Before my friend Brian Artka and I left for SXSW Interactive 2009 this March, we had a discussion about ways we could capture the event and share the experience with attendees and those interested in the event.
Being interested in documentaries, especially Gary Hustwit's recent Helvetica and upcoming Objectified films, we kicked around the idea of capturing the SXSW Interactive experience as a documentary, so we did. Here's a teaser:
I have to come clean — Brian did the real work. I was his personal "assistant-to-the-regional-manager" holding the camera while he went to the bathroom, rounding up potential interviewees for filming and I think I fetched him some coffee once.
The teaser above features Jeffrey Zeldman, Ove Klykken, Garrett Dimon, Veerle Pieters, Jason Santa Maria, Tracy Apps, and Kevin Ciesielski with some great story nuggets. I can't wait to see the full documentary.
The Canon 5D Mark II
Brian had just sold his video gear and bought a Canon 5D Mark II, testing out the video quality of this camera at a Spreenkler meeting in February.
I was amazed at the quality of the video, particularly since Brian was able to use digital photo lenses to capture video — wide angle and low-light capable lenses. You can already see it in this rough teaser.
Brian is hard at work, organizing his 6 hours of video into a unified, coherent documentary that he'll be releasing on Vimeo very soon. I'm recommending he sell the video on DVD as well, because I know I'd buy a copy in a heartbeat.
If you have comments on the documentary, please leave them on Brian's Vimeo page for the teaser and if you would buy a DVD of this documentary, please let him know that as well (for planning purposes).