Rough cut assembled for Trade Routes Trans-media collaborative show, February 2013. Narrated by the saltiest dog I could track down.

Transmedia Documentary Storytelling Lab

Here’s the latest with Trade Route Stories: I invited a group of 8 Oberlin college student-artists to collaborate over their month-long January term. We dove into my hard-drives of audio interviews, photos, video footage and writing. Each student transcribed one sailor’s interview… shared the transcripts with the group… and created all sorts of art-pieces to share and honor the sailors’ stories. The month culminated in an exhibit and performance featuring monologues, performance pieces, an interactive poem installation, songs, bound books, videos and sound pieces. image

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Incredible! I’m excited to take this model and implement it with other groups. More photos from the exhibit and the process here:
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I finished the circle— back to the beginning. You can read/see/hear about my year on “A Year At Sea” post archive on Transom.org. Check it out here: http://transom.org/?cat=63

Now I’m making the transition to production mode. I’m now on the hunt for collaborators, outlets, and funding. I want to create a team: a couple more producers, an editor, and a web guy/gal. Then, I’m going to need to round up funds to pay us well for our time. The first item in the line-up is a series of audio portraits of some of the men and women I sailed with. That will form the building blocks for other audio and multimedia work.

Get in touch with me if you want to collaborate and/or if you have ideas for where to look for resources (i/e, space, support, $$, etc!)

 And stay tuned for more stories in the coming months.

Busan, South Korea. We arrive. We load cargo. We leave. In the meantime, some crew go home, new crew arrive, and spare parts are delivered on board. Otherwise it’s a pretty normal day in the life of the ship.

Back on land, and here’s my first rough cut. Working towards a longer film.

iMovie got funky with the audio at the end, it got disconnected somehow and I can’t figure out how to fix it. Sounds that aren’t supposed to be there—they don’t show up in the timeline but you can hear it (6:416:457:41). Anybody else have weird problems with ghost audio in iMovie, maybe could pass on some tips?

“Modern Day Sailors”—photo/audio montage, rough cut, work-in-progress.

Photos: Crew working on deck, M/T Korsaro.

Narration: Anti, from Croatia. Rosenhill Seaman’s Club, Gothenburg.

Music: “I Want to Break Free,” Queen. From Oiler Jefferson “Squidmaster” Prieto on CMA CGM Maupassant.

I boarded the RO-RO carrier M/V AutoBank in Oslo as they finished unloading their shipment of cars. Then we sailed to Bremerhaven, Germany to load again. Here’s a short video clip I made with photos and sound from our 24-hour journey.

The sound is from a recording I made as we were pulling up the ramps, winding up the mooring cables, and setting sail from Oslo. The beautiful progression of tone changes is exactly as it happened— I just abridged it a bunch, taking it from 13 minutes down to 2 minutes.

Loading sand from a big ocean bulker into our barge. Antwerp, 1:00 a.m. on my birthday. The Filipino guys up on the deck of the salty ship told me they brought this sand all the way from Australia. Two months straight of sailing. Whew.

Loading sand from a big ocean bulker into our barge. Antwerp, 1:00 a.m. on my birthday. The Filipino guys up on the deck of the salty ship told me they brought this sand all the way from Australia. Two months straight of sailing. Whew.

Birthday wishes from the deck above. Loading in Antwerp, 1 a.m.