Some would say a giant lugnut is not noteworthy. Indeed, my DP dubbed it “incredibly underwhelming”, but it is one of Lansing’s claims to fame.
Thus is my challenge. If you google ‘World’s Biggest Lugnut’ Lansing Michigan will pop into your browser, along with a blog post from 2007 and pictures of this national marvel presiding over the local haunt The Nuthouse.
We have far more to offer culturally than a giant piece of hardware. Lansing has a wonderful underground artistic culture, unique entertainment options, and incredible people. Last Friday my team and I documented these on our first shoot for the I Love Lansing video.
The three of us strolled through REOtown and Old Town, braving the oddly cold August rain. My fiancé (and DP) drove me a hundred times up E Michigan Ave to get a shot of the Capital building at dusk. All of us shivered as drizzle hit us while standing on a Downtown street with our DSLRs.
We spread out at the Blues Fest to capture the essence of the event. We hung out in local coffeeshop, The Blue Owl, drinking specialty coffees and filming their unique aesthetic. We attended Speakeasy Stomp’s Friday dance night to catch locals rocking to oldies under a spangle of twinkle lights.
The video is not finished yet. In a week and a half, we will be shooting at The Loft, a local concert venue, Potter Park Zoo, Stober’s: The Oldest Bar in Lansing, and other hideaways that make Lansing great.
Lansing residents, I would love comments on visually engaging sites to put in the video. Everyone else, what would you like to see in a video about your town or city? How could I make it memorable?
This is a simple fact. I grew up on a farm, but the city of Lansing was close which gave me the perfect combination of country and city life. Lansing holds a special place in my heart. It is the capital of my beloved Michigan, but is much more.
The city is diverse and beautiful, from crazy artsy REO Town to pristine and wealthy Okemos to college town East Lansing.
To honor my fair city, I have collected a small team to help me document its quirkiest and best spots in a travel-style video. The idea is to celebrate Lansing and bring business to its streets.
I am in pre-production mode, and will be posting updates as the project progresses. The final video will be release online in mid to late August.
Keep updated on the project on my social media accounts @directorista, or check in with the blog 🙂
I forgot how much I love directing! I have not directed a major production since fall of 2015 (yay Death at the Opera!). This weekend, however, I had the privilege of working with a talented crew of people creating beautiful art.
Sassy Women is about Callie, a wild young thing with a tongue as sharp as barbed wire who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and stumbles through life with her head held high. Her landlord and housemate, Ellen, sees her potential and tries to invest in Callie, illiciting contempt. When a charming cowboy comes into the picture, Callie’s wayward path may lead her into despair.
I am very excited about this production. My actors and actresses are all extraordinarily talented. I am going to start cutting it tomorrow and can’t wait.
My latest project, which I’m very excited about is a short video I am completing for one of my last film classes. My original plan was to film a short in a car, but underestimated the difficulty of doing this without a steady cam. Due to time constraints, I threw together a quick film noir using my sister and fiance as talent. It was so much fun to experiment with this film style.
Alyona’s Eyes has reached the editing phase. The Soviet-themed movie has come out to be roughly twenty minutes of intense footage. I have been working with the writer/director/editor (Christian Yonkers) to help him finish up the rough cut. He has truly impressed me with his quick editing abilities. The score was just finished a couple days ago, so we are shaping up to be done in time for the premiere at SAU’s Will Shoot For Credit event.
The link to watch Alyona’s Eyes will be posted soon, as well as an update on its reception at the event!