Speak Easy Series Collaboration

Sean Dimin of Sea To Table and Christopher Nicolson of Iliamna Fish Co. with Cara Cannella from Speak Easy Series on Vimeo.

Speak Easy Series is a live series that intimately connects bold artists and entrepreneurs with local audiences. Curated by Brooklyn-based journalist Cara Cannella, Speak Easy seeks to inspire curiosity and explore creativity through provocative conversation.

I was excited to work with Cara to bring her conversations to life in a visually compelling way. Live conversations can quickly lose their luster when transferred to video on the web so I sought to avoid that unnecessary hang-up.

I lit the venue in a way that re-produces the intimate appeal of Veronica People’s Club, a great coffee shop/bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The audio was tricky. Since there was no PA at VPC, I had to make sure a system was in place that would work well for both the live audience and the web-viewing audience. The camera work was really the last piece of the puzzle. Working with my longtime friend and production partner, Anders Birch, I was able to incorporate some nice cutaways that added just the right amount of spice to make it a compelling watch on the web as well.

Cara and I collaborated on three separate events in the series. You can check out Speak Easy’s Vimeo Page to see the highlights.