OneNorwood Campaign

OneNorwood Campaign

I volunteered my services to produce testimonials, PSA’s and a general campaign video for OneNorwood, a political action organization. Their cause was to raise awareness and support for a critical vote in the town of Norwood, Massachusetts on June 3, 2019. I provided video camera equipment, lighting and expertise to capture high quality interview style footage. I also shot supplementary b-roll footage. As senior editor, I worked closely with a producer to deliver targeted material from the interviews, resulting in 9 short length web videos.

See more at OneNorwood.com

FEV Tutor Success Stories Spring 2019

These stills were taken during the capturing of FEV Tutor success stories. The administrators, teachers and students at these schools in Atlanta and Dallas expressed the ways that FEV Tutor’s online platform has lead to quantitative improvements in student performance.

I captured these interviews with minimal camera equipment. Because I was the sole crew member for these shoots, I felt it was important to make the equipment as easy to set up as possible so there could be a focus on the content.

I used a Sony a7III camera with a 50mm f1.8 lens, a Sony wired lav mic direct to camera, and an Aputure 628s light panel with diffusion. I prioritized shooting the interviews in locations with open space and interesting background that gave context to the content of the interviews.

I shot b-roll footage on the go, depending on each school’s class schedule. I approached the b-roll from a storytelling perspective. I wanted to give the viewer a visual journey around each school. The final videos are available below and at FEV Tutor’s Youtube Channel.

Together Yes: Norwood Community Garden Documentary

Together Yes: Norwood Community Garden from Adrian Atwood on Vimeo.

I try to get out of my editing cave and walk around my neighborhood as much as I can. On one of those treks, I came across the Norwood community garden just a few blocks from my apartment. I was instantly impressed and inspired by the abundance of the garden and the social bonds that it produced. I approached the organization behind it with the idea of producing a video that could be used to share with the community. I wanted to create something that would spark a viewer to be inspired like I was by this local project.

I collaborated with TogetherYes to “find the story” to tell about how the garden came to be, how people participate and what role it plays in the town of Norwood. I shot everything with my modest Sony A7sII kit on 3 different days in late August and early September. It was the perfect time of year, my favorite really. The plots were overflowing, the bees and birds and rabbits were reveling in the flowers and shoots. I chose afternoon for the interviews because of the angle of the sun at that time, and because most community members arrive after the work day.

I knew what portions of the interviews I wanted to use to tell the story and it came together smoothly. Then came the b-roll, of which I had more than enough. I got carried away each time I brought my camera to the garden. There was something eye catching everywhere I turned. In editing,  I got to play with all these images and hopefully share a sense of wonder with the viewer.

As of 2018, the garden is receiving attention from Norwood’s community access station and will be the focus of another segment.

“Long Exposure”

Long Exposure from Adrian Atwood on Vimeo.

This short film is a suspense/slasher concept. It’s also a love letter to my camera. I developed the concept around the time that I was doing a lot of timelapse and long exposure photography. I was also spending some time shooting video of landscapes, like the Mt. Pollux video I shot last winter. I knew I wanted to juxtapose the serene beauty of the idealized wild with the frenzied blood bath that nature really is.

A few crude storyboards I made “Long Exposure” scenes

We had to re-shoot a few sequences. The first attempt to shoot the stabbing scene didn’t pan out so well. There were some nice shots, but the sequence as a whole wasn’t working in context of what the (lack of) budget could pull off.  Night time crept up quickly and cut short what I had planned to capture that day. So we walked away with no usable footage, but a better understanding of how and what to shoot next time. Here’s the original stabbing scene.

Continue reading “Long Exposure”

Eric Frazer Photography BTS shoot for Gilded Magazine

Eric Frazer – Behind The Scenes Fashion from Eric Frazer on Vimeo.

I worked with Eric a few times in the winter of 2014, as a model for his photos. I offered to produce a video for him then, but it took until March of 2015 for it to take shape.
I asked a friend to be my assistant for a long day’s shoot, and together we shot on 4 Canon DSLRs: 2 5D mk2’s, a 7D mk1, and my backup Rebel t4i. For glass, we used Canon 17-44mm and 28-135mm lenses.

Luckily, there was some overlap between our gear and Eric’s and we had some fun swapping lenses over the course of the day. The beauty of the video’s images is due largely to Eric and his team’s design and lighting. It certainly made editing a breeze because it gave me such a huge volume of well lit and interesting material to work with. 

For more of Eric’s work, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ericfrazerphotography.