Davis’s Side Projects

Davis’s Side Projects

A bookshelf filled with VHS tapes of movies. Movies like Space Jam, Cinderella, and The Pagemaster. This bookshelf is where Davis’s love of movies started. From there, her bought DVDs in college. So many, that he couldn’t bring them all with him when he moved to Minneapolis. The movies were Davis’s escape. They gave him the chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Get to know their story. And now, he’s using that to push himself further every day. Today, we talk about Davis’s Side Projects.

Short Movies

Davis made his first short movie in middle school. You can find it on YouTube if you look hard enough. (Please don’t look hard enough.) From there, he explored more what we could do with a camera. NDSU only had a Broadcast Journalism major in the ways of film, but Davis went for it. From there, he made tons of sketches and short movies with the creative people around him.

Here’s a trailer we created for Afton and Caleb

The most recent film he made was about Distractions. Something that is unfortunately very near and dear to Davis’s heart. He got to film this with a fellow producer and an outstanding actor. Utilizing his knowledge gained from movies, Davis was able to make something that he is quite proud of. It’s not completely done yet, but it’s really coming together.

He’s used this knowledge and skill to assist in the wedding videos that we have created. His directorial role in the movies worked perfectly with his videographer role for 2211. He knows how to get the shots he needs to tell a story. Take control of a situation and get things done. Plus, he’s pretty personable, unlike some directors. We don’t actually know any, but we assume a few of them are prima donnas.

Comedy

Davis really got his start in the entertaining world doing comedy. And even more than that, doing improv. It was the only thing he could get done in Fargo. The improv skills he developed allowed him to venture into sketch comedy, where he founded two different sketch groups. They have entertained the great people of NE Minneapolis through Strike Theater for quite some time. If you don’t know them, you should really check them out. They put on some awesome shows. Check them out here.

Here’s some of Davis’ humor in a video he made last Thanksgiving

Davis’s comedic skills have helped with his timing, another skill that he has been able to bring to 2211. The editing of a video is all about timing. Where to put the first kiss and the reveal. How to ensure everything looks good together. These are the things that make a good highlight video. Davis was able to take his comedic skills and translate them to the editing room, thus helping tell your story even better.

Logo Design

This last side project of Davis’s has been a recent addition. He’s always been interested in logos of companies and minimalistic artwork. Have you ever seen the minimalist movie posters? They can be pretty awesome. Here’s a link to some. Then Davis got Adobe Illustrator and tried his hand out at logo and letter designs. He’s even designing the Save the Dates and Invitations for our wedding. His hope is to bring this skill to the clients of 2211 Media. Help bring their video, photos, and design elements of their wedding under one easy to plan and work with company.

Davis's Side Projects of Logo Design
Davis’s Side Project turned into this business.

Ending of Davis’s Side Projects

So, that bookshelf of VHS tapes might be completely obsolete now, but the skills and lessons learned from them have carried on. Want to have your story told in a cinematic and movie way? Book 2211 Media for your photography and videography. Davis will be there, along with Hannah. And our side projects will teach us everything we need to tell your story.

Hannah’s Side Projects

Hannah’s Side Projects

The beauty of nature is all around us, especially in the great city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. It’s hard to recognize it sometimes, especially while in the city. The nature gets swallowed by the urban landscapes that we have become accustomed to. But, with much resilience and fortitude, nature has found a way to work, even in the city. Part of that is due to great city planning, part due to the fact that nature can’t be beat. All of it though, can make for some awesome photographs. Today we talk about Hannah’s side projects, and one of them, is nature photography.

Nature Photography

Hannah has been surrounding herself with nature for quite some time now. She goes on bi-annual camping trips with her sister to the northern parts of Minnesota. She takes photos of the trees in the fall, stating that the color changes of Autumn are what really get her excited about the season. She is constantly trying to find new ways to show the snow in our area. There’s a lot of it, so you’ve got to make it worth it.

Hannah's Side Projects, autumn colors.
Look at all those colors in the trees. Hannah’s Side Projects look nice.

Hannah is taking a trip to the boundary waters this coming year in hopes to take some pictures of this beautiful landscape. We don’t mean to get political, but some politicians want to run a pipe through this area. Hannah wants them to not do that. She wants to ensure that these areas are not only remembered in their pristine nature, but she wants to raise awareness through her photography of what the world and people are doing to nature. These topics are very important to her.

Portrait Photography

Hannah’s next side project is in portrait photography. It’s easy to flip a phone into portrait mode and let it blur the background, but even better than that is actual portrait photography. She has taken many pictures of Davis, too much in his opinion. She has even photographed a project that took yearbook style photos from the 80s. The project was fun and Hannah was able to make the pictures look good thanks to her skill with the camera and the lens.

Hannah's Side Project for 80s style photos
Hannah’s Side Project of doing these 80s yearbook photos was so fun!

This skill has been the most helpful with marriage and wedding photography. You can see the passion she has for people in her pictures. Her art has helped her to tell a couple’s story even better than they explained it to her. And she doesn’t forget to add a little nature into each shot she takes, ensuring that everything is capture on this couple’s day. Her next skill has less to do with people and nature and more to do with house pets.

Hannah’s favorite Side Project: Cat Photography

If you have met Hannah in person, you know that she is absolutely in love with cats, especially her cats. Fats and Sully, the two little black cats that adorn her personal Instagram page. She’s even snuck a few pictures of them into our Instagram feed. These two cats look great. These photos help to remind us of how cute they are, especially when they decide to wake us up at 4 am for absolutely no reason.

Fats, the cat with a big tummy
This is Fats. He’s not great at being a cat, but he’s cute.

Now, we don’t know if you love cats, or if you want cats anywhere near your wedding, but if you did, Hannah would be your go-to photographer. Cats are her passion and taking pictures of them fuels her passion. She knows how to take great pictures of cats, ones that you will cherish for a long time. Let Hannah take pictures of your cats. It’s all she really wants, anyway. This is one of Hannah’s Side Projects that she very much enjoys.

The Pumpkin Picture

Davis is the author of this piece, if you couldn’t tell. He wants you to know about one picture of Hannah’s that really shows her skills, even with things as arbitrary as a pumpkin on a ledge in a bathroom at a brewery. Yep, you heard that right. The picture in question is below. I just want to leave it at that. Let the picture speak for itself.

Ending of Hannah’s Side Projects

So, if you’re in love with nature, people not only excite you, but you like looking at them, and your so infatuated with cats that you can’t stand it, look no farther than Hannah’s Instagram feed. Follow her here. And follow us here. Look for more photographs, weddings, and inspiration for yourself as you decide what you need a photo shoot for. It can be literally anything, but remember that a cat is fun to take pictures of. And we can take your photos, too!

The Cinematic Wedding Look

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The Cinematic Wedding Look

Movies are everywhere in our culture. At the writing of this, everyone is a buzz about the Oscars. You would think that our pick would be for Marriage Story, but Davis’ favorite movie so far is Parasite, but there’s almost no romantic story lines in that movie. Cinematic looks are everything. Each movie you see, or at least good movies, look like they should be up on that big screen. Not many people tell you this, but your video can look that way too. You want a video that looks like it should be up on the big screen. You want a cinematic wedding video. 

The Cinematic Wedding Look 

Film has a very specific look to it. We could get into the logistics of it, but really that’s our job to understand how it works. It is your job to enjoy it and want to see it. The film look is something that can be hard to attain. Without going with a professional videographer for your wedding, it can be almost impossible. It’s even hard to get on an iPhone camera. There have been movies shot with iPhone cameras and we’ve all seen the commercials about how this picture was shot on an iPhone. The fact of the matter is that isn’t that easy. A lot of work needs to go into the film look. 

The film look is important for your story. When people sit down to see a movie, they see that film look and know they are in for a story. They know the next however many minutes will be filled with a story that they hope to be interested in. We as a society are used to the film look representing this. It has become something we look forward to. In order for your story to be told to it’s fullest, you will want that cinematic look, as well. Any wedding has the ability to have a cinematic wedding look. It’s all about the deliberateness of the shots. And to get that, you need to hire the right videographer

The Cinematic Wedding Look
A still from our Cinematic wedding look for A and A.

Wedding Videos 

There are a ton of different types of wedding videos. We are talking about the cinematic wedding videos earlier, but there are many more. A documentary wedding video will tell the story similarly to a documentary. Taking note of each event as they happen and letting the viewer relive them as they happened. Not a ton of funny business happening here, but that’s what couples want from time to time. They are even stylized videos designed to look like specific genres. Anything from a black and white movie to a new age action film. A skilled videographer can do it all. But how can you tell your videographer exactly what you’re looking for? 

It is important to come into the conversation with your videographer knowing your story. If you’re not sure of it, look at this past post of ours. Once you have that down, a skilled videographer will be able to find a style with you that fits your story. You don’t want a dark and moody video if your story is all about happiness. Similarly, you don’t want to be shown smiling the whole time when the look you are going for is moodier and more romantic. There are tons of things to think about. An expert videographer can help you with whatever you need. 

How to Tell Your Videographer What You Want 

Videographer for the cinematic wedding look
Here’s our videographer. He likes to have too much fun, sometimes.

If you’re going for the cinematic look, it is important to let your videographer know that. They will go into the wedding and the day with the knowledge of what to look for. A lot of videographers don’t have experience creating the film look. They don’t know what goes into it, they just look for ways to shoot the event as it happens. That’s documentary filmmaking like we talked about earlier. It is a viable option, but maybe not what you’re looking for in your story.  

Come with a few favorite movies that you think are similar to your story. If you have a very romantic love, come with movies like Moonstruck or The Notebook. If your love is founded on laughter, don’t be afraid to compare it to When Harry Met Sally. We’ve even seen stories of couples that are closer to Fast and Furious than anything else. By giving the videographer ideas of the types of movies and TV shows that you like, you will give them something to replicate with your day. We’ve got a friend requesting a The Office style wedding video. We are really excited for her to get married and try it out. 

Ending Thoughts 

See yourself on the big screen. Know that you deserve it. Find a videographer that does exactly that for you. One that will tell your story well and make you a video worthy of it. This video will be around for a while and one that you will show to those around you. The last thing you want to do it show them something that doesn’t represent you both as a couple. We at 2211 specialize in telling your story. Get your videographer now. Book the photographer too for special pricing