Throughout this quarter, Flip the Media will be featuring some of the best video projects from the winter Multimedia Storytelling classes.
“Henry: Portrait of a serial muralist” by Ross Reynolds
The subject of the video was Ryan Henry Ward, an artist known for his murals found on automobiles, buildings, retaining walls, coffee houses and schools in Seattle. He was living in his car when he decided to make murals, first by finding blank walls and asking if he could paint something there. Today private collectors commission his work, and he can afford the rent to live in a shared house. He recently painted the wall of Value Village in North Seattle.
The goal of the video was to convey the vivid whimsy of his work while telling the story of his artistic life.
I shot the video with a Panasonic Lumix camera, recorded the audio on a Marantz digital recorder and edited it in Final Cut Express.
One thing I think I learned was what to leave out. I considered narration, music and interviews with other people, but in the end opted for the simpler elements of the murals and Ryan telling his story.