, deplorable – dissecting the development of blood in film!

bloody good cherry pie!

bloody good cherry pie!

Ever wonder how “blood” is made for film? Or, what blood is made of? Well, lets start off with the important fact that its not actual #blood, though it may look as if it is. That is all due to the magic of movies and a remarkable team of  #MakeupArtists, #SpecialEffects artists and #Craftsmen. Blood has been apart of cinema since #Horror films began. It came in the form of paint, powders and pastes and plenty of other sticky, gooey substances. As film became more of an art form and more sophisticated, so did the technique & care of blood-making.

In present day, HD quality film and television demands that filmmakers present the most realistic version of blood out there….often more “realistic” than actual blood itself.
Blood is not for the squeamish and faint of heart. It exists in every human and animal, in our memories, our imaginations and our nightmares. It is the job of a good filmmaker to show us what that could look like…and the job of a great filmmaker to make us believe it.

Take, for example, Alfred Hitchcock’s #Psycho (1960), released through #ParamountPictures starring #AnthonyPerkins, #VeraMiles and #JanetLeigh.
For Hitchcock, he did not have the added pressure of developing “blood” with the perfect shade of red as the film was shot in black and white, however, that meant that the consistency of the liquid had to be just right….the density was all he had to go on, the only convincing element to his concoction. After several tests and experiments, he found his blood of choice….chocolate syrup! You will never look at your ice cream sundae the same again……

The evolution of movie blood can not be discussed without bringing the great #DickSmith into the mix (pardon the pun).  Nicknamed the “Godfather of Makeup”, Smith was responsible for the nauseating effects of some of the most gruesome scenes in film history. Having titles like #TheGodfather, #TaxiDriver and #TheExorcist helped earn him an honorary Academy Award for his greater body of work in 2012. (Wikipedia, September 9, 2014).
His legacy, aside from having a hand in the making of some of Hollywood’s greatest masterpieces, the perfect recipe for fake blood:

• 1 quart white corn syrup
• 1 level teaspoon methyl paraben
• 2 ounces Ehlers red food coloring
• 5 teaspoons Ehlers yellow food coloring
• 2 ounces Kodak Photo-Flo (Poisonous)

This recipe added more realism than the studios thought the public could handle and with the help of lighting and shading, the blood was given a tone more like “sepia”, which kept the film’s rating at “R”, rather than “X”. (Wickman, Forest. “A Brief History of Fake Blood.” Slate, Oct. 22 2013. web. Sept. 9, 2014.)

Here’s where things get “sticky”, so to speak:

Of course, some representations of the substance have been a #failure beyond failures, such as the b-film horrors of the 60′s & 70′s – #Blacula,  which has more of a shiny orange marmalade resemblance than one of blood, if it shows any blood at all.

But that’s what you get with a shoe-string budget and a ticking clock!

We have come along way since the days of Hitchcock’s chocolate syrup. As filmmaking has changed, so has the techniques of makeup application and special effects, however, one thing remains the same, if you can eat it, you can certainly bleed it…

 

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Star Spotlight: Dom DeLuise

Actor, all around funny guy, Dom DeLuise

Actor, all around funny guy, Dom DeLuise

“I’m actually a thin serious person but I play fat and fUnNy,
but only for the movies!” – Dom DeLuise

Born on August 1, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents, Dominick “Dom” DeLuise developed an interest in acting at the age of 8, after playing Peter Rabbit in a grade school play. A graduate of Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts, #DomDeLuise initially enrolled at #TuftsUniversity in Medford, Massachusetts, to study biology, with the aim of becoming a teacher. However, the acting bug caught him and was found to be incurable.

DeLuise began landing roles on TV shows such as The Entertainers and The Shari Lewis Show, when he caught the attention of actor #GarryMoore. Moore hired DeLuise to appear on The Garry Moore Show.
This is where he debut his character #DominicktheGreat, in which he pretends to be an unsuccessful magician. Following this he began appearing in variety shows and comedy specials of his own, including The Dom DeLuise Show in 1968.

