Special to Flip the Media by Tom Moskal
I’ll be honest, I had no idea what topic to pick for this assignment. I had just driven across the country and needless to say my rolodex of awesome documentary ideas was lacking. As I ventured around Seattle looking for ideas, I stumbled upon Dusty Strings over in Fremont, which, to a music enthusiast, was essentially heaven on earth. I was able to introduce myself to Gary Davidson, a manager at the retail store, and got a better feel for what Dusty Strings does and what they stand for. We both agreed that a short video piece would be great for the business—and thus I embarked on my journey to tell their story.
My favorite part of this project was getting to know the ins and outs of Dusty Strings through my interviews with Gary and Kate. They truly shed such a beautiful light on how important a creative output can be not only for an individual but a community as well. It was also wildly fun shooting b-roll of the instruments all over the store (there is so much detail in every single one), and am grateful for the staff that allowed my “fly on the wall” presence time after time.
More so, anyone can play ukulele—give it a try and see for yourself!
Tom Moskal is a member of Cohort 13 in the Communications Leadership program.