Eleanor Schmitt Content Producer
Alberto Rojo Trio Live at the DMC

Shooting a Live Studio Performance

Direction, cinematography, editing

This short making-of documentary illustrates the process of a live studio recording with the Alberto Rojo Trio. The process involves lighting with an elaborate grid and light board, recording sound to a separate room with high-quality outboard equipment, synchronizing four video cameras and pairing them with audio, and publishing the output.

These kinds of videos are useful for the University of Michigan Library system to publish for fundraising efforts, as it helps illustrate the unique resources contained within a "twenty-first century library." I developed several interview questions focused on the musical group and the ease of capturing their project at the Library, and directed Alberto Rojo, Michael Gould, and Jordan Schug in the Digital Media Commons Video Studio, where just one day earlier they had recorded six songs in one sitting.

I shot and edited this video with an assortment of DSLR and video cameras, including a Canon EOS 7D and a Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* lens and several Sony EX-3 cameras.

The New Media Center

The New Media Center

Cinematography, editing

I shot and edited this short video that opened the New Media Consortium in 2013. The New Media Consortium is an international community of experts in educational technology. The role of the NMC is to help their member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovations across their campuses.

In 1993, the founding partners of the NMC—a group of hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers—identified campuses in which multimedia tools could bear fruit. Ed Saunders and Carl Berger submitted a proposal for a New Media Center in the University of Michigan's School of Education.

This video is a guided tour through the New Media Center and its history, with a combination of still and handheld cinematography. It was recorded using a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon 7D, and various Canon and Zeiss lenses.

Detroit Bat Company

Detroit Bat Company

WordPress design and development

Detroit Bat Co. is committed to quality designs and craftsmanship when creating their one-of-a-kind vintage baseball bats. Every bat is designed, constructed, and finished in Michigan by two men working in a shop near Detroit. Nick Moroz and Adam Gorring use only tools produced in the nineteenth century, meaning no computer-guided lathes or potent modern finishes. They finish their products with beeswax, walnuts, linseed oil, or tung oil, responsibly harvested from the land.

I developed this custom WordPress theme for Detroit Bat Company, which includes an online shop. The static pages and product descriptions are easy to update, and new products can be added with the click of a button.

See the website in action: www.detroitbatco.com

Hands-On Robotics

Hands-On Robotics

Direction, cinematography, editing

This video interview with University of Michigan College of Engineering professor Shai Reven illustrates his teaching philosophy and the importance of a flexible space for engaged and active learning. I developed this video for the University of Michigan Library system in an effort to showcase the unique classroom/maker space Design Lab 1 and the kinds of classes that meet there.

Hands-On Robotics students frequently work in teams to build robots that compete in both speed and accuracy. Students complete roughly three projects every semester and switch teams regularly.

Professor Shai Revzen has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since August 2012.

Paganini - 24 Caprices

Paganini: 24 Caprices

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.

Pursuit

Pursuit

Special effects

I did special effects for this short video piece, which involved compositing several video layers. Our small filmmaking crew shot the live footage at the University of Michigan's François-Xavier Bagnoud Building. We then drew masks around each subject in Adobe After Effects and manipulated still images in Adobe Photoshop to "freeze" the actors at the appropriate time.

Teammate Elizabeth Peters produced a short making-of documentary illustrating how we put together the special effects.

Rishi Daftuar

R. Daftuar Portfolio

WordPress development

I developed this media-rich website for audio and video engineer Rishi Daftuar, which involved developing a WordPress theme including several media players that I modified from existing widgets or developed from scratch. This allowed Daftuar to use the social media outlets he was already familiar with, such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud.

The breadth of Daftuar's work required a number of different solutions for streaming audio and video, and organizing the content using WordPress proved efficient for quick content updates.

See the website in action: www.rishidaftuar.com

Stranger

"Stranger"

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.

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

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, in addition to being an open lab for exploring and designing with electronic devices. University of Michigan students and Metro Detroit community members are encouraged to bring projects to share or join in community projects.

Lumenotbots are smart electronics that use wireless communication to change parameters in synchronization with each other. They are embedded into paper lanterns and displayed every year as part of Ann Arbor's FoolMoon parade. The FoolMoon parade, part of WonderFool Productions' FestiFools celebration, brings students and community volunteers together to create papier-mâché puppets and march them downtown in early April.

Promotional Flyers

Promotional Flyers

Poster design, photo manipulation

I regularly design promotional materials for short films, concerts, public events, and courses in adult education.

