Viral Video: World’s Toughest Job
Special to Flip the Media by John Hellriegel, Cohort 2012
I reminisce about the days I lived on Capital Hill. Everything was a short walk away. The parks, the food, and the entertainment could be reached by a wonderful stroll through the neighborhood. I felt more a part of the community. I felt healthier. I was thinner then too. Time moves on and I moved off the Hill. A car was purchased to facilitate getting to work.
I do not see my car as a status symbol or as a form of freedom. I walk out to my car every morning and see a pit – and I keep shoveling money into that pit. I get tired of the insurance, oil changes, and maintenance. I must feed the beast a fuel that carries with it economic and environmental disaster. It’s a vicious circle. I make smug and dark jokes about the over-all costs to distract myself from the fact that I am part of the problem. Then head off to work. I sit in traffic and listen to NPR stories about wars, famine and pestilence. Sigh.
Spending time in Paris I became accustomed to the outstanding rail system connecting the cities neighborhoods. So when construction began on the First Hill Streetcar I was excited. I know a Streetcar system will be successful in Seattle – not only because of a generational shift in cultural values and lifestyle, but also how convenient and effective it is connecting neighborhoods. I wanted to show how this updated transportation system can benefit the Seattle community in basic daily activities and needs.
John Hellriegel currently resides in Seattle. When not engrossed with his final year in the MCDM program, he pursues photography, videography, and all things aviation.
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.
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