I ended up directing a video on each of the Jewish holidays. This one was the first, and served as a template for the rest. I decided to narrate it myself, as it seemed easier than hiring an outside actor. We shot in the Youtube space down in LA, and went there for a series of sessions over the subsequent months for future videos. The other times we grabbed actors, but as a first foray in shooting in a studio, it was nice to know I could mostly trust myself to get the acting done. Notably, I was in good hands with Mark Melamut's script to guide me.
Recorded in the same session as Chanukah, this was the first successful video I made combining live action with animation. The animation is bare bones, the motion graphics are just barely passable, and frankly the green screen could have been removed a bit better. Despite all that, things I'd do far better now, the video holds up due to a solid script presented at a fun pace.
This piece was a lot of fun, as on top of narrating it and doing the motion graphics, I spent a while researching nice Ketubahs and getting in touch with various artists to see if I could use them in the piece.
Going through the steps involved in creating a title sequence from the idea to the final execution, using Photoshop, After Effects, and (gasp) actual ink and paper. From research to revisions to God knows what else. This is an ancient relic from 2012, that I still love as a dip into my creative process in a crunch.