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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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[…]
This video is a non-techie review of the camera I use for principal shooting, Panasonic’s AV-DVX200. The idea is not to bore you with a bunch of specifications and jargon, but explain what kind of a camera it is, and why I think it’s the best tool for Capture. More blog posts at davecaptures.com.
Here’s a clip from the cutting room floor of a shoot we did on Sunday. The dancer is Andie Asacker, creative director of Dream City Dance, and the space she’s moving through is the town hall of Worcester, Vermont. The project we’ve set out to do is a video that sets a composition by three Read more about Dave’s blog: Tuning in “Late Night Radio”[…]
If you’re in a business with a service component, your people are everything. The guy featured in this video, Ray Mikus, owns Green Light Real Estate in Montpelier. Ray’s a friend of mind, and had me make profile videos of his agents. The idea is to “introduce” customers to the people they will be working Read more about Dave’s blog: The power of people[…]
I started playing guitar again. Just a little over four years ago I woke up to find my head filled with a pressure I had never experienced. I stumbled from the room, in considerable pain, and spent a sleepless night poring over medical websites and inhaling steam, trying to figure out a way to get Read more about Dave’s blog: It doesn’t go away (completely)[…]
I’m dipping into my vaults today. This is a video I made in January 2017 for The Times Argus and Rutland Herald newspapers. Jonathan Herz, of Montpelier, builds music boxes. These aren’t the small, one-tune boxes with a twirling ballerina you can still find in specialty toy shops. These are big and play multiple tunes Read more about Dave’s blog: Music box[…]