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Spent the summer in the Congo filming the construction of a beat making lab and running an online journalism workshop in Goma, DRC.
Just finished editing a 3-minute summary of the work that Pierce Freelon and Apple Juice Kid are doing there with their Beat Making Lab. Here you go:
Next up from the Congo: The music video for “Zenga”, which we shot with this awesome dude.
And furthermore: I totally need a haircut everyday forever since I was born.
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Got asked to shoot a trailer for a play. Super short time frame…
Now, a play is super-engaging when it’s in front of (and all around) you. But how do you translate that into a video that you can watch on a phone?
What we did: Record the actors singing, then shoot the trailer as a micro music video. Here’s how it turned out:
Video Directed and Edited by Saleem Reshamwala
Director of Photography: Ricky Leung
Sound: Chris Lorch
Equipment: Mandy Padgett
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ME: Okay, I’ll do this vid if you can get a trampoline and some torches.
JOHN LAWW: Okay.
Will put out the full thing at the end of this month…
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Yole!Africa makes awesome events. Pierce Freelon and Apple Juice Kid teach awesome Beat Making Labs.
Here’s what it sounds like when they get together:
(That’s the first bit of my Congo footage from this summer, still editing, lots more to come…)
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Sometimes they are awesome. Shout-out to Kala Wolfe and the whole Re:Fashioned (Durham) crew for making it happen in Durham, NC.
Shot the promo vid with Mana Ogasawara just before I left for the Congo, actually:
Super quick shoot, playing around with new color schemes (lots more to come over the next month).
And we did her wrap-up vid:
Directed/edited/shot this one with great 2nd and 3rd camera work by Mandy Padgett and Mana Ogasawara.
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Lots of collaboration on this one:
Directed and Edited by Saleem Reshamwala :
Rappers: Nyck Newz
NyckNewzSLMG and ShaneMosely (opening for Diggy Simmons on Friday MAY 4th)
Chris Martz :
Mandy Padgett: PandyMadgett ,
Model: Tyla Glover: Tyla_Glover
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Just shot this interview with Pierce Freelon (of The Beast, look for them at Hopscotch) and Apple Juice Kid. Edited with some great footage from Jon Kasbe and some more great footage from CulturesOfResistance.Org.
The Beat Making Lab is taking a bunch beat making of equipment to youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just to see what happens.
Which is awesome.
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So, continuing my tradition of making incredibly low-fi video greetings: Happy Easter.
Also: If you’re in Berlin, be sure to check out my friend Onika’s ARTSHO3.
A very tiny book I wrote is featured at the show. Onika asked me to talk a bit about the process I use when making videos and illustrations, so here you go:
And the good folks of Cocoa Cinnamon just broke 25k with 3 days to go. Pretty amazing, and they’re grateful.
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So, I recently did this video for Cocoa Cinnamon’s Kickstarter:
They just broke 20k in donations. Which is neat.
BUT ALSO: Kickstarter is entering into some kind of weird magical territory.
It was one thing when people used it to basically pre-order art.
But now regular people are basically just paying cash to vote as to what kinds of businesses they’d like to see exist in the world.
IN OTHER, YOU KNOW, MARKET NEWS:
My friend Marc Bellemare is discussing a topic I love: System D and “Hustle and Flow.”
The first micro-doc I ever made was about a cell phone market where people figured out all kinds of ways to make trade happen, on and off the books. Would love to get back to shooting in that kind of environment.
In the mean time, riding the back of public buses in the U.S. lets you see all kinds of creative markets. And, so far, none of the the ones I’d expected.
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Just finished Video number 7 of the 33 videos project. Masked Female Mexican Wrestling for a good cause, can’t really go wrong filming that.
And Video Number 6?
A quick promo for the world’s most absurd camera case: A vintage camera to go around your cell phone camera (Okay, so it’s actually a 32 piece polycarbonate fake vintage camera. But still):
I will say this: 33 videos in a year is turning out to be more work than I expected. Right now, making videos is pretty much all I do outside of work…
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