Congratulations to all the wineries featured in this year’s Wine Spectator Magazine Oregon story – Here’s tearsheets from the hot off the press March 31, 2018 issue:
“Dance beneath the stars, as you drink in the night…feel the force of nature penetrate your skin, spin with the world as the magic sinks in” Christy Anne Martine.
I’m still feeling the emotions from experiencing the total eclipse on Aug 21, 2017. Words can’t express the energy of the totality, the awe of the diamond ring and solar flares, the surreal glowing of a 360 degree sunset view of Mt. Hood and the vineyards during the 94 seconds of totality. But fortunately we we were able to capture several perspectives with 7 video and photo cameras – telephoto lense close up detail of the stages of the eclipse, wide angle views of the of the crowd & vineyard, and drone views of our group of 100 people hiking from Bethel heights winery past Temperance Hill Vineyard to Cristom’s highest elevation planting, Eileen vineyard. Here, on top of the Eola Hills, we drank wine, ate oysters, and shared a once in a lifetime experience with unobstructed views over the Willamette Valley.
While I typically focus more on capturing the process of growing and sourcing food on farms, I do love the energy and imagination of working with chefs. This assignment was especially rewarding, collaborating with three of Oregon’s top chefs to capture three brand new dishes of wild fowl paired with Oregon wine. A few sneak peak photos, stay tuned for the full story in Oregon Wine Press Sept 2017 cover and feature story….
One of the key lessons I’ve learned in video is that you can never have too much video b-roll to use for projects. Over the past fifteen years I’ve created over 100 photo libraries for wineries, agricultural companies & tourism associations where my background as a photojournalist has helped me craft impactful stories through imagery. More planning is needed to create video b-roll libraries, but the same principles apply – timeless, sense of place, storytelling video clips with compelling visuals to captivate the viewers attention.
When carefully planned, video and photography can be captured on the same shoot; this is especially relevant for events like harvest, spectacular sunsets or sunrises, and lifestyle shoots involving many models and styling where it would be cost prohibitive or impossible to reproduce the same scene on different days. Several cameras can be set up to capture the action from multiple angles, including time-lapse, drone aerials, adding camera motion with a slider or jib, etc, and ideally two shooters work in close tandem with similar aesthetics for each scene.
Here’s a few examples of short video clips that have been used in social media and archive b-roll for larger video stories. Creating effective video b-roll clips is a similar strategy as creating effective photo libraries, which I’ve detailed on a previous blog post linked here –
Highlights from Travel Oregon story & Willamette Valley Wine Region of the Year videos
Herding Longhorn cattle at Willakenzie Estate Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Saffron Fields Vineyard Fireworks
To view the full videos, please visit my video productions company website: http://lumariaproductions.com/portfolio/
TRAVEL OREGON VIDEO
A dream assignment to capture the spirit of the Oregon wine industry for Travel Oregon – if only it hadn’t been with assigned in the wettest spring in recent memory, when everything was dormant in the vineyards. Luckily the sun came out at the 11th hour, we were able to capture some vineyard footage in a whirlwind 24 hours, and add in existing stock footage we’d captured at the same locations previous years. Always a pleasure to collaborate with writer Kerry Newberry, and thanks to the people and dogs of Cheahalem winery, Cristom winery, Eyrie Vineyards, and Beaux Fréres.
Here’s a link to the full story on Travel Oregon Website