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.
with a background in journalism and marketing communications
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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[…]
Summer has arrived, and with it so many beautiful things to shoot and observe. Have a great weekend, folks! davecaptures.com
If you follow my blog or social media posts at all, you are probably sick of me talking about this project – a dance video involving the talents of a number of Vermont artists. This one felt like kind of a big deal only because it was a noncommercial piece and a chance for all Read more about Dave’s blog: Late Night Radio[…]
JD Green, a longtime central Vermont disc jockey, interviewed me for his “Aired Out” video podcast this week. Lots of fun, and I think we had a great conversation about video, social media and what we both are up to. JD’s every bit as nice and generous as he seems! I made an intro segment Read more about Dave’s blog: ‘Aired Out’ podcast guest[…]