Take2: Year In Review - Edition 3 2011-2012

Another year is in the can - as they say - and what a year it was. For those who are unfamiliar with the "Year in Review" posting, well...it's exactly what it sounds like, I digress.


Where to begin?

Well for starters it's fair to say this has been Take2's most productive and exciting year to date. I'm really pleased with the productions that were made this year and the improvements over the former.

Let's start with the big one, Wait for the Drop:

A documentary about DJ Vibe Lime. In the fall semester I enrolled in a class called ”Documentary Traditions.” On the first day the professor presented the class with two options. At the end of the year students could take a 3 hour final that reviewed the semester's worth of material (your standard final fair) or, starting the next week, a student could begin making a 3 month documentary about a topic of his or her choosing. I opted, of course, for the latter. Now the next question, what to document?

"what to document?"

I wandered the halls of Loyola University Maryland searching for inspiration. Well as it is happens so very often inspiration found me (yes we're doing this, just stay with me). In a passing glance I saw a stack of Greyhound newspapers (the university's campus paper) with an interesting looking character gracing the cover page. A skinny guy holding two CJ's, big glasses, slicked back hair and an atypical Loyola look; this was the character I needed for a good doc. DJ Vibe Lime as I would soon learn to call Evan Slagle, was more than willing to be the subject of my first documentary.

For the next three months (September to December) I followed Evan to different venues in downtown Baltimore and even took a 20 hour road trip to South Carolina for an event. The experience was more than I could have asked for, and I’m grateful to Evan for trusting me with his reputation and giving me the freedom to make the documentary I wanted to make. I truly lucked out. 

"The experience was more than I could have asked for"


The response to the video has been really positive as well. I remember waking up shocked when after only 10 hours of being online the video had hit 600 views and grabbed another 400 by the end of the day. It was really an unforgettable experience for me, and that was just the first half of the year. 

For our second act I really wanted to put my focus on improving GreyComm Studios

As much as I enjoy working on my own I realized after making Wait for the Drop you really can’t do it all by yourself. There are just certain limitations that cannot be overcome by working alone; the big one being time. Therefore, I wanted GreyComm to be a place for real talent to be cultivated and great productions could be made; not your average campus tv bullshit. I teamed up with some great people at GreyComm and we really got a lot of productions off the ground in the second semester. We still have a ways to go as far as production quality is concerned but the tools and people are there, we just need the direction. 


I was able to produce a pilot episode of a show I’m really excited about called Tour Baltimore. As far as quality is concerned I think the show nails it, but I don’t have the volume of production I want for it. The owner of a record store in Fells Point called Own Guru, was kind enough to let us film our first episode and like Evan, really let us shoot the video we wanted to make; we can’t thank Guru enough. 
With Tour Baltimore as a model, I believe GreyComm is poised to turn out some really high productions next semester, even if that means we cut back on volume; which isn’t the worst thing in the world. I’m really looking forward to next semester’s work. 


Within GreyComm I was able to get together with some talented seniors and create productions under the title Dit Productions. We put together several videos of live music performances and covers, and I think the quality of the video alone is great, much less the singing. 


Now, the finale, {r}evolution apparel.

In the cold, dark days of January whilst back in the swamps of Jersey, I realized I should start planning for the future, or summer. I’ve been feeling adventurous ever since Wait for the Drop and I’ve come to find that I really enjoy making documentary films. I searched the far corners of the internet looking for an internship, or job, that would accommodate such longings. In {r}evolution, I found just that. Traveling? Yes, two months on the west coast to be exact. Documentary? Waking up everyday to film, yes. What more could you ask for? 

The next few months look very promising for Take2Films, if last two semesters weren’t enough already. I would have been satisfied to take one of this year’s semesters and called it a day, let alone Take2. 


The Short List

Projects Take2Films was involved in, either behind or infront of the camera.

 

  • Features
    • Wait for the Drop
    • Tour Baltimore
  • GreyComm Shows
  • Animations/Graphics
    • The Echo (Opening)
    • Domestically Challenged (Opening)
    • What Up Doe?
    • "Let's Talk"
    • Can Meg Lift it?
    • Take2Films Logo
    • Home Sweet Dorm
  • Misc
    • Only on GreyComm Photo Ad Campaign
    • Somebody That I Used To Know Cover (Videographer)
    • Laundry Room Cover (Videographer)
    • Call Me Maybe Cover (Editor/Videographer)
    • Listen to the Music Cover (Videographer)