Making of Serendipity

The Making of "Serendipity"

Cinematography, editing

I shot and edited this short documentary that follows Patrick Wakefield through the production of his senior thesis concert. "Serendipity" was shown for two nights at the Digital Media Commons Video Studio in the heart of the University of Michigan's Art, Architecture & Engineering Library. The show involved two rock bands performing complete sets for an audience of University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff.

This twelve-minute video includes comprehensive interviews with Wakefield, members of each band, and members of the crew.

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.

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.

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.

Additionally, I shot and edited the music video for "Sit Silently." Nature shots were coupled with Truman performing in their practice space and added to the website.

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

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."

Old Elecaster

Elecaster

Web design and development

These are a few samples of old web designs for elecaster.net. I have been writing this website from scratch since 2011 and plan to keep doing so until I get too lazy. Sometimes I quickly grow tired of a new design and create a new one. A few of the casualties can be found here.

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.

Falling Down Stairs

"Falling Down Stairs"

Cinematography, color correction

I shot this live music video with one other cinematographer in the Digital Media Commons Audio Studio. I also consulted on video editing, executed color correction, and designed the opening and closing graphics.

Portraits

Portraits

Photography

I took these portrait photographs throughout southeast Michigan using a Canon 5D and a Canon 7D and various Canon and Zeiss lenses.

Baseline Audio Labs

Baseline Audio Labs

WordPress development

I developed this custom WordPress theme for Baseline Audio Labs, based on a design given to me by the client.

See the website in action: www.baselineaudio.com

The Making of Noise \\ Void

The Making of "Noise \\ Void"

Direction, cinematography, editing

I shot and edited this documentary that follows Simon Alexander-Adams through the process of producing his undergraduate thesis, an ambitious and immersive multimedia performance entitled "Noise \\ Void." The performance utilized the emerging technology known as projection mapping to allow sound, dance, and manipulated video to interact and create a truly unique environment.

Alexander-Adams also assembled a musical ensemble to perform pseudo-improvised music that affected the visuals. He performed keyboard in the group, which was rooted in jazz, noise, electronica, and classical.

I created this video for the University of Michigan Library system in an effort to give the student body a voice regarding the Library's twenty-first century, state-of-the-art resources. The Digital Media Commons, housed in the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library on north campus, is home to a number of technologies for audio, video, 3-D printing, video games, materials, images, books, and more. Alexander-Adams was able to utilize many of these resources and spaces when constructing elements of his show.

Distortions

Distortions

Composition, audio engineering

I wrote and engineered this twelve-song album with bandmate and principal songwriter Mary Fraser. We recorded the album in apartments, garages, and basements in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I then mixed the record in my home studio.

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.

Home Recording

Home Recording

Photography

I took these photographs during the recording sessions for the first Child Sleep record. We recorded drums for four songs in a garage in Ypsilanti, MI.

The recording process involved setting up drums and microphones on the first level, and configuring the preamps, audio interface, and computer in the second-level loft. We set the room up this way in an effort to have a separate control room and minimize computer noise.

The Attic Dweller Live

The Attic Dweller: Live!

Multimedia production, performance

My undergraduate Art & Design capstone project involved composing several songs and capturing videos to accompany them. I performed the songs with a video backdrop at the Digital Media Commons Video Studio in 2011. You can watch the live concert on YouTube.

The Attic Dweller, a musical and visual investigation of memory and loss, studies the cosmetic differences between southeast Michigan's open fields and Chicago's looming skyscrapers. Much of the footage displays the space between, and the straight, simple drive gives the viewer a chance to marvel at the cities they pass along the way. The cities are unfamiliar and manipulated, and so can only be regarded from a distance. A constant tension exists between the old city and the new city as the memories of Michigan become hazier over time.

Craigslist for Illiterates

Craigslist for Illiterates

Web design and development

This mockup shows the craigslist website reduced to icons and numbers in an effort to make it readable by those who are illiterate.

The Attic Dweller EP

The Attic Dweller EP

Composition, album design

This album by Tanager, which also served at my Art & Design undergraduate thesis statement, is an exploration of homesickness. An accompanying video piece studies the stark contrast between rural Michigan and downtown Chicago. The piece was heavily inspired by my own experience at the time of having lived in my hometown for twenty years and my alternating joy and anxiety over potentially leaving.

I researched modernist poetry in an effort to better express the cosmetic features of my rural community and translate that into lyrics.

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.