Occasionally fate intervenes and you cross paths with the right people at the right time. Back in October of last year I sat down late one night and video recorded my story on my iPhone. I talked for 5 minutes about how sewing had saved my self-esteem, improved my self-confidence and how I was tired of living in a box of constant body shaming and image consciousness. I talked about past relationships, and the raw and uncensored truth of human interaction. I was dressed in a Puma sweatshirt with dirty, unstyled hair.
I showed the video to several friends who immediately loved the message but had serious concerns about the presentation. They all loved the raw honesty of my personal struggle and agreed I needed to release my story into the wild, but we all knew I needed a better medium than a poorly recorded video.
I decided to message Victor Agreda of Superpixel Studios on Facebook – he was clearly more tech savvy than me and I figured he’d be able to provide me with the names of some great videographers who’d be able to take my message and make it beautiful.
“Actually, I do that,” he replied, and that began our two month creative collaboration. We met over coffee on October 30 and after 10 minutes of chatter, I knew I’d picked the absolute best person to help me tell my story. We scribbled notes, mapped out the shots and delighted in the creative nature of what I was wanting to share with the world. We agreed to shoot footage the following Monday.
Victor’s instructions were simple: “Just start working. Pretend I’m not here.” I started tracing patterns, cutting, straightening fabric, pinning patterns, cutting, ironing, creating hems – all the things I do when I’m sewing.
I had no idea what shots he was getting, but I trusted his eye and his process. After the shoot I voice recorded my original script and then waited.
A few days later Victor sent me a rough cut of my video and I was astounded. He had combined my words, his shots, and a music track in an unbelievably beautiful way. I passed it along to trusted friends and sought more feedback. My story is admittedly raw and personal (I’ll be sharing more at a later time) and I wanted to do due diligence before releasing it into the wild.
Victor and I continued to discuss the concept and the message, and it simmered for another month as I made decisions regarding the voice over and the overall message. Did I want this video to share my personal struggle, or empower and motivate? Did I want the tone to be confessional or uplifting? Luckily, I sought the advice of another trusted friend and colleague who provided major edits to my script and managed to turn it into a powerhouse of empowerment.
I recorded my new voice part, Victor and I changed the music and we worked together to piece the shots in a way that flowed with the vocal and musical components. There were moments when I’d get a wild hair and he’d reign me in, and moments he’d say, “You have to see this first – I think you’ll like it.” He was right.
After several chocolate cookies and hours of creative collaboration, the video was complete. I sat in awe and near tears as I watched the fruits of our labor, two months in the making, on Victor’s flat screen. The next day we released it into the wild and the response has been amazing.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of the finished product, and how much I delighted in the synergy that was created through my collaboration with Victor. He understood better than anyone what I wanted to convey, and I think the finished video is an absolute work of art. I hope you enjoy it and love it as much as we do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlkIu7Zeybo.