In October 2012 I began planning a project whose working title is Philly Soapbox, aiming to produce a variety of short video segments for local cablecast and internet distribution on PhillyCAM.
I have recorded a couple of sessions that included singing and playing by a local singer-songwriter-guitarist and me, performing separately and together. I hope to schedule sessions with other local musicians, including several friends.
I would also like to include a number of community-related narratives, and possibly tie in musical performances. For example, I would like to edit some unreleased video from the Homeless Memorial Day event at which I recorded in December of 2011, and try to put together a brief segment or two to air around the time of a future Homeless Memorial Day event, or to help promote a similar event. I might try to gather a small crew to help me interview some of the folks I met at that 2011 event, and possibly to record at a future homeless advocacy event. The 2011 event featured a local singer-songwriter singing a topical song he had written, but the audio quality in my recording was poor. I would like to invite him to record that song again.
I envision doing most of my recordings in the field, in private and public venues, outdoors as well as indoors. I don't expect to be using extra-high-quality microphones, cameras or lighting of my own, but will aim to learn enough to produce recordings suitable for broadcast using equipment borrowed from PhillyCAM, performers, venues or crew members.
I might use a small studio at PhillyCAM to produce some segments, even if most of my recordings are done in the field.
Most of my video production ideas involve musical performances and/or community-related narratives. Read more about my Focus and Potential Topics.
How much time and energy do I expect to commit to video productions at PhillyCAM? I am not sure. Definitely not full-time. Read more about my commitment or lack thereof, and my Timetable.