When I got the idea to make a short documentary on Tacoma City Ballet’s world premiere prequel to “The Nutcracker” I knew it would be easy to get poised people who look good on camera. After all, these are dancers! And yes, despite a big learning curve on using my new camera for dance footage I got some good visual moments. But I also got a few things I didn’t expect: a big burly stonecutter with tattoos and raspy voice who built incredibly delicate set pieces and loved dancing the role of the King, a young dancer who didn’t hesitate to admit how much of your life is consumed by this art form, and some cool footage when I put a GoPro camera onto a male dancer.
I also didn’t expect that my computer would eat half my footage one week before the final cut was due. So now I know a lot more about filming dance…and about backing up files. 🙂
Contributed by Rosemary Ponnekanti, Cohort 13