Dom DeLuise is probably best known for his roles with actor Burt Reynolds and director #MelBrooks which includes The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Silent Movie (1976), History of the World: Part I (1981), and the voice for the character of #PizzatheHutt in the cult comedy hit, Spaceballs (1987).

With #BurtReynolds, DeLuise appeared in films such as The Cannonball Run (1981) and Cannonball Run II (1984) as well as Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

An avid cook & #foodie, before the term existed, Dom DeLuise authored several instructional books on cooking, including Eat This, It’ll Make You Feel Better (1991), and Eat This Too: It’ll Make You Feel Better (1998). He also authored children books, such as Charlie the Caterpillar (1993) and a retelling of the traditional tale Goldilocks (1997).

On May 4, 2009, Dom DeLuise died in his sleep after suffering from kidney failure. He was survived by his wife, actress #CarolArthur, and three actor sons, #PeterDeLuise, #DavidDeLuise and #MichaelDeLuise

Brilliant comedic timing, sensitivity, a friendly face, variety of talents and skills, and made up of heart and hearty foods Dom DeLuise will forever be loved by young and old film and television viewers for all of time!

Outside Sources:
http://www.biography.com/people/dom-deluise-443562#comedic-roles

 

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Video Editing – A Forever Job

Video Editing: the art of assembling the thoughts and shots of many!

Video editing requires several gallons of coffee

Video editing requires several gallons of coffee

Like the minister who pronounces young lovers husband and wife, like the baker who mixes all the farmers ingredients together to form a cake, the #VideoEditor is the one who takes pieces of a project and assembles them into a video masterpiece!

A  lot of hands, hearts and minds go into video production.

The #Client
The #Writer
The #Director
The #Actors
The #CameraCrew

All these people have a stake in the production of the company’s dream video. They all have ideas of how they want it to look, sound and feel. The client comes to us looking for professional assistance in producing their corporate video. They meet with us and we “flesh out” ideas. The writer develops those into a script. We consider their thoughts and ideas and how they wish to portray their company when writing the drafts of their scripts, but also keeping in mind what we know works best and looks best in video production. After a final draft is written we gear-up for shoot day. The director, actors and camera crew are then added to the mix. The director directs the actual film making process on shoot day. That means everything from instructing an experienced camera crew on what and how to capture the footage as well as guiding the actors/performers and making sure to get that shot!

The Editor is apart of the post-production team and often overlooked or forgotten.
The Director calls “cut”, “print”, followed by “thats a wrap” and we think, Success! Its over and ready to go! Not quite….

The Director, writer, actor and camera crew can all go home and put this project to rest, but now it is the Editors chance to step in and work his/her magic.
Video editing is a very tedious and complicated job, but a rewarding one as well.
An editor takes a bunch of raw footage, cuts, takes, images, audio, graphics, etc and assembles it. It is like putting together a puzzle of 1000+ pieces. Video editing requires concentration, attention to even the smallest details, organization, strategy and patients (and coffee)
An editor takes all the hopes and dreams of all those that participated in the production prior and makes them all work together, like a machine, and creates the final product for all to see.

Take a look at one of @keywest_video  past productions, a promotional video for #RenaldoGairy #Way2FitTraining

Think of the video editor as a mechanic. He/she takes working parts and makes them all work together! So next time you get your dream video produced, don’t forget to thank the one behind the computer screen!

Here are more examples of the powers an editor possesses!

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Writers Block – The Long and Winding Road

One day you decide your business company needs a great video so you come to a great video production company like #KeyWestVideo (#selfplugging), but you don’t have the slightest idea where to begin.
That is what we professionals call #writersblock.

Writers Block is a lonely street

Writers Block is a lonely street

For questions like, What do I want my video to look like? What should the main focus be? What do I want to say?, you may not have an answer for. But that’s okay! These speed bumps on Writers Block are completely normal.

Its always best to get back to basics. Think about what the original goal or intent was for your company/product. Think about what you have to offer to a viewer or potential client. Simple is often most clear and easily digestible when it comes to #corporatevideoproduction.

