Eleanor Schmitt Content Producer
Stranger

"Stranger" by Keeper of the Peace

Cinematography, special effects

I shot this live music video with singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, audio/video engineer Rishi Daftuar, and fellow cinematographer Jameson Eisele in the Digital Media Commons Audio Studio in Ann Arbor, MI. We used Canon DSLR cameras (5D, 7D, and T5i) and a variety of prime lenses.

The goal of the video shoot was to capture Edwards six times in the same room performing on different instruments, so that we could create the illusion of Edwards playing along with five versions of himself (or nine, if you count the musicians in the other rooms!). We designed and built an iPhone LED remote so that neither of the wide-out cameras would budge in between takes, allowing us to create the illusion more easily—and seamlessly—in Adobe After Effects.

In post-production, I composited several video layers without the use of a greenscreen, applied color correction and grading using DaVinci Resolve, and consulted on video editing in a Final Cut Pro environment with 10 multi-camera clips running simultaneously.

Truman

Truman EPK

Web design, photography

I designed and developed an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for Ypsilanti rock quartet Truman during the summer of 2013. This single-page website includes older Truman audio/visual content and pairs it with new photographs that I captured in the band's practice space. The photographs are used here as headers for each section of the EPK.

An EPK is a media-rich solution for illustrating an artist's breadth of work on a single page. Booking agents, talent scouts, and radio stations will be able to get a sense of who a group is without having to navigate to various YouTube videos, Bandcamp albums, and Facebook fan pages.

See the website in action: www.trumanmi.com

Paganini - 24 Caprices

"Paganini: 24 Caprices" by Yehonatan Berick

Packaging design, Blu-ray/DVD design

I designed the Blu-ray disc label, DVD label, and packaging for Paganini: 24 Caprices using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Paganini: 24 Caprices was filmed in the Digital Media Commons Audio Studio, and was released in 2013 with an accompanying video interview.

The 8-page booklet contains information about the composition and the performer, Yehonatan Berick. Berick is a violin soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and professor at both the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto. He previously taught at the University of Michigan.

Detroit Bat Company

Detroit Bat Company

WordPress design and development

I developed this custom WordPress theme for Detroit Bat Company, which included an online shop.

See the website in action: www.detroitbatco.com

Serendipity iBook

Serendipity: Live

Photography, E-Book design

Patrick Colin Wakefield wrote this e-book about his senior thesis for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance, for which he produced a multimedia performance with two rock outfits. I edited and designed the e-book, which focuses on many behind-the-scenes aspects of Wakefield's production.

Nearly all of the video content was captured by me during Wakefield's show week.

Alberto Rojo Trio

Alberto Rojo Trio Live at the DIA

Photography

I took photographs for the Alberto Rojo Trio at the Detroit Institute of Arts using a Canon EOS 7D and a Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* lens.

Swipe Right for Love

Swipe Right for Love

Poster design, cinematography

I designed this poster for the short film Swipe Right for Love. I also shot and edited the video content with director Martha Schmitt in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Belleville, MI, using Canon DSLR cameras and Final Cut Pro X.2

Swipe Right for Love was submitted to the Ypsilanti 24-Hour Film Shootout and debuted at Towsley Auditorium on October 3, 2014. This extended cut features two extra minutes of content, which was edited after the initial screening.

Keeper of the Peace

Keeper of the Peace EPK

Web design, photography

I developed this media-rich Electronic Press Kit for emerging Michigan singer-songwriter Keeper of the Peace. Jonathan Edwards released his debut solo record entitled Restlessness. Repeat. during the summer of 2014, and spent several months collaborating with Rishi Daftuar and me to create a comprehensive multimedia package.

Edwards, Daftuar, and I shot five videos together for inclusion in the website. Two videos were shot outdoors with two Canon DSLR cameras and a portable audio recorder, two videos were shot in Edwards' apartment studio, and one video was shot in the Digital Media Commons Audio Studio. For inclusion in the EPK, I also shot a series of portraits in Ann Arbor, Michigan and neighboring Ypsilanti using a Canon EOS 7D and a Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* lens.

See the website in action: www.keeperofthepeace.com

Saturday in the Park

Saturday in the Park

Direction, editing

I shot this live music video with two other cinematographers at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor, MI.

Singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas used this video to promote his performance at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in 2014. The video was also briefly advertised by WEMU, the local NPR radio affiliate.

Burn Out the Night

Burn Out the Night

Motion graphics

I created this motion graphic using Adobe After Effects to open a live studio performance of Tanager's song "Burn Out the Night."

Lumenotbot

Lumenotbot

Cinematography, editing

I shot and edited this short video for Electronic Lunch, a community group at the University of Michigan that hosts workshops and creates public artwork. Lumenotbots are smart electronics that use wireless communication to change parameters in synchronization with each other.

Friedman Productions

Friedman Productions

Web design and development

I developed this website for director, writer, and producer Alec Friedman. The single-page website includes biographical information, project updates, testimonials, and contact information.

See the website in action: www.friedmanproductions.com

Making of Serendipity

The Making of "Serendipity"

Cinematography, editing

I shot and edited this short documentary that follows Patrick Wakefield through the process of his senior thesis concert.

Truman Release Show

Truman Release Show

Photography, videography

In September 2013, Ypsilanti rock quartet Truman released their full-length debut album, Ever Changing. I produced three short video explorations of downtown Detroit, rural Ypsilanti, and outer space that the group projected behind them during their performance.

Play Guitar

Play Guitar

Web design and development

I created and developed this hand-drawn, interactive web game using Adobe Flash and Apple Logic Pro. The user chooses between acoustic and electric guitars, between playing with a pick or playing with their fingers, and between a condenser and a dynamic microphone to produce their desired guitar tone.