COLLECTION: VIDEO

Narrative, Promotion, Performance

I've been producing and experimenting with video for many years now. The process is incredibly demanding and involves a simultaneous convergence of many technical skills that would ideally be split amoung at least three individuals. Whether it's an audio slide show or a full promotional production, I always learn something new. The samples below represent a variety of approaches to visual storytelling. 
PHIL COLLINS: FIRST FINAL FAREWELL
Audio Picture Essay : Running time 5:25

In 2004, Phil Collins embarked on what he satirically branded 'The First Final Farewell Tour'. This multimedia slideshow was originally produced for Collins’ official website and documents the last three days of the North American tour as it trekked through Florida. The images were edited and sequenced to create a composite snapshot of “A Day In The Life”.
Technical: Canon 10D, Canon 20D,
EF 16-35 f2.8, EF 24-70 f2.8, EF 70-200 f2.8, 1.4 extender;
Edited with Final Cut Pro
'Through My Eyes' by Phil Collins, used with permission.

All images © 2004 Louis J. Spirito

CASIO GP-500 GRAND HYBRID PIANO
Promotional Videos : Running time 7:49 / 7:34

I'm proud to be associated with the fine folks at Casio Music. These promotional videos for their amazing Celviano Grand Hybrid Piano were shot at the home of pianist and composer, Steve Weingart. While both videos attempt to achieve a similar goal, they are radically different.
The first clip, 'Unboxed', began life as a simple unboxing video when Steve received his GP-500. One thing lead to another and we ended with a silent movie homage. Steve composed an original piece around my edits entitled 'Triplicity'. It's all silly and a bit of fun, though it left many scratching their heads.

The second clip is more conventional and we wanted to keep the shoot relaxed, natural and as genuine as possible. We moved quickly and dispensed with 'pick up' shots. The piece wraps with a beautiful performance of 'Smile'. 
Technical: Canon XF200, Canon 5D Mk III w/ EF 24-70 f2.8 (static), GoPro Session (keyboard),
Rode RODELink Wireless Lavalier, Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic (backup),
Edited with Premeire Pro, Title Cards created with Photoshop

© Copyright 2016 Casio Music and Skeewa Music
DERBY: TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE
Audio Picture Story :  Running time 2:55
 Produced as the final project for a course in audio production for multimedia journalism at Ohio University, the sound design is intended to be the visceral driving force of this story. Visuals take on a supporting role to the hullabaloo of revving engines, crunching metal and general hollerin'. It’s an attempt to answer an unconventional question: What do images sound like?
Technical: Canon 40D, EF 16-35 f2.8, EF 24-70 f2.8, EF 70-200 f2.8;
Edirol R-09 audio recorder;
Audio edited with Pro Tools; Video edited with Final Cut Pro
© Copyright 2009, Louis J. Spirito
ROBERT SLACK 'NEBULI'
Performance Video : Running Time 5:23

Robert Slack is the Principal Percussionist of the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, CA. Rob asked me to produce this brief performance video of his original marimba composition, 'Nebuli'. We shot this in two takes at Irvine Valley College and edited the best bits together as a continuous performance.
 Technical: Canon XF200, Canon 5D Mk III w/ EF 24-70 f2.8 (static),
Tascam DR-40 audio recorder
Edited with Premeire Pro

© Copyright 2015 Robert Slack

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