Next, jot down anything and everything you can that relates to your company. Both terms and full sentences. Chances are most of it will not be usable, but once its on paper its out of your head and clears space for more ideas that will work! If even 1 of your ideas or concept is usable you are off of writers block and on easy street.

If you are still suffering from writers block……take a break! Sounds crazy, but sometimes stepping away from the notepad or computer screen or team pow-wow is all you need to get those juices in your brain flowing again. Take a walk, have a snack or just do something else.

If all else fails, just come on in to Key West Video and let us assist you. Our team of professionals are always available to support you and your video production needs. So whether you have a rough sketch of what you want or no clue what you want, but just than you want something, we can help!  So give us a call, shoot us an e-mail or visit us at the offices, conveniently NOT located anywhere near writers block!

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Star Spotlight: Don Knotts

Don Knotts wearing his famous dead-pan look

Don Knotts wearing his famous dead-pan look

Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparable
Mr. Don Knotts.

Whether enforcing law and order as Deputy on the streets of #Mayberry, collecting rent from the young tenants of his California apartment complex or swimming the deep blue sea, one can certainly agree that Don Knotts never ceases to amaze.

Born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924, in Morgantown, West Virginia, Knotts began performing during his teenage years, as a comedian and ventriloquist, in local churches and school functions. Following his university freshman year Don Knotts joined the U.S. Army. His background and love for performing is what  drove him to tour the Pacific Islands during World War II as a comedian in a G.I. variety show called Stars and Gripes.

After the war Don Knotts relocated to New York City where he began landing regular acting gigs on television and radio and on #Broadway. His stage debut came in 1955 with the hit comedy #NoTimeForSargeants, which began the famous pairing of Don Knotts and #AndyGriffith.
In 1960, after 4 years of a regular roll with #TheSteveAllenShow, Knotts relocated to Hollywood along with the show itself, which is where he began production on a brand new comedy #TheAndyGriffithShow, with long time colleague and friend, Andy Griffith.
A #Desilu production, The Andy Griffith Show stars Griffith and Knotts as the Sheriff and Deputy of the town of  Mayberry and follows their attempts at maintaining law and order amongst the comedic members of this small, friendly, southern town. Thus began the roll he would long be remembered and loved for!
During his run on the series as a “Barney Fife” for 5 seasons he earned three #EmmyAwards for outstanding performance in a supporting role in a series. He left to pursue a film career and even when returning as a guest star earned an additional 2 Emmys.

His film career was often steady and his work praised by audiences. His comedic timing, charm and lovability set him up for success with a string of family films, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), and his first starring role and my favorite of his film endevours, The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964).

In 1979 he returned to prime time television in the hit comedy series Three’s Company as Ralph Furley, the landlord of John Ritter’s character “Jack Tripper” until the show’s final season in 1984.
He went on to guest star in several television shows and also held a small, but memorable role in Pleasantville (1998). In 1999, Knotts published his autobiography, Barney Fife and Other Characters I Have Known.

Don Knotts succumbed to lung cancer on February 24, 2006, at the age of 81, in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by two children, Karen and Thomas, from his first marriage to Kathryn Metz.

A long, hysterical career that many would have been honored to have played lead to this second banana!
Let us leave you now with one of the best #BarneyFife scenes of The Andy Griffith Show. Not often was he given the opportunity to showcase his full acting range, but when he did he stole more than the scene, he stole our hearts too!

Thank you Mr. Knotts. You may step down.

Outside Sources:
http://www.biography.com/people/don-knotts-9542240#commercial-breakthrough-the-andy-griffith-show

 

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Please, turn off all recording devices!

Recording in public spaces, private homes, concerts, street performers, everyday people… should anyone recording anyone be monitored?

During its final week I, like thousands of Canadians, every August, rushed to get in my last “fix” of the Canadian National Exhibition, something I look forward too every summer. I impatiently wait for the list of performers set to hit #TheBandshell. I always, instinctively, go for the classics, because hey, its free with the price of admission, which is $6.00 after 5PM (up until last year it was $5.00 after 5, kinder to both the ear and wallet, but, it’s a recession people) and you can stand right in front of your favourite performers if you are there early enough, or push hard enough through the crowds. IT’S A STEAL!

