On Teamwork and Opportunities

Chris and I make a really great team. We’ve always been the yin to each other’s yang. He’s messy, I’m tidy. He’s outgoing, I’m more reserved. He likes ketchup on corn dogs, I use only mustard.  Some might think these differences make us incompatible, but really, when you put us together we make one complete package – the best of both worlds.

Our differences have proven to be really helpful when it comes to creative projects, too. I know lots about photography, Chris knows a lot about filmmaking. When you put those two talents together, it turns out you can make a pretty cool stop-motion video.

We spent a couple of hours making the video below as an entry into a contest where the winner wins an all-expenses paid trip to a photo workshop in Mexico. I didn’t win, but I like our video anyway. Had we more time to focus on it (we shot it the weekend my grandpa passed away so more pressing things were happening in our life), I know the result would have been even better, and maybe even gotten us a win.

How we did it: I set up my camera to take continuous shots of me walking. I also took a shoot of four Polaroid pictures sitting on a table and Chris keyed the real photo out to use it as a mat for the animation. We shot in four different locations. The concept is I’m prepping myself for Mexico. In the first frame I’m removing a winter hat and scarf, my coat comes off in the second, and I appear in a skirt and flip flops in the third frame and find myself a sombrero. When I walk into the fourth, I’ve got the sombrero on and a camera in hand – ¡Viva Mexico!

Hope you enjoy the video – I just had to share it. I can’t wait to work with my creative partner again!

  • mary - i love it.

  • my. - Awesome! And how fun to be able to collaborate on a project together. One complete package indeed! :)

  • Joey O. - Very cute! (and a good VW song clip too)

  • jen berry - we all know you should have won!!! ha!

  • Araxi - I LOVE that!!! :)

  • Paige + Blake - very cool!
    I wish we could do something like that…

  • Heidi - It has come to my attention that some people do not realize that I am not blogging directly to Facebook. These blog posts are a feed coming from my actual blog. So, things like the video posted to this particular post will not show up in the Facebook feed. To see the above video, please visit my blog: http://www.heidiryder.net/.

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