Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Visual Story- A Publishing Connection

WMUR came to my studio several weeks ago to interview me for their magazine show called NH  Chronicle. Jen Crompton and a talented cameraman showed up and spent three hours, filming and talking. I was very impressed at how Jen Crompton edited this together. It was seamless. She is a master at what she does. Take a peek:  WMUR NH Chronicle Interview
After I viewed this segment, it hit me... this interview/ film editing process, is much  like publishing a book.  Starting with research, organizing information, and asking the right questions, it moves onto the making of a visual "story" by editing the pieces so it flows together like a moving "book". I was impressed at how Jen brought this piece full circle, by starting with "Wednesday is Spaghetti Day" and ending with the same book and a look to the future of ebooks. We, as authors, use that same technique of "full circle" when writing a book.  There was also a "balance" in this segment, moving in and out, cutting to visuals at the appropriate place, etc. As authors and illustrators we also strive for balance; keeping the reader's interest, changing perspective, and tieing everything together to make a satisfying "read".
This whole process has given me a new appreciation for this film medium. Thanks Jen Crompton & WMUR staff for a great job.   --Thanks!