I’ve seen so many greats there…
#FrankieAvalon

#TheBeachBoys, #GlenCampbell,
#PeterNoone (front man of #HermansHermitts)

and the hysterical musical stylings of Paul Revere and The Raiders. This year, I was adding Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of fame-ers #AprilWine to my ever growing list! I get there, and, like everyone else awkwardly waiting for the show to begin, I pull out my handy portable recording device, my BlackBerry (I know, I’m behind on the upgrades), to begin my concert enjoying process.

A process I know you are all too familiar with.

PROCESS:
1. Take selfie in front of bare stage
2. Update Facebook status, complete with picture and “feeling”
3. (Repeat for Twitter and Instagram)
4. Continue taking selfies of self “just hanging” as if no one is watching (do this 23 times until I get the picture I desire)
5. Take photos of crew/crowd
6. Decide I do not like where I am standing and think I can find a better spot so I move
7. New selfie to show better spot found!
8. Band is about to come out, update all digital accounts! (because, of course, everyone really cares what I am up to on a Wednesday evening)
9. Selfie in front of band, which is the same as “with” the band :p
10. Proceed, throughout the concert, to record and capture multiple photos/videos of band (love “Just between You And Me”)
11. Selfie of “happy” self at concerts end
12. Update status
13. Go home, feeling lucky to have experienced what I just did

It’s a process. One that involves a fully charged phone with a decent battery. So, back to the story, I had just completed step #8, looking forward to #9, when the announcer comes out and announces to what was a completely shocked, confused and stunned audience, myself included, “The band has asked that you do not record tonight’s performance on your personal recording devices. Thank you. Enjoy the show!” Silence. Everyone was looking around, as if to see if we all actually heard the same thing. I think one person laughed and screamed, “Woo!” Perhaps it was to break the tension, or they, like the rest of us, felt a little awkward and lost. The idea that I would simply watch and enjoy a concert without my recording device was inconceivable! Some proceeded to put away their phones. Would security confiscate them? Would anyone even be watching? I myself looked around for “big brother”!

I paid my ticket. I paid the $6.00 entry fee, so I paid my dues and should be able to do as I please… shouldn’t I? What if they asked us nicely? I am in a public space… If I decide to take a random selfie or video of myself having a great time at the #CNE and April Wine just happens to “bomb” my recording, HOW IS THAT MY FAULT? SHOULD I HAVE TO DELETE IT?

Though, what if it is how they make their living? They are called starving artists for a reason. The aging, plump, April Wine certainly isn’t starving. So that begs the question… should those rules only be in place for the poor, bean-pole, artist?
This is a loaded debate, like a fully loaded baked potato, with all the fixins. I asked a few of my fellow rocker enthusiasts amongst the crowd. As viewers they thought it was ridiculous. Now a days everyone records everything they said, so it’s inevitable and stupid to even suggest such an idea! As not just a consumer, but an artist, that depends on making a living through her craft, I played devil’s advocate and brought in the side of the artist, April Wine’s side. They understood and were sympathetic, but ultimately said to give up the fight.

All I can say is 2 minutes into the concert, 30% of the audience pulled their recording devices back out of their pockets, but every so often attempted to conceal them if the thought creeped into their minds. By sundown, just about everyone, myself included, had pulled out their cell phones, camera big and small, iPads, and whatever else they had on them and proceeded to record and capture their favorite songs.

We can debate this till the cows come home, but I milked them this morning, so I am over that. I do not have an answer. Do you? How would YOU feel if you were performing? If this was how you made your money? Or is art, like love, meant to be free? Great… now I have morphed from a rocker to a hippie…

At any rate, here are my undesirable photos and a video from the concert, on a hill and far away:

Randomly recording my presence... Selfie #1

Randomly recording my presence… Selfie #1

Randomly recording my presence... Selfie #2

Randomly recording my presence… Selfie #2

    

I should note that I own this post and would NOT like it shared or re-posted. Forget you ever saw it. Thanks for understanding. :p

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