Capture: Video Storytelling
Encompassing many styles, moods and messages, and accessible to every budget, video is the language of today.
David W. Smith
I am amazed at the power of image, movement, words and music working together to illustrate what a person puts their time, effort and heart into. My name is Dave Smith. I live in Middlesex, Vermont, with my wife - an international languages teacher - and son. After a 20-year career as a journalist and marketing editor, I've turned my efforts to creating videos for branding, promotion, TV, social media, events, Kickstarter and anything else you can imagine.
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I recently finished a series of videos for the Community College of Vermont, interviewing five of the people who have served as president in the college’s history. The videos accompany a website and timeline celebrating the CCV’s 50-year history, in which it has evolved from an upstart, non-grading “practical” learning environment to a multi-site institution Read more about Dave’s blog: CCV’s history[…]
One year ago today I woke up self-employed with a plan to make something out of my hobby-job video business. What a year! I’m truly grateful to those of you who believed in me, and excited to work with those of you I have not yet met. Much more to come! davecaptures.com.
This summer I had the super-fun task of documenting a brief cultural exchange program of Russian journalists on their visit to Burlington. The gig came through PH International, a Waitsfield cultural exchange program I knew through Emily, who used to work there. The job was to cover the Vermont portion of a one-month visit to Read more about Dave’s blog: Russian journos do Burlington[…]
I spent a few hours with photographer Stefan Hard, an old friend and colleague, chasing after the fall colors in the Groton and Marshfield region of central Vermont last week. Stef and I met working for the Times Argus when we were both pretty green. We rented an apartment together, and spent a pleasant three Read more about Dave’s blog: Vermont October[…]
I took a little of my between-projects time to make a new clip reel – it’s the piece you hope people see if they’re thinking of hiring you. This one is shorter and sharper, with a mix of some images from the first reel with new music and a bunch of new shots. It’s less Read more about Dave’s blog: A new clip reel[…]
I thought it would be a neon-enhanced-billboard-on-Rodeo-Drive-type thing. Turns out it’s a car-magnet-on-dented-Subaru-type thing. davecaptures.com.
This is a completed video for Wellford Pottery of Waitsfield. It’s for Polly Wellford’s website, and we worked on this over the summer. davecaptures.com
Our calendars and hearts tell us that summer is just two-thirds over. But the world tells us otherwise. Kids are back in school. Wood must be stacked. Winter expenses must be budgeted. Projects must be started. Here’s 1:45 to help you relax. I shot it along the Mad River path in Waitsfield on Aug. 28, Read more about Dave’s blog: You need to calm down[…]
A colleague and I used to have a reliably enjoyable argument about technological literacy. Whenever a young person (especially his own kids) sent him a text or email with grammar he found inadequate, he’d rant about how texting was ruining their ability to communicate. They had no spelling; no grasp of sentence structure; no reading Read more about Dave’s blog: Obsolete before the warranty’s up[…]
This week I’m lucky enough to be able to document a visit by a group of students and journalists for PH International. Twenty people from all over Russia are spending four weeks learning media literacy. Stops include Washington, D.C., Boston and New York City, with the Vermont segment focused on learning the practical skills of Read more about Dave’s blog: Visiting students learn ENG[…]