Fifty People, One Question: Restored
~ 20 October 2008 ~
Prior to a conference in New Orleans earlier this year, I arranged a dinner with a few acquaintances I had made through a post on this site. My intent was simple: Converse with NOLA locals to understand what life was really like for web professionals in the area.
We dined at Brennan’s Restaurant. The cuisine was fabulous. The conversation was stirring. Hearing first-hand accounts of the devastation and recovery during and following Hurricane Katrina was both moving and inspiring at once.
Among the wonderful individuals accompanying me that evening was Benjamin Reece, a self-described “proficient designer, indie filmmaker, adequate photographer, and dabbling musician.” What Benjamin didn’t tell me that evening is that his indie filmmaking skills are phenomenal.
Left to right: Me, Yasco Sulejmanagic, Benjamin Reece, Jonah Langenbeck, Jacob Sibley.
One of Benjamin’s recent projects is “Fifty People, One Question: Restored”. The idea is simple: Ask 50 people a stimulating question. Record their responses. The result combines cinematography, music, editing, and human emotion to produce one of the most compelling, well-produced indie videos I’ve seen in recent memory.
Remarkably, the video was shot entirely with an amateur-grade Canon HV20 camcorder —
the same one I own (correction, I own the HG10) — but with a 35mm adapter and Nikon lens. Music is by Four Tet. Opening song is “Slow Jam” available at iTunes and Amazon.
But the real excuse for this post? Proof that I knew you before you were big in Japan, Benjamin. Rock on, bro. Or film on, that is.
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