I found this courtesy of the We Love YA post mentioned previously. Check it out – it’s the trailer for Brad Meltzer’s new book and it’s very funny …
The idea of the process section of this blog is to talk to people who are doing things – making music videos, editing books, dancing, designing – which will hopefully provide you with inspiration for whatever it is that you’re doing (or want to do). Emma Lincoln-Smith does the skeleton – a sport where you slide head-first down a track at speeds of up to 143 km/hour and most runs are over in under a minute. What sort of work goes into something like that? Read below and find out …
(If you missed Emma’s intro, go back a few posts, or clickhere …)
What’s your process? Can you talk us through your training regime?
My training regime is very demanding. I base my training around a four-year cycle to make sure I peak at the Olympics and during that final world cup season. For the last two years leading into the games, my training has to be my absolute priority. I train 6 days a week, 2-3 times a day. More
Okay, so as we’ve all noticed I’ve been beyond slack on the blog front lately … BUT I do have a great blog on process coming up. Years ago now, I got to know this laidback lass who surfs where I surf. At that time she’d just been selected by the Australian Institute of Sport as part of an elite squad put together with a view to competing at the highest level in skeleton. Something she had never done before.
Her name is Emma Lincoln-Smith, and in February this year she competed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. In just under six years, she has gone from never having tried the sport before, to competing at the Olympics. Amazing, hey?
Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to talk to her about her process, given that her pursuit of choice is to hurtle face-first on a sled down a track where athletes have reached speeds of 143 km/hr. Yeesh.
For those who missed the ‘Coming Soon’ on this one: twenty-year-old Sarah Williams has just spent the last five years of her life living and working in New York. She received a two-year scholarship to the School of American Ballet at fifteen, and was then selected to join the prestigious New York Ballet Company. Like me, Sarah is obsessed with the colour blue, and when it comes to surfing, she’s a goofy footer – probably the only time she’s been called that before.
What follows are extracts from our conversation about the process of being a professional ballet dancer.
I could say it’s amazing that you’ve just spent five years working overseas at an amazingly high level, AND you’re only 20. But I bet you had been working towards it for a long time. How old were you when you started dancing?
I was about 6 and I trained with Robyn Ross learning a style of classical dance called the Cecchetti Method. When I was eleven I went full time at SCECGS and started learning another style of ballet as well, RAD. From going to both of these schools at once, I can remember how much I used to train, it was pretty hard but it’s all worth it really because without it I’m sure it would’ve taken me a lot longer to get to where I am now.
Can you give me an idea of what a typical day is like when you’re contracted to the New York Ballet Company?
We work six days a week (Tuesday through to Sunday). On each of those days you have 1 to 2 hours of class, then rehearsal (which can be anything from 1 to 6 hours), then an evening performance (and on Saturdays, a matinee performance as well). The company usually does 3 ballets for each performance, and as a member of the corps de ballet, I would generally perform in at least 2 of those. (The company puts on something like 25 different ballets a season). During the day you also make time to see the physical therapist and masseuse as part of your general body maintenance program.
Depending on whether you go out after the evening performance, you might get home at around 11.30pm or so, sometimes later, have something to eat, watch a movie, sleep. Class starts at 10am most mornings. I’m a night owl, so that style of life suits me pretty well. More
When I first talked to Natasha Pincus, it was because I’d seen her amazing clip for Pete Murray’s song, Chance to Say Goodbye, (thanks Amy!). The clip is just so moving, and contains Peter Fenton – what more do you need to know?
Natasha is high energy – writing, directing and producing. For her full bio, click here. What it can’t convey though, is what a warm and generous person she is, although if you look at her answer to question #6 below, you start to get the idea. Here’s what she had to say about the process of making the music video to Sarah Blasko’s new single, We Won’t Run.
1. Where did you get the idea for the video?
I always start with the source material – the song itself. Music video is essentially a medium of adaptation – it is essentially an interpretation of an aural experience for the visual world.
The brainstorming process took me through analyses – both conscious and subconscious – of both the melody and lyric. I spent hours and hours with the complete song…hearing it, thinking it, dreaming it…then I took it apart bit by bit, feeling its journey, learning its story.
For me, ‘We Won’t Run’ is about perception. About how the ‘truth’ doesn’t really exist, but only represents one of many possible interpretations. I scoured through reference images on the topic, seeing how the ideas of revelation, denial, etc resounded through the popular conscience (e.g. internet research through sites like flickr, google images etc) and in the arts (e.g. traipsing through art history, looking at classic works in painting and other 2-D media). I then thought how I could abstract the theme anew, metaphorically, while making best use of the cinematic medium….
You may have already seen the new clip for Sarah’s song, We Won’t Run – a beautiful optical illusion shot in a single take.
And you may be really interested to know that Natasha Pincus, who directed/produced the video, is going to answer questions for the Process part of this blog on how she made the clip. I’ll have it up by the 12th August and it will be awesome, because with her usual big hearted generosity, Natasha really does go through exactly what it took (plus shares some photos from the shoot). To paraphrase John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay-filmlover.
Some other interesting facts about Natasha P:
Want more? Check out Natasha and her team at www.starkravingproductions.com.au