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August 2011

August 30, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene Hits Vermont [237]

8/29/11: One day after Tropical Storm Irene left flooding and devastation in many Southern Vermont towns, Burlington and Winooski residents flocked to the Winooski Falls to see the raging river for themselves.  Eva was one of them.

Music: F Schubert Sonata in A, D 959, Andantino - Performed by Annemieke Spoelstra,Toccare

August 24, 2011

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu [236]

8/20/11: Eva and Brooke get unstuck from Vermont to attend the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, Canada.

Alongside their fearless Brazilian pilot Marcos and his Pepe the Skunk balloon (AKA Stinky), the Vermonters fly high in the sky with over 125 hot air balloons as the sun sets on this 9 day festival.

Music: La Strada, New Home, "Shapes in the Sky," Starling" & "Flying"

August 22, 2011

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu [PHOTOS]

Check out these pics from the International de montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, Canada.  Video airs Wednesday!


August 19, 2011

Which Video (Porridge) Is Just Right?

I may not have much in common with Goldilocks but I am always experimenting with video lengths and editing.  This week I published 3 versions of the same video so YOU be the judge.  Which video is not too long or too short? 

Which video is just right?






August 18, 2011

LUHS Reunion, Class of 1991 [235]

8/12-13/11: Lamoille Union High School's Class of 1991 celebrated their 20 year reunion this weekend at the Rusty Nail in Stowe and Lamoille County Field Days in Johnson.

Eva never graduated from LUHS but she showed up for a nostalgic walk down memory lane with her former classmates.

August 16, 2011

LUHS Class of 1991 Reunion PHOTOS

Eva takes a walk down memory lane with her former classmates from Lamoille Union High School at their 20 year reunion (can you find Eva in the pic above?).  Check out the photos here, the video will air Wednesday.

August 10, 2011

BCA's "30 Hours of Art" [234]

8/5/11-8/6/11: Burlington City Arts celebrated their 30 year anniversary this weekend with 30 hours of non-stop art.

Abby Manock's large scale paintings "Monkeys Vs. Bananas" hung outside the BCA Center and audience participation was encouraged. A pop-up group exhibit called CHURCH OF CIRCUS transformed the former Outdoor Gear Exchange up the street.

Add all that to the Festival of Fools, the Farmers' Market and the BCA Artist Market and you have a downtown bursting with creative energy.

Music: The Two Man Gentlemen Band


August 09, 2011

BCA's 30 Hours of Art PHOTOS

Get a sneak peek of the upcoming video - check out these photos! 

August 03, 2011

Green Mountain Draft Horse Field Day [233]

7/30/11: The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association presented Draft Horse Field Day at Shelburne Farms on Saturday. Horses, oxen and mules were in attendance for reaping, threshing, and plowing demonstrations.

Visitors hitched rides on wagons to experience Shelburne Farms as it was meant to be seen, from a horse's perspective.

Music: Kevin MacLeod, "Sheep May Safely Graze" - Aria from BWV 208, Johann Sebastian Bach



August 02, 2011

How to Become an Internet Video Superstar

Screen shot 2011-07-28 at 2.27.38 AM

Just between us, I'm not really sure why some videos go viral and others remain buried in the gray muck of internet oblivion.

According to one scientist, popular videos provoke emotion. Well, duh.

Wikipedia says:

A viral video is one that becomes popular through the process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites, social media and email. Viral videos often contain humorous content and include televised comedy sketches, such as The Lonely Island's Lazy Sunday and Dick in a Box, amateur video clips like Star Wars Kid, the Numa Numa videos, The Evolution of Dance, Chocolate Rain on YouTube; and web-only productions such as I Got a Crush on Obama...

So emotion + humor = viral video?

I've wasted hours and hours of my life watching countless web videos trying to figure out what works and what doesn't. I even have a job making video content for the web, but am I any closer to the golden formula? Nope, not a bit (don't tell my boss).

Screen shot 2011-07-28 at 2.28.25 AM Sure, everyone wants to be famous, but when your "Fried Egg" moment comes and you become the punching bag of the interwebs, do you really want to be Rebecca Black? 

In my opinion, creating a consistently popular web series is a far better goal than making a singular viral video hit. Of course, some one-hit wonders manage to eek out a career (that dude who dances all over the world comes to mind) but personally, I'd rather be a Michael Buckley than a Chris Crocker

Screen shot 2011-07-28 at 2.28.58 AM Getting there is all about longevity. You have to continue to produce quality content that's relevant to your viewers. You have to trust your instincts. You can't try to be like everyone else. And you can't get distracted by the ever-changing media landscape, or by negative feedback.

It's like balancing on a rotating, slippery sphere while angry birds launch themselves at your head. In my experience, pulling this off takes guts, lots of them.

I'm not deluded enough to call myself a web video superstar, but I have been getting paid to create lots of web video content for the past four years, so I figure I can spout theories like the best of 'em. Here is my advice for how to become the next Lisa Nova, Shane Dawson, What the Buck or Mary Katherine Gallagher (smell those armpits people).

Continue reading "How to Become an Internet Video Superstar" »

Green Mountain Draft Horse Field Day Photos

The video airs Wednesday but you can get a sneak peek here.

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