Highlight reel and informational promotional band video for bluegrass group Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys. Clips spanned multiple venues, and the project included interviews with band members. The video was produced for online but also on DVD to be handed out at an international music trade show (IBMA). The project an post-production spanned several weeks and incorporated multi-camera shots from live performances, a voiceover, and clips and photos provided for the production.
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival requested a 5-7 minute video production to promote the festival in Raleigh, N.C., at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference. As head of the Media Crew for the festival, I contacted one of the key videographers and gathered video interviews, main stage performance videos and B-roll from 15 or so photographers and videographers who shoot the festival, including some of my own. The result was this montage, which consists of dozens of photos and tons of video from the festival over the years. Addition of lower-thirds tells the band names and other information to guide the viewer along. The entire production was made using Sony Vegas Pro and Sound Forge.
This video production of The Steel Wheels show was a fun chance to shoot with four cameras. Three were fixed. One was a dSLR used for closeups. Audio from the soundboard was mixed with digital audio from the room. The final production was made in Sony Vegas Pro. Black and white was used to help emphasis the old-time nature of the dance number. It was actually considered a magical performance. The band hadn’t played this number in some time, and the nearly 10-second pause at the conclusion of the song showed how intently the audience was listening. The band features this video on its Facebook page.
The Combustors are a Connecticut-based rock and blues group who wanted a simple website to announce upcoming shows and other events. The basic site was designed by Idesign Graphics, but the band itself updates its content using the Admin Zone from TSGWebPlus.
Built and maintained in partnership with ThirstyLizards.com, this Netherlands-based bluegrass festival needed a reliable company to take over maintenance of its site and update it yearly before and after the event each May. The site is the place to go to see how bluegrass presents itself all over the world. Bands from all over converge on this festival each year. For many, it’s one of the key ways they can get their music heard. The site was built using the Admin Zone from TSGWebPlus.
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is the largest and most prestigious bluegrass festival in the Northeast. Created in partnership with ThirstyLizards.com, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival site has undergone several design configurations. In addition, with a CMS backend from TSGWebPlus, the site offers a significant number of organizational features that the public does not see, including collecting lists of hundreds of volunteers and signups for the Bluegrass Academy for Kids. It permits Grey Fox management to organize and respond easily to applicants, as well as to organize teachers and more. The front end of the website includes integration with third-party applications for photo galleries and social media. The festival edits content on the site using the Admin Zone from TSGWebPlus, a robust CMS that permits access from anyplace there is an internet connection.
Hot Rize is a bluegrass band featuring members who have become bluegrass names in their own right. Nonetheless, Hot Rize and its alter-ego band, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, turned to Idesign Graphics to manage the content on its existing website, fix several problems with its store and put a slightly fresher face on some of its content and pictures.
Jonathan Edwards is a singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the ’70s with his self-titled LP. Since then, Jonathan has produced many new works and is riding a wave of popularity to this very day. He plays to enormous venues and has appeared several times on television. Jonathan turned to Idesign Graphics years ago to manage his website and store. The site has undergone many changes over the years and currently is handled by the Admin Zone, a robust content management system from TSGWebPlus.
This New York-based duo has been creating beautiful music together for years, and they wanted a website that would be easy to update. Since they occasionally come out with new CDs of their music, they wanted help in creating a Paypal shopping cart to handle their sales. The site features snippets of their music, tour updates and more.