Friday, December 12, 2014

Through the Lens of a Dancer: My Passions

Through the Lens of a Dancer: My Passions: Ever since I was little being in front of  cameras and on stage with all eyes on me was my favorite thing to do. I can remember getting into...

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Camera

I honestly can't wait to begin the documentary, it literally has been eating me up sitting in dance rehearsals and not being able to film. However on cyber monday I did order my camera for Christmas. There was a special on QVC for the Cannon Rebel T5 which is a great camera and was an awesome deal! I am so exciting to start filming... it is really frustrating having to wait to begin the documentary because I feel like I don't have enough to say. I did have the opportunity to watch the ballet documentary "First Position" and it really gave me some ideas and concepts that I would possibly want to use in my personal video. There are many ideas running through my head; I want to feature all concepts on dance. It is very important for me to highlight the highs and lows of being on a competitive dance team.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The annoucement

I have been super excited to start working on my project. My camera is a present for Christmas which means I won't be able to start filming the documentary until January. Our competition season is currently on a break until January so not receiving a camera until Christmas is not a major set back!

This week has not been very productive unfortunately, however my dad will be taking me to a best buy to select the camera that will work best for my project. I also made the big announcement to my studio that I will be filming the documentary. Everyone is being to supportive and they were all super excited... we couldn't sit still in ballet, unfortunately for my ballet teacher that was not a plus!

I realize that I never truly addressed why I am choosing a dance documentary out of all the options in the world for my 20 time project. When your so passionate about something you get defensive about the topic. I have gotten into a handful of arguments about dance which seems stupid but in fact its not. Why should I care so much about somthing that I love to do? Because I love it. This documentary will show my classmates, friends, family and teammates that our hard work and dedication pays off. The product of this video will show everyone what it is like to do something that you love and are passionate about it!

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Change in Directions

Time seemed to be an issue for my project this year for a number of reasons; the costumes are not finished, my mentor and I have conflicting schedules and winter decided let itself in way too early! I figured that the seasons would last forever.... Or to my convince, but in fact nature could not wait for my photo shoot. There also was another issue of winter, meaning the frigid and freezing weather and thick fluffy snow that would cover the ground where my dancers would be, barefoot. So in conclusion I decided that my dance photography look book is not going to be my 20 time project.

I still wanted to combined dance and photography into one, but for my project I am going to use film photography to film a documentary of training and competing at a dance competition/convention. I figure that because I spend about 15 hours at the studio a week, filming a documentary would be really interesting since most people don't understand the hard work and sweat that's goes into preparing and competing  at a competition. I am very excited to start filming the documentary, I think it will be very interesting to watch and fun to film.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Passions

Ever since I was little being in front of  cameras and on stage with all eyes on me was my favorite thing to do. I can remember getting into arguments with boys who claimed that "dance isn't a sport" and  how dance is "soooo easy." Little did I know that dance wasn't called a sport for a reason; dance is an art. Dance is a way to express your self with a picture worth 1,000 words and yet dance is a silent  way of communication, the artist can talk to her audience through movement. When I was in the 7th grade I used my moms camera to take low-quality pictures of my friends and little sister. Photography wasn't necessary a talent of mine... more  like a hobby. When I came across an Instagram profile, @sharkcookie, I was fascinated by all the amazing action shots of dancers. My 20 time project this year will be capturing action shots of dancers through creating a  look-book of the four seasons. Not only  can I incorporate my love of dance and photography into one, I can also show the natural beauty of nature through the bodies of dancers.