Local woodworker, craftsman and designer, Kenton Jeske, presented me with the task of creating a video to be displayed at his Spring 2017 exhibit, Ceremony.
Ceremony is a presentation of Kenton’s intricately designed furniture, and a great opportunity for Kenton to share the story of who he is, what he does, and how each piece comes to exist. Seeing Kenton at work in his shop immediately sparked a level of inspiration that I made sure to hold onto and pour into my vision for this video. I wanted to make this visual story very detail oriented and really elicit a sense of what goes into his craft. I wanted his audience to understand the honourable relationship he has with his materials from start to finish. It was important for me to get up close and personal with Kenton and provide a comfortable environment right from the start. I wanted him to understand the logistics of what I was doing, while I learned the logistics of what he was doing. This is always necessary in order to satisfy my shot requirements for a storytelling video.
I wanted to literally shine a light on Kenton and his pieces while I was shooting, and did this by setting up professional lighting for each new shot. The proper use of lighting on set is a very powerful part of the overall style and distinct appearance of my videos.
I also emphasized particular sounds to pull forward, such as the wiping of wood dust, the jiggling of a stool, or the sound of his saw grinding back and forth.
I needed to make sure this video showcased Kenton’s interaction, sensitivity and intuition with his pieces. I wanted to invoke the need to touch and feel his pieces for oneself, and did this by heavily focussing on the marriage between Kenton’s hands and his materials. I also focussed on Kenton’s eyes to hone in on the connection he has with his materials, and allow us to really feel the passion he emits. I wanted to demonstrate the well practised and precise machine that he is, while triggering the audience’s senses.
My purpose was to tell Kenton’s story, as well as the story of his pieces, however my goal was to do more than just that. I wanted this video to really resonate with the audience and stroke a curiosity. I wanted to shed a new perspective on who this woodworker really is and what his craft entails. But ultimately I wanted to leave the audience with a deeper relation to Kenton, and a deeper relation to his furniture.
*This video was shot on the RED Epic using Canon stills lenses. It was shot over a 4 day period with roughly 8 hours of shooting total. Thank you to Kenton Jeske for being such an open and inspiring subject